Published July 24, 2019|5 min read
Updated July 20,2020:
Food delivery is often seen as a more convenient and affordable alternative to eating out. Luckily, dozens of apps offer food delivery from hundreds of restaurant options, from fast food favorites like Taco Bell to high-end establishments.
We broke down the top nine food delivery apps so you don’t have to spend hours scrolling through each one for the best deal.
Most delivery apps are available in major cities across the U.S., though some may have more options and availability than others. The following apps are all available for download on iOS or Android. Costs don’t include delivery minimums or tipping estimates. Here’s the list, in alphabetical order.
Availability: 20+ cities Cost: No fee to use the app, but Caviar charges a delivery fee based on the distance of the restaurant and a service fee of up to 18% of the order. Most orders require a minimum subtotal, which can increase during periods of high demand. Some restaurants include their own fees.
Customers can use Caviar to browse dozens of restaurants, and can filter their selection by cuisine type or cost. Caviar emphasizes local restaurants and higher-end establishments.
Availability: 150+ cities Cost: No fee to use the app, but there are typically fees set by the vendors.
Customers can get meals, bottles of wine, groceries and even dry cleaning via Delivery.com. If you’re willing to pay to save time, the extra costs may be worth it. For every $1 spent, Delivery.com awards 20 reward points, which customers can redeem for prizes like an iPad mini or credits toward more deliveries.
Love to order in? Here’s how to save money.
Availability: 3,300+ cities Cost: Fees vary by restaurant. Additional costs include delivery and service fees. In some areas, customers can sign up for DashPass, a subscription program that offers free delivery and reduced fees for $9.99 a month.
If you value quality over everything else, DoorDash may be the answer. While it doesn’t have the variety of UberEats and Seamless, Doordash has a scoring system that rates restaurants on factors like delivery time, popularity and customer reviews, which helps customers find the best food options in their neighborhood. The app also hosts real-time order tracking.
Availability: 150+ cities Cost: $1.95 delivery fee for orders under $49.
GoPuff is less of a food delivery service app and more of a digital bodega. Expect to find convenience store staples like snacks, alcohol, phone chargers and toiletries. Because there’s no middleman, GoPuff is able to cap its delivery fees at $1.95 with no surge pricing, making it a good option for picking up the basics.
Availability: 4,000+ cities Cost: No fee to use the app, but there are typically order minimums and delivery fees set by the restaurants.
Don’t know exactly what you want to eat? Grubhub gives customers the option to search for food options by cuisine (like Italian) or specific food item (like tacos). Customers can also search restaurants for coupon codes, and pay using mobile payment apps like Venmo.
Availability: 5,500+ cities Cost: Instacart Express membership costs $99 a year, or $9.99 a month, with free delivery for orders more than $35. Delivery for non-Express members starts at $3.99. There’s an additional 5% service fee for non-Express customers, and a 1.9% fee for Express members (but no service fee for pick-up orders). Fees for alcohol depend on the quantity ordered. There is a $10 order minimum.
Instacart is one of the most widely used online grocery delivery apps, boasting same-day delivery. Users can scroll through pages of produce and other food items in local grocery stores, and Instacart will send a “personal shopper” to fulfill your order and get the items delivered right to their door.
Want to learn more? Here are seven ways to save on Instacart.
Availability: 3,500+ cities Cost: Up to $3.99 delivery fee for partner merchants or up to $5.99 for other merchants, plus a variable service fee. Delivery fees can rise during peak times. Postmates Unlimited members pay no delivery fees on orders over $15. Membership costs $9.99 a month or $99 a year.
Postmates offers more variety than most other food delivery apps by outsourcing the delivery to independent drivers. This expands a customer’s delivery radius and typically speeds up the delivery process. The caveat? Customers have to pay extra for the convenience.
We have a full review of Postmates here.
Availability: 600+ cities Cost: No fee to use the app, but there are typically order minimums and delivery fees set by the restaurants.
Seamless offers access to thousands of restaurants and exclusive in-app discounts. The app boasts real-time order tracking and mobile payment via Venmo and other payment apps.
Here are some ways to save when using the app.
Availability: 6,000+ cities Cost: Delivery fees vary per restaurant and may rise during busier times. Each order comes with a 15% service fee. An additional fee is charged on orders less than $10.
The food delivery extension of the popular ride-hailing app works almost exactly the same.
One of the bonuses of the app? Loyal customers can score reward points on both Uber Eats and Uber, which translates into cash rewards, flexible cancellations and more. Keep in mind that UberEats charges among the highest delivery fees, and is often affected by higher “surge” prices during busy times.
Here are more ways Uber devotees can save money.
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Update: This story has been updated to reflect 2020 app availability and cost.
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