Food delivery apps are one of the best things about living in the future. With just a few touches, you can have delicious meals sent right to your door within minutes.
Which delivery app should you download, though? While the short answer to that question is probably just “all of them,” here’s a look at some of the best of the best for your iPhone.
goPuff isn’t one of your “typical” food delivery apps, but it’s one that you absolutely need to know about.
This app specializes in bringing the grocery store to you. On paper, that means that they will bring you all the things you need to cook food. You know, bacon, eggs, lettuce, milk…that kind of thing.
However, goPuff will also bring you some of the other things from the grocery store. From ice cream and nuts to sugar cookies, goPuff will bring you your favorite ready-to-eat grocery food items. Best of all, they’ll do it for a rather modest delivery fee and offer extended hours.
This makes goPuff the perfect app for when you’re really craving chips and ice cream late at night. It’s also quite good if you’re looking to actually cook. Sadly, goPuff can’t really do much for you if you’re looking for a fuller “traditional” takeout meal. While that’s not really what it’s trying to do, you should only think of this app as a “munchie emergency” button.
On paper, Caviar offers something that you’ve probably always wanted from your delivery apps: better food.
Caviar focuses on attracting restaurants that you can’t find on most other delivery services. The service also tries harder to curate notable delivery restaurants. What that means is that if it’s on Caviar, there’s a pretty good chance that it’s worth eating.
In a world of iffy delivery reviews and iffier delivery food, Caviar tries to elevate your expectations of delivery food. So far as that goes, it usually works quite well.
Unfortunately, Caviar is only available in a limited number of cities at the moment. Caviar also charges a higher than usual delivery fee. You can also expect some of the premium restaurants on its service to cost a little more.
Still, Caviar hits the spot when you’re looking for something a little better.
Like goPuff, Instacart focuses on bringing the grocery store to you. Unlike goPuff, Instacart’s offerings are a little more…expansive.
Instacart has become a favorite among those who like to cook for themselves but don’t like to grocery shop. It’s like having your own assistant. You can even ask to pick up the groceries from the store (after the shopping is done, of course) and communicate with your shopper while they’re at the store. That means you have much greater control over what, exactly, you get.
Instacart’s expanded options make it much easier to access the offerings of various stores and get exactly what you want. It’s an incredible system, but it is naturally limited. Again, that means that you can’t use this as a traditional food delivery app.
When you just want the thrill of a kitchen of groceries without the work, though, this is the way to go.
At first glance, Delivery.com is a pretty standard delivery app. When you dive deeper, though, you begin to find the fascinating ways this service sets itself apart.
Delivery.com particularly excels when it comes to rewards and coupons. The app’s built-in reward system means that you don’t have to keep ordering from the same place in order to become a regular. With enough deliveries, you’ll score access to coupons and other benefits not otherwise available. It’s enough to encourage you to be a regular. You can even get some alcohol delivered via this app.
Delivery.com also boasts handy features such as group ordering options that make it perfect for workplaces. It’s an overall very handy service that suffers from a slightly less functional app and slightly less impressive selection. Other than that, it’s certainly an appealing option.
You already trust Uber to drive you where you need to go, so why not let them bring you your favorite food.
Much like its taxi counterpart, UberEats allows you to call drivers around your area. Unlike its taxi counterpart, the drivers will bring you food so you can stay in instead of go out. It’s a wonderful arrangement that further benefits from two factors: availability and speed.
Simply put, UberEats offers one of the best delivery apps out there. It’s fast, responsive, and generally highly reliable. It’s also available in quite a few international locations and smaller areas.
While UberEats doesn’t usually have the best selection for many areas, it’s a reliable way to get recognizable food from an astonishing number of locations.
Fun fact: DoorDash isn’t a food delivery app. That is to say that it’s not specifically a food delivery app.
DoorDash utilizes a network of delivery drivers to bring you pretty much everything. While that means being able to pick up household items, and groceries, it also means theoretically having access to a wider variety of food.
As long as a restaurant offers the ability to pick-up food, a driver can pick up that food for you. From McDonald’s to street carts, DoorDash theoretically allows you to access a world of food options.
The only real downside to DoorDash is that it can be a little more expensive due to higher delivery fees. Otherwise, it’s well worth a look if you’re trying to get food that’s otherwise unavailable.
Postmates is similar to DoorDash in many ways. Both allow you to ask a network of delivery drivers to bring you nearly anything that you could want.
Where Postmates separates itself from the pack is through some of its finer features. Its app is slightly smoother, it supports a ton of stores (including exclusive restaurants), and it even offers a premium membership that removes delivery fees. It’s a well-trusted and highly-functional delivery service.
Postmates and DoorDash each offer their own benefits and downsides. For instance, DoorDash seems to be available in more areas and no minimums. It’s up for debate which is “better,” but we highly recommend that you check out both if you’re ever in need. You may just find your new favorite delivery service.
Again, the next two apps on this list are fairly similar in terms of overall functionality. Honestly, where they separate themselves slightly is in terms of availability.
Before we get into that, though,it should be noted that Seamless is one of the definitive delivery apps on the app market. It allows you to easily order food from nearly any restaurant in your area for either pickup or delivery. It’s basically the drawer full of delivery menus you used to keep around but in digital form.
The Seamless app also works incredibly well and benefits from regular updates. Information is usually accurate, and everything is quite responsive. Seamless’ customer service is also genuinely helpful.
Honestly, if Seamless if available to you, then there are very few reasons you wouldn’t consider using it. Interestingly, though, that does bring us to our final entry on this list…
Not too long ago, Seamless and Grubhub decided to merge. Considering that they offered very similar services, it made sense that they would combine into one overarching entity. However, they are technically different services.
The reason that’s important has to do with this service’s availability. Simply put, GrubHub just seems to be available in more places than Seamless. Given that each of them offers the same basic functionality, that means that you have access to one of the best digital delivery apps wherever you may be thanks to Grubhub.
If you’re not already using Grubhub in your area, then you should be. It’s honestly one of the best things on the app market for foodies everywhere.