Toast is an all-in-one Android-based POS system built specifically for the restaurant industry with an excellent feature set, strong tableside ordering, and terrific customer service.
Toast is different from many iOS-based competitors in the POS world because it runs on Android operating systems, making the tablets that use it cheaper and more versatile. There are a number of add-ons and third-party integrations available. Toast Go, a mobile POS device created specifically for the platform, makes Toast an appealing option for restaurants.
Toast is sold as an all-in-one POS package, including software, hardware, and payment processing. Unfortunately, it also comes with an iron-clad credit card processing contract. So, as with any POS company, it’s important to read and understand your agreement with Toast before signing up.
Toast POS is designed specifically for restaurants and is loaded with restaurant-centric features for dine-in, carryout, and delivery. Some of the features you can expect from this POS system include:
Toast offers a variety of hardware and bundles for your business, including card readers, printers, kiosks, and kitchen display systems. Contact Toast to get pricing and learn more about its hardware options.
One drawback of Toast is that you must also use its in-house payment processing. Toast does claim to match the pricing of your current processor but also notes in its contract that it can increase rates at any time. Processing rates for online orders start at 3.5% + $0.15 per transaction.
Unlike many of the other POS providers on this list, you may be required to sign a contract with Toast. Some users report being locked into a contract for as long as three years, so make sure you read your service agreement in its entirety. If you opt to abandon your contract early, early termination fees will apply.
Toast has a number of restaurant-centric features that make it easy to cater to your customers, whether they’re dining in, picking up an online order, or requesting delivery. The bad news is that many of Toast’s most beneficial features for delivery are only available as paid add-ons. Add in a monthly fee for the POS itself plus Toast’s payment processing fees, and the monthly cost can add up quickly — and become a financial burden for smaller restaurants.
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