How to Compare Product Prices, Reviews and Specs

How to Compare Product Prices, Reviews and Specs

comparison shoppingComparison shopping is one of the hottest things you can do online. No need to spend hours driving from store to store, ask experts’ and friends’ recommendations to find the best product to suit your needs and wallet.

Find the best free online tools below that offer handy ways to compare any product prices, user and expert reviews and specs.

PriceGrabber lets members add and see others’ reviews and ratings.

The site offers a very handy search option: you can sort the search results by price, popularity or rating. The sidebar lists multiple options allowing you to refine the results: top manufacturers, price range, item specifications, etc. You will also be able to see top searches others users are likely to use.

PriceGrabber

Alatest has a very handy search suggestion option that provides you with the list of search hints as you type.

AlaTest

The site also saves your recently viewed items and allows to compare them any time.

You will also be able to compare prices for one product across several stores.

Overall comparison is performed in the form of a huge table allowing you to compare all core features, user ratings and reviews and, of course, the prices.

BeatThat lists user-submitted deals and allows you to compare deals with Amazon and BestBuy.

BeatThat

CNet represents product comparison in the form of a table containing item photos, prices, ratings, descriptions and core features.

With it you have the least customizable options but it provides plenty of information in a user-friendly interface:

Cnet

PriceRunner allows to compare prices offered by different retailers (just click “price range” link). You will be able to see each retailer’s user rating, price and even product availability.

PriceRunner

The site lists both users’ reviews as well as reviews given by ‘experts’ (aggregated from other product review sites). The site also offers a handy “compare side by side” feature listing product features and letting you choose.

Search results can be customized in a number of ways: view results in a table, grid or list. A number of sorting options are also available: by popularity, retailer’s name, price, user rating, etc.

NexTag has a pretty nifty advanced search option that allows to narrow search by price, by brand, by product specifications or suggested keywords.

NexTag

You can also set the price alert for any product you want and get notified when the item’s price reaches or falls below your target price.

When registered, you can add items to your shopping list, compile your wish lists and save your recent searches. Apart from that you can also see other members’ product lists.

Another cool feature is called “Recent price drops” listing products with recently dropped price. What’s more, you can see how pricing has been changing for each product in a graph:

NextTag - price history

More Fun With Each Tool:

Service: Product list Purchase list Wish lists Price alert
Alatest no no yes no
BeatThat no no no no
PriceGrabber yes yes yes yes
NexTag yes no yes yes
CNet no no no no

5 COMMENTS

  1. [...] Here’s a good list of shopping aggregators that also offer product reviews.  There are reviews provided by shoppers and experts as well video reviews.  Again, be sure to check at least a couple of the sites as user reviews can be manipulated as effectively as Google search.  Here is another good article on how to compare product prices and reviews. [...]

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