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Updated Apr 16, 2024

Plooto Review

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Written By: Max FreedmanBusiness Operations Insider and Senior Analyst
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Editors Score:9/10
Plooto’s technology is powerful for automating bill pay in ways not possible through Xero, Oracle NetSuite and QuickBooks, with which it integrates. For one-click electronic bill payments, Plooto is user-friendly and effective.
Plus Sign Pros
  • With Plooto, you can automate and time your bill payments to suit your cash flow and eliminate late fees, with instant payment available.
  • You can import all your bills into Plooto in one click and pay them with another click.
  • Plooto integrates seamlessly with QuickBooks, Xero and, for Pro users, Oracle NetSuite to ensure error-free reconciliation.
Minus Sign Cons
  • Plooto is an AR and payable automation solution. It’s not an accounting software platform that covers all accounting needs ranging from time tracking to finance report creation.
  • Almost all payments you make through Plooto come with extra charges on top of your monthly premium. Through an add-on to Plooto’s Grow plan, you can eliminate fees on online domestic payments.
  • At $10 per transaction, international transactions with Plooto are especially expensive.
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Editor's Rating9/10

It’s one thing to choose accounting software with excellent bill pay options. It’s another thing to choose accounting software that ditches manual individual bill pay for automated mass bill payment. Plooto does the latter and offers timed payment options for managing cash flow and claiming early payment discounts. Alongside its robust accounts payable (AP) automation tools come basic accounts receivable (AR) tools for tending to both sides of your cash flow. For these reasons and more, we’ve named Plooto our top accounting software pick for automating AP.

Plooto Editor's Rating:

9 / 10

Affordable pricing
Free trial
Robust integrations
Invoicing and bill pay
Automation features

Why Plooto Is Best for Automating AP

Plooto is our top pick for automating AP since you can use it to pay all your outstanding bills in literally one click. When you do so, Plooto posts your payments automatically to your accounting software, which must be QuickBooks, Xero or Oracle NetSuite, and reconciles your transactions. This integration eliminates the manual work of paying one bill at a time and streamlines reconciliation. In this regard, we found Plooto superior to Melio, which is our top pick for AP but isn’t as powerful for automation. Learn more via our Melio review.

Alongside these streamlined bill pay tools, Plooto also offers timed and instant payments for full control of your cash flow. With timed payments, you can pay your vendors when you know you’ll have cash available. With instant payments, you can claim early payment discounts. Plus, Plooto’s network includes more than 150,000 payees, and the platform comes with basic AR automation tools too. It has everything you need and more to automate your AP management from start to finish.

Plooto outstanding bills

With Plooto, you can view all your outstanding bills in one place — and then pay them all in one click.

Did You Know?Did you know
There are more than 150,000 payees within the Plooto network, and you can add your vendors in a few clicks as well.


Plooto is among the user-friendliest accounting software platforms we reviewed, precisely because it isn’t full-scope accounting software. This vendor offers AP and AP automation software, covering only one of accounting software’s many aspects. Thus, you’ll see significantly fewer features in the Plooto dashboard than with other accounting software vendors. We found this reduced clutter made Plooto a breeze to navigate. 

You can’t customize your Plooto dashboard, and you shouldn’t need to. It’s incredibly intuitive and straightforward. The three primary integrations available are QuickBooks, Oracle NetSuite and Xero. These integrations are as user-friendly as Plooto itself. That said, we couldn’t quite see what the pairing of Plooto and Xero offers. Xero is already our top pick for tracking and paying bills, so automating Xero’s AP feels redundant. Read our Xero review to learn why we hold its bill pay features in such high regard.

Although Plooto doesn’t offer guided training, the platform is so simple that you might not need any assistance to get started. However, Plooto does offer guides for setting up your account, connecting your banks and taking other key first steps. Once you’ve gotten through all that, you probably won’t need much further assistance.

Plooto Features

Custom automation workflows

Set your own rules about who approves bills before payment and when approval must occur.

Timed and next-day payments

Claim early payment discounts with scheduled payments and avoid late fees with instant payments.

Automated invoice management

When you upload your invoices to Plooto, the platform will automatically pay them and add the invoice and payment to your accounting software.

Online check payments

Plooto is one of few vendors we reviewed that allows you to make check payments without printing or physically mailing anything.

Vast vendor network

More than 150,000 payees exist on the Plooto network, and you can add your payees too in seconds.

AR automation

Plooto offers introductory AR automation tools alongside its advanced AP automation suite.

Custom automation workflows

Finance teams often complain about the delays that accompany having to wait for the right team member to approve expenses, and Plooto eliminates this headache. You can use Plooto to create custom rules that direct bills in need of payment to the right team member for approval automatically. These rules deliver the expense at the appropriate time as well. The result is streamlined, timely bill payments no matter your AP volume.

Custom AP automation workflows are good for more than paying your bills in mass, on time and on your own terms. They also ensure the right team members approve your payments before you send them.

Timed and instant payments

Plooto includes tools for scheduling your payments in advance, and this can be great for capturing early payment discounts. Time your payment to hit before the discount period ends, and you’ll automate your way into paying less.

We were also impressed with Plooto’s instant payment feature, available to all Plooto users. To get started with this tool, transfer money from your bank account to Plooto and select “Plooto Instant” upon bill payment. From there, Plooto deposits the money into your vendor’s account right away, circumventing long bank holding periods. The cherry on top is that this feature comes at no extra cost, unlike most same-day payment technologies.

Automated invoice management

When you upload your invoices into Plooto, the platform adds your invoices to your accounting software automatically. Then, it pays your invoices and updates your accounting software to reflect your payments. 

We were impressed with this feature since it saves several manual steps often required for bill pay when you use standard accounting software. For example, in QuickBooks, you need to manually pay bills once they’re populated in your account. With Plooto and QuickBooks integrated, you’ll just upload your invoices to Plooto and then payment will happen automatically. Plooto will also auto-add your invoice to QuickBooks, which is our top accounting software for small businesses. Read our QuickBooks review to learn why.

Online check payments

We liked that you can use Plooto’s fully digital platform to make check payments. Although electronic payment dominates in business now, payment will never be entirely digital. Some vendors will still prefer checks. However, most accounting software platforms don’t accommodate check payments. In fact, of all the brands we reviewed, only Plooto, Melio and Zoho Books, our top accounting software for microbusinesses, offer check payment. Read our Zoho Books review to learn more about why the tiniest businesses will likely prefer this platform.

Plooto’s check payment tools are more robust than the check features Zoho Books offers. While you must print and mail your own checks with Zoho Books, Plooto will do so for you. Plooto will also reconcile the transaction in your accounting software and maintain a full audit trail. However, we were disappointed that all check payments with Plooto cost $1.99 per transaction. No such added fee is part of the Zoho Books check payment suite. Additionally, Melio’s check fee is less than Plooto’s at $1.50, with two free checks included.

Plooto check creation

Plooto’s tools for creating checks for vendor payment are easy to use, plus Plooto will print and send the check on your behalf.

Vast vendor network

The Plooto network is home to more than 150,000 vendors, suppliers and payees. This means the organization you’re trying to pay likely exists on the network. If not, you can add the contact manually to your Plooto account. To do so, just confirm the payee’s name and email address. Payment is just as easy thereafter. Choose the payee, enter the payment amount and write a short memo. From there, Plooto will send your payment.

Plooto contact list

Plooto displays all your contacts within its network clearly, with an easy button for adding new contacts available on the same screen.

Basic AR automation

Plooto couples its extensive AP automation features with basic AR automation tools. This way, you automate your cash flow on both sides of the equation. 

Since Plooto’s AR automation features are just basic, you can’t do a ton with them. However, the handful of features available are enough to loosen any major shackles on your cash flow. You can auto-import invoices, set up preauthorized debit (PAD) and establish recurring payments. You can also accept credit card and PAD payments and view your receivables’ payment status. It isn’t the fanciest AR suite, but it provides the essentials, which is a nice bonus alongside the high-quality AP features you’ll get.

Plooto Costs

Plooto offers two pricing plans: Grow costs $32 per month and Pro costs $499 per month. For an additional $27 per month when using Grow, you can add unlimited free domestic transactions. 

Plooto Pro is intended for growing and large businesses in need of enterprise-level AP solutions. It also includes priority customer support. According to a Plooto representative, the Pro plan’s dual control implementation and single sign-on (SSO) were highly requested features among customers.

These prices are comparatively high, especially for software offering AP and receivable automation rather than a full suite of accounting features. Zoho Books, for example, offers more features at considerably lower prices, even if you choose the lowest-cost plan. Additionally, Wave Financial is an entirely free full-scope accounting program. Read our Wave Financial review to learn more.

On top of its comparatively high costs, Plooto charges additional fees for almost every transaction, though PAD and international foreign exchange transactions are free. Unless you opt into Grow’s $27 per month add-on, each domestic electronic transaction costs 50 cents. Across all Plooto plans, the following additional transaction fees apply:

  • Checks: $2 per transaction
  • Cross-border payments: $10 per transaction
  • Credit card payments: 2.9% plus 30 cents per transaction

While the latter is standard pricing for credit card payments, we found the first two add-on fees to be needless. Unlike many accounting software platforms, you will get an unlimited number of users no matter which pricing plan you choose. Plus, you get a 30-day free Grow trial to see for yourself whether you like the software. This is longer than the 14 days many accounting software vendors offer. Plooto also doesn’t charge setup, integration or instant payment fees, somewhat making up for its costs.

Plooto pricing

Plooto’s official pricing table clearly lays out the costs you’ll pay per transaction. Notably, Plooto Instant is included at no extra cost.

Plooto Setup

According to a Plooto representative, setting up the software takes 10 to 15 minutes on average, and at most 20 minutes. When we signed up, we were asked whether we were an accounting firm or a small business. We were then prompted to add our contact information and choose between Plooto’s Grow and Pro plans. From there, we just had to add bills and invoices to start using the platform. It was that simple.

We liked that Plooto is equally easy to implement and use. Not all accounting software is ready to go straight out of the box. Plooto’s launch is so clear-cut we were fine with Plooto’s lack of dedicated implementation assistance service.

Although you’re unlikely to face issues setting Plooto up, the vendor provides written tutorials with screenshots just in case. There are also tutorials for Plooto’s QuickBooks, Oracle NetSuite and Xero integrations, which the brand heavily promotes. These are the company’s only three integrations, which we found disappointing. It means you can only use Plooto with these platforms, which means not Sage 50 or any of our other picks for the best accounting software.

Once you’ve moved past implementation into use, you can use Plooto’s “getting started” guide to get yourself up to speed. This should be easy too — the only custom figuration to set up will be your automation workflows. While customizable dashboards are common among full-scope automation software platforms, Plooto’s relatively narrow use case doesn’t quite merit such complexity. We liked the dashboard’s simplicity. You likely won’t need onboarding features or training sessions to get everyone onboarded.

Plooto getting started guide

Plooto’s “getting started” guide is available from its website before you even open an account. The guide is a step-by-step tutorial that includes relevant links for your setup journey.

Plooto Customer Service

Plooto customers can access the brand’s customer service from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time on Mondays through Fridays. Phone, email and live chat customer support are all available at no additional cost. There are also free resources for answering questions yourself without contacting Plooto, such as blogs, videos and a help center.

During setup, you’ll have access to similarly rich support resources. We felt that the written tutorials and how-to guides available for setup were among the strongest Plooto customer support materials we reviewed. The quality of its written materials, combined with the brand’s extensive availability for actual conversations, stood out to us. We felt Plooto’s customer service was superior to Xero’s, which uses a support system that imposes needless barriers to support calls.

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Plooto’s customer service offerings are among the strongest we encountered when reviewing accounting software vendors. Where others operate support ticket systems that introduce delays or lack highly accessible contact information, Plooto is easy to reach and available often.

Plooto Drawbacks

Plooto’s main drawback is quite blatant: It’s just an AR and AP automation tool, not a full accounting software platform. You can’t use Plooto to generate reports, track worked hours that can be converted into invoices, pay taxes, and the like. Comprehensive features like this are instead part of the three platforms that Plooto integrates with QuickBooks, Oracle NetSuite and Xero. Plooto is thus a lacking platform if you need full-on accounting software but a great supplement if you choose QuickBooks in particular.

We also found it frustrating that all Plooto payments result in extra charges unless you opt into the higher-priced Plooto plan, which makes domestic electronic payments free. However, check payments and international transactions still cost extra. The latter cost is particularly prohibitive, at $10 per transaction. Zoho Books, by comparison, doesn’t charge at all for check payments, and many solutions for low-cost international payment exist outside accounting software.


To determine the best platform for automating AP, we sought a platform that allowed for instant bulk payments with little to no manual work. We also looked for software that, both during and after setup, was user-friendly and seamlessly integrated with major full-scale accounting software platforms. 

After thorough research and analysis, Plooto emerged as our top pick for automating AP. Its tools for custom automation workflows, timed and next-day payments, and automated invoice management are all simple yet powerful. Its vast payee network and accompanying entry-level AR automation features make for nice complements to its AP automation features as well. Plooto is a highly navigable and immensely time-saving platform. It takes the legwork out of several AP needs that major accounting software platforms don’t fully address.

Plooto FAQs

Businesses use Plooto to automate all bill payments to both U.S. and international payees. It streamlines bill pay in ways that supplement but don’t replace full-scope accounting software.
Yes, Plooto is a Canadian company and thus offers tax payment features only to Canadian customers, not U.S. customers.
Electronic payments to payees within the Plooto network take three to five business days. For paper check payment, Plooto sends checks to arrive three to five days after you initiate payment. Timed and instant electronic payments are also available.

Overall Value

We recommend Plooto for …

  • Businesses looking to automate high volumes of bill payments.
  • Businesses looking to streamline vendor payments within their existing QuickBooks accounting software.
  • Businesses in need of timed or instant payments to avoid late fees or claim early payment discounts.

We don’t recommend Plooto for … 

  • Businesses in need of cost-effective solutions for making international payments.
  • Businesses in need of accounting software with all the usual features.
  • Businesses that already use Xero for bill pay.
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Written By: Max FreedmanBusiness Operations Insider and Senior Analyst
Max Freedman has spent nearly a decade providing entrepreneurs and business operators with actionable advice they can use to launch and grow their businesses. Max has direct experience helping run a small business, performs hands-on reviews and has real-world experience with the categories he covers, such as accounting software and digital payroll solutions, as well as leading small business lenders and employee retirement providers. Max has written hundreds of articles for Business News Daily on a range of valuable topics, including small business funding, time and attendance, marketing and human resources.
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