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Best POS Systems for 2020

Lori Fairbanks, Staff
Updated: February 20, 2020

Update: We've revised this page to include information about Epos Now's expansion into the Australian market.

With so many point-of-sale systems on the market, choosing the right one for your small business is a daunting task. Not only do you have to look for all the features you need, but you also must keep a close eye on costs for POS software, POS hardware and payment processing, not to mention contractual terms that might lock you into a system for years. To help you narrow your choices, we examined more than 100 POS systems to find the affordable, cloud-based POS solutions we think are the best. Check out our recommendations below, then see our guide to find tips for accepting credit cards.

Our Best Picks

To help you find the right POS system for your business, we researched and analyzed dozens of options. Here's a roundup of our 2020 best picks for POS systems and an explanation of how we chose them.

Best Mobile POS System for iPad

Lightspeed
Pricing: Starts at $69-$99 per month, based on annual payment

Best POS System for Retail

Vend
Pricing: $99-$129 per month, based on annual payment

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Pricing: Starts at $79 per month, per terminal, based on annual payment

Best POS System for Restaurants

TouchBistro
Pricing: Starts at $69 per month, based on annual payment

Best All-in-One POS System for Small Business

Epos Now
Pricing: $39-$69 per month

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What to Expect in 2020

The customer experience is paramount in 2020, and merchants will be looking for POS systems that help them better cater to their customers. One capability they'll look for is a unified commerce platform that allows them to offer customers a seamless shopping experience that spans in-person, online and mobile channels. The other feature they'll look for in a POS system is the ability to offer customers the convenience of unattended ordering and checkout options.

Unified Commerce for Retail and Restaurant Businesses

Move over, multichannel and omnichannel commerce. Unified commerce is the next buzzword in POS systems. Unified commerce is like multichannel and omnichannel solutions in that the goal is to create a cross-channel ordering and purchasing experience that makes it easy for customers to make purchases how, where, and when they want with minimal friction. A BPR study found that 87% of shoppers "want a personalized and consistent experience across all shopping channels." 

Speaking to eMarketer, BRP partner and co-founder Ken Morris explained how unified commerce is different. "In omnichannel, you have multiple channels, but you don't have one piece of software, one version of the truth: You have many versions of the truth. In the unified commerce world, it's all connected in real time." 

The advantage to businesses that provide a unified commerce experience to their customers is that omnichannel customers spend more than single-channel customers. Here's what this might look like in a retail setting: Your customer, Joe, needs new shoes. At home on his computer, he pulls up your website, finds a pair he likes and puts them in his shopping cart. When he's at work the next day, he decides he wants them and opens your app on his phone, where he finds the shoes waiting in his cart. He purchases them but doesn't want to pay for shipping, so he chooses the in-store pickup option. On the way home from work, he stops by your store and picks them up. 

Unattended POS Systems

Consumers enjoy the convenience and novelty of self-ordering and self-checkout technology. Small businesses – including both retail stores and restaurants – can implement this technology now with POS systems that have kiosk and mobile features. With a kiosk module, you can set up tablets as self-service kiosks that customers can use at restaurants to place and pay for their orders and at retail businesses to scan and pay for their items. Mobile features use apps or mobile-friendly websites to allow customers to place orders or make purchases remotely using their phones, tablets or computers. 

For customers, POS kiosks are novel and fun, usually with shorter lines, and mobile ordering and purchasing saves them time. These options may also encourage your customers to spend more money at your business. Quick-service restaurants have found that, on average, customers spend 20% more when they use kiosks to place their orders. 

For merchants, unattended POS systems offer an effective strategy for managing rising labor costs, as they allow one cashier to monitor customers using multiple self-serve POS kiosks instead of ringing up orders at a single station.  

How are POS systems expected to change in the next five years?

Global Payments, one of the biggest credit card processors in the world, says unattended retail is the future of POS systems and predicts that it will become a $13 billion industry over the next five years. The cashierless POS trend is taken to the extreme in aspirational retail stores like Amazon Go that give us a sneak preview of what the future of retail and the checkout experience might look like. It uses an app on customers' phones plus in-store cameras, sensors, RFID, and AI to detect what customers carry out of the store and then automatically charges their credit cards.

Lightspeed

Best Mobile POS System for iPad

Summary

Lightspeed is an iPad POS system that has solutions for retail stores, restaurants and online businesses. It's fully mobile, so you can check inventory from anywhere in the store, show customers product images and descriptions, and ring up orders and accept payments on the sales floor or, for restaurants, tableside. Lightspeed has month-to-month and annual service contracts available, gives you a choice of credit card processors, and works with third-party POS equipment. It also integrates with numerous third-party apps, allowing you to customize the system to fit your business.

Devices: iPad
Support: 24/7 phone, email and chat support
Read our full review of Lightspeed

Vend

Best POS System for Retail

Summary

Vend has everything you need to run and grow a brick-and-mortar store. Beyond processing transactions, it has reporting and inventory management features and provides access to a variety of integrations that can help you run your business, save time and boost sales. This POS software is suitable for nearly every type of store. Whether you run a clothing store, a sporting goods store, or a specialty service-based business such as a car wash or computer shop, Vend has the features you need.

Devices: iPad
Support: 24/7 phone, email and chat support
Read our full review of Vend

Revel Systems

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Summary

Revel offers an omnichannel point of sale (POS) system with a comprehensive set of features. It supports an unlimited number of users, includes product updates and comes with 24/7 customer service. (You can reach Revel support by phone or through its online portal.) Revel has an iPad-based POS system that can be used with multiple iOS-enabled devices. It can also work with a wide range of other POS equipment, listed on its website, so you might be able to continue using your existing hardware.

Revel is a hybrid POS system that stores data in the cloud, but it also leverages a local network to sync your sales data between iPads. This means you can continue operating Revel even when your internet connection is interrupted. Once the connection is restored, Revel will automatically sync your new sales data with its archives in the cloud. Other features include inventory management, a customer management tool, employee management and an open API should you want to build any third-party integrations.

Revel requires a three-year contract. There is no option for a month-to-month subscription or one-year contract. Revel is best suited for established businesses that plan to stick with a single POS service provider for an extended period. To get Revel's best pricing, you must sign up for Revel Advantage, the company's in-house credit card processing service.
Read our full review of Revel Systems

TouchBistro

Best POS System for Restaurants

Summary

TouchBistro is a simple and affordable POS system that focuses on the unique needs of restaurant owners, with table, reservation and delivery management features. It's suitable for all types of food establishments – fine dining, casual eateries, cafes, pubs, food trucks and more. It has month-to-month subscriptions, offers a choice of payment processors, and runs on the iPad, iPad Pro and iPad Mini, giving you flexibility and mobility, no matter which type of restaurant you own. TouchBistro offers 24/7 phone and email support, video tutorials, and setup guides.

Devices: iPad and Apple AirPort router
Support: 24/7 phone and email support

October 2019: TouchBistro introduced its new reservations platform, TouchBistro Reservations. It fully integrates with the company's POS system but can also be used as a stand-alone app. With it, restaurants can accept reservations on their websites, through Google Search and Maps, or through the new TB Dine website and mobile app.
Read our full review of TouchBistro

Epos Now

Best All-in-One POS System for Small Business

Summary

Epos Now is an affordable, versatile POS system that nearly every type of business can use. Both retail and hospitality versions of the software are available, each with a robust selection of features to help you run your business. It also has more than 80 integrations, so you can add extra capabilities and connect to the business programs you already use. Epos Now gives you a choice of payment providers, is compatible with third-party POS hardware, and runs on iPads, Android tablets, Macs and PCs – making it highly likely you can use the tablets, computers and POS equipment you already own.

February 2020: Epos Now has announced its acquisition of Australian POS company Epos Systems. This acquisition gives Epos Now a foothold in the Australian, New Zealand and Asian markets. CEO Jacyn Heavens said, "With multiple offices already in the UK and USA, our new Australian office means we can cover all global time zones with a full team and offer in-depth domain and regional knowledge to better serve our partners and our growing base of tens of thousands of customers spanning over 100 countries."

Devices: iPads, Android tablets, Macs and PCs
Support: Email and chat support; 24/7 phone support with Premium plan
Read our full review of Epos Now

The best POS systems do more than just process sales and accept payments. They make it easier to run your entire business, with features that help you analyze sales data, track inventory, connect with customers and manage employees. They include or have integrations for email marketing, loyalty programs, and other capabilities that streamline processes and save you time. The best POS vendors provide reliable customer support that you can contact around the clock, so even if your business keeps irregular hours or you're working late, you can receive help when you need it. 

As you compare POS machines and software, look for systems that give you maximum flexibility, with month-to-month software subscriptions, a choice of payment processors and compatibility with third-party POS hardware that you can purchase upfront. This way, you're not locked into a system or a lease for several years, but can instead switch out whatever parts of the system you want, when you want – whether you are missing features, feel services aren't meeting your expectations or find a better deal elsewhere.

Frequently Asked Questions About POS Systems

Q: What is a point-of-sale system?

A: A point-of-sale (POS) system is used to record the products or services a customer intends to purchase, add up the items' cost, calculate tax, accept payment and generate a receipt. It differs from a cash register in that it has advanced features that make it easier for you to manage sales data, inventory, customers and employees. POS systems have three parts: software, hardware and a credit card processor.

Q: What is point-of-sale software?

A: Most POS systems are designed for either retail or hospitality businesses, though some vendors offer solutions for both. Additionally, most vendors offer multiple POS plans, with service levels based either on the number of registers you need and how many people will be using the system or on the features that are included.

Q: What is point-of-sale hardware? How many register terminals does each location require?

A: A typical POS terminal has either a tablet, touchscreen or computer monitor, as well as a cash drawer, credit card reader and receipt printer. A retail POS system may also include a barcode scanner and customer-facing screen. Other peripherals such as scales, kitchen printers and kitchen display systems (KDS) are often available.

The number of registers, or POS terminals, that each location requires depends on the specific needs of your business. A single POS terminal may be enough for small and new businesses, but you may want to add more if your business is busy and you need to reduce wait times.

Q: What credit card processors work with POS systems? If I buy a POS system, does that make me PCI compliant?

A: The best POS systems integrate with multiple credit card processing services so you can shop around for the best value. However, some vendors offer their own credit card processing service and bundle it with their POS software and hardware.

There are multiple factors in achieving PCI compliance, including the POS system and credit card processing service you use, whether your business stores cardholder data, and whether your network and internet connection are secure. Your credit card processor can help you with PCI compliance; you will likely need to complete an annual PCI self-assessment questionnaire and may also need to submit to system scans.

Q: When does your business need a point-of-sale system?

A: As soon as you begin selling goods or services in person, your business needs a POS system, no matter how small your operation is. A POS system makes the checkout experience easier and faster for both your cashier and your customer, reducing the time it takes to ring up a sale and decreasing human errors such as miscalculations.

It helps with inventory management, tracking the items you have in stock, and some can even assist with purchase ordering. POS systems with advanced inventory management tools can track sales from both your e-commerce platform and your physical retail store in real time, or across multiple locations.

Real-time reporting gives insight into your ROI, showing which items are your best and worst sellers, so you can reorder popular items and offer promotions on those that are underperforming. It can also help you identify your busy and slow hours, days, and seasons so you can optimize how you staff your business.

A POS system also plays an important role in reducing theft, as it records every transaction, and you can choose whether or not a manager must approve returns and voids. Shift reports and blind cash reconciliation discourage employees from stealing from the cash drawer. Mobile POS systems allow employees to mingle with your customers on the store floor, deterring shoplifting.

Features and Factors to Consider When Choosing a POS System

As you evaluate POS systems, you need to look at the costs, terms and features for each part of the system: software, hardware and payment processing. Here are some things to keep in mind as you decide which POS system is the best fit for your business.

POS SaaS vs. Licenses

As in other software industries, many POS vendors have cloud-based SaaS (software as a service) plans that you subscribe to. These tend to be the most affordable options. This type of plan usually includes customer support and regular updates, so you always have the most up-to-date version of the software. If you choose to purchase a software license instead, you pay a large upfront fee for the license, a monthly fee for maintenance and customer support, and an annual update fee.

POS Software Plans

Month-to-month software subscriptions are the best option, especially when you first begin using a system, because if you decide that the system isn't a good fit for your business, you can cancel your subscription relatively easily. Some companies charge more for monthly plans or offer a discount if you pay in advance annually. But, before you take the discount, use the software long enough to feel comfortable with it and confident that you'll continue using it for at least a year so that you won't be locked in to a system you don't like.

POS Software Features

There's a lot of variance in feature sets between systems, and even between the service plans for each system. You want to look at both the front end of the software, which you use to place orders and accept payments, and the back-office features that you use to manage the system. Here, again, cloud-based POS systems are desirable because they allow you to access the software on any device with a browser, so you can perform back-office tasks wherever you are. Some of the features sets you want to look for are inventory, customer and employee management.

Avoid Leasing Equipment

Plan to buy your equipment, even if that means starting with a very basic setup that you add to as you can afford it. This will save you money and frustration. Some vendors offer "free" POS hardware if you sign a contract, or give you the option of leasing or renting POS equipment rather than buying so that you pay less upfront. As attractive as these options are, it's going to cost you more over the life of the contract or lease – often many times more – than if you buy the POS equipment upfront.

If you decide to lease or accept free equipment, the terms are usually 3-5 years and noncancelable – so even if you sell or close your business and return the equipment, you must continue paying on it until the contract or lease expires. Then, if the contract or lease has an automatic renewal clause (and most do), you have a very short timeframe to cancel – usually 30 days, and usually in writing – before the contract or lease renews for another year (or three, or five).

Unlocked vs. Proprietary Hardware

Choosing a system that uses unlocked POS hardware can save you money because, if you decide to switch systems, you may be able to continue using the unlocked equipment. If you choose a system with proprietary hardware, you'll have to buy new equipment when you switch systems. 

Setup and Installation Costs

Some vendors charge a fee to help you get your POS system up and running, and this ranges from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on the scope of the work and whether it's remote or onsite. If you choose a tablet POS system, this is usually an optional service. Installation services may include configuring hardware, migrating data, or setting up your product catalog or menu. Many companies also offer training services, which may be included with an installation package or available as a separate service.

Integration Costs

If you plan to integrate your POS system with other software and services – such as accounting software, CMS platforms, customer loyalty programs and appointment management apps – you'll want to find out ahead of time if the integration costs extra, and whether it's a one-time or recurring fee.

Payment Processing Costs

The best POS systems give you a choice of credit card processing companies to work with, and you'll pay whichever processor you decide to use various fees, such as a percentage of each sale plus a per-transaction fee. In most cases, you'll also pay a monthly fee, an annual PCI compliance fee and possibly a monthly gateway fee.

Several POS companies have in-house payment processing services and either require you to use it with their POS system or pay an additional monthly fee or an additional percentage of each sale if you choose to use a different processor. No matter which processor you choose to use, you should be able to accept EMV chip cards and NFC payments such as Android Pay and Apple Pay.

Our Methodology

To help you find the right POS systems, we researched and analyzed dozens of options. Here is a roundup of our 2018 best picks for POS systems and an explanation of how we chose them.

Locating the Best Services

To find the best POS systems for small businesses, we asked small business owners which systems they use and what they like and dislike about them. We then compiled a comprehensive list of POS systems from several sources. We listed the POS systems we were familiar with from our previous research, those mentioned by the small business owners, and systems from companies that reached out to us and asked us to consider them. We also looked on reputable customer research, review and business websites to find additional POS systems to consider.

Choosing the Best Services

We then conducted additional research on the remaining vendors and narrowed our list further based on use cases for the best-pick categories above. Our methodology included trying out demos, watching video tutorials, and reviewing how-to guides, installation manuals, articles and other available resources. Additionally, we contacted vendors and asked several questions as small business owners in the market for a new POS system.

Researching Each Service

List in hand, we began our research. We browsed each vendor's website to learn about each system and read customer reviews to see what users with firsthand experience think about their POS systems. We began narrowing our list based on qualities valued by industry experts and small business owners.

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Best Picks

Full List of POS Systems

Here is a full list of POS system providers and a summary of what each company claims to offer. This alphabetical list also includes our best picks, which are marked with badges.

Acme Point of Sale

Acme Point of Sale from Total BusinessWare Inc. is an on-premises POS system built for specialty retailers such as grocery, hardware, hobby and pet stores. It's an affordable POS system with a complete back-office solution built into the software. It works with all major credit card processors and POS equipment.

Aireus

Aireus is an advanced iPad POS system for midsize and large restaurants. Besides floor features like tableside ordering and payment acceptance, happy-hour mode, and bill splitting, it comes with back-end features like reports, built-in CRM software, a timeclock with payroll exporting, offline mode and web orders. Custom solutions are available.

Aldelo

Aldelo Express is an iPad POS solution for bars, restaurants, retail shops and professional service providers. The cloud-based software is free if you decide to use Aldelo Pay as your payment processor, or you can pay a monthly fee and use the software with the payment processor of your choice. The company also offers Aldelo Restaurant POS for small and midsize restaurants that prefer a Windows-based POS system.

Ambur

Ambur is an iPad POS system for restaurants that also works on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Like many tablet-based systems, Ambur charges a monthly subscription fee, with three tiers based on the number of devices you add to the system. A discount is available with annual prepayment. Ambur also sells POS hardware, including iPads.

Bepoz

Bepoz provides POS systems to businesses in multiple industries, including restaurants, retail and hotels. It can be used by businesses with a single location or thousands, and it can link with accounting programs, property management systems, gaming and casino systems, and liquor dispensing systems. It has month-to-month subscriptions for its software and provides 24/7 customer support.

Big Hairy Dog Information Systems

Big Hairy Dog Information Systems is a reseller that offers Retail Pro and QuickBooks POS software as well as hardware, supplies, implementation and training services, and technical support. It works with specialty retailers in the United States and Canada.

Bindo

Bindo comes with a bevy of tools to help you process transactions and run your business straight from your iPad, all at a friendly price for small businesses. It can be used by retail, restaurant, and salon businesses with one or multiple locations, and it has an inventory database, e-commerce solutions, a built-in timeclock and 24/7 customer support.

Bluestore Live

Bluestore is a simple and affordable POS system that works on different types of hardware, including iPads. Its plans support unlimited products, users and customers. Updates and maintenance are included in the low month-to-month subscription fee. The company is based in the U.K., but the POS system is available to U.S. customers.

Brilliant POS

Brilliant POS is a reseller that offers Clover, Cash Register Express, and Restaurant Pro Express software along with hardware, setup, training, and support. E-commerce solutions are also available from this company. It works with many business types, including retail and grocery stores, bars and restaurants, and salons. It provides its merchants with account managers and 24/7 support.

Cake

Cake from Sysco is an all-in-one restaurant point-of-sale system designed for small restaurant businesses. It's a hybrid system, so you can use its cloud-based software to access your reporting and other back-of-house tasks from any browser. It uses a router and has an offline mode, so you don't need to worry if your internet connection lags. Cake offers add-ons for guest management, iPad tableside ordering and online ordering. Third-party integrations are also available for this restaurant POS system.

Cashier Live

Cashier Live bills itself as 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 for all retail stores, but it has special features for boutiques, hardware stores and pharmacies.

Clover

Clover is an advanced POS system for businesses that require highly customizable software. You can start with the basic features, then add apps for advanced capabilities such as staff scheduling, customer management and loyalty programs, either from the start or as your business grows. Clover has its own API, so your developers can create custom integrations if needed.

Comcash

Comcash offers cloud-based POS software for retailers and a mobile POS app for the iPhone and iPod Touch that can be used as a line buster in retail stores or to take orders tableside in restaurants. It also offers e-commerce, CRM, mobile inventory and retail ERP solutions.

Computer Information Services

Computer Information Services (CIS) has all-in-one POS systems for restaurants, retailers, and specialty shops such as butchers, fashion boutiques, pharmacies, firearms, bookstores and pizzerias. Headquartered in Pakistan, the company also has offices in Texas, the United Arab Emirates and Australia.

Denali

Denali, the on-premises accounting system from Cougar Mountain Software, can be used by businesses of all sizes, including those with multiple locations. The software is modular, allowing you to customize it with just the features you need. Modules include payroll, inventory and POS. POS hardware and e-commerce websites are also available from this company.

Cumulus Retail

Cumulus Retail from Celerant Technology is cloud-based POS software for smaller retailers. It has features for inventory, CRM, loyalty programs, promotions, reports and e-commerce. It integrates with third-party software such as QuickBooks and Shopify, and marketplaces like Amazon, eBay and Walmart. It gives you a choice of payment processors.

Datio POS

Datio POS is an iPad POS system for retail stores, salons, small cafes, quick-service eateries and full-service restaurants. The company charges a monthly subscription fee for its software, and there's no contract, so you can cancel at any time. It provides payment processing through Vantiv, and you can purchase its POS hardware either directly from the company or from Amazon.

Heartland POS

Heartland POS (formerly Dinerware) is a Global Payments company that offers multiple retail and restaurant POS systems for small and midsize businesses. Its retail offerings include pcAmerica and LiquorPOS, and its restaurant options include Dinerware, Digital Dining and Xpient.

Dinlr

Dinlr Waiter is a POS system for restaurants that runs on iPads and iPhones. You can take orders, manage tables and reservations, split checks, and accept payments with it. It manages inventory at the ingredient level, and its purchase-ordering system can automatically reorder supplies. Using Dinlr Table, your guests can place their own orders from iPad menus at each table.

ECR Software

ECR Software's Catapult is a unified POS platform for grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, pharmacies, and specialty food and beverage stores. It has traditional, accelerated, and self-checkout systems, as well as mobile and e-commerce solutions. Features include inventory, purchase orders, loyalty programs, gift cards, reports and multi-store management.

Enlite POS

Enlite POS from Dark POS is designed for dry cleaning businesses with one or multiple locations. It supports automated assembly systems, emails customers when their clothes are ready for pickup, and includes the Driver Mobile App for dry cleaning delivery and laundry routes. It integrates with top payment processors, accounting and email marketing software, and social media platforms.

Erply

Erply is cloud-hybrid POS software for retailers; it suits independent stores as well as large chains. It runs on iPads and Android tablets, or any other device with a browser. It offers several plans, a choice of month-to-month or annual subscription, and is hardware agnostic.

Franpos

Franpos, formerly iConnect, is a cloud-based franchise POS system that works with businesses in the beauty, retail and quick-service restaurant industries. Features include inventory, purchase ordering, booking, online ordering, loyalty programs, employee management and reporting. It runs on Android tablets and integrates with third-party software.

GiftLogic

GiftLogic is Windows-based POS software for retailers. In addition to processing sales, GiftLogic can help you manage inventory, generate purchase orders and run reports. With its built-in CRM software, you can create customer accounts, track purchase histories and offer a rewards program. GiftLogic also has a full-featured inventory management tool with automatic reordering and discount scheduling.

GoFrugal POS

GoFrugal is an ERP company that offers both retail and restaurant POS software that you can use as an on-premises system or as a web-based platform that you can access from a browser on any computer, tablet, or phone. Based in India, it's used by businesses in more than 60 countries, including the U.S. and Canada. It has integrations for e-commerce, loyalty programs and accounting software.

Gotmerchant.com

Gotmerchant.com provides credit card processing services and equipment to retailers, restaurants and online merchants. Its hardware options include credit card machines, wireless card readers, electronic cash registers and POS systems. It also offers touch-tone credit card processing and integration with Yahoo Merchant Solutions accounts.

Harbortouch

Harbortouch is a Shift4 Payments company that provides POS systems and payment processing services to small businesses. It has both retail and restaurant POS systems that nearly every type of business can use. It also has a bar POS system, which is featured on the TV show "Bar Rescue."

Hospitality Control Systems

Hospitality Control Systems, or HCS, is a reseller that supplies Focus, SoftTouch, and CAP POS systems and Berg Liquor Control Systems to retail and hospitality businesses in Ohio, West Virginia, and western Pennsylvania. It also provides installation services and tech support.

Imonggo

Imonggo is a retail POS system with a free plan for startups and very small businesses, specifically those with fewer than 1,000 inventory items that sell 1,000 products or fewer per month. A paid plan that supports an unlimited number of products and transactions is also available. Imonggo is web-based, so you can access it anytime, anywhere, from any browser. Features include inventory management, sales analytics, digital receipts and loyalty programs.

Instore

Instore is an all-in-one iPad POS system for restaurants, cafes, bakeries, delis, bars and retail businesses with one or multiple locations. With Instore, you can take orders and accept payments from anywhere in your store, manage your menu or product catalog, analyze sales data, track inventory, issue gift cards, and customize receipts with coupons and special offers.

Kounta

Kounta, recently acquired by Lightspeed, is a POS system that works with both Android tablets and iPads. It can be used by hospitality businesses such as restaurants, cafes, bars, food retailers and hotels. It has a strong mix of features, and integrations are available so you can connect to other business programs or augment the system's capabilities. There's no lengthy contract requirement for this system, and it's compatible with third-party hardware.

LivePOS

LivePOS is a cloud-hybrid POS solution suited for retail, service, and healthcare stores with one or multiple locations as well as franchises. In addition to register features, it has customer and employee management, inventory, and reporting tools. It also has an app marketplace and its own API, giving you plenty of options to fully customize the software. The company offers 24/7 phone support.

Loyverse

Loyverse is a free mobile POS system for iOS and Android devices that's packed with features to help you ring up sales and run your business. It has a user-friendly back office with a dashboard that makes it easy to access sales analytics, track inventory, manage employees and launch marketing campaigns. Loyverse is suited for retail stores, salons, restaurants and cafes.

Meridian Star POS

Meridian Star is a Future POS reseller that provides software, hardware, installation, training, and support to restaurants in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. It has solutions for full- and quick-service restaurants, pizzerias, bars, and nightclubs.

MicroBiz

MicroBiz is retail POS software that can be used by many store types, including clothing, sports, toy, pet, garden, repair, liquor and vape shops, with single or multiple locations. Cloud- and Windows-based versions of the software are available, so you can store your data in the cloud or onsite. It integrates with QuickBooks and Magento.

mPower Beverage Software

Designed specifically for wine, beer, and liquor stores, this POS software has inventory and customer management tools, more than 70 reports, and a built-in timeclock. It runs on Windows-based hardware, including full-service Microsoft tablets, and integrates with QuickBooks. Cloud hosting is available for a monthly fee if you prefer not to manage a local server.

NCR Counterpoint

NCR Counterpoint is a POS system for retailers of every size. It supports omnichannel sales and has tools for inventory management, tiered pricing, purchase ordering, analytics, and email marketing and customer loyalty programs. This system is available from resellers that provide installation, custom programming, training, support and cloud-hosted solutions.

National Retail Solutions

National Retail Solutions' POS+ system is designed for small, independent retail stores. It has dual touchscreens, a cash drawer, a scanner, a receipt printer and a card reader. The software includes register features, vendor and inventory management, reports, and a loyalty program. The company also provides payment processing.

Nobly

Nobly is an iPad POS system for restaurants, bars, coffee shops, delis and food trucks. Although its focus is hospitality businesses, salons and retail stores can also use it. You can use it to take orders tableside, track inventory at the ingredient level, manage customers, offer loyalty promotions and generate reports.

NorthStar

NorthStar from Custom Business Solutions is an iPad POS system for quick- and full-service restaurants, cafes, bars, amusement parks, and cruise lines. It has tableside, online and kiosk ordering solutions; supports multiple menus and happy hours; and has cloud-based reporting so you can accomplish back-of-house tasks anywhere you have browser access.

Ordyx

Ordyx is a POS system for restaurants with single or multiple locations. It tracks inventory, generates reports, and has online ordering and delivery features. It also has a customer loyalty program and integrates with several accounting, payroll, property management, and email marketing applications.

PAR Tech

PAR Technology provides cloud-based POS systems to some of the country's most popular restaurant chains, including McDonald's, Subway, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut. Its Brink POS software is designed for quick-service and fast casual eateries, and its PixelPoint POS is for full-service restaurants. The company also offers payment processing through PAR Pay.

Pathfinder

Pathfinder's POS system is designed to give retailers and restaurants data and insights based on customer purchases. The company, located in India and the UAE, specializes in systems for businesses located in airports and shopping centers. It also offers software for business intelligence, analytics and customer engagement.

PHP Point of Sale

PHP Point of Sale can be used by retailers, grocery stores, bakeries, coffee shops and museums. It runs on iOS phones and tablets as well as Mac and PC computers. It's compatible with several processors and various third-party hardware, so if you already own POS equipment, you may be able to continue using it.

POS Nation

POS Nation is a reseller that can set you up with a POS system. It offers a variety of POS software, hardware, and processing options and works with many business types, including retail and grocery stores, vape shops, full- and quick-service restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. It also provides employee training for using the system and 24/7 customer support.

POSGuys

POSGuys offers a wide range of products for retailers, restaurants and salons. Its solutions include POS software, traditional POS hardware systems with touchscreen monitors, and mobile POS systems that use tablets. Peripherals such as barcode scanners and scales are also available.

Passport POS

Passport POS from Gilbarco Veeder-Root is a touchscreen POS system for gas stations and convenience stores. It includes employee management, access control and reporting features. It also supports third-party loyalty programs that allow you to reward frequent customers. The company says your employees can learn to use the system in 20 minutes, and customer service is available by phone 24/7/365.

Pioneer POS

Pioneer Solution Inc. designs and manufactures POS hardware such as tablets, all-in-one touchscreens and printers. The company partners with software vendors, system integrators and value-added resellers in many industries, including retail, healthcare, hospitality, kiosk, gaming and manufacturing.

PointOS

PointOS is a POS system designed for restaurants and bars. Its features include customer profiles, tab and table management, age identification, inventory tracking, timecards, and payroll reports. It offers options for automatic happy-hour pricing as well as item and check discounting, and you can send orders to the kitchen printer or the service bar. It also has an integrated music feature that you can use to create playlists for your establishment.

Posandro

Posandro is a U.K.-based Android POS provider. Its POS system is built primarily for restaurants and other food-based businesses, though retail stores can also use it. It is affordable, has no lengthy contract requirement, is compatible with third-party POS hardware and has a good selection of features. It only has one payment processor integration, though you can use the system alongside your processor of choice.

Pose

Pose is a cloud-based POS system that can be used by stores, cafes, booths, salons and service providers working on location. It's a web-based system, so you can access it on any browser, whether you prefer to use a desktop computer, laptop or tablet (a native iPad app is also available). This system gives you the flexibility to take your POS system with you anywhere you go.

Poster

Poster is a restaurant POS system that runs on both Android tablets and iPads, and the company says you can set it up in 15 minutes. It has a web-based management console, so you can access it from any device with a web browser. It includes features for table, inventory, and menu management, and it lets your customers order or make reservations online.

Quetzal

If you're a clothing or shoe retailer, Quetzal has a solution for you. This cloud-based iPad POS system is packed with features, such as inventory management for up to 10,000 items and 2 million SKUs, sales analytics to help you identify buying trends, and customer engagement tools that help you understand your customers.

Intuit QuickBooks POS

The QuickBooks POS software transforms your desktop into a powerful POS system. Besides accepting credit cards and processing sales, QuickBooks POS lets you manage inventory, nurture customer relationships and perform other tasks to manage your business. As expected, QuickBooks POS easily integrates with QuickBooks accounting solutions.

Rapid POS

Rapid POS is a reseller and systems integrator that can set your small retail business up with NCR Counterpoint software and POS hardware such as all-in-one terminals, receipt printers, barcode scanners, and other peripherals. The company can configure and customize the POS system to meet your needs and provides 24/7 customer support.

Retail Pro

Retail Pro is an enterprise-level POS system for specialty retailers. Its features include customizable workflows, personalized shopping recommendations for customers based on purchase history, CRM, inventory management, merchandising tools and accounting. Retail Pro is a scalable POS system, so you can start with the basics and add capabilities as your business grows.

Rezku POS

Rezku is an iPad POS system for restaurants, bars, breweries and nightclubs. It has drag-and-drop menu management that supports photos and color coding, ingredient-level inventory tracking, and seat and table management. It also has a built-in timeclock and sales reports that show your most popular items, busiest hours, and top employees.

Sabor

Sabor is a cloud-based restaurant POS system that runs on Windows 10 devices, including Microsoft Surface. It also has a companion app for Windows phones. The company says that its POS system has more than 200 features, including table management, kitchen processes, dashboard reports and a built-in CRM.

SalesVu

SalesVu is a cloud-based, all-in-one POS system. Its features include inventory management, employee scheduling, customer management, accounting, and email and social media marketing. SalesVu works on the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch and is suitable for businesses in many industries, including retail, restaurant, and professional services.

Smartwerks

Smartwerks is cloud-based POS software for specialty retail such as gift and hobby shops, jewelry boutiques, and furniture stores. It can be used by both small and midsize companies with either a single store or multiple locations. The software helps you manage your inventory, customers, and staff, and it includes loyalty tools and a timeclock app.

Springboard Retail

Springboard Retail is a cloud-based POS and retail management system designed by retailers for multi-store, multichannel businesses, helping you deliver consistent service across your locations and your online store. It works on iPads and has advanced features for inventory and customer management, purchase ordering, and customizable reporting. APIs are available for custom integrations.

Swim

Swim's iPad POS system is made specifically to help jewelry retailers process sales and manage their businesses. It comes with jeweler-specific features like instant quotes, custom orders, and stock counting with RFID and barcode support, as well as marketing tools like the ability to collect customer data (including wish lists) and view purchase histories.

The General Store

The General Store is a POS and retail management system that you can use to process sales, track inventory, reorder stock, track employee time and commissions, and manage customers. It's suitable for stores with one or multiple locations and for nearly every specialty, including apparel, sporting goods and furniture.

Thr!ve

Thr!ve POS from Granbury Solutions is a tablet-based point-of-sale system for delivery restaurants and pizzerias. It can be used by independent establishments as well as regional and national chains. Features include order management, a delivery app for drivers, employee scheduling and a timeclock, ingredient-based inventory tracking, and reporting tools.

TigerPOS

TigerPOS is an easy-to-use, touchscreen POS system for bars and liquor stores. It includes features for age verification, shelf labeling, purchasing and receiving, reporting, and security camera integration. TigerPOS also has a retail-based POS system specifically for wine stores.

Tillpoint

Tillpoint is an iPad POS system for retail businesses and restaurants that has a rich suite of features. In addition to its register capabilities, it helps you manage your inventory, suppliers, purchase orders, customers and staff. It has a built-in timeclock and accounting system. Its restaurant-specific features include reservations, table and delivery management tools, and a kitchen display system.

TouchSuite

TouchSuite offers multiple POS systems and business services, including credit card processing. In addition to the TouchSuite Restaurant POS system, it resells Grubbrr kiosks and POS hardware for Clover, Talech, QuickBooks POS, and NCR Silver.

uAccept

The uAccept POS system from Workwell Technologies comes with a touchscreen, card reader, receipt printer and cash drawer. Its POS software is for retail businesses and quick-service restaurants, and its features include a loyalty program, reporting tools and integrated text messaging. You'll need to add an EMV terminal to the system, as the built-in card reader only accepts magnetic stripe cards.

Veeqo

Veeqo is a POS and order management system that streamlines sales channels for multi-outlet e-commerce businesses. This cloud-based system has iOS and Android apps that allow you to access your sales data from anywhere. It integrates with your e-commerce platforms, online marketplaces, and shipping partners to automatically update and sync your inventory, fulfill orders, and create invoices.

BIM POS

Based in Lebanon, BIM POS offers POS software and hardware solutions to retail and restaurant businesses in more than 16 countries. It offers the Masterdine POS for restaurants and the STORCheck POS for retailers. Features include real-time inventory tracking, an integrated loyalty program, and a multilingual feature that displays the interface in the preferred language of the employee who is signed in to the system.

Square

Square is the simplest and fastest way to accept credit cards with a smartphone or tablet. It has clear, affordable pricing with no contracts, credit checks or complicated setup processes, so you can get started right away. You can start small with a simple credit card reader, then transition to a Square terminal, tablet stand or register as your business grows.

ShopKeep

ShopKeep is a cloud-based iPad POS system for retail stores and restaurants. It has a ton of timesaving features that small business owners need to run their businesses and boost sales. It also has multiple customer support resources, including free 24/7 phone and email support, live chat, and community forums.

Pinogy POS

Pinogy is an easy-to-use retail POS system with a full suite of features, such as inventory, customer and multi-store management, reporting, and integrated credit card processing. It offers a free version of its software for very small businesses that have fewer than 100 products and only need two user accounts. A paid version that supports an unlimited number of products and five users is also available.

TouchBistro

TouchBistro is our pick as the best POS system for restaurants because it's designed to fulfill a restaurant's unique needs. It's well suited for many restaurant types: fine dining, casual eateries, bars and breweries, food trucks, and more. It runs on the iPad, has an impressive collection of features, and offers 24/7 phone and email support.

Lavu

Lavu is an iPad POS system for restaurants, food trucks, coffee shops, bars, pizzerias and other eateries. Features include order management, inventory tracking, a timeclock and sales analytics. Lavu offers a basic package for new restaurants. More established businesses can take advantage of advanced features such as kitchen display systems, digital menu boards, online ordering and self-ordering kiosks.

Linga POS

Linga POS is an iPad POS system for restaurants from Benseron Hospitality. It has features for all types and sizes of restaurant and is competitively priced. There's no lengthy contract, you can choose from multiple processors, and it's compatible with third-party POS hardware. One unique feature is that you can connect Linga POS to your IoT devices, like Nest thermostat controls and security cameras.

Revel Systems

Besides register capabilities, Revel has a ton of additional features, such as ingredient-level inventory management, analytics and QuickBooks integration. The company offers solutions for all business types and sizes, including retailers, coffee shops, restaurants, wineries and event companies. Revel also lets you create custom POS integrations using its API, so you can tailor the system to your business's needs.

Upserve POS

Upserve POS, formerly Breadcrumb, is a feature-rich iPad POS system for restaurants, bars, clubs and similar establishments. It has hundreds of capabilities, including ingredient-level inventory management, and integrates with more than 50 third-party restaurant tools, so you can tailor the system to make it perfect for your business. Upserve offers 24/7 customer support.

Alice POS

Alice POS is an all-in-one, cloud-based POS system for independent retailers as well as those with multiple locations, such as chains, franchises and buying groups. It offers a choice of month-to-month or annual subscription plans for its POS software, and all of its plans support an unlimited number of users, customers and products.

Epos Now

Epos Now is the best all-in-one POS system for businesses because it is affordable, versatile and easily adaptable to your business. Its systems include mobile and tablet-based POS systems for iOS and Android, as well as software-based systems for Mac and PC. The company has its own app store, where you can find more than 80 integrations for the business solutions you already use, such as accounting, booking and loyalty programs.

EposEX

EposEX is an all-in-one POS solution from Ecologital, a U.K.-based software development company. It serves fashion, jewelry, grocery, and cash-and-carry retailers, as well as restaurants, pubs and bars, nightclubs, wellness centers, and wholesale businesses. Its POS systems include inventory management, delivery tracking, time tracking and marketing tools.

Lightspeed

Lightspeed is the best iPad POS system because its pricing is competitive, the system is fully mobile, and you have a choice of integrated payment processors. Both the retail and restaurant versions of its POS software have a rich assortment of back-office tools to help you manage your business, with inventory, purchase ordering, reporting and CRM features. The retail version has preloaded catalogs and supports product variants, and the restaurant version has menu, table and self-ordering tools.

NCR Silver

NCR Silver is a cloud-based POS system that delivers big-business features on a small-business budget. Its subscription prices include the hardware, and you can choose a system that works with your iPad or one with a built-in 10-inch display. It offers different versions of its POS software for retailers and restaurants.

Oracle MICROS

Oracle MICROS for Restaurants is the POS solution from the Oracle Corporation, the parent company of NetSuite. It can be used by restaurants of every size, from small establishments to enterprise chains and large entertainment venues like stadiums and theme parks. It provides POS software and hardware, including mobile options. Features include inventory and labor management, reports and analytics, scheduling, loyalty programs, a self-service kiosk, and a kitchen display system.

PayPal Here - POS Systems

PayPal lets businesses of all sizes, including startups and microbusinesses, accept credit cards with minimal application requirements. It's affordable, has transparent pricing and terms, and is easy to use for both in-person and online transactions. It includes free, basic POS software and also integrates with many POS systems and shopping carts.

Punchey

Punchey is a cloud-based POS system for appointment-based retail businesses that you can use with the computer or laptop you already own. Features include appointment scheduling, employee management, inventory tracking, integrated payment processing, and gift card and loyalty programs.

Talech

Talech, recently acquired by U.S. Bank, is an iPad POS system that both retailers and restaurants can use. This POS has no long-term contract requirement, is compatible with third-party hardware and works with any major U.S. payment processor. Talech has a strong selection of features, including BOGO discounting, inventory tracking and reporting.

Toast

If you're looking for an Android POS system for your restaurant, Toast has you covered. This all-in-one restaurant management solution is packed with features like online ordering, delivery tracking and real-time reporting. It's fully customizable and suitable for all types of food establishments, such as full-service and quick-service restaurants, cafes, bakeries, bars, and nightclubs.

Union

Union, a POS system designed for bars and restaurants, prides itself on being a fast system for busy businesses. As a hybrid POS system, it uses a local server and cloud backup to avoid service interruptions if your internet drops or lags. From the manager portal, you can view your sales data, schedule pricing events like happy hour, and manage your menu. One unique feature is its Union app for customers that allows them to see their tabs, add a tip and close out.

Vend

Vend is our top pick for the best retail POS system. It's affordable, easy to use and packed with features for all types of retail businesses, including fashion boutiques, car washes, computer shops, bike shops and other specialty stores. It's a cloud-based system that works on any device with a browser, and an iPad app is also available. Vend goes beyond the basics with features like inventory management, a built-in CRM solution and real-time reports.

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Lori Fairbanks
Lori Fairbanks, Staff

Lori Fairbanks has years of experience writing and editing for both print and online publications. After graduating from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts in English, she worked as a magazine editor and then as a freelance writer and editor for a variety of companies, including marketing firms and a medical university. She now writes for business.com and Business News Daily about financial systems and services for small businesses, such as accounting software, credit card processing and point-of-sale systems.