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WABAN, Mass., April 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Subway and Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen deliver the best customer experience in the fast food industry, according to the 2018 Temkin Experience Ratings, an annual customer experience benchmark of companies based on a survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers.  

Subway took the top spot out of the 24 fast food chains included in this year's Ratings, earning a score of 83% and placing second overall out of 318 companies across 20 industries. Popeye's came in a close second with a rating of 81% and an overall rank of 12th. Two other fast food chains received "excellent" ratings: Panera Bread and Little Caesar's, both of which received a score of 80% and placed 17th overall.

Overall, the fast food industry averaged a 76% rating in the 2018 Temkin Experience Ratings and came in 2nd place out of 20 industries. The average rating of the industry declined by 0.4 percentage-points between 2017 and 2018, dropping from 76.5% to 76.1%.

The ratings of all fast food chains in the 2018 Temkin Experience Ratings are as follows:

  • Subway: 83%
  • Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen: 81%
  • Panera Bread: 80%
  • Little Caesar's: 80%
  • Baskin Robbins: 79%
  • Pizza Hut: 79%
  • Sonic Drive-In: 79%
  • Starbucks: 79%
  • Dairy Queen: 79%
  • Chick-fil-A: 78%
  • KFC: 78%
  • Taco Bell: 77%
  • Dunkin' Donuts: 76%
  • Arby's: 75%
  • Jack in the Box: 75%
  • Wendy's: 75%
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill: 75%
  • Hardee's: 75%
  • Domino's: 74%
  • Papa John's: 74%
  • Panda Express: 73%
  • Burger King: 72%
  • IHOP: 72%
  • McDonald's: 70%

"The fast food restaurant does a good job with customer experience. It's impressive that the four top chains earned excellent scores," states Bruce Temkin, managing partner of Temkin Group.

Taco Bell's customer experience score improved the most over the previous year, gaining seven percentage-points. Hardee's score, on the other hand, declined the most, dropping by eight points.