Online food delivery has been going on for a while but has really grown in popularity over the last few years. Now food delivery apps are essential because of their convenience and seamless dispatch.
However, there are so many food delivery apps, and it can be a daunting task to choose the best options depending on the cost, delivery time, and food variety. So, we’ve narrowed down the options to help you choose the best food delivery apps for Android.
With over 10 million downloads, Grubhub is one of the most popular food delivery apps on Android. Grubhub is available in all US states, and it has partnered with over 245,000 restaurants to deliver food to customers.
If you want to place an order through Grubhub, you can add your location on the app and access nearby restaurants. All the restaurants listed have a menu with different categories such as breakfast, lunch drinks, specialties, veggie cravings, or popular items—the categories are different depending on the restaurants.
You can also filter the search results depending on the price, ratings, distance, recommendations, offers, and fastest food delivery. If you’re close to the restaurant, you can choose to pick up your food order when it’s ready. But if you want it dispatched to your location, Grubhub will let you know the delivery cost.
Alternatively, you can avoid paying the delivery fees if you subscribe to Grubhub+ at $9.99 per month—although your order should exceed $12 if you want to enjoy free delivery. Amazon Prime Members can also qualify for free delivery.
On the downside, because of how Grubhub works it’s far from being the cheapest food delivery app for Android. It charges restaurants a commission of between 15% to 25%, and most restaurants increase the food price on the app by the same percentage to recoup the cost.
However, it has one of the best user-friendly interfaces that makes it easier to order what you want.
Download: Grubhub (Free, subscription available)
DoorDash is the most popular food delivery app in the United States. It’s not just a food delivery app, but you can request a rider to deliver pet food, groceries, beauty products, alcohol, retail products, and convenience items to your doorsteps. You can also send somebody a gift using DoorDash.
Just like Grubhub, you can filter the restaurants based on the ratings, delivery time, and price. In addition to that, DoorDash can show you the restaurants in your neighborhood where you can walk and pickup up the food within a few minutes—this is convenient if you want to save the delivery cost.
Compared to other food delivery apps, DoorDash has one of the best search engines—it shows you trending searches based on your location. Another cool thing is that you can share a group link with your friends, so they can add their favorite food to the cart before you order.
If your subtotal is less than $10, DoorDash will charge a small order fee of $2.50. The app also offers customers a faster delivery known as “Express” for an extra charge. Besides the estimated tax, DoorDash receives a 15% commission for every item on the menu—but the restaurant service fee could increase up to 30% depending on the distance.
The delivery fee on DoorDash depends on the distance from the restaurant, although $2.99 to $3.99 is the average price. If you want a waiver on the delivery fee, you can subscribe to DashPass for $9.99 per month.
Download: DoorDash (Free, subscription available)
Uber Eats is the second most popular food delivery app in the United States. The user interface looks like the Uber taxi-hailing app, only it shows you the nearest restaurants on the map where you could order food. On the home page, you can filter your search to choose the most popular or highest-rated restaurants.
If you’re a vegan or vegetarian, you can narrow down your search results, and it also includes a Gluten-free diet option. Better yet, you can use the Browse category to search for a specific cuisine in your area like Indian, Chinese, Mexican or Italian food.
Once you’ve ordered the food, it will take about 30 to 45 minutes to receive your order—this is contingent on the traffic. The delivery fee is often between $0.49 to $5.99 depending on the distance, and the service fee depends on your food order, but is usually 5% to 10% of the subtotal.
However, Uber Eats takes a 15% to 30% cut from restaurants for every order requested through the app. As a result, most restaurants have hiked the food price on Uber Eats to recoup the commission. This means that if the actual price of your food order in the restaurant is $15, you could get charged up to $19.50 for the same food item if you order through Uber Eats due to the restaurant commission.
Similar to its competitors, you can subscribe to Uber Eats at $9.99 to enjoy free delivery and discounts.
Download: Uber Eats (Free, subscription available)
Unlike most food delivery apps that you use to order ready-made food from restaurants, HelloFresh dispatches food ingredients with recipes so you can cook your own meals. You can curate a menu of the different cuisines you want to prepare, and HelloFresh will dispatch all the necessary ingredients with instructions on how to cook them. It’s like sending someone to buy you everything you need for dinner every week.
HelloFresh includes an explore option with thousands of recipes to choose a meal plan. The app also displays all the necessary information for each meal including the calories and estimated cooking time. This would be an ideal food delivery app if you’re on a strict vegan, keto, low-carb, vegetarian, or low-calorie diet—or if you’re learning how to cook.
Once you’ve chosen your meal plan, the fresh ingredients are neatly packed in a refrigerated box with ice packs and delivered to your doorstep every week. This means even if it’s a hot sunny day, and you’re not at home, the meat and the veggies won’t spoil. What’s more, HelloFresh will portion the ingredients depending on how many people will be served at the table to prevent food wastage.
How much does it cost? It will cost you about $7 to $11 per serving if you order through Hello Fresh—it will also cost you $9.99 on average per delivery each week.
Download: HelloFresh (Free, subscription available)
Instacart doesn’t focus on restaurant-to-home food delivery like Uber Eats, Door Dash, and Grubhub. Instead, it lets you order groceries, ready meals, alcohol, pet food, beauty products, pharmacy products, retail items, and wholesale products from different stores and supermarkets within your radius.
There are hundreds of stores featured on Instacart including Costco, Lowe’s, CVS Pharmacy, Sunbasket, Walgreens Dillons, and Target.
In addition to that, Instacart shows you different recipes that you can try out and lets you order the ingredients from the nearest stores. If you want the items dispatched to your doorstep, the delivery fee starts at $3.99. But if you want to save on delivery fees and pay $1.99, you can choose to pick up your orders at nearby locations.
Alternatively, you can subscribe at $9.99 to enjoy free deliveries if your orders exceed $35. As for the item price, Instacart typically charges 15% to 17% commission. Because of that, some items could have a 15% to 17% price increase on the app. There’s also a 5% service charge for every delivery, and you can choose to tip the courier.
However, if Instacart has partnered with a store, you could buy products with the same in-store prices.
Download: Instacart (Free, subscription available)
Choose The Best Android App for Your Food
The best food delivery Android apps with the highest market share are Grubhub, DoorDash, Uber Eats, HelloFresh, and Instacart. However, they have different prices, UI designs, and offers.
If you want a meal kit to cook different recipes at home, the best app is Hello Fresh. Similarly, if you want to order fresh groceries and ready-made meals, the best option is Instacart. On the other hand, if you want to order from restaurants, you could use Grubhub, DoorDash, or Uber Eats.