ShopSavvy vs RedLaser: A Shopping App Comparison
Written by Sarah Hanlon
Comparison shopping is a must if you’re looking to save money on purchases. However, doing the legwork yourself and searching websites individually for the best price takes a ton of time and effort.
There are plenty of tools available to help you find the best price both online and locally, but which one will help you the most?
For this test I took a look at two incredibly popular comparison shopping apps, RedLaser and ShopSavvy.
Both apps have been around for many years and are well-known amongst the iPhone community. Both apps also have a reputation for being the best at what they do.
This comparison is broken down into a series of tests where each app is assessed for factors such as ease of use, features, quality of search results, and more.
Test 1 – Usability
When using a comparison shopping app, chances are you’ll be out and about in a store. You’ll want to use an app that’s easy to navigate and quick to capture barcodes even in mediocre lighting. You also want an app that’s stable.
RedLaser features a pretty clean interface and it’s easy to access everything the app offers as soon as you open it.
The main screen shows a list of items you’ve recently searched for, as well as local stores and access to local store deals.
However, I did encounter quite a few crashes when testing RedLaser, which became incredibly frustrating after awhile.
ShopSavvy has a slightly different interface, including a well-organized menu at the bottom of the screen that sorts deals by online and local listings.
I was surprised to see that the app includes links to online sales, too, but I found it to be a little clustered. You can sort them by category, though, which helps a bit.
Test 2 – Search Results
This is the sticking point of my comparison, primarily because I wanted to see which app provided the best search results.
What I was looking for was scanning speed, the amount of information provided on the product page for search results, and the number of results that each app returned, both local and online.
I had a bit of trouble with the barcode scanner in RedLaser because it took awhile to scan codes even in decent light.
Many of the products I scanned came back with a UPC code and the name of the manufacturer, which wasn’t very helpful.
When browsing products via search, RedLaser showed a few online prices, but rarely any local prices. I also noticed that the ratings area lacked data most of the time.
On the other hand, ShopSavvy was the polar opposite in this test. Many times the barcode scanner picked up on the product before I could finish placing my device over the item. It returned accurate results and almost always included plenty of online and local stores, as well as product details and overall rating.
Below I’ve provided two examples of product barcodes that were searched for in RedLaser and ShopSavvy by typing the barcode number into the search bar.
Search results example 1 – “Samsung 32-Inch 1080 LED TV” (Barcode #887276089621)
As you can see, ShopSavvy (left) provides more comprehensive and detailed results than RedLaser (right). Also note that RedLaser doesn’t include a product photo, nor product ratings. Regarding RedLaser having the lower price, I did notice that it’s for an open box product, not new.
Search results example 2 – “ZAGG InvisibleShield Original for Apple iPhone 6” (Barcode #848467026320)
Both search results pages included product images, but ShopSavvy (left) features product ratings, a lower online price, and 3 local stores compared to RedLaser’s (right) one local store listing.
Test 3 – Extra Features
While both apps are centered around comparison shopping on the fly, I wanted to take a look at extra features that help them stand out from the rest of the apps, especially each other.
RedLaser includes a few extra features such as loyalty card tracking and providing local store fliers for users to access and view the latest coupons and deals in their area.
I like the loyalty card tracker because it’s easy to forget them, but once again I had issues with the app crashing while I was trying to use it.
ShopSavvy features item tracking and deal alerts so you’re never out of the loop. You do have to create an account with the service in order to use them, but it’s not a hassle to do.
ShopSavvy also allows you to track deals on the go via constant GPS monitoring, as well as navigate online sales.
Overall, ShopSavvy is geared more towards online and local sales while RedLaser focuses primarily on local deals. I find this ironic because RedLaser almost never included local results for product searches.
As you can see, there’s a clear winner when it comes to comparing RedLaser and ShopSavvy. Both apps try to help shoppers save money, but only ShopSavvy does so without frequent crashes.
ShopSavvy also provides the most comprehensive list of online and local stores so you have a better chance of saving more money.
If you’re looking for an app that will save you cash without frustrating you, ShopSavvy is definitely the way to go. RedLaser could certainly use some stability improvements, as well as improvements for search results. I also want to mention that RedLaser is limited to iPhone, while ShopSavvy is a universal app.
RedLaser on the App Store (Free)
ShopSavvy on the App Store (Free)
ShopSavvy vs RedLaser: A Shopping App Comparison Published by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
Editor’s Note: Although this comparison was sponsored by ShopSavvy, every effort was made to be completely objective, fair, and accurate in our assessment of these two fine shopping apps.