I’ve been using both grammar checkers for over a year, as a writer, blogger, and editor.Now I’m happy to share my experience and show you how I use Grammarly and Ginger to achieve better results in writing, editing, and online publishing.
In this review, I’m sharing insights on how to best use these apps and pinpoint the main differences between them. The info below will make it easy for you to pick the right software for your particular needs.
Are you ready? Let’s do it!
If you made me choose in five seconds, I would definitely pick Grammarly as my favorite. But if I had some leeway, I would use both apps for different purposes. Why Read on, and I shall reveal the secret to you my scribbler.
1. Grammarly vs. Ginger – a quick intro
Both apps fall into the grammar, spell checker, and language enhancement domain. They are also the two most widely used options available in the market (with Grammarly being in the lead).
The basic premise behind the software is to help you improve your use of language, especially in online communications with the use of AI, statistical algorithms, deep learning, and natural language processing. Sounds cool, I know.
Grammarly started in July 2009. It was first developed by three Ukrainians and is now headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Kyiv and New York City.
Ginger, on the other hand, is an Israeli startup founded at the end of 2007 by Yael Karov and Avner Zangvil. It raised over $10 million through various forms of funding, and Intel acquired some of its business units in 2014.
2. The main similarities between Grammarly and Ginger
- They are both quick and efficient grammar and spell checkers
- They offer some great functionality as apps on iOS and Android
- They’re available as browser extensions
- They are available only in English (so far)
- They have an add-on for Microsoft Word.
- They have free and premium pricing plans
- They offer special pricing plans for businesses
- They provide extra (quite pricey, I might add) human proofreading services
- They are both quite persistent about convincing you to try out their premium plans
3. The main differences between Grammarly and Ginger
- Grammarly has more funding behind it. It’s more modern, with more functionalities, and a better interface.
- Grammarly allows you to edit text documents without breaking the original formatting. This is super useful for bloggers and online publishers.
- In Grammarly, you have to go through grammar alerts one by one. In Ginger, you can approve all the suggestions with a single click. This is not always good (more on that below)!
- The premium version of Ginger is slightly cheaper, especially if you pick that annual plan ($6.24 per month vs. $11.66 for Grammarly).
- Grammarly has a neat feature that’ll define any word you click on in your browser (it will also suggest synonyms). I know it’s silly, but it’s kind of cool.
- Grammarly is more modern as it stores all your writing in the cloud, so you can sync it and access it in real-time from any device.
- Grammarly has a really cool plagiarism checker functionality in the premium version.
- Ginger has a translation option, but it’s nothing better than you would get from Google Translate.
- Ginger also has a built-in dictionary and thesaurus. However, I still prefer to use a free (and blazing fast) all in one dictionary like OneLook.
4. The main features of Grammarly and Ginger – a comparison table
I dug a deep into all available features of the two apps. Feel free to compare them below. You’ll see that Grammarly offers more in-demand features and more functionality which makes it a winner in this comparison.
Here you can see a difference between the two apps at a glance:
|Price||Free or $11.66 a month with the annual plan (the best deal)||Free or $6.24 a month with the annual plan (the best deal)|
|Supported languages||English (US, UK, as well as Canadian and Australian variants)||English (US and UK)|
|Mobile app (Android and iOS)||Yes – Grammarly Keyboard (more on that below)||Yes – PAGE Grammar Spell Checker for iOS and Ginger Keyboard for Android (more on that below)|
|Microsoft Word add-on||Yes||Yes|
|Browser extensions||Yes (Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Microsoft Edge)||Yes (Google Chrome and Safari)|
|Supporting Google Docs||Kind of (only beta version available)||No|
|Storing your synced documents in the cloud (super important)||Yes||No|
|Free trial for the premium version||No (but there is a money-back guarantee)||No (but there is a money-back guarantee)|
|Desktop app for Windows and Mac OS||Yes, both operating systems||Windows only|
|Discounts for students||Yes, only group discounts||Yes, only group discounts|
|Discounts for business teams||Yes||Yes|
|Plagiarism checker||Yes (only in the premium version)||No|
|Human proofreading service||Yes||Yes|
|Keeping text formatting intact (including links)||Yes||No|
|Document statistics (performance, word count, readability)||Yes||No|
|Importing and exporting documents (docx, odt, rtf)||Yes||No|
|Text to speech||No||Yes (only premium version)|
|Creating a personal dictionary (for example, of industry-specific words)||Yes||Yes|
|Translation||No||Yes (40 languages)|
|Word definitions and synonyms||Yes (even within the browser)||Yes|
Now that you understand what each app can and cannot do, let’s dig a little bit deeper and find out the difference in pricing plans.
5. Grammarly vs. Ginger – Pricing
As you already know, both apps offer free plans for their users. They are useful but come with limited functionality. That’s why you may want to upgrade to a premium plan that will give extra features you can use to boost your productivity.
Grammarly pricing plans:
- Free (set up your free account here)
- Monthly ($29.95 a month)
- Quarterly ($19.98 a month – billed as one payment of $59.95)
- Annual ($11.66 a month – billed as one payment of $139.95)
- Business or student pricing – depending on the size of the group and individual needs.
I’m currently on the annual plan because it’s the best deal and it’s cheaper than my Audible subscription.
Ginger pricing plans:
- Free (set up your free account here)
- Monthly ($14.98 a month)
- Annual ($6.24 a month – billed as one payment of $74.88)
- Two years ($4.99 a month – billed as one payment of $119.76)
- Business or student pricing – depending on the size of the group and individual needs.
You can pay with a credit or debit card as well as PayPal for both apps. As you can see, both companies want you to subscribe to the annual plan for which they offer the best deal.
Grammarly is almost twice as expensive as Ginger when you look at the annual plan ($11.66 vs. $6.24). This is justified because it has some premium features you’ll not find in its competitor’s app. It also has a much more modern interface and better mobile apps.
6. Grammarly Free vs. Premium
Yes, you can install Grammarly for free. No strings attached. The only thing is that you’ll get notifications exhorting you to upgrade to the premium plan.
The free version of Grammarly is already great, but you will receive a limited number of alerts for any given document. For example, if you have a 1000 word article and a free version, you’ll get, around 25 alerts for grammar spelling and clarity.
But with the premium version, for the same article, you would get around 50 or more alerts, including ones related to engagement and delivery.
You can read my in-depth review of Grammarly to find out more.
Let’s take a look at the main differences at a glance:
|Features||Grammarly Free||Grammarly Premium|
|Grammar, punctuation and spelling checks||Yes||Yes|
|Grammarly for Windows, Browser, Office, and Mobile Devices||Yes||Yes|
|Showing definitions and synonyms via double clicks||Yes||Yes|
|Auto jump to the next alert (super useful)||Yes||Yes|
|Adding your unique words to Grammarly’s dictionary||Yes||Yes|
|Genre-specific writing alerts||No||Yes|
|Human proofreader feature||No||Yes|
|Extra alerts for Fluency, Conventions, Conciseness, Formality, Confidence, Clarity, Variety and Vocabulary||No||Yes|
7. Ginger Free vs. Premium
Ginger is useful, but it doesn’t have the advanced capabilities you can find in Grammarly. Indeed, it has the translation feature and text to speech which you will not find in the competitor’s app.
But these features are non-essential and you can get them for free with Google Translate or free text to speech service like Natural Readers.
Still, I enjoy using Ginger, especially as the first line of defense against poorly written first drafts. It cleans them up pretty well and then allows me to move the copy to Grammarly for further enhancements.
Here you can see the breakdown of the features you would get with the free or premium version:
|Features||Ginger Free||Ginger Premium|
|Grammar, punctuation and spelling checks||Yes (but limited capability)||Yes|
|Translations in 40 languages||Yes||Yes|
|Definitions and thesaurus||Yes||Yes|
|Text to speech||No||Yes|
|Analysis of your errors||No||Yes|
|Practice on your mistakes||No||Yes|
8. Which app is better for what?
As I mentioned before, I use both apps for different purposes. I use Ginger for cleaning up the first draft as it automatically eliminates simple grammar, punctuation, and spelling mistakes.
Ginger is great at it because it highlights the possible issues at once and then you can clean them up with a single click. This saves you a lot of time if you’re dealing with simple fixes and don’t want to dive deep into the minutia of arcane grammar structures.For me, the primary use of Ginger ends with this simple cleanup, and then I start using Grammarly for many more things.
First off, Grammarly highlights more possible issues than its competitor, so it’s ideal for the second round of editing. It also has some advanced features which I absolutely love.
The app will sort through billions of pages available online and pinpoint copied snippets that appear in the content in front of you. This feature alone is worth at least a couple of bucks per month, but here it’s included in the premium package.
Moreover, Grammarly allows you to find synonyms and definitions even within the browser by double-clicking on any given word. Within the editor, you can also double-click on any word to get definitions and synonyms.
Theoretically, you can do the same in Ginger, but then you’ll have to go to another screen and to lose valuable seconds every time you want to look up a word.
Finally, Grammarly doesn’t break the formatting of the text. It allows you to import and export documents, store data in the cloud, and enhance your writing by boosting readability scores and making your sentences shorter. All of this makes it a better option, at least in my opinion.
9. Grammarly vs. Ginger – A quick video review
To make things easier for you, I even created a video review where I compare the two apps. It’s always beneficial to see an operation on a live app, so feel free to take a look:
10. Grammarly Business vs. Ginger Business
Both apps have special offers for business users. This is understandable, as now the vast majority of business communications go through digital channels.
Plus, once you sign up for the business plan, you’ll get a professional invoice that you can throw into your business expenses. If you grab the individual app, you will only get a receipt.
With Grammarly, you need at least three people in your team to be able to sign up for the business plan. The average price is around $10 per member per month, but this is all negotiable, primarily if you work within a larger team.
With Ginger, you can sign up for business if you have at least two team members. You’ll pay a flat fee of $9.99 per member per month, but this is also negotiable.
Signing up with your team can be an excellent investment because both apps will improve your online communications. Now your emails, Facebook messages, tweets, LinkedIn updates, and Microsoft Office documents will all come with consistent quality.
You can get more information about Grammarly for business here.
You can get more information about Ginger for business here.
11. The difference in interface and user experience
This one is huge, and that’s why I wanted to give it a separate little chapter. Grammarly completely crushes it when it comes to the user interface. They also frequently come up with updates, and their app looks gorgeous. You feel like you’re using something made for a modern user.
Unfortunately, this is not the case with Ginger. While the app has some useful functions, it looks like the interface is ten years old. It’s just doesn’t have the same feel to it, as it seems a little bit outdated.
Moreover, Grammarly offers a better user experience. It’s more intuitive, and you can do more things within the main editor without jumping to separate tabs.
With Ginger, you often have to leave your text and go to a separate section of the app if you want to look up a word or a synonym.
12. Grammarly vs. Ginger – what about the mobile app, add-ons, or browser extensions?
Grammarly has a mobile app called “Grammarly Keyboard,” which is available on both Android and iOS. You can grab the free version and have all the benefits of Grammarly free on your mobile.
It will give you suggestions regarding spelling and grammar in real-time. This is extremely helpful if you do any business texting. What’s more, once you upgrade to the premium version, you will also have all the premium features on your mobile phone. This makes it one of the best and most versatile grammar apps available on the market.
Ginger has two mobile apps – PAGE Grammar Spell Checker for iOS and Ginger Keyboard for Android. Why two different apps? No idea, but both of them are great.
They are ideal for grammar, spell checking, avoiding committing deplorable grammar blunders. You can download the free version of these apps for free of course. But within the app, you can also upgrade to Ginger premium to get extra functionality.
Here’s how these apps look like:
13. Grammarly vs. Ginger – How I use both apps for in my writing and editing process?
For me, it’s not a matter of which app is best, although if I had to pick one, it would be Grammarly. Actually, I use both apps regularly to improve the quality of my writing.
Here’s how I do it. First, I launch Ginger straight from the taskbar on my Windows machine. Then I paste in the text I want to edit into the editor.
I will wait for a couple of seconds until the grammar and spelling suggestions are identified. Then, I quickly un-check the incorrect alerts, and finally click on “accept all changes.” I treat this as the first round of editing.
In most documents, it only takes a couple of seconds and makes the content ready for the next stage.
The next step is to open Grammarly and paste the post-Ginger text into the editor. This is the correct sequence because now all the minor stuff like commas and spelling mistakes are fixed.
With Grammarly, I can now concentrate on higher-level things like readability, conciseness, word order, vocabulary, and other goodies. I use the “auto jump to the next alert” function, which enables me to clean up even a long piece of copy in a matter of minutes. Sometimes this is enough to make it 90% ready for publishing. It all depends on the projects you are working on.
However, for me, the real editing process just begins after using Ginger and Grammarly. The apps are great at detecting simple mistakes, but then I still have to give the copy a final read-through with something like the Hemingway Editor.
This tool helps me to see which sentences are too long and how should I format the text, so it’s ready for publishing. Once I do that, I copy the text back to Word or Google Docs and give it a final stamp of approval.
14. Quick grammar checker FAQ
I hope that by now you already made up your mind about which app is better for you. But I thought it would be prudent to add a little FAQ section here to clear up any remaining doubts you may have. Let’s check it out?
Are Grammarly and Ginger available both on Windows and macOS?
The Grammarly desktop app is available both on Windows and Mac OS. But Ginger desktop app is available only on Windows.
How about Android and iOS?
Both companies offer apps for Android and iOS. They help you clear any grammar and spelling mistakes in real-time as you type on your phone or tablet.
In which languages are these grammar checkers available?
Both apps are available only in English. Ginger can recognize both US and UK variants, but Grammarly goes a step further by introducing Canadian and Australian options. This makes Grammarly more versatile, especially if you are dealing with content coming from many places around the world.
Are there any student discounts available?
There is no discount for individual students. However, both Grammarly and Ginger offer unique plans for educational institutions if a whole class, or better yet an entire school signs up. Then you can count on significant discounts.
You can get more information about Grammarly for education here.
You can get more information about Ginger for education here.
Is there a free trial available for the premium versions?
Unfortunately not. If you decide to invest in the premium version, you have to take a leap of faith in both instances. However, if you’re not fully satisfied, you can get a 100% refund within 7 days of purchase. I would try one of these apps if I were you.
I hope that by reading this article, you concluded that most of the time, Grammarly comes out on top as a better grammar checker. It offers a lot of advanced features that you cannot find in Ginger. But both G’s have their place in a writers’ and editors’ arsenal.
They are best used in concert, during different phases of the editorial process. Both of them are relatively inexpensive and can save you valuable time.