Temu vs. Wish: The Ultimate Showdown in Online Discount Shopping

Today, I’m pitting the two heavyweights of online “deal” shopping against each other: Wish.com and Temu. In recent years, Wish has lost some of its shine, with its logo disappearing from Lakers jerseys, while Temu seems to have taken up the mantle, becoming the new talk of the town. But was our shift in loyalties too hasty? Or was it justified?

To answer these questions, I placed orders for a variety of items from both sites and examined their offerings, shipping, pricing, and overall user experience. This deep-dive is aimed to provide a comprehensive comparison of Wish and Temu, to guide you in making a well-informed choice for your next online shopping spree.

In my quest for answers, I set up side-by-side monitors to compare Wish and Temu. After having used both sites quite extensively, I found that comparing them simultaneously presented some clear differences.

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TEMU vs WISH

I placed my order from both sites in June 2023. My Temu order arrived 8 days later, while my Wish order arrived after 11 days. Let’s first start with the overall user experience, and then move onto the specific products I ordered.

Website Comparison

Starting with Wish, the interface appears quite straightforward. When the site first loads, you are greeted by an array of discounted products. The simple layout, categorized into four-item grids, and affordable prices can be enticing. While the site’s design isn’t exceptional, it isn’t off-putting either. It essentially delivers what it promises: a long list of cheap products, which for some, may suffice.

On the other hand, Temu offers a more captivating experience. Immediately after logging in, I was met with a splash of colorful deals, time-sensitive offers, and clearance sales. I was also able to easily navigate to various product categories. In comparison to Wish, Temu’s interface was more visually pleasing and had a modern touch to it. It simply outclassed Wish in terms of aesthetic appeal even before I got down to the specifics of item searching.

Search Function Comparison

Speaking of searching, there were significant differences in the search options offered by Wish and Temu. Wish provides a basic filter that doesn’t change regardless of the product category you’re exploring. For instance, while looking for men’s short sleeve shirts, the filter allowed me to select a star rating and price range. The filter’s lack of customizability seemed rather restrictive and could potentially make finding the right product more time-consuming.

On the other hand, Temu offered more tailored options during the search process. For the same “men’s short sleeve shirt” search, I could choose between different categories, sizes, and colors, which I found to be very convenient. I was able to zero in on a red t-shirt, for example, by simply selecting the corresponding options.

While I could add these specifications to the search bar on Wish, it seemed a more convoluted process. Furthermore, the search results on Wish weren’t as reliable as on Temu. Despite specifying “red” and “medium” for my shirt search, I ended up seeing shirts of different colors and sizes. The problem extended to the pricing as well, where the default prices listed on Wish often pertained to the least expensive options (e.g., extra small sizes), and the cost would increase significantly for more popular choices.

In contrast, my experience on Temu was far smoother. The prices remained consistent across different sizes, thus negating any unwelcome surprises. This wasn’t an occasional anomaly either; I found this issue recurring on Wish and non-existent on Temu.

Baseball Hats

Now onto the products I ordered. I began with a couple of low-cost, generic baseball caps. The Temu cap was priced at $2.77, while Wish sold it for $3.60. Both were basic black caps, really simple, but they did differ slightly in the manufacturing details.

Upon arrival, I had to mark the Temu hat with a ‘T’ to distinguish it from the Wish one. They were quite similar in appearance, and both felt pretty cheap, I must confess. One or both had a somewhat off-putting smell, which was less than ideal. After marking them, I put both caps to the test by wearing them interchangeably during my recent trip to Huntington Beach.

Honestly, I couldn’t really tell them apart. They were practically identical and certainly functional. Yes, they’re not the highest quality – the material felt somewhat scratchy on my bald head – but considering the price, they did their job. On a sunny day at the beach, both caps were serviceable, though not the most comfortable to wear.

Comparing the two, Temu won in terms of price and shipping speed, while the quality was a draw.

  • Price: Temu
  • Shipping: Temu
  • Quality: Tie
  • Winner: Temu

Neck Fans

My next purchase was a pair of neck fans. The product images on both websites looked identical, but the fans themselves were far from it. The Temu neck fan was priced at $6.97 and the Wish version at $5.13.

Upon arrival, I immediately noticed differences in their design and color. The Wish fan was slightly taller and darker, while the Temu fan was somewhat fatter and lighter. Despite using the same product image, they were definitely not the same model.

I charged both fans and decided to test them outdoors during a heat wave. The Temu neck fan was quite rigid and smaller compared to the more flexible and bigger Wish neck fan. The Wish neck fan was easier to adjust and I could feel a wider area of airflow, making it more comfortable to wear.

However, the battery life of the Wish fan was disappointing. It died around the 23-minute mark, while the Temu fan lasted up to 52 minutes. So, in this case, although the Wish fan was more comfortable, the Temu fan’s battery life was significantly superior. The price went to Wish, shipping to Temu, and quality was a tie.

  • Price: Wish
  • Shipping: Temu
  • Quality: Tie
  • Winner: Tie

Egg Crackers

I bought an egg cracker from each site. The Temu egg cracker was priced at $9.18, and the one from Wish was $7.11. When they arrived, they were identical.

I compared these with an original egg cracker that I had bought a few years ago for $16. The design was quite similar, with the key difference being the original was made of metal while the ones from Temu and Wish were plastic.

In terms of functionality, the original egg cracker worked flawlessly, cracking the egg perfectly. However, the Temu and Wish versions weren’t as smooth in operation, both of them crunching into the egg before pulling it apart, and even breaking the yolk.

In this final comparison, the price went to Wish, shipping to Temu, and quality was a tie. However, I would still prefer the original over both of them. Overall, these comparisons reveal that while there are bargains to be found on both Temu and Wish, it’s always important to consider the quality and functionality of the products as well.

  • Price: Wish
  • Shipping: Temu
  • Quality: Tie
  • Winner: Tie

Men’s Shirts

The shopping journey for men’s shirts from Temu and Wish was an interesting one. Starting with Temu, the site listed an appealing Ace of Spades shirt for only $3.07. Similarly, the least expensive option I found on Wish was a Popeye shirt for $6.46. Although neither explicitly specified the material, upon arrival, both shirts revealed they weren’t made of the expected soft cotton.

The Temu shirt, with its minimal design and accurate sizing, was the more satisfactory of the two. It was made from a heavier, slightly stretchy material and bore a tag confirming it was 100% polyester. Conversely, the Wish shirt fell short of expectations in terms of design and comfort. It sported the same Popeye print on both front and back, and the material felt akin to a cheap Halloween costume. Additionally, the shirt was uncomfortably tight for a medium size.

After a wash, the shirts retained their color and didn’t shrink, which was a plus. However, the comfort and fit of the Temu shirt still outperformed the Wish shirt. In this case, Temu was victorious across the board, winning in price, shipping, and quality.

  • Price: Temu
  • Shipping: Temu
  • Quality: Temu
  • Winner: Temu

Athletic Shoes

Next, I embarked on a quest for athletic shoes, ultimately choosing a pair from the same brand on both Temu and Wish. Temu listed the shoes for $11.87, while Wish asked $19.42 for a similar pair. Despite their similar appearances, both pairs left much to be desired in terms of comfort.

I wore each pair during a trip to Huntington Beach, and they both felt like walking on a flat piece of wood, offering no cushioning or support. Additionally, the back part of the shoe from Wish poked uncomfortably into my foot with each step. It seems, in this case, neither Temu nor Wish came out on top, both delivering poor quality footwear. If you have flat feet and need support, ordering shoes from either of these platforms could prove disastrous.

  • Price: Temu
  • Shipping: Temu
  • Quality: Tie
  • Winner: Temu

Daily Deal (Under $5)

The final round of this review involved choosing the cheapest deal available from each platform, with no direct comparison between the products. For a mere $1.97, I got a watch from Temu and a laser pointer from Wish for $1.83. The Temu watch, while functional, sported a rather uncomfortable and cheap-looking band, and the watch hands were hard to see. I will say that the watch seemed to keep time accurately. On the other hand, the laser pointer from Wish worked as expected, emitting a decent beam for such a low price. In terms of quality, this round ended in a draw, with the watch’s functionality matching the laser pointer’s performance.

  • Price: Tie
  • Shipping: Temu
  • Quality: Tie
  • Winner: Temu

Conclusion

Summing up the experiences from all six products, Temu triumphed over Wish four times, with two instances resulting in a tie. This is not to say that Wish doesn’t have its merits, but Temu managed to edge ahead with faster shipping and a more user-friendly website. While both platforms offer a range of products from various third-party vendors, it seems that Temu consistently offers a superior shopping experience. However, as always, individual experiences may vary. If you’ve used either Wish or Temu, tell me of your experiences in the comments below.

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Jamie Bond
Jamie Bond
11 months ago

re: Egg Cracker
You mentioned an “original” metal–rather than plastic–model…Where did you get it?
Obviously not from Temu, but I don’t want to assume Wish, as I imagine you would’ve stated so—You’re very thorough, James! You certainly give even the worst of the items the benefit of the doubt–every chance possible for redemption till the very end 😉 Thanks for your dedication and unflagging enthusiasm & fair play attitude!

Jamie Bond
Jamie Bond
11 months ago
Reply to  James White

Thanks, need to find something adaptable for limited hand mobility as pouring “eggs” 😁 out of a carton doesn’t make for tasty omelets, I’ve recently discovered.

Nancy
11 months ago

I’ve ordered many things from Temu and I’m hooked. From clothes to Qtips I’ve been satisfied with all my purchases and love the prices.

AvidTemusandWishShopper
AvidTemusandWishShopper
9 months ago
Reply to  Nancy

I shop Temu like 4 times every pay day and I have never had any problems. Could other companies be jealous that temu is more popular than them lol?

Jay
Jay
4 months ago

Jealous of a company losing hundreds of millions of dollars annually with a business plan that has failed in nearly every previous attempt with no real discourse to become profitable? Highly doubtful. List everything you own for $3 or less each on a market place, knowing full well you’re going to lose a ton of money (vs if you sold your goods for the actual used market value) and ask yourself “are the other used market sellers jealous of the long lineup outside my house?”

Sue Campana
Sue Campana
11 months ago

I have used both sites and have found that Temu has had more items that met my needs and approval then Wish

Judy Kelley
Judy Kelley
11 months ago

I love Temu. I like there shipping time, quality (most of the time.) You always get that 1 thing that leaves you scratching your head. I have even been shopping more on Temu than I have on Amazon!

Vicki Allcorn
Vicki Allcorn
11 months ago

I LOVE Temu and have had crap luck with Wish.
I’ve easily spent 1000$ so far on Temu so I’d definately say I’m a fan.

Jill Gibb
Jill Gibb
11 months ago

I actually like Temu. I was a little skeptical at first, but they deliver on time, the products are good and I would recommend them to anyone.

Manchester United
Manchester United
10 months ago

I never done wish but will. But have done temu I got some really good quality stuff from them so temu is for sure so far a really good place to get stuff

Nancy Farris
Nancy Farris
10 months ago

How do you cancel an order

AvidTemusandWishShopper
AvidTemusandWishShopper
9 months ago

I shop Temu and Wish all the time. Both companies are indeed from china. But I love their prices and the items that I order. Will make Christmas shopping this year a whole lot easier. Of course they have our personal information. They never ask for our ssi numbers. They have to ask for our phone .. addresses and emails. They need to know where to ship out items and they want to stay in contact so they can give us coupons and good deals. The games are just to keep shoppers interested and we earn discounts and points.Other retailers… Read more »

Heidi
Heidi
8 months ago

I used Wish one time, never rec’d my order, but it took 30 days to get a refund. I’m addicted to Temu. I’ve rec’d every order within 7 business days, and have only been disappointed one time.

Isaac
Isaac
8 months ago

I have spent hundreds on wish a few years ago. I’m a very detailed oriented shopper and only like to buy when I feel confident in the accuracy of the description on the item page. It worked out well for me, though shipping made the items quite a bit more expensive. I ordered a tactical vest for holding mags, etc. Ordered a high carbon steel sword, which to my pleasant surprise arrived in satisfactory quality and condition. I’m very familiar with knives and metal, especially high end kitchen knives. I also sharpen my own blades with naniwa whetstones. I ordered… Read more »

Jorabi
Jorabi
8 months ago

Anybody buy memory cards? SD cards and USB flash drives from these sites are notorious for advertising huge capacities then, when formatted, turn out to be much smaller. Wondering if Temu or Wish has addressed this problem with their vendors.