As a nation, we can be quite lazy when it comes to cooking food, leaving us with no choice but to phone up the local takeaway and order in some food. Given that this isn’t exactly a secret, it’s no surprise that there are multiple apps on the market in the modern day that offer customers a food delivery service.
In this article we are going to look at the best apps currently out there that offer food delivery to customers in the UK and what makes them stand out from the crowd.
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Did somebody say Just Eat? We’ve all heard the advert and we’ve all used them to order food. Just Eat doesn’t pretend to be anything other than that what it is – a service used by local, independent takeaways for local customers within a certain radius. They tend to steer clear of big brands and you rarely hear about employee discontent like you do with similar services.
The app is really easy to use, prompting you to enter in your postcode when you first open it up before being given the choice of what type of takeaway you’re after. Just Eat will then bring up a list of all takeaways which fit your criteria, letting you know what their minimum order is for delivery and what if they have a delivery fee.
After analysing all options you are then free to click on a takeaway and browse through their bespoke menu. Once you’ve decided what you want to eat, simply add it to your Just Eat basket and then confirm your order when ready. Just Eat will take a small service fee from every order but that is to be expected considering they are essentially working as the middle man between customer and business.
Each takeaway on the app has a rating which is determined by Just Eat users. After you order from a takeaway you will be asked to leave a review which will help to either upgrade or downgrade an establishments rating. This will help other users know where to trust and where to avoid – something very important when it comes to food.
We’ve decided to bunch these two delivery services into one seen as they are near enough identical in how they work and the establishments that they work alongside. While Just Eat tends to avoid large brands such as McDonalds, Subway and KFC, Uber Eats and Deliveroo are all over them, in addition to restaurants instead of *just* takeaways.
This means that customers who might not fancy a local, greasy takeaway and instead want food from their favourite restaurant are advised to use Uber Eats or Deliveroo. The Covid-19 pandemic certainly helped on this front with restaurants up and down the country signing up to these services to keep money ticking over while their restaurants were closed down.
Both apps are really easy to use and update users regularly on any offers that are currently available on any of the establishments on their app. Uber Eats runs a promotion every 15 minutes with a collection of stores, offering free delivery meaning that you can save a bit of cash on your order if you log on to the app at the right time.
In a similar way to Just Eat, both Deliveroo and Uber Eats categorise their content well, with Uber Eats categorising their content via ‘restaurants’, ‘grocery’, ‘convenience’ and ‘alcohol’ displaying that they are more than just your bog standard takeaway delivery service. Deliveroo, on the other hand, goes for the more classic approach of categorising via food types such as ‘chinese’, ‘thai’, indian’, ‘burgers’ etc.
All in all both apps are worth getting, but you could probably get by if you only download one of them given that they tend to share the majority of the same establishments anyway.
The final food delivery app that we’d like to talk about is Hello Fresh, a completely different type of food delivery service from the other apps that we have discussed. Hello Fresh don’t deliver your ready made food to eat that are going to kill your calorie count for the day, but rather send you bags of ingredients and bespoke recipes for customers to make their own, healthy meals.
This takes the faff out of going around a supermarket with a list and trying to find all the ingredients for what you want to make and provides you with everything you need for an affordable price. Customers who are signed up to the service can get the most out of the app, getting to pick what meals they want sending them to each week.
Before deciding on what meals you want, you can scan through what is available to you for that week and look at what’s involved in the cooking process. The app tells you everything you need to know about each meal, including the ingredients involved, how many calories are in it, the time it takes to make and how difficult it is to make. Once you’re happy with your selection, put them in to your basket and Hello Fresh will send them to you.
The use of the app doesn’t end there, though, because customers can also use the step by step guide for each meal when it comes to cooking time. Each step of the cooking method includes an embedded timer so you can keep right up to date on where you should be during the cooking process at any given time.
Hello Fresh often run promotions so give it a try for a discounted price!
To conclude, each app we have spoken about in this article is worth downloading. If you are after a local, cheap takeaway then you should be all over Just Eat. If you are after restaurant-type food but at home then get signed up to Deliveroo and Uber Eats. And finally, if you are looking for healthy food made easy, then sign up to Hello Fresh.