Asana vs. Basecamp

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Asana
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
Asana is a web and mobile project management app. With tasks, projects, conversations, and dashboards, Asana lets an entire team know who's doing what by when, enabling workload balancing. Users can also add integrations for GANTT charts, time tracking and more.
$50
per month
Basecamp
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
Basecamp is a web-based project-management tool. Basecamp offers features standard to project management platforms, as well as mobile accessibility, unlimited users, and 3rd party integrations. Basecamp is priced by space requirements and concurrent projects.
$15
per month per user
Pricing
AsanaBasecamp
Editions & Modules
Premium
$13.49
per month
Business
$30.49
per month
Basecamp Business
$99
Per Month [Unlimited Users]
Basecamp Personal
Free
Limited Capabilities
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AsanaBasecamp
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup Fee$10 per user per monthNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
AsanaBasecamp
Considered Both Products
Asana
Chose Asana
I'd choose Asana as a solution in case I need to deal with project management and working with other people. In case I need to also have private conversations with anyone involved in a project, I'd prefer Slack. And in case I'd like just a task management tool without too …
Chose Asana
Trello is really just more on boards and the con with that is if you list lots of task under one headboard some tasks are buried from the view since the boards are a bit big. I like the list feature of Asana, especially for project management. Trello on the other is a great …
Chose Asana
Basecamp is a great tool but looks a bit juvenile next to Asana. Basecamp treated us very well but Asana is a perfect fit for us now. It's easy to use and clients use it, which is a big win.

Teamwork was extremely complex and cluttered. Something that made is really hard for my …
Chose Asana
Asana is better organized than Basecamp and less visually confusing. It's more user intuitive and clear about what exactly needs to get done and what elements depend on others being executed. Overall, the list and kanban views allow for a more natural, more organized viewing …
Chose Asana
Basecamp is more for individual work tasks and it fails to provide an overall bigger picture of how the project is going as a whole. I like Asana much better because it gives visual cues to let you know whether you're going to hit a deadline or if there are bottlenecks in the …
Chose Asana
Asana generally takes less time to set up, so for my small team that has limited experience working with project management tools, Asana is great. We didn't need anything with lots of bells and whistles so Asana works well. ClickUp takes much more time to set up initially, but …
Chose Asana
I liked Asana's user interface and ability to assign tasks to others and check on the status of them. However, the calendaring function is inferior to Basecamp's, so my team preferred to use Basecamp only.
Chose Asana
Basecamp was a great tool, but it was paid and things like recurring tasks and opening new projects was a pain. Asana, as a free tool, has been better for our organization as it serves the basic functions very well and is not complicated otherwise. I really like the …
Chose Asana
In my personal opinion, I think that Asana is the easiest one to use out of Basecamp and JIRA. I know that our devs like JIRA but for our marketing team, we prefer Asana hands-down. Basecamp is clunky and awkward when trying to use. I always felt like things were falling …
Chose Asana
We have a lot of different software available and different teams are using different products. I think Asana is comparable to many of the other software that we use. It was slightly less intuitive than I would have expected, but it did help keep everyone updated on the project …
Chose Asana
The other agency we were working with selected Asana as it's a tool with easy access. Other more broad project management tools require contracts and setup time, this is easy to create an account and login to. We used it for one project and it helped give a full picture of the …
Chose Asana
Some features are better; some are too much. Not huge differences.
Chose Asana
We tried it as one my developers swore up and down how good it was at the startup... well it crashed in our office, since we didn't end up working the way they did. We are more of a dev ops company than a social media or open source
Chose Asana
When we were researching project management systems for our small business, Asana gave us the most for free. It really allowed us to dive into the product before we committed to it. The features allowed us to customize aspects of the system to use it for projects as well as …
Chose Asana
I liked that Asana was easier to use, cost less and seemed like they were adding features all of the time.
Chose Asana
We made Asana our task manager because it offers us the necessary tools, and the most important thing is that it can be used from any device and place.
Chose Asana
We are evaluating Forecast as another project management option. The benefit of Asana is that is it usable on mobile whereas Forecast is not. Asana is also more affordable, making it easy to add teammates and clients. Since Asana does not manage resources/time allocation like …
Chose Asana
Workamajig builds timelines and in Asana you have to do it manually. It would be great if we could build templates to see what days we will need certain projects by.
Chose Asana
Both software are very similar to each other, even in the economic factor, the reason we choose Asana over the others is because of its usability, the software is very easy to use which helps to get the most out of it, in addition to the integrations that provide Asana with …
Chose Asana
Asana has a lot of great free tools and makes it easy to create projects and add team members to the project. I think it's a good value compared to others and is the most straight forward to use. I find it to be the most helpful for both personal and team projects.
Chose Asana
We loved the fun design hacks (e.g., flying celebratory unicorns when you complete a task, Tab+B puts tabby cats on your screen temporarily; themed backgrounds). We're marketers–can you blame us?! But in all seriousness, we chose Asana over other similar products because of the …
Chose Asana
After trying several other options, including Zoho and Basecamp we settled on Asana. The time to value was the shortest when we factored in the learning curve, relevant functionality, mobile friendliness and most importantly the team calendar. Another great aspect is that it …
Chose Asana
Trello - great but a bit young. Good integration points. I think it could be a good too to integrate with. Some people enjoy the KanBan type view and Asana doesn't have that currently.
Basecamp - more project manager focused but also a good integration point.
JIRA - Better for …
Basecamp
Chose Basecamp
I have used both Asana and Basecamp and have liked both for different reasons. I like Asana for solo projects and to keep a running to do list. I think the layout and interface just works well for that. For client projects, I think Basecamp is better because it's a bit easier …
Chose Basecamp
Both Basecamp and Asana are great project management tools. I think where Basecamp excels is with tracking. Teams can keep track of schedules and deadlines. You have deadlines with Asana but need 3rd-party applications to keep track of how work has been done in a particular …
Chose Basecamp
Basecamp is easy to use and is a very helpful tool. The way that Basecamp is set up makes it easier to use than Asana.
Chose Basecamp
Basecamp is probably towards the bottom of the totem pole here based on what our needs were. Trello lacks reporting as well, but there's much more customization with Trello. Asana has more reporting and integration capabilities. monday.com is my favorite so far. The amount of …
Chose Basecamp
Asana has lots of features but no Gantt charts which is kind of the basis for a lot of work that we do. On the other hand, the campfire discussion here is an absolute innovation.

Trello is heavy on features but locks us to a certain view which may not be suitable for all the …
Chose Basecamp
I love both of these other products and would use them specifically for my own personal use or in other situations but hands down, I believe that Basecamp offers better flexibility and ease of use for an organization that has never used a project management tool before. …
Chose Basecamp
Basecamp is better than alternatives like TeamWork and Asana. There are many software that are similar however the interface for me is better in Basecamp. It's user-friendly and it's a clean and simple way to communicate with groups and manage projects. It's cheaper than other …
Chose Basecamp
Asana has a free tier that has fewer features than Basecamp, so we opted for Basecamp for the additional ways we could use it. The Kanban board style in Asana is nice, but the document repository, chat features, recurring templates, etc. were selling points for Basecamp. It …
Chose Basecamp
In my opinion, Basecamp has a better interface than Asana and Jira. I remember it took me sometime to get used to Asana and even longer to get used to Jira, but adoption for Basecamp was instant. Things are so clearly labeled and displayed that I was able to get comfortable …
Chose Basecamp
Asana has an expanded list of capabilities over Basecamp. If you're looking for a simple tool, Basecamp is your go-to. If you need something that makes it easy to schedule recurring tasks, dependencies, mass updates, seeing a project map, and capacity of your team, Asana is the …
Chose Basecamp
I've also used ClickUp and Asana. My personal favorite is ClickUp although it is limited in how it integrates with Slack which caused me to switch to Asana. ClickUp has a ton of features, including on their free plan and in my opinion is much better than Basecamp. Asana is …
Chose Basecamp
Basecamp is the best application we've found for our team to interface with external clients. It makes project management simple, and allows our clients visibility into their projects, which in turn builds trust, fosters open communication, and improves customer satisfaction. …
Chose Basecamp
Basecamp is clean, simple, and easy to use.
Chose Basecamp
Basecamp is probably my least favorite. As a project manager, I'm always auditing our workflow and processes, so I try to run at least trials of project management software to get a feel for if they would help us do things more efficiently. I struggled the most with Basecamp.
Chose Basecamp
Basecamp if far simpler than ClickUp. We use ClickUp to manage our internal task management, as it provides more customization, additional views and more room for extreme detail in tasks. We used Basecamp for clients because of its simplicity and ease-of-use. Basecamp requires …
Chose Basecamp
Unlike others, Basecamp has been easy for us to store information and move our projects forward efficiently.
Chose Basecamp
There is a simplicity that basecamp offers where most other project management systems seem to miss. They've worked hard at keeping the right things in place and not adding so many of the extra features that just get in the way of getting work done. The thing I liked most …
Chose Basecamp
We selected Basecamp for the low cost of entry for the org and the number of users who had previous experience on Basecamp. We ultimately will be transitioning to another project management tool that includes relational decision capability and Gantt chart capacity.
Chose Basecamp
Comparatively, Basecamp has been found to be the easiest to use and onboard new users. Additionally the cost model for our organisation is much lower on Basecamp compared to the competition.

Other products are more aligned with Agile practices but for most of our operational …
Chose Basecamp
Basecamp is perfect for small-time collaboration. It's suited for projects that need organization but not granular detail. When you need more than a simple little bit of help, you'll be looking at other solutions at that point. Very straight forward and to the point but that is …
Chose Basecamp
My previous company felt that it was an "all in one" platform because it was one place to house our documents, it has the messaging option, and it was easy to keep track of important dates through it where clients/assisting teams could see.
Chose Basecamp
Basecamp links all of the functionalities of a messenger feature (thanks to Pings) with task delegating and managing the project. Marketer's life became much easier with Basecamp.
Chose Basecamp
Basecamp helps groups work together by keeping all messages, documents, work lists and calendar in a single location that is easy to access anytime and from anywhere. Manages tasks and reporting of tasks completing. It can be accessed through a mobile app or through web …
Chose Basecamp
Haven't tried any other software or platform other than Basecamp, but before the purchase process we reviewed other products and they seem very similar and the decision that got us to buy Basecamp was because of the price and the understanding of the web page related to the …
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
AsanaBasecamp
Project Management
Comparison of Project Management features of Product A and Product B
Asana
8.1
163 Ratings
7% above category average
Basecamp
4.5
118 Ratings
50% below category average
Task Management9.2163 Ratings5.6117 Ratings
Resource Management7.7137 Ratings4.498 Ratings
Gantt Charts7.348 Ratings3.340 Ratings
Scheduling8.3148 Ratings4.493 Ratings
Workflow Automation8.5118 Ratings3.368 Ratings
Team Collaboration9.0162 Ratings5.0117 Ratings
Support for Agile Methodology8.57 Ratings4.449 Ratings
Support for Waterfall Methodology8.57 Ratings3.845 Ratings
Document Management8.5138 Ratings4.5109 Ratings
Email integration7.8130 Ratings4.696 Ratings
Mobile Access8.4135 Ratings4.995 Ratings
Timesheet Tracking6.16 Ratings3.644 Ratings
Change request and Case Management8.44 Ratings3.955 Ratings
Budget and Expense Management7.365 Ratings7.139 Ratings
Professional Services Automation
Comparison of Professional Services Automation features of Product A and Product B
Asana
6.8
39 Ratings
9% below category average
Basecamp
7.8
40 Ratings
4% above category average
Project & financial reporting5.51 Ratings8.034 Ratings
Integration with accounting software8.238 Ratings7.927 Ratings
Quotes/estimates00 Ratings8.329 Ratings
Invoicing00 Ratings6.925 Ratings
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User Ratings
AsanaBasecamp
Likelihood to Recommend
8.6
(193 ratings)
6.6
(144 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.6
(34 ratings)
10.0
(26 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(22 ratings)
7.8
(15 ratings)
Availability
8.4
(2 ratings)
10.0
(5 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
5.0
(42 ratings)
8.8
(28 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
5.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.7
(4 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
8.2
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
AsanaBasecamp
Likelihood to Recommend
Asana
Asana fixed team issues like project transparency and communication, improved team performance, and enhanced office and mobile productivity. Upper management can solve project management issues quickly, and new hires can use the tool immediately. Asana's surveys simplify research and data collection. Its free trial, free plan, or paid SaaS subscription gives small and large teams the tools and centralized console to work through project tasks efficiently. Due to its complexity, Asana can be overwhelming at first.
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37 Signals
Basecamp is a wonderful tool for teams of varying degrees of technical knowledge, teams managing lots of different types of "agifall" and waterfall projects, and teams that are remotely distributed. It's probably less useful for more strictly agile-focused development teams, compared to other more flexible software applications like Jira and Asana.
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Pros
Asana
  • Through it, we were able to communicate and cooperate with the rest of the team to complete the work in the required manner and at the appropriate time.
  • Available for free on Android and iPhone.
  • Asana has a simple and easy user interface
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37 Signals
  • Task management - It is very easy to add, organize and discuss tasks within Basecamp's interface.
  • The "Campfire" function is great for communicating when you just have a quick question for someone on the team.
  • Notifications - Basecamp lets you decide how often and about what you'd like to be notified. The ability to respond to messages in Basecamp directly via email saves a lot of time.
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Cons
Asana
  • Asana is not really a project management tool, it is good for simple projects only
  • UI has some glitches (doesn't save preferences, etc.)
  • Integration with other tools (Office 365, MS Project)
  • No reminders if the working period you entered is on holidays
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37 Signals
  • High Learning Curve. It's true that it can be easy to use, but to use well and effectively takes some time to learn. It's recommended to have an agreed-upon system in your team of what tools to use and when.
  • Notification Overload. If people aren't careful they could send a notification to everyone when only a couple people were meant to be prompted. And since emails are sent by default, you could have your mailbox overloaded with unnecessary updates. This is where it takes a bit of training in your team to have an agreed-upon system.
  • Lack of organization with Archived Projects. I will often need to reference an archived project to make a new one, but there is only a list of archived projects in alphabetical order, with no way to organize by archive date, or even search.
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Likelihood to Renew
Asana
  • Mobile + Desktop capabilities - Able to use it anywhere, anytime.
  • Task management - Easy to view projects and their progress.
  • Time management - Easy to see what elements require time / how they interrelate and manage the project on an overall basis.
  • Company management - Be able to see from a master dashboard perspective where each project is in its stages of completion.
  • Clear communication - It's visually documented who is doing what at what time so that the whole project gets done.
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37 Signals
When I bring new people onto a project, it's immediately obvious how to use Basecamp. I don't have to worry about teaching them the features or walking them through it, it's just incredibly user-friendly. For this reason, I'll continue to renew my subscription even as new people are brought onto production jobs or the client changes.
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Usability
Asana
It is very user-friendly. Takes a new employee an hour to start figuring out how the system works. That's an important factor. You don't want to encounter the issue where employees need a week to understand how the system works. For example, JIRA, I tried using it for a week and I still don't understand the complicated layout. Asana has a simple interface. Once you see it, you get it type of program.
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37 Signals
Basecamp is a little tricky to learn. I've used it for quite a while but I feel like there's still so much I don't know. It took me a while to learn but having used it in college definitely helped me integrate it into my work career.
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Reliability and Availability
Asana
Working with Asana on a daily basis
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37 Signals
I've never experienced downtime while using Basecamp, or been unable to access it when I needed it. That's not to say they've never had downtime, but I've been lucky enough not to encounter any, and I work odd hours, including late nights when maintenance is often undertaken.
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Support Rating
Asana
I haven't had to use their support so I can't rate it. The fact that I haven't needed them reflects the ease of use of the product. I would recommend that any new users schedule a complete demo of the product to ensure that they are using it to it's fullest (there's a lot of useful features).
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37 Signals
For the many reasons I've given, Basecamp is a very strong program. There are a few features I can imagine that might make it even better, but I don't have a basis for comparison to be able to say that there is definitely a better one out there. I've noticed that Basecamp has evolved a bit from the time I started using it until now, so that makes me think that the producer of this program values it and believes in continuous improvement. If you could use the features offered by Basecamp, I would think you could use it with confidence.
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Implementation Rating
Asana
No answers on this topic
37 Signals
Decide the process before implementation - i.e. when it's due 8/9 does that mean 8am, noon, 5pm, 11:59pm? Check your to-do list frequently Set-up templates - just not with the dates (they can be funky)
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Alternatives Considered
Asana
I like how extensive the capabilities are for Asana. With other softwares it seems there are many things lacking. I feel like Asana is also a very user friendly platform and aesthetically pleasing which is important in a modern office. We have many young people entering our workspace and it is important to have software that is ahead of the times in functionality and efficiency.
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37 Signals
Pretty good, but [Basecamp] has its drawbacks. Honestly I find the interface non-intuitive and sometimes have trouble figuring out how to change the status of a task. Perhaps it has something to do with the way it was originally set up by the admin, but I'm not sure. I liked Jira's drag and drop obvious functionality, but the project management side of the software was lacking. Smartsheet has excellent project management functionality, but the task management isn't as good.
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Scalability
Asana
I used this tool on a daily basis at work and it runs as a solid rock
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37 Signals
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
Asana
  • Productivity - Most of all, it allows me to be more productive and have a good sense of where I am with projects and deadlines.
  • Easy to use - I can make the most of my time to get up (and stay) up and running.
  • Project coordination - Allows me to assign tasks to my interns and communicate directly within the platform to keep the work train moving.
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37 Signals
  • It has saved me time when having to get the same message out to multiple restaurants
  • It has helped us make smarter operational decisions because we can all collaborate on an answer in a shorter amount of time (instead of calling a meeting!!!)
  • The calendar function allows us to plot out our marketing agenda for the month and add/change it together as needed. The chef will post his recipe, the managers will cost it out, the social media manager will post pictures on it, and ultimately we will get that information out on an info sheet to the staff by printing the page.
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ScreenShots

Asana Screenshots

Screenshot of Product HomepageScreenshot of Team ConversationsScreenshot of Project CalendarsScreenshot of InboxScreenshot of List ProjectScreenshot of Portfolios