Chargebee vs. Recurly vs. Stripe Billing

Anyone have experience with these? I've used Chargebee in the past and had a great experience, but it looks like Stripe Billing has added a ton of the key functionality so maybe Chargebee/Recurly aren't so necessary. Would love to hear about your experience!

#Recurly #Stripe #Chargebee
JeffreySmith's avatar
2 years ago

What are your requirements? This is a pretty broad space. A few initial thoughts:

  • If you just need the recurring billing, it's probably easier and cheaper to just do that yourself through your own merchant account.
  • If you need customer-facing account management, Stripe has definitely stepped up there with lots of functionality, including deep per- customer customization for things like receipts, statements, etc.
  • You've done this before w/ Chargebee, so you are probably already thinking about the data pipeline from both an Operations and internal reporting perspective. But those are both things that seem to not get as much attention when defining requirements
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awwstn's avatar
@awwstn (replying to @JeffreySmith )
2 years ago

Thanks, this is helpful! Basically just looking for an easy way to manage checkout, plans, pricing, etc.; and to give users the ability to update payment info, upgrade/downgrade/cancel, etc.

After digging in a bit more, it seems like if we want to give users a dashboard in our app to manage these things, then there's no reason to add anything on top of Stripe; but if we're open to an externally hosted subscription management portal, then Chargebee will save a lot of headaches. Does that seem accurate to you?

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Barrios's avatar
2 years ago

Stripe for long-tail or early-stage recurring business platform (depending on your expectations of revenue growth)
Chargebee or recurly if you need a better billing system or Dunning management experience.
Zuora for large business and salesforce integrations.

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Lauren_Bee's avatar
a year ago

Hi Austin,

Lauren from Chargebee here. We have a lot of our clients using Stripe as their main payment gateways & Chargebee for everything else. If you still have a pending interest, happy to chat.

A lot of features you mentioned below we do have:


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irrvrntVC's avatar
2 years ago

Following! (Austin is there a way to follow without adding a 'worthless' response?)

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awwstn's avatar
@awwstn (replying to @irrvrntVC )
2 years ago

@irrvrntVC nope, but it's at the top of the list! @sarah has been pushing for this for a while.

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