Temu vs Wish – How Do They Compare?

Let us look at Temu Vs Wish – the two popular online marketplace sites for buying products. You can great discounts and deals from these two sites but we are going in-depth and seeing what they offer. One is certainly better than the other in certain features. So, let’s do a feature-by-feature comparison of these two popular shipping sites.

Also, check out my post on the Temu and Shein comparison.

What is Temu?

Temu is an online marketplace as you know already. It is a Boston-based company famous for selling quality products at affordable prices. It has a range of products and you can sign up and shop immediately. New users get great deals to kickstart their shopping.

What is Wish?

Wish is a similar shopping site (also available as a mobile app) just like Temu. It is based in San Francisco. It has a pretty good variety of products at great prices. It offers discounts and has

Feature-by-feature comparison – Temu vs Wish

Round 1: Selection and Pricing

Product Variety

Temu offers a wide variety of product categories as listed below. This is good in the sense that you can go to this one site and shop for most of your needs

  • Clothing and accessories (for women, men, and children)
  • Beauty and health products
  • Home and kitchen goods
  • Electronics and appliances
  • Tools and home improvement supplies
  • Pet supplies
  • Toys and games
  • Sports and outdoor equipment
  • Stationery and office supplies
  • Party supplies and decorations

Temu also has Lightning Deals and themed collections category where they offer unique products at greater discounts. Especially during season sales such as spring sales, holiday sales, etc, you can some great categories at great low prices.

Just like Temu, Wish also offers a wide variety of products. AS listed below you can see they offer more items and the categories look

  • Fashion & Beauty: This category includes clothing, accessories, jewelry, shoes, makeup, skincare, and hair care products.
  • Home & Decor: This category includes furniture, home decor, kitchenware, bedding, and bath items.
  • Electronics: This category includes smartphones, laptops, tablets, headphones, speakers, and other electronic gadgets.
  • Mom & Baby: This category includes baby clothes, diapers, toys, gear, and maternity wear.
  • Toys, Sports & Outdoors: This category includes toys for all ages, sporting goods, outdoor gear, and fitness equipment.
  • Pets: This category includes pet food, treats, toys, beds, and accessories.
  • Tools & Improvement: This category includes tools for DIY projects, hardware, and gardening supplies.

So, both temu and Wish offer almost the same variety of product categories. However, there are some differences when it comes to business models and pricing.


Temu, just like Amazon offers a direct-from-manufacturer model which means that they provide fast shipping. This is because they control the product quality.

Wish on the other hand operates on a marketplace model. It connects independent sellers with buyers thus offering a wide variety of products. The quality varies depending on who is selling what product so Wish does not have control over the quality of shipping speed.

Most of the time, Temu offers very competitive prices. It is sometimes even lower price than Wish. Wish gives frequent discounts and deals, but the base price might be slightly higher than Temu’s.

wish flate rate shipping deal
pop up message in wish site

Round 2: User Experience and Customer Service

Platform Design and Navigation

Temu website is clean and looks modern. Products are organized nicely making it easy to navigate around for any user. You can filter products by categories, and search by name, size, color, etc. Temu mobile version app is also pretty good. But it does take up a lot of space and you have to put a little more effort into tapping through the products to find yours. Despite these, the mobile app version of Temu offers more deals and discounts.

temu and wish category comparison

WIsh site on the other hand is a more playful and visually stimulating design, with a focus on discovery and gamification elements. The product categories are less intuitive. The homepage is a feed of products showing daily deals, etc.

The product ages are fewer details than what Temu and the reviews are limited.

Payment options

Temu accepts a wide variety of payments such as Credit Cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, JCB, Diners Club, Maestro) and digital Wallets namely Apple Pay and Google Pay. It also accepts other payment methods such as Temu Credit (earned through rewards programs) and Cash App Pay. It also accepts PayPal.

Wish also accepts similar but lesser payment options such as Credit Cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express), Digital Wallets namely Apple Pay and Google Pay, and other payment options such as debit cards with Visa or Mastercard logo (may require verification).

The following table summarizes the features of both Temu and Wish

Temu CreditOffers a store credit system that you can earn through rewards programs and use towards future purchases.Doesn’t have a similar internal credit system.
Buy Now, Pay LaterOffers buy now, pay later options through Klarna, Afterpay, and Affirm.Currently doesn’t have any integrated buy now, pay later services.
Credit CardsAccepts major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, JCB, Diners Club, Maestro).Accepts major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express).
Digital WalletsAccepts digital wallets (Apple Pay, Google Pay).Accepts digital wallets (Apple Pay, Google Pay).
Debit CardsRequires verification for debit cards.Requires verification for debit cards.
Temu vs Wish payment option comparison

Round 3: Temu and Wish – Delivery Times and Product Quality

See the comparison in the below table. But what all this means is that Ii fast delivery and potentially better quality are your priorities, Temu might be the better choice. However, Wish offers a wider variety of sellers and potentially a wider product selection. Be more cautious with Wish and rely on reviews to judge product quality before you go ahead and buy.

Delivery Time6-20 business days (Standard)2 weeks – 2 months (variable)
Free ShippingOften on standard shippingMay vary depending on seller and item
Product QualityPotentially better due to direct controlMore inconsistent, read reviews carefully

Conclusion of Temu vs Wish

In conclusion, Temu and Wsh have their strengths but they are not the same. Temu trengths appear to be: free shipping offers and potentially lower final prices. Also, it has a user-friendly interface with potentially easier navigation.

Wish might be good for wider product variety and it is a more established platform with a longer track record.

Ultimately, the best choice depends on your needs. Temu is your best bet for those who are looking for affordable products and a smooth user experience. If you are willing to wait a bit longer for delivery and potentially encounter a narrower product range, Temu is indeed what I recommend.

On the other hand, I recommend Wish if you are looking for a wider variety of products and a more established platform. This is worth paying a little more to cover the separate shipping fees and the lack of good website navigation, unlike Temu.