There’s no serious question that mobile-friendly food delivery apps make quality restaurant meals more accessible for all. Independent restaurants that can’t afford to keep delivery personnel on staff (or that don’t want to deal with the added complexity) now turn to ubiquitous apps like DoorDash and Grubhub, which also happen to offer diners a substantial number of restaurant choices.
In the United States, a handful of nationwide apps with hundreds of thousands of restaurant partners — DoorDash, Postmates, UberEats, Grubhub, and Seamless — dominate the food delivery game.
None radically depart from the others. Though each app has a distinct appearance and some exclusive restaurant partners, the user’s experience is more or less consistent for each. Despite some variation in fee structure and promotional deals and allowing for user discretion on the tipping front, total delivery costs are broadly similar as well.
The real differences are in the details: what you get for a monthly subscription (if available), whether you can track your driver in real time, and what else is available on the app besides prepared food. These differences manifest as distinct advantages and disadvantages that could influence your choice — or preference if you’re among the multitudes of frequent in-home diners who use more than one food delivery app.
DoorDash has more than 300,000 local restaurant partners in the U.S. and Canada. Delivery personnel, known as “dashers,” operate in virtually every major North American city (and a fair number of smaller cities across the continent, including many college towns).
Although it focuses primarily on restaurant delivery, DoorDash also offers grocery delivery in select markets, muscling in on Instacart’s turf. Pickup is available from select restaurants, though availability varies widely by market. And a partnership with Chase’s credit card division is potentially lucrative for DoorDash customers who link their Chase cards to their DoorDash accounts.
If you’re looking for an opportunity to earn extra cash in your spare time, read our review of the DoorDash dasher experience.
DoorDash’s key features include a subscription service, restaurant pickup and grocery delivery in some areas, and a credit card partnership…….Read More>>