As Microsoft introduced Clarity in October 2020 with session replay and heat maps absolutely for FREE, users started getting curious about whether it’s worth using the paid tools, like Hotjar or Mouseflow (even though both have FREE plans), or not. We’re here to give you a brief overview of the features across all 3 services.
In short: you get what you pay for.
Even though free sounds enticing, it comes at the expense of your time and limitations. How much can you do with hours of recordings that are difficult to sort or navigate through? Hotjar and Mouseflow have solved it for their users firstly providing a clear overview of recordings (rather than a wall of URLs with text labels) and the possibility to star, share or comment on any particular recording. Mouseflow goes the extra mile for its users and enables you to tag recordings with custom variables alongside custom tags, so your insights are based on what matters to your business.
When it comes to heatmaps, Clarity can offer only Click/Tap heatmaps (the scroll heat map is not available yet), limiting your research to the elements users click.
Clarity’s features are limited to Session Replay and Heatmaps. Hotjar and Mouseflow take your website optimization seriously and enable you to go deeper into your research. These features vary on each service: Hotjar has recently removed their conversion funnels and form analytics tools, leaving only the feedback campaigns. Mouseflow provides you the whole range of tools - Session Recording, Heatmaps, Conversion Funnels, Form Analytics, and Feedback. Plus, Recording all visitors, without sampling, enables us to deliver reliable funnels and form analytics without missing a single user, as well as to run a feedback campaign with high precision.
Below you'll find a detailed feature comparison of the platforms:
|Overview of all heatmaps|
|Recording all user sessions right out-of-the box, without requiring further actions|
|Overview of recordings|
|Recording's timeline with pages and times spent on each|
|Download/Export Session Recordings|
form analytics and conversion funnels
|Form Analytics (Signup, check out etc.)|
|View recordings of user who drop out of the funnel|
|HTTPS/SSL/AJAX Support (Native)|
|Click rage detection|