7 Top Food Delivery Apps for Your Smartphone

Person lying down on the couch while ordering delivery food on a mobile app.

You are sitting at home, relaxing in your pajamas, and you are hungry. After checking the fridge for the fourth time you finally come to the conclusion that you don’t want to eat anything in the house. You don’t feel like getting dressed and going shopping or getting take-out, so your only option is delivery.

You could call for Chinese food or pizza. But if you do that, you will have to wait for the hold times if they are busy, wait around for the specials to be read off, deal with the background noise and associates that may not know the menu as well as they should. Not only that, pizza and Chinese food get old fast. Not only that, it can be a feel a bit risky reading off your credit card number to a complete stranger. All in all, placing an order for delivery can be troublesome and annoying.

Wouldn’t it be better if you could just order the food that you want without tedious interactions with other people when all you want is some hot food to fill your stomach? Fortunately, in today’s technologically advanced society, with just a few taps on your smartphone’s screen, you can quickly place an order without ever having to speak with another person.

There is a large variety of these apps available, and they are definitely worth exploring. Whether your favorite food is barbecue or Mongolian or maybe you want to find something completely new, it doesn’t matter. All you have to do is enter your location into the app. Once that has been done, the app will show you any of the hundreds of restaurants that partner with that particular app. You can browse hundreds of menus without ever leaving your couch. What’s better is you can have that food delivered without ever having to change out of your PJs, and it can all typically be delivered at the same time as standard pizza delivery.

If you are like me, you love to try different foods, but who has the time to visit every restaurant that you might be interested in? Maybe you don’t even want anything new, you’re just craving a Big Mac, but McDonald’s doesn’t deliver, right? Maybe it’s date night and you want to treat someone special to a fine dining experience in the comfort of your own home.

Many of these apps even offer deals, such as free delivery for the first purchase, as well as coupons that you can redeem directly in the app. You can find your favorites or something new with exclusive deals and discounts with any of the following best food delivery apps.

1. GrubHub

Grubhub mobile app displayed on a smartphone.

Available on iOS and Android.

This app is for everyone, whether you use apple, android, or windows products, and the app is very user-friendly Once you download the app and create an account, you simply input your location and then GrubHub will display all of the restaurants they service in your area. One of my favorite things about this app is the ability to search based on a specific menu item or by the style of cooking or cuisine. Maybe you are craving Mexican food. Maybe you specifically want tacos. Simply enter what you are looking for and GrubHub will deliver your cravings for your next meal. Among the other features that are loved by many is the fact that you can save multiple locations in order to speed up the ordering process.

GrubHub services nearly 1000 cities and the app is free to use. However, some restaurants do charge delivery fees. Some restaurants even have a minimum purchase amount. These are up to the establishments and GrubHub does not charge a standardized fee.

2. UberEats

UberEats mobile app displayed on a smartphone.

Available on iOS and Android.

This is probably the most popular food delivery app on this list, most likely because it is tied to the “Uber” label. You probably trust your Uber driver to get you around town, but what about delivering your dinner? UberEats is one of the most popular food delivery apps today. Many people believe that Uber and UberEats are one and the same, however, UberEats is a standalone app available in most larger cities, such as LA or Chicago.

One thing that is great about UberEats is that it shares most of the same design features that Uber users love, such as cashless transactions and accurately estimated delivery times.

UberEats is available in most metropolitan cities all over the world, including Tokyo, Amsterdam, and Austin. UberEats also charges a standard delivery fee of $5.00.

3. logo and homepage on a digital screen.

Available on iOS and Android.

This is yet another delivery service that is loved by many, and they are known to go far beyond your typical food ordering app. You can order more than just what is on the menu. You can order your favorite breakfast for dinner if you like. Maybe you want to cook for yourself, but you don’t feel like grocery shopping. Perhaps you already have everything for dinner but you need a bottle of wine. You can even use this app if you don’t have any food concerns. You can get your laundry picked up and delivered, too!

Much like some of the other apps on this list, doesn’t charge a standardized fee for its services. The restaurants and other establishments set this fee and often have a minimum amount that must be met for the order to be placed.

4. Foodler

Foodler logo and homepage on a digital screen.

Available on iOS and Android.

Many people flock to the use of these apps due to the use of cashless transactions. Being able to perform these transactions without cash changing hands makes for a much more secure feeling when interacting with your delivery driver. Those drivers know that there is no cash changing hands, so it makes it a bit easier to trust them.

Most of the apps on this list accept the use of credit cards and PayPal. The iOS version even has access to Apple Pay, in most cases. Foodler, however, has more payment options than most. For example, you can pay for your meal with Bitcoin, or you can purchase and use Foodler Bucks. One aspect of this app that puts it above others is the fact that they offer a rewards program, giving you the opportunity to earn free meals.

This app services more over 4,000 cities in the United States. Much like some of the other apps, Foodler is free to use and does not charge a standard delivery fee, but instead leaves it up to the restaurants to determine those additional fees.

5. Seamless

Available on iOS and Android.

Seamless is yet another highly rated app in the food delivery industry. And the name fits. This app allows you to browse menus from thousands of different restaurants. This app also provides exclusive discounts that customers absolutely love.

Beyond using the in-app discounts, you can even skip the typical delivery fee and order your dinner with just a few clicks. Most of the partner restaurants do require a minimum purchase amount before delivery can be made. But beyond that, the service is free.

6. DoorDash

DoorDash logo and homepage on a digital screen.

Available on iOS and Android.

This app may not be as popular as the other apps on this list, but the features offered are quite unique. For example, they offer a “DoorDash Delight” system. This is great because the other customers in your area are able to rate specific dishes in order to help others find the best meals. The “Delight Score” has many different factors, including the popularity of the restaurant, the quality of the food, overall customer satisfaction, and especially the quality of the food. With this app, you don’t have to risk it and hope that the meal you order is good. You can know before you order how much others like it.

The fees charged by DoorDash include the price of your meal as well as an optional tip, taxes, and delivery fees. Now, it is important to note that many of these restaurants do have their own associated service fees.

7. PostMates

Postmates logo and homepage on a digital screen.

Available on iOS and Android.

PostMates allows you to order for more than just food delivery services. For the cities that PostMates services, you can order just about anything from anywhere, and have it delivered to your front door. This service even allows for delivery of alcohol. Now, Postmates doesn’t have partnerships with individual restaurants, so the only limit to using this app is your location.

PostMates currently services nearly 100 cities in the United States. They do add a fee to every order. In addition to this, you should be aware that during peak busy hours they may charge an additional “Blitz Pricing” fee. One of the best things about this app is its “Plus Unlimited” membership option. This is great because it provides you with free delivery on all orders priced over $25 for just $10 per month.

No matter what you choose, any of these best eight food delivery apps can help to satisfy your cravings.

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