In general, a Magento store will have a huge number of products, ranging from 10,000 to 300,000 items. Let’s imagine that you are a visitor, how difficult and time-consuming it would be in order to find what you are looking for? Are you patient enough to search among thousands of products to get what you want?
If you cannot give a solution for this headache issue, there is a high possibility that the shoppers would feel tired and then LEAVE your store with nothing.
Luckily, there is a great extension called the Layered Navigation for Magento 2, which will help you tackle the problem by allowing the customers to easily filter all products and find their “wanted” items quickly.
Currently, there are many Magento extension providers offering the Layered Navigation for Magento 2 such as Tigren, Amasty, Aheadworks, Mageplaza, and CMSmart with various prices.
You may wonder what the differences among their extensions are and which one is the most suitable for your store, don’t you?
In this article, we will help you to make a choice by giving a detailed comparison of these 5 Magento 2 Layered Navigation Extensions.
The analysis will be based on 4 criteria: Must-have features, Should-have features, Nice-to-have features, and Price.
While the Must-have features are compulsory to conduct the filtering function, the Should-have ones are needed to do the filter more effectively. At the same time, the Nice-to-have ones are advanced functionality, which might serve for other purposes rather than the filter.
|Must-have||Search by product attributes||v||v||v||v||v|
|Price Slider & Numeric Filters||v||v||v||v||v|
|Remove filter option||v||v||v||v||v|
|Should-have||All Products Page||–||v||v||v||v|
|Multiple Filter Display Modes||–||–||v||v||v|
|Vertical & Horizontal Navigation Menu||–||–||v||v||v|
|Shop By Brand||–||–||v||v||v|
|Apply multi-filters in bulk||–||–||–||v||v|
As you can see, all of these Magento 2 Layered Navigation Extensions have enough must-have features such as Multiple Filters, Ajax Navigation, Default Item Count, Price Slider, and so on. With these fundamental features, the customers can easily filter products by selecting many attributes and receiving instant matching results without reloading the page.
- Should-have Features
When it comes to the Should-have features, it starts to have some clear differences among those 5 layered navigation extensions.
4 out of 5 of them offer the All Products Page and Filter By Rating function. The remaining features namely Multiple Filter Display Modes, Flexible Navigation Menu, and Shop By Brand is available only on Tigren’s, Aheadworks’s, and Amasty’s.
All of these are important to enhance and complete the basic filtering function. For example, by creating the All Products Page, we can allow the customers to conduct the filtering only one time for all items in the store instead of repeating the filter when moving to another category.
Besides, the Shop By Brand feature enables the users to immediately get the products from their favorite brand(s) since it is included in the filter menu and there is also a Brand page.
At the same time, the Flexible Navigation Menu – both vertical and horizontal – would help to maximize customer convenience when filtering.
Up to now, the three Magento 2 Layered Navigation Extensions from Tigren, Aheadworks and Amasty appear to be more advantageous compared to CMSmart’s and Mageplaza’s.
- Nice-to-have Features
In terms of the Nice-to-have features – the supplemental functions are useful but optional and non-critical for the store. The first Nice-to-have feature – generating SEO-friendly URLs for the All Products and Brand Page – is found in the extensions from Tigren, Aheadworks, and Amasty.
However, Aheadworks and Amasty also add more SEO features such as changing the meta title and description. The last feature – Categories Tree is only by Amasty’s Magento 2 Layered Navigation.
Last but not least, it’s worth comparing the Prices of those layered navigation extensions. It’s obvious that there is a huge gap between the cheapest and most expensive one. With just roughly $60, you can immediately get the Layered Navigation from CMSmart whereas you need to pay 6 times more to buy a version from Amasty.
In comparison, Mageplaza and Tigren offer the same price – $199 for their extensions. However, Tigren’s Layered Navigation for Magento 2 has just been released so that you can possess their Trial module (full features) with just a half of its original price in May.
So, What Is The Best Option?
After combining 4 factors for comparison, it is indicated that the Magento 2 Layered Navigation from Amasty provides the highest number of features and it also costs you the most.
On the contrary, CMSmart’s has the least features and is the cheapest Layered Navigation extension for Magento 2.
At the same time, the Layered Navigation for Magento 2 from Tigren equips your store with all Must-have and Should-have features with the middle price (Original: $199 and Trial: $99).
All things considered, if you are looking for a good navigation extension that focuses on an effective filter plus a reasonable cost, Tigren’s might be an ideal option.
Buy the Layered Navigation for Magento 2 from Tigren now to receive its attractive Trial Price (until the end of June 2017).