Is Uber Eats or Doordash Cheaper?

Uber Eats and Doordash have become the two most popular food delivery apps in America, but this raises the question, is Uber Eats or Doordash cheaper? 

Doordash is the cheaper option if you only order food for yourself as they have a smaller small order threshold. However, the price difference between Doordash and Uber Eats changes so much on regular orders that a definitive cheaper option for regular orders is unclear.

Anyway, the rest of this article will focus on some of the price differences and why it’s difficult to declare whether Uber Eats or Doordash is cheaper. 

Uber Eats or Doordash – Which is Cheaper?

Again, it’s difficult to know whether Uber Eats will be cheaper or Doordash will be cheaper due to a lot of factors that go into determining the delivery fee as neither company has a set delivery fee. The delivery fee varies based on the number of drivers delivering orders at any given time. 

The base delivery fee on Doordash tends to be lower than the base delivery fee on Uber Eats. But Uber Eats generally has a higher fee during peak hours than Doordash (Source: New York Times). 

There are also other factors that could make one a cheaper option than the other that include the following:

  • Partnerships to waive delivery fees with certain restaurants
  • The number of available drivers in your area
  • The distance from you to the restaurant

Discounts Available With Doordash and Uber Eats

Doordash and Uber Eats both run promotions that decrease, or even waive, the delivery fee. These promotions are often done in conjunction with a particular restaurant. This means that one restaurant might not have any delivery fees on Doordash while still having a delivery fee on Uber Eats. 

This is why you should always compare the prices on the two apps before making an order. 

Uber Eats and Doordash both offer a premium service for $10 per month that provides a small discount on the delivery fee on orders over $15 and $12, respectively. It’s worth the $10 per month fee if you make a large amount of orders of $15 or $12 per month. 

Is Uber Eats or Doordash Faster?

Uber Eats has a tendency to be a little faster than Doordash as Uber Eats only works with partner restaurants and usually has more drivers. However, delivery times can vary between the two based on location and whether or not a driver is nearby. 

To answer the question, it’s extremely difficult to predict whether or not Uber Eats or Doordash will be quicker. Uber Eats does have a tendency to be a little faster, but this varies depending on how many drivers are available, their proximity to the restaurant, and the delivery distance.

Final Thoughts

To summarize, Doordash is usually cheaper for small orders as they have a smaller small order threshold. For regular orders, Uber Eats has a tendency to be cheaper during non-peak hours while Doordash is usually cheaper during peak hours.

That said, both companies run a lot of promotions, so it’s worth comparing the prices between the two before placing an order.