So if you’re looking for a comparison of these two popular online proofreaders, you’ve come to the right place.
Because in today’s post, I’m going to compare ProWritingAid vs Grammarly in terms of:
- User Experience
- Proofreading Features
- Plagiarism Checker
- Free Plan
- And lots more
Let’s do this!
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ProWritingAid vs Grammarly: Basic Features
ProWritingAid and Grammarly are pretty similar online proofreaders, both of them:
- help you find mistakes in your document
- give you suggestions to correct them
- makes your writing even better.
But it doesn’t mean that they’re both equal.
What’s the difference?
Let’s find out!
ProWritingAid vs Grammarly: User Experience
Let’s face it – looks matter – as well as ease-of-use.
ProWritingAid User Experience
When you upload or paste your content on ProWritingAid’s Web Editor, the first thing you’ll have to do is waste some time scrolling up because, unlike Grammarly, it takes you to the bottom of the document.
Then it’ll slowly analyze the content and report the issues.
And as you know, I use Google Docs to write my drafts.
When you paste Google Docs’ document somewhere, it has this weird problem of adding extra empty lines between paragraphs.
So when I paste my draft on ProWritingAid’s Web Editor, this is what I get:
Why is there so much gap between the paragraphs?
That’s because ProWritingAid couldn’t handle the extra lines thrown in by Docs’.
And it’s a pain to look at for me.
When ProWritingAid analyzes your document, it underlines the issues with different colors.
And you can hover over the underlined text to see the suggestion. But if your cursor moves slightly away, then the suggestion box disappears.
The suggestion box gives you the choice to:
- Accept the suggestion, which will replace your text with the suggestion.
- Disable the rule so that it won’t spot this type of error.
- Ignore the suggestion.
Now, you’ll have to check each underlined text manually. Sounds exhausting.
Finally, you can get a quick summary of the report by clicking on the ‘Summary’ button.
The summary will show you an overall score, which is the average score of your grammar, spelling, and style.
Grammarly User Experience
Grammarly, on the other hand. has a professional look and is really easy to use.
Just like ProWritingAid, you can either upload or paste your content on Grammarly, and it’ll start analyzing.
But compared to ProWritingAid, which takes around a minute to analyze, depending on the size of the document, Grammarly is SUPER fast and takes only seconds.
When you paste your article on Grammarly, you can set some goals, which will give you some custom suggestions.
You can see your content on the left side, and Grammarly will give you suggestions on the right side.
Your overall score and the report is in the right corner.
And did you notice?
There’s only a single empty line between the paragraphs because, unlike ProWritingAid, Grammarly can handle Google Docs’ without any problems.
Grammarly also underlines different types of issues with different colors. When you click on the underlined text, Grammarly expands that suggestion on the right.
You can either accept the suggestion, dismiss it, or learn more about it, so you don’t make the same mistake again.
But unlike ProWritingAid, Grammarly automatically jumps to the next suggestion, which is a HUGE time saver because you don’t need to click on every alert one-by-one.
Grammarly’s stunning design and its ease-of-use make it the clear winner in user experience.
ProWritingAid vs Grammarly: Proofreading Features
Grammarly performs over 400 different checks to make sure that your content is top notch.
You can change the version of your English to American English, British English, Canadian English, or Australian English, which is great because you can choose the version of English depending on your target audience’s location.
Along with the regular grammar and spelling suggestions, Grammarly also improves your writing by giving you:
Vocabulary enhancement suggestions: If you repeat a word over and over or if you use words that are often overused, Grammarly will suggest to you its synonyms to improve the vocabulary of your article.
Grammarly also gives you suggestions to improve your writing’s clarity, which makes it easier to understand.
If you want to see the synonyms or definition of any word, just double click on it.
If you don’t want Grammarly to flag any word, you can add it to your personal dictionary, and Grammarly will ignore all the instances of that word. It’s especially helpful with brand names that Grammarly can’t recognize.
Finally, you’ll receive your performance stats in your email.
ProWritingAid checks for multiple errors, and gives you suggestions to improve spelling, grammar, and readability in real-time.
You get over 20 writing reports, some of which recommend quick fixes, and others go in-depth. You can access the writing reports from the top bar.
ProWritingAid’s word explorer helps you find different words, which will also improve your vocabulary.
ProWritingAid also has a custom dictionary where you can add any word that you want to ignore.
Finally, like Grammarly, ProWritingAid also allows you to change the version of your English.
ProWritingAid vs Grammarly: Accuracy
The suggested corrections don’t mean a thing if they’re not accurate.
I’ve found that ProWritingAid gives you more suggestions than Grammarly, but that doesn’t mean all are correct.
Even though Grammarly gives fewer suggestions than ProWritingAid, Grammarly’s suggestions are more accurate, so I accept most of their recommendations.
Winner: Grammarly because it’s suggestions were more accurate.
ProWritingAid vs Grammarly: Plagiarism Checker
Grammarly Plagiarism Checker
You get unlimited plagiarism checks with Grammarly Premium, so you can check your content as many times as you like.
Why is this important?
You may believe that your content is 100% original because you wrote it yourself, but if you’re an avid reader and have a good memory, you can accidentally plagiarize.
And duplicate content can decrease your traffic, and cost you rankings. That’s why using a plagiarism checker is essential.
Grammarly compares your article with over 16 billion web pages, published works, and academic papers to make sure that it’s really original.
You should always check for plagiarism before you hit publish, so you can change or edit the content if needed.
ProWritingAid Plagiarism Checker
ProWritingAid doesn’t give any plagiarism checks with their premium plan. You can either buy their ‘Premium Plus’ plan to get 60 plagiarism checks per year or purchase the checks separately, starting at $10 for 10 checks.
And ProWritingAid checks your text against only over a billion pages, compared to Grammarly’s 16 billion.
Grammarly easily wins this round. If you need to check your every blog post for plagiarism, then not only ProWritingAid’s plagiarism checker costs a lot, but still they don’t check your work as extensively as Grammarly.
ProWritingAid vs Grammarly: Integrations
ProWritingAid and Grammarly both have a web editor, but along with that, they also support some external platforms that make working with them A LOT easier.
ProWritingAid has a browser extension for most popular browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge). Their extension integrates and works with most online sites, including Facebook, Gmail, WordPress, and many others.
You can also integrate ProWritingAid with Microsoft Word and Outlook using their MS Office Add-In to get access to all the features of their web editor directly from the toolbar.
BUT unfortunately, their Office add-in doesn’t work with Mac. It only supports Windows.
If you’re a Mac user, you can use ProWritingAid’s Desktop App, which is available for both Windows and Mac. It supports Scrivener, MS Word, Open Office, Rich Text, and Markdown documents.
Finally, if you, like me, write your blog posts on Google Docs and don’t want to work with MS Office, you can use their Docs addon to improve your document directly in Google Docs.
You can use Grammarly’s web editor directly from the browser. If you want to use Grammarly’s features on other sites like WordPress, Facebook, Slack, you can install their browser extension.
Like ProWritingAid, Grammarly also has an MS Office Add-In that integrates with Microsoft Word and Outlook.
And they also have a native desktop app for both Mac and Windows.
BUT Grammarly doesn’t have an addon for Google Docs, and instead, you’ve to use their browser extension, which is still in beta for Docs.
I’ve found that their beta extension isn’t powerful because it misses some of the errors. Also, most of the premium features don’t work in Google Docs, so I have to copy-paste the article in their web editor.
Finally, unlike ProWritingAid, Grammarly also has mobile apps (Grammarly Keyboard) for Android and iOS. I don’t use their mobile apps, but it’s there if you want to.
ProWritingAid for integrations. It might have come to a draw because ProWritingAid supports Google Docs, which Grammarly doesn’t, and Grammarly has apps for smartphones, which ProWritingAid doesn’t. I chose ProWritingAid for integrations because I use Google docs extensively, but I don’t use the Grammarly Keyboard app.
ProWritingAid vs Grammarly: Free Plan
ProWritingAid and Grammarly both have a free plan along with a premium.
The free plan gives you access to limited features.
ProWritingAid: Free Plan
ProWritingAid’s free plan is VERY limited. You can only check 500 words at a time, that may be enough for you, but it becomes a hassle if you write long posts.
And you can only use their online web editor and the browser extension with limited features (grammar and spell checker).
Grammarly: Free Plan
Grammarly, on the other hand, offers a way better free plan.
Grammarly also gives you access to their online editor and browser extensions.
BUT, while ProWritingAid limits you to 500 words at a time, Grammarly doesn’t have this limitation.
Grammarly has the best free plan because it doesn’t have ProWritingAid’s restrictions.
ProWritingAid vs Grammarly: Premium Pricing
The free version of both Grammarly and ProWritingAid might be enough for you if you just want to use it in social media, but it isn’t enough if you need to write AWESOME blog posts.
ProWritingAid Premium Pricing
ProWriting is cheaper than Grammarly.
At the time of writing, the Premium plan of ProWritingAid costs:
- $20 for the monthly subscription
- $79 for the yearly subscription
- $299 for the lifetime license.
BUT that is only for the premium plan so you won’t get any plagiarism checks.
As I mentioned earlier, you’ll have to buy the plagiarism checks separately, which increases the cost.
Or you can get their ‘Premium Plus’ plan to get 60 plagiarism checks per year at:
- $24 – monthly subscription
- $89 – annual subscription
- $400 – lifetime license
Grammarly Premium Pricing
The one thing Grammarly can optimize is its pricing.
To use all the features of Grammarly and become a GREAT writer, you’ll have to invest:
- $29.95 for the monthly subscription
- $59.95 for the quarterly license
- $139.95 for the annual subscription
And unlike ProWritingAid, you don’t have to pay extra for plagiarism checks because Grammarly gives you unlimited checks with their premium plan.
ProWritingAid vs Grammarly: Which One To Choose
As online proofreaders, both Grammarly and ProWritingAid offer plenty of features at a reasonable price.
But each option has it’s pros and cons to consider before buying.
Get ProWritingAid if…
You’re on a strict budget and looking for something cheaper.
Get Grammarly if…
You can invest a little more for better user experience and unlimited plagiarism checks.
In my opinion, Grammarly is worth every penny for providing an AMAZING user experience and unlimited plagiarism checks.