We help you decide what tool is better – Vagaro vs SimplyBook.me.
Weighing up which scheduling software is best for you? We’ve reviewed the key differences between Vagaro and SimplyBook.me to help you decide. And while we’re here, we’ve also thrown another contender into the mix – Pabau.
Vagaro is a cloud-based salon, spa and fitness business management solution that allows professionals to book appointments and manage various facility roles. It offers an integrated solution to manage bookkeeping, payroll, client databases and inventory management.
It’s a fairly affordable option, with prices starting at $25 a month for one user. On top of their monthly fee, you can pay extra for various add-ons to get all the features you need.
SimplyBook.me provides an online booking system for medical spas, as well as various other industries – they cover everything from beauty and wellness to education and retail.
You get a full-blown website, or a booking widget if you already have a website, where you can present your business and accept appointments, sell products, gift cards and service add-ons.
Pabau is an all-in-one clinic management software specifically designed for medi aesthetic clinics. With clients all over the world, Pabau provides everything clinics need to reduce time spent on admin, improve the patient experience, and attract new customers. Because it’s purpose-built for med spas, it has key features that this client base will find particularly valuable.
Let’s start by breaking down the pricing in Vagaro, SimplyBook.me, and Pabau…
Vagaro’s pricing starts at $25 a month for one user in one location, increasing to $85 a month for 7+ users. If you have multiple locations, you’ll have to get in touch with their team for pricing.
They also charge for a number of add-ons, for everything from client data storage, forms, text messaging campaigns, and a client check-up app, which all cost $10 a month.
SimplyBook.me has a more unusual pricing structure. It has 5 different plans, which range from £0 a month to £75 a month. Each plan has a set number of users, a set number of custom features, and a set number of bookings.
If you go over the set number of bookings for the month you can purchase an additional package of bookings, costing between $14 and $750. There are 60 custom features to choose from and the number of features you are able to use depends on which plan you’re on. They also charge for SMS packages.
Pabau charges a flat monthly fee. Pabau’s pricing structure is based on the number of users and every client will get access to all features in the system.
As an all-in-one system, we don’t charge extra for things such as reminder communication, data storage or client photos. The only additional costs you’ll pay are the SMS charges and advanced marketing feature.
|Why Choose Pabau Over Vagaro vs SimplyBook.me||Vagaro||SimplyBook.me||Pabau|
|No online marketplace
Vagaro and SimplyBook.me give you the option to appear on their online marketplace where you’ll be pitched alongside the competition. With Pabau, you can fully customize the online booking experience with an embedded booking widget.
|Consultation forms included
In Vagaro, you have to pay extra to get consultation forms. With SimplyBook.me, intake forms are a custom feature - which you get a limited number of on certain plans. With Pabau, there are hundreds of template forms you can edit and customize to your own needs.
|Simple, all access features |
If you choose Pabau you have access to the whole system. In Vagaro, you have to pay extra to get certain features such as data storage. In SimplyBook.me it’s similar. Plus, not all of the custom features work together - making it complicated and confusing!
|Automated pre-care and aftercare emails
Want to send pre-care and aftercare emails to a client at the time of booking? In Pabau, this process is fully automated. Simply check a box at the time of booking and it’s taken care of.
|In-clinic customer journey
Want a way of making sure you have all correct documentation on file before a client has their appointment, such as consent forms, questionnaires, and before and after photos? The in-clinic customer journey in Pabau ensures you never miss a step again.
“After 16 years of using about 20 different client management software systems, this is the only one I can honestly say does it all, and does it all very well.”
Head of Operations, Juvea Medical
“Pabau is feature-rich, allowing us functionality to grow as our business needs grow, and at the same time quite intuitive to use. Competing software offerings can’t compete!”
“I’ve been in business for almost nine years. I’ve tried a lot of different software, but I was always missing some features. This software has everything that saves my time, keeps my records and medical forms in one place, and is easy to use.”