It's Time for an Electronic Cash Register POS System

Brick and Mortars: It’s Time for an Electronic Cash Register POS System

Does your cash register provide your customers with information on product availability and pricing? Can your cash register analyze sales data? Perhaps your cash register manages customer profiles? Or maybe your cash register can send a message from the chef to the server taking orders about the hottest menu item most recently 86’d? Unless your names are Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Jackson or Franklin — your basic cash register isn’t really providing much service to your business. So, what are you waiting for? Throw out your cash register and replace it with a point of sale (POS) software right away!

POS software makes it easy for employees and customers alike to tender payment for transactions and do all the things that I mentioned above. Here at G2 Crowd, we divide POS software into two categories: POS retail and POS restaurant. Users can find the precise solution they’re looking for and read user reviews to help them decide which product will best suit their needs — whether for a bar, restaurant or store.

POS retail software helps business owners manage product information, create sales orders, accept payments and deliver receipts with a tap of the finger. POS restaurant software provides restaurants and bar servers a way to take, manage and process multiple orders at once. Both POS solutions provide managers with the monitoring and analytics capabilities they need to oversee every aspect of the business.

So, let’s check out the top five POS solutions, retail and restaurant, with the highest user satisfaction as of Nov. 27, 2017.

  1. Square
  2. TouchBistro Restaurant POS
  3. Shopify POS
  4. Toast
  5. Breadcrumb
Electronic Cash Register POS System

G2 Crowd calculates user satisfaction rating by analyzing all user reviews that take the following into consideration: customer satisfaction with end-user product, popularity, quality of reviews, age of reviews, customer’ satisfaction with administration and overall customer satisfaction.

Top Cash Register POS Retail Software

Square Cash Register POS

Product Name: Square
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars
User Satisfaction: 99 percent


Square helps businesses accept debit and credit anywhere you or your business is located. Free to download, Square runs on smartphones, tablets — stationary or on the go. This POS solution manages digital receipts, inventory and sales reports, and provides analytics to help you make informed decisions. It also upgrades automatically to help business owners focus their attention where it’s needed most: their customers.

What users say:

“I love the fact that I can take payments from practically anyone when using square. It really is a professional service that makes it so much easier for my customers to check their cart on my website. I’ve never had any issues with checkouts and they have a wonderful dashboard that allows me to view my sales. I really like that once you set up your checking account then they automatically deposit your money daily; it’s just one thing I don’t have to worry about now. It is very easy to see what fee they take out per sale so you don’t get any surprise deductions at the end of the month.” — Olivia T. Square review


Choose between Square readers for magstripe, chip cards or contactless and chip, Square stands and Square registers.


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2.5–3.5 percent plus change is deducted from every payment processed. The POS app, chargeback protection and analytics and sales reporting are all free to download. Contact Square for custom volume rates for businesses with annual revenues over $250,000 and an average ticket size over $15.

Shopify POS Cash Register POS

Product Name: Shopify POS
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars
User Satisfaction: 87 percent


Shopify allows you to accept credit cards anywhere you are. The hardware to help you accept payments includes bar code scanners, iPad stands, cash drawer, receipt printer and tap, and chip and swipe reader. Shopify also offers a fully integrated Facebook store where customers and browse and purchase your products.

What users say:

“This product is very flexible and scalable. We started using it back when we have less than 25 employees and one register. We now have over 200 employees and 7-8 registers and the software is still perfect for our needs. Also, training for this platform is extremely easy. Most new employees do not need much training at all since the system is so intuitive. We use Shopify POs in our brick and mortar location to process sales to customers. On a busy day we process between 300 to 500 transactions, or up to $150k in sales. Software downtime is extremely limited and response time is very quick. We are able to move long lines quickly.” — Charlie B. Shopify POS review


Choose between card readers, stands, receipt printers, cash drawers, gift cards and barcode scanners and printers.


QuickBooks Online, Xero and more


Basic Shopify begins at $29 per month, Shopify begins at $79 per month and Advanced Shopify begins at $299 per month. Additional credit card rates, online and in person apply.

Other POS Retail Options

But these aren’t the only products to consider when looking for POS retail solutions! Here are the rest of the products, with at least 10 verified reviews, that users agree have the highest satisfaction scores.

Product Name: Lightspeed Retail
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 3.6 out of 5 stars
User Satisfaction: 63 percent

Product Name: QuickBooksPOS
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars
User Satisfaction: 57 percent

Product Name: Vend
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars
User Satisfaction: 55 percent

Product Name: Oracle Xstore Point-of-Service
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 3.6 out of 5 stars
User Satisfaction: 10 percent

Top POS Cash Register Restaurant Software

TouchBistro Restaurant POS Cash Register POS

Product Name: TouchBistro Restaurant POS
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars
User Satisfaction: 95 percent


TouchBistro is an iPad restaurant POS solution made to ease all front- and back-of-house processes. Service staff can take tableside orders and payment while managers can focus on customer relations, staff management, inventory, reporting and analytics.

What users say:

“Have been using it for 5 years with zero issues. We have recently upgraded to more terminals and a PRO Server and it has been the best investment the business has made. Can’t recommend TouchBistro enough. As a small restaurant it allows us to serve customers quickly and efficiently. As well, the back end of this product makes it make very to implement menu changes. The cloud based reporting is a helpful tool that allows us to get send out daily email reports to the whole upper management team along with being paired with a handy app that allows us to monitor the restaurant real time.” — Susie J. TouchBistro Restaurant POS review


Choose between iPads, Apple Mac Mini computers, iMac computers, Mac Pros, Apple routers, impact printers, thermal printers, cash drawers, monitors and accessories.


7Shifts Restaurant Scheduling, QuickBooks, Xero, Sage One, Exact and more.


Solo includes one license for $69 per month, Dual includes two licenses for $129 per month, Team includes up to five licenses for $249 per month and Unlimited includes unlimited licenses for $399 per month.

Toast Cash Register POS

Product Name: Toast
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
User Satisfaction: 83 percent


Toast provides menu management, server ordering and payment receipt all from a handheld device. Hardware options include 10-, 15-, and 22-inch counter terminals, kitchen display system (KDS) screens, etc. Toast specializes in solutions for full or quick service, bar or nightclub, pizzeria or enterprise.

What users say:

“Toast has developed, and continues to enhance, one of the best POS platforms we have encountered. Their support is top-notch and they consistently treat our business as an extension of their own. Toast has consistently been a key partner for us and has helped us implement a POS solution that delivers all functionality that we were hoping for. Toast has given us a single integrated POS platform to tie all 37 of our North American restaurants together allowing us to remotely push different menus to different regions with different pricing structures. This has given us insights into our restaurants performances and reporting capabilities regardless of enterprise structure.” — Eric K. Toast review


Choose between handheld tablets, hardwired terminals and kitchen display systems.


Compeat Back Office, MONKEY, Restaurant365, CrunchTime Back Office Solution and more.


Express starting at $79 per month, Professional starting at $99 per month and Enterprise, custom pricing available.

Breadcrumb Cash Register POS

Product Name: Breadcrumb
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 3.9 out of 5 stars
User Satisfaction: 69 percent


Breadcrumb offers a comprehensive view into your restaurant including POS reports and revenue numbers. Taking payments, streamline operations, and manage your sales and costs in real time from any location.

What users say:

“I should add a caveat: we are a small restaurant using only one Breadrcumb iPad terminal. I am not sure how well breadcrumb works for larger restaurants. For small restaurants like ours it was a perfect fit from the beginning. Buying an iPad and installing an app, was far less expensive than traditional restaurant POS systems like Aloha. It was initially developed by people in the industry so we all found it very intuitive to use, very little training involved to this day with new front of house staff members. The regular updates to the software have consistently made it more robust and with better functionality. I like ease of use, price point and functionality best.” — a restaurant user Breadcrumb review


Choose between iPads, Meraki networking routers and extenders, iPad stands, printers, readers and swipers and kitchen display systems.


Time Clock and TimeSheets, SimpleOrder, SynergySuite Restaurant Management Software and more.


Core starts at $99 per location per month, Pro starts at $249 per location per month, Enterprise is for large multiple location groups with 50-to-500 locations, contact for quote.

Other POS Restaurant Options

But these aren’t the only products to consider when looking for POS restaurant solutions! Here are the rest of the products, with at least 10 verified reviews, that users agree have the highest satisfaction scores.

Product Name: Lavu
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 3.7 out of 5 stars
User Satisfaction: 48 percent

Product Name: Aloha POS
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 3.8 out of 5 stars
User Satisfaction: 37 percent

Product Name: Maitre’D
G2 Crowd Star Rating: 3.6 out of 5 stars
User Satisfaction: 12 percent

These POS products are only small slice of the many POS software options reviewed on G2 Crowd. For additional help in choosing the right business solution, check out the POS retail software and POS restaurant software categories where you can compare products, learn about the benefits and compare all the available features.

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* Please note: Reviews have been edited for spelling and grammar.