4 Most Reliable Food Delivery Apps

By Amanda Cohen on October 30, 2018

I would say that the cooler weather makes it more socially acceptable to order for delivery 5/7 days of the week, but let’s be real, I order delivery when it’s warm and cold outside. Now that we can be honest with each other, since I love delivery, I know the best and most reliable apps to use when ordering food. However, I will say that if a restaurant has their own delivery system and is a part of one of these apps, I would still order directly from the restaurant.

Most restaurants only deliver using apps, so that won’t be a choice that you usually have to make anyways. Before you know it, the delivery apps I’m about to tell you are going to be the favorite place you click on when you unlock your phone. Read on so you don’t waste another second dealing with a slow delivery app.

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Reliability is basically in the app’s title: ordering from Seamless if truly a seamless process that goes off without a hitch. The number of restaurants that are on Seamless depends on the location, but if your favorite sushi place is on this app, order right now. The timing of delivery also depends on the restaurants, but the delivery drivers are usually outside your door between 25 and 40 minutes. There is very little human contact involved (thank goodness) and you can pay and tip directly on the app. The app is also good about relaying information, like substitutions and modifications to your order, to the restaurant, and their customer service is excellent. In addition, they also e-mail you with promotions all the time that will help discount your order.


GrubHub is also extremely reliable and highly prevalent on most college campuses. Similarly to Seamless, GrubHub delivers food usually between 25 and 40 minutes (however, like I said this is restaurant-dependent), and modifications to the order are relayed between the app and the restaurant 99.99% of the time. If the food/delivery is not up to standard, the customer service line is fantastic and if you call them about something that is out of their control, they are great about directing you to someone who can actually help you. They give you a number to use to communicate with your delivery driver and you can even track your order (I’m always drooling while looking at the tracking part of the app because I’m so hungry). Like Seamless, you can pay and tip directly on the app. Be sure to use an e-mail that you check regularly so that you can take advantage of the promotions and discounts that they have.

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Door Dash

Door Dash is an app that I only discovered six months ago, and I used it a bunch at school and a little bit at home. They had many more restaurant options compared to Seamless and GrubHub, however, they weren’t as reliable as those two apps. For example, sometimes substitutions and modifications aren’t told to the restaurant, even when you explicitly state something. However, I do love their advance tracking system. It’s similar to Uber Eats where you can track the exact location of the delivery driver’s car. When I have had issues with Door Dash, they are very accommodating about refunds and will make sure that the refund goes through the minute you complain. You can use Apple Pay, which is great and easy for iPhone users, and you sometimes get a small delivery discount when you sign up using Apple Pay instead of a credit card.

Uber Eats

I love Uber and I love Uber Eats. They have the best delivery times compared to any of the apps I’ve used and you can track the car using the GPS feature. They are great about refunds when something isn’t up to your standard and are good at communicating with the restaurant about your order and any changes you’ve made to it. All of the delivery drivers that I have had through Uber Eats have been kind, efficient, and have been great about updating me about their location (little did they know that I was staring at the order tracking feature of the app the entire time I was waiting for my food to come). If you don’t already have Uber Eats on your phone, I recommend you download it ASAP (also, side note, if you don’t have regular Uber on your phone you should download that too because they are also reliable and efficient).

Well, there you have it ladies and gentlemen. If you like ordering out as much as I do, then download these apps right now. It’s cold outside, it’s not worth it to walk in the freezing cold or drive in the snow just to get a big, warm slice of pizza. So, what are you waiting for? Order delivery now!

I am currently a junior at the University of Michigan.

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