Having tried dozens of flowchart makers on the market, I have picked my top 5 favorite flowchart tools below.

1.Draw.io

  • https://www.draw.io/
  • Cost: Free
  • Ease of use: 4/5
  • Features: 5/5
  • Pros: Absolutely free, features-packed, easy to use.
  • Cons: No file storage, which makes file navigation and start-up experience a bit clumsy.
  • Best for: All diagramming needs

2. Zen Flowchart

  • https://www.zenflowchart.com/
  • Cost: Freemium, plan starts at $19/year (~$1.6/month)
  • Feature (does it do the job): 4/5
  • Ease of use: 5/5
  • Features: 4/5
  • Pros: Super simple to use, tool dedicated to flowchart.
  • Cons: Some advanced features such as UML symbols are not available
  • Best for: Drawing simple process flowcharts

3. LucidChart

  • https://lucidchart.com/
  • Cost: Freemium, plan starts at $4.99/month
  • Ease of use: 4/5
  • Features: 5/5
  • Pros: Full features, many requirements
  • Cons: Interface is a bit too busy, hard to navigate at first use.
  • Best for: Corporates with different diagramming needs and integration requirements

4. Whimsical

  • https://whimsical.co/
  • Cost: Freemium, plan starts at $9.99/month
  • Ease of use: 4/5
  • Features: 4/5
  • Pros: Super fast. Besides flowchart, you can also create wireframes, sticky notes.
  • Cons: Most expensive out of the 5 tools, but it does offer more than flowchart tool.
  • Best for: Designers

5. Gliffy

  • https://www.gliffy.com/
  • Cost: Plan starts at $4.99/month
  • Ease of use: 4/5
  • Features: 4/5
  • Pros: Most flowchart features one would need. Native Jira integration.
  • Cons: A bit pricey compared to the rest
  • Best for: Most diagramming needs