Smartsheet vs Basecamp

September 17, 2019

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Bottom line: Which one is better?

Bottom line: Smartsheet is better.

Smartsheet is a better project management solution in this review of Smartsheet vs Basecamp as it is has an array of features and a higher functionality.

Smartsheet vs Basecamp: FEATURES

Smartsheet has mobile apps that allow the user to access sheets quickly, send updates, add notes, edit sheets and upload pictures from the mobile device’s camera or photo library. It has the autofill feature that searches for patterns within sheets such that when the user inserts a new row and adds data; Smartsheet searches for formulas and automatically fills in new information and apply special formatting if required.

Basecamp is a project management tool with an intuitive interface for team collaboration and management with powerful integrations and simple pricing scheme. It has message boards that allow users to post alerts, questions and other messages to every team member of the project. The manager can notify all team members in the project about the message so that they can see it as soon as possible or share it outside Basecamp link via a public link. The posts can have images and files embedded comments and ‘applause’. It has the Hey! Menu located at the top of the webpage that has all type of notification like new messages, to-do assignments and @ mentions. Another feature is the campfire which is basically a casual chat room for team members whereby you can mention specific user using the @ symbol or chat with the entire group.

Other features include pings which are direct messages to individuals or small groups with general questions, search and bookmarking, to-do lists, schedules, automatic check-in questions, documents and file storage, clientside and Email forward and reports and notifications.

Bottom line: Smartsheet is better.

Smartsheet vs Basecamp: WORK MANAGEMENT

With Smartsheet, data on the sheets can represent several things including tasks in the project. Tasks for example can be assigned a start and end date and assigned to every team member. You can as well set up dependency management and observe the progress. You can then track each task with a status, completion percentage and comments to track the progress of the project.

Basecamp on the other hand has six core tools for every project which include to-do lists that tracks tasks, message board for announcements and updates purpose, campfire chat tool for users to discuss a given item in the project, schedule tool used top track milestones and as well as deadlines, the docs and files tool that help users to access files required and then lastly the automatic check-ins feature which its work is to automatically ask users for status update on a daily, weekly or on a frequent basis set by the manager.

Bottom line: Smartsheet is better.

Smartsheet vs Basecamp: COLLABORATION

Smartsheet has always been hand-in-hand with Google and is a charter member of the Cloud Alliance for Google Apps. It also allows you to set automatic alerts about any upcoming tasks and/or deadlines and opt to be notified through email whenever there are changes to the sheet. In addition, the user can invite anyone both from inside and outside his company to view or edit your sheets for free.

Basecamp has message boards that allow users to post alerts, questions and other kind of messages to everyone in the project. You can notify every member about the message to make sure they see it immediately or share it outside of Basecamp via a public.

Bottom line: Smartsheet is better.

Smartsheet vs Basecamp: PRICING

Smartsheet a free trial, individual plan for $14 per user per month, business plan that costs $25 per user per month and the enterprise plan which you can contact vendor.

Basecamp has a simple and very attractive pricing which is $99 per month that includes unlimited users with all features included and 500GB storage space. In addition, it offers free 30-day trial period.

Bottom line: Basecamp is better in terms of pricing.


When we compare Basecamp vs Smartsheet in this review, Smartsheet is a better project management solution that helps the user to manage resources, analyse data, export reports and customize task management tools in the project.