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10 Best Visual Regression Testing Tools For QA Teams In 2022

My Software Picks

Here’s the list of the best tools that I’ll cover in this article.

  1. Testlio

    Execute livestream testing to identify bugs in real-time

  2. Wraith

    Best for screenshot testing your UI

  3. PhantomCSS

    Open source visual and CSS regression testing tool

  4. Gemini

    Utility for regression testing especially useful to UI library developers

  5. Applitools

    Provides its own Test Grid to test against

  6. Leapwork

    Record your testing efforts on the user interface of your application

  7. Rainforest QA

    Receive and review test results as other tests are still being executed

  8. WebdriverCSS

    Automatic visual regression-testing tool for WebdriverIO

  9. Percy

    Test code changes at responsive breakpoints

  10. Testim

    Best for organizing your test steps for easy review

While it is all well and good executing regression tests alone when your application is very visually focused, it is imperative that the UI and visual performance of your application is thoroughly tested. That's where visual regression testing comes in!

While some tools boast their ability to cover all areas, some tools are geared toward the visual portion of regression testing. In this article, I'll go over my top picks and explain what each does best in this space.

Comparison Criteria

What do I look for when I select the best tools? Here’s a summary of my evaluation criteria:

  1. User Interface (UI): I look for an easy to navigate user interface with features available to you within just a few clicks.
  2. Usability: I look for visual regression testing features that complement your application lifecycle.
  3. Integrations: I look for integrations with project management tools so you can better organize your workflow.
  4. Value for Price: I look for the most useful features for the cost.

Visual Regression Testing Key Features

  1. Test recorder: Records the steps of manual testers who are testing features within the user interface.
  2. Reporting: Robust reporting system so you can be proactive about your fixes.
  3. Cross-platform testing: Ability to test across a variety of platforms and devices.
  4. Single dashboard: Everything you need is easily managed from a single dashboard.

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Overviews Of The 10 Best Visual Regression Testing Tools

Here’s a brief description of each tool to showcase each platform’s best use case, some noteworthy features, and screenshots to give a snapshot of the user interface.

The 10 Best Visual Regression Testing Tools Summary

Tool Free Option Price
1
Testlio

Execute livestream testing to identify bugs in real-time

Not available

Pricing upon request Visit Website
2
Wraith

Best for screenshot testing your UI

Not available

Free To Use Visit Website
3
PhantomCSS

Open source visual and CSS regression testing tool

Not available

Free To Use Visit Website
4
Gemini

Utility for regression testing especially useful to UI library developers

Not available

Free To Use Visit Website
5
Applitools

Provides its own Test Grid to test against

Not available

Pricing upon request Visit Website
6
Leapwork

Record your testing efforts on the user interface of your application

Not available

Pricing upon request Visit Website
7
Rainforest QA

Receive and review test results as other tests are still being executed

14 days free trial

Pricing upon request Visit Website
8
WebdriverCSS

Automatic visual regression-testing tool for WebdriverIO

Not available

Free To Use Visit Website
9
Percy

Test code changes at responsive breakpoints

Not available

From $149/month for the Desktop version Visit Website
10
Testim

Best for organizing your test steps for easy review

Not available

From $1000/month Visit Website

Other Options

Here are a few more that didn’t make the top list.

  1. Watir - Open source platform of Ruby libraries used for automating web browsers
  2. Gemini - Utility for regression testing especially useful to UI library developers
  3. WebdriverCSS - Automatic visual regression-testing tool for WebdriverIO
  4. Spectre - Simple tool used for browsing and inspecting diffs
  5. Basset - Visual regression testing tool that renders images from static HTML
  6. Creevey - Visual testing tool specific to cross-browser testing with a UI runner.
  7. Reg-cli - Visual regression testing tool that has an HTML reporter
  8. Reg-suit - Visual regression testing tool that is inspired by snapshot testing
  9. Differencify - Library for visual regression testing allowing you to compare local changes with screenshots of your website
  10. Loki - Tool for storybook to develop UI components in isolation

What do you think about this list?

The first thing your customers see when they land on your application is the UI. When code changes happen, it's nice to know that you have a robust system in place to cover yourself should any bugs occur following an update, ensuring that your customers don't see the errors. I hope this list has helped inform you what tools out there could complement your needs.

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By Jess Charlton

My name is Jess, and I am a writer and Digital Marketing Technician specializing in quality assurance testing of Content Management Systems for Corporations. My expertise lies in frontend and backend software testing using a variety of QA testing tools. Connect with me on LinkedIn.

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