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Vagaro vs. Square

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Vagaro vs. Square

Vagaro is focused on the beauty, wellness, fitness industry and that’s why we have more in depth features to serve your industry.

Vagaro vs. Square

See why Vagaro is the leading business management platform for the salon, spa and fitness industry. We design our tools in close collaboration with wellness professionals. Each feature is fully customizable and so easy to use you’ll start saving time right away.

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Why is Vagaro better than Square?

Manage every business task within one single powerful software platform. Our booking, payment processing and marketing tools are fully integrated and work seamlessly to save you time and money.

Square
Pricing
Free Trial Period
30 Days
15 Days
EMV Contactless Reader
Accept swipe, chip, tap, Apple Pay, Android Pay, and other contactless payments.
Free
$49.00
Advanced Scheduling Tools
Tools built for your specific industry including resource scheduling, doubling bookings, couples massage bookings, and more.
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Integrated Payments
Payments are integrated into Vagaro for a smoother checkout experience. One app for your entire business.
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Intake Forms & Waivers
Create custom forms. Send them to your customers via email or text and require them to be filled at the time of booking.
Membership & Package Management
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Create recurring revenue with customizable memberships. Offer benefits on services, classes, and products and create initial discounts like “first month free”.
Credit Card Updater
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Automatically updates your customer's cards on file to avoid recurring payment interruptions and lost sales.
Contactless Check-In & Checkout Experience
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Customers can check-in for their appointment from their mobile device. Customers can pay with a truly contactless checkout by tipping and signing from their personal mobile device.
Online Marketplace
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Get discovered and acquire new customers with a Marketplace dedicated to your industry. Get booked and sell products, memberships, and more online.

Discover Our Competitive Merchant Services Rates

Vagaro is an all-in-one merchant services provider. We process payments in-store, on your mobile device, online and even via digital invoicing – at rates that are hard to beat. Choose a merchant service plan that fits your business size and start saving money today!

Small Merchants
Charges of less than $4,000 per month.
2.75%
per swipe
3.5% + 15¢ per keyed-in transaction
No monthly cost
Multiple Merchants
Charges of less than $4,000 per month.
2.5% + 10¢
per swipe
3.5% + 15¢ per keyed-in transaction
American Express Rates:
Swipe: 2.75% + 19¢ and Type: 3.5% + 19¢
No monthly cost
Large Merchants
Charges of more than $4,000 per month.
2.2% + 19¢
per swipe
3.0% + 19¢ per keyed-in transaction and association fees
American Express Rates:
Swipe: 2.75% + 19¢ and Type: 3.5% + 19¢
$10.00 per month

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There is no one size fits all for credit card processing. We have many plans that are designed to save you money.

Transparent Rates

There is no one size fits all for credit card processing. We offer several plans that are designed to save you money.

What is your credit card payment volume per month?
You Save 10¢ per Month With Square
You Keep:
$972.50
2.75%
Processing Fee
Vagaro
You Keep:
$972.60
2.6% + 10¢/swipe
‍Processing Fee
Square
Based on 14 transactions of $70.
You Save $3.61 per Month With Vagaro
You Keep:
$4,866.51
2.2% + 19¢/swipe
Processing Fee + $10/mo
Vagaro
You Keep:
$4,862.90
2.6% + 10¢/swipe
Processing Fee
Square
Based on 71 transactions of $70.
You Save $17.22 per Month With Vagaro
You Keep:
$9,743.02
2.2% + 19¢/swipe
Processing Fee + $10/mo
Vagaro
You Keep:
$9,725.80
2.6% + 10¢/swipe
Processing Fee
Square
Based on 142 transactions of $70.
You Save $64.35 per Month With Vagaro
You Keep:
$19,515.85
2.1% + 19¢/swipe
Processing Fee + $10/mo
Vagaro
You Keep:
$19,451.50
2.6% + 10¢/swipe
Processing Fee
Square
Based on 285 transactions of $70.

Save Money with Our Affordable POS Hardware

Vagaro offers a wide range of user-friendly POS hardware. We have everything you need to process payments on any device at a significantly lower price point than Square!

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Secure A Free EMV Contactless Reader For Every Employee

Free
Compared to $49 with Square

Our EMV chip card reader is completely FREE for any employee signing up for Vagaro Merchant Services! It’s designed work with a Mac or PC computer while also being compatible with iOS and Android mobile phones and tablets. Connect the reader wirelessly to your device and start taking chip cards, magnetic stripe cards and contactless/NFC-enabled mobile phone payments like Apple Pay®!

If you sign up for Square, you will only receive a free magstripe reader. Not only will swiping expose you to higher chargebacks, but to accept chip cards you’ll also have to pay $49 extra for a second Square reader.

Manage Your Entire Business On the Pay Desk

$613
Compared to $799 with Square (No Barcode Scanner)

Book clients, accept payments and market your business straight from the Vagaro Pay Desk, our new dual touch screen POS. At $613 our Pay Desk is not only more affordable than Square's register, it comes with a free barcode scanner, built-in COVID-Clean safety prompts to keep your clients safe and you can plug in your own keyboard for easy typing!

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Our Pay Stand Swivels & Fits Any Tablet– Guaranteed

$59
Compared to $169 with Square

While Square's tablet stand only fits for the iPad 9.7" and 10.2", the Vagaro Pay Stand works for tablets of any size (iPad, Microsoft Surface or Android Galaxy) thanks to its adjustable pegs. Bonus: Our stand is priced at $59, less than half the cost of Square’s $169 stand!

Powerful Features & Payments in One App

Vagaro offers industry specific features and was built specifically for the beauty, wellness, and fitness industry to grow your business.

Powerful Scheduling
Memberships & Packages
Consumer Marketplace
Intake Forms
Online Store
Contactless Checkout

Save Time with Scheduling Tools Tailored To Your Industry

Manage multiple employee and resource calendars side by side - on any device! Reschedule with a simple drag n' drop, automate repeat bookings and easily factor in double bookings. Automated email, push and text notification will keep clients and service providers updated about scheduling changes.

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Secure Bookings On Our Wellness Marketplace & App

Vagaro.com is a global online marketplace where millions of consumers search for wellness services every day. When you sign up for Vagaro, you are automatically listed on Vagaro.com and on our Client App for free. You can even showcase your deals and promotions for free. No other booking software comes with this amazing perk!

Secure even more bookings on your own website via our booking widget and on your social media channels thanks to our booking integrations with Facebook, Instagram and Yelp.

Sell More By Setting Up Your Online Store

Sell gift certificates, products, memberships and packages online – and with us your store will be promoted for free on our Wellness Marketplace & App! Our integrated inventory management features will keep your online store well-stocked, while customizable shipping options enable you to offer clients regular shipping, free shipping or curbside pickup.

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appointment calendar for salons and barbershops on computer and mobile device

Keep Everyone Safe with Our Fully Contactless Checkout

Provide a safe payment experience by sending part of the checkout window directly to your customers’ Client App. Customers can tip and sign on their phone without having to touch any point of sale hardware.

Switch To Digital Forms & Waivers

No need to subscribe to a separate forms management software! Use our drag & drop forms editor to create digital intake forms, waivers and surveys in minutes. Distribute a link to your forms via your Vagaro listing page or website or as part of an automated email, text or push notification. Clients can complete forms remotely; they will be automatically saved to their client profile.

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Create Recurring Revenue with Memberships & Packages

Our powerful membership features enable you to create an unlimited number of customized membership categories and packages. Drive membership sales by offering free trial memberships, 50% off the first month's price, and more. Set up membership autopay to protect your recurring income.

Pay Multiple Service Providers in One Go

Our free EMV contactless reader offers faster checkouts than Square’s reader. When a client pays multiple service providers during one visit, Vagaro will automatically deposit the money into the corresponding bank accounts – no need to insert the credit card multiple times. Tap. Split. Done!

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See Why Customers Love Vagaro

Don't take our word for it, see what thousands of others have said.

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Apple App Store Review
“There is ABSOLUTELY no comparison! Vagaro Pro has (Square) beat by miles! It is much more user friendly and has many more options for changing and adjusting appointments without going through 10 steps to do it. Definitely a top-notch booking system!"

– Violet, Aug 2, 2020

Apple App Store Review
"So far Vagaro has given me everything I need for my business. I love that the card swipe and chip is all on one accessory. I used Square prior to Vagaro and am extremely pleased with everything Vagaro has to offer. It integrates so well with so many more things which is extremely beneficial."

– T.Guokas, Dec 5, 2020

Apple App Store Review
“I love everything from the flexibility when it comes to scheduling, moving and editing appointments to how easy checkout is. I used the Square app for years but after discovering Vagaro, I'm never going back to any other software.”

– Shamayam, Jan 17, 2018

Apple App Store Review
“I am switching over from Square booking and I am extremely satisfied with this booking appointment system! (Vagaro) has so many custom options and a lot more organization! So happy!”

– Hair By Enna, Nov 19, 2019

We Import All Your Data for Free

Our friendly support team will import all your data within 48 hours free of charge and even train you for free in the use of our software.

Customer Information
Appointments
Memberships & Packages
Gift Certificates
Service Menu

Get a Free EMV Credit Card Reader

Get a Vagaro account with Merchant Services and receive a free EMV chip card reader. Or sign up for a risk-free 1-month trial of our powerful scheduling tools!

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Square is a registered trademark of Square, Inc. Comparison based on data as of 12/16/2020.