Compare pricing for the top salon software products with the highest value-for-money and functionality ratings.
We hear from software buyers time and again that two of their top considerations when investing in a new salon solution are price and functionality. Budget is a constraint for most businesses, but affordability alone doesn’t make a product valuable—it must also offer the functionality you need.
In this report, we’ve ranked the most valuable salon software products based on user reviews: those with the highest marks for both functionality and value for money. We also break down the starting cost and relevant pricing details for each product.
The graphic below shows salon products that have the highest value-for-money and functionality ratings based on user reviews in Capterra’s software directory. Products are arranged in increasing order of their value-for-money rating (bottom to top) and functionality rating (left to right).
Comparing pricing and features for multiple software solutions can prove to be a difficult task. We have created a table to highlight how different salon software products stack up against each other in terms of starting pricing, free trials, and free versions, allowing you to compare these products all in one place.
10to8 is a solution designed for spa and salon businesses of all sizes. The software allows clients to book available slots and make payments online. It enables salons to automate SMS and email reminders to keep a check on no-shows. You can also track client activity and staff schedules using the software.
Starting price: Starts at $9.60 per user per month, billed annually
Features available at a higher price: Advanced versions of 10to8 offer staff logins, custom branding on the website, and advanced accessibility.
BEWE caters to businesses across the wellness, beauty, and fitness industry. The software offers features to summarize, compare, and analyze your brand’s performance at an overall level or location. It provides an overview of all the bookings in a dashboard and allows you to manage schedules through calendars. BEWE also allows you to broadcast notifications and reminders to inform your customers about their appointments.
Starting price: Starts at $35 per user per month with an annual subscription
Features available at a higher price: Advanced versions of BEWE offer a personalized app and on-demand content.
BookyWay is an activity reservation application for businesses of all sizes and kinds, such as fitness, driving schools, babysitting, consultancy, or physiotherapy. It offers its management appointment system to non-profit organizations and charities for free.
Starting price: Starts at $1 plus VAT per user per month, billed annually
Features available at a higher price: All the features are offered in all the pricing plans.
Boulevard is a software solution designed for beauty salons. The tool offers features including appointment management, a self-booking portal, a scheduling calendar, and a point of sale for payments. It enables owners to manage inventories, client profiles, and marketing and generate sales reports.
Starting price: Starts at $175 per month
Features available at a higher price: Advanced versions offer concierge setup, contact center, electronic forms, and data migration.
EZsalonware is a booking system that helps salon businesses handle appointments, communication, bookings, payments, and other administrative operations on a centralized dashboard. The software provides features for managing bookings, generating reports to track revenue and growth, and managing social media presence. It offers drag-and-drop functionality for schedule management.
Starting price: Starts at $19.99 per operator per month, billed annually
Features available at a higher price: All features are included in all the pricing plans.
FlexBooker is an online appointment scheduling tool to manage and book appointments. It also syncs employees’ calendars with the booking schedules. The software offers features to automate waitlist management, staff scheduling management, and credit card payment processing, along with an option to levy no-show fees for missed appointments. The solution allows automating email and text message reminders to the clients.
Starting price: Starts at $39 per month, billed annually. Starting plan accommodates up to four users.
Features available at a higher price: All pricing plans include all the features.
Fresha is a subscription-based booking solution for businesses of all types. The software offers appointment scheduling tools for various types of businesses such as salons, spas, and tattoo and piercing parlors. It offers a mobile app for Android and iOS platforms. It offers features such as financial reporting, in-store and online management of product inventory, managing marketing promotions, and payment processing.
Starting price: Fresha is free to use. However, it charges for the first appointment for every new client. It also charges a processing fee per transaction.
Features available at a higher price: All features are available for free.
GlossGenius is a booking solution that caters to salons of all sizes. The software offers features to support client management, staff scheduling, payment processing, online booking, and email marketing. It allows you to build a custom website, send out appointment reminders, and provide customer support over call, text, and email.
Starting price: Starts at $24 per month. It offers a 14-day trial period.
Features available at a higher price: The advanced version is available only via invitation from an existing member; however, all features are included in all the plans.
GoFrugal is a point-of-sale solution designed to support salons and spas that have their presence in multiple locations. GoFrugal’s salon billing software allows you to manage business operations such as appointment scheduling and processing payments. It allows you to set up occasional offers and loyalty membership cards redeemable at multiple locations and provides a centralized dashboard.
Starting price: Starts at $225.35 per annual license. Starter, standard, and professional pricing plans are suited for businesses with up to five billing counters. For businesses that have more than five points of sales, customized pricing is available.
Features available at a higher price: Advanced versions offer features such as inventory management, reporting, sales management, and multiple store management.
Mangomint is a tool designed for salons and spa businesses. The software offers features including calendar management and scheduling, online booking, client management, staff management, inventory management, and multi-location reporting. It enables users to incorporate information about their clients, products, gift cards, and notes from their previous booking system.
Starting price: Starts at $165 with a monthly subscription
Features available at a higher price: Advanced versions offer features such as membership, waiting room access, support for unlimited virtual locations, and automatic billing.
11. Microsoft Bookings
Microsoft Bookings is an online appointment booking and scheduling software solution for small businesses. It is available as part of Microsoft 365. It allows customers to book appointments on the platform and send confirmation emails and calendar invitations. Customers can make appointments directly from your website. It provides a single view of all the bookings and also offers tools to customize your website as per your brand.
Starting price: Starts at $6 per user per month, billed annually
Features available at a higher price: Advanced versions of Microsoft Bookings include advanced threat protection and mobile device management.
Reservio is an appointment scheduling and online booking solution for businesses of all sizes. The software offers features such as custom domain, permissions management, booking management, staff notifications, and attendance management. It lets you keep track of client no-shows, send SMS reminders, manage appointment history, and generate reports for staff performance.
Starting price: Starts at $9.23 per user per month, billed annually. It includes 200 bookings in the base plan.
Features available at a higher price: Advanced versions of Reservio include memberships, custom messages, and gift cards.
Reservo is a scheduling software designed for various types of businesses, including beauty salons. The software offers features including inventory management, commission calculation, online reservations, statistics, and finance monitoring. It lets you obtain commissions for your employees. Reservo also helps you keep control of the inventory. It lets you send promotions to your customers.
Starting price: Starts at $20 per month, and unlimited users are included.
Features available at a higher price: All features are available in all the plans.
SimplyBook.me is an online booking system for all service-based industries such as events, entertainment, health and fitness, and beauty and wellness salons. The software offers features that allow users to send out reminders via text or email, accept payments, and accept online bookings.
Starting price: Starts at $8.25 per user per month, billed annually. 15 users are included in the base plan.
Features available at a higher price: Advanced versions of SimplyBook.me offer gift cards, point of sale, and HIPAA compliance.
15. Slick for Salon
Slick for Salon is an appointment booking and management system for hair and beauty brands and independent stylists. The software offers features such as text reminders, a booking manager, point of sale and financial reporting, marketing management, stock management, and online booking. The solution enables you to schedule appointments, take deposits and record client details through a booking manager. It offers reporting tools to monitor the growth of your business.
Starting price: Starts at $21.49 per month and includes one customer booking. It costs $11.94 to add each additional booking.
Features available at a higher price: Advanced versions include unlimited digital appointment cards and customized marketing text messages.
16. Squarespace Scheduling
Squarespace Scheduling is a cloud-based appointment scheduling software solution that enables business owners to manage their appointments online. The software lets users automate appointment bookings by offering a real-time view of their availability. Squarespace Scheduling’s scheduling feature set includes customizable intake forms, embeddable calendars, third-party calendar application synchronizing, and group scheduling for workshops.
Starting price: Starts at $16 per month on an annual subscription
Features available at a higher price: Advanced versions offer full access to its marketing module, point of sale, eCommerce analytics, and commerce APIs.
Vagaro is a cloud-based salon, spa, and fitness business management solution. It enables business owners to book appointments and manage their facilities, staff, and clients. It offers features to manage client databases, bookkeeping, payroll, inventory, and send email and text notifications to clients, along with automated email marketing. The solution lets clients create personalized customer profiles with their contact information, booking history, and service feedback.
Starting price: Starts at $25 per month and includes one bookable calendar
Features available at a higher price: Advanced versions of Vagaro offer features such as custom forms, feedback surveys, an online store, a website builder, a check-in app, and payments.
vcita is a cloud-based solution for small businesses using which entrepreneurs and business owners can manage their client engagements from any device anywhere. The software offers features to manage appointments, process and accept online payments, share documents, plan and execute marketing campaigns, and manage client portals.
Starting price: Starts at $19 per user per month, billed annually
Features available at a higher price: Advanced versions of vcita offer business performance reports, customized and automated campaigns, and Zapier integration.
WellnessLiving is a cloud-based business management solution that caters to wellness studios of all sizes. The software offers features such as online booking, POS, payroll, reputation management, email/SMS marketing suite, and rewards program. It allows users to set automated reminders, users can send email and text reminders to students so that they are aware of their class time.
Starting price: Starts at $59 per user per month, billed annually
Features available at a higher price: Advanced versions offer appointment forms, custom website, enterprise reporting, and automate and control permissions.
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To be considered for this list, products have to:
- Have at least 20 unique product reviews published on Capterra within the past two years, as of July 19, 2022.
- Meet our definition of salon software to be considered a market fit: “Salon software helps salon owners and independent styling professionals manage day-to-day business operations.”
- Of the products that met the above criteria, the 25 with the highest functionality and value-for-money ratings were mapped on a scatter plot.
- From these 25 products, only those with publicly available pricing information on the vendor website were included in the price comparison table. Therefore, the price comparison table is a subset of the scatter plot.
Note: The pricing included in the price comparison table is for the base product plan found on vendor websites as of July 19, 2022. This data may have changed since publication and may not reflect current conditions.
Disclaimer:The Capterra value report highlights the most reviewed products based on value for money and functionality ratings from end users. This data may have changed since publication and may not reflect current conditions.
For further information on pricing for a particular product, please see the vendor websites.