Toast POS - Top 13 Alternatives

Shlomi LaviShlomi Lavi / updated: Nov 10, 2021

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Toast POS is currently in competition with some of the best restaurant POS systems in the market. Some of its close competitions include Square Point of Sale, Upserve, and Tray. Below is how Toast POS compares with them:
  • Functionality: Toast POS provides features like Payroll and Team Management, Delivery Services, Order and Pay, Guest Engagement, etc. Compared to its alternatives, Upserve lacks the Payroll and Team Management feature. Tray and Square Point of Sale offer the Digital Kitchen Display System, missing from Toast POS and Upserve.
  • Customer/Industries: Toast POS is designed for the following restaurant types: Fine Dining, Casual Dining, Fast Casual, Bar & Nightclub, Cafe & Bakery, Enterprise, Food Truck, and Pizza restaurant types. In contrast, Square Point of Sale targets Retail, Food & Beverage, and professional Services. Tray targets only the Restaurant industries, and Upserve targets the following restaurant types; Bar, Coffee, Brewery, Hospitality, Pizza, Bakery, etc.
  • Cost: Toast POS has a license price starting at $165 per month, Upserve has a license price starting at $59 + $60 per POS terminal, Square Point of Sale has a license price starting at $60 Per month per location. Toast POS is currently cost rated at 4.3 out of 5 (where 1 is low cost and 4-5 is high-cost), indicating that it is a high-cost restaurant POS software.
  • Cloud-Based/On-premise: Toast POS Square Point of Sale, Upserve, and Tray are all cloud-based systems.
  • Popularity: Toast POS is averagely popular amongst its competitors as it has over 2,000 Total Employees, 70,000 Technology Partners and is used in over 230 US Regions. Tray has over 4,000 customers with approximately 11,000 employees, and Upserve has only about 200 employees.
  • Support: Toast POS has the Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, and 24/7 (Live Rep) support channels. Upserve has the Knowledge Base, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live Rep), Chat support channels, and Tray supports; Email/Help Desk, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live Rep), and Chat support channels.

2021's Top Toast POS Alternatives

Here are the top 4 alternatives to Toast POS that are worth checking out: LightSpeed 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
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Toast
ITQlick rating
4.3/5
Score
98/100
Pricing
2.8/10
License pricing
$165 per month
Functionality
10
Review
Best for SMBs
LightSpeed
ITQlick rating
4.2/5
Score
93/100
Pricing
2.6/10
License pricing
$69 per month
Functionality
44
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
Compare
Free version
RetailEdge
ITQlick rating
4.7/5
Score
85/100
Pricing
2/10
License pricing
$495 per license
Functionality
32

1. LightSpeed - Best for SMBs

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

LightSpeed is rated 4.2 stars by ITQlick experts, both software products offer a good range of features (LightSpeed offers 44 main features). compare head to head: LightSpeed Vs Toast POS

2. Clover - Best for Large Business

Clover is an alternative Point of sale software, Clover used on the cloud, Toast POS can be used on-premises and on the cloud. Clover, with a pricing score of 6 is considered more expensive to implement than Toast POS with a score of 2.8.

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 Toast POS

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, Toast POS can be used on-premises and on the cloud. PHP Point Of Sale is considered same cost to implement ($28.25 per month) as Toast POS, both with a pricing score of 2.8.

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 Toast POS

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

RetailEdge is an alternative Point of sale software, RetailEdge installed on-premises, Toast POS can be used on-premises and on the cloud. RetailEdge, with a pricing score of 2 is considered less expensive to implement than Toast POS with a score of 2.8.

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 Toast POS

5. Cash Register Express

Cash Register Express is an alternative Point of sale software, Cash Register Express installed on-premises, Toast POS 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 Toast POS with a score of 2.8.

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 Toast POS

6. Springboard Retail Software

Springboard Retail Software is an alternative Point of sale software, Springboard Retail Software installed on-premises or used cloud based, Toast POS 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 Toast POS with a score of 2.8.

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 Toast POS

7. Vend

Vend is an alternative Point of sale software, Vend installed on-premises or used cloud based, Toast POS can be used on-premises and on the cloud. Vend, with a pricing score of 2 is considered less expensive to implement than Toast POS with a score of 2.8.

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 Toast POS

8. Shoptiques POS

Shoptiques POS is an alternative Point of sale software, Shoptiques POS installed on-premises or used cloud based, Toast POS can be used on-premises and on the cloud. Shoptiques POS is considered same cost to implement ($125 per month) as Toast POS, both with a pricing score of 2.8.

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 Toast POS

9. HIPPOS

HIPPOS is an alternative Point of sale software, HIPPOS installed on-premises or used cloud based, Toast POS can be used on-premises and on the cloud. HIPPOS, with a pricing score of 3 is considered more expensive to implement than Toast POS with a score of 2.8.

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 Toast POS

10. Preferred POS Software

Preferred POS Software is an alternative Point of sale software, Preferred POS Software installed on-premises, Toast POS 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 Toast POS with a score of 2.8.

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 Toast POS

11. ConnectPOS

ConnectPOS is an alternative Point of sale software, ConnectPOS installed on-premises or used cloud based, Toast POS can be used on-premises and on the cloud. ConnectPOS, with a pricing score of 3 is considered more expensive to implement than Toast POS with a score of 2.8.

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 Toast POS

12. Cashier Live

Cashier Live is an alternative Point of sale software, Cashier Live installed on-premises or used cloud based, Toast POS can be used on-premises and on the cloud. Cashier Live, with a pricing score of 2 is considered less expensive to implement than Toast POS with a score of 2.8.

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 Toast POS

13. Quetzal

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

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 Toast POS

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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.