Product comparison

Grist is the evolution of spreadsheets

A bold claim. Here’s how we think Grist stacks up to the competition.

Table showing competitor logos.
Grist vs. Excel & Google Sheets

The power of spreadsheets


The tried and tested UI you know and love.


Relational from the ground up – adding the best of database design to the common spreadsheet.


Basic spreadsheet formulas boosted by full Python support and an AI Formula Assistant.

Grist vs. Airtable & Notion

The flexibility of apps


Drag-and-drop dashboards with charts, cards, and other views.


Dozens of templates, ready for data.


Granular access rules & permissions, right down to the cell.

Screenshots of Grist, NocoDB and Baserow GitHub repos.
Grist vs. Baserow & NocoDB

The transparency of open source


You own your data – no lock-in.


Fully self-hostable, with the option to run completely locally.


Active community of contributors.

So… is it a spreadsheet, or an app Builder?

It’s Grist


The best of spreadsheets and databases.


Generous free plan with team support from the start.


Tons of resources: webinars, documentation, templates… you name it.

Looking to the future

Grist continues to add new features, pulling the best from spreadsheets, databases, and modern app builders.

Venn diagram showing Grist at the center of Spreadsheet, App Builder and Database.

“What I like about Grist the most is its focus. It appears simple, but it’s very powerful in a focused way. Grist has really improved our workflow and communication.”

Chris Scott
Co-founder in Digital Marketing

“Most CRMs don’t work the way Grist works. Grist’s layouts are simple and do exactly what we need.”

Jennifer Bledsoe
IT Tech at Law Firm

“We’ve been using Grist for almost a year now to keep track of our staff, enrollments, and payments. All the features have been a lifesaver! We have been able to organize and refine our data entry smoothly and look forward to the new features to come.”

Diana Sandil
Home School Coaches

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