Technology has, for many years now, become an integral part of a majority of people’s lives. Whether it is in the entertainment or lifestyle domains, or in that of education and even health care, we have all come to heavily rely on technology through various forms and means. The food delivery service is one of them.
Due to the pandemic, and especially the multiple restrictions that were set up to keep us safe and protected, the food delivery industry has seen an immense rise in the number of orders placed through their platforms.
There are indeed many apps and services to choose from, with each one of them, being praised for providing good and even excellent services. With all that in mind, it can become quite hard to pick which one to use.
For this reason, we have created a short guideline to help you compare and pick the best local food delivery services. This comparison will be made between four well-known platforms: Grubhub, Uber Eats, DoorDash, and Postmates.
Areas of Service and Featured Restaurants
One of the most important things to consider when comparing food delivery apps is the regions they serviced. This is simply because if an app does not service your region, then there is no point in even considering it for your delivery needs.
But most food delivery apps service well over hundreds of major cities all over the country.
Grubhub: GrubHub is available in more than 3200 cities in the US, and London. The company features over 300,000 restaurants.
Uber Eats: While Uber Eats mainly delivers to major cities in the US, it also reaches many international marketplaces such as France, Germany, and Tokyo. Overall, Uber Eats services more than 500 cities globally, with well over 320,000 featured restaurants.
DoorDash: With over 4000 cities serviced all around the world, 80% being in the US, DoorDash is in fact, the most popular fresh food delivery app. The company operates mostly in suburban areas, which gives it a certain advantage compared to others that focus more on major cities and town centers. DoorDash features over 300,000 restaurants.
Postmates: Available in over 4200 cities throughout the US, and even Canada, Postmates actually delivers more than just-food. The company offers delivery of just about anything, even alcohol. They are used by over 600,000 restaurants, grocery and convenience stores, as well as certain traditional retailers.
Membership and Fees
As most food delivery apps typically charge for a variety of things (delivery, small order, or service fee), they also offer membership options that include various benefits for their customers. One of those benefits is often free deliveries.
Grubhub: With Grubhub, delivery fees are usually less than $7 and the company offers a $9.99 monthly membership which includes a free two-week trial. The “Grubhub+” membership comes with unlimited free deliveries (from certain restaurants) on orders over $12.
Uber Eats: Uber Eats delivery fee is typically less than $6. But the company does offer a membership option known as “Eats Pass” for $9.99/month. With it, you’ll get free deliveries and a $5 reduction on orders over $15.
DoorDash: With delivery fees varying anywhere from $1.99 to $8 depending on the restaurant, Doordash offers the “DashPass”, a $9.99 monthly subscription, to its customers. The DashPass provides a “$0 delivery fee and reduced service fees for subscribers when ordering $12 or more from any DashPass-eligible restaurant.”
Postmates: The company delivery fees often vary between $1 and $10. Postmates then offers a $9.99 monthly or $99.99 annual membership called “Postmates Unlimited”. This membership includes a 7-days trial and provides its members with free delivery on every order over $12.
Each and every one of these companies has a reputation built upon a particular feature or specialty. This is what makes their difference and the reason why so many people have chosen to rely on them.
Grubhub: Grubhub supports almost every payment method, some of which are Paypal, Apple Pay, and Google Pay. They are also well known for their many food deals and offers.
Uber Eats: For a fast delivery and better cost, Uber Eats is your go-to app. According to the company, their average delivery time is about 30 minutes.
DoorDash: As mentioned earlier, DoorDash is the most popular food delivery app. It is best known for its consistency and overall reputation.
Postmates: Postmates’ advantage takes place in the variety of delivery services it offers.
Overall, while every delivery app offers the same basic service, their perks and benefits can vary from one to the other. It is therefore all about figuring out what matters the most to you, in order to pick the best fit. And because there is no rule of exclusiveness, you can simply pick a delivery app that best suits your current order or needs.
Once that’s done, all that’s left is to pick up your phone or computer, order from your favorite restaurants, and wait for your food to come.