A Square vs Clover comparison
Looking for the best all-in-one POS system? Square offers easy-to-use tools to reach your customers and run your business – in person, online and everywhere in between.
Four things you can count on with Square.
Each comprehensive POS system comes with fundamental features that are valuable to any type of business.
Our POS hardware is designed with an interface that is intuitive for you and your team to use. Accept all major payment types at checkout and access a variety of tools easily with a click of a button, all from your device.
Our POS system works seamlessly with our hardware and our rich ecosystem of products to help you manage your team, create custom loyalty programmes, send invoices and emails and more.
Square products are designed and tested to withstand the busiest checkouts. They’re built top to bottom by Square so it all works just like it should. And payment security is always top of mind
Why businesses choose Square over Clover
When comparing Square with Clover, many people are drawn to the flexibility and affordability of Square software and hardware, along with the seamless integrations that support all aspects of your business.
|In-person payments cost||1.75% for all cards||0.2% - 3.5% + 20p-40p depending on business size|
|Chargeback fees||none||£25 + £250 review fee|
|PCI Compliance||PCI compliance and encryption included as standard||£15/mo|
|Hardware||£19 - £599 (+ VAT)||Lease: £25+/mo or Purchase: £500-£1,400|
Peace of mind
Square is the merchant of record. This means we provide PCI-compliant payments and never charge you PCI fees. We even offer offline mode on Square Register and Square Terminal, so you can continue to take payments when your internet is temporarily unavailable.
Solutions for every business type
If you need a point of sale for your retail store, beauty salon, quick-service restaurant or on-the-go jobs, Square offers a variety of POS systems that will best support you and your unique business needs.
Your POS can do so much more than take payments. The Square end-to-end solution seamlessly integrates with a rich ecosystem of tools to help you run and grow your business. Manage and pay your team, offer gift cards and loyalty programmes and send email marketing campaigns to your customers — all from one central POS.
Meet our POS solutions.
Square for Restaurants
Built to support restaurants of all sizes, this POS solution is designed for quick service to full service. Streamline operations and deliver great diner experiences with built-in support for menus, kitchen and table management, online ordering, pickup and delivery. Pay only when you take a payment with our Free Plan.
- Accept contactless and chip and PIN payments
- Conversational ordering
- Menu management
- Table management
- Integrated Kitchen Display System
- Tableside ordering with mobile POS
- Restaurant and kitchen performance reporting
- Integrated with top delivery partners
- Take orders online or on social media
Starts at £0 per month with the Free plan, and includes all the essentials you need to run day-to-day restaurant operations
Unlock advanced features with Plus, starting at £69/month per location.
In-person and invoice payments
1.75% for in-person payments
2.5% for Square Invoices
1.4% + 25p for transactions with UK cards and 2.5% + 25p for transactions with non-UK cards with the Free or Plus plan
Square Point of Sale
Our free point-of-sale app that enables you to sell anywhere, right from your phone or tablet. Pay only when you take a payment. Square Reader allows customers to pay touch-free using payment links, QR codes, Apple Pay, and contactless and chip cards. Get set up and start selling in minutes.
- Send digital receipts
- Apply discounts, issue returns and accept tips
- Transfers as soon as the next business day
- Sales and reporting
Square Point of Sale software is free to use — no setup or monthly fees. Only pay when you take a payment.
1.4% + 25p for transactions with UK cards and 2.5% + 25p for transactions with non-UK cards.
See how Square compares with Clover.
The satisfaction ratings below are based on Square and Clover user reviews collected for the POS category in March 2022 by G2 Grid® Reports.
|Ease of use||95%||88%|
|Ease of Setup||94%||81%|
|Quality of Support||87%||71%|
Hardware for selling anywhere.
We design and build our hardware in-house, so it all works together seamlessly.
Take contactless payments anywhere with a card reader that pairs directly with your device.
Take payments, print receipts and run your business with a powerful and portable payment terminal.
Get an all-in-one POS register with a dedicated customer display that lets you start selling right out of the box.
Frequently Asked Questions
(by people thinking about switching from Clover to Square)
- Is it easy to switch from Clover to Square?
Yes. You can sign up for free, migrate your item library and customer information with the Square CSV import tool and easily link to existing third-party software, like QuickBooks.
- Does Clover integrate with Square?
There is no Square/Clover integration, but it’s simple to switch your POS system and eCommerce platform from Clover to Square.
- What hardware is compatible with Square for Retail and Square for Restaurants?
You can use supported hardware with your Square for Retail Point of Sale to run your business — giving you an all-in-one checkout solution. Square for Retail Free and Square for Retail Plus are currently compatible with the iPad, iPhone, Square Reader, Square Terminal, Square Stand and Square Register. With Square Stand, you can connect your iPad to a till drawer, receipt printer and bar code scanner to equip your business with a full POS setup. Square Register, our most complete point-of-sale solution, includes two displays. It’s a fully integrated point-of-sale system — no additional tablets or payment terminals needed.
Square for Restaurants Free and Square for Restaurants Plus are currently compatible with iPad, iPhone, Square Reader, Square Stand, Square Register and Square Terminal. Square Register is our fully integrated countertop point-of-sale solution, including a customer-facing display with no additional tablets or terminals needed. With Square Stand, you can turn any iPad into a full POS setup with a connected till drawer or receipt printer.
With Square Terminal, you can easily take tableside orders and payments, empowering your waiters to drive more sales without creating traffic jams around the countertop POS.
Compare the different Square hardware options here.
- Does Square have an app marketplace?
Yes! Square App Marketplace lets you find third-party apps that you may already use and depend on. From accounting apps and eCommerce solutions to inventory and employee management, Square works with apps that can help with whatever your business needs. Check it out here.