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Uber Eats vs DoorDash: Which One is Best for You?

Harry Campbell The Rideshare Guy
May 27, 2022

DoorDash and Uber Eats are the two most popular delivery companies, but which company is best for you? In this article, I’ll break down the major differences between the two apps and offer you my recommendation.

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Whether or not you’re a delivery driver, chances are you’ve heard of the two biggest names in food delivery: Uber Eats and DoorDash. If you’re interested in driving for delivery, you may be wondering: which company is better for delivery drivers?

Well, there’s not an easy answer for that, but I can help you make the best decision for you by breaking down the similarities and differences between the two companies. Let’s get started!

The Basics of Uber Eats and DoorDash

Let’s start with the basics. Uber Eats and DoorDash are both food delivery platforms. When you work for either, you are considered an independent contractor as you complete courier services, typically delivering restaurant food to customers who ordered the food through the app.

Uber Eats has been available on the Uber platform since 2014 and DoorDash has been around since 2013. Both apps became more popular than ever before during the pandemic shutdowns of 2020.

How are they similar, and how are they different? Let’s first start with the difference in how they look and how you accept requests.

Acceptance Screen Information

DoorDash acceptance screen

The DoorDash acceptance screen has more information than Uber Eats does. DoorDash will show you the expected earnings, the location of the restaurant, and where you’re delivering to. It’ll also show how far you have to travel and the expected time it will take.

The act of accepting an order is easy. You simply click “Accept” when it pops up. On the other hand, declining an order is more tedious with DoorDash. First, you click decline, then they ask you why, making you click multiple times just to not do an order.

Interested in driving for DoorDash? Sign up for DoorDash here.

Uber Eats acceptance screen

Uber Eats, on the other hand, will show the restaurant, but you won’t see the address of the delivery until after you accept the order. Instead, you’ll see the cross streets, so you do have a general idea of where you might be headed.

Accepting an order on Uber Eats is also straightforward. Luckily, for Uber Eats, if you decline, it’s just clicking “Decline” and moving on with your day. You don’t need to choose a reason why you are declining the order request.

Want to sign up with Uber Eats? Get started with Uber Eats here.

Staying Busy on the Apps

How in demand will you be as an Uber Eats or DoorDash driver? This is a question that’s difficult to answer. It depends on your market!

Overall, DoorDash has a higher market share of the two, giving you greater odds of receiving orders throughout your day with DoorDash.

However, Uber Eats is connected to the Uber app, potentially giving you more opportunities if you’re willing to take passenger trips as well as food orders.

Uber does have a stricter policy when it comes to hiring rideshare drivers (those who take passengers), but if you’re approved to do rideshare, you’ll be able to do Uber Eats as well. You have the choice in the app which options you’re willing to do on any given day.

The Uber app lets you choose if you want to do deliveries or rideshare or both.

DoorDash vs Uber Eats Earnings

DoorDash driver pay is calculated on base pay, which ranges from $2-10 depending on the estimated time, distance and desirability. Less popular deliveries will have a higher base pay and often offer promotions.

Assuming an average of $20-25/hour, and 40 hours per week, Doordash drivers can expect to make about $800-$1000/week and $3200-4000/month.

WIth Uber Eats, you can expect a little lower hourly rate, somewhere around $15/hr, but that is dependent on if there are quests or promotions available which would help boost earning potential.

Which is Better: Uber Eats or DoorDash?

As you can see, they each have their upsides and downsides. Basically, it depends on what you prefer. Do you want to see the most information up front? Do you want it to be easy to decline? Do you want to have more reliable requests?

The answer is also very market dependent. Some areas will favor one app over the other. You’ll have to do your own research and testing to determine which app is best for your area. If you don’t want to do the research yourself, consider looking for local Facebook groups for each platform and see what drivers who are actively out there are saying about each app and the potential for earnings.

Overall, we recommend signing up for both. They can fill in each other’s down times. It’s always best to diversify if you’re able to. By signing up for Uber Eats and DoorDash, you’re opening yourself up for more success by not eliminating any possibilities.

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Harry Campbell is a former Boeing Aerospace Engineer and founder of TheRideshareGuy.com, a blog, podcast and Youtube channel for ridehail drivers and other gig workers and author of, The Rideshare Guide. Over the years, Harry has covered the gig economy industry closely and talked to tens of thousands of drivers and gig workers about their experience on the road.

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