Don't Get Burned by Your POS: How Toast Stacks Up

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The restaurant industry is a rapidly changing, competitive environment, requiring tech solutions that can keep up. Toast powers restaurants with a platform that combines point of sale, front-of-house, back-of-the-house and customer-facing technology, empowering restaurateurs to improve operations, increase revenue and deliver amazing guest experiences. The platform provides everything – including hardware, software and payments processing – on a single application that seamlessly integrates with restaurants’ favorite tools and is available anywhere. This gives owners and managers the freedom to work outside the confines of their restaurant. Toast now partners with US Foods® to bring our platform to the CHECK® Business Tools suite of restaurant technology solutions.

Toast vs. Legacy Systems

The digital landscape is changing quickly – and the technology behind legacy systems haven't adapted to many of these changes. Restaurants need to be ready for what’s next by powering their business with an ever-evolving restaurant management platform.


We’re investing millions of dollars each year to bring restaurants the greatest in new product features. And software updates are always included. Learn why Red Salt left Micros for a “more intuitive and more fluid” system.


Run your restaurant in real time with easy-to-use cloud reporting included in your POS at no extra charge. Plus, stop rushing to the restaurant to make menu changes – you can edit your menu items and prices online any time. Learn how Tacombi was able to stop driving to pick up reports from each of their locations.

24/7 Support

With restaurant-specific customer service, restaurants can get the help they need directly from experts who know the industry. We’re available 24/7/365 via phone, email and chat. Learn how The Daily paid for their cloud system just with what they used to pay Micros for support.

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Toast vs. iPad® Systems

Although iPad systems like TouchBistro, Upserve POS and Revel run on tablet hardware, these systems run on iOS while Toast utilizes the Android platform. Why? Restaurants don't want their operations held up because Apple® released a new software update unexpectedly.

We chose to run Toast on Android because we wanted the flexibility to push out the latest Toast updates as soon as they’re ready – not when they’re approved by the App Store. We've seen a number of iPad-based POS solutions break or develop bugs after iOS pushed out an automatic update. As their customers updated their iPad-based hardware, their POS would fail. By using Android, we are more in control of keeping your POS running normally.

Built for Business

Toast leverages the flexibility of the Android platform to customize our hardware and software to the restaurant environment. From hardwired terminals that keep restaurants at top speed during the dinner rush, to security updates and bug fixes released as soon as they’re available, our commercial-grade system can outperform any iPad solution. Our system can withstand high temperatures and hold up to water, grease and rough handling – unlike iPads. Learn why Park Burger believes “a point of sale system has to be Android.”

Best-in-Class Ecosystem

Toast has both in-house modules and a curated ecosystem of technology partners, so restaurants aren’t forced into a one-size-fits-all solution. Restaurants can select the partners and tools that work best for every aspect of their restaurant and be assured that they will integrate seamlessly on Toast.

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Toast vs. Other Systems

When some operators first open, they may start out with a system like Cake, Square, Clover or Harbortouch. But when their concept begins to boom, they need a platform that can scale with their business.


A restaurant’s technology needs change quickly as it grows. Our reliable, scalable platform will be there for you as your business grows – and it's easy to add new products and partner integrations along the way. Learn why Morgan and York traded Square for a “more reliable system, overall.”


Toast’s laser focus on restaurants means every product and feature is built with the server, owner and manager in mind – so they can spend more time with their staff and guests and less time fighting their POS. Features like splitting checks, course-firing and even text alerts sent to guests when their food is ready, are built specifically for restaurants like yours. Learn how Casa del Barco streamlined their operations with Toast KDS.

Transparent Pricing

Toast’s approach to payments is simple – fair, flat rates that restaurants can understand. And Toast is so much more than payments – we are a nationwide company that's investing in the key local services restaurants need to be successful. Learn here why Snappy Patty’s stopped paying Clover’s fees and switched to Toast.

About Toast
: Toast, a new CHECK Business Tools partner, powers successful restaurants of all sizes with a technology platform that combines restaurant POS, front-of-house, back-of-house and guest-facing technology with a diverse marketplace of third-party applications. By pairing technology with an unrivaled commitment to customer success, Toast helps restaurants streamline operations, increase revenue and deliver amazing guest experiences. Toast was named to the 2019 Forbes Fintech 50, 2019 SXSW Interactive Innovation Finals, 2018 Forbes Cloud 100, and recognized as the third fastest-growing technology company in North America on the 2017 Deloitte Fast 500. Learn more about Toast by visiting POS and Restaurant Management Platform.