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Clover review

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It offers customizable POS systems, but you’ll be saddled with a merchant account with a dubious reputation.

Clover’s signature hardware is one of the most ubiquitous systems on the market, sold by a number of third-party processors across the US and backed by its parent company, First Data.

But purchasing hardware through Clover means you’ll end up with a First Data merchant account — a provider with a history of account holds, pushy salespeople and frustrating customer service experiences.

  • Choose this provider if you want an all-in-one processing solution.
  • Consider something else if you prefer to choose a payment processor.

Details

ProductsPayment processing, POS software, POS hardware, Inventory tracking
Monthly fees start atNone
Contract required?No
HardwareProprietary
IndustriesRestaurant, Retail, Services

Clover services

Clover’s Point of sale (POS) systems are accompanied by a merchant account and payment processing:

  • Payment processing. Clover’s software plans come with built-in processing, but rates hinge on the provider you choose.
  • Merchant account. Clover’s point-of-sale solutions come with a First Data merchant account.
  • POS software. Clover offers three software service plans with features that scale by industry and hardware type.
  • POS hardware. Clover’s four signature hardware options, the Station, Flex, Mini and Go, can be purchased from its website.

Clover POS features

Along with standard sales reports and gift cards, Clover’s point-of-sale solutions come equipped with:

  • Offline payments. Accept payments even when your Internet connectivity lapses and process outstanding sales when you reconnect.
  • Staff management. Track and manage employee performance with sales reports, time clocks, tip pooling, payroll and calculated commissions.
  • Customer management. Create customer profiles, build rewards programs and marketing campaigns, assemble feedback and reach out on social media.
  • Virtual terminal. Log in to its dashboard from a smartphone, tablet or computer to accept credit and debit card payments on the go.
  • Merchant cash advance. While this is easier to qualify for than traditional business loans, it’s more expensive and daily repayments can be difficult during slow seasons. Consider all of your options before signing up.
  • App market. Customize your hardware with free and paid apps for managing inventory, employees and customers, to market your business and more.

Restaurant POS features

Use Clover’s POS solutions across a variety of industries, but it has two unique offerings for restaurants:

  • Counter Service Plus. POS bundle geared toward quick-service restaurants, like cafes and pizza parlors. It includes the Clover Station, a customer-facing Mini, a receipt printer and a cash drawer. Customer management tools come integrated with your hardware.
  • Clover Dining. Helps full-service restaurants manage the ebb and flow of daily service with custom floor plans, table management, bill splitting and fire-to-kitchen features.

What hardware is available?

Clover’s hardware options range from a petite mobile card reader to the comprehensive Clover Station:

Type of systemConnectivityScreenAccepted paymentsCost
Clover Flex

Flex

Card reader
  • Wi-Fi
  • Optional LTE connectivity
High-resolution 5″ touch screen
  • Magstripe
  • Chips
  • Tap-and-go
$499
Clover Go

Go

Card reader
  • Bluetooth
No screen
  • Magstripe
  • Chips
  • Tap-and-go
$69
Clover Mini

Mini

Countertop POS
  • Wi-Fi
  • Ethernet
  • Optional LTE connectivity
High resolution 7″ touch screen
  • Magstripe
  • Chips
  • Tap-and-go
$749
Clover Station

Station

Countertop POS
  • Wi-Fi
  • Ethernet
14″ high-definition touch screen
  • Magstripe
  • Chips
  • Tap-and-go
$1,349

Pricing and fees

Choose from three service tiers for Clover’s software: Payments Plus, Register Lite and Register.

A Clover rep helps you choose the best plan for your business. The rep we talked to suggested customized plans and rates may also be available once you provide more detail about your business.

Payments PlusRegister LiteRegister
Best forBusinesses looking for a free plan with basic featuresBusinesses processing less than $50,000 annuallyBusinesses processing more than $50,000 annually
Monthly fee$0$14 monthly$29 monthly
In-person processing rate2.7% + $0.102.7% + $0.102.3% + $0.10
Keyed-in transactions3.5% + $0.103.5% + $0.103.5% + $0.10
Features
  • Payment processing
  • Employee management
  • Customer management
  • Open tabs
  • Discount-based rewards
  • Customer-facing display
  • 24/7 support
Includes all features of Payment Plus and:
  • Limited inventory management
  • Order management
  • Item level discounts
  • Item level tax calculations
  • Item level rewards
  • Limited access to the Clover App Market
  • Items and orders integration
Includes all features of Register Lite and:
  • Complete inventory management
  • Remote order printing
  • Support for 11.6” touchscreen
  • Weight scale support
  • Full access to Clover App Market

Do I have to use Clover as a payment processor in order to use its POS system?

No — Clover processing is only required if you purchase your system directly through Clover. You can use a third-party payment processor with a Clover system, but you’ll need to order the hardware directly through that processor. Any equipment on Clover’s site is programmed to work with Clover Payments.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • Accept any type of payment. Clover’s POS hardware allows you to process credit cards, debit cards, contactless NFC payments, paper checks and cash.
  • 24/7 support. Clover‘s tech support team is available by phone around the clock.
  • App market. Customize your Clover system with a range of popular software integrations including Gusto, QuickBooks, Nav, JazzHR and more.

Cons

  • Limited merchant account. Clover systems are locked into a First Data merchant account: a merchant acquirer with a reputation for account holds and disappointing customer service.
  • No free hardware. Clover products can get spendy in a hurry, and unlike its competitor, Square, it doesn’t offer any free hardware to new merchants.

Clover reviews and complaints

As of October 2020, Clover reviews are generally poor. It is not an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and receives a D+ rating for failing to respond to a complaint. With only seven customer complaints over the past years, Clover’s BBB reputation isn’t much to go on. But its Trustpilot page is far more revealing.

Clover has a TrustScore of 1.5 out of 5 based on the feedback of 289 customers. While customers speak highly of its speedy onboarding and customizable software, common complaints include hidden PCI-compliance fees, inexperienced tech support and multiple transaction holds.

How do I open an account with Clover?

You can purchase a Clover system through a third-party reseller, or start the signup process on Clover’s website:

  1. Click Get Started and select the industry that best matches your business. Or, click Shop All Systems.
  2. Select the Clover product you’re interested in purchasing. Click Buy Now.
  3. Select your software plan. Click Add to Cart.
  4. Select any additional hardware you’d like to add to your cart. Click Next.
  5. Enter your full name, business name, email address and shipping address. Click Continue.
  6. Complete your application by following the link sent to your submitted email address.

If approved, Clover ships your hardware and bills your next monthly statement.

What other products do I need?

With Clover, you have most of what you need to accept customer payments, including a POS system, payment processor and merchant account. But you’ll need a checking account to accept payments:

  • Checking account. Your chosen provider asks you to link a business checking account to your merchant account for deposits.

What is Clover?

Clover was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. In the same year it was established, it was acquired by First Data — one of the largest merchant services providers in the US.

To date, Clover has sold more than a million devices worldwide. Its products are available in the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, Austria, Ireland, the Netherlands and Argentina.

How do I contact Clover support?

Reach Clover support by:

  • Phone. Call 866-330-3392 if you don’t have a Clover account. If you have a Clover account, your help number can be found at the top of your device screen, on the homepage of your web dashboard and in the Clover Go app. Support is available 24/7.
  • Live chat. The live chat feature on Clover’s website is available weekdays 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. EST, and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Shopkeep offers all-in-one payment processing and POS solutions.
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Toast
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Bottom line

Clover pairs sleek point-of-sale hardware with software that can be customized by industry. But you’ll be stuck with First Data as your payment processor and customers warn of frustrating tech support experiences.

Review your processing options with additional providers before making a decision.

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