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Best POS Systems 2017

Your POS system is the lifeline of your operations. But choosing a POS system can quickly become overwhelming. So we did the leg work for you to help you find the right POS system for your business. From traditional POS systems (POS stands for point of sale, by the way) to iPad POS systems, we asked around and did the research so you don’t have to.

The best POS system is affordable and easy to use, and should also do more than just accept payments and process sales. It should come with additional time-saving features such as inventory management, staff management, marketing tools, customer data gathering, task automation and other capabilities that make it easier to run and grow your business. The vendor should also provide dedicated solutions for your type of business and offer 24/7 customer support.

Vend has everything you need to run and grow a brick-and-mortar store. Beyond processing transactions, Vend also comes with features to help you run your business, save time and boost sales. This vendor also has dedicated solutions for different types of stores in a wide range of industries. Whether you run a clothing store, a sports store or a specialty business such as a carwash or computer shop, there’s a tailor-made Vend solution for you.

Bindo is a cloud-based POS system that’s built especially for the iPad. It offers an intuitive user interface, is packed with business management tools and comes with advanced capabilities like mobile payments, e-commerce integration and customization options. Best of all, it comes with 24/7 customer support and has the best pricing for the features offered compared with its competitors.

TouchBistro is a simple and affordable POS system that focuses solely on a restaurant’s unique needs. It is suitable for all types of food establishments, from fine dining to casual eateries, cafes, pubs, food trucks and more. We like that it works with the iPad and iPad mini, giving you flexibility and mobility, no matter your type of restaurant. TouchBistro also offers 24/7 phone and email support, video tutorials and one-on-one training at no extra cost.

ShopKeep is a budget-friendly, cloud-based iPad POS system that’s packed with all the time-saving features retailers need to run and grow their business. 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 or expensive fees. We were also impressed with the company’s wide range of free customer support, which includes 24/7 phone and email support, live chat, social media support, community forums, small business resources and much more.

Here is a list of POS systems and a summary of what each company claims to offer. This alphabetical list also includes our best picks.

Acme — Acme is an on-premises POS system that’s built especially for retailers and grocers. It is one of the most affordable POS systems available and comes with a complete backoffice solution built right into the software. It works with standard POS equipment, desktop computers and mobile devices, giving your business flexibility and mobility options.

Aireus — Aireus is an advanced iPad POS system for restaurants. It comes with nearly every possible feature a restaurant would need to function on an enterprise level. Besides floor features like tableside ordering, sales, happy hour mode, bill splitting and more, it comes with other backend features like reporting, built-in CRM software, a time clock with payroll exporting, offline mode and Web ordering.

Ambur — Ambur is another robust iPad POS system for restaurants that also works on the iPhone. What makes Ambur different is it doesn’t come with any monthly or service fees; you pay a flat one-time fee of $999, which includes unlimited terminals. Ambur also sells hardware bundles and individual units, including iPads that you can purchase outright or lease.

Banq — Banq by iPayment is a tablet POS system that’s packed with features for different types of small businesses. The company promises “preferred credit card rates,” and offers both a basic plan and a small business plan, so you can scale the system to your business’s needs. It also comes with QuickBooks integration and a built-in CRM solution to help you better manage your accounting while nurturing relationships with customers.

*Bindo — Our pick for the best mobile POS system, Bindo comes with a bevy of tools to help you process transactions and run your business straight from your iPad, all at a small business-friendly price. It also comes with e-commerce integration, customization options, mobile payments and 24/7 customer support.  Read our full review here.

Bluestore Live — Bluestore is a simple and affordable POS system that works on different types of hardware, including iPads. We like that plans come with unlimited products, users and customers, and that updates and maintenance are all included in the low month-to-month subscription fee. The company is based in the U.K., but is available to U.S. customers.

Breadcrumb — One of our favorites is Breadcrumb by Groupon, a feature-rich iPad POS system for restaurants, bars, clubs and similar establishments. We were impressed that it comes with hundreds of capabilities, so you can tailor the system to make it perfect for your business. We also like that Breadcrumb offers 24/7 customer support and free customization setup.

Cashier Live — Cashier Live bills itself as a smart online POS software for retailers. With Web-based access and an iPhone and iPad app, Cashier Live is available seamlessly across a variety of devices. The software helps you quickly ring up sales, track inventory, manage employees, access data, generate reports and more. Cashier Live works with any kind of retail store, but has special features for boutiques, hardware stores and pharmacies.

Clover Station — Clover Station is an advanced POS system for businesses that require more complex and highly customizable software. We like that you can start with the basic features, then add on other capabilities from the start or as your business grows. Even better, Clover Station has its own API, so your developers can create a custom solution to make the perfect POS system for your business.

Dinerware — Dinerware is an easy to use restaurant and hospitality POS system designed for small and medium businesses. It is flexible in design and can easily be set up to support a broad variety of restaurant concepts and workflows, including fine dining restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, pubs, wineries, breweries, golf clubs, hotels, casinos, and more.  There is also a remote access tool, called Home Office, which lets business owners securely access to the system, management tools and real-time data from any device.