Shopping online is already quite difficult. If you want the best deal, you usually end up checking a couple of websites. This is where price comparison websites, tools, and apps can help.
These are specialized tools and search engines that will do the hard work for you. They’ll compare the price of a given product between all popular and niche retailers so you can get the best deal, every single time.
Google is already one of the best search tools online, a. And with Google Shopping, Google brings all that expertise to help you find the best deals. Google Shopping has a separate landing page where you can explore deals or you can search for something specific.
Google Shopping will then show you the relevant search results with the best deals highlighted at the top. You can click on a product to view more information like product details and reviews. Just like Google Flights, you can track product prices if you’re waiting for a price drop.
Google Shopping offers a price comparison feature that lists the prices from all the websites that Google has scrapped for data (you’re likely to find all popular shopping websites here).
If you’re an avid user of Google services, you should try to integrate Google Shopping into the fold as well. You can search for products, save them for later, track their prices, and monitor deals so that you can make the purchase when the price and the time are just right.
ShopSavvy is designed for mobile shoppers and it works great for both online and offline shopping. ShopSavvy will help you shop offline using their barcode scanner. When it comes to shopping online, the app’s price comparison tool will help you get the best deals.
Once you scan a barcode, you can see the price of the product from various retailers online, and from nearby shops.
You can search for products right inside the app and save them for later. The app will notify you about price drops.
Download: ShopSavvy (iOS, Android)
BuyVia is another mobile-focused price comparison app, but with a community and deal-hunting twist. BuyVia will show you a curated list of the 10 best deals of the day from popular retailers like Amazon, Target, and more.
You can also find deals that are highlighted by community members. TAnd that’s on top of the price comparison features that you’ve come to expect from shopping apps. You can search for, and save products in the app, and you can compare the prices from different stores, right in the app.
Download: BuyVia (iOS, Android)
Shopbrain is a popular price comparison website tool that’s designed to work on the web (using Chrome or Safari extension), or on smartphones (using iPhone and Android apps).
Shopbrain’s browser extension works automatically and it helps you find prices from different popular retailers. Shopbrain’s extension is fast and well designed, but its list of supported retailers leaves something to be desired.
While the app says it shows prices from retailers like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, eBay, Google Shopping, and more, we couldn’t get consistent results from Best Buy and eBay in our tests (while some of the other tools from this list worked fine).
Download: Shopbrain (Google Chrome, iOS, Android)
PriceBlink is an old player in theis price comparison website segment, and it’s been goingit’s going strong since 2010. The website functions as a coupon search engine. But what you’ll be interested in is the PriceBlink extension for Chrome and Firefox.
PriceBlink’s extension shows a banner at the top of the website when it finds deals for the product you’re currently looking at. And in our experience, it almost always succeeds in finding a better deal.
PriceBlink has an extensive library of sources and it shows you results from eBay, Newegg, Best Buy, Office Depot, Amazon, Adorama, and more.
Download: PriceBlink (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox)
Honey is one of the most popular money-saving tools available online. The Honey extension has helped users save more than a billion dollars by applyingapply coupons and finding discounts from different retailers.
While Honey is popular for its coupon service, it also has a sophisticated price tracking tool built into its extension and in the website.
The extension works on Amazon. It will tell you if you’re looking at the best deal or if a cheaper alternative is available.
After you sign up at the Honey price comparison website, you’ll be able to search for products. Honey will then show you search results for many popular and niche retailers. Honey casts quite a wide net here. You’ll find results from places like eBay and smaller stores like Factory Outlet Store.
Download: Honey (Google Chrome, iOS, Android)
Amazon Assistant is the perfect shopping companion for Amazon Prime users. If you mostly shop from Amazon, you can use this extension to instantly know the price of any product on Amazon.
When you visit a product page online (or even when you’re searching for a product online), Amazon Assistant gets to work.
If the product is available on Amazon, you’ll see a panel slide in from the right, showing you the price of the product on Amazon, along with the price history (The Amazon price tracking feature is quite useful for bargain hunting ifwhen you can wait a while).
Amazon Assistant works on Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, and Opera. It’s currently available in the US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Japan, India, and Mexico.
For International Users
Most of the tools and extensions that we have mentioned above do work with international versions of popular retails websites (they should work with Amazon UK, Australia, and so on).
But if you’re looking for specialized price -comparison websites for non-US countries (for instance, if you’re planning to import something), take a look at the following options.
PriceRunner is one of the best price comparison websites for UK users. It has a wide range of vendors (it lists them for free). As the website doesn’t take any commissions, their recommendations are easier to believe.
The website also sports a modern design with features like detailed product information, price histories, price drop alerts, and product reviews.
ShopBot is one of the best options whenwith it comes to Australia. It’s also available in New Zealand and Canada.
The website lets you search for products and shows you prices from different retailers. One of the ways ShopBot sets itself apart is by offering their own expert reviews for many products.
BizRate has been a market leader in price comparison websites for a long time now. Not only does it have a US website, it’s also available in France, Germany, and the UK.
BizRate doesn’t have nearly as many retailers as some of the websites we have mentioned above. But it makes up for it by surfacing high-quality results and by offering extra features. Along with a price alert feature, you’ll also find an option to easily download a PDF manual for many gadgets.
What is your preferred method for comparing prices before you shop online? Share your best deal hacks with us in the comments below!