Are you looking for an alternative to Poll Everywhere — something easier to use, less expensive, or more fun?
We’ve reviewed over twenty live polling, interactive meeting, and audience response software options (from signup all the way to hosting a live event) and have hand-picked the best five with features similar to Poll Everywhere.
We evaluated each option based on the following criteria:
- Ease of use
- Flexibility / customization
- Advanced options
We've given each tool a rating out of 5 for all items, and selected the top 5 best options to use as an alternative to Poll Everywhere. Every one of the top five alternatives below are great pieces of software, and each have specific strengths and weaknesses. Let’s get to the list to see which is best for you:
Our first choice for a Poll Everywhere alternative is Slides With Friends. It's an interactive presentation builder that enables instant live polling. If you're familiar with Google Slides or PowerPoint, it is easy to drop in a get started, since it has a very similar "slide deck" functionality. It's one of the cleaner, more intuitie platforms we've tried, plus it offers some really fun and creative interaction types that no other platforms have.
SlidesWith is a more robust tool than Poll Everywhere, and its goal is more connective and fun, rather than dry and basic polling. It does a great job of basic polling, but also offers more interesting options that make it more fun and playful (there are options to have emoji avatars and more). While Poll Everywhere feels like older software, SlidesWith is relatively fresh and new feeling.
Choose Slides With Friends if you are looking to engage a group with live polls using a newer, more modern platform (that's easier to use).
Slido is an audience engagement software designed for larger conferences and speaker events. It lets you run Q&A session with a large live group, allows for anonymous participation in Q&As, quizzes, polls, surveys, and real-time feedback during presentations. You can use it online, in-person, or for hybrid presentations. It's targeted mainly at event organizers, and business professionals.
Comparatively, Poll Everywhere and Slido share some similar features, like anonymous polling options and integration with many different presentation softwares. However, Poll Everywhere focuses more on assessment and live feedback, while Slido emphasizes interactive conferences and Q&As.
If you're running more straightforward conference talks and want a "live" and "instant" feel, Slido is a great bet. It surpasses Poll Everywhere at Q&As and rolling live audience feedback.
AhaSlides started out as what seemed like a pretty straightforward Mentimeter (see #4) copy, but has since surpassed its predecessor. It's now got some great features, and a better, fresher feel than both Mentimeter and Poll Everywhere. Overall it's a fun version of the same setup, an interactive slide deck presentation builder, with a mixture of on-slide editing and side-panel settings.
AhaSlides feels busier, but also more approachable. It's got more power and is friendlier than Poll Everywhere, which feels much more corporate. AhaSlides offers you tons of templates right off the bat, where in Poll Everywhere they're a bit hidden. This makes getting started with Aha a lot easier than Poll Everywhere.
Choose AhaSlides when you want something less corporate, more powerful, or easier to get started with.
Mentimeter is another slide deck presentation type creator. It lets you build decks and launch presentations in a similar way to PowerPoint. The main users are corporate trainers and business professionals, who are running workplace teaching activities.
It's one of the older options and comes with all benefits and drawbacks that that entails: It's a sturdy and mature software; it's also clunky and feels like an older "Internet 2.0" creation. They've added tons of features over the years, which both makes it super-powerful and also a little bloated and with a "menus stacked on menus" feeling.
Poll Everywhere has a more simple and straightforward UI. Mentimeter is more full-featured but also more overwhelming in terms of options: the learning curve for Mentimeter is steep but once you're in Mentimeter is more powerful and useful. Poll Everywhere feels slightly younger than Mentimeter (which is saying something — they both feel a little dated these days).
Choose Mentimeter over other audience response software when you need something super full-featured and corporate-leaning (and when you have ample time to figure out all of its functionality).
Kahoot is popular and starting to be ubiquitous, at least in the classroom. It feels a little childish (eg. answers are shown as colors and shapes you have to pair, rather than being able to actually tap on the text of an answer.)
Overall, while many users enjoyed using Kahoot, there were several common cons mentioned, including expensive subscription plans, lack of customization, complicated user interface, and limited question types.
Poll Everywhere has a much more business-forward brand, while Kahoot was created for the classroom first. Kahoot is more gamified, and leans into a fun, kicky quizzing feel (like, timed answers and more points the faster you respond), while Poll Everywhere is more straight poling, less games.
Choose Kahoot for classroom activities, if you need to host larger groups, or have a larger budget.
Our final choice for the best alternative to Poll Everywhere? Slides With Friends.
If you're looking to engage your audience, help your team come together, or just run fun interactive live polls, Slides With Friends has the best of all the worlds: a fun and engaging feel, while still hitting all the important points for running professional, useful, and data-collecting live polls.