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Best POS Systems for 2018

Lori Fairbanks
August 16, 2018

The best POS systems are affordable and easy to use, and do more than just process sales and accept payments, as they include time-saving features that help you analyze your sales data and manage your inventory, staff and customers. The best systems also include or have integrations for email marketing, loyalty programs, and other capabilities that make it easier to run and grow your business. The best vendors also provide reliable customer support. 

Our Best Picks

To help you find the right POS system, we researched and analyzed dozens of options. Here is a roundup of our 2018 best picks for POS systems and an explanation of how we chose them.

Best All-in-One POS System for Small Business

Vend
Pricing: $69-$199 per month, based on annual payment

Best Mobile POS System for iPad

Bindo
Pricing: Starts at $59 per month

Best POS System for Retail

ShopKeep
Pricing: $69 per month

Best POS System for Restaurants

TouchBistro
Pricing: Starts at $69 per month

We looked at dozens of POS systems to determine the best ones for businesses in 2018. We focused on cloud-based systems that you can access from any browser, so you can check your sales data and run back-office tasks from wherever you are. Our top recommendations are below, but if you want to take a step back and learn more about POS systems, check out our guide: How to Accept Credit Cards Online, In-Store or Anywhere.

Editor's note: Looking for information on POS systems? Use the questionnaire below and our vendor partners will contact you to provide you with the information you need:

Vend - POS Systems

Best All-in-One POS System for Small Business

Summary

Vend has everything you need to run and grow a brick-and-mortar store. Beyond processing transactions, Vend has reporting and inventory management features and provides access to a variety of integrations that can help you run your business, save time and boost sales. This vendor is suitable for many different types of stores across a wide variety of industries. Whether you run a clothing store, a sporting goods store, or a specialty service-based business such as a car wash or computer shop, Vend has the features you need.
Read our full review of Vend - POS Systems

Bindo

Best Mobile POS System for iPad

Summary

Bindo is a cloud-based POS system built especially for the iPad. It offers an intuitive user interface, is packed with business management tools, and comes with advanced capabilities like its product database that simplifies inventory input and its time-clock technology that photographs your employees when they clock in and out, ensuring accurate timekeeping. It also integrates with QuickBooks and has an API that you can use to create custom integrations. Bindo provides 24/7 customer support via email and in-app chat and is competitively priced.
Read our full review of Bindo

ShopKeep - POS Systems

Best POS System for Retail

Summary

ShopKeep is a budget-friendly, cloud-based iPad POS system packed with all the time-saving features retailers need to run and grow their businesses. It comes with a wide range of advanced yet easy-to-use tools to help you save time and boost sales, without any long-term contracts required, though signing a contract may qualify you for discounted rates. The company provides free 24/7 phone and email support and also has live chat, a searchable knowledgebase, small business resources and more.
Read our full review of ShopKeep - POS Systems

TouchBistro

Best POS System for Restaurants

Summary

TouchBistro is a simple and affordable POS system that focuses on the unique needs of restaurant owners, such as table, reservation and delivery management features. It's suitable for all types of food establishments – fine dining, casual eateries, cafes, pubs, food trucks and more. It works with the iPad, iPad Pro and iPad Mini, giving you flexibility and mobility, no matter which type of restaurant you own. TouchBistro offers 24/7 phone and email support, video tutorials, and setup guides.
Read our full review of TouchBistro

Our Methodology

To help you find the right POS systems, we researched and analyzed dozens of options. Here is a roundup of our 2018 best picks for POS systems and an explanation of how we chose them.

Locating the Best Services

To find the best POS systems for small businesses, we asked small business owners which systems they use and what they like and dislike about them. We also read customer reviews to see what users with firsthand experience think about them.

Choosing the Best Services

We then compiled a comprehensive list of POS systems from several sources, including customer research, review sites and business websites, those we knew about or that were previously pitched to us, and some from our previous research on the best credit card processors for small businesses. In the end, we had more than 50 POS systems to choose from.

Researching Each Service

Next, we researched these vendors and narrowed down our list based on use cases for the Best Picks categories above. Our methodology included browsing each vendor's website, trying out demos, watching video tutorials and reviewing how-to guides, installation manuals, articles and other available resources. Additionally, we contacted vendors and asked several questions as small business owners in the market for a new POS system.

Full List
Best Picks

Full List of POS Systems

Here is a full list of POS system providers and a summary of what each company claims to offer. This alphabetical list also includes our best picks, which are marked with badges.

Talech

Talech is a full-featured POS system for iPad. You can use it with third-party hardware and all major U.S. payment processors. Learn more in our review.

Epos Now - POS Systems

Epos Now has POS systems suitable for businesses of all sizes. Learn more in our review.
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ShopKeep - POS Systems

ShopKeep is a cloud-based POS system that can be used by both retail and restaurant businesses. Read on to learn more.
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Vend - POS Systems

Vend is a cloud-based POS system for inventory-based retailers that can be used with iPads.

PayPal Here - POS Systems

PayPal Here includes a basic POS system for retail stores and counter-serve restaurants with its payment processing services. Learn more in our review.

uAccept

uAccept is a low-cost POS system for small businesses. Read our review here.
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TouchBistro

TouchBistro is an iPad-based restaurant POS system suitable for restaurants of all types and sizes.

Clover

Clover is a popular POS system that can be customized with add-ons and integrations. Read on to learn more.

Shopify - POS Systems

Shopify is a great POS system for small and midsize businesses. Read our review here.
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Bindo

Bindo's cloud-based POS system for iPad makes it easy to input complete product data to your system.

Square - POS Systems

Square's POS software is included with its processing service. It can be customized with hardware accessories and software modules. Learn more in our review.

Rapid POS

One of the top point-of-sale providers in the United States. The company provides sales, service and support for POS software and hardware. Additionally, they have installed POS systems for small businesses since 1985.

Tillpoint

Tillpoint is a company that sells POS systems that run solely on iOS devices.

Cake

Cake from Sysco is a POS system designed for restaurants. Other offerings through the system include guest manager and online ordering.

Blackfish Point of Sale

Blackfish, a restaurant point of sale service, plans on differentiating itself through both pricing and quality. Among the many features that come with the different point of sale options are tablet ready services and receipt reports.

NCR Silver

NCR Silver offers POS services to businesses in retail, service and the dining industries. Products tend to be tailored to each individual industry's needs. NCR Silver also offers customer support via phone calls, text messages, email and online chat.

Pathfinder

Pathfinder's POS system is designed to give businesses data and insights based on purchases. Users can automate the process of data collection while also measuring variables like revenue share.

Computer Information Services

The company provides a plethora of IT services, but focuses mostly on POS systems.

Editor's note: Looking for information on POS systems? Use the questionnaire below and our vendor partners will contact you to provide you with the information you need:

Lori Fairbanks
Lori Fairbanks
Lori Fairbanks has years of experience writing and editing for both print and online publications. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts in English, she worked as an editor for Creating Keepsakes magazine and then as a freelance writer and editor for a variety of companies, including marketing firms and a medical university. She now writes for Business.com and Business News Daily.