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Sauce Labs vs. Selenium HQ
May 2022
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"The Failure Analysis feature is really important for us, one of the most important aspects. What is the root cause? Is it because we have a defect or is it that we have a test case that we need to fix or modify? The Failure Analysis is one of the main functionalities that I am exploring all the time in Sauce Labs... The Failure Analysis helps us to discover which test cases we need to work on.""Sauce Labs' dashboards contain multiple useful metrics in one place. Everything is represented to us visually on the dashboard, which helps us understand where to focus our attention, what the issues are, and what we need to resolve.""As stated earlier we use Sauce Labs for a combination of automated testing and manual testing. Therefore the most useful features are the ability to run the functional automated tests via a Sauce Labs tunnels which allows access to applications in our internal network. The second most useful feature is the manual side.""The most critical thing is that this software aligns with our Agile and DevOps way of doing things. It integrates with kickoff scripts through DevOps.""The insights section provides a great overall state of the automation suite and can identify trends relatively quickly. If we see a dip in our passing rate over time, we can look at what changed when the test started failing to find the root cause rather than doing a quick fix to find that the test fails a short time later.""Sauce Labs provides us with more combinations to test, so we can keep adding platforms and devices to our network. That's been a very seamless experience. Let's say there's an iOS or a private device we need. Sauce Labs has helped get all those set up when needed.""One of the most valuable features is that we do not have to have the cross-platform testing vehicles in-house. Sauce Labs gives us the ability to test across platforms and that really helps give us confidence in our products.""Sauce Lab analytics helped us to get detailed knowledge on test cases execution and logs."

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"Has a good Workday application that enables us to handle some of the custom controls.""The testing solution produces the best web applications.""My customer previously validated every file and it would take almost 15-20 minutes for a document. They used to randomly select and test only 100 out of the thousands, maybe 85,000, files, to pick up sampling. Each file would take around 20 to 25 minutes, so we were not able to do it manually, but with the help of Selenium, we were able to test all the files in two days. It saves a lot of time.""Its biggest advantage is that it is very customizable.""The grids, as well as the selectors, are the most valuable features.""We can run multiple projects at the same time and we can design both types of framework, including data-driven or hybrid. We have got a lot of flexibility here.""The most valuable features of Selenium HQ are it is open-source, has a good interface, and integrates well.""Data parametrization and parallelization are the most important features in any automation tool."

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"The only drawback is the speed, it will be good if we have a server in Asia too. It will be great if we can improve speed while initialization and execution.""On a rare occasion, I will come into a ticket where a customer will have reached out to me after reaching out to Sauce Labs, saying, "Sauce Labs doesn't understand what I am going through. They are not being very helpful." So, I try to do clean up there. Outside of those extremely rare occasions, I have only had one or two of those support issues.""The pricing model of Sauce Labs could be more flexible. Sauce Labs has just one price for the type of solution and a set number of devices. Other solutions have a fee for the base solution and an additional cost per device. If you're a smaller organization, you have to consider your needs. Some smaller companies still need to test various devices, so my advice is to start small and scale up as needed. We had initially planned to start big, but that would have been a big waste.""This product is not super scalable, because you have a very specific number of VMs that you can use.""Sauce Labs has room for improvement with its price point. Using a real mobile device, and having that dedicated to your team, costs more than actually purchasing a mobile device. We haven't tried the real devices yet. This is because of their price point.""I can't remove team members that have left the organization. I can only set them as inactive. It would be really nice to clean up my data and delete them from the team management.""As a web product QA team, we sometimes need to spot check some new child site on multiple browsers and OS(es). It was a little time consuming for us since we need to click on each of the browser/OS combinations and start a new session to test. Every sprint, with new features and child pages being added, we mostly need to do the same steps over and over again.""Every time that we run scenarios where we need to discover the geolocation of our customers, by default it shows as Palo Alto, California. That's a problem for us and we need a workaround for those cases... It would be helpful if we could enter a latitude and longitude into Sauce Labs configuration and say, "When you run a virtual Chrome device or an iPhone, make this your default location. Then, provide me that device so I can run my scenarios," because we have stores in different regions across the United States."

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"It would be very helpful to be able to write scripts in a GUI, rather than depend so heavily on the command line.""It would be better if we could use it without having the technical skills to run the scripting test.""If the test scenarios are not subdivided correctly, it is very likely that maintenance will become very expensive and re-use is unlikely.""The installation could be simplified, it is a bit difficult to install.""Selenium HQ can improve the authorization login using OTP, it is not able to be done in this solution.""The latest versions are often unstable.""Sometimes we face challenges with Selenium HQ. There are third party tools that we use, for example for reading the images, that are not easy to plug in. The third party add-ons are difficult to get good configuration and do not have good support. I would like to see better integration with other products.""I would like for the next release to support parallel testing."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The pricing is definitely on the higher end, and there are other options that are more cost-effective."
  • "With respect to pricing, they did a bundled discount because we went with Sauce Labs for both mobile and browser. They were very competitive on pricing and provided a bundle discount for us as a larger customer."
  • "We did initially go with Sauce Labs because of the pricing and integration."
  • "The number of concurrent VMs that Sauce Labs provides depends on your purchase license level."
  • "We pay for a specific number of VMs."
  • "Their pricing is incredibly competitive."
  • "The pricing is reasonable due to the amount of diversity that they provide. However, I feel they might be more flexible to bargain based on their relationship with our organization."
  • "They could improve on the pricing because it seems pretty expensive. I'm sure it's justified, but it's expensive."
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  • "We are satisfied with the pricing."
  • "It's an open-source tool that you can work with at any time without any cost."
  • "This is an open-source product so there is no cost other than manpower."
  • "It is all free."
  • "Selenium is an open-source solution, and It's free."
  • "Selenium is open-source."
  • "Selenium is a free tool."
  • "Selenium HQ is open source and our use of it in our company is provided for free."
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    Top Answer:Sauce Labs' dashboards contain multiple useful metrics in one place. Everything is represented to us visually on the dashboard, which helps us understand where to focus our attention, what the issues… more »
    Top Answer:I believe the price of Sauce Labs is fair. I don't think it's over-priced or under-priced. It's a fair market value for what we're getting. We don't even use all the features, but as new features come… more »
    Top Answer:When we were in development, it was a bit of a pain because we have onshore and offshore development. One of our development shops is in India, and we were running tests over there. When some of the… more »
    Top Answer:Selenium HQ’s biggest advantage is that it is customizable. Its other most valuable feature is that the driver interface is really helpful and user-friendly; Selenium HQ makes it easy to navigate… more »
    Top Answer:It's available open-source and free. To install it, I just have to download it. It also doesn't require too many hardware resources compared to Micro Focus.
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    Overview

    Sauce Labs provides the world's largest secure and highly scalable automation cloud for testing desktop, mobile web, native, and hybrid applications. Sauce Labs helps companies accelerate software development cycles, improve application quality, and deploy with confidence across 450+ browser/OS/device/platform combinations.

    Selenium HQ is a suite of tools to automate web browsers across many platforms. Selenium runs in many browsers and operating systems and can be controlled by many programming languages and testing frameworks. Selenium consist of two types:

    1. Selenium WebDriver - create robust, browser-based regression automation suites & tests and scale & distribute scripts across many environments.
    2. Selenium IDE - create quick bug reproduction scripts and create scripts to aid in automation-aided exploratory testing.
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    Sample Customers
    Salesforce.com, Mozilla, Zendesk, Puppet Labs, Twitter, Bank of America, Eventbrite, Bleacher Report, Okta, Intuit, Travelocity, Sharecare, CapitalOne.
    BrowserStack, Sauce Labs, experitest, Tricentis GmbH, SmartBear Software
    Top Industries
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    Healthcare Company14%
    Media Company10%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Marketing Services Firm8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company31%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Energy/Utilities Company5%
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    Financial Services Firm26%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Retailer10%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise55%
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    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise65%
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    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise43%
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    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Buyer's Guide
    Sauce Labs vs. Selenium HQ
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Sauce Labs vs. Selenium HQ and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    607,127 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Sauce Labs is ranked 2nd in Functional Testing Tools with 28 reviews while Selenium HQ is ranked 4th in Functional Testing Tools with 32 reviews. Sauce Labs is rated 8.6, while Selenium HQ is rated 7.4. The top reviewer of Sauce Labs writes "Metrics about testing across the company are easily accessible, and it's easy to get teams up and running". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Selenium HQ writes "Highly customizable and the best tool out there to do automated testing". Sauce Labs is most compared with BrowserStack, Perfecto, LambdaTest, Tricentis Tosca and ReadyAPI, whereas Selenium HQ is most compared with Eggplant Digital Automation Intelligence, Worksoft Certify, Tricentis Tosca, Appium and Micro Focus UFT One. See our Sauce Labs vs. Selenium HQ report.

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