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Why visit over 10 different retailers when you can get all of their prices on one page?

But not all price comparison websites are equal, and the best one for me might not work for you (because we aren’t necessarily comparing the same products from the same places). The following criteria is what you should look for:

  • Wide selection of vendors and product categories;
  • Advanced search and filter options;
  • Reliable and timely customer service;
  • Smart and user-friendly interface.

That being said, here are some of the better price comparison websites currently available. Only you can decide which one is best for your needs.

1. Google Shopping

Google Shopping is an example of what Google does best: scraping data from around the Web and presenting it to you in a way that’s clean, straightforward, and usable. And best of all, the price comparison feature is part of the search engine itself.

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To use it, all you have to do is search for a product under the Shopping section. After selecting one of the results, you’ll see a few photos, a product description, any available reviews, and most importantly, pricing information from dozens of retailers.

The product result page automatically shows you the lowest available price, but if it comes from a retailer that you can’t or don’t want to use, then you can expand to see the complete table comparison. It also has a convenient toggle for when you want to buy used or refurbished Why You Should Never Buy a New DSLR Camera (And Always Buy a Used One) Why You Should Never Buy a New DSLR Camera (And Always Buy a Used One) Here's why DSLR camera bodies and camera lenses should always be bought used -- especially if you're a newbie shopping for your first entry-level DSLR or a hobbyist replacing your first model. Read More .

Regional Availability: Over 20 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.

2. PriceRunner

If you’re in the United Kingdom, the first site you should check is PriceRunner. Not only does it specialize in UK-based vendors, but it also lists vendors for free, which is unique since nearly every other price comparison website receive commissions from the vendors they list.

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Needless to say, PriceRunner’s impartial approach to price comparison means that its results are more trustworthy than most other sites.

The website interface is modern and fresh. Product pages have price histories, price alerts, product information, and reviews. There’s even a map that shows where you can buy the product locally if that’s what you prefer.

Regional Availability: Only in the United Kingdom.

3. Shopbot

Shopbot is one of the primary options for price comparisons in Australia. Dozens of categories are covered, so you can search for pretty much any product and it will likely appear as long as it isn’t too niche.

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The clean and modern interface makes the entire process easy, and one bonus is that most products include a Shopbot Review, which appears to be a handwritten review (not pulled from elsewhere). The additional Expert and User Reviews are helpful as well.

The vendor variety is pretty good, too, which means you’re likely to find good deals. Overall, this site is great and worthwhile for any Australian shopper.

Regional Availability: Mainly in Australia. However, sister sites exist for half a dozen other countries, including Canada, Brazil, India, and New Zealand.

4. BizRate

BizRate has been a leader in the price comparison scene for quite a while, mostly due to its easy-to-use website and above-average results. Unfortunately, in terms of sheer savings and retailer variety, it often loses to Google Shopping.

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However, there are a few features in favor of BizRate. For example, thanks to a partnership with Retrevo, BizRate is able to provide download links to PDF user manuals for hundreds of thousands of devices and gadgets.

There’s also a Price Alert feature on every product comparison page. All you have to do is enter your email address and a price threshold, and whenever BizRate detects that the product has fallen within your alert range, it’ll shoot you a notification.

Regional Availability: Mainly in the United States. However, sister sites exist for a few other countries: BizRate UK, BizRate Canada, Prixmoinscher, SparDeinGeld.

5. NexTag

Having launched in 1999, NexTag is without a doubt one of the oldest surviving sites on the Web, yet even so, it hasn’t run out of steam. In fact, it’s doing as well as ever and doesn’t seem to show any signs of slowing down.

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Like BizRate, NexTag offers price alerts on each product, but unlike BizRate, NexTag has a better and cleaner system for determining the quality and trustworthiness of a given seller. But overall, the interface is a little clunky and outdated, which makes NexTag somewhat uncomfortable to use.

Regional Availability: Mainly in the United States. However, sister sites exist for a few other countries: Australia, France, Germany, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

6. Yahoo! Shopping

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Yahoo! Shopping is a simple tool. You search for an item and it pulls as many matches as it can from over 800 online stores covering dozens of categories. It does find some good deals sometimes, but the results tend to be hit-or-miss.

The interface is surprisingly clean, but a little too scant for my tastes. When products are listed in grid mode, you only see the listing title and the price. In list mode, you also see the description. Otherwise, you have to click through to see the full product, which can be a nuisance.

Regional Availability: Over 50 countries. If your country has a Yahoo! portal, then you likely have a regional form of Yahoo! Shopping as well.

7. Pronto

Pronto supposedly pulls product data from thousands of stores across the Web, but when I gave it a try, I kept seeing the same 10 or so retailers pop up over and over again. A little more variety would go a long way towards better marks.

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As for the results themselves, they were okay. It can definitely find prices that are cheaper than Amazon Is That Amazon Price Really a Deal? Find Out With One Click Is That Amazon Price Really a Deal? Find Out With One Click Amazon listings may be cheaper than other websites, but that doesn't mean you're always getting a deal. Read More , but I’ve managed to find better prices with other comparison engines. This may be due to the lack of retailer variety mentioned above, or it could be due to some other factor I can’t see.

The interface is simple and easy to use, albeit a little slow. There are plenty of filters to help you find the exact products you want. Overall, Pronto is good for finding items for cheap, but not necessarily for comparing retailer prices on a specific item.

Regional Availability: Only in the United States.

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Which price comparison website is your favorite? Which features do you consider to be essential? Let us know in the comments below!

  1. bridalshowerblog
    October 13, 2016 at 5:09 pm

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  2. Billy
    October 13, 2016 at 4:20 am

    As one who understands the value of comparing prices, I recently started using finderz.co that was released this year and looks much more innovative and to date rather than old traditional shopping comparison sites.
    Based on your keyword search Finderz compares ebay, amazon and aliexpress .
    They compare sellers inside the ecommerce platform and cross platform. They claim the same product may be even priced differently within the same shopping site.
    Clean design unlike many other comparison shopping search engines. It also compares Aliexpress which is one of the largest chinese shopping sites and in many cases offers a better price than ebay or amazon.
    I also like their video review feature that shows the 5 most viewed video reviews about the product I'm looking for. Also using their iOS app which I find quick and simple.

  3. Mike
    September 14, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    I start on Amazon for most products because of all the reviews. Then go to Camelcamelcamel.com to see the price history. This usually gives me an idea of the best price and reasonable prices. They also offer to email me when the product hits my desired price on Amazon. It saves a lot of time an effort in trying to figure out which sites/deals are legit.

    • Joel Lee
      September 20, 2016 at 12:41 am

      Yeah, CamelCamelCamel is an excellent tool. Your "workflow" sounds pretty good, Mike. Thanks for sharing. Are there any other tools you'd recommend for online shopping?

  4. Tom
    April 27, 2016 at 1:18 am

    I use comparify.xyz (no ads, clean ui)

  5. Bluevoter
    December 29, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    Many of the listed options, starting with Google Shopping, are pay-to-play sites. Vendors must pay to have their prices shown, so some of the least expensive vendors are not shown, while the sleazy ones are happy to pay for the opportunity to be listed. Also, these sites fail to catch "flash" sales and "warehouse deals". A couple of them show eBay listings, which run the gamut in trustworthiness and warranty coverage in the potential buyer's home country. I use these sites to get a general sense of what constitutes a "good" price for an item, and whether any known vendor is offering a discount from the manufacturer's list price. Then I scout around on a few sites that I trust.

    • Joel Lee
      January 6, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      Lots of good points! At the end of the day, these sites should just be one of many references used when shopping for pricey items. They do have their flaws, but they can be useful too.

  6. Sathish
    December 26, 2015 at 2:52 am

    It's an add on for most commonly used browsers. When you are shopping, say on Amazon for an item, the add on basically shows up at the top with the various alternative shopping sites with the prices listed for the item. You can then click on any one on listed sites to shop.

    The only drawback I see is sometimes the price listed does not include the hidden shipping costs.

  7. Gal Or
    December 22, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Google shopping is the equivalent of shady ads that were common in the 1970's and '80s.
    try searching for Canon EOS 70D. Google will claim 549$ and 4.5 star rating to a certain shop. so, are BHPHOTO and AMAZON thieves at 900$?

    Of course not. THAT shop also sells 150$ battery, 500$ 43GB memory cards. these tricks are old. 1970's old . The camera will be unbundled. no charger, no battery, no nothing. and if you insist on buying it anyway, thinking to buy the rest in the aftermarket, the item will be permanently out of stock.

    still not convinced? look at ripoffreport.com report on them, or simply research the store's name on..Google.
    http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Digital-Outlets//Digital-Outlets-DO-NOT-BUY-FROM-digitaloutletsnet-False-Advertisement-Price-Baiting--1186928

    And yet, this shop gets 4.5 star rating at google!

  8. Matthew
    December 22, 2015 at 7:47 am

    I use pricespy. It is similar to pricerunner in that it is a UK only site and it doesn't charge stores to be listed (Although they can pay to have extra branding added). It largely seems to get the best prices but it is always best to check multiple sites anyway.

    • Joel Lee
      December 23, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks Matthew. And I agree, it's good to check at least 2 or 3 sites to make sure you're getting the best deals.

  9. fcd76218
    December 21, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    There are also:
    DealItem, DealTime, mySimon, PriceGrabber, PriceWatch and ThePriceGeek.

    • Joel Lee
      December 23, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      Whew, that's a lot of suggestions. Do you use all of them? If so, why so many?

      • fcd76218
        December 24, 2015 at 12:01 am

        I don't use any. I just collect bookmarks in case someone asks or needs suggestions. IIRC, those bookmarks are from older MUO articles.

  10. Sathish
    December 21, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    You've not mentioned InvisibleHand

    • Joel Lee
      December 23, 2015 at 9:50 pm

      Have not heard of that one. What do you like about it?

      • Sathish
        December 26, 2015 at 2:53 am

        It’s an add on for most commonly used browsers. When you are shopping, say on Amazon for an item, the add on basically shows up at the top with the various alternative shopping sites with the prices listed for the item. You can then click on any one on listed sites to shop.

        The only drawback I see is sometimes the price listed does not include the hidden shipping costs.

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