The Best Price Comparison Sites In Canada

thebestpricecomparisonsitesincanada.jpgUsing price comparison websites is one of the easiest ways to save money when shopping online. They also come in handy when shopping offline because prices are usually identical for stores that have both an online and an offline presence. There are even some listings for stores that you cannot purchase from online, like Canadian Tire. Besides, it is always good to have current pricing information even when shopping at an offline-only store to help evaluates prices and for price matching purposes.

The only thing to keep in mind when using these sites, is that no one price comparison site has access to the pricing information for every store. They only have products and prices listed for those retailers who have partnered with them and provided access to their product databases. For that reason, it is best to check prices using at least a few price comparison websites when doing your research, not just the one you happen to like the most. Whenever I make a purchase, I will typically check all of them simultaneously along with manually checking a few other online stores that I know aren’t listed on any of the price comparison websites, just to be sure.

Below you will find a quick blurb on each of the Canadian price comparison sites including any special features or advantages they have going for them. I have done my best to order them according to their popularity from the amount of visitor traffic they receive on a monthly basis, which is usually a decent indicator of positive user experience and overall quality.

1) ShopBot.ca

ShopBot has taken the top spot away from ShopToIt as the most popular price comparison site in Canada. This is overdue because ShopBot is even older than ShopToIt, having started in 2004 but I think they were initially focused more on electronics and technology products which may have stunted their growth. They have since expanded into a full range of categories and have an impressive collection of both products and stores, many of which you won`t find on the other price comparison sites.

Value Added Features:

  • Clean and simple home page that is easy to navigate and lets you quickly scan most of the available product categories.
  • Doesn't display irrelevant search results by searching for permutations of the search terms you enter.
  • Plugins for all of the popular web browsers so you can integrate product searches into your multi-purpose search box.

2) ShopToIt.ca

ShopToIt is one of the oldest and also one of the best price comparison websites in Canada. They were launched all the way back in 2005 and since then they have added plenty of features and conveniences to the site that make it a joy to use. It used to have the broadest inventory out of any of the other sites including many more product categories, like baby items and furniture. However, several other sites have made large gains in this area so product selection is similar amongst the top sites.

Value Added Features:

  • A complete collection of shopping advice and buying guides.
  • Relevant guides are displayed when viewing individual products, which makes finding appropriate guides very easy.
  • You can create an account and use it to store personalized wish lists of products you like.
  • Lists related products to the one you are currently viewing to give you good shopping ideas.
  • iPhone app for comparison shopping on the go.

3) Nextag.ca

NextTag is a very popular American shopping site that has now expanded to Canada. The user interface is very basic and easy to use but it doesn't really offer any value added features.
 
They still have a long way to go to increase their product inventory and features of the site but for some reason they are gaining popularity, which is why they are currently ranked in the 3rd spot.

4) PriceGrabber.ca

PriceGrabber started in the USA and then was the first price comparison site to migrate to Canada and they actually used to be one of my favourite price comparison websites. However, after a short time of being always updated and offering cool features like paying users a small fee to review products, they had mostly fizzled out.

Now, after years of lackluster listings, they are finally starting to become competitive again with more updated and relevant listings. I'd definitely include them as part of your search for the best price on any products and consider using them for their unique value added features.

Value Added Features:

  • You can create a PriceGrabber account and use it to track your favourite products.
  • Both products and stores have user reviews/ratings associated with them, but the number of reviews is often limited.
  • Custom alerts that will allow you to be notified when the price drops on an item you are watching.

5) PriceBat.ca

PriceBat is 100% focused on computer and electronic stores, so their selection is somewhat limited. That said, they do have the most comprehensive listing of electronics stores of any price comparison site in Canada. So if you are looking for the best deals on computer parts and electronics, look no further!

Value Added Features:

  • The most comprehensive product listings for electronics and computer parts and accessories.
  • User reviews are included right with the product you are looking at to make sure you don’t buy a dud!
  • A really nice price comparison page that is easy to scan through for the best prices and your favourite stores.
  • Great for finding small stores that you’ve never heard of before.
  • Even includes Ebay listings for the product you are checking out!

6) Bizrate.ca

Bizrate is another big American price comparison site that has now expanded into Canada. The Canadian site is very plain at the moment although their product catalog appears to be decent.

The site also displays prices for several USA stores that Canadians can make purchases from as well. Unfortunately, buying and shipping across the border is mostly impractical because of the high cost of shipping and border fees, but it is still useful for comparison purposes.

Value Added Features:

  • Includes listings for quite a few USA stores that provide shipping to Canada.

7) Comparator.ca

Comparator is new and currently only focuses on computer related items, but I think they may be up and coming because the site is easy to use and they are offering some great features. In fact, they remind me very much of what PriceCanada was before it closed down.

I used to go to PriceCanada first whenever I was buying computer or electronic stuff because they had a price history graph that showed you if the current price was the lowest it has been anytime recently. This allows you to make smart buying decisions and bide your time if it looks like a previous low price might happen again soon.

Value Added Features:

  • Allows you to see all the deals for one item listed on a nice product page.
  • Has a price history graph for each product to allow for smarter buying decisions.

8) PriceFinder.ca

PriceFinder has a very basic site that focuses heavily on computer equipment and electronics. Their home page is as simple as the Google home page was in the early days, which might be a good thing for some people.

The site uses a weird categorization system instead of displaying results right away, which is cumbersome. But, if you're looking for computer gear they do have listings from a lot of small Canadian stores that specialize in computer equipment that may get missed by others.

Standard Price Comparison Site Features

These features weren’t included in the above descriptions because they are pretty much standard amongst all of the price comparison sites. I am including them here so you will have a good idea of what kind of functionality these sites offer and to remind you to give these features a try:

  • Find products either by search or by browsing through categories.
  • Filter search results by price, category, manufacturer, store, etc.
    • Not every store has every type of filter, but most offer at least one or two filtering options.
  • Product thumbnails on search result pages making it easier to identify products when searching.
Related: Where to Find Grocery Coupons Online in Canada

Discontinued Price Comparison Sites

As time has wore on since I first wrote this article, many price comparison sites have been discontinued for various reasons. Some of my favourite ones have been shuttered, including Wishabi (later renamed to DealGenius). Fortunately there are still many good ones available and a few of the bigger USA sites are starting to support Canada as well. As far as I know, there are no remaining price comparison sites that offer a price history or a historical graph view of prices, which is a big loss for the consumer.

1) Wishabi / DealGenius

Wishabi is one of the newest price comparison engines in Canada and is quickly growing to be one of the best as well. Because they are new, they have a lot of new and exciting features that you won’t find at any of the other price comparison sites. For instance, they have icons beside store listing indicating what kind of policies the store offers like free shipping, return policy, and warranty information. This kind of thing is really useful and they have a lot more fancy graphs and price notification features to get excited about as well. They also have a focus on cross border shopping and give you cross border price comparisons in addition to Canadian pricing information.

Value Added Features:

  • Price history graphs and price ratings indicating if the current price is a good deal or not.
  • Ability to share and like deals as well as post your own deals if you find something great – you can even earn a little money for doing so.
  • You can create a Wishabi account and receive alerts when are product you are interested in comes into your price range.
  • A heat map of related products so you can see what else you might be interested in that is selling a big discount.
  • Icons indicating store policies including: return options, warranty service, customer support availability, price protection availability, and shipping options.
  • Cross border shopping tab so you can see how much the same product is selling for in the USA.

2) PriceCanada.com

PriceCanada is the price comparison website developed by RedFlagDeals and it is actually one of my favourite ones to use because I just like the look and feel of it for some reason. They were also the first price comparison site to offer a detailed pricing history and graphs so you could track how prices have risen and fallen over time. This helps make your buying decision easier so you don’t have to worry about having missed an amazing deal in the past, which would indicate a likely similar sale in the future. Unfortunately their main focus has stayed with computers, electronics, and entertainment items like DVDs and video games. I would like to see them branch out into other categories as well.

Value Added Features:

  • Retailer ratings for every online store so you can easily balance price and customer experience when making purchasing decisions.
  • Price history graphs and price ratings indicating if the current price is a good deal or not.
  • You can create a PriceCanada account and receive alerts when are product you are interested in comes into your price range.
  • A compact listing of all stores that sell a particular process for easy comparison.
  • Detailed product specifications page for every product, a very rare feature.
  • Lists of popular products and products with recent price drops so you can get in on deals as they happen.
  • Raw pricing data so you can see a detailed price history by date.
  • iPhone app for comparison shopping on the go.

3) Canada Post Shopper

Canada post uses a very similar price comparison engine to that of Wishabi, so it is likely that they are sharing the same technology. It is essentially the same search results and stores but lacking a lot of the awesome features of Wishabi. There is nothing really value added that Wishabi doesn’t do better.

4) Bing Shopping

Bing also uses the same price comparison engine as Wishabi and lacks even more features than the Canada Post Shopper does, so there are no real advantages to it.

5) PriceDX

PriceDX may not be worth including because it is not at all popular and the number of product categories they offer is extremely limited. They are entirely focused on computer parts and electronics so it may be worth a look when buying said products because they may list a few stores that the other price comparison sites do not.

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Comments

Jaymus
Jaymus's picture

wow! what a comprehensive list.. I haven't heard of several of those.. will have to give them a try on my next major purchase.

February 14, 2011 @ 9:32 am
Sustainable PF's picture

I haven't heard of a lot of these either.
Which ones do you prefer, and why, SM?

February 14, 2011 @ 9:58 am
SavingMentor
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@Jaymus - I've been heavy into price comparison and price matching for years so I've collected as many tools and resources as I could over the years and really paid attention to it. Hope you find some of them useful.

@Sustainable PF - Well, since I usually use them all it is hard to pick a winner but I think my favourites are probably ShopToIt and PriceCanada but I think that is partially for sentimental reasons as they've always been there for me :) I think Wishabi shows the most promise and offers the most useful features out of the group.

February 14, 2011 @ 11:18 am
Miss T's picture

Thanks a bunch for this awesome list. I have been looking for some Canadian comparison sites. These will be really useful, especially with our trip planning we are doing.

February 14, 2011 @ 1:47 pm
Brendan Duddridge's picture

Hi there,

Thanks for including ShopToIt in your list of Canadian shopping comparison engines. We are actively engaged in making ShopToIt the best comparison experience in Canada. The comments on your site are very helpful. Thanks for that.

Just wanted to let you know that we have a new update for our iPhone app coming out soon which will provide you with a comprehensive list of the best deals that our merchants have to offer. We are also the only ones to show you local listings. We even tell you how far away from you the local stores are and show you them on a map.

With the barcode scanning part of the app, I've managed to save quite a bit of money while testing the app during the Christmas shopping season. It comes in very handy when shopping, especially at electronics shops.

Thanks!

Brendan
CTO
ShopToIt.ca

February 14, 2011 @ 2:29 pm
SavingMentor
SavingMentor's picture

@Miss T - Glad this was timely for you and I'm sure it will help you save money. I can't count the number of dollars I have saved by using shopping comparison sites when purchasing stuff online.

@Brendan - It's nice to see that you are actively monitoring things and are paying attention to what your users are saying about the service that you offer. I wouldn't expect you to have caught wind of this article so quickly seeing as it was only posted earlier today. Thanks for the update on what ShopToIt has coming in the near future.

February 14, 2011 @ 3:27 pm
youngandthrifty's picture

Wow- haven't heard of any of these! Glad to see some Canadian sites, because the price comparison sites I usually see tend to be for US citizens.

Thanks SavingMentor! :)

February 14, 2011 @ 10:13 pm
SavingMentor
SavingMentor's picture

I'm amazed that so many of you PF bloggers haven't heard about these sites before. Usually you guys tend to know everything and are very hard to surprise with new information! Hopefully the same can be said for the other people reading this as well.

February 15, 2011 @ 1:29 pm
Aloysa's picture

Interesting... I am always interested to see what other non-US blogs write about and what they discuss. Do you use Bing shopping a lot? I honestly never compare prices on-line (probably should) but I heard good stuff about Bing in general.

February 19, 2011 @ 11:23 pm
SavingMentor
SavingMentor's picture

Well Aloysa, Bing Shopping uses and entirely different price comparison engine in the United States than it does in Canada, so I can't really comment on how it compares to the Bing Shopping you are used to in the USA. I know they were offering a cash back rebate program that was really generous and a lot of deal hunters in the USA were going crazy over because it was so lucrative. Unfortnately, that cash back program never came to Canada.

In the article I mentioned briefly that Bing Shopping appears to use the same price comparison engine as Wishabi so I think Wishabi developed it for Canada and then licensed it to Microsoft so that they could move into Canada. Personally, I prefer to use Wishabi because they have a few more useful features added on that Bing Shopping doesn't offer.

February 20, 2011 @ 2:39 pm
SavingMentor
SavingMentor's picture

No problem Fox. Hopefully this will help you save money on that TV because that's what HTSM is all about - helping people save as much money as possible!

February 24, 2011 @ 8:09 pm
Heidi's picture

Thanks for the comprehensive list. I use wishabi a lot to compare prices. Just some of the online stores listed on wishabi are not as big. Personally, I like amazon the best and get addicted to it.

August 29, 2011 @ 4:37 pm
TopTenPrice's picture

Just add two more to your list. NDPrice.com and Nextag.com

August 29, 2011 @ 4:44 pm
SavingMentor
SavingMentor's picture

Thanks for the two extra sites. I was aware of Nextag.com, but I didn't no they had a Canadian version which I know see that they do in http://www.nextag.ca. I checked out NDPrice.com as well, but it isn't very good though. Hardly worth mentioning.

September 05, 2011 @ 9:23 pm
Robin
Robin's picture

In your travels have you come across any comparison site that does grocery items as well. I am thinking I want to do groceries this week, but do not want to sift through the fly bag. I just want to know where I can find the best price for milk, eggs, potatoes, cheddar cheese and ivory hand soap.

February 02, 2012 @ 10:37 pm
john vince
john vince's picture
real Canadian superstore - they have low prices to start with and they price match!! another great reason not to shop at walmart
December 11, 2013 @ 7:19 pm
Huma
Huma's picture

thanks for the information
can you also guide me how can I make account on Wishabi.ca

September 02, 2013 @ 6:26 pm
SavingMentor
SavingMentor's picture
Wishabi.ca has actually changed their price comparison site to DealGenius.ca but even that appears to be down right now. It may be they have closed up shop similar to PriceCanada.com. I will update this list eventually to reflect all the recent changes to price comparison sites in Canada.
September 02, 2013 @ 10:18 pm
Gromitt's picture
That's a nice post, with a good overview on the price comparison sites available. Here are two other price comparison search engines for Canada : http://comparator.ca/ and http://sauvez.ca/ (they are the same, but one is in English, and the other one is in French).
September 20, 2013 @ 12:37 am
WayT
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Have started noticing many of the comparison sites are becoming manipulated by the vendors: posted prices that are picked up by a comparison site, then quickly prices are adjusted (mostly upwards) by the vendor but then not reported or updated by the comparison site (NCIX is but one example). This has the result of luring customers to the parent site for other "comparable" merchandise -- ala bait and switch scam. Also, are there no more price HISTORY (with graphs) compilation sites around anymore? They were fantastic in alerting customers to upcoming price changes -- former Wishabi comes to mind.
December 29, 2013 @ 12:31 pm
Stephen Weyman
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Well I hope that isn't a purposeful thing that they are doing. I can certainly understand a delay in prices updating when they have short term specials that sell out and then the price rises. It makes sense that there would be a delay before those prices get updated again. I really hope they aren't using that as a bait and switch tactic though. I really miss the price history sites too. Price Canada was the best, and then Wishabi was good too. Now with both of those gone, there isn't much left other than Comparator.ca, which is a pretty under developed and unknown site.
December 30, 2013 @ 7:29 pm
Peter @ SeekingWealth.ca's picture
Good point Stephen with your last comment - perhaps there is an opportunity to start a similar site to Price Canada now; any idea why they shut down?
June 08, 2014 @ 2:53 pm
Stephen Weyman
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No, I really have no idea why they shut down. I would assume it was because they weren't profitable enough but I don't really know.
June 09, 2014 @ 1:51 pm
rupps9800's picture

I have developed a new site that tracks prices: https://www.pricetracking.ca

Still in the works in terms of look and feel but any interest or feedback would be greatly welcomed!

Cheers,

June 06, 2015 @ 8:31 pm
Stephen Weyman
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It's interesting and I like that you incorporated a price history. Looks like your product catalog is limited though and I am disappointed that you can't compare the prices at multiple stores side by side (at least not from what I saw during the quick look I gave it).

June 08, 2015 @ 10:09 pm
Morgan
Morgan's picture

Awesome list, I would look into adding a newer comparison site, shoply.ca - has tons of products and the comparison feature is really helpful. Hopefully no bait and switch like WayT commented on!

July 13, 2015 @ 2:38 pm
Stephen Weyman
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It looks like they partner with quite a limited list of stores for now but I like the interface fo the site. Now, if they'd only add price history, we'd be all set! I'll consider adding them in a future update to this article.

July 15, 2015 @ 12:58 pm
David
David's picture

Just found another similar website, which only lists the discounted items from various stores. Maybe it is worth checking it out.
https://promospider.ca

February 06, 2016 @ 5:42 pm

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