You need an ELT tool, but is Stitch right for your business?
Every big data tool promises analysis-ready data, fast. But when mission-critical sources aren't supported---or break without warning---it makes your data solution ineffective and puts business on pause until you find (or build) a fix.
Today, we'll look at the top 10 Stitch alternatives so you can find the tool that fits your business needs and eliminates downtime.
Stitch (sometimes referred to as Stitch Data) is an ETL tool focused on business intelligence. It offers data ingestion, transformation, loading, and more orchestration features that integrate with the Talend suite of tools.
One of the biggest moves Stitch made in the early days was launching Singer. The idea was simple: create a JSON-based, open-source protocol for easy syncing between sources and destinations.
The problem is that Singer connections aren't standardized and are often incomplete and outdated, frequently built by someone in the community for a specific use case and then abandoned.
And after the Talend acquisition in 2018, Stitch has mostly abandoned Singer as well. Today, the platform supports a blend of proprietary connectors and Singer integrations.
Standard: Starting at $100/month (limited at 5 million active rows per month, 1 destination, and 10 sources)
Advanced: $1250/month (limited at 100 million rows and three destinations)
Premium: $2500/month (limited at 1 billion rows and five destinations)
14-day free trial
130+ data sources, some through Singer and some through Stitch itself---"Enterprise" business data connectors are only available on the Advanced and Premium plans
Integration with data lakes and warehouses, including Snowflake, Redshift, BigQuery, Panoply, Microsoft Azure Synapse Analytics, and more
Easy addition of new data sources and destinations with Singer
Automation tools like monitoring and alerts
Built-in transformation capabilities with a no-code user interface or Java, SQL, or Python
Integrates with other Talend data tools and the Talend support community
Monthly active row pricing model that can be difficult to predict and can prove costly
The more basic plans have limited customer support
Stitch doesn't maintain Singer connectors and they can break suddenly
Stitch's fastest sync frequency is once every 30 minutes, compared to as fast as every 5 minutes with some other BI tools
Limited data destinations, with just one destination on the basic tier and only five on the most expensive plan
Portable provides long-tail connectors that you won't find on Stitch. Portable has 250+ data sources in its library and can create custom connectors for you in a matter of hours.
These connectors are also maintained by Portable as APIs change, ensuring data quality and saving engineering teams time.
Manual: Unlimited data sources, destinations and volumes are available at no cost when using manual sync
Scheduled data flow: $200 per flow for unlimited sources, destinations and volumes
Custom: Pricing for teams that require unique plans
250+ data source connectors
Major cloud data warehouses supported including Snowflake, BigQuery, Amazon Redshift, and PostgreSQL
There are no limits on sources, destinations, and volumes, even for basic plans
Includes development and maintenance of data sources
High-touch customer support
Portable offers 250+ connectors, more than Stitch. All these connectors can be used on all plans, including the free plan.
At no additional charge, Portable can build and maintain new long-tail connectors for you.
Portable provides premium support to all customers without additional charges.
250+ connectors, more than Stitch, and a focus on long-tail data sources that most tools don't support
Month-to-month, per-source pricing is easy to understand and predict
You can test all connectors for free on the Manual plan, and you can use them as many times as you like
Connectors made to order and maintained at no charge
Portable does not support enterprise data sources such as Salesforce or QuickBooks, only long-tail data sources
Doesn't support databases as connectors (e.g., MySQL on AWS)
Portable is not available outside the U.S.
Portable is best for companies who need one or more difficult-to-find data connections but don't have enough resources to make and maintain them in-house.
Meltano is a new entrant to the ELT market, having spun out of GitLab in 2021. It's an open-source platform that integrates with the Singer protocol, making it a direct competitor of Stitch in a few ways.
Meltano doesn't offer paid plans at the time of writing. It only offers its open-source platform, which is free to use. A cloud-based SaaS solution for Meltano is being developed with a projected launch date of 2023.
300+ data sources
Native integration with Singer open source data integration format
SDK for custom connectors
Version control and testing integrated into the software
Engineer-first design and features
Meltano can integrate with over 300 data sources. It's built on the Singer protocol which is sponsored by Stitch but licensed as open-source.
Meltano and Stitch both benefit from better Singer integrations, but only Meltano has a team (Meltano Labs) dedicated to updating and maintaining the most popular connectors.
Meltano's CDK can be integrated with Singer to build custom connectors. Your team would most likely be responsible for maintenance and development.
Meltano is very new but has a growing community. Meltano may offer official support as part of its cloud strategy in the future.
Open-source, free platform
Integration with Singer makes it easier to create flexible connectors
Features like Git version control and staging and dev environments as well as end-to-end CI testing are built-in
Meltano was designed for engineers. It doesn't offer low-code or no-code options
There is currently no managed SaaS program, so you'll need to host the open-source software yourself
A smaller user base and less official support
As with Stitch, Singer connectors can fail without warning, and Meltano cannot guarantee connector maintenance
Meltano is the best choice for data engineering teams that have high levels of technical expertise.
CData is a platform built of several separate data tools that enable universal connectivity. It offers ELT, ETL, Reverse ETL visualization, and more.
Standard: $49/month (one data source)
Professional: $99/month (limited to five data sources)
Enterprise: $199/month (limited to ten data sources; custom pricing available for 10+ sources)
Additional tools are available separately
250+ connectors that CData calls "drivers"
Integrates with the CData suite of tools, including Connect Cloud, Sync, and Arc
Optimized speed for extracting from data sources
Access to NoSQL data types as if they were SQL
Support for all types of workloads including ETL, Reverse ETL, and ELT
Available as cloud SaaS or on-premise installation
CData has 250+ data connectors (drivers) built-in.
You can use the Universal API Driver to create a connector to work with data sources that are not supported natively by CData.
Customers regularly praise CData's support. Enterprise customers who have more than five users can access Premium Support, which includes email assistance and customer service over the phone.
Large number of popular data source connectors built-in
Data ingestion-based pricing is simple and straightforward
Integrations with other CData tools for almost all aspects of the data pipeline
Reviewers say that documentation can be difficult to use and understand
Tools don't come bundled so pricing for a complex data pipeline can be more expensive than other options
Data apps do not support custom fields
CData is an excellent fit for teams that need a complete set of pipeline tools and are most familiar with working with SQL.
Airbyte, although a relatively new company in the ELT world, has been growing rapidly. It's an open-source platform that launched out of YCombinator in 2020.
Whereas Stitch is a closed-source platform built on open-source Singer integrations, Airbyte is completely open-source but doesn't use Singer. This offers some unique advantages as well as a few drawbacks.
Open source: You manage the infrastructure, which is free to run
Cloud: $2.50/credit (1 million rows = 6 credits; 1GB = 4 credits)
Cloud high volume: For those who need more than 5,000 credits, Airbyte offers custom pricing
170+ data source connectors (not all are available on cloud service)
Open-source solution that gives you direct access to the code
Change data capture support for databases
Support for data warehouses or data lakes as destinations
Credit-based pricing for SaaS or self-hosting available at no cost
Warehouse-native data transformation capabilities
Airbyte currently offers 170+ connectors for its open-source platform. Although not all connectors are currently available for the cloud offering, this will likely change in the near future.
Airbyte allows you to request custom connectors but will prioritize the ones that are most appealing. Airbyte's connector development kit saves time, but you'll need to understand the development process and maintain any connectors you create.
Airbyte has an established community of 12,000+ users. Paid plans include chat support in-app with a one-hour response time.
Open-source platform that you can use on your own
A platform for engineers with a CDK that speeds up development
Support for 20 destinations is more than most competitors, including Stitch
You will need to create and maintain long-tail connectors by yourself
It can be difficult to predict costs with the credit-based pricing model
Cloud service is missing many popular connectors (e.g. WordPress, Google Analytics 4, Apache Kafka)
Engineer teams that can create and maintain custom connectors using Airbyte's CDK.
Matillion is a closed-source ETL platform for larger companies. Matillion offers an on-premise deployment option, unlike most competitors.
Free: Capped at 1,000,000 rows/month
110+ data source connectors
Available in both cloud-based and on-premise versions
Cloud-based GUI-based data transformations
Pricing model based on consumption
Integration with Matillion Data Loader and Matillion ETL
Matillion includes 110+ data connectors. Because Matillion is made up of two separate platforms---Data Loader and ETL---the available connectors differ in their functionality and are not identical.
Matillion is focused on the most important data sources, but has GUI that allows for basic API integrations. It is up to the user to maintain them.
All plans receive standard support from Matillion. You can add Mission Critical Support to Enterprise Plans. Because Matillion handles all stages in the data pipeline, including loading and transformations, it can be easier to integrate than a more fractured data stack.
Powerful built-in data transformations
On-premise deployments available
Data governance made easier with an all-in-one tool
GUI-based transformations may take some time to master
A limited number of prebuilt data connectors, the lowest of any Stitch competitor on this list
While Matillion is seamlessly integrated with its sister products, this can make it hard to connect other systems
Matillion is the best option for large companies looking for an on-premise platform that can handle data ingestion as well as transformations.
Hevo (officially Hevo Data) is a data pipeline tool that has built-in transformation capabilities. The platform does not require code and supports ETL, ELT, and Reverse ETL workflows.
Free: Capped at one million events (limited to 50+ data sources)
Starter: Starting at $239/month
Business: Custom quote
Hevo Activate can be used separately for reverse ETL:
Free: Limit of 4 data warehouses, 3 SaaS targets
Start at $199/month (limited only to 4 data warehouses, 5 SaaS targets)
150+ data connectors (free plans only have access to 50+)
Real-time data migration
Python data transformations built-in
Live support available round-the-clock
Paid plans include 150+. Only 50+ data connectors are included in the free Hevo plan.
A custom connector can be built using Hevo's REST API. You can also connect to long-tail data sources via its webhooks source.
All plans include 24/7 customer support from Hevo. The Starter plan comes with live chat support and the Business plan has a dedicated account manager.
Wide support for ETL, ELT and Reverse ETL pipelines
Businesses with the most common data sources can use the generous free plan
Platform that does not require programming knowledge
Support for long-tail connectors is limited, especially on the free plan
It can be difficult to predict month-to-month charges with usage-based pricing
Manual mapping is required for some migrations between tools
Hevo is ideal for teams that use popular data sources and need a low-code tool.
Segment is a Twilio-owned platform for extracting, transforming, analyzing, and exporting customer data. Segment's focus on customer data sets it apart from competitors and offers a few unique customer-centric features you won't find elsewhere.
Free: Capped at 1,000 visitors per month and 2 data sources
Team: For 10,000 visitors per month, starting at $120/month
Business: Custom pricing
300+ data sources
Data governance and debugging tools
Customer segments, user profiles, and pixel embedding
Export functionality to marketing tools and CRM platforms
Segment is compatible with 300+ data sources that are available on all plans.
Segment comes with a Functions tool that allows you to create custom connections. Any development and maintenance of custom connectors will be done by your team.
Standard support is included in every plan. Segment offers levels of additional support as an add-on for teams that have total spending amounts over $60,000, $100,000, and $250,000.
Interface is simple and easy to use
For teams with fewer data requirements, the free and cheapest plan are very attractive options
Unique features that allow businesses to segment their customer in a way that isn't offered by other companies like Stitch
Pricing based upon users can be expensive, especially for companies with large amounts of anonymous sessions that all count as separate users
Some connectors do not leverage all the data in APIs. You will need to create a custom connector to extract additional information even from some "supported" data sources
Focused primarily on sales and marketing, and less powerful or even ineffective for other use cases
Premium support is only available for teams spending $60,000+
Segment is ideal for data teams who only deal with marketing, sales, or other customer data.
Rivery is a closed-source SaaS ELT platform with code and no-code options. Rivery ELT scripts (called "rivers") can be created using either a GUI or Python.
Starter: $0.75 per credit
Professional: $1.20 per credit
Enterprise: Custom pricing
One credit equals one API pipeline execution, 100MB data replication, or one logic/transformation execution
14-day free trial
200+ data sources
15+ supported data management destinations
24/7 customer support
Fully managed ELT and Reverse ELT
Prebuilt, editable rivers included in starter kits
Rivery currently has a library of 200+ connectors that are ready to use. They're available with all plans.
Rivery's Custom API allows you to create a new data source. Rivery will also create custom data connectors on request.
Your plan will determine the level of support you receive. Rivery is well-known in the industry for its support. Its customer service scores 9.8 of 10 stars on G2 (compared with the industry average score of 8.5).
Excellent customer service is a hallmark of the company
Comprehensive API support for development teams
Setting up new data pipelines is easy with the help of starter kits and a no-code GUI
Credit-based pricing can be difficult to predict, as it's subject to increases based on data usage and can change month-to-month
It can be hard to identify errors due to vague warning messages
For more complex data sets and connections, GUI can be difficult to use
Rivery is the best choice for teams who are looking for flexible code/no code options and want to get up and running quickly.
Precog uses a different approach to cloud ETL tools. Precog uses artificial intelligence to automatically integrate and apply schema to data sources, rather than requiring manual coding for every connector.
Contact sales for pricing information, based on the data sources used.
More than 10,000 data sources available out of the box
100+ destinations supported
Available as both a cloud SaaS product or on-premise solution
Platform with no code required
Precog has thousands more connectors than any Stitch competitor. These connectors are not hand-coded but rather created using Precog's AI engine.
Precog's AI can be used to create new connectors in a non-code environment. Precog can also provide a custom connection on request within 48 hours.
Precog provides customer support that is tailored to your plan and the needs of your team.
Thousands more connectors than any competitor
Transparent pricing, based on data sources
Unique, AI-based, no-code approach to data integration
Both on-premise and SaaS options are available
Lack of coding may limit technical teams
A recent newcomer to ELT without a large community or third-party resources
For teams that require a lot of connectors, pricing can be expensive
Precog is ideal for teams that require long-tail data connectors and who want to work in a non-code environment.
Fivetran, one of the industry's first data integration tools, was founded in 2012. Fivetran supports ETL workflows and is now one of the most prominent players in the industry. Its main focus is to build connectors for enterprise platforms and data sources.
Standard select: Est. $60/month (limit 1 user, 500k active rows per month)
Starter: Est. $120/month (limit 10 users)
Standard: Est. $180/month
Enterprise: Est. $240/month
Business Critical: Get in touch with sales
14-day free trial available
Support for the most popular and largest enterprise applications
Native warehouse transformation is especially useful for complex data models
Data replication using data change capture
Fivetran provides 160+ data source connectors. Fivetran builds and maintains the connectors most commonly used by the largest enterprise platforms.
Fivetran can provide custom data connectors, but the development time is slow. If you are on the Standard Select plan or higher (not Starter), you have access to Fivetran's REST API to develop your own connectors.
Fivetran provides 24/7 support for all its plans. SLAs are available on more expensive plans.
Integrations with the most important enterprise sources and destinations
One of the most trusted data integration platforms, relied upon by the largest companies in the world
Data synchronization in real-time or near-real-time
Prices are higher than other tools in this space
Pricing model based on Monthly Active Rows can be hard to predict and understand
There is limited support for long-tail connectors and a very low likelihood they will be developed in-house
Fivetran does not support ETL workloads, so businesses looking for an ETL solution will require a different tool
Companies that have access to the largest data sources and an enterprise-level budget for reliable, robust data ingestion and transformation.
Stitch is a popular ELT tool built that leverages the Singer open-source protocol. But while it's popular, it's not the most reliable choice for data-driven businesses. You'll have limited data sources, destinations, and customer support for all but the most expensive plans.
Plus, its dependence on Singer can mean connectors can disappear or break at any time, and Stitch isn't responsible for fixing them. Plus, Stitch's usage-based pricing can be hard to predict from one month to the next.