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Even if you’re the type who balks at the thought of spending money on flowers when they’re just going to wilt, you’ve got to admit: There’s something utterly delightful in being surprised by them. And if you’re looking to spread the joy this Valentine’s Day (or Mother’s Day, or a random Tuesday), it can be hard to know which flower delivery service to use. There are tons out there, and we’ve all been burned by a sad, half-dead arrangement. That’s why we researched the most popular companies that offered online ordering. If the reviews seemed solid, we sent bouquets from each to homes across the country. The very best blooms—where reality exceeded expectations—earned a spot as one of the PureWow100 best flower delivery services.

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Once the flowers arrived, testers were asked to follow the company’s instructions for care, taking a photo once they were unboxed and put in a vase. Three days later, they took another photo, and after a week, they shared their honest review of the arrangement, based on its value, quality, longevity, scent and beauty.

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OUR PICKS AT A GLANCE:

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1. 1-800-Flowers

Easiest to Unbox and Enjoy

  • Value: 14/20
  • Quality: 15/20
  • Beauty: 17/20
  • Scent: 13/20
  • Longevity: 16/20

TOTAL: 75/100

You might eyeroll when you hear “easiest to unbox” as an award category, but hear us out: During the pandemic, many families sent older relatives flowers when they couldn’t visit them in-person. But, according to one manager at an assisted living facility we spoke to, there was a huge downside—many companies packaged the flowers in boxes with so many zip ties that residents found difficult to open (particularly those struggling with arthritis). They’d often get damaged during unboxing. Not so with 1-800-Flowers. The arrangement was hand-delivered in a clear wrap, making it easy to unbox and enjoy right away. Plus, a full week later, they looked as lush as ever.

Arrangement Shown: Always on My Mind, $60-$90 (depending on size)

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2. Bloomsybox

Best Subscription Service

  • Value: 13/20
  • Quality: 18/20
  • Beauty: 15/20
  • Scent: 15/20
  • Longevity: 19/20

TOTAL: 80/100

For the person who really loves fresh-cut flowers, a Bloomsybox subscription can be the perfect gift. You can choose between weekly, biweekly and monthly deliveries, and the flowers arrive in a sturdy box that protects them from damage during shipping. They don’t come with a vase, and you’ll have to do your own zhushing, but our tester didn’t mind—especially when the flowers looked as lush and vibrant on day seven as they did when they first arrived. The quality was on-point, though for $75, our tester noted that she wished the blooms themselves (a mix of roses and pink gerberas) were a bit more luxe. (Psst: The brand is currently offering 15 percent off your first delivery if you use the promo code PUREWOW at checkout.)

Arrangement Shown: Plush Blush, $75

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3. The Bouqs Co.

Best for Plant Killers

  • Value: 17/20
  • Quality: 20/20
  • Beauty: 19/20
  • Scent: 18/20
  • Longevity: 18/20

TOTAL: 92/100

We all have that friend—or OK, we are that friend—who can’t seem to keep a plant alive. Or even maintain fresh-cut flowers so they last longer than 48 hours. For that person, a Bouqs Co. delivery is in order. While all of the companies featured offered some instructions for care, Bouqs Co. went a step further, explaining just how much to trim the stems to make the arrangement fit the bouquet perfectly, as well as other tips for keeping the flowers looking fresh longer. They worked—five days in, our editor raved they still looked great. (As an allergy sufferer, she also appreciated that the blooms weren’t super fragrant.)

Arrangement Shown: Magnetic, $49-$79 (depending on size)

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4. Farmgirl Flowers

Chicest Arrangements

  • Value: 16/20
  • Quality: 18/20
  • Beauty: 19/20
  • Scent: 16/20
  • Longevity: 17/20

TOTAL: 86/100

If you’re looking for gorgeous arrangements that ripped right out of Pinterest, look no further. Farmgirl Flowers is known for its rustic, burlap-wrapped arrangements, but they also offer styles that come in vases, as well as uber-trendy preserved flowers you can enjoy for the long haul. Its Mini Valentine bouquet (shown) is a 360-degree arrangement, so it looks good from all angles. Our only complaint? Even trimmed down, the wide swath of blooms seemed to tip over easily in its vase. Once we traded out the vase for a more bottom-heavy design, all was well.

Arrangement Shown: Mini Valentine, $75

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5. Flowerbx

Most Kardashian-Worthy Blooms

  • Value: 15/20
  • Quality: 20/20
  • Beauty: 20/20
  • Scent: 20/20
  • Longevity: 17/20

TOTAL: 92/100

When our tester received her arrangement—hand-delivered in a large white box, lined with tissue paper and 40ish blush pink roses sticking out—she was blown away. “I felt like a Kardashian at the receiving end of a romantic gesture—because I think the only time I'd seen so many roses at close range was in Kim's Insta stories.” The roses stood 26 inches tall, in an equally dramatic vase, making for a truly showstopping display. And they should, considering 40 roses of that caliber will set you back roughly $143. (It’s also worth noting that at this time, Flowerbx delivers to the Northeast and West coasts of the US, as well as throughout the European Union.)

Arrangement Shown: Pink Sweet Avalanche Roses, $83-$143 (depending on size)

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6. FTD Flowers

Easiest to Order

  • Value: 12/20
  • Quality: 15/20
  • Beauty: 16/20
  • Scent: 16/20
  • Longevity: 17/20

TOTAL: 76/100

FTD is a floral industry juggernaut for a reason: They’ve got delivery down to a science. The site is easy to navigate (though you might find yourself paralyzed by indecision, as you stare down all of the options). You can search by occasion, birth month, milestone, flower type and color. That said, the tradeoff for convenience is that the arrangements themselves can feel a little generic. Our tester noted that a few blooms looked “tired” upon arrival and didn’t revive after being trimmed and put in fresh water. Still, they made for a delightful pop of color that livened up a dreary winter week.

Arrangement Shown: Charm & Comfort Bouquet, $68-$95 (depending on size)

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7. H. Bloom

Best Centerpieces

  • Value: 16/20
  • Quality: 15/20
  • Beauty: 19/20
  • Scent: 17/20
  • Longevity: 13/20

TOTAL: 80/100

H. Bloom prides itself on selling luxury arrangements, and its bouquets don’t disappoint. The tightly clustered blooms offer that wow factor you want from a delivery, with most arrangements at the perfect height for holiday centerpieces: large enough to make an impact, not so tall they block people’s faces at the table. (The arrangements are also best suited for next-day events, as our tester lamented that they started to wilt after three to four days.) But while they’re fresh, they’re a sight to behold, with every detail thoughtfully considered, down to the leaves wrapped tucked inside the base of the vase, so you don’t see the flowers’ stems.

Arrangement Shown: Tickled Pink, $85

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8. Teleflora

Best Local Touch

  • Value: 18/20
  • Quality: 18/20
  • Beauty: 19/20
  • Scent: 17/20
  • Longevity: 15/20

TOTAL: 87/100

Teleflora is another great option for fuss-free unboxing; its bouquets are made by local florists and delivered perfectly arranged in the vase. We loved that the flowers came with a note revealing the local shop that made them, and the personal delivery made them feel extra special. After about five or six days, the arrangement started to droop, but given the price point—the Moonstruck Mercury Bouquet, shown, ranges from $60 to $80, depending on size—it was one of the best values we encountered.

Arrangement Shown: Moonstruck Mercury Bouquet, $57-$76

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9. Terrain

Best Arrangement of Unexpected Blooms

  • Value: 18/20
  • Quality: 20/20
  • Beauty: 19/20
  • Scent: 15/20
  • Longevity: 19/20

TOTAL: 91/100

Anthropologie’s boho, carefree-yet-chic style extends all the way to blooms, thanks to its sister brand, Terrain. The shop may be best known for its outdoor furniture and gardening supplies, but it also sells an eyecatching array of fresh-cut flowers. Its arrangements don’t come with vases, but they excel in offering surprising mixes of flowers. Terrain’s Valentine’s Day bouquet, for example, features a blend of pincushions, waxflowers, leaucadendrons and other “assorted stems at the grower’s discretion.” What you receive is a bouquet unlike any other.

Arrangement Shown: Valentine's Day Bouquet, $88

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10. UrbanStems

Lushest Arrangement

  • Value: 15/20
  • Quality: 17/20
  • Beauty: 19/20
  • Scent: 17/20
  • Longevity: 15/20

TOTAL: 83/100

If you want to instantly upgrade your Zoom background (and ensure that no one on the call can talk about anything else), treat yourself to an UrbanStems arrangement. Part of their Valentine’s Day Collection, The Juliet arrived in pristine condition, featuring a romantic mix of delphinium, lisianthus, free spirit roses and starry asters. They added color without being overwhelmingly pink-and-red, like many V-day bouquets, and the loose, airy arrangement lended an “oh, these flowers? Just picked them this morning from my exquisite (non-existent) garden” vibe. The flowers lasted a little less than a week, but if you're looking for something longer-lasting, you can order a dried arrangement for roughly the same price. (Oh, and BTW: Right now, you can score free Sugarfina Champagne Bears with any UrbanStems purchase when you use code PURELOVE.)

Arrangement Shown: The Juliet (Double size), $115

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11. Venus et Fleur

Best Splurge (and Longest-Lasting Overall)

  • Value: 16/20
  • Quality: 19/20
  • Beauty: 19/20
  • Scent: 20/20
  • Longevity: 20/20

TOTAL: 94/100

Let’s be clear: At $299 for 16 roses, these blooms are a splurge. But you truly will have them for a full year. Venus et Fleur’s Eternity Roses don’t need to be watered—just gently dusted from time to time—and they’ll look every bit as fresh as the day they were trimmed. It seems like black magic; they’re not stiff or covered in a waxy coating to preserve them. Whatever it is, it’s working. Our tester was impressed with how incredible they smelled—to the point that she wondered if they were spritzed with a high-end perfume—and loved their immaculate arrangement. Price aside, another thing worth noting is that the flowers can’t be removed from their container, so it may be worth letting your giftee choose which box style they like before clicking “add to cart.”

Arrangement Shown: Small Square, $299

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The PureWow100 is a scale our editors use to vet new products and services, so you know what's worth the spend—and what's total hype. Learn more about our process here.

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