Great cross-browser tester
August 04, 2016

Great cross-browser tester

Alec Dibble | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Software Version

Solo: $39,Team: $99,Team Plus: $199,Enterprise: $399

Overall Satisfaction with BrowserStack

I have used Browserstack extensively as a cross-browser compatibility testing tool for my whole professional career. It is the best testing platform that I am aware of, and does its best to give you real hardware or VM simulations for every platform. It also includes many automation capabilities I have not yet harnessed.
  • It has great device and operating system coverage. I don't think I have ever been in a situation where Browserstack didn't offer the configuration I was looking for.
  • Offers a plethora of automation tools involving testing and screenshots using the API.
  • Offers tools to automate responsive testing like their Responsive tool.
  • When doing manual testing, it can be slow and cumbersome to start up VMs, especially Windows VMs.
  • In some of the operating systems, copy and pasting as well as clicking can be slightly buggy at times.
  • Emulating front-end bugs can be a nightmare and can take a ton of time to get the right equipment or configuration to replicate the bug. BrowserStack makes this process a no-brainer, saving developers' and testers' valuable time.
  • For organizations of a certain scale, spending the engineering resources to implement automation could definitely lead to a positive testing ROI. I know from experience that setting up testing on a local machine can be a real hassle.
I have used both Sauce Labs and BrowserStack. In my personal opinion, BrowserStack is a more polished product. I encountered less bugs and delays than Sauce Labs. I also think that BrowserStack has a cleaner and easier-to-use interface, which is important for testing. Overall, I ended up choosing BrowserStack for the long term.
I think that BrowserStack is well suited for many different situations, from one-man contracting teams to large front-end development agencies needing a formalized testing workflow. BrowserStack offers a simple interface for doing manual testing. It also offers many different ways to automate your web testing both functionally and testing for regression using screenshots.