Priority AccountEdge vs. Toast Payroll & Team Management

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Priority AccountEdge
Score 6.0 out of 10
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
AccountEdge is a small business accounting software for Mac and Windows users. AccountEdge allows business owners to organize, process, and report on their financial information. Its features include accounting, integrated payroll, sales and purchases, contact management, inventory, and time billing. It was acquired by Priority Software in January 2018 to expand that company's small business portfolio.N/A
Toast Payroll & Team Management
Score 8.6 out of 10
N/A
Toast Payroll & Team Management offers HR, payroll, and benefits solutions to meet a variety of restaurant needs. It is based on the former StratEx product, developed by the company of the same name in Chicago that was acquired by Toast July 2019.N/A
Pricing
Priority AccountEdgeToast Payroll & Team Management
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Priority AccountEdgeToast Payroll & Team Management
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsAccountEdge is available to new customers for $399. Optional product upgrades are released every year for $159 single-user upgrade or $249 multi-user upgrade.
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Community Pulse
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Top Pros
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Features
Priority AccountEdgeToast Payroll & Team Management
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Priority AccountEdge
6.6
6 Ratings
10% below category average
Toast Payroll & Team Management
8.1
3 Ratings
1% below category average
Pay calculation10.06 Ratings8.43 Ratings
Benefit plan administration8.04 Ratings7.63 Ratings
Direct deposit files5.04 Ratings9.03 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management6.05 Ratings8.63 Ratings
Reimbursement management4.03 Ratings8.22 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment00 Ratings8.01 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
Priority AccountEdge
9.0
7 Ratings
13% above category average
Toast Payroll & Team Management
-
Ratings
Role-based user permissions9.07 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Priority AccountEdge
9.0
7 Ratings
18% above category average
Toast Payroll & Team Management
-
Ratings
Dashboards9.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Standard reports9.07 Ratings00 Ratings
Custom reports9.06 Ratings00 Ratings
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
Priority AccountEdge
7.2
8 Ratings
1% below category average
Toast Payroll & Team Management
-
Ratings
Accounts payable9.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Accounts receivable9.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Cash management8.12 Ratings00 Ratings
Bank reconciliation6.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Expense management6.06 Ratings00 Ratings
Time tracking6.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Multi-currency support9.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Multi-division support9.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Regulations compliance7.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Electronic tax filing7.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Self-service portal2.71 Ratings00 Ratings
Inventory Management
Comparison of Inventory Management features of Product A and Product B
Priority AccountEdge
8.0
6 Ratings
17% above category average
Toast Payroll & Team Management
-
Ratings
Inventory tracking8.06 Ratings00 Ratings
Automatic reordering8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Location management8.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Manufacturing module8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Order Management
Comparison of Order Management features of Product A and Product B
Priority AccountEdge
8.0
7 Ratings
10% above category average
Toast Payroll & Team Management
-
Ratings
Pricing8.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Order entry9.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Credit card processing6.05 Ratings00 Ratings
Cost of goods sold9.06 Ratings00 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
Priority AccountEdge
5.0
3 Ratings
32% below category average
Toast Payroll & Team Management
-
Ratings
Plug-ins5.03 Ratings00 Ratings
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Priority AccountEdgeToast Payroll & Team Management
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Score 9.1 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
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Paypro Workforce Management
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Enterprises
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User Ratings
Priority AccountEdgeToast Payroll & Team Management
Likelihood to Recommend
6.0
(18 ratings)
6.4
(3 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.8
(10 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Priority AccountEdgeToast Payroll & Team Management
Likelihood to Recommend
Priority Software
If you are handling a large client list, and are selling services, it is dead easy. If you are managing/selling a physical inventory, it seems like it has great options to do that quite well (disclaimer, I do not use those functions, but I have paid attention as that functionality was built into the software). If you want to link your bank account to a bookkeeping platform, this is not the software for you (at least so far).
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Toast
I believe StratEx is well suited for any type of business at any size. However, I believe the sweet spot would be hotels and restaurants that are small to midsize. With the right HR staff in place, StratEx is so user-friendly and moldable to the needs of the business that it can be used in any industry, location, or by any company with any employee population.
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Pros
Priority Software
  • AccountEdge has a robust report menu that allows a user to slice and dice data for analysis. Report on projects for the life of the project across fiscal years. Report on different departments with segregated income statements.
  • For users who want to run payroll in house that is easily done through the payroll module. Print physical checks or direct deposit to employee's account, process payroll taxes and file year end W2s.
  • My personal favorites are time billing and retainers. As a service based business I can at my fingertips review how much money a client has on deposit with me and how much of that will be billed out at the end of the month. The integration with AccountEdge Mobile rounds it all out with being able to log my time on-site.
  • Last but not least AccountEdge Mobile in general, as the companion app for the desktop software is invaluable. My heaviest use is the spend money feature. Excellent for logging travel receipts & cash expenses while they are fresh on the brain. Really cuts back the data entry at the end of a trip and trying to recall what something may have been for.
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Toast
  • Tip splitting
  • Payroll by class
  • Specific reports
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Cons
Priority Software
  • My biggest frustration, and one that I've mentioned to Acclivity for many years, is that it only permits opening nine windows at a time (plus the home window). I hit that limit almost daily, and then I have to decide what do I close so I can complete the transaction that needed the "9th" window.
  • The Accounts section includes two quick reports, "Analyze Profit and Loss" and "Analyze Balance Sheet. These can be filtered for the current month or any prior month in the current fiscal year. And that's fine most of the year, but at the beginning of the next year, when I haven't yet started the new fiscal year, these only go to December of the prior year. The regular reports for these can select "next year;" why can't these?
  • It would be helpful if the journal entry number would have one or two additional digits available. For example, when I am entering journal entries for a client, I would like to use a number such as CPA2014001, CPA2014002, etc. to distinguish what I enter from the "automatic" entries that AccountEdge does. But that's one more digit than AccountEdge allows, so if I had over 100 adjustments, I would run out of entry numbers.
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Toast
  • HR - We used to receive HR support and that is something that we really miss.
  • StratEx was also our broker so made the health care side of things seamless and we miss that too.
  • Support - Sometimes the support we get is lacking or we get different answers from different people.
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Likelihood to Renew
Priority Software
Without a doubt, when you need to do accounting use the program that will get the job done in the least amount of time with the least amount of errors. Once you are using a program that works you stay with it year after year and you will find yourself even excited about the updates
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Toast
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Usability
Priority Software
The intuitive interface does all the tasks we need our accounting software to do. Some tasks are slower to process than I would like but overall very usable. Customizable forms let us choose to either go with the easy ready-made out-of-the-box options or retool them to better fit our specific needs.
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Toast
No answers on this topic
Reliability and Availability
Priority Software
One of the finer advantages of desktop software, it's always available. AccountEdge doesn't suffer from outages or sluggish internet like web based applications do. It's always there when you power on your device!
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Toast
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Support Rating
Priority Software
On the few occasions we have needed tech support over the years, they were responsive and worked to get to the root of the issues. However, even though Checkout POS is a separate application, it was pitched to us as a natural extension of the functionality of our AE software that would integrate seamlessly. The company's support for Checkout has been minimal at best, and now totally abandoned. That colors our view of Priority's support unfortunately. And to be honest, that's why it's a 9 instead of a 10. So to be fair, AccountEdge's support itself has been very good over the years.
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Toast
No answers on this topic
Implementation Rating
Priority Software
unfortunately no.
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Toast
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
Priority Software
For Mac enthusiasts, AccountEdge is the complete installed software solution for small to medium-sized businesses, as it has so many capabilities that QuickBooks for Mac lacks. However, it holds your hand less than QuickBooks for Mac does, so you ought to know what your are doing in keeping business books properly. If your needs are simple, QuickBooks for Mac may be a better solution. QuickBooks Online and Xero are excellent cloud accounting solutions that can be used on the Mac equally well as on Windows. QuickBooks Online offers a similar set of features as QuickBooks for Mac, with the addition of anywhere, anytime access. Xero is a great basic accounting solution in the cloud that can also be used equally well on Macs and WIndows, and offers endless customization and flexibility through its extensive third-party app integration for almost any need.
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Toast
Without a doubt, StratEx wins. Against all the major players in the HRS/HRIS industry, StratEx's biggest win is cost, both implementation and ongoing costs. The other's we evaluated offered tons of flashy things that most companies don't really need. When it was all said it done, we looked at what we needed and what we will need and determined that there is no reason to pay for a "big" brand name and be a small fish in their large ponds. I cannot imagine there is a company that would need anything StratEx doesn't offer. And, when it came down to it, all the major players came down from their original proposals by $100,000 or more to be more competitive with StratEx and we still went with StratEx. They've kept every promise, they've always been available, and they know where they are going as a company.
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Return on Investment
Priority Software
  • Increased employee efficiency - Time is no longer spent switching between programs because all of the information can be found in one place.
  • Customer service has also improved because employees find the program much easier to use, even at the point of sale.
  • Better record keeping - AccountEdge has a very simple invoicing application that allows us to keep track of and balance our accounts.
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Toast
  • Great reports and analytics
  • Moderately high fees
  • Convenience
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