Cut down on the shopping stress and save money with price comparison apps that can help harried shoppers find the best deals online and in-store. From barcode scanners to deal aggregators and online shopping tools, there's something for every shopper here. You never need pay more than best price with the help of these nine price comparison apps for your Android or iOS device.
Purchx (iOS, Android app coming soon)
Previously known as Consumr, Purchx is a mobile comparison shopping app that lets you quickly look up peer and professional reviews, check out side-by-side product comparisons, and quickly compare local and online prices. Launched by Purch, parent company of Tom's Guide, Purchx brings together professional reviews from sources such as Tom's Guide, LaptopMag, AnandTech and Tom's Hardware. Users can also write their own reviews and earn rewards based on how helpful they are. Whether you're looking for electronics, sporting goods, beauty products or any of dozens of product categories, Purchx may be the way to go.
RedLaser may have started as a humble barcode scanner app, but it's grown into so much more. The app now incorporates price comparison features to give you the best prices on a scanned item in online and local retailers, as well as the ability view product reviews and related items, deals, and discounts codes where applicable. Red Laser also allows you to store your loyalty card info straight to the app for even more convenience.
Another great price comparison option is BuyVia's app, which combines mobile couponing, deal searches and price comparison features into a single app. Users can scan bar or QR codes to easily look up a product's prices, as well as related deals, specs and reviews, with BuyVia looking for the best prices from online and local retailers. You can also set the app to give you alerts when deals or price drops occur on items in your watch list.
ShopSavvy is another handy shopping companion, with the ability for shoppers to scan barcodes or search for an item in order to look up the best prices at top retailers and shops nationwide. Tag-based searching and a Sales tab also keep it easy for users to find and keep track of the latest sales relevant to them, with data on promos updated daily.
Amazon's old Price Checker app got folded into the core Amazon app experience, allowing users to use their smartphone's camera to scan products to easily compare online prices on Amazon and other merchants, as well as look up customer reviews of a given product. Once there, it's simplicity itself to use the app to place any orders or to place items into your personal watchlist.
Amazon is a fantastic online storefront, and it very often has the best prices around. But not every time. Enter PriceJump, a free iOS app by Savings.com that allows users to quickly and easily compare prices between Amazon and other online stores, as well as a variety of local businesses. Simply scan an item's barcode, and you can quickly look up prices from a variety of sources, check out product reviews, and order online.
Smoopa Shopping has the usual barcode and packaging scanning options for users, and quickly tells them whether they've got a good price, as well as the ability to save items for later price drop alerts. But the app also comes with additional social functions, with users able to create "collections" of interesting or useful products that they can share or browse, which helps other users discover cool stuff, as well as coming with small rewards such as gift checks.
Sometimes, timing can be everything. Choosing to buy at the right time with the right discount or promo can lead to huge savings. The trick of course is finding the right time. Enter ShopAdvisor, a mobile "shopping concierge" that helps you find the products you like, and then notifies you of price drops, as well as comparing prices across a variety of retailers.
ScanLife lets users scan barcodes, QR codes, or Microsoft Tags to quickly get their hands on a wealth of information useful to the savvy shopper. The app lets you look up online and storefront prices, as well as relevant price matching programs as well as relevant product reviews. Additionally, you can look up nutritional information where available, as well as nearby locations carrying the same item. Users can also earn points for scanning items which can be redeemed for gift cards.
Slickdeals is an excellent aggregator that brings you the best deals available from a wide variety of sources, collecting deals from all over the Web into a single place. Covering everything from electronics, clothing, to groceries and local deals, there's a good chance that Slickdeals has it. Users can view featured deals on the front page, popular or local deals or search and view by product category.