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FuturePOS vs. Toast® Comparison
Future POS Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Fully customizable and can be programmed to suit any style of restaurant
  • Includes a custom report writer that provides businesses with the ability to dive deep into data analytics
  • Numerous third-party hardware and software integrations
  • Mobile POS solutions available to complement the core POS system

Cons
  • Pricing is quote-based only
  • Might be more feature-rich than what a simple restaurant need

Future POS is Best For:

  • Restaurants
  • Breweries
  • Bars and nightclubs
  • Pizza and delivery
  • Stadiums and arenas

Future POS Cost
  • Quote-based pricing
  • Traditional purchase option: Local Future POS dealers can provide specific pricing.
  • Monthly "POS-as-a-Service" fee option available
Toast® Pros and Cons

Pros
  • 80 percent of Toast's® implementation team has restaurant experience
  • Specializes in the food and beverage industry
  • Many third-party integrations

Cons
  • Guided system installation starts at $499
  • Customer support is primarily online
  • High monthly fees and costly hardware make Toast® one of the more expensive options for small businesses
  • Hand-held devices work on WiFi only and can easily drop internet connection

Toast® is Best For:
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Bakeries/cafes

Toast® Cost
  • Upfront equipment costs
  • Setup costs
  • Monthly fees starting at $79/month
Side-by-Side POS Comparison

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Restaurant
Features
FuturePOS
Toast®
Real-time Inventory management
Item modifiers
Item variants
Ingredient tracking
Kitting (Combos)
Cost Tracking
Split checks
Table management
Tips management
Delivery management
Table management
Waitlist management
Reservation management
Happy hour pricing
General
Features
FuturePOS
Toast®
Cloud-based
Ease of use
Multi-location support
Discount and promotion management
Consumer-grade hardware
Commercial-grade hardware
Digital receipts
Custom user interface
Cash management
Offline access
Bulk inventory import and export
Age Verification
Free trial
Reporting &
Analytic
Features
FuturePOS
Toast®
Real-time reporting
Sales reports
Commission reports
Shift reports
Customer reports
Predictive analysis
Tax detail reports
Discount detail reports
Void reports
Cash drawer reporting
Track pay-ins and payouts
Vendor
Management
Features
FuturePOS
Toast®
Purchase order management
Vendor management
Item price history
Employee
Management
Features
FuturePOS
Toast®
Employee commission
Time clock
Employee Scheduling
3rd party app
Payroll
3rd party app
Role-based &
custom
user permissions
Payment
Acceptance
Features
FuturePOS
Toast®
NFC
EMV
Swipe
Keyed-in
Electronic signature capture
Offline payment processing
Payment processor agnostic
Pay-at-the-Table
Mobile payments
PCI DSS compliance
Customer
Loyalty and
Marketing
Features
FuturePOS
Toast®
Gift cards
Customer database / CRM
Email marketing
Loyalty program
Customer (House) accounts
Third-Party
Integrations
FuturePOS
Toast®
Ecommerce
n/a
n/a
Online ordering and delivery
Email marketing
Reputation management
Employee scheduling
Loyalty program
POS Hardware
Features
FuturePOS
Toast®
Touchscreen monitor
iPad
Android tablet
Windows tablet
1D barcode scanner
2D barcode scanner
Digital scale
Cash drawer
Customer facing display
Keyboard
Digital Signage
Industry
FuturePOS
Toast®
Full-service restaurant
Quick-service restaurant
Retail
Salon and spa