Magento 2 Layered Navigation Extensions Comparison (Amasty vs aheadWorks)

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Magento 2 Layered Navigation Amasty vs aheadWorks

Although the navigation of Magento 2 has been dramatically enhanced in comparison with 1.X, there is still room for improvement. Therefore, developers are working on Magento 2 layered navigation extensions, and today we are going to compare two popular solutions: Amasty Improved Layered Navigation and aheadWorks Layered Navigation. Both modules provide some top-notch features that essentially improve the default functionality, so let’s dive deep into their comparison looking for all pros and cons.

UPD: Since aheadWorks Layered Navigation has been recently updated, some missing features are now available in the extension.

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AJAX Filtering

The default Magento 2 navigation is impossible without reloads which often become extremely annoying. Imagine a customer is going to narrow down a selection of products you offer, but each time he or she applies a new attribute, the page is reloaded. That becomes irritating and the possibility you will lose a client is rising with each new applied filter. Luckily, you can solve the problem by installing Amasty Improved Layered Navigation or aheadWorks Layered Navigation. Both Magento 2 layered navigation extensions are based on the AJAX technology, so you will easily eliminate page reloads with their help.

amasty vs aheadworks layered navigation

Attribute Multiselect

Another drawback of the default Magento 2 navigation is the inability to select multiple values of the same filter. This also diverts customers from making a purchase on your ecommerce website, but both Amasty and aheadWorks Magento 2 layered navigation modules revamps the default functionality providing the attribute multiselect functionality.

Amasty

Magento 2 Layered Navigation Amasty vs aheadWorks

aheadWorks

Magento 2 Layered Navigation Amasty vs aheadWorks

Item Count

Displaying the number of products related to a certain attribute is also a good idea. Amasty and aheadWorks implemented this feature in different ways. In case of the Amasty Improved Layered Navigation Magento 2 extension the item count related to each filter is displayed in brackets right after each attribute. As for the aheadWorks Layered Navigation Magento 2 module, an automatic popover appears after a filter value is chosen showing how many items match current selection. At the same time, the popover contains the “Show” button that enables you to apply the selection. In case of Amasty, the button is situated below the Shopping Options block, which is less convenient. Note that aheadWorks Magento 2 layered navigation extension offers the same button as well.

Amasty

Magento 2 Layered Navigation Amasty vs aheadWorks

aheadWorks

Magento 2 Layered Navigation Amasty vs aheadWorks

New Filter Options

Both Magento 2 layered navigation modules offer new filter options. With aheadWorks you get 3 new filters: New, Discount, and In Stock. As for Amasty’s Magento 2 module, it also offers the in stock filter. Besides, you get reviews filtering and a rich shop by brand functionality.

UPD (08.12.16): Amasty added the “New” and “On sale” filters.

UPD (04.04.17): You can get the the Shop by Brand functionality with the appropriate FREE Magento 2 extension by aheadWorks.

aheadWorks

Magento 2 Layered Navigation Amasty vs aheadWorks

Amasty

Magento 2 Layered Navigation Amasty vs aheadWorks

“New” and “On sale” filters:

New and On Sale

Horizontal Navigation

In addition to vertical navigation, Amasty offers a horizontal block with filters. aheadWorks does not provide such functionality, but the company’s extension adds a new block of filters that is optimized for mobile devices.

Magento 2 Layered Navigation Amasty vs aheadWorks

Besides, on mobile, there is the the “Shop By” button: once you click it, the filters are opened.

Mobile Support

Sliders & From-To Widgets

While both Magento 2 layered navigation extensions offer from-to widgets, Amasty provides the ability to use sliders for all numerical attributes. This tiny improvement makes catalog browsing much easier and store visitors more satisfied with your shopping experience.

UPD (04.04.17): The latest version of aheadWorks Layered Navigation includes price slider!

Amasty Price Slider

Magento 2 Layered Navigation Amasty vs aheadWorks

aheadWors From-To Price Widget

Magento 2 Layered Navigation Amasty vs aheadWorks

Now Shopping By

In case of Amasty, this is the name of the section that contains all applies filter values. You can easily clear any selected options here. As for aheadWorks, you should clear all values directly in each filter section.

Magento 2 Layered Navigation Amasty vs aheadWorks

Filter Search Box

The Amasty Magento 2 layered navigation extension also offers a unique opportunity to add a search box to any filter. Thus, you provide customers with the ability to find necessary products inside a specific filter in a couple of seconds.

Magento 2 Layered Navigation Amasty vs aheadWorks

Filter Values Qty

Another feature that is available only with Improved Layered Navigation by Amasty is the ability to determine the number of filter options that are displayed by default. To see all options, a customer should click the “More” button. The feature is especially useful if there are a lot of attribute values, but some of them are not used quite often.

UPD (04.04.17): aheadWorks Magento 2 layered navigation module also provides this feature now!

Magento 2 Layered Navigation Amasty vs aheadWorks

Shop By Brand

We’ve just figured out that the “shop by brand” functionality is not available in case of aheadWorks, so let’s concentrate on features offered by Amasty’s Magento 2 layered navigation plugin. First of all, the extension allows to filter products by brand in the navigation block. Besides, it lets you create brand pages and customize them with texts and images. Next, it is possible to add custom blocks there. All brands can be displayed in alphabetical order. A brand slider can be added to any CMS page or block.

Magento 2 Layered Navigation Amasty vs aheadWorks

SEO Improvements

There is no information on SEO improvements of aheadWorks Layered Navigation, but Amasty highlights the following features:

  • Brand pages with short SEO-friendly URLs (website.eu/url-key/fender).
  • Filtered pages with SEO-friendly URLs (category/spring.html, but not category.html?season=121).
  • Custom meta data and texts for pages with specified filter options.

Dependent Filters

In case of the Amasty Magento 2 Improved Layered Navigation extension, you can set dependent filters. It means that some filters are displayed only when a specific attribute is selected. This feature helps to make the filter block neat, but it steal provides the ability to narrow down the selection as much as possible.

Category Restrictions

Another important feature offered by Amasty is related to category restrictions. To make your navigation even more clear, the extension allows you to display certain filters only with specified categories.

Tooltips

Besides, the Magento 2 layered navigation extensions by Amasty offers the ability to create tooltips for each filter. Thus, you can inform your customers about specific parameters. It is possible to add both custom filter images and text information.

Magento 2 Layered Navigation Amasty vs aheadWorks

Intuitive Backend

This aspect is very important for lots of merchants. No one wants to deal with complicated settings before the extension reveal its functionality. As for the most intuitive administrative interface, it is a part of aheadWorks Layered Navigation. It offers just 5 settings. You can enable/disable AJAX (enable it!), activate 3 new filters (the aforementioned In Stock, On Sale, and New), and show/hide “Show X Items” popover. That’s it! You just install the extension and it works!

Magento 2 Layered Navigation Amasty vs aheadWorks

As for Amasty’s Magento 2 layered navigation module, it has a complex settings structure. There are 5 tabs: General Settings, All Products, Brands, SEO, and Extensions & Notifications. Each tab is divided into sections. We can not said that the Amasty’s backend is hard to master, but you have to spend time configuring the extension, while aheadWorks does not require any efforts.

Magento 2 Layered Navigation Amasty vs aheadWorks

Price

Now, let’s compare price tags of two Magento 2 layered navigation plugins. You can purchase the Amasty Improve Layered Navigation Magento 2 extension for $359, while its competitor costs $449. Do both worth their money? Definitely. And below we explain why.

Magento 2 Layered Navigation Comparison (Amasty vs aheadWorks)

Amasty

aheadWorks

AJAX Filtering

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Attribute Multiselect

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Item Count

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“New” Filter

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“In Stock” Filter

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“On Sale” Filter

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“Reviews” Filter

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Shop By Brand

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Horizontal Navigation

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Mobile Interface

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From-To Widgets

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Sliders

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“Now Shopping By” Block

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Filter Search Box

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Custom Filter Values Qty

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SEO Improvements

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Dependant Filters

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Category Restrictions

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Tooltips

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Price

$299

$449

Final Words

Although the aheadWorks Layered Navigation is more expensive but at the same time provides less features, we still recommend to use this Magento 2 module in case you need a reliable tool that will improve the default drawbacks of Magento 2 without right after the installation.

As for the Amasty Improved Layered Navigation Magento 2 plugin, it is great if you need more advanced features and ready to master a quite complicated backend. And of course, the extension will fully satisfy your needs if you only need to fix the default problems related to the Magento 2 layered navigation.

Download / Buy Amasty Improved Layered Navigation Magento 2 Extension

Download / Buy aheadWorks Layered Navigation Magento 2 Extension