11 Best Spa & Salon POS Systems (October 2023 Software Update)

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Are you trying to figure out which point-of-sale system is right for your salon or spa business?

Then you’ve certainly landed in the right place.

As you’ve probably already realized, there are endless options when it comes to POS systems for salons and spas.

And it can be super confusing trying to understand what the best choice is for your business. At least that’s how I felt when I started my research.

So today, I will share what I learned when researching and testing all the top salon POS systems. This should save you many hours (or even weeks in my case). 🙂

I will cover solutions specializing in your type of business and that offer full software support for hair salons, nail salons, beauty salons, barbershops, and spas. And I will also take you through other, more general POS suites that are still fantastic options for many businesses and that I believe might still be a great fit for you.

Are you ready?

Let’s dive into the best point-of-sale systems for salons and spas.

The Best Spa and Salon POS (Point-of-Sale System) October 2023

Below is my list of the 11 best salon POS systems in late 2023. The system that best fits YOU will depend on things such as your team size and the specific needs you have. So I strongly recommend you look through all options before you make your final decision.

1. Mangomint: The Smartest, Most Well-Designed POS for Salons and Spas

Available in the USA & Canada

Overall Score: 5/5

Mangomint is the most modern and well-designed POS system (and complete salon software) I have ever seen.

This thing is freakin’ beautiful and a pleasure for you, your team, and your clients to interact with.

Its innovative POS experience leverages intelligent automations to streamline all your processes surrounding booking, check-in, and checkout.

Features such as self-checkout, intelligent waitlist, and waiting room management take the client experience to a new level. Mangomint also allows you to charge deposits, route payments directly to any chair or room renters, and keep cards on file for recurring membership payments.

Mangomint is designed for salons and spas with teams and high demands. It can integrate with pretty much every other platform out there which also makes it the most flexible solution here if you want to leverage other tools in your business (like Shopify or Mailchimp).

The POS hardware offered by Mangomint is clean and leverages a compact Bluetooth card processor and Front Desk Display that can turn an iPad into a client-facing screen where they can add tip and complete their transaction.

Key Features

  • Modern, easy-to-use, interface
  • Smart automations that help cut down on time spent managing business operations
  • Open data ownership and no contracts (you’re not locked into anything)
  • Can integrate with any other platform that allows for integrations

  • Integrated payments
  • Memberships, packages, gift cards
  • Forms, two-way client texting, intelligent waitlist
  • HIPAA compliant
  • Sophisticated reports
  • Top-level customer service & help documentation

Limited-time offer: Start using Mangomint for free for 60 days when you sign up using the link below.

2. GlossGenius: The Easy-to-Use Alternative for Independent Beauty Professionals

Available in the USA only

Overall Score: 4/5

GlossGenius is an all-in-one appointment, payment, and marketing app for independent beauty professionals in the USA.

It offers rich support for solopreneurs, and I believe it’s one of the best options if it’s only you in the business and you are looking for something easy to use and that looks good out of the box. Here you can manage your total business out of a beautifully designed app.

Everything about GlossGenius breathes premium beauty. Even the card reader is designed for a high-end client experience. And it’s the combination of nice design and simplicity that makes this tool truly unique.

I recommend GlossGenius if you value the design and the appearance of your business and need a simple POS that you can manage out of your phone, wherever you are.

GlossGenius POS
Simple check-out experience
Me with the GlossGenius credit card reader

Key Features

  • Beautiful design
  • Multiple card reader design options to fit your brand
  • Fully integrated with salon appointments and client data
  • Works on Apple devices (e.g. iPad), Android platforms, and web browser

  • Smart and intuitive features that are easy-to-use
  • Integrated payments
  • Affordable pricing
  • Aimed at independent stylists

3. Square POS: Popular POS & Appointment Software with Subscription-Free Plan for Individuals

Card processor available in US, Canada, UK, Japan and Australia

Overall Score: 4/5

The Square POS system is one of the most popular POS systems out there. I’m sure you’ve used it many times at your local cafĂ© or shop. And what makes it particularly interesting for salons and spas is that Square also offers appointment software that integrates with their POS.

In fact, Square offers quite a few products – like a website builder, a marketing suite, and payroll which all integrate. And all their products are built with simplicity in mind so that, even if you are not super tech-savvy, you can get a full suite of business tools that works together to support your business. To me, this is the biggest advantage of Square.

The Square POS is also subscription-free. As Square is also a card payment provider, they earn their money on credit card transactions as well as if you decide to purchase their additional software products that work together with the POS. Also, Square Appointments (which is their appointment management software that you’ll likely use) is subscription-free for individuals.

Square POS for Salons

Key Features

  • Subscription-free
  • Only pay credit card transaction fee
  • Fully integrated with salon appointments and client data
  • Works on Apple devices (e.g. iPad) and Android platforms
  • Beautiful, minimalistic, hardware design that fits all salons & spas

  • Intuitive and easy-to-use
  • A rich selection of hardware (including mobile credit card readers, complete cashier terminals)
  • Accept payments wherever your client is (perfect for mobile salons)
  • Get access to Square’s broad selection of business tools (website builder, loyalty program, email marketing, payroll, and much more)

4. Vagaro: The Feature Rich and Affordable POS for Salons & Fitness Businesses

Card processor available in US, Canada, UK, Australia

Overall Score: 4/5

Vagaro is an all-in-one system for salons and health & fitness businesses. The Vagaro system comes with an enormous amount of features, so a fully-integrated POS is just one of the many tools you get.

You can run Vagaro in a web browser, on your phone, or on the dedicated pay desk hardware. The pay desk is beautifully designed and will fit the interior of any beauty destination.

Despite the significant number of features, Vagaro keeps its pricing at very affordable rates. You can start using Vagaro for as low as $25/month and simply add the features and hardware your business needs.

This is for those of you who want strong business support, with many features, but still want to manage everything under one roof at an affordable rate.

Key Features

  • Fully integrated with salon appointments and client data
  • Works on Apple devices (e.g. iPad) and Android platforms
  • Well-designed hardware that fits all salons and spas
  • Payments and card processing integrated
  • Intuitive and easy-to-use
  • A broad selection of hardware
  • Accept payments wherever your client is (perfect for mobile salons)
  • Access to all tools you need to run your salon business (beyond POS)
  • Get visible on the Vagaro client marketplace

5. Lightspeed

Overall Score: 3.5/5

Lightspeed is a powerful cloud-based POS system. Its intuitive interface makes it easy to use and its features make it a solid choice for salons and spas despite not operating as an all-in-one platform.

I love how they have powered the platform with strong integration capabilities which makes it possible to use with a lot of other specialized tools. In fact, for a salon or spa business, this is crucial as the tool itself does not come with appointment management but integrates with other solutions (like Booxi).

Compared to other options in this list, Lightspeed has a much more global presence and is supported in most countries. This makes it a good alternative to Square, with more limited geographical support.

Lightspeed POS for hairdressers and salon owners

Key Features

  • Strong integration with other tools (including Booxi for appointments)
  • Rich online store

  • Intuitive and easy-to-use
  • Global availability

6. Fresha: The Subscription-Free Salon Software

See available Fresha countries further down

Overall Score: 3.5/5

Fresha is an all-in-one solution for salons that includes point-of-sale. The strength of Fresha is that it’s the only 100% subscription-free all-in-one salon software that gives you access to appointment management and marketing tools without any monthly fee.

The POS solution offered is simple, easy to use, and has the basic functionality you will need. It does not offer any POS hardware (other than a card reader), so you will rely on your iOS or Android device to run the system.

I’m including it in this list as it is subscription-free and comes with a lot of other features relevant to salons. It’s also available in many more countries than the other options on this list.

Fresha is a good POS option for individual stylists and salons on a budget who want to avoid a monthly subscription and, most likely, don’t need all the bells and whistles of the other POS systems listed here.

This is what the check-out experience looks like in the Fresha POS web browser view.

Key Features

  • Subscription-free
  • Only pay credit card transaction fee and for acquiring the first client on the Fresha marketplace
  • Fully integrated with salon appointments and client data
  • Works on Apple devices (e.g. iPad), Android platforms, and web browser

  • Intuitive and easy-to-use
  • Get visible on the Fresha client marketplace
  • Get access to business and marketing tools available for free within Fresha

Fresha Countries

Fresha Pay is available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Polan, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States.

You can still use Fresha Worldwide but you won’t be able to process card payments within the platform outside the listed countries.

For an up-to-date country list, visit the Fresha Partner website.

7. Boulevard: The Up & Coming Integrated POS platform for Larger Salons and Spas

Card processor available in US only

Overall Score: 3.5/5

Boulevard offers an integrated payments system through its premium Boulevard Payments platform.

With it, businesses can store cards on file, checkout via the dashboard or iOS Professional App, set up multi-merchant accounts, and utilize the Offset credit card processing feature.

Boulevard’s Offset feature allows you to push the majority of the transactional cost to your clients that use credit cards. Essentially, 3% of any transactional cost will be charged to your clients, and your business takes on only 1%.

While it is technically possible to use third-party POS hardware and credit card processing, it is much more of a challenge to set up and will add more work on the backend when it comes time to reconcile payments and allocate payments for service providers.

Customers check out via an iPad through Boulevard’s Duo iOS app, and can make physical payments via the Boulevard Duo Bluetooth card reader.

Boulevard claims that the Offset feature saves their average customer $9,600 a year, but obviously that figure will vary depending on the volume of your business and the percentage of your client base that uses cash vs cards.

Boulevard is a good POS option for larger salon teams who are willing to invest heavily in a salon and spa booking and POS system and who want a full-featured premium software suite that offers an everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach.

I included them on this list for their salon- and spa-focused feature set, but they fall to their current spot because of the high overall cost and commitment (12-month minimum contract), as well as the limited region- and third-party POS hardware support.

This is what the check-out experience looks like in the Boulevard POS web browser view.

Boulevard checkout screen

Key Features

  • Easy-to-use interface
  • Client data that you can actually use to boost client retention and sales
  • Can integrate with a large number of third-party applications
  • Integrated payments through Duo
  • Memberships, packages, & gift cards (physical & digital)

  • Intuitive and easy-to-use
  • Get access to business and marketing tools within Boulevard
  • Highly detailed custom reports [on Premiere and above]
  • Well designed & easily-searchable help center
  • Works on iPad and web browser

Boulevard Countries

Boulevard is currently only available to salons, spas, med spas, barbershops, nail salons, and other self-care and wellness businesses in the United States.

Their team has stated that their focus is currently on perfecting their offerings in the U.S. market before expanding to other territories.

8. Booker: The Most Established Salon POS Software with Integrated Payment Processing

Card processor available nearly worldwide

Overall Score: 3.25/5

Booker is compatible with a range of credit card processors, which means you can effectively shop around for the lowest price for a card reader and credit card processing fees – competition is on your side.

Compatible partners include First Data, Bank of America, Payroc, 3C Payments, Worldpay, Sublyme Payments, and more. PayPal can also be accepted online and in-store. A variety of card readers and terminals can be used with Booker to accept payments.

Booker’s tight integration with payment processors will automatically link payments to inventory and update the system inventory accordingly when items are sold.

The platform also offers industry-standard features like multi-merchant accounts and direct deposit.

Booker by Mindbody also offers a first-party integrated payment processing service called Mindbody Payments (available in the US & Canada only).

This service collects payments through your Booker system and organizes payouts that are deposited into your bank account, similar to offerings from competitors such as Boulevard Payments or Mangomint Pay.

The optional integrated Mindbody Payments system is only compatible with the recommended WisePOS E desk terminal and Stripe Reader M2 mobile swiper or the P400 desk terminal and BBPOS mobile swiper (no longer offered through Booker).

Its salon- and spa-focused workflows and first-party integration make Booker a natural fit for medium-sized teams, but the overall stunted and clunky software experience compared to its competitors and poor mobile app paired with severely cut-down feature options on lower-tier subscription plans mean it slips down the list to its current spot.

This is what the check-out experience looks like in the Boulevard POS web browser view.

Booker checkout screen

Key Features

  • Straightforward pricing
  • Enhanced new client acquisition opportunities through MindBody Explore marketplace
  • Integrated payments through MindBody Payments (US & Canada only)

  • Intuitive and easy-to-use
  • Memberships, packages, gift cards (physical & digital)
  • AI chatbot feature to help with scheduling (only on Ultimate Plus)
  • Integrated email marketing suite (on higher-tier plans)

Booker Countries

Booker is available internationally across several countries. The full list of countries where the Booker app can be downloaded can be found here.

The Mindbody Payments service is only available in the US & Canada at this time.

9. Vend (by Lightspeed)

Overall Score: 3.0/5

Vend POS is well known, powerful, and easy-to-use point-of-sale system. They have been around for 10+ years and shipped with all you can expect from a leading POS system. It integrates with the Timely appointment scheduling platform to also allow salon bookings to be managed directly in the POS system.

Vend offers hardware through their POS portal, but also integrates well with third-party scanners, printers, and credit card readers.

Vend was purchased by Lightspeed in 2021 and operates as a subsidiary of that business as Vend by Lightspeed.

Vend Salon POS for Hairdressers and Salon Owners

Key Features

  • Global, award-winning, customer support
  • Integration support with other tools (like Timely for bookings)

  • Intuitive and easy-to-use

10. Zenoti: The Spa-Oriented POS Software That Focuses on the Details (Nearly-Worldwide*)

Card processor available nearly worldwide

Overall Score: 2.75/5

When it comes to the core nuts and bolts of the software, it’s all there.

Zenoti is feature-packed and competitive with its contemporaries, sporting online booking, POS, mobile apps, product and inventory support, memberships, packages, and gift cards, and even a marketing suite akin to the ones you’d see in Booker, Mindbody, or Boulevard.

There are even some extra KPI and reporting add-on features that make gaining business insights through the data you already collect every day possible (as long as you’re willing to pay a little extra).

Zenoti’s features build on the blueprint established by businesses like Booker and Mindbody, and expand the customizability and capability of those features with control over even the most minute details.

Zenoti does fall prey to some of the same mistakes that veteran salon software companies like Mindbody and Booker are still making, though.

Booker, Mindbody, and Zenoti all suffer from the uglies of bad, outdated user interface design, sporting plain, drab menu systems that tuck away important features in layers of nested menus and strip out crucial information (such as icon labels) you need to find the tools you need at a moment’s notice.

Zenoti, in particular, falls prey to pop-up syndrome, forcing many menus (including the checkout screen) to pop out into a separate browser window by default and making a mess of your screen.

Zenoti checkout window

That said, Zenoti offers rather flexible POS and processing options.

You can choose from a range of terminals directly through Zenoti, or you can use third-party POS hardware solutions such as a Clover POS device. Either way, you can process payments through the Zenoti desktop web app without the need for manual reconciliation at the end of the month.

Third-party POS devices are not technically accessed via direct integration, but they process the same as standard payments and pose no additional work (outside of a couple extra clicks at checkout).

You can also use an iPad or Android device as a POS terminal by connecting it to your system and using Zenoti’s customer-facing iOS app to allow clients to checkout.

Key Features

  • Custom online booking
  • Can integrate with a large number of third-party applications via an open API
  • Integrated payments through Zenoti Payments
  • Memberships, packages, gift cards
  • Service customizations
  • Custom reports
  • Two-way texting available (as a paid add-on)
  • Help center and Zenoti University (training) available
  • Integrated email marketing suite
  • iOS & Android App 

Zenoti Countries

Zenoti is available in nearly 50 countries worldwide:

S. No.Country NameS. No.Country Name
3Bahrain33New Zealand
7Canada37Saudi Arabia
8Cayman Islands38Singapore
9China39South Africa
10Croatia40Sri Lanka
12Czech Republic42Thailand
13Denmark43Trinidad and Tobago
14Egypt44United Arab Emirates
15Georgia45United Kingdom
16Guyana46United States
17Hong Kong47Zimbabwe
23Korea, Republic of

11. Mindbody: The Most Established Salon POS Software with Integrated Payment Processing

Card processor available nearly worldwide

Overall Score: 2.5/5

Like its sister company, Booker, Mindbody is compatible with a range of credit card processors, but at the time of writing, a full list of compatible hardware is not readily accessible on the Mindbody website or its support pages.

Mindbody also offers its first-party integrated payment processing service: Mindbody Payments (available in the US & Canada only).

Mindbody Payments is only compatible with the recommended WisePOS E desk terminal (an Android-based POS device) and Stripe Reader M2 mobile swiper or the P400 desk terminal and BBPOS mobile swiper (no longer offered through Mindbody). Unfortunately, there is no customer-facing tablet app or other large POS screen device comparable to what Vagaro, Square, or Mangomint offers.

In terms of POS, payments, and checkout, Mindbody offers a functional experience but not a pleasant or intuitive one.

Booking and checking out are the two clearest examples of where Mindbody makes even the simplest of everyday tasks more challenging than the competition, requiring additional steps and extra clicks to do two of the things you will be doing the most for at least the next 12 months.

The POS experience on Mindbody is a marked step down from Booker (and all the other options on this list) due to its basket-full of extra menus and options, most of which are unnecessary time-wasters for your average salon or spa.

This is what the check-out experience looks like in the Boulevard POS web browser view.

Mindbody checkout screen

Key Features

  • Enhanced new client acquisition opportunities through MindBody Marketplace
  • Integrated payments through MindBody Payments (US & Canada only)
  • Memberships, packages, gift cards (physical & digital)
  • Waitlist capability

  • AI booking assistant chatbot can help schedule appointments
  • Two-way messaging available (on Accelerate, Ultimate, and Ultimate Plus plans)
  • Integrated email marketing suite (on Accelerate, Ultimate, and Ultimate Plus plans)
  • Ability to monetize educational classes and content  

Mindbody Countries

Mindbody is available internationally in several countries across the world.

The Mindbody Payments service is only available in the US & Canada at this time.

Salon and Spa POS Comparison Table

It can be overwhelming with all the different features offered by the point-of-sale software listed here, so to help you make an informed decision, I’ve summarized an overview of all the features below.

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MangomintSquareVagaroFreshaGloss GeniusLightsp.BoulevardBookerVendZenotiMindbody
Key Facts

Starting Price (/mo)$165Free$25Free$24$69$175$129$99$300$129
CountriesUS & CanadaGlobal Cloud Access.   Payments & Hardware in US, Canada, UK, Australia, JapanGlobal Cloud Access.   Payments & Hardware in US, Canada, UK, AustraliaGlobal Cloud Access.
See countries for payments.
USA OnlyGlobalUSA OnlySee countries listGlobalSee countries listSee countries list
Service AppointmentYesYesYesYesYesVia Booxi IntegrationYesYesVia Timely IntegrationYesYes
Dedicated HardwareYesYesYesNoCard ReaderYesYesYes3rd PartyYesYes


Web/ CloudYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
iPad AppYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
iPhone AppYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
MacWeb BrowserWeb BrowserWeb BrowserWeb BrowserNoWeb BrowserWeb BrowserWeb BrowserWeb BrowserWeb BrowserWeb Browser
Android AppYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYes
PCWeb BrowserWeb BrowserWeb BrowserWeb BrowserNoWeb BrowserWeb BrowserWeb BrowserWeb BrowserWeb BrowserWeb Browser

Payment Types

Credit CardYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Gift CardsYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes

Online StoreShopify IntegrationYesYesNoYesYesShopify IntegrationYesVia IntegrationYesYes

Product Types

MembershipsYesYesYesNoNoVia Vinstream IntegrationYesYesNoYesYes


Business ReportsYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
Quick BooksYesYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesNot natively

More Features

Website BuilderNoYesYesNoYesYesNoNoNoNoNo
Loyalty ProgramVia IntegrationYesYesNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
Email MarketingVia IntegrationYesYesYesYesVia IntegrationYesYesVia IntegrationYesYes
SMSYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesVia IntegrationYesYes
PayrollYesYesYesNoNoVia IntegrationYesVia IntegrationVia IntegrationVia IntegrationVia Integration
Team SupportYesYesYesYesYesVia IntegrationYesYesVia IntegrationYesYes
Start Free Mangomint TrialStart using Square for FreeStart Free Vagaro TrialStart using Fresha for FreeStart Free Gloss Genius TrialStart Free Lightspeed TrialRequest a Boulevard DemoRequest a Booker DemoStart Free Vend TrialRequest a Zenoti DemoRequest a Mindbody Demo

There are many point-of-sale solutions on the market and they all help you process payments, manage your inventory, create receipts, etc.

This is a given.

Some options specialize in supporting certain types of businesses – like restaurant POS systems, retail POS systems, and in this case, POS for salons and spas.

What’s of particular interest for a salon or spa business is the appointment scheduling support and how well that integrates with the POS. Having client and appointment data linked to your POS is essential to track and grow your business.

All of the systems listed here have a solution to manage these functions, so all you need to focus on now is how well it performs those tasks, the additional features you get, and the design and ease of use of the platform.

The Different Spa & Salon POS Alternatives

All the solutions listed here are good point-of-sale platforms that will work with your hair salon, nail salon, or spa. But the way you’ll use them will vary.

Mangomint, GlossGenius, Vagaro, Boulevard, Booker, Zenoti, and Fresha were built for salons and spas from the start and have all the features built into the core product. This makes things easy for you – everything is there in one place.

Mangomint is the most well-designed and smart POS system. It has several sophisticated features that make the client experience amazing while simultaneously helping you save time. It’s for businesses with 5 of more service providers that need advanced support to manage a team and to integrate with other software that you want to use to run your business on your terms.

However, if you’re a solopreneur, you’re probably better off with GlossGenius. If you’re using a sophisticated platform like Mangomint, you’ll be paying for support you might not need – at least right now.

Vagaro is the most feature-rich alternative and a good option if you want the simplicity of managing your total business in one place. You’ll not have the same design experience and integration support as with Mangomint, but you’ll have a ton of great features at your disposal out of the box.

Booker has been around since the early days of salon and spa POS software and offers a simple and utilitarian POS experience. Its current spot at the bottom of the heap reflects its high price point and issues with reliability, however.

System downtime is an issue that has been reported consistently, affecting the ability to check out appointments when businesses need it most. Likewise, support is a sore spot for business owners who claim that fixes for common and recurring issues are out of reach, often for months or years at a time.

Zenoti ranks a bit better than Booker in terms of uptime, and their support is reviewed more favorably as well. The software, originally designed for spas, is comparable to the other options on this list in terms of features and even edges out Booker and Mindbody on the quality of its reputation management tools.

Booker’s sister software, Mindbody, was originally built for gyms and other fitness businesses, so it’s designed around the ability to book and schedule classes and instructors. While it also can be used as salon and spa scheduling software, its functions are clearly more tailored to those fitness and wellness businesses.

Square, Lightspeed, and Vend are big players in POS systems. They all have advanced features that make for a rich POS experience, regardless of the industry.

However, except for Square, these three options do not come with built-in support for appointment scheduling but rely on third-party tools that integrate with their system to manage appointments. Lightspeed integrates with Booxi and Vend with Timely. Square works with its own solution, Square Appointments, which makes this part easier for you.

Thus, although these platforms were not developed specifically for salons and spas, they may offer features that you cannot find in the dedicated, all-in-one solutions for salons and spas. And given you can add appointment management through integrations, this may be a good alternative for you.

Ready to Choose Your Salon & Spa POS System?

I hope you found this review of the best POS for salons and spas helpful and that you’ve been able to make up your mind about how you should move forward.

Another guide I think you’ll find helpful is my comparison of the best salon software where I go into even more detail on the salon and spa-specific platforms that are listed in this article.

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