The Top 12 ProdPad Alternatives for Building Better Software

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To build good software, you need to be customer-centric. That means listening to customers, tracking their feature requests, and then prioritizing those requests to inform your product roadmap.

Collecting and prioritizing customer feedback can be quite a bit of work, but there are a number of feature request tracking tools that can help.

One is ProdPad, a full product management tool that helps teams organize and build software. It has three “modules”—sets of features—that help organize your product development process: roadmaps, ideas, and feedback.

The roadmaps module allows project managers to organize features on a visual roadmap. The ideas module lets teams vote for new feature ideas, filter them, and create specs. The feedback module is a customer feedback portal where users can submit feedback. It allows you to segment by company, persona, and more.

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ProdPad users like its design. They find it aesthetically pleasing and usually easy to use.

But for many people, it’s not the ideal solution. In the words of Alison P. on Capterra, “It’s better than nothing!”

Some of the reasons users don’t love it include:

  • To work well, all your teams need to buy into ProdPad as your complete product management tool. It’s difficult to just use it for one aspect of your product development process.

  • It can be difficult to browse through all the feedback and feature ideas using search. Sometimes feedback disappears; other times you see duplicates.

  • It feels clunky to some people and doesn’t have the features that they would expect.

“The UI is fantastic. The UX is what I care about, and it’s garbage.”

Another downside of ProdPad is the pricing. They charge $20 per module and per editor.

  • If you want Roadmaps, Ideas, and Feedback, you’re looking at $60/month for one editor.

  • If you have a team of 5, that’s $300 per month or $3,600 per year.

That’s not as pricey as Uservoice, but it may be more expensive than you really need.

12 Alternatives to ProdPad product management software

If you’re like Alison P. and need a solution that’s just “better than nothing!” ProdPad could work. But if you’re on the hunt for a better fit for your needs, here are some of the top ProdPad alternatives to consider. Let us know if you want to add any to the list!

1. Savio

Savio is our favourite alternative to ProdPad. Sure, we’re biased, but we really did build something special! Savio’s strengths include:

Features Savio has that ProdPad doesn’t:

  • Tons of integrations to bring in feedback from anywhere you receive it

  • You can customize Savio’s voting boards to ensure they don’t bias feedback

  • The ability to segment feedback by more attributes including MRR

Features Prodpad has that Savio doesn’t:

  • Visual roadmaps that you can share with internal teams or publicly

  • AI assistance suggests product improvements

How much does Savio cost?

Savio’s pricing starts at $49/m for up to 3 teammates or is $99/m for up to 10 teammates. If you had a product team of 5 people, you would pay $1,200 per year.

Switching to Savio from ProdPad would save you about $2,400 each year.

2. Craft.io

Craft is a ProdPad competitor, although its focus is more on companies that create consumer products rather than software. Even so, it has many of the same features that ProdPad does and could be used to create SaaS products, including a roadmapping tool and customer feedback portal.

Features Craft has that ProdPad doesn’t:

  • Capacity planning tools

  • Dependency mapping

  • A variety of prioritization frameworks

  • Guest access

  • Milestone Tracking

Features Prodpad has that Craft doesn’t:

  • AI suggests product improvements

How much does Craft cost?

For the same features that ProdPad has for roadmapping, ideas, and customer feedback, you would have to get the Craft Pro plan at $89 / month per user. For 5 users, that would be about $445 a month, or $5,340 per year.

Switching to Craft from ProdPad would cost you an extra $1,740 each year.

The greater expense might be worth it. Reviewers on Capterra give Craft a better rating on “Value for money” than they give ProdPad—4.4 vs. 3.7 out of 5.

3. Aha

Aha! Is primarily a visual roadmapping tool that also has a feedback portal to collect new feature requests and user feedback. It’s particularly well-designed for managing agile development and it offers several tools to enhance collaboration between teammates (like a whiteboarding tool). They also offer product management training.

Features Aha! has that ProdPad doesn’t:

  • Planning for sprints and managing an agile workflow

  • Collaboration tools like digital notebooks and whiteboards

  • An academy that provides training and certifications

  • An iPhone and Android App

  • An API

  • Reporting analytics and statistics

Features Prodpad has that Craft doesn’t:

  • Segmentation of feedback

  • More options for feedback portals

  • Real-time notifications

  • Role-based permissions

How much does Aha! cost?

For the same features that ProdPad has for roadmapping, ideas, and customer feedback, you would have to get Aha!’s Ideas, Roadmaps, and Develop modules at $39 / month / user, $59 / month / user, and $9 / month / user, respectively, or $107 / month / user total. For a team of 5 users, that’s $535 / month or $6,420 per year.

Switching to Aha! from ProdPad would cost you an extra $2,820 every year.

Again, the greater expense might be worth it. Reviewers on Capterra give Aha! a better rating on “Value for money” than they give ProdPad—4.6 vs. 3.7 out of 5.

4. Jira

Jira is really a software development and bug tracking tool, but it’s commonly used for the same kind of roadmapping tasks that ProdPad handles. Teams can use Jira to plan their roadmap and next features, as well as keep track of the development pipeline. You can even use Jira to track feature requests, although it’s not designed to do that and—at least in my opinion—doesn’t do it very well.

Features Jira has that ProdPad doesn’t:

  • Bug tracking

  • Milestone tracking

  • Support for agile work and sprints

  • Reports and analytics

Features Prodpad has that Jira doesn’t:

  • Segmentation of feedback

  • Feedback portals

  • Feature prioritization charts and frameworks

  • AI suggests product improvements

How much does Jira cost?

Jira costs $7.50 / user / month. For a team of 5 users, that’s $37.50 / month or $450 per year.

Switching to Jira from ProdPad would save you about $6,000 every year.

Note though, that you’re not going to be able to build a super effective customer feedback management process with Jira. Read more about why issue trackers don’t make good feedback collection tools.

5. ProductPlan

ProductPlan is a product roadmap software platform. It lets you pivot between timeline, list, and table layouts as well as share custom views of the roadmap with different audiences. While it’s great at the roadmapping piece, it doesn’t offer any feedback management capabilities, which puts it at a disadvantage compared to ProdPad.

Features ProductPlan has that ProdPad doesn’t:

  • A wide variety of collaboration tools

Features Prodpad has that ProductPlan doesn’t:

  • Feedback portals

  • Segmentation of feedback

  • AI suggests product improvements

  • Closing the loop with customers

How much does ProductPlan cost?

ProductPlan costs $39 / user / month for its roadmapping features. It doesn’t have feedback collection features, so you would have to pair it with a customer feedback management tool (Hint: Savio would fit super well here!). For a team of 5 users, ProductPlan would cost $195 / month or $2,340 per year.

Switching to ProductPlan from ProdPad would save you about $1,260 every year. (You could add in Savio, get a lightweight but powerful feedback management tool, and come out about even with the cost of ProdPad).

6. Roadmunk

Roadmunk is another product management tool with features for capturing feedback and prioritizing feature ideas. It’s well-designed and offers both a feedback portal and a chrome extension for capturing feedback. It also offers several built-in frameworks for prioritizing features—the value vs. effort and the R.I.C.E. frameworks.

Features Roadmunk has that ProdPad doesn’t:

  • More than one prioritization framework

  • A chrome extension to capture feedback

  • Feedback captured from customer support chats, CRMs, and email

  • Swim lane roadmap styles

Features Prodpad has that Roadmunk doesn’t:

  • Segmentation of feedback

  • AI suggests product improvements

  • Closing the loop with customers

How much does Roadmunk cost?

Roadmunk costs $49 / editor / month for its roadmapping, feedback collection, and prioritization features. For a team of 5 users, Roadmunk would cost $245 / month or $2,940 per year.

Switching to Roadmunk from ProdPad would save you about $600 every year.

7. Airfocus

Airfocus is an end-to-end product management platform. It has capabilities for collecting feedback, prioritizing feature requests, and aligning teams around a clear strategy.

Features Airfocus has that ProdPad doesn’t:

  • Custom prioritization weights

  • Guest access

  • Milestone tracking

  • Collect feedback from sources outside of a portal

Features Prodpad has that Airfocus doesn’t:

  • AI suggests product improvements

How much does Airfocus cost?

Airfocus costs $49 / editor / month for the roadmapping, feedback collection, and prioritization features. For a team of 5 users, Airfocus would cost $245 / month or $2,940 per year.

Switching to Airfocus from ProdPad would save you about $600 every year.

8. Monday.com

Monday offers a suite of collaboration tools for different teams, including a sales CRM, a marketing solution, a roadmapping tool, and a project management tool. It can even accommodate HR and operations teams. The dev solution is the one closest to ProdPad and offers roadmap planning, features backlog, scrum software management, and bug tracking.

Features Monday has that ProdPad doesn’t:

  • Bug tracking

  • Custom workflows support agile work

  • Milestone tracking

  • Collect feedback from sources outside of a portal

  • Mobile apps

  • API

Features Prodpad has that Monday doesn’t:

  • Feedback collection portal

  • Feature prioritization tools and frameworks

  • AI suggests product improvements

How much does Monday cost?

Monday costs $16.65 / seat / month for a single roadmap. For a team of 5 users, Monday would cost $999 per year.

Switching to Airfocus from ProdPad would save you about $2,601 every year.

Note that Monday doesn’t include any features for collecting feedback, so you would need a separate product feedback software tool for that. Add Savio onto Monday and you would get all the same functionality as ProdPad (actually more) for $2,200 each year—a savings of $1,400.

9. Productboard

Productboard is a powerful—but complex—all-in-one feedback collection and roadmapping software tool. It’s stronger on collecting feedback from many sources than ProdPad, but also more expensive.

Features Productboard has that ProdPad doesn’t:

  • Activity dashboard

  • Agile methodologies

  • API

Features Prodpad has that Productboard doesn’t:

  • AI suggests product improvements

  • Close the loop with customers

How much does Productboard cost?

Productboard costs $60 / seat / month for a single roadmap. For a team of 5 users, Productboard would cost about $3,600 per year.

You would pay about the same for Productboard as you would for ProdPad.

***Read more: *14 Productboard Alternatives for Tracking Customer Feedback

10. Astuto

Astuto is a free, open-source feedback collection tool. It allows you to collect and manage feedback via voting boards and display public roadmaps to show customers what you’re working on. It’s much simpler than ProdPad but is also missing many of its features. It’s a good barebones ProdPad alternative, best for teams that just need a lightweight tool with basic functionality.

Features Astuto has that ProdPad doesn’t:

  • None

Features Prodpad has that Productboard doesn’t:

  • Customer support

  • Approval workflows

  • Collaboration tools

  • Data visualization

  • AI suggests product improvements

  • Close the loop with customers

  • Objectives and key results

  • Many integrations with other tools

How much does Astuto cost?

Astuto is free. Switching from ProdPad to Astuto would save you $3,600 each year.

11. UserVoice

UserVoice is the granddaddy of customer feedback tools for SaaS because it was one of the first to market. Its main product is essentially a public voting portal that allows some segmentation, customer analytics, and polls. It’s a lot more expensive than ProdPad and has fewer roadmapping features.

Read more: Which is better at tracking feedback? Savio vs. Uservoice

Features UserVoice has that ProdPad doesn’t:

  • Mobile apps

  • API

  • Customizable branding

  • Polls

  • Customer feedback analytics

Features Prodpad has that UserVoice doesn’t:

  • More sophisticated roadmapping tools

  • Feedback collection from many sources

  • Design management

  • Role-based permissions

How much does UserVoice cost?

The cost of UserVoice is kept secret, but we used our detective skills and figured out what they charge (see our article on UserVoice pricing). The feedback product starts at $499 per month for one license, or $999 for up to 5. For a team of 5 PMs, it would cost you $11,988 each year.

Switching from ProdPad to UserVoice would cost you an additional $8,388 each year.

Read more: Uservoice Competitors and Alternatives

12. Trello

Hello Trello, my old friend. Is any piece of software asked to do more than it was ever meant to? (Maybe Google Sheets…)

Trello is a simple and sleek tool that lets you manage projects, organize teams, and increase productivity. Its classic Kanban-style boards are flexible and can be adapted to act as a product strategy management solution tool as well as to hold your customer feedback.

While Trello is great at what it does, it isn’t really meant to be a feedback collection tool and doesn’t have the functionality to do that easily or well. But it’s an inexpensive place to start if you’re not ready for a more complex (and more expensive) tool like ProdPad.

Read more: Which is better for tracking feature requests? Savio vs. Trello

Features Trello has that ProdPad doesn’t:

  • Lots of options for collaboration inside cards

  • Many options for automation

Features Prodpad has that UserVoice doesn’t:

  • Feedback collection and centralization from many sources

  • Feedback segmentation

  • Role-based permissions

  • Voting portal

  • Close the loop with customers

  • AI product suggestions

How much does Trello cost?

To get the features you need to create a public roadmap with Trello, you need the premium plan at $10 per month per user. For only 5 team members, it would cost $50 per month or $600 per year.

Switching from ProdPad to Trello would save you $3,000 each year.

Read more: The Best Way to Track Feature Requests in Trello

The best prodpad alternative is Savio

If you’re serious about being customer-centric, you’re not going to use a tool like Trello. It just doesn’t have the functionality you need to build a customer feedback tracking system that actually works.

Instead, try Savio. It’s lightweight but powerful, allowing you to pipe feedback from any source into a single place. Once you’ve centralized your feedback, Savio makes it easy to slice and dice the data to see what your different customer segments want—your high MRR customers, your Pro plan customers, your churned customers… whoever you like. Then, when you build the feature, you can close the loop with them in just a few clicks.

Savio is accessible for startups and easily scales up to enterprises. And it’s free to try (no credit card required). Best of all, you’ll save $2,400 a year by using it instead of ProdPad.

Start your free Savio trial now and start making the product your customers want.

Last Updated: 17-08-2022

Kareem Mayan

Kareem is a co-founder at Savio. He's been prioritizing customer feedback professionally since 2001. He likes tea and tea snacks, and dislikes refraining from eating lots of tea snacks.

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