Anyone who has been hungry at the wrong place at the wrong time knows how much of a hassle it is to order delivery. You get put on hold a lot and sometimes you have issues clearly communicating with the person attending to your order. Worse, you sometimes end up getting the wrong order (which is even more of a hassle to deal with since the food is already there).
Aside from the fact that all that is too much for a pizza, there really is no need to put up with any of this when you’ve got apps that can let you make quick orders through your mobile phone. You can get rid of all those annoying steps and just go ahead and place your order with a few taps on your phone. You’ll also have more options to choose from, even restaurants you’ve never tried before. All you need to do is to put in your location and these apps will show you all the restaurants you can try, all within the comforts of your own home.
There are a lot of food delivery apps out there, but these are some of the more popular picks so far.
Seamless – True to its namesake, the app is one of the most efficient mobile apps out there for ordering food online. Not only does it show menus from countless restaurants, but it gives you exclusive discounts for using the app as well. You’ll also get delivery fees waived on top of getting your order with just a few clicks. It works pretty much everywhere in the U.S., too. The app is completely free to use, although you have to make a minimum order each time you use it.
Delivery.com – As far as online food delivery is concerned, Delivery.com has been known to go beyond the menu. This is because the app also offers groceries, wine, and even laundry services on top of the typical food orders. Much like Seamless, Delivery.com is available in most parts of the U.S. and doesn’t charge its users anything for using the service. Instead, the app makes money by getting a share of the pre-tip that you give per order. The restaurants available on the app, however, are not precluded from charging their own delivery fees and imposing their order minimums.
DoorDash – It’s not as big as Seamless, but DoorDash has a few tricks up its sleeve. It’s got a unique feature called the DoorDash Delight scoring system, where selected restaurants are given a Delight score based on different factors like restaurant popularity, food quality, delivery times, and overall customer satisfaction. This is a good way for you to know which restaurants are worth trying in your area. The app works for many U.S. cities, including Seattle, Boston, Atlanta, New York, Chicago, and more. DoorDash also has fees that depend on the restaurant you’re ordering from. These additional charges are often composed of delivery fees, tax, and tips. Some restaurants, however, have their own set of charges.
Foodler – What makes Foodler a particularly interesting app is its ability to give users more methods of payments, specifically cashless transactions. Like most other food delivery apps, Foodler accepts major credit cards, Apple Pay, and PayPal, but in addition it also accepts Bitcoins and Foodler Bucks. The app also has a rewards program that allows its users to accumulate points to earn free meals. It’s available in over 4,000 U.S. cities, so if you plan on using any of the payment methods above, this might be an app worth considering. It’s free to use, but restaurants might charge their own delivery fees.
Grubhub – Available for both iOS and Android, Grubhub will show users all the restaurants within a given location. You’ll also be able to narrow down your search according to cuisine (i.e. Italian, Chinese, etc.) or kind of menu item (i.e. pizza, burgers, fries, etc.). You can also save your favorite options, like the location for delivery. People often take these little features for granted, but you’d be surprised at how faster they can make deliveries. Plus, the app is available in over 900 cities and is free to use, subject to restaurant delivery charges and minimum order amounts.
goPuff – This is one of those apps that’s more than just an online food delivery service. Offering everything from bathroom essentials to alcoholic drinks, goPuff is actually more of an online convenience store. There’s a huge database of items that you can go through with this app. As of now, however, the app is only available in a few cities, like Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Phoenix, and Chicago. But don’t worry, the developers are working to expand to other cities in the future. And while the app is free, there is a $2 delivery charge for those that fall within the 30-minute delivery zones, but if the total order is beyond $49, delivery is free.
Yelp Eat 24 – If you want a food delivery system that has a great rating and review system, then you should go for Yelp Eat 24. The app has built itself reviewing restaurants over the years, making it a competitive choice for those who want to choose the best restaurants in their area, and now you can actually order delivery from those highly rated establishments. Yelp Eat 24 is currently available in 1,500 cities in the United States. It’s free to use, subject to the restaurant’s own delivery fees and minimum order amounts.
In this day and age, ordering takeout or delivery shouldn't even be an issue anymore. You should be spending more time relaxing at home or with family or friends instead of lining up in queues for takeout or dealing with a crew member who can’t seem to hear your order over the phone. Thankfully, any one of these apps above can be the solution to all your delivery needs and more.