Peter Hook said of the album's title "The title of the album is Get Ready so it could mean anything or nothing. I thought it was just nice; New Order, Get Ready; 'cause we are, we're getting ready for the next phase of our musical lives both physically and mentally, so it's quite a simple thing but it's very pertinent."
The album features cover art directed by Peter Saville and designed by Howard Wakefield, who have also designed covers for other New Order and Joy Division albums. The cover model is German actress Nicolette Krebitz.
Get Ready has been generally well-received by critics. Entertainment Weekly opined that New Order have "never sounded stronger or more vigorous", calling the album "A stunning and confident return to form". John Bush of AllMusic wrote "their first work in 15 years that's focused on songwriting and performance rather than grafted dance techniques". Q wrote "New Order have made better records than this, but not many with such an emotional charge and the expansive noise to carry it off... [...] Get Ready is the sound of a great band breaking free of their past before your ears."
The album currently holds an approval rating of 72/100 on review aggregator website Metacritic.