Padlifter have undertaken a rigorous and comprehensive process of researching and testing the entire PMS market for short-term rentals.

Having looked at 200+ different PMSs, we've distilled the universe down to the leading 75 PMS options a property owner or manager should consider.

This is a long post, so feel free to jump into any section that's of particular interest or relevance to you...

Why We Don't Believe in "Awards"...

Whilst it is tempting to allocate "awards", we believe that doing so is disingenuous.

We naturally have our beliefs around which PMS offers the "best" of each feature. Channel managers, centralized calendars, automation tools, mobile management apps - we know what we've seen, and we know what we liked.

But each PMS is playing a game of trade-offs. And the "best" PMS is a circumstantial function of an individual's unique requirements and budget.

The best PMS for Susie the property manager in Spain will be different to the best PMS for Michael the single property owner in Los Angeles. Danielle, who has a large agency budget can afford an expensive PMS that comes with all the bells and whistles. But single property host Steve is using a PMS that satisfies the majority of his requirements but costs him only a fraction of the price. Who therefore got the best PMS? The answer is both.

The best PMS will depend on your requirements when it comes to features, support and deployment options. It will depend on the stakeholders involved in running your short-term rental operations. And it naturally depends on your budget. All of these things intersect to circumstantially determine which PMS is best (or not) for you.

All 75 PMSs that are listed below are noteworthy PMSs worthy of consideration.

Some are established veterans of the industry. Some are newcomers that have shown early signs of becoming forces to be reckoned with. At the end of the day, the market remains fluid, and as the sand settles, we have no doubt that the the cream will rise to the top.

With this being the case, we've created the Padlifter Leading PMS badge: Your source of comfort that the PMS you are considering is a pre-vetted option worthy of your consideration.

Our PMS Selection Tool

We would encourage you to find the right PMS for you using our PMS Selection Tool. It takes less than 5 minutes and is 100% free to use.

It is the product of months of research, demos and firsthand customer interviews. We've mapped the features and benefits of each PMS to the core functional requirements that property managers and owners consistently rely upon.

We've considered the distribution, bookings, management, performance and experience efficacy of each PMS; in addition to the on-boarding, training and support that they offer. We've identified their deployment options, as well as any location or language limitations they may also have.

In short, we've developed the most rigorous and customized PMS Selection Tool available to property managers and owners. And best of all... it's free.

For the same reasons we reject the notion of there being a "best" PMS out there, the tool is indicative and only intended to be as such. You'll get 5 PMS recommendations that best match your requirements, preferences and budget. The recommendations you receive are all good options that you should consider.

However don't rule out others simply because they didn't make the 'top-5' cut. Take the time to familiarize yourself with the PMS options below. We've narrowed the PMS universe down to these leading 75, so their mere inclusion in the list is already a good sign that they're worthy of consideration to begin with.

The Leading 75 PMS Options You Should Consider

Intended for MANAGING:

1+ properties • Located Globally

PROS:

  • Strong channel management features
  • Strong payment and invoicing features
  • Strong team and task management features

CONS:

  • No native mobile management app
  • No guest portal features
  • Limited analytics and reporting features

PRICING SUMMARY:

  • No setup or on-boarding fees
  • No commissions
  • Basic Plan: From $29 per month
  • Premium Plan: From $49 per month
  • Professional Plan: From $69 per month
  • Customized pricing provided on application

Intended for MANAGING:

2+ properties • Located in North America & Europe

PROS:

  • Strong property data management features
  • Strong contact data management features
  • Strong analytics and reporting features

CONS:

  • No branded website features
  • No unified inbox features
  • No native mobile management app

PRICING SUMMARY:

  • £350 (plus VAT) on-boarding fee
  • 12 month minimum contract term
  • £20 per month + £3 per property
  • £10 per month for channel management
  • £10 per month for Property Agency Module
  • Calculate your monthly fees

Intended for MANAGING:

1+ properties • Located in Europe

PROS:

  • Strong centralized calendar features
  • Strong team and task management features
  • Strong payment processing and invoicing features

CONS:

  • No branded website features
  • No contact data management features
  • No analytics and reporting features

PRICING SUMMARY:

  • No on-boarding fees
  • No minimum contract terms
  • Basic Plan: €10 / month (up to 5 accommodations)
  • Advanced Plan: €15 / month (up to 25 accommodations)
  • Premium Plan: €29 / month (up to 50 accommodations)
  • Leader Plan: €47 / month (up to 300 accommodations)
  • 1% commission on all bookings across all plans

Intended for MANAGING:

11+ properties • Located Globally

PROS:

  • Strong channel management features
  • Strong payment processing and invoicing features
  • Strong contact data management features

CONS:

  • No trust accounting features
  • No native mobile management app
  • No open API

PRICING SUMMARY:

  • Refundable on-boarding fee after 12 months
  • No minimum contract terms
  • No commissions
  • Standard Plan: €95 per month for up to 20 properties (unlimited users)
  • Professional Plan: €120 per month for 21-99 properties (unlimited users)
  • Professional Plan: €120 per month for 21-99 properties (unlimited users)
  • Business Plan: €169 per month for 100-199 properties (unlimited users)
  • Premium Plan: €265 per month for 200-400 properties (unlimited users)

Intended for MANAGING:

1+ properties • Located Globally

PROS:

  • Strong channel management features
  • Strong automation tool features
  • Strong pricing tool features

CONS:

  • Expensive for small number of properties
  • Many core features provided only at additional expense
  • Conversation threads cannot be assigned to designated personnel

PRICING SUMMARY:

  • Free plan available
  • No on-boarding fees
  • 20% discount for voluntary 12 month minimum contract term
  • 5% discount for voluntary annual payments
  • Standard Plan: From €23.75 per month (for 1 property). No booking engine channel management or branded website functionality. Cost reduces with additional properties
  • Premium Plan: From €49 per month (for 1 property). No branded website functionality. Cost reduces with additional properties
  • Web Pack Plan: From €105 per month (for 1 property). All functionality included. Cost reduces with additional properties
  • Calculate your monthly fees

Intended for MANAGING:

6+ properties • Located in North America

PROS:

  • Highly customizable
  • Strong trust accounting features
  • Strong reporting and analytics features

CONS:

  • No branded website features
  • No native mobile management app
  • Dated user interface

PRICING SUMMARY:

  • Pricing based on number of units (in 50 unit increments)
  • For 1-50 units, pricing is $700 per month. Every additional 50 unit increment is charged at $300 per month
  • Fee includes tailoring database, training, implementation and support
  • Optional extra functionality can be purchased on needs-basis and upon request

Intended for MANAGING:

1+ properties • Located in Europe, North America or Latin America

PROS:

  • Strong channel management features
  • Strong contact data management features
  • Strong analytics and reporting features

CONS:

  • No automation tools
  • No unified inbox
  • No push notifications with mobile management app

PRICING SUMMARY:

  • No on-boarding fees
  • No minimum contract terms
  • Starter Plan: €150/month for 1-20 properties and 5 users
  • Professional Plan: €250/month for 20-50 properties and 10 users
  • Starter Plan: €150/month for 1-20 properties and 5 users
  • Enterprise Plan: €350/month for 50-100 properties and unlimited users
  • Enterprise Plus Plan: €450/month for 100-200 properties and unlimited users
  • All plans exclude the Channel Manager feature; billed separately

Intended for MANAGING:

1+ properties • Located Globally

PROS:

  • Strong channel management features
  • Strong centralized calendar features
  • Strong payment processing and invoicing features

CONS:

  • No trust accounting features
  • No native mobile management app
  • Limited guest portal features

PRICING SUMMARY:

  • No on-boarding fees
  • No minimum contract terms
  • No commissions
  • Core fee of €9.90 per month for 1 room (additional rooms billed at €0.30)
  • Optional add-on's include: SMS booking notifications @ €0.10 per message, additional user log-in @ €2.00 per month, private labelling of booking site with own sub-domain @ €19.00 per month
  • Additional Channel Manager fees of €1.00 per property per month + €1.00 per channel connection per month
  • Calculate your monthly fees
  • Prices do not include VAT

Intended for MANAGING:

1+ properties • Located in Europe

PROS:

  • Strong channel management features
  • Strong pricing tool features
  • Strong payment and invoicing features

CONS:

  • No team and task management features
  • No trust accounting features
  • No contact data management features

PRICING SUMMARY:

  • No on-boarding fees
  • No minimum contract terms
  • Free plan available for up to 3 properties
  • No fixed fees
  • Charge of 1-2% of booking fee
  • Extra charges apply for select features
  • Optional payment feature billed at 0.5-2.5% of reservation (depending on plan) + €1 service fee

Intended for MANAGING:

1+ properties • Located Globally

PROS:

  • All features 100% free
  • Strong pricing tool features
  • Strong property data management features

CONS:

  • No branded website features
  • No unified inbox features
  • No native mobile management app

PRICING SUMMARY:

  • All features of software entirely free. User still required to pay their fees to third-party reservation channels and payment service providers
  • Optional $4.95 USD (wholesale pricing) per unit per month access to Rentals United channel manager (for access to 60+ channels)
  • No on-boarding fees
  • No minimum contract terms
  • No commissions

Intended for MANAGING:

2+ properties • Located Globally

PROS:

  • Strong channel management features
  • Strong centralized calendar features
  • Strong payment processing and invoicing features

CONS:

  • No native mobile management app
  • Limited team and task management features
  • Limited trust accounting features

PRICING SUMMARY:

  • On-boarding fees of $99 USD for 1-4 properties or $250 USD for 5+ properties. Free 'self-serve' option available
  • No minimum contract terms
  • 1-10 rental listings: $11.95 USD per rental per month
  • 11-30 rental listings: $9.95 USD per rental per month
  • 31-50 rental listings: $7.95 USD per rental per month
  • 51+ rental listings: $5.95 USD per rental per month
  • Additional sub-accounts billed at $4.95 per account per month
  • SMS charges of $0.20 per SMS
  • Calculate your monthly fees

Intended for MANAGING:

20+ properties • Located Globally

PROS:

  • Strong channel management features
  • Strong centralized calendar features
  • Strong team and task management features

CONS:

  • No native mobile management app
  • No guest portal features
  • Cannot white-label owner's portal

PRICING SUMMARY:

  • €690 on-boarding fee (includes training and configuration workshops)
  • No minimum contract terms
  • No commissions
  • Pricing starting from €285 per month
  • Calculate your monthly fees
  • Complementary Smily product exists for property owners and small managers with less than 20 listings