Marche Grocery List for iPhone review

Marche Grocery List is, well, a grocery list app for the iPhone that features over 1700 common grocery items built right into it. Marche (which is French for "market") keeps track of what you've purchased, the price of each item, and the total price of your list.

Marche Grocery List focuses on grocery lists, but there's nothing keeping you from creating lists for other places you shop. If you want to add an item to your list that isn't included in Marche, you can add it to the database. In addition to different types of shopping lists, many users also use Marche as a way to make lists for competing locations (like two different grocery stores) as a way to compare prices.

The Shopping list view of Marche will show the title of all your lists, the date you last edited it, and the total cost of that list, including tax. If you tap the toolbar at the bottom of the screen, a new screen that displays a chart of the total costs of your lists over the last 7 months will slide up.

When adding an item to your list, March will automatically generate a list of items while you type. Not only does this speed up the process, but it shows choices you may not have thought of at first. For example, you may have been planning to add something basic like chicken to your list, but Marche will show specific choices like chicken breasts, cutlets, legs, livers, thighs, wings, and more. You can of course still choose to go with the more generic term "chicken" if you want. Also, Marche will display all your choices in categories instead of just one big alphabetical list making it easy to find what you're looking for.

After choosing the item you want, you can select from the following quantities: lb, gr, dr, oz, fl, fl oz, pt, qt, gal, item, can, doz, bag, btl, pack and select how many of the selected quantity you want to add to your list. Lastly, you can assign a price to the item either as a per unit price or a total price and select if sales tax should be applied to the item (sales tax value can be edited in settings).

To edit any of the above on a list item, simply hold your finger down on the entry. A quick tap on the entry will cross it out. Tapping the four leaf clover icon (similar to Command key on a Mac keyboard) in the upper right corner will generate a list of other actions you do to your list, the most notable being the ability to create a template.

A template is basically is a list of recipe ingredients. For example, you can create a template for "smoked salmon" that includes salmon, onion, sauce, etc. Then every time you add smoked salmon to you list, all of the required ingredient items will be added to your list instead.

This really is just a brief look at everything that Marche Grocery List has to offer. Some of the other features include a shopping timer, notes for each list, custom actions, customizable wallpapers, csv export, print via AirPrint, and more.

The good

  • Beautiful UI with multiple wallpaper options
  • Add quantity and price to each list item
  • Edit sales tax
  • Create templates
  • Shopping timer
  • Notes
  • Custom actions
  • Supports csv export
  • Print via AirPrint
  • Includes detailed user manual

The bad

  • Requires some time to get used to and learn

The conclusion

Marche Grocery List is a very feature-heavy grocery shopping iPhone app that is perfect for people who are very detailed and organized with their planning. If you prefer simple and fast lists, Marche is not for you, but for the detail-oriented folk, you probably wanna give Marche a look.

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Leanna Lofte

Former app and photography editor at iMore, Leanna has since moved on to other endeavors. Mother, wife, mathamagician, even though she no longer writes for iMore you can still follow her on Twitter @llofte.

  • What good is a grocery list that insists on using categories? In ALL of the supermarkets I have ever been in (multiple chains in multiple states and other countries) categories of food are split up. In my current market of choice, forex, Dairy is split into three locations (premium cheeses, eggs/juice/milk, "organic" dairy/cheese/butter/yogurt) and pasta can be found in two locations ("normal" and "ethnic"). Likewise there is the commercial bakery area and the in-house bakery at opposite ends of the store. Frozen is two isles. Some powdered tea mix is in the juice isle (not the same as the dairy juices!) and some is in the coffee/tea isle. I've been looking for something with a better UI than ListPro, what I'm using now, but all of the dedicated shopping list apps I've tried or seen insist on categorizing the list and that just does not work for me.
  • My wife and I have been using GroceryGadget for several years with good results. It lets you use the categories option, but also lets you group by aisle for different stores. One of our favorite features is that it can sync so that if I'm on a different aisle I can check off what I get and she will see the changes so we are both on the same page. It also handles taxes if that is important and if you track prices for different stores it is fairly easy to see if a particular item is cheaper at a different location.
  • I completely agree. I just want a simple non-categorized list that also synchronizes across my iPhone and my wife's iPhone. Having a web version for the desktop is an added bonus. I haven't purchased it yet, but "Buy Me A Pie" looks to be the closest. I just want to know if you can manually sort the list. I've emailed the developer and waiting for a response.
  • Thanks for the tip on "Buy Me A Pie" the Marche review and its sounds like its not for me--my partner and I just want to be able to compile a list that syncs across our devices and the intertoobs--TPS, how are you still likeing BMAP? Also, have you tried Cozi--its an app that lets you calendar and make lists that sync with family members, but appears to be more than I need.
  • Try our app, AnyList. We make it really simple to create a grocery list that can be shared with multiple people, and updates to the list show up in real time. We do categorize items by default, but this can easily be switched off if you don't want categories.
  • I too am looking for the perfect grocery app. Been using GroceryIQ for a while but still just doesn't feel right.