DoorDash and Uber Eats are two of the biggest food delivery companies and platforms out there, and if you’re considering driving for them, we highly recommend you sign up for both companies!
However, if you’re wondering which company is better in the battle between DoorDash vs Uber Eats, we’ll break down what you need to know about the two companies, how they differ, and what earnings are typically like.
What are 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.
What are the differences between Uber Eats and DoorDash? Take a look at this video below:
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DoorDash vs Uber Eats: Acceptance Screen Info
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. You click decline, then they ask you why, making you click multiple times just to not do an order.
On the other hand, Uber Eats 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 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.
DoorDash vs Uber Eats: Vehicle Requirements
There are no vehicle requirements for DoorDash. As long as the vehicle runs and the tags are all up to date with the DMV, it is eligible for DoorDash deliveries.
The DoorDash app does not require you to input the details of your vehicle either. It is completely optional if you want to input the details of your car in the app.
Like DoorDash, you can drive any vehicle as long as it runs, legal fees are taken care of with the DMV, and you’ll need a valid driver’s license. However, vehicle information input in the app is required to make deliveries, whereas DoorDash does not require vehicle information in their app.
Uber Eats vs DoorDash: Driver Requirements
The only driver requirements are that you have to be at least 18 years of age and have a clean driving record.
You have to be a minimum of 19 years old to make deliveries with a vehicle and have a clean driving record.
Does Uber Eats or DoorDash Pay More?
In our analysis of DoorDash driver pay, base pay varies depending on a variety of factors. It is typically higher when the total distance is higher and lower when it is lower.
For example, orders that are only 1 or 2 miles in total will have about a $3 base pay, whereas 9-10 miles orders will have about an $8-$9 base pay. Tips always vary as well.
From experience, most people generally put a minimum tip on the order, $1-$5. There are also promotions called “peak pay” depending on the region you’re dashing in. Most promotions are offered during night shifts and generally range between $1-$3 extra on top of base pay and tips.
Learn more about DoorDash Driver Pay in our video here: How Much DoorDash Drivers Make In 2022? | DoorDash Driver Pay
Uber Eats Earnings
For the most part, Uber Eats driver pay is similar to DoorDash pay. There is base pay that also depends on distance and time allocated. Shorter trips will garner smaller base pay and higher pay with higher ranged trips.
Most people also tip the minimum of $1-$5 like DoorDash customers. The promotions are slightly different and have a different name called “surge pay.” This promotional pay is constantly fluctuating depending on the demand of the area.
Learn how to make more delivering with Uber Eats and DoorDash here: How I Make $33 Per Hour Delivering DoorDash And Uber Eats | Ride Along
How to Earn More: DoorDash vs Uber Eats
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 and 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. Check out the requirements to drive for Uber.
You choose in the app which options you’re willing to do on any given day (Uber Eats vs Uber).
Learn how to make even more with DoorDash here: 5 Things New Doordash Dashers Should Know To Make More Money In 2022
Overall Earnings: Does DoorDash or Uber Eats Pay More?
After driving for both delivery companies, we’ve found that DoorDash pays drivers more based on volume and availability.
My payouts have been better with DoorDash, which is why it is my primary gig job. Others have said that the pay is slightly better with Uber Eats orders, but I haven’t noticed such a difference. The pay rate is very similar between the two, with the main difference being that DoorDash is significantly busier than Uber Eats consistently.
Types of Deliveries
Both companies offer standard restaurant orders as well as grocery orders. I’ve also noticed that I get more grocery orders with DoorDash than with Uber Eats. The restaurants I pick up can be anywhere from McDonald’s to a 5-star restaurant. The grocery stores can be anywhere from alcohol supermarkets such as “Total Wine” and standard grocery stores such as “Lucky Store” and “Walgreens.”
Which is Better: Uber Eats or DoorDash?
As you can see, they each have their upsides and downsides. So, it partially depends on what you prefer. Do you want to see the most information upfront? Do you want it to be easy to decline? Do you want to have more reliable requests?
It’s also very market dependent. Some areas will favor one app over the other. So, 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 downtimes. 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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