ClickUp vs. Asana: how they compare and which to choose in 2021
Given that a good project management tool will likely become your most used tool of all, choosing the right one is an important decision!
ClickUp and Asana both position themselves as “one-stop-shop” platforms: One app. Big ideas. No busywork. Replace all others.
In this post, we’ll break down both software solutions to see how they meet those promises. We’ll touch on how each is similar, but spend more time exploring where they differ.
What is ClickUp?
Founded in March of 2017, ClickUp is a relative newcomer in the project management software space. Operating out of offices in San Francisco and San Diego (and “around the world”), ClickUp is best defined as a SaaS collaboration and project management tool. Its founders are Zeb Evans and Alex Yurkowski.
What is Asana?
Founded in San Francisco, CA, in 2008 by a former Facebook engineer and a Facebook co-founder/ex-Google employee, Asana positions itself as a tool to make it easier for teams to organize and track their day-to-day work and long-term projects.
Simply put, both Asana and ClickUp are project management tools.
How to choose:
Since no team or manager has identical needs, you should ask yourself a few of our handy-dandy questions:
- How big is my team?
- How many team members will use this tool?
- How often will I need support, and what kind of customer service?
- What is my budget?
- How important is improving team collaboration?
- What kinds of integrations do I plan on using?
- How important are time-tracking tools capabilities?
Depending on how you answered the questions above, our in-depth analysis below should help you figure out which of Asana or ClickUp (or a different option, like monday.com wink wink) is the best fit for you and your entire team’s needs.
Who is ClickUp intended for?
It’s a bit tricky to track down an accurate number of customers for ClickUp, but per its site, some of the logos include Nike, Airbnb, Google, and Uber.
While the companies they highlight are large enterprises, based on the “free forever” plan, the ClickUp user base is likely to include startups, freelancers, and smaller businesses.
What is the makeup of the Asana audience?
Asana also lists a few of the same customers as ClickUp (Uber and Airbnb) as well as Pinterest, Spotify, and Stripe, to name a few.
ClickUp vs. Asana: pricing and integrations
TL;DR: Both platforms offer a free option. Per-user pricing and feature/functionality increases as you move up the tiers. monday.com pricing falls in the middle between Asana (higher) and ClickUp (lower).
- Offers four tiers — Free Forever, Unlimited, Business, and Enterprise
- Free Forever: “everything you need to be productive” — FREE
- Unlimited: “Unlimited storage and advanced features” — $5/member/month
- Business: “Business class features and security” — $9/member/month
- Enterprise: “Contracts, legal reviews, and advanced security — “contact sales”
The Unlimited tier also has a “make a deal” option where you can enter the amount you are willing to pay per month (per user).”
- Offers four tiers — Basic, Premium, Business, and Enterprise
- Basic: “For individuals or teams just getting started with project management,” the basic plan is available for teams of up to 15 — FREE!
- Premium: “For teams that need to create project plans with confidence” — $10.99/user/month (billed annually)
- Business: “For teams and companies that need to manage work across initiatives” — $24.99/user/month (billed annually)
- Enterprise: “For teams and companies that need to manage work across initiatives” — Pricing here = “Let’s talk” (sales/marketing-speak for, “we have pricing tiers that can be flexible but we don’t want to publish them!”)
For comparison, monday.com pricing:
- Offers four tiers — Basic, Standard, Pro, and Enterprise
- Basic: “For a small team to execute basic work smoothly” — $8/seat/month (billed annually)
- Standard: “For a single team to visualize, run, track, and improve their work with confidence” — $10/seat/month (billed annually)
- Pro: “For teams to streamline and control complex workflows and operations ” — $16/seat/month (billed annually)
- Enterprise: “For organizations seeking enterprise-grade project and workflow management” — customized pricing
Note: Integrations are combining (or connecting) software “parts” into one system to form an “integrated system.”
TL;DR: Integrations are like extensions of any software solution. Asana and ClickUp both have landing pages dedicated to each of their various integration options. Here at monday.com, we have many integration options (view them all here), including an integration with Asana.
ClickUp has nearly 100 integrations and — 48 native and 31 integrations that have been built by other companies. Per its integration landing page, ClickUp is ‘releasing one new integration every week.”
Also, ClickUp customers can use Zapier to access thousands of apps with “pre-existing and customizable integrations.”
According to its integrations page, Asana offers 150+ native integrations, including Gmail, Microsoft Teams, Salesforce.com, Jira, Tableau, Adobe Creative Cloud, and Slack.
The integration list is searchable and sortable into the following categories: New, Made By Asana, Communication, Connectors, Development, Importers, File Sharing, Google, Reporting, Time Tracking, Forms, and Microsoft.
Clickup vs. Asana: reviews edition
TL;DR: Both Asana and ClickUp rate near the top in most online software review sites (4.0+ out of 5.0). Slight differences emerge when you dig into the subcategory rankings.
There are many reputable software review sites on the Internet — CrowdReviews, G2, SourceForge, Capterra, TrustRadius, and Software Advice, to name a few of the more common ones. For this comparison blog post, we chose two of the more popular ones, G2 and TrustRadius.
G2 is “the world’s largest tech marketplace where businesses can discover, review, and manage the technology they need to reach their potential.”
Asana, monday.com, and ClickUp are categorized as Work Management, Project Management, and Product Management.
Star Rating: Asana has a 4.3/5.0 star rating with 6,895 reviews. ClickUp has a 4.7/5.0 star rating with 2,019 reviews. For comparison purposes, monday.com has a 4.6/5.0 star rating with 1,267 reviews.
In all four of the “Ease of” categories, monday.com outranks both ClickUp and Asana.
TrustRadius is “the most trusted review site for business technology. Optimized for content quality and data integrity,” TrustRadius helps “buyers make better product decisions based on unbiased and insightful reviews.” It also helps “vendors harness and scale the authentic voice of their customers.”
Star Rating + “Score”: Asana has a 4.0/5.0 star rating with 1,217 reviews. ClickUp has a 4.5/5.0 star rating with 64 reviews. For comparison purposes, monday.com has a 4.5/5.0 star rating with 199 reviews.
ClickUp and Asana alternatives, including monday.com
Asana is a project management software solution that has been around for a while (~12 years), while ClickUp is relatively new in the space (~3 years). Both are viable options, but certainly not the only choice.
Wrike, Trello, Microsoft Project & Portfolio Management, Basecamp, Smartsheet, and monday.com are all products that often get compared to both Asana and ClickUp.
When compared to Asana, here is how we stack up.
Asana has a reasonably steep learning curve, especially compared to monday.com — a simple, intuitive, easy to use platform. Bonus: our solution is also beautiful and highly visual thanks to the color-coding, the timeline, and highly customizable design of the boards.
Compared to other project management platforms on the market, monday.com’s Work OS is the visual platform that manages everything: Plan, organize, and track all of your team’s work in one place.
You choose the view you prefer:
monday.com views transform your data so you can see it the way you want to — from colorful and elaborate to basic and muted.
Other features include:
- 40+ integrations
- Hundreds of pre-built templates
- Create and customize sharable forms
- An easy-to-use, visual interface
- Custom workflow automation: automate mundane tasks, notifications, and emails
Read more about our feature set here.
So, Asana vs. ClickUp?
Both solutions score near the top in most online review sites. Both offer comparable pricing and have tiers where you get more features the more you pay.
Asana is a bit more of a tried and true platform, while ClickUp is the new kid on the block.
As it turns out, monday.com (founded in 2012) is somewhere in the middle. Established, but not outdated. New, but still seasoned.
Test out monday.com for yourself. Sign up here.