Stuart vs Deliveroo: Which is best for Delivery drivers?

Stuart vs Deliveroo: Which is best for Delivery drivers?

If you stay in the UK, it’s easy to recognise Stuart and Deliveroo as one of the frequently used food delivery apps. In fact, for consumers, you could say they’re pretty much the same thing, with the exception of Deliveroo having more partnerships with local restaurants.

But when it comes to a comparison based on Delivery drivers, well…crickets

The worst?

The internet has less information about this.

Well, we at Exiledriver are changing the narrative in this article. In detail, this article will explain the difference and just about everything you need to know about Stuart and Deliveroo, as well as which should you should go for.

Stuart vs Deliveroo: A quick overview

No doubt; Stuart and Deliveroo are pretty much platforms in the same industry.

But what are the differences?

Well, let’s start by taking a quick overview of them…

A France-based Company, Stuart is a delivery company founded way back in 2014.

Unlike Deliveroo, which is only focused on making food deliveries, Stuart offers its service across a vast type of products and industries including retail, e-commerce and food deliveries. Hence, it has an edge over variety.

While Stuart was founded in France, it has since expanded across several countries especially in the UK, covering locations like the United Kingdom, Belgium and Spain, extensively, just to add a few.

Just like most delivery platforms, the goal for Stuart is to provide a reliable and efficient delivery solution following the last-mile delivery system.

On the other hand, we have Deliveroo, founded one year earlier before Stuart 2013 by William Shu and Greg Orlowski in London.

As a London-based originated online delivery food, it has since its inception, expanded to cover over 200 cities across 12 countries – a wider market base when compared with Stuart.

The company partners with local restaurants, offering a diverse range of cuisines and ensuring quick, efficient deliveries through its vast network of delivery drivers.

Deliveroo’s mission is to transform the way people experience food, enabling customers to order their favourite meals from the comfort of their homes or offices.

The key points and Differences between Stuart and Deliveroo

Now to the nitty-gritty of this article, which is better?

For the sake of simplicity, we’ll be dividing this section into 3 key points, which are listed above:

  1. Average Earnings
  2. Market
  3. Requirements

Average Earnings

Starting from Stuart, the company claims to offer guaranteed pay to customers, just like Uber Eats. While it’s still not definitive, here’s an overview:

The company pay is calculated purely based on the distance of the order in miles from the most efficient route. This covers both the distance to pick up as well as drop off.

The minimum payment per delivery is £3.40 for distances within 0.5 miles.

However, if the distance of the delivery is above 0.5 miles, the platform follows the official route which is £0.95 per mile with a said base pay of £2.93.

So for instance, for a delivery with 3 miles, your pay should be around $0.95*3 (the pay per mile multiplied by the total miles needed to be covered) + £2.93 (the base pay).

That’s a total of £5.78.

This is aside from the tips you may get.

So what about Deliveroo?

Well, unfortunately, Deliveroo doesn’t have any defined structure for calculating the earnings of a driver per delivery, open to the public.

However, the company claims to take into several factors to determine driver fees, such as distance, time spent on delivery, traffic flows, and order value.

From research, however, Deliveroo likely has a lower pay…

Stuart vs Deliveroo: comparison earnings
An earning comparison between Deliveroo, Stuart and Ubereats

While Stuart’s average earnings might appear better than Deliveroo’s, you should compare other factors.

For instance, as you can see in the graph, Uber Eats offers a competitive miles pay just like Stuarts (a bit better), however, most of its orders would usually come from McDonald’s.

The problem with Mc Donalds?

There are always unusual wait times in most locations of these restaurants, resulting in increased time spent on orders.

If you’re someone who values time, this is most likely not a good vestment.


While both platforms operate in similar industries, there are some differences, when it comes to their business model.

Firstly, their market.

Stuart’s goal is to cater for all sorts of delivery options such as parcels, retail items, food delivery and several other companies (in a variety of industries), the companies partner with.

With this you’re promised a wider market, working with Stuart.

On the other hand, the primary focus of Deliveroo is food delivery, partnering mostly with local restaurants, as well as some other big brands. With this, chances are, you’re likely to get more orders during peak meal times.

But it doesn’t make much difference right? Well, it does…

If you’re going in for food delivery, it could be a better option to go with Deliveroo or both, as they’re most likely to have a wider customer base and are focused on one particular industry.

Driver Requirements

Generally, there are not many differences between Deliveroo and Stuart when it comes to the requirements.

Firstly, both companies allow drivers to use whatever vehicle they have. This goes from as little as bicycles to e-bikes where we covered the best for Deliveroo, and to motorbikes and vehicles.

For Deliveroo, while bicycles might seem like a better option, there are some disadvantages. The same goes for cars – overhead expenses, as well as some other requirements.

This aside, other requirements are pretty much the same, which include:

  1. Drivers have to be 18 years of age
  2. Have a valid Drivers license
  3. Have a right to work in the UK permit

Lastly, it is worth mentioning that Deliveroo gives free kits to new drivers.

Depending on the vehicle, this may include:

  1. Helmet
  2. Phone Mount
  3. A Jacket (when you make 50+ orders)
  4. Insulated Backpack
  5. Thermal Bags, etc.

This is not the case for Stuart (Doesn’t make much difference, though).

Our Final Verdict: Why not work with the two? T

Yes, that’s our final verdict. You can work with the two platforms.

I mean, there’s no contract in any one of the platforms that stop you from doing both, so why not? But that aside, that’s what most delivery drivers like me do, when we

For one thing, Deliveroo has a better customer base spread across the country. Hence, you’re likely to get better orders on the platform, especially when you use a vehicle with a higher priority, and of course, are a better driver (like having good ratings, etc).

On the other hand, Stuarts appear to pay better and would most likely have less competition depending on your location.

But, the only way you can know which works better for you is to give them a try. So why not?

If however, you want to go with a single platform at the time, we recommend Deliveroo.

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