LightSpeed - Top 13 Alternatives

Shlomi LaviShlomi Lavi / updated: Nov 14, 2021

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Lightspeed competes with other points of sale systems like Square Point of Sale, Heartland Retail, and Vend. We will compare these point-of-sale systems in some specific aspects below.
  • Functionality: Lightspeed offers inventory, Design, Orders, Marketing & SEO, Reporting, and International sales. When compared to its alternatives, Square point of sale offers features like Payments, Checkout (available in Lightspeed), POS Hardware, Operations (available in Lightspeed), and Customization (available in Lightspeed). Heartland Retail offers features like Point Of Sale (available in Square), Order Management (available in Lightspeed), Inventory Management (available in Lightspeed), Customer Management, Purchasing & Receiving, Metrics & Reporting (available in Lightspeed and lacking in Square), and Payments (available in Square).
  • Customers/Industries: Lightspeed targets businesses in retail, restaurants, and golf. Customers using Lightspeed are Out there Outfits, Le Brow Bar, Sargent Steam, etc. Compared to its alternatives, Square point of sale targets businesses in Retail, Food and beverage, professional services, and Large businesses. Hi-Lo Liquor Market, Junzi, Parry restaurants groups, Dante NYC all use Square point of sale. Heartland Retail targets businesses in Retail such as Apparel & Fashion, Shoe Stores, Gift Stores, Health & Beauty, Home & Lifestyle, Museum Stores, Sporting Goods, etc. Handpicked, Scout & Molly Boutique, NutritionZone, NIC+ZOE all use Heartland Retail. Vend targets all Business types like fashion boutiques, homeware stores, sports & outdoors, etc. Timber and Tailor, Port OCall - San Marino, Buster McGee, RockaRolla Party Shop. Cape Town all use Vend.
  • Cost: Lightspeed starts at starts from $69/month. Compared to its mentioned alternatives, Vend starts at $99 per month billed annually or $119 billed monthly, Heartland Retail starts at $80 per month per selling station. The cost information for Square point of sale is unavailable. According to ITQlick expert cost research, Lightspeed is cost-rated at 1.3/5, which means it is a low-cost point of sale software. The rating system considers this software rated 1-2 as low-cost and 4-5 as high cost.
  • Cloud-based/On-premise: Lightspeed and its alternatives are cloud-based.
  • Popularity: Lightspeed (2005) is publicly traded on the TSX and NYSE under the LSPD symbol. Lightspeed has 150,000+ customer locations in 100+ countries worldwide. Vend (2010) is privately held and trusted by 20,000 customer locations around the world. Heartland Retail (1997), a subsidiary of Global Payments is publicly traded on the NYSE under the GPN symbol.
  • Scalability: Lightspeed can accommodate small startups and multi-location businesses. Square point of sale can accommodate small, medium, and Large scale businesses.
  • Support: Lightspeed shares similar support channels to its alternatives like email/help desk, FAQs/forum, a knowledge base, phone support, and chat. Lightspeed and Vend offer 24/7 live rep, lacking in Square point of sale and Heartland Retail.

2021's Top LightSpeed Alternatives

Here are the top 4 alternatives to LightSpeed that are worth checking out: Toast POS for SMBs, Clover for large size business, PHP Point Of Sale for growing companies, and RetailEdge for startups and SMBs.

ITQlick rating ITQlick Rating is based on the software score (below) and aggregated online reviews
Score ITQlick Score is a 1 to 100 score, based on pricing, and functionality Vs. alternative solutions
Pricing pricing Score is a 1 to 10 score, based on the TCO (cost of licences, customizations, training, hardware when relevant) Vs. alternative solutions
License pricing license pricing (if provided by the software vendor)
Functionality
Review
Compare
LightSpeed
ITQlick rating
4.2/5
Score
93/100
Pricing
2.6/10
License pricing
$69 per month
Functionality
44
Best for SMBs
Toast
ITQlick rating
4.3/5
Score
98/100
Pricing
2.8/10
License pricing
$165 per month
Functionality
10
Review
Best for Enterprise
Clover
ITQlick rating
3.7/5
Score
91/100
Pricing
6/10
License pricing
$300 per license
Functionality
5
Review
Growing
PHP
ITQlick rating
4.7/5
Score
91/100
Pricing
2.8/10
License pricing
$28.25 per month
Functionality
19
Review
Free version
RetailEdge
ITQlick rating
4.7/5
Score
85/100
Pricing
2/10
License pricing
$495 per license
Functionality
32

1. Toast POS - Best for SMBs

Toast POS is an alternative Point of sale software, Toast POS installed on-premises or used cloud based, LightSpeed can be used on-premises and on the cloud. Toast POS, with a pricing score of 2.8 is considered more expensive to implement than LightSpeed with a score of 2.6.

Toast POS is rated 4.3 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (Toast offers 10 main features). compare head to head: Toast POS Vs LightSpeed

2. Clover - Best for Large Business

Clover is an alternative Point of sale software, Clover used on the cloud, LightSpeed can be used on-premises and on the cloud. Clover, with a pricing score of 6 is considered more expensive to implement than LightSpeed with a score of 2.6.

Clover is rated 3.7 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (Clover offers 5 main features). compare head to head: Clover Vs LightSpeed

3. PHP Point Of Sale - Best for Growing Companies

PHP Point Of Sale is an alternative Point of sale software, PHP Point Of Sale installed on-premises or used cloud based, LightSpeed can be used on-premises and on the cloud. PHP Point Of Sale, with a pricing score of 2.8 is considered more expensive to implement than LightSpeed with a score of 2.6.

PHP Point Of Sale is rated 4.7 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (PHP offers 19 main features). compare head to head: PHP Point Of Sale Vs LightSpeed

4. RetailEdge - Best for NO Budget or Start up Companies

RetailEdge is an alternative Point of sale software, RetailEdge installed on-premises, LightSpeed can be used on-premises and on the cloud. RetailEdge, with a pricing score of 2 is considered less expensive to implement than LightSpeed with a score of 2.6.

RetailEdge is rated 4.7 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (RetailEdge offers 32 main features). compare head to head: RetailEdge Vs LightSpeed

5. Cash Register Express

Cash Register Express is an alternative Point of sale software, Cash Register Express installed on-premises, LightSpeed can be used on-premises and on the cloud. Cash Register Express, with a pricing score of 2 is considered less expensive to implement than LightSpeed with a score of 2.6.

Cash Register Express is rated 4 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (Cash offers 7 main features). compare head to head: Cash Register Express Vs LightSpeed

6. Springboard Retail Software

Springboard Retail Software is an alternative Point of sale software, Springboard Retail Software installed on-premises or used cloud based, LightSpeed can be used on-premises and on the cloud. Springboard Retail Software, with a pricing score of 3 is considered more expensive to implement than LightSpeed with a score of 2.6.

Springboard Retail Software is rated 4.5 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (Springboard offers 30 main features). compare head to head: Springboard Retail Software Vs LightSpeed

7. Vend

Vend is an alternative Point of sale software, Vend installed on-premises or used cloud based, LightSpeed can be used on-premises and on the cloud. Vend, with a pricing score of 2 is considered less expensive to implement than LightSpeed with a score of 2.6.

Vend is rated 4.3 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (Vend offers 21 main features). compare head to head: Vend Vs LightSpeed

8. Shoptiques POS

Shoptiques POS is an alternative Point of sale software, Shoptiques POS installed on-premises or used cloud based, LightSpeed can be used on-premises and on the cloud. Shoptiques POS, with a pricing score of 2.8 is considered more expensive to implement than LightSpeed with a score of 2.6.

Shoptiques POS is rated 4.5 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (Shoptiques offers 7 main features). compare head to head: Shoptiques POS Vs LightSpeed

9. HIPPOS

HIPPOS is an alternative Point of sale software, HIPPOS installed on-premises or used cloud based, LightSpeed can be used on-premises and on the cloud. HIPPOS, with a pricing score of 3 is considered more expensive to implement than LightSpeed with a score of 2.6.

HIPPOS is rated 2.8 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (HIPPOS offers 6 main features). compare head to head: HIPPOS Vs LightSpeed

10. Preferred POS Software

Preferred POS Software is an alternative Point of sale software, Preferred POS Software installed on-premises, LightSpeed can be used on-premises and on the cloud. Preferred POS Software, with a pricing score of 2.4 is considered less expensive to implement than LightSpeed with a score of 2.6.

Preferred POS Software is rated 3 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (Preferred offers 15 main features). compare head to head: Preferred POS Software Vs LightSpeed

11. ConnectPOS

ConnectPOS is an alternative Point of sale software, ConnectPOS installed on-premises or used cloud based, LightSpeed can be used on-premises and on the cloud. ConnectPOS, with a pricing score of 3 is considered more expensive to implement than LightSpeed with a score of 2.6.

ConnectPOS is rated 2.8 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (ConnectPOS offers 12 main features). compare head to head: ConnectPOS Vs LightSpeed

12. Cashier Live

Cashier Live is an alternative Point of sale software, Cashier Live installed on-premises or used cloud based, LightSpeed can be used on-premises and on the cloud. Cashier Live, with a pricing score of 2 is considered less expensive to implement than LightSpeed with a score of 2.6.

Cashier Live is rated 3.8 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (Cashier offers 31 main features). compare head to head: Cashier Live Vs LightSpeed

13. Quetzal

Quetzal is an alternative Point of sale software, Quetzal installed on-premises or used cloud based, LightSpeed can be used on-premises and on the cloud. Quetzal is considered same cost to implement ($75 per month) as LightSpeed, both with a pricing score of 2.6.

Quetzal is rated 4.5 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (Quetzal offers 19 main features). compare head to head: Quetzal Vs LightSpeed

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Shlomi holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Information System Engineering from Ben Gurion University in Israel. Shlomi brings 15 years of global IT and IS management experience as a consultant, and implementation expert for small, medium and large size (global) companies.