I found the best form-builder app after scouring the internet. (2020)

I tossed all of the well-known form-builders side-by-side and found the best of them.

I wanted to make sure I was getting the best value for money form-builder tool out there. So I compared all of features, pricing, and documentation of form builders, and here’s what I found out:

The winner: Cognito Form

Cognito Forms. Why? It is the best value for money, as you can see with my comparison table above. But more importantly, it can make complex forms. No need to code to make the form do what you want!

Surveys and other forms (i.e. order forms, customer due diligence, incident reports) may require complex data validation and workflows. Cognito Form has proven it can do all types of validation, hide fields easily based on certain conditions, and have even multiple approvers in the workflow.

Although it does not have direct Google Drive integration (you need to connect to Zapier to do this), it has other features as possible workarounds to this limitation. You just need to be a little creative.

Another great feature is customized templates. You don’t have to copy and paste the data gathered into a document manually. Cognito Form is the only survey app that allows you to place any field anywhere on a document template automatically.

For developers and coders out there, you might be pleased to know that Cognito Form also can post JSON data to a website — another big help to shorten the development process.

The runner-up: Paperform

Paperform is a close second. The forms look more pleasing to the eye aside from having a lots of useful other features. It does not allow more than two columns though. The save and resume feature uses some sort of cache to save the data in the browser instead of a personalized URL.

Formstack is another promising tool, but unfortunately, it is not available in my country (Philippines) so I couldn’t review it.


I have always considered form builders as a no code tool, and Cognito Form feels like you are making a bespoke form because it allows you to have complex data validations. It’s almost limitless what you can do with the calculations feature as well. I even discovered you can make a form with multiple approvers in Cognito form. Check out my tutorial on that here.

There you have it! Do you think this article needs updating? Feel free to reach out and I can update this post.