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Comparing Uber Eats and DoorDash: Pros and Cons for Drivers
Uber Eats and DoorDash are some of the most recognizable names in food delivery services. Drivers for both of these companies have the potential to earn a substantial amount during peak meal times by delivering food to clients who order through the company’s mobile app. Driving as an independent driver for a delivery service has many benefits and detriments, but what should drivers know before choosing to drive for either Uber Eats or DoorDash? Is there a difference in the driver experience between DoorDash vs Uber Eats delivery?
In 2014, the popular rideshare service Uber added Uber Eats delivery to its platform, allowing clients to place food orders within the app and Uber drivers to deliver them.
- Both accepting and declining orders is easy and straightforward.
- Must be 18 years old with a clean driving record.
- Employs Surge pricing during peak hours where drivers can potentially earn more. Bonuses and Quest features also give more earning potential.
- Drivers keep 100% of tips.
- App is easy to use
- Drivers who meet qualifications for various services can work for any Uber service offered in the area.
- Will reimburse drivers for $0.30 per gallon of gas.
- The service is flexible in allowing various vehicles, but drivers must input a large amount of vehicle information.
- Approval as a driver might take several days.
- Not all local establishments are signed up with Uber Eats, preferring to deliver through food-only services like DoorDash and GrubHub.
Founded in 2013, DoorDash has always operated primarily as a food delivery service, which is its area of focus.
- Orders are easy to accept
- No vehicle requirements, only that vehicles are insured and safe to operate.
- Must be 18 and over to drive.
- Approval as a driver is usually within 24–48 hours.
- App is easy to use.
- Drivers keep 100% of tips.
- Declining orders is tedious. Drivers must explain why they declined.
- No Surge pricing or similar bonuses for drivers to earn more during busy hours.
- As a food-only delivery service, drivers can only deliver food.
- No gas reimbursement.
Drivers for both services have stated that there is not much of a noticeable difference between the two that drivers should choose one over the other. Both services have their benefits and detriments for drivers, though both services classify drivers as contract workers. This means that drivers for both services are responsible for their own expenses, taxes, and insurance. Uber Eats tends to offer more driver perks in the way of gas reimbursement, Surge earnings, and driver flexibility in working for various Uber services. On the other hand, DoorDash typically has more frequent food delivery opportunities for drivers. At best, most drivers find it beneficial to work for both services, switching between the platforms when work is slow on one, but might be busy on another. DoorDash vs Uber Eats delivery drivers often have similar experiences, and the availability of the services in an area will be a deciding factor.
1. What can a driver expect to earn hourly on these platforms?
Driver pay is dependent upon the hours worked and the demand in an area, but drivers for both services tend to average around $15 to $25 an hour.
2. How are drivers paid on these platforms?
Both Uber Eats and DoorDash pay drivers through direct deposit to linked bank accounts or debit cards, or with dedicated debit cards (DasherDirect for DoorDash and Uber Debit for Uber Eats) in which driver earnings are deposited directly onto the card issued by the companies.
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