Chatbots are being used by businesses to drive more sales and improve customer support. We complied a best AI chatbot platform comparison and reviews list to show the wide variety of prices and capabilities in the chatbot marketplace. This list is not static and it will be updated regularly. You may also enjoy our Fun List of Chatbots blog here.
The table below includes three categories: Type, Platform and Fees.
Type defines how the user engages with the AI chatbot system. All systems have AI and/or logic conversational chatbots, and some can switch to a live person in a live chat.
- Text = button click and typing input
- Live Chat = has live chat to a human
- Voice = uses voice, often via a mobile phone. Most of these are connecting to Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa voice AI systems.
Platform defines what platform the chatbot works on, and the list may not include all platforms.
- Website = interfaces on a desktop and mobile website
- Facebook = uses Facebook Messenger, user must have a Facebook account with Messenger active
- SMS Text = uses SMS mobile texting
- Slack, Kik, Twitter and other networks = System works on other social and communication networks
- Ecommerce platforms = systems that work on or integrate with an ecommerce platform
Fees are the chatbot costs shown on each company’s website on the date when this table was created.
2019 Chatbot Platform Comparison
link to Live Chat
|Websites, Facebook, Slack, Ecommerce
(Shopify, WordPress Woocommerce and others)
|Free, $29, $54, $399|
|IBM Watson||Text, Voice||Websites, Facebook, SMS,
|Free, priced per message,
Contact required for enterprise
|Intercom||Text, Live Chat||Websites, Facebook,
|$136 to $202, contact required
Also priced based on interactions
|Smooch||Text, Live Chat||Websites, Facebook||$145, $495, $995|
|Pullstring||Voice||Alexa, Google||Requires contact|
|AIVO||Text, Voice||Websites, Facebook, SMS||$240 to $1200|
|Chatfuel||Text, Live Chat||Free, $15 to $300|
|Engati||Text, Live Chat||Websites, Facebook, ecommerce||Free, $19 to $500|
|Engagr||Text||Websites||$27 / $38|
|Websites||Free, $50 to $5,000|
|WordPress, Alexa, Shopify||Free, $10 to $50|
|ManyChat||Text||Free, $10 to $145+|
|Dexter||Text, Live Chat||Slack||Free, $5 to $80+
Enterprise pricing on request
|LivePerson||Text, Live Chat||Websites, SMS, Facebook||Requires contact|
|BotCore||Text, Voice||SMS||Requires contact|
|AI Assist||Text||Requires contact|
|Amazon Lex||Text, Voice||SMS||Priced per request|
|Avaamo||Text, Voice||Websites, Facebook,
|Dialogflow||Text, Voice||Websites, Facebook,
Alexa, Google Assistant
|Free, Price per connection|
|$350 to $1700|
|Websites, Facebook||Requires contact|
|Botanic Technologies||Text, Voice||Websites, Facebook,
|Websites, SMS||Requires contact|
|Conversy||Text, Live Chat||Websites, Facebook,
|Free, $49 to $249 to $2,000|
|Flamingo||Text, Voice||SMS||Requires contact|
|Help Shift||Text||Websites, In-app||$95 to $135 to $160|
|Hu:toma||Text, Voice||Websites, Facebook,
Slack, Alexa, Google Assistant
|Open source, paid options|
|Websites, Slack, Facebook||Requires contact|
|ItsAlive||Text||Free, $19 to $99
Enterprise requires contact
|Websites, Facebook, SMS,
|Landbot||Text||Websites||Free, $34 to $343|
Text, Live Chat
|Free, $49 to $149|
|Websites, Facebook, SMS,
|NextIT||Text||Websites, Facebook||Requires contact|
|Octane AI||Text||Facebook, ecommerce||$9 to $209|
|Pandorabots||Text, Voice||Websites, Facebook, SMS,
|Free, requires contact|
|Pypestream||Text||Websites, Facebook, SMS||Requires contact|
|Quriobot||Text||Websites, Facebook, SMS,
|Free, $19 to $899|
|Salesmachine||Text||Slack||$75, $500, $2500|
|Selekt||Text||Websites, ecommerce||Requires contact|
|Semantic Machines||Voice||Alexa, Google, Cortana,
|Snatchbot||Text, Live Chat||Websites, Facebook||Free to $30|
|Web Spiders||Text, Live Chat||Websites, Facebook,
|Wit.ai||Voice, Text||Facebook, Alexa||Free|
|Websites, Facebook, SMS
Slack, Alexa, Google
|Zyratalk||Text, Voice||Websites, Facebook, SMS,
Ochatbot.com is a free AI, conversational chatbot platform that does not require coding. Ochatbot increases your business leads and online sales and quickly answers customer questions with modules that include lead forms, surveys, assistant and ecommerce including importing SKU’s. Ochatbot gathers intelligent data about your users which gives you valuable insights about their preferences. Chatbot development and maintenance is also available.
Chatfuel is a Facebook Messenger chatbot for marketing, sales and support. It has a collection of bot templates that can be used in creating a chatbot on Messenger without any coding skills. It offers a handover process to a human when the chatbot cannot answer a question.
Engati offers both a chatbot and live chat. It has the ability to stop a bot response so a human can take over the conversation. It works on social platforms and websites and offers multi-lingual support. It is a no-programming chatbot.
Engagr has chat templates for websites that focus on lead generation and conversions. One unique feature is the chat text can be read out loud to the website visitors using either a pre-recorded or automated voice.
Drift’s chatbot qualifies website visitors without using forms, identifies the right sales representative and schedules a meeting on the sales person’s calendar. The bot conversations are automatically saved and the transcripts are passed to the sales people for followup.
Botsify is a customer support chatbot. It also has lead generation forms which collect information inside a chatbot conversation on a website or Facebook Messenger. If the chatbot cannot answer a user’s question, the conversation is handed over to a human via email.
ManyChat is a Messenger bot for marketing, sales and support. It has a visual drag and drop builder to set up the chatbot without programming, and it integrates a live chat feature to notify an agent that a subscriber needs personal attention.
Dexter allows you to write the chatbot dialogue in a text editor so you can edit and test right away. There are templates where rich media can be inserted, and it connects with many API’s. Dexter is targeted for agencies and enterprises.
LivePerson is a solution for marketing, sales and customer care applications in specific industries. They have ready to go bot templates and pre-configured intents and dialogues for each industry use case that integrate into back office systems.
BotCore is fully deployable on both on-premise and cloud environments, and it integrates with enterprise apps and legacy systems. There are a number of conversation channels across voice, text and custom channels. Multi-channel support is handled by Microsoft Bot Framework.
AI Assist by Conversica
AI Assist is a virtual sales assistant for prospecting, lead generation and nurturing for the finance industry. The assistant engages the leads through email and gathers new or updated phone numbers and passes the information to a sales rep for followup.
Agentbot creates omnichannel experiences on any voice or text channel. It has middleware that interacts with each application such as Zendesk, Salesforce and Zapier. It uses natural language processing to learn from each conversation.
Amazon Lex is a service for building conversational interfaces into any application using voice and text. It has automatic speech recognition that converts speech to text, and natural language understanding to recognize the intent of the text.
Autochat helps ecommerce businesses engage with their customers through the purchase experience. It has platform integrations with Woo Commerce, Magento, Shopify and Big Commerce.
Avaamo offers an AI help desk agent with the ability for multi-turn conversations. There are 150+ prebuilt and custom integrations for healthcare, insurance, financial services, retail and telecommuncations industries.
Dialogflow incorporates Google’s machine learning expertise and products such as Google Cloud Speech-to-Text, and is optimized for Google Assistant. This bot supports over 20 languages.
Clustaar has a visual drag and drop builder and allows you to import a plug and play template that helps train the bot. The bot starts the conversation and a live chat representative can take over at any time during the conversation.
FlowXO is a chatbot for lead generation that can switch to live chat when needed. It features the option to accept payments in the middle of a conversation and directs the user to a secure payment portal to complete the transaction.
Helloumi is a multi-agent bot that has in-chat payments, the ability to create support tickets for each customer and live chat to take over for the bot. It works on websites, instant messaging and landing pages.
Botanic offers a full suite of conversational systems for enterprises that speak, see, hear and converse multi-modally. They also offer proprietary conversational interfaces for clients to create their own bot.
Chatpath has a virtual sales assistant with hybrid live chat and appointment booking that syncs with existing calendars, routes leads to the right department and notifies agents via text, email and push notifications.
Conversy is a B2B customer engagement platform for lead acquisition, customer support and digital marketing. The bot captures and qualifies leads and schedules meetings. Conversy offers its own CRM system.
Digital Genius is a customer service automation platform that uses predictive technology to suggest the best answer to the agent. If the prediction has a high confidence level, the answer is automated.
Flamingo is a bot for the insurance and banking industries. It operates in either a fully automated or human assisted mode, allowing agents to join conversations in real time. This bot is PCI compliant.
Helpshift is an in-channel customer service bot for the enterprise. Bots are available in 11 languages. You can build your own bot or customize a pre-built bot without a developer.
Hu:toma is an open source conversational AI platform for ecommerce and customer support. The customer support bot is both voice and text. The ecommerce bot is a voice AI sales assistant.
IBM Watson AI Assistant integrates diverse conversation technology into an application. The Assistant can be used for a variety of channels including mobile devices, messaging platforms and robots.
Intercom is a sales, marketing and support chatbot that integrates with ecommerce and social platforms and has a live chat option. Conversations from social channels can be integrated into a CRM.
BotsCrew offers chatbots for hospitality, legal, customer service, finance, ecommerce, entertainment and concierge service industries. All chatbots are for website, messaging, SMS and voice assistant like Alexa or Google Home.
ItsAlive is a chatbot solution for Facebook Messenger that has drag and drop conditions and a folder-based system to organize decision trees.
Kore is an enterprise-grade end-to-end conversational chatbot platform that satisfies the complex use case requirements for the enterprise. It can be deployed on site, in the cloud or using a hybrid model. It is an omnichannel platform.
Landbot is a service that transforms websites and landing pages into a conversational experience.
Mobile Monkey is a Facebook Messenger marketing bot builder with a live chat option. It is targeted to the marketing department and agencies for lead generation and lead qualification.
MSG.ai is an AI chatbot for customer service that can respond to emails from the chatbot. It also has in-app, web chat, voice, SMS and social integrations and allows a human to take over the chat conversation.
NextIT is an enterprise-grade integrated AI solution with intelligent virtual assistants for customer engagement and workforce support for the enterprise.
Octane AI is a Facebook Messenger bot that integrates with ecommerce platforms to directly connect with shoppers, track their behavior and report revenue.
Pandorabots are conversational agents for ecommerce, customer service, voice, B2C,marketing and entertainment industries. They offer DIY chatbots to fully turnkey chatbot development solutions.
Pullstring is a conversational AI platform that allows you to design, prototype and publish voice applications for Amazon Alexa and Google Home.
Pypestream is a conversational AI solution built for customer service automation. It has encrypted B2C exchanges that allows customers to process payments, submit claims and schedule appointments.
Quriobot is a build your own bot program with templates and a drag and drop designer. It features a conversation designer that works on most social platforms as well as websites and landing pages.
Reply.ai is an enterprise bot platform for customer service in the insurance, travel & hospitality and consumer electronics industries. It integrates with major CRM’s, social networks and websites.
Salesmachine is a Slack bot and customer support tool that alerts you when customers need attention.Track customer health and get a notification if anything changes.
Selekt offers sales and marketing chatbots to automate business processes in real estate, ecommerce, hospitality, airlines, TV broadcasting and HR.
Semantic Machines is a conversational AI interface for Siri, Google and Cortana for ecommerce and business.
Smooch manages your messaging channels through a single unified API. It has a bot to human handoff that transfers the conversation history and context to an agent.
Snatchbot is an AI-powered chatbot that works on mobile devices, web apps and popular chat services. You can build an automated bot or a human hybrid chatbot without any coding skills.
Twyla is a professional conversation design software for AI chatbot training. It automates chat and voice and is a CMS for chatbots that updates the content using workflow features.
Web Spiders offers an enterprise event chatbot and a lead engagement sales chatbot for customer service and HR for web, social and mobile devices.
Wit.ai allows you to create voice and text based bots that humans can chat with on their preferred messaging platform.
Wizeline has chatbots for customer support, marketing, events and conferences, along with voice bots for Alexa and Google. It has Google maps and Yelp integration.
To learn more about chatbots, check out The Complete Guide to Chatbots. If you have a chatbot platform that you recommend, contact us and we will add it to the list.