Forget about the bulky till – cloud point-of-sale (POS) systems have come to stay. But what is the highest-rated POS software UK has to offer?

There are many newer or smaller POS providers, but still only few that are trusted by industry experts in 2019. This POS comparison looks at key differences and features between some major till systems designed for a variety of trades.

We compare POS systems that are considered the best overall. They are all software-as-a-service (SaaS), i.e. you pay a monthly subscription to access it in the cloud. Some of them can be used without internet too, but usually this requires a dedicated server on your premises.

Our pick: best EPOS software UK

  1. TouchBistro: Great for user-friendliness
  2. Vend: Superb for retailers
  3. Lightspeed: Feature-packed
  4. Epos Now: Good for large businesses
  5. iZettle Pro: Efficient for small hospitality
TouchBistro logo

TouchBistro
Vend logo

Vend
Lightspeed logo

Lightspeed
Epos Now logo

Epos Now
iZettle logo

iZettle Pro
Rating
Website
Built forRestaurants, food-and-drinkRetailRetail, restaurants, food-and-drinkRetail, hospitalityHospitality
Pricing*From £49-£40 per iPad/moFrom £49-£69 per till/moFrom £69-79 per till/moFrom £25-£50 per till/mo£39 per iPad/mo
Compatible devicesiPadiPad, Mac, Windows PCiPad, Mac, Windows PCiPad, Android tablets, Mac, PC, industry-grade touchscreensiPad
Cloud-based?
Works offline?Yes, but might need Mac serverYes, some functions doRetail: no
Restaurant – only with Lite Server
Yes, but might need server Yes, some functions do
Customer support24/7 phone, email & app support – free24/7 phone & email support – free24/7 phone & email support – freeSetup & limited email support on Standard plan,
24/7 phone & email support on Premium plan
10am-7pm phone, chat & email support – free
Size business Small, medium Small, medium, large Small, medium, large Small, medium, large Small
Good for multiple stores?
Inventory tracking
Customer loyalty features Additional cost Yes, with possible extra costs Additional cost Additional cost Yes, some included
Accounting integrationQuickBooks, XeroQuickBooks, XeroQuickBooks, XeroQuickBooks, Xero, SageXero
Card machine integrationiZettle, PayPal Here, SquareiZettle, PayPal Here, SumUp, Square, Paymentsense, Payment ExpressiZettle Reader, Verifone, BarclaycardWorldpay, Paymentsense, PayPal Here, Verifone, BarclaycardiZettle

*Costs not including VAT.

TouchBistro iconVend on price tagLightspeed Restaurant POSEpos Now logoiZettle Pro logo
TouchBistro
Vend
Lightspeed
Epos Now
iZettle Pro
4.5/5 rating
4.5/5 rating
4/5 rating
4/5 rating
4/5 rating
Good for
Restaurants, food-and-drinkRetailRetail, restaurants, food-and-drinkRetail, hospitalityHospitality
 Small, medium businesses Small, medium, large businesses Small, medium, large businesses Small, medium, large businesses Small businesses
Single & multiple storesSingle & multiple storesSingle & multiple storesSingle & multiple storesSingle stores
Pricing
From £49-£40* per iPad/moFrom £49-£69* per till/moFrom £69-79* per till/moFrom £25-£50* per till/mo£39* per iPad/mo
Technology
iPadiPad, Mac, Windows PCiPad, Mac, Windows PCiPad, Android tablets, Mac, PC, industry-grade touchscreensiPad
Cloud-based, hybridCloud-basedCloud-based, hybridCloud-based, hybridCloud-based
Works offline, but might need Mac serverSome functions work offlineLightspeed Retail doesn’t work offline, Lightspeed Restaurant only with Lite ServerWorks offline, but might need server Some functions work offline
Inventory tracking
IncludedIncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Customer loyalty features
Additional costYes, with possible extra costsAdditional costAdditional costYes, some included
Customer support
24/7 phone, email & app – free24/7 phone & email – free24/7 phone & email – freeSetup & limited email on Standard,
24/7 phone & email on Premium
10am-7pm phone, chat & email support – free
Integrations
QuickBooks, Xero accountingQuickBooks, Xero accountingQuickBooks, Xero accountingQuickBooks, Xero, Sage accountingXero accounting
iZettle, PayPal Here, Square terminalsiZettle, PayPal Here, SumUp, Square, Paymentsense, Payment Express terminalsiZettle Reader, Verifone, Barclaycard terminalsWorldpay, Paymentsense, PayPal Here, Verifone, Barclaycard terminalsiZettle terminal
TouchBistro logoVend logoLightspeed logoEpos Now logoiZettle logo

*Costs not including VAT.

How they stack up

More stablished businesses looking for a longterm, custom-built solution with industry-grade touchscreen monitors can get this from Vend and Epos Now, but not the other options above.

Food-and-drink businesses that want a highly intuitive system with great support can go for TouchBistro or Lightspeed Restaurant. Any retailer would be well-served by Vend’s advanced inventory system that is user-friendly, affordable and popular, but Lightspeed Retail comes at a close second.

iZettle Pro is best for single-store hospitality businesses (e.g. pubs, bed and breakfasts, coffee shops) as the software can have some feature limitations, but it has the perfect combination of features for busy cafés, small restaurants and hotels.

Small businesses – or mobile merchants with infrequent sales – can also thrive with a general POS app such as Square Point of Sale or iZettle Go (both highly rated).