4 alternatives to Jotform
- Google Forms
Jotform is the most feature-rich form builder around, but maybe you’re wondering if there are alternatives that better suit your needs. Let’s look at a few and then do a comparison to help you decide.
Paperform is a kitchen sink form tool with many features similar to Jotform’s. The founders got the idea for Paperform when people started asking them to make custom forms for their websites. The tool has been around since 2016.
Paperform features a super clean, minimal interface that seems heavily inspired by Notion. And there’s a deeper connection to Notion — Paperform offers a direct integration with Notion, so you can import questions from a Notion database.
The super minimal approach works well for Notion, which is a text editor, but it may be a nuisance for building a form. Dragging and dropping elements onto your form is a long-standing approach that’s more intuitive for any design tool.
While Paperform gives you the ability to look up design elements by name, which is nice to have, it shouldn’t be the only way to access design components in a tool like this.
Paperform currently integrates directly with 27 other tools. Several more integrations are listed, but they’re all Zapier integrations that aren’t a direct part of Paperform’s core offering.
Paperform doesn’t offer a free plan, just a two-week free trial. The two lowest tiers cost $20 and $40 per month when paid annually and only allow one user. The highest tier starts at $135 per month and allows up to five users. Extra users on the high tier cost an additional $5 per month.
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2. Google Forms
Google Forms was originally made as an add-on for Sheets, Google’s spreadsheet tool. It became a standalone app in 2016. Since most people have a Google account, Google Forms has a low barrier to entry. It’s also lightweight and easy to use.
However, it’s lightweight in part because it’s light on features. It’ll get the job done for most basic forms, but Google Forms does lack some of the nice features that dedicated tools offer — like payment collection, advanced styling, and signature fields.
Google Forms itself doesn’t integrate with anything other than Sheets. But Sheets integrates well with tons of apps, so there are a large number of workarounds to deal with that.
However, Google Forms is free to use — so you get more than you pay for.
Typeform focuses on clean, beautiful forms that feel friendly and personal. The company accomplishes this by offering slideshow-style forms that show only one question at a time. The rest of the space is usually filled with color or an image.
One nice thing about Typeform is that it lets you fill out the form with keyboard shortcuts, which makes the process a lot faster and smoother.
As beautiful as its forms are, Typeform falls into the same trap as Paperform with its user interface. Every time you want to add a component to your form, you have to scroll through a list of them. Paperform at least narrows the selection as you type — not so with Typeform.
Typeform has an impressive selection of integrations. And it even offers a Typeform Webhooks API if you can’t find an integration that meets your needs and don’t want to pay for Zapier.
Typeform’s biggest drawback might be its pricing. Even the cheapest tier starts at $25 per month when you pay annually. The top two will set you back $50 and $83 per month, respectively. There’s a free plan, but the pricing page doesn’t show the limitations of that plan.
Wufoo is a general-purpose form tool that SurveyMonkey acquired in 2011. SurveyMonkey, as its name suggests, is a form tool that has a strong emphasis on surveys. Wufoo helps complete a need that SurveyMonkey’s niche may miss.
Wufoo’s initial release was in 2006, and it looks like it. The interface is functional and gets the job done, but it’s not as nice and tidy as more modern interfaces.
Wufoo has four payment plans that mostly restrict you by usage. In other words, it doesn’t withhold the best features to try to get you to upgrade to the next tier. Wufoo charges for things like the number of times a form has been filled out, data storage, and API calls.
The only exception is the most basic plan. It lacks a few features, like field encryption and Google Analytics. That tier costs $14.08 per month. The top three tiers support all features and cost $29.08, $74.08, and $183.25, respectively.
At the end of the day, there are alternatives to Jotform. But how does Jotform really stack up against the competition? Here’s a helpful chart to compare the options.