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Looking For The Best App Maker?

We spend our days using, and reviewing, app makers just so we can share our findings with people like you. The grid below is a summary of the best ones we’ve looked at so far, but click through to read our reviews for a much more in-depth look at each.

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And I’m the one who spends my days on app makers, testing and writing and drinking coffee. All so that you can make the right decision.

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Goodbarber

GoodBarber Review

The best all rounder

Standard: $24/mo

Full: $32/mo

Advanced: $48/mo

slick-looking templates and design

team management

wide range of features

iBeacons support

turn your app into a website

editor not the most intuitive

paid extra add-ons

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appmachine

AppMachine Review

The great apps factory

Plus: $49/mo

Pro: $69/mo

powerful 'pro' blocks

massive range of flexible templates

native support for all mobile platforms

some pro features still unavailable

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shoutem

Shoutem Review

Sleek, stylish and strong

Basic: $19.90/mo

Advanced: $49/mo

Unlimited: $119.90/mo

great social integration features

thorough support library

loyalty features

confusing editor interface

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Bizness apps review

Bizness Apps Review

The marketing pros

Mobile Apps: $99/mo

niche features

ecommerce

support

pricing

template flexibility

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Swiftic logo

Swiftic Review

Best for selling in-app

Monthly: $57/mo

Yearly: $48/mo

Bi-Yearly: $41/mo

very easy to use

large range of loyalty features

lack of template designs and flexibility

lacking advanced features

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AppInstitute

AppInstitute Review

The UK-based SMB specialist

Core: $28/mo

Professional: $40/mo

Enterprise: $96/mo

Cheap starter plan

Ecommerce

Loyalty features

Cluttered interface

Lack of integration

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Appyourself review

AppYourself Review

From store to App Store

Web Only: 5€/mo

Basic: 15€/mo

Premium: 30€/mo

Business: 50€/mo

good ecommerce options

easy editor navigation

lack of design options

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AppyPie Review

Trying to cater to everyone

Basic: $15/mo

Gold: $30/mo

Premium: $50/mo

easy to use

high bandwidth of features

e-commerce and marketing

advanced features difficult to implement and confusing

design and flexibility

documentation isn't great

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mobile roadie review

Mobile Roadie Review

The pop star app maker

Core: $149/mo

Pro: $799/mo

unique features

niche product

extremely high cost

lack of in-editor simulator

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AppMakr review

AppMakr Review

Unbelievably cheap plans

Mobile Website: Free/mo

App Basics: $1/mo

App Pro: $14/mo

Unlimited/Reseller: $34/mo

cheap native plans

comprehensive language support

extremely outdated design

slow and unresponsive editor

Note: Please note the prices here are per month based on a yearly payment. We try to keep prices current, but there may be some differences. Read more about how pricing works here.

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App Makers we're still yet to try

Single-app: €0

Multi-apps: €79

Platform: €149

Monthly: $49

Yearly: $44

Bi-Yearly: $39

Basic: $17

Pro: $25

Android: $5.99

Premium: $23.40

Unlimited: $59.40

Basic: $32.50

Pro: $82.50

Advanced: $165.83

Starter: $0

Standard: $9.99

Advanced: $19.99

Pro: $39.99

Bronze: $15

Silver: $31

Gold: $52

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Why Choose an App Maker?

While it’s even easier these days to create your own mobile app, there are still some positives and negatives of this format, and with the builders themselves.

Maybe you’re wondering whether the costs outweigh the benefits in going mobile?

Well let’s have a look at the good and the bad points of mobile app makers, in comparison to getting them created professionally.

Cost-effective:

When you compare the costs associated with using an online builder, as opposed to using a professional programmer (or team), there really is no comparison. Even with the best app maker you’ll only be spending, perhaps, $700 a year, while using professionals can cost a five figure amount just in the creation phase! Another cost advantage is that most builders offer monthly payment options, which means you’re not locked in, and you can also try them out for free to begin with.

Quick:

Another difference is that you can create your own online app much faster than it would take to build one professionally. Instead of months, you could have your app in an online store within weeks or even days.

Control:

Being at the mercy of a programmer can sometimes get complicated when you don’t have the specific knowledge to communicate easily. With an app builder it’s you who is in charge of the project from day 1.

Multi-platform:

Most app makers allow you to create a native app for more than one platform, for example iOS and Android, all in one go. A programmer would charge you separately for each operating system, increasing both the time taken and costs associated with your project.

Keep up to date:

Updating your app can be a pain as things, such as incompatibilities between OS’s, may arise. App makers can ease this burden as they take care of most issues regarding feature compatibility for OS’s and phone models as new options become available. They also often have support channels to help with specific issues if needed, and all these things come at no extra cost.

Lack of customisation:

While most app makers do have a range of great features, there are still some things that are just too complicated to do without creating specific coding and having a knowledgeable programmer handy. This also applies to the design of your app. If you really want to create a truly unique looking app, you may hit roadblocks with online app builders due to template and design restrictions.

Large app projects:

Similar to the above, if you really want to create a large, involved app, then it’s most likely not possible to do with an app maker due to restrictions in flexibility and features. For example, most app makers don’t allow in-app purchasing due to technical requirements from the Apple store. While there are manual ways around this, it would require a lot of time and effort for each paying customer.

Relying on one provider:

It’s important that the app builder you go for is well-managed from a business point of view, because you could lose your app if it all goes south. For that reason, we’d recommend you go with an established provider.

Multilingual apps:

If your project requires multilingual content, then you may have a tough time creating an app that caters for this through app builders. From what we’ve seen, none of them have an elegant solution for this just yet.