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Zendesk vs Freshdesk Comparison

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Overview

Zendesk and Freshdesk are two popular customer service software solutions. At the same time, they’re two unique products with different features, functionality, and price points that cater to a variety of businesses.


Let’s take a look at the differences between the two.


Zendesk is a help desk solution that allows businesses to offer customer support services across multiple channels such as phone support, live chat, email ticketing, social media messages and knowledge base creation.


Supported platforms: web-based, iPhone app, Android app
Key features: call recording, chat, customer database, support ticket management, self service portal and survey
Integrations: Joomla, Jira, HubSpot CRM
User ratings: 4.4/5 stars, recommended by 96% of reviewers
Starting price: $5/month


Freshdesk is a help desk software that allows businesses to provide customer support via phone, email tickets, live chat widgets on websites or social channels and a self-service knowledge base.


Supported platforms: web-based, iPhone app, Android app, Windows Phone
Key features: call recording, call monitoring, conferencing, self service portal, support ticket management, and survey
Integrations: Sales Service Cloud, BigCommerce, Jira
User ratings: 4.5/5 stars, recommended by 98% of reviewers
Starting price: $19/month


Keep reading for a more in-depth comparison of these two products.

Category Leaders
Category Leaders
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from
$

19

/momonth
  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based
Starting from
$

19

/momonth
  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

5

4

3

2

1

1,365

908

241

48

35

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
95%
would recommend this app

5

4

3

2

1

1,372

797

124

22

14

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
97%
would recommend this app

Pros

Overall experience has been good. Very happy for the product and how it helps us stay organized with the tickets we have coming in.
I love that its very user friendly to use ad easy to manage tasks. I love the interface make it easy to get tickets handled and provide the best customer service for my job.
We ended up switching to a free service which better fit our needs. All in all it was a pleasant experience and we used it for 3 years to manage the chat on our site.

Pros

I love support team, they're always there 24-7 replying to my queries and keen on giving alternative solutions. I love the idea of customizing the ticket and adding templates.
Freshdesk provides an unrivalled ability to stay on top of client support and issue management. This tool is so far the best in class at supporting our needs in supporting our client base.
It helps me solve customers' inquiry and the best benefit that comes from Freshdesk is it's free. Compared to other paid helpdesks, Freshdesk could still really be worth it.

Cons

Tremendously disappointing for a company that sells ticketing software to have such a poor interaction when it comes to using it.
Non-Existent & TERRIBLE Customer Service. You are just a number to them.
If you ever need support from Zendesk then it is horrible.

Cons

We had a lot of employees that would leave and come back, and if you archived the user, it was a bit of an odd way to get them back into the platform, it's doable, just awkward.
Worse, there is no way to discover this until after you've paid and spent time getting everything set up.
I had to ask for a lot of assistance and spent some time fixing mistakes I have made that could have been easily avoided with a bit more training.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review6 days ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review2 days ago

Key features

  • Total features196
  • 360 Degree Feedback
  • AB Testing
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Account Alerts
  • Account Management
  • Active Directory Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Application Management
  • Appointment Management
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Asset Tracking
  • Assignment Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Authentication
  • Auto-Responders
  • Automated Routing
  • Automatic Backup
  • Automatic Call Distribution
  • Automatic Lead Distribution
  • Availability Management
  • Batch Communications
  • Benchmarking
  • Blended Call Center
  • CMDB
  • CRM
  • Call Center Management
  • Call Logging
  • Call Monitoring
  • Call Recording
  • Call Reporting
  • Call Routing
  • Call Scripting
  • Caller ID
  • Campaign Management
  • Canned Responses
  • Capacity Management
  • Case Management
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Categorization/Grouping
  • Change Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Churn Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Community Management
  • Complaint Management
  • Complaint Monitoring
  • Computer Telephony Integration
  • Conditional Logic
  • Conferencing
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Configuration Management
  • Contact Database
  • Content Creation
  • Content Management
  • Contract/License Management
  • Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPA)
  • Customer Activity Tracking
  • Customer Complaint Tracking
  • Customer Database
  • Customer Engagement
  • Customer Experience Management
  • Customer History
  • Customer Management
  • Customer Segmentation
  • Customer Service Analytics
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Dashboard
  • Data Import/Export
  • Decision Support
  • Diagnostic Tools
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Discussions / Forums
  • Dispatch Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Distribution
  • Email Management
  • Email Templates
  • Email Tracking
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Management
  • Event Triggered Actions
  • Feedback Management
  • File Sharing
  • Filtering
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • Gamification
  • Geotargeting
  • Health Score
  • IT Asset Management
  • IVR / Voice Recognition
  • Inbound Call Center
  • Incident Management
  • Interaction Tracking
  • Interactive Content
  • Issue Auditing
  • Issue Management
  • Issue Scheduling
  • Issue Tracking
  • Knowledge Base Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Lead Management
  • Leave Tracking
  • Live Chat
  • Macros/Templated Responses
  • Manual Dialer
  • Mobile Access
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Channel Communication
  • Multi-Channel Data Collection
  • Multi-Channel Management
  • Multi-Company
  • Multi-Country
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-Location
  • Multiple Format Support
  • Multiple Projects
  • Multiple Scripts
  • Multiple User Accounts
  • Negative Feedback Management
  • Network Monitoring
  • Offline Form
  • On-Demand Communications
  • Onboarding
  • Online Forums
  • Outbound Call Center
  • Performance Metrics
  • Personalization
  • Phone Key Input
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Predictive Dialer
  • Print Management
  • Prioritization
  • Proactive Chat
  • Problem Management
  • Procurement Management
  • Progressive Dialer
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning/Scheduling
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Quality Assurance
  • Queue Management
  • Ratings / Reviews
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Real-time Consumer-facing Chat
  • Real-time Updates
  • Recurring Issues
  • Release Management
  • Reminders
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reporting/Project Tracking
  • Request Assignment
  • Revenue Management
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Routing
  • Rules-Based Workflow
  • SMS Messaging
  • SSL Security
  • Scheduled / Automated Reports
  • Scheduling
  • Screen Sharing
  • Search/Filter
  • Self Service Portal
  • Sentiment Analysis
  • Service Catalog
  • Service Level Agreement (SLA) Management
  • Service Reporting
  • Session Recording
  • Single Sign On
  • Social Media Integration
  • Social Media Monitoring
  • Status Tracking
  • Summary Reports
  • Support Ticket Management
  • Support Ticket Tracking
  • Survey/Poll Management
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Tagging
  • Task Management
  • Template Management
  • Text Analysis
  • Text Editing
  • Text to Speech
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Timer
  • Transcripts/Chat History
  • Transfers/Routing
  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • URL Customization
  • Usage Tracking/Analytics
  • Video Support
  • Virtual Assistant
  • Voice Customization
  • Voice Mail
  • Web Forms
  • Website Integration
  • Website Visitor Tracking
  • Widgets
  • Win / Loss Analysis
  • Work Order Management
  • Workflow Configuration
  • Workflow Management
  • Total features126
  • 360 Degree Feedback
  • AB Testing
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Account Alerts
  • Account Management
  • Active Directory Integration
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Application Management
  • Appointment Management
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Asset Tracking
  • Assignment Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Authentication
  • Auto-Responders
  • Automated Routing
  • Automatic Backup
  • Automatic Call Distribution
  • Automatic Lead Distribution
  • Availability Management
  • Batch Communications
  • Benchmarking
  • Blended Call Center
  • CMDB
  • CRM
  • Call Center Management
  • Call Logging
  • Call Monitoring
  • Call Recording
  • Call Reporting
  • Call Routing
  • Call Scripting
  • Caller ID
  • Campaign Management
  • Canned Responses
  • Capacity Management
  • Case Management
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Categorization/Grouping
  • Change Management
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Churn Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Communication Management
  • Community Management
  • Complaint Management
  • Complaint Monitoring
  • Computer Telephony Integration
  • Conditional Logic
  • Conferencing
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Configuration Management
  • Contact Database
  • Content Creation
  • Content Management
  • Contract/License Management
  • Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPA)
  • Customer Activity Tracking
  • Customer Complaint Tracking
  • Customer Database
  • Customer Engagement
  • Customer Experience Management
  • Customer History
  • Customer Management
  • Customer Segmentation
  • Customer Service Analytics
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Dashboard
  • Data Import/Export
  • Decision Support
  • Diagnostic Tools
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Discussions / Forums
  • Dispatch Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Distribution
  • Email Management
  • Email Templates
  • Email Tracking
  • Employee Database
  • Employee Management
  • Event Triggered Actions
  • Feedback Management
  • File Sharing
  • Filtering
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • Gamification
  • Geotargeting
  • Health Score
  • IT Asset Management
  • IVR / Voice Recognition
  • Inbound Call Center
  • Incident Management
  • Interaction Tracking
  • Interactive Content
  • Issue Auditing
  • Issue Management
  • Issue Scheduling
  • Issue Tracking
  • Knowledge Base Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Lead Management
  • Leave Tracking
  • Live Chat
  • Macros/Templated Responses
  • Manual Dialer
  • Mobile Access
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Channel Communication
  • Multi-Channel Data Collection
  • Multi-Channel Management
  • Multi-Company
  • Multi-Country
  • Multi-Language
  • Multi-Location
  • Multiple Format Support
  • Multiple Projects
  • Multiple Scripts
  • Multiple User Accounts
  • Negative Feedback Management
  • Network Monitoring
  • Offline Form
  • On-Demand Communications
  • Onboarding
  • Online Forums
  • Outbound Call Center
  • Performance Metrics
  • Personalization
  • Phone Key Input
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Predictive Dialer
  • Print Management
  • Prioritization
  • Proactive Chat
  • Problem Management
  • Procurement Management
  • Progressive Dialer
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning/Scheduling
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Quality Assurance
  • Queue Management
  • Ratings / Reviews
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real-Time Chat
  • Real-time Consumer-facing Chat
  • Real-time Updates
  • Recurring Issues
  • Release Management
  • Reminders
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reporting/Project Tracking
  • Request Assignment
  • Revenue Management
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Routing
  • Rules-Based Workflow
  • SMS Messaging
  • SSL Security
  • Scheduled / Automated Reports
  • Scheduling
  • Screen Sharing