Bold vs Recharge: Which one is best for your subscription business?
There are two most popular Subscription applications available in Shopify App Store. If you are considering a subscription business model and you want your customers to subscribe for your product you need to decide which app you should go with.
Before jumping into the selection and app feature list, it is important to list down your own requirement first. There are key questions that need to be considered before making app choice. Some of the important questions regarding your subscription business is mentioned as under:
- What type of subscription You are offering
- Do you want to allow your customer to add normal product with subscribed product
- Do you want to give your customer the choice to choose a different variant each time
- How much front end customization you are looking for
- Are you offering a discount for subscription
Both Recharge and Bold offer tons of similar features so let’s not waste our time highlighting the similarity. Let’s focus on how both subscription apps are different with each other. Below table summarize the high core difference which will help you to decide which one will fit to your need better:
|Strategy||17 apps to support, update and mantain||They are focused - Only ONE app to support & mantain|
|Dunning||Sending emails as a reminder to subscribers with soon-to-expire card|
|API||Deep rooted integration with Recurring business model|
|Customization||Changes can be made through CSS||Customization through theme engine|
|App integration||LittleData | Google Analytics | Google Autocomplete | Facebook Pixel | Referral Candy | Refersion | Addressy | Klaviyo | Shoelace||CartHook | Churnbuster | Glew.io | Google Analytics | Gorgias | Klaviyo | LeadDyno | Littledata | Loqate | LoyaltyLion | MailChimp | Octane AI | One Click Upsell | Product Customizer | Referral Candy | Refersion | Smile.io | Sublytics | Submetrics | Swell | Tradegecko | Ultimate Upsell | Zapier | Stripe | BrainTree | Authorize.net|
|Payment Gateway||Stripe | BrainTree | Authorize.net | Beanstream | Checkout.com | Conekta | CyberSource | Elavon | eWay Rapid | Fat Zebra | MasterCard | Moneris | Paypal | QuickPay | SagePay | USAePay | WorldPay||Stripe | BrainTree | Authorize.net|
|Gifting Subscription||Out of the box Gifting Option||Customization Required|
|Subscription Add-on||Bold allow your subscriber to add non subscribed product along with subscribed product delivery|
Still not sure?
If you are still not sure which app you should proceed with and looking for some expert advice. Our Subscription Business Experts are available to help you. Having hundreds of Bold & Recharge app installation and Customization projects under our belt, we will guide you to make your subscription business successful.