Top 10 Stitch Alternatives & Competitors (2023 Update)

Ethan
CEO, Portable

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.

Is Stitch your best option?

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The problem is that Singer connections aren't standardized and are often incomplete and outdated, frequently built by someone in the community for a specific use case and then abandoned.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.

Stitch pricing

  • 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

Stitch's key features

  • 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

Stitch's drawbacks

  • 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

Top 10 Stitch Alternatives

  1. Portable
  2. Meltano
  3. CData
  4. Airbyte
  5. Matillion
  6. Hevo
  7. Segment
  8. Rivery
  9. Precog
  10. Fivetran

1. Portable

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.

Portable pricing

  • 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

What's included with Portable?

  • 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

Prebuilt connectors

Portable offers 250+ connectors, more than Stitch. All these connectors can be used on all plans, including the free plan.

Custom connectors

At no additional charge, Portable can build and maintain new long-tail connectors for you.

Maintenance and support

Portable provides premium support to all customers without additional charges.

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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.

Who is Portable best suited for?

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.

2. Meltano

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 pricing

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.

What's included with Meltano?

  • 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

Prebuilt connectors

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.

Custom connectors

Meltano's CDK can be integrated with Singer to build custom connectors. Your team would most likely be responsible for maintenance and development.

Maintenance and support

Meltano is very new but has a growing community. Meltano may offer official support as part of its cloud strategy in the future.

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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

Who is Meltano best suited for?

Meltano is the best choice for data engineering teams that have high levels of technical expertise.

3. CData

CData is a platform built of several separate data tools that enable universal connectivity. It offers ELT, ETL, Reverse ETL visualization, and more.

CData pricing

  • 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

What's included with CData?

  • 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

Prebuilt connectors

CData has 250+ data connectors (drivers) built-in.

Custom connectors

You can use the Universal API Driver to create a connector to work with data sources that are not supported natively by CData.

Maintenance and support

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.

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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

Who is CData best suited for?

CData is an excellent fit for teams that need a complete set of pipeline tools and are most familiar with working with SQL.

4. Airbyte

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.

Airbyte pricing

  • 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

What's included with Airbyte?

  • 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

Prebuilt connectors

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.

Custom connectors

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.

Maintenance and support

Airbyte has an established community of 12,000+ users. Paid plans include chat support in-app with a one-hour response time.

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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)

Who is Airbyte best suited for?

Engineer teams that can create and maintain custom connectors using Airbyte's CDK.

5. Matillion

Matillion is a closed-source ETL platform for larger companies. Matillion offers an on-premise deployment option, unlike most competitors.

Matillion pricing

  • Free: Capped at 1,000,000 rows/month

  • Basic: $2.00/credit

  • Advanced: $2.50/credit

  • Enterprise: $2.70/credit

What's included with Matillion?

  • 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

Prebuilt connectors

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.

Custom connectors

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.

Maintenance and support

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.

Pros

  • Powerful built-in data transformations

  • On-premise deployments available

  • Data governance made easier with an all-in-one tool

Cons

  • 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

Who is Matillion best suited for?

Matillion is the best option for large companies looking for an on-premise platform that can handle data ingestion as well as transformations.

6. Hevo

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.

Hevo pricing

  • 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)

  • Flexible pricing

What's included with Hevo?

  • 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

Prebuilt connectors

Paid plans include 150+. Only 50+ data connectors are included in the free Hevo plan.

Custom connectors

A custom connector can be built using Hevo's REST API. You can also connect to long-tail data sources via its webhooks source.

Maintenance and support

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.

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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

Who is Hevo best suited for?

Hevo is ideal for teams that use popular data sources and need a low-code tool.

7. Segment

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.

Segment pricing

  • 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

What's included with Segment?

  • 300+ data sources

  • Data governance and debugging tools

  • Customer segments, user profiles, and pixel embedding

  • Export functionality to marketing tools and CRM platforms

Prebuilt connectors

Segment is compatible with 300+ data sources that are available on all plans.

Custom connectors

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.

Maintenance and support

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.

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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+

Who is Segment best suited for?

Segment is ideal for data teams who only deal with marketing, sales, or other customer data.

8. Rivery

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.

Rivery pricing

  • 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

What's included with Rivery?

  • 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

Prebuilt connectors

Rivery currently has a library of 200+ connectors that are ready to use. They're available with all plans.

Custom connectors

Rivery's Custom API allows you to create a new data source. Rivery will also create custom data connectors on request.

Maintenance and support

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).

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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

Who is Rivery best suited for?

Rivery is the best choice for teams who are looking for flexible code/no code options and want to get up and running quickly.

9. Precog

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.

Precog pricing

Contact sales for pricing information, based on the data sources used.

What's included with Precog?

  • 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

Prebuilt connectors

Precog has thousands more connectors than any Stitch competitor. These connectors are not hand-coded but rather created using Precog's AI engine.

Custom connectors

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.

Maintenance and support

Precog provides customer support that is tailored to your plan and the needs of your team.

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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

Who is Precog best suited for?

Precog is ideal for teams that require long-tail data connectors and who want to work in a non-code environment.

10. Fivetran

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.

Fivetran pricing

  • 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

What's included with Fivetran?

  • 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

Prebuilt connectors

Fivetran provides 160+ data source connectors. Fivetran builds and maintains the connectors most commonly used by the largest enterprise platforms.

Custom connectors

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.

Maintenance and support

Fivetran provides 24/7 support for all its plans. SLAs are available on more expensive plans.

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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

Who is Fivetran best suited for?

Companies that have access to the largest data sources and an enterprise-level budget for reliable, robust data ingestion and transformation.

Stitch Alternatives: The Bottom Line

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.

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