5. Toast POS
Best for Android users
Editor Rating:Price: $69/month
Toast POS supports Android tablets and phones, for those Android lovers who are tired of seeing the word “iPad” on this list. Better still, it wraps up all the needed features into an easy-to-understand interface: Sales, billing, inventory, layout management, analytics reports and loyalty programs are included.
New for 2020: Toast Now. An entirely virtual POS service, meaning you don’t need any special hardware — just a phone or a tablet — which offers support for online ordering, takeout, and contactless delivery. Plus, it’s completely free for the first three months.
Toast is a popular service with thousands of satisfied clients, and matches the industry-leading TouchBistro with its high-quality customer service team and intuitive interface. A wide range of venues are supported: bars, bakeries, casual, fast casual, fine dining – even delivery services and online ordering, making this POS a great choice for operations that are expanding and want to meet their customers wherever they are.
- Supports Android
- Offline Mode
- Strong Menu Customization
- Online Ordering
- Delivery Service Features
- Inventory Management
- Free Trial
- 24/7 Support
- Serves all business sizes
Toast starts its restaurant POS software subscription service at $69/month per terminal. Remote or in-person installations are an additional cost, and they start at $499. Toast recommends that businesses use their devices (they offer a splash-proof, dust-proof range of handheld, desktop-mountable Toast Go hardware), with their most popular hardware packages starting at around $799. On top of all that, Toast charges a flat fee for its payment processing (while the fee is flat across all of a specific business’s payments, the initial fee is determined based on that business’s industry, and can vary depending on what that industry is).
With a streamlined interface that works for service staff and managers alike, Toast is a great choice for those who want a simple well-priced POS that does the job. Thanks to the support team and the offline, battery-powered mode, this POS can keep working seamlessly even during power outages.
Toast has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic (and its deep impact on the restaurant industry) in a few different ways. It has debuted a coronavirus-specific resource center, and it will be aiding the Rally for Restaurants initiative by donating $1 per social media post about ordering takeout, up to a maximum of $250,000.
Finally, it has debuted “Toast Now,” its first entirely virtual service, which offers support for online ordering, takeout, and contactless delivery. Toast Now comes free for the first three months (though payment processing fees apply), after which the digital ordering ability will cost $50/month, and gift card support will cost an additional $25/month.