GrubHub and Instacart: A Side by Side Comparison [2023]

As the demand for food and grocery delivery continues to rise, the competition between delivery services is becoming increasingly fierce in the US.

Two of the biggest players in the industry are GrubHub and Instacart.

Both companies offer unique features and services, making it difficult to choose between them.

In this article, I’ll compare the two services in terms of cost, selection, availability, ready time, and delivery.

By the end of this article, you will have a better understanding of which app may be the best fit for your daily food/grocery needs.

GrubHub vs Instacart: Cost

GrubHub is cheaper than Instacart, but only if you order from a restaurant that doesn’t have a delivery fee. The tiered pricing system of GrubHub means that the more expensive your order is and the more restaurants you choose from, the higher your total cost will be.

If you’re ordering from one restaurant with no extra fees (which can happen), then GrubHub will be less expensive than Instacart.

In contrast, Instacart charges a delivery fee–$5 on orders under $35 and $7 for those over $35 and tips for drivers if they choose to leave them in-app or through PayPal. This makes Instacart slightly more expensive than GrubHub at first glance.

However, it’s possible that these fees could save you money in some cases because they’re not charged directly by restaurants as they would be with GrubHub’s tiered pricing system.

Here customers must pay per item ordered plus tax on top of what they spend at checkout time when using cashless payment methods such as Apple Pay or Google Pay Wallet.

GrubHub vs Instacart: Selection

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The selection of restaurants on GrubHub is much larger than Instacart. So if you’re looking for a specific restaurant to order from, chances are good that it will be available through GrubHub.

Instacart’s grocery store selection, on the other hand, is much larger than its counterpart’s. So if you need groceries and not just food delivery, then Instacart may be better suited for your needs than GrubHub–though both services have options for both types of purchases!

GrubHub vs Instacart: Availability

GrubHub is available in over 1,500 cities and towns across the United States, Canada, and Australia.

  • Restaurants: GrubHub has over 75,000 restaurants on its roster–including many fast-food chains, independent eateries, and national chains like Five Guys Burgers & Fries and Shake Shack. The company also offers delivery from popular chains such as Chipotle Mexican Grill; Panera Bread; Wingstop; Papa John’s Pizza; Sonic Drive-In; Jack in the Box–and that’s just scratching the surface!
  • Grocery stores: If you want to order groceries straight from Instacart (and not just restaurant food), only a few grocery stores offer delivery: Whole Foods Market locations in select states throughout America. But remember that these deliveries aren’t always free–you’ll have to pay for them unless otherwise specified by your local store manager or regional general manager of Instacart itself (which seems unlikely).

GrubHub vs Instacart: Ready time


GrubHub is a little faster than Instacart when it comes to delivery. So you can expect your order to be delivered in about an hour. However, the average wait time will increase significantly if you’re not using GrubHub’s Express Delivery option (which costs $4.99).


If you’re looking for fast delivery, Instacart may not be the best choice for you–but some benefits compensate for this inconvenience. First and foremost: the fact that they offer grocery pickup at many stores means that if you don’t want your food delivered at all (or don’t want it delivered right away), some options might still be available to suit your needs!

GrubHub vs Instacart: Delivery

Delivery times and fees are essential when choosing a delivery service. Both GrubHub and Instacart offer free deliveries on orders over $15, but there are some exceptions:

  • GrubHub delivery fees start at $3.99 in select cities, while Instacart charges a flat rate of $4.99 per order, regardless of size or location.
  • For both companies, there’s also an option to pay extra for “rush” delivery (meaning within an hour) or same-day delivery (within two hours). These options cost $6 more than standard rates; however, this isn’t always necessary since most restaurants offer same-day service anyway–and if they don’t have it yet, they might soon enough!

Delivery limits vary depending on where you live and what time of day you place your order; generally speaking, it’s safe to say that neither company has any restrictions when it comes down to how much food one person might want to deliver at once!

GrubHub vs Instacart: Ordering

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GrubHub is better for ordering. GrubHub has a better selection of restaurants and menu options if you’re looking to order food. You can also choose from various delivery times and even pay with cash or Venmo if you don’t have a credit card on file with the app.

Instacart is better for grocery delivery. Instacart’s biggest draw is its ability to deliver groceries from stores like Whole Foods, Costco, Sprouts Farmers Market, and more.

Therefore, making it ideal for those who don’t want to leave their house but still need groceries delivered quickly (and without having to drive).

GrubHub vs Instacart: Food and Groceries

GrubHub is the way to go if you’re looking to order food. The app offers a wide range of options, including pizza and wings to sandwiches and sushi. You can even get dessert delivered if your sweet tooth strikes during dinner!

Instacart is best for grocery shopping–but keep in mind that it doesn’t offer as many options as other grocery delivery services like Amazon Fresh or Peapod (which allow customers to order non-perishables).

However, Instacart does have partnerships with many major chains, such as Whole Foods Market and Costco Wholesale Corporation, so you’ll likely find what you need on its list of stores.

The main drawback here is that while you can use Instacart’s app on all devices (including desktop computers), there isn’t any way yet for customers who want someone else besides themselves to go out into stores and physically pick up their items off shelves

GrubHub vs Instacart: Convenience

GrubHub has a more convenient app because it allows users to browse menus of nearby restaurants from their homes or offices, as opposed to having to go out in person and look at them on a physical menu.

On top of that, it also allows users with dietary restrictions such as gluten-free diets or vegetarianism (or just plain picky eaters like me!) to filter out all the options they don’t want before making their choices. This saves time since there won’t be any surprises when they get their food delivered later on!

On the other hand, Instacart allows shoppers who don’t have time during the day but do have transportation to place orders online at night.

They can pick up groceries during off-peak hours later in the week when stores aren’t as busy yet still open late enough for customers who need fresh produce right away.
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In conclusion, GrubHub and Instacart are two of the most popular food and grocery delivery services, each with its own unique features and services.

Although, both services offer similar delivery options, but GrubHub is generally faster.

The choice between the two also depends on your specific needs and preferences. At last, I would recommend you try both services and make the best decision for yourself.