Magento 2 AJAX Cart Extensions Comparison (Amasty, aheadWorks)

- E-Commerce, Magento 2
 

ajax shopping cart comparison

Today, we compare two leading Magento 2 extension that enhance the default shopping cartwith the AJAX technology. Both modules provide different implementation of the same idea, so let’s figure out core differences between Amasty AJAX Shopping Cart and aheadWorks AJAX Cart Pro.

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Backend

Both Magento 2 extensions has a set of backend settings. Although, it’s not the most important part neither of Amasty AJAX Shopping Cart nor AheadWorks AJAX Cart Pro, because we want to emphasize the shopping experience first of all, but backend settings can tell a lot about the frontend appearance and functionality of the compared Magento 2 modules. So, what do Amasty and aheadWorks offer in this area?

Amasty offers 4 sections of settings: General Settings, Display Settings, Selling options, and Visual Options.

In case of the aheadWorks AJAX Cart Pro Magento 2 extension, there are only two sections: Add to cart block and Additional Settings. It’s already obvious that the Amasty AJAX Shopping Cart Magento 2 module is more customizable, so let’s dive deep into the details.

In General Settings, Amasty allows you to enable/disable the extension, specify a time interval after which the dialog window will be hide automatically, enable/disable AJAX shopping cart on product view pages, set an action for the “Continue” button on product view pages, and choose a custom options display mode (for required options only or for all).

 Amasty AJAX Shopping Cart Magento 2 Extension Review; Amasty AJAX Shopping Cart Magento Module Overview

In Display Settings, Amasty allows you to enable flying image effect, specify dialog box align, and choose whether to show/hide the following elements in a popup: product image, total count of products in cart, total amount in cart, “Go to Checkout” button.

 Amasty AJAX Shopping Cart Magento 2 Extension Review; Amasty AJAX Shopping Cart Magento Module Overview

Next, you have Selling options, where the Magento 2 module enables you to show/hide related products for the AJAX dialog window.

 Amasty AJAX Shopping Cart Magento 2 Extension Review; Amasty AJAX Shopping Cart Magento Module Overview

As for Visual Options, you can fully customize the color scheme of the Amasty AJAX Shopping Cart popup window.

 Amasty AJAX Shopping Cart Magento 2 Extension Review; Amasty AJAX Shopping Cart Magento Module Overview

But what about the aheadWorks AJAX Cart Pro Magento 2 extension? What of the aforementioned settings does it provide?

As mentioned above, the extension configuration is divided into 2 sections.These sections contain only 5 options. First of all, you can decide whether to use the popup with all products or products with required options only. This unique feature is  represented in the aheadWorks AJAX cart only (but in case of Amasty, you can customize what options to display). It makes shopping more convenient, because it is faster to add products that don’t have required options without the popup. Why Amasty doesn’t have the same feature? Looking ahead, we should tell you that it is because of slightly different frontend implementation, but let’s return to the backend options.

Next, the aheadWorks AJAX Cart Pro Magento 2 module allows you to show/hide product short description and reviews summary. Both features are not available in Amasty’s solution, but the reason will be described below.

As for the “Display Confirmation Message on Product Page” option, it seems that it fulfills the same role as Amasty’s “Use AJAX Shopping Cart on Product View Pages”.

And both Magento 2 extensions provide the ability to display related products in the AJAX popup!

 Magento 2 AJAX Cart Extensions Comparison (Amasty, aheadWorks)

As you can see Amasty AJAX Shopping Cart provides more advanced backend customizations than aheadWorks AJAX Cart Pro. You can specify dialog close delay, customize various popup elements, and even create a unique color scheme for the dialog window. Let’s see what advantages are available on the frontend.

Frontend

Now, we can compare the most important aspect of both Magento 2 modules: the way they behave on the frontend. The aim of the two extensions is to improve the default shopping experience by introducing the ability to add products to the cart right from the catalog page and proceed to checkout without visiting the cart page. The goal is reached in case of both Magento 2 extensions, but the way they work is absolutely different.

In case of Amasty, you hover over the product image, select necessary options and then hit the “Add to Cart” button.

 Amasty AJAX Shopping Cart Magento 2 Extension Review; Amasty AJAX Shopping Cart Magento Module Overview

The product is placed to the cart and the confirmation window appears. The window shows the number of items in your cart and cart subtotal. You can continue shopping, view cart, or proceed to checkout. Also note that the window is closed automatically (we’ve just specified the delay in settings). Related products are displayed here. Avery straightforward approach, isn’t it?

 Amasty AJAX Shopping Cart Magento 2 Extension Review; Amasty AJAX Shopping Cart Magento Module Overview

In case of the aheadWorks AJAX Cart Pro Magento 2 module, the popup is implemented in a form of a quick view window. Although you can select product options right on a catalog page, they won’t be selected in the popup automatically, so you only have to click the “Add to Cart” button.

 AheadWorks AJAX Cart Pro Magento 2 Extension Review; AheadWorks AJAX Cart Pro Magento Module Overview

A new window appears where you should select color, size or other options. Short description and reviews summary are also here. Select necessary parameters and click “Add to Cart” once again.

 AheadWorks AJAX Cart Pro Magento 2 Extension Review; AheadWorks AJAX Cart Pro Magento Module Overview

A new window is displayed. It also shows the number of products in a cart and its subtotal. You can go to the cart page, continue shopping, or proceed to checkout. Related products are shown on the bottom of the window.

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Price

As for the price, it is almost similar: $199 for Amasty AJAX Shopping Cart and $219 for aheadWorks AJAX Cart Pro.

Magento 2 AJAX Cart Extensions Comparison

Amasty

aheadWorks

Custom Dialog Close Delay

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Popup on Product Pages

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Product Short Description

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Product Reviews Summary

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Product Options-Based Display

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Related Products

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Customizable “Continue” Button

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Flying Image Effect

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Dialog Box Align

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Customizable Product Image Display

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Product Count

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Subtotal

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Show/Hide Checkout Button

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Customizable Color Scheme

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Catalog Product Options Selection

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Number of Steps

2

3

Price

$199

$219

Final Words

As you can see, aheadWorks offers one extra step on the frontend which is the reason of the aforementioned backend options. It doesn’t seem that this step makes shopping more convenient, but it allows to provide a little bit more information about products on catalog pages. And the Magento 2 module has simple backend configuration. The extension has almost the same price as its competitor – $219 vs $199, but if you are already an aheadWorks client, you can get it with a 50% discount.

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Although Amasty AJAX Shopping Cart costs less than aheadWorks AJAX Cart Pro, this Magento 2 module offers a more customizable tool with smoother frontend appearance. It doesn’t mean that aheadWorks has much worse implementation, but Amasty seems to be a little bit better than a reliable and good tool.

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