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Salon Life vs Bookeo

Best beauty salon software review.

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Choosing the best beauty salon software is a key rite of passage for any stylist who wants to excel in the beauty industry. And with so many options in the market, choosing the ideal tool for your business can be daunting for sure. But do not fret, we have got you covered!

We researched, tested, and compared a handful of the best salon software so that you do not have to do it yourself. And to cut to the chase, 2 beauty salon management apps came out at the top: Salon Life and Bookeo.

#1.    Salon Life 

Offering an intuitive yet responsive calendar platform, built-in CRM & marketing tools, and powerful salon booking tools, Salon Life (a salon business-focused management app) is a superb scheduling tool. Pair these features with multi-location, real-time reports, & affordable plans, and you have the best salon software solution for your salon business. 
This app also comes with the impressive ability to integrate with third-party business tools such as Facebook & your website as well. Overall, Salon Life is an excellent choice for any stylist looking for an all-in-one way to manage their schedule/calendar conveniently, inventory, staff, process payments & engage with clients in a meaningful way. 

Platform

Web-based

Types of businesses catered to:

  • Small salons
  • Mid-size salons
  • Enterprise/big salons

Pricing

The pricing starts at €7/month

Free account

This salon app allows users to create and use the salon booking tool for free. 

Free trial

You get to enjoy a free trial with any of the subscription plans.
Ease-of-use, value for money, & customer support (out of 5 stars)

  • Ease-of-use: 5/5 stars
  • Value for money: 5/5 stars
  • Customer support: 5/5 stars. The customer support live-agent replies within 5 minutes.

Special salon features

  • Access control
  • Appointment management
  • Automated scheduling
  • Calendar management
  • Customer accounts
  • Customer history
  • Data import/export
  • Email marketing
  • Email notifications
  • Employee management
  • Group-scheduling
  • Inventory management
  • Multi-location
  • Multiple-user accounts
  • Payroll management
  • Permission management
  • Reporting & statistics
  • SMS integration
  • Social media integration
  • Task-scheduling
  • User management
  • Website integration

Pros

  • Intuitive platform
  • Affordable plans
  • Allows salon owners to create and use the scheduling tool for free.
  • Salon business-focused management & booking app.

Cons

  • It doesn’t come with a mobile app. The platform is, however, fully optimized for all mobile device browsers. 

#2.    Bookeo

Originally intended for small business owners & consultants, Bookeo now offers business management solutions for all types of businesses including large flight & culinary learning centers. Just like Salon Life, it offers an intriguing selection of marketing & scheduling solutions, features excellent security features, and integrates with other third-party business tools & payment platforms for additional functionality. 

Platform

This salon app is Web-based. It also has a mobile app for Windows Phone devices.
Types of businesses catered to:

  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid-size businesses

Pricing

The starting price is $14.95/month
Free account
Bookeo doesn’t allow you to create a free account.

Free trial

You get to enjoy a free trial with any of the plans.
Ease-of-use, value for money, and customer support (out of 5 stars)

  • Ease-of-use: 4/5 stars
  • Value for money: 4/5 stars
  • Customer support: 4/5 stars.

Special salon features

  • Access control
  • Appointment management
  • Automated scheduling
  • Calendar management
  • Customer accounts
  • Customer history
  • Data import/export
  • Email notifications
  • Employee management
  • Group-scheduling
  • Reporting & statistics
  • Social media integration
  • User management
  • Website integration

Pros

  • It comes with a commission calculator.
  • The employee management feature comes with attendance management. 

Cons

  • An outdated user interface.
  • An app for windows phones alone is quite unreasonable.
  • It cannot cater to large salon businesses. 
  • It doesn’t allow users to create a free account. 
  • Misses some important salon running tools such as email marketing, inventory management, multi-location, multiple-user accounts, payroll management, permission management, SMS integration, and task-scheduling. 

Comparison

Without a doubt, both apps are great. But we felt a need to separate these salon apps by doing a comparison:

Conclusion

From the comparison table above, it’s pretty obvious that Salon Life is a way better option than its counterpart. Bookeo is a near-perfect mix of intuitiveness and robust functionality hindered only by inconsistent customer support, an unreasonable price range, and some few missing salon management features. The fact that salon life is a salon-focused beauty salon software created with only a salon owner in mind also means that it is better suited at meeting a stylist’s needs. 
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