Ask anyone: The best way to get seafood is to buy live lobster online. The convenience, quality of product, and sourcing transparency add up to be one of the best possible methods to buy live lobster online. If you’re in the market for some fresh seafood, we can help.

The grid below has some of the best lobster providers we’ve come across in the 2lb category. These companies have a wide range of live lobster available to buy online, but most importantly, they have high-quality products.

Fresh 2.0lb Maine Lobsters

Company Min. Order Price/lb* Price/4 Lobsters** Shipping Go To
The Crab Place 2 $74.50 $346.56 $86.95
Fulton Fish Market 2 $47.78 $191.61 Free@$99+
Lobster Anywhere 1 $49.95 $240.00 $48.00
McLaughlin Seafood 1 $50.00 $265.00 $65.00

Some folks reading this might be new to the online lobster buying experience. If you’re not quite sure where to begin, the guide below is designed to walk you through the process. We promise – it’s not as complicated as it may seem.

 

A Timeline for How to Buy Live Lobster Online

Buying live lobster online is a pretty quick experience – from the time you place your order to the time the lobster appears on your doorstep, the whole process takes only a day or two. Below, we’ve outlined a timeline for how you should expect your lobster buying experience to go.

8:30a.m. Figure out your lobster size and how many you want to buy. Most providers sell crustaceans that weigh between 1.25lbs and 5-6lbs. If you’re buying for a crowd of people who eat different quantities, you can almost always mix and match sizes.

9:30a.m. – Order your lobster. If you want your shipment delivered the next day, you’ll need to order sometime in the morning or early afternoon. This allows the company to process the order, get it to the shipping facility, and let the shippers work their magic. Each lobster provider has their own cut-off time, though, so be sure to check ahead.

11:30a.m. – If you select next-day shipping when you buy live lobster online, your order will begin processing almost as soon as you hit the “submit” button. A worker at your selected provider will pack your desired number of lobsters into a Styrofoam box with ice and gel packs, then seal it up safely.

3:00p.m. – Depending on the size of your provider, they will then either drop off your purchase at a shipping facility or have a shipping partner retrieve the day’s shipments from the production space.

5p.m. – The lobster departs the local shipping facility either by ground or air, depending on how far it needs to travel.

5:30a.m. – The next day, your lobster will arrive at a local shipping facility for processing. There, it will transition from the overnight shipping facilitators into the hands of the “final mile” providers – delivery and mail people.

9a.m. – Write a note to your delivery person and stick it on the door before leaving for the day. If you don’t plan to be home when the lobster arrives, indicate where the delivery person should drop the package. A shaded space is ideal.

9:30a.m. – Your live lobster shipment goes out for delivery in a local USPS, FedEx, or UPS truck.

2p.m. – Your lobster is delivered to your front door. Bring it inside, check to make sure the lobsters are alive, and store them in a safe, cool area.

6p.m. – Cook the lobster and enjoy your dinner!