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Overview

If you’re in the market for project management and planning software, Smartsheet and Microsoft Excel are two products worth considering. But how do their features, functionality, and pricing stack up against each other? Let’s take a look.


Smartsheet is a collaborative project planning tool that can be used to create project schedules, monitor tasks and track their completion on shared workspaces.. Supported platforms include web-based, iPhone, and Android devices. Collaborative workspaces, gantt charts, document management, file transfer, and collaboration tools are some of its key features. It integrates with third-party applications such as Box, Gmail, and Jira.


Microsoft Excel is a number crunching tool that can be used for various purposes, such as project planning, budget calculations, and project report generation. Users can access the software via web-based, iPhone, Android and Windows phone. Some of its key features include charting, data filtering, data visualization and document templates. It also integrates with third-party apps such as Microsoft 365 and Zendesk.


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

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
$

7

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

1.99

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

User reviews

5

4

3

2

1

1,104

689

137

23

6

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

5

4

3

2

1

12,960

3,076

294

23

8

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
99%
would recommend this app

Pros

Overall, the experience is positive - strong tools, robust features, easy to learn. I would recommend this to anyone who needs to have data interact with multiple systems and user types.

KO

Kate O.

A good advantage is the presence of a strong community that helps to find answers quickly. Smartsheet also makes quite easy to share results with teammates.

PM

Paul M.

It's been great having so many templates to choose from and customize. Awesome that it can be integrated with MS Teams.

DG

Dennise G.

Pros

Great, I have loved the ease of building reports.I found it easy to learn and easy to use from the start.

RR

Rhonda R.

Super convenient and great way to organize table format data. Use it for budgets and super easy to input and find values.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

I love that you can enter a great deal of data and be able to manipulate it for various reports. It can automatically do math like add and multiply for quick totals.

JC

Janice C.

Cons

I then took the Smartsheet training to be certified and that opened my eyes to the power of the tool (and also to the fact that the sheets I hated were users in our company using it very, very WRONG).

Steve M.

The only complaint that I have is that if the spreadsheet is very large, the page can be slightly laggy.

KO

Kate O.

Some features seem to be missing or limited features available.

SB

Stefano B.

Cons

The software cannot be readily integrated or harmonized with other information systems. The software is totally insensitive to human errors; it does not prompt the user when there is an error.

DG

David G.

It can be hard to figure out your mistakes. The macro feature cant be undone and can be harmful if ran an accident.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

When there is a large amount of data entered into a spreadsheet it's inevitable to have trivial human mistakes made. Sometimes it's very difficult to find those mistakes later.

MN

MARAT N.

  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review2 days ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review2 days ago

Key features

  • Total features201
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Management
  • Activity Planning
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Analysis
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Analytics
  • Analytics/ROI Tracking
  • Approval Process Control
  • Approval Workflow
  • Asset Tracking
  • Assignment Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Backlog Management
  • Bar Chart
  • Bed Management
  • Bid Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Brainstorming
  • Brand Management
  • Budget Management
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • Bug Tracking
  • Business Process Automation
  • CRM
  • Calculators
  • Calendar Management
  • Calibration Management
  • Campaign Management
  • Capacity Management
  • Certification Tracking
  • Change Management
  • Change Order Management
  • Channel Management
  • Charting
  • Claims Management
  • Client Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Color Codes/Icons
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Commercial
  • Committee Management
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Content Management
  • Contract/License Management
  • Contractor Management
  • Cost-to-Completion Tracking
  • Create Subtasks
  • Customizable Dashboard
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Customization
  • Dashboard
  • Dashboard Creation
  • Data Connectors
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Synchronization
  • Data Transformation
  • Data Visualization
  • Deadline Management
  • Dependency Tracking
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Discussions / Forums
  • Document Management
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Drag & Drop
  • Due Date Tracking
  • EMR/EHR
  • Electronic Data Capture
  • Email Alerts
  • Email Invitations & Reminders
  • Email Management
  • Employee Management
  • Equipment Tracking
  • Event Calendar
  • Expense Management
  • Expiration Management
  • Feedback Management
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • File Transfer
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Forecasting
  • Forms Management
  • Functions/Calculations
  • Gantt/Timeline View
  • Geographic Maps
  • Goal Setting / Tracking
  • HIPAA Compliant
  • Idea Management
  • Incident Reporting
  • Inventory Management
  • Issue Management
  • Issue Tracking
  • Job Scheduling
  • KPI Monitoring
  • Kanban Board
  • Key & Lock Management
  • Lab Information Management
  • Lead Management
  • License Verification
  • Marketing Calendar
  • Marketing Reports
  • Markup Tools
  • Media Planning
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Dashboards
  • Multi-Campaign
  • Multi-User Collaboration
  • Multi-board
  • Multiple Projects
  • Negative Feedback Management
  • Offline Access
  • Online Applications
  • Parent Task
  • Patient Management
  • Patient Records Management
  • Payroll Management
  • Percent-Complete Tracking
  • Permit Management
  • Physician Management
  • Policy Management
  • Portfolio Management
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Prioritization
  • Private Dashboards
  • Process Change Tracking
  • Product Roadmapping
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Project Planning/Scheduling
  • Project Scheduling
  • Project Templates
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Project Tracking
  • Projections
  • Public Dashboards
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • RFI & Submittals
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real-time Updates
  • Recurring Tasks
  • Reminders
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reporting/Project Tracking
  • Request Management
  • Requirements Management
  • Rescheduling
  • Residential
  • Resource Management
  • Retrospectives Management
  • Risk Management
  • Roadmapping
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SSL Security
  • Sales Reports
  • Scheduled / Automated Reports
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Service History
  • Single Page View
  • Single Sign On
  • Spend Management
  • Spreadsheet View
  • Staff Calendar
  • Status Tracking
  • Strategic Planning
  • Subcontractor Management
  • Supports Agile
  • Supports Scrum
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Task Board View
  • Task Editing/Updating
  • Task Management
  • Task Planning
  • Task Progress Tracking
  • Task Scheduling
  • Team Management
  • Technician Management
  • Template Management
  • Templates
  • Testing/QA Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • To-Do List
  • Traditional Methodologies
  • Version Control
  • Visual Workflow Management
  • Visualization
  • Web Forms
  • Widgets
  • Work History
  • Workflow Configuration
  • Workflow Management
  • Total features21
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Management
  • Activity Planning
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad hoc Analysis
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Analytics
  • Analytics/ROI Tracking
  • Approval Process Control
  • Approval Workflow
  • Asset Tracking
  • Assignment Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Backlog Management
  • Bar Chart
  • Bed Management
  • Bid Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Brainstorming
  • Brand Management
  • Budget Management
  • Budgeting/Forecasting
  • Bug Tracking
  • Business Process Automation
  • CRM
  • Calculators
  • Calendar Management
  • Calibration Management
  • Campaign Management
  • Capacity Management
  • Certification Tracking
  • Change Management
  • Change Order Management
  • Channel Management
  • Charting
  • Claims Management
  • Client Management
  • Client Portal
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Color Codes/Icons
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Commercial
  • Committee Management
  • Communication Management
  • Compliance Tracking
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Content Management
  • Contract/License Management
  • Contractor Management
  • Cost-to-Completion Tracking
  • Create Subtasks
  • Customizable Dashboard
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Customization
  • Dashboard
  • Dashboard Creation
  • Data Connectors
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Synchronization
  • Data Transformation
  • Data Visualization
  • Deadline Management
  • Dependency Tracking
  • Digital Asset Management
  • Discussions / Forums
  • Document Management
  • Document Review
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Drag & Drop
  • Due Date Tracking
  • EMR/EHR
  • Electronic Data Capture
  • Email Alerts
  • Email Invitations & Reminders
  • Email Management
  • Employee Management
  • Equipment Tracking
  • Event Calendar
  • Expense Management
  • Expiration Management
  • Feedback Management
  • File Management
  • File Sharing
  • File Transfer
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Reporting
  • Forecasting
  • Forms Management
  • Functions/Calculations
  • Gantt/Timeline View
  • Geographic Maps
  • Goal Setting / Tracking
  • HIPAA Compliant
  • Idea Management
  • Incident Reporting
  • Inventory Management
  • Issue Management
  • Issue Tracking
  • Job Scheduling
  • KPI Monitoring
  • Kanban Board
  • Key & Lock Management
  • Lab Information Management
  • Lead Management
  • License Verification
  • Marketing Calendar
  • Marketing Reports
  • Markup Tools
  • Media Planning
  • Milestone Tracking
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Dashboards
  • Multi-Campaign
  • Multi-User Collaboration
  • Multi-board
  • Multiple Projects
  • Negative Feedback Management
  • Offline Access
  • Online Applications
  • Parent Task
  • Patient Management
  • Patient Records Management
  • Payroll Management
  • Percent-Complete Tracking
  • Permit Management
  • Physician Management
  • Policy Management
  • Portfolio Management
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Prioritization
  • Private Dashboards
  • Process Change Tracking
  • Product Roadmapping
  • Progress Tracking
  • Project Management
  • Project Planning
  • Project Planning/Scheduling
  • Project Scheduling
  • Project Templates
  • Project Time Tracking
  • Project Tracking
  • Projections
  • Public Dashboards
  • Quotes/Estimates
  • RFI & Submittals
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real-time Updates
  • Recurring Tasks
  • Reminders
  • Remote Access/Control
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Reporting/Project Tracking
  • Request Management
  • Requirements Management
  • Rescheduling
  • Residential
  • Resource Management
  • Retrospectives Management
  • Risk Management
  • Roadmapping
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • SSL Security
  • Sales Reports
  • Scheduled / Automated Reports
  • Search/Filter
  • Secure Data Storage
  • Service History
  • Single Page View
  • Single Sign On
  • Spend Management
  • Spreadsheet View
  • Staff Calendar
  • Status Tracking
  • Strategic Planning
  • Subcontractor Management
  • Supports Agile
  • Supports Scrum
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Task Board View
  • Task Editing/Updating
  • Task Management
  • Task Planning
  • Task Progress Tracking
  • Task Scheduling
  • Team Management
  • Technician Management
  • Template Management
  • Templates
  • Testing/QA Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Time & Expense Tracking
  • Time Tracking
  • To-Do List
  • Traditional Methodologies
  • Version Control
  • Visual Workflow Management
  • Visualization
  • Web Forms
  • Widgets
  • Work History
  • Workflow Configuration
  • Workflow Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations130
  • Asana
  • Basecamp
  • Box
  • Dropbox Business
  • GitHub
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Jira
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • QuickBooks Online
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Slack
  • Trello
  • Zapier
  • Zendesk
  • Total integrations770
  • Asana
  • Basecamp
  • Box
  • Dropbox Business
  • GitHub
  • Gmail
  • Google Calendar
  • Google Drive
  • Jira
  • Microsoft 365
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Teams
  • QuickBooks Online
  • QuickBooks Online Advanced
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Slack
  • Trello
  • Zapier
  • Zendesk