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Dashlane vs. 1Password – which one is better?

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Dashlane and 1Password are two of the most popular password manager apps. These tools make our lives easier, so we don't end up stymied in an alphabet soup of forgotten passwords, Captchas, two-factor authentications, and trying to remember your maternal grandmother’s maiden name. Both offer the core features any great password manager should have, plus unique features of their own, all for little or no money out of pocket.

So which is better? Each has its defenders. Let’s pit them against each other in a grudge match to see which is better – Dashlane or 1Password.

Dashlane1Password
Rating:
4.9
4.7
Free version:YesNo
Price:from $1.99/monthfrom $2.99/month
Current deal:Get Dashlane, save up to 20%!-
Encryption:AES-256-bitAES-256-bit
Platforms:Windows, macOS, Android, iOSWindows, macOS, Linux, Android, iOS
Storage:1 GB1 GB
Website:Dashlane.com1password.com

Winner:

Dashlane winner logo

Dashlane vs. 1Password: features overview

Both Dashlane and 1Password share a core set of features and tout extra features that make each app unique. However, the former has extras that kick in at higher price points, and, frankly, we would rather rely on 1Password as our only source of identity protection. It has multiple vaults and Travel Mode available at lower-priced plans, give it the slight edge over Dashlane.

Winner:

1Password logo

Common features

The centerpiece of Dashlane, in either the web app or the native app, is the “Vault,” where you can store passwords, personal info, secure notes, payment card info, IDs, and receipts. Whatever operating system or browser you access your Dashlane account from, you can access your vault and its encrypted contents.

Similarly to Dashlane, 1Password allows you to stock a vault with passwords, secure notes, payment card info, and more. 1Password differs, however, in that users can create multiple vaults. Teams and Business users can use vaults to manage permissions, inviting team members to access one vault but not the other.

Dashlane rates passwords for strength, and can also generate random, strong passwords with the click of a button. You can view your overall identity protection strength at the Identity Dashboard and Password Health platforms.

1Password also rates passwords by strength and lets you share credentials and private notes with other 1Password users. Additionally, 1Password has a feature called “Watchtower,” a one-stop identity monitoring platform.

Guarding your sensitive info through encryption and a “master password,” Dashlane also offers other security features in paid plans, including a VPN, identity theft protection, and dark web monitoring. The Dashlane and 1Password X browser extensions both let you autofill saved passwords, credit card information, personal info, and other credentials by arming the fields with a Dashlane/1Password icon, which you can click to access the relevant credentials from your vault.

Unique features

Uniquely, Dashlane has a feature where you can change all your passwords (or selected passwords) with one click. Passwords and secured notes can also be shared with authorized Dashlane users, enabling you to share login credentials without exposing passwords.

1Password has no “one-click” password changing and doesn’t offer a VPN or identity theft protection. What it does have is “Travel Mode.” Some credentials become more vulnerable when you cross national borders. 1Password allows you to label vaults as “travel-safe.” When you activate travel mode, your travel-save vaults will be accessible, the vulnerable vaults disabled.

Dashlane vs 1Password: which offers better value for money?

It’s close. We would describe both of these services as admirably affordable, considering the features. Dashlane gets extra points for having a totally free plan, but 1Password has lower prices for a more feature-rich ecosystem. However, Dashlane adds extra value in the form of advanced security in their premium plans—VPN access, Identity Theft Insurance, etc. Despite the higher prices for premium plans, we’re giving this round to Dashlane.

VersionDashlane1Password
Free$0.00
Premium$39.99/year35.88/year
Family$59.99/year$59.88/year
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Winner:

Dashlane winner logo

Free and premium plans

Dashlane has three individual plans – Free, Premium, and Premium Plus.

The free plan is good for one device, up to 50 passwords, and secure sharing of up to five accounts. It also includes basic security features and a 30-day free trial of Premium.

The Premium plan adds unlimited passwords, unlimited devices, Dark Web monitoring, and a VPN, all for an annual fee of $59.99 ($4.99/month).

Premium Plus adds credit monitoring, identity restoration support, and Identity Theft Insurance for an annual fee of $119.99 ($9.99/month)

Dashlane also offers two family plans: Premium Family and Premium Plus Family, both supporting up to six users.

Premium Family creates a family dashboard with private accounts for each member, including all the features of Premium with extra personalization—all for an annual fee of $89.99 ($7.49/month).

Premium Plus Family adds the credit monitoring and identity services of Premium Plus, for a $179.99 annual fee ($14.99/month).

1Password has two “individual and family” plans—1Password and 1Password Families.

1Password’s basic plan offers unlimited passwords and items, plus 1 GB of storage, travel mode, and two-factor authentication, all for an annual fee of $35.99 ($2.99/month).

1Password Families allows you to share information with up to five family members, and even more for an extra $1/month each. Family members can share passwords, manage permissions, and recover each others’ accounts. The annual fee is $59.99 + $12 per extra family member ($4.99 + $1).

1Password also offers two business plans—Teams and Business—as well as customized Enterprise plans.

1Password Teams adds unlimited vault sharing and admin controls. The annual fee is $47.99 ($3.99/month) per user.

1Password Business adds VIP support, 5 GB of storage per user instead of 1 GB, 20 guest accounts instead of 5, and more security and permission control. The annual fee is $95.99 ($7.99/month) per user.

Dashlane’s Free plan offers a robust selection of password-management tools. 1Password offers no free plan, but they do offer a 30-day free trial of the basic plan.

Dashlane vs 1Password: which one is more secure?

Both Dashlane and 1Password offer substantial security. However, extra protection of the secret key gives 1Password a slight edge in terms of data security.

Winner:

1Password logo

Encryption and MFA

Dashlane uses 256-bit AES encryption and multi-factor authentication to protect your data. They guard your master password using PBKDF2 encryption. Passwords generated by Dashlane use a randomizer to mix up letter cases, numerals, and special characters to create guess-proof passwords.

1Password also uses the industry-standard 256-bit AES encryption algorithm and also offers multi-factor authentication to protect your data. It also generates a 64-digit “secret key” that must be used to authorize devices and recover master passwords.

Passwords generated by 1Password use a randomizer to mix up letter cases, numerals, and special characters to create guess-proof passwords.

1Password vs Dashlane: ease of use and setup

For sheer ease of use, we have to give the win to Dashlane. It’s easy to hit the ground running with an app this intuitive and user-friendly.

Winner:

Dashlane winner logo

Dashlane interface

The Dashlane desktop app is extremely intuitive and user-friendly. One of the consequences of having fewer features is that every feature can be splayed out in plain view on the Dashlane app panel. Forget the learning curve—it is next to impossible to get lost anywhere in the Dashlane UI.

When you log in on the app, your vault is displayed in an uncrowded left-hand column with options for “Passwords,” “Secure Notes,” “Personal Info,” “Payments,” “IDs,” and “Receipts.” At the bottom of the column is a “My Accounts” selection and a button to turn sync on and off. The search bar is at the top of the left-hand column to give you easy access to any items in your vault.

You'll find a green “Add New” button at the top of the big white right-hand field is . Whichever asset you have selected on the left (“Password,” “Payment,” etc.), hitting this green button will pop up a field that allows you to add a new one of those. The “Passwords” and “Secure Notes” sub-vaults have a “Share” button at the top, which allows you to share these credentials or confidential information with another Dashlane user.

The “Passwords” menu also has another cool feature at the top—a one-click “Password Changer.” You can select as many passwords as you want and hit this button. Dashlane will log into the site, change your passwords, and save the changes. It’s a quick and easy way to keep your secure info secure.

As you add items to your vault, they appear in the white right-hand field. A dropdown menu allows you to sort by name, category, or usage. The toggle in the upper right lets you choose “list view” or “icon view.”

dashlane screenshot UI

1Password interface

At a glance, 1Password looks more complicated. Multiple vaults are splayed out in tile format across a large left-hand field. The right-hand field has just three options—“Home,” “Billing,” and “Invite People.” There’s an “Add Vault” button in the upper-lefthand corner, an account dropdown menu, and an exhortation to upgrade … but where are your passwords?

It turns out that they get stored in vaults. Once you get the hang of it, it isn’t too hard to find your way around. Click on the tile of each vault and you find an interface much like Dashlane—items in a left-hand column (“Password,” “Payment Card,” etc.), with a list of options in a middle column and details of the selected item in the left-hand column.

The vault title in the upper center can be clicked on, which creates a dropdown menu of other vaults you can visit. “Travel Mode,” notifications, and the account dropdown menu remain at the top of every page.

The lay of the land on 1Password takes some getting used to, but once you have it down, it isn’t too hard to find what you are looking for.

1Password vs Dashlane: apps and compatibility

Photo finish. The Dashlane extension works on more browsers, while the 1Password app is supported by more operating systems. Since you can use the Dashlane web app on several of the missing operating systems, however, we’re going with Dashlane. More combinations of OS and browser can support the full Dashlane experience.

Winner:

Dashlane winner logo

Desktop

The Dashlane app is supported by Windows and macOS. The app is not supported by Linux or Chrome OS, but users of these operating systems can still use the Dashlane web app.

The 1Password app is supported by Windows, macOS, Linux, and Chrome OS.

Mobile

Dashlane has mobile apps for Android and iOS. Windows Mobile, Windows RT, Blackberry, and the Amazon Kindle do not support the Dashlane native app or the web app.

1Password is available on Android and iOS.

Browser extensions

Dashlane browser extensions can be installed on Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Edge. The sync function synchronizes all passwords and other data across all devices, operating systems, and browsers provided the user enters the right master credentials.

The 1Password X browser extension can be installed on Chrome, Firefox, and Brave. The synchronization feature ensures that all your data is available across your devices and platforms.

Video review

Dashlane vs 1Password video review

Dashlane vs 1Password: Who wins?

CategoryDashlane1Password
Features✔️
Pricing & Plans✔️
Security✔️
User-friendliness✔️
Compatibility✔️

Winner:

Dashlane winner logo

Both 1Password and Dashlane offer similar features and compete side-by-side on pricing, security, and user-friendliness. However, for its compatibility, free plan, better value in the paid plans, and idiot-proof UI, our choice for the best password management app is Dashlane. So, even though this 1Password vs Dashlane fight was intense, we definitely have a winner.


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FAQ

Comments
Genine
Genine
prefix 1 month ago
I’m a current user of 1password but I’m thinking of switching to Dashlane, before I do that I wanted to know about Dashlane tech support. I find 1password difficult to use and their self tutorial for troubleshooting is above my IT level.
Ran Ever-Hadani
Ran Ever-Hadani
prefix 7 months ago
FWIW, 1password claims to allow importing passwords from dashlane https://support.1password.com/import-dashlane/

Also, I am a long time user of Dashlane, and am not a fan of their UI. Their week points are (1) no easy way to manage duplicate entries (2) no way to change config from the extension next to the a login/password prompt (for example, when you want to make an entry site-wide and not url specific, or remove dups. I have not tried 1password, so can’t tell how they compare on these fronts.

Their android app is great though – used to suck, but recently re-implemented.
Dashlane Premium User
Dashlane Premium User
prefix 8 months ago
Appreciate the review, however one important note that you failed to share about Dashlane – they are discontinuing their Windows Desktop App and replacing it with a Browser Only Extension.

So now, even if you need a password or payment information not on a website (say you’re ordering something over the phone or another desktop app requires a password), you still have to open a web-browser.

I would of agreed that Dashlane is the better app, but with this recent decision I am looking at making a change to 1Password.
Guy
Guy
prefix 1 month ago
Long time user of Dashlane. Yes, they have gone to a browser only extension, but the interface and behavior in the browser extension looks and acts just like the desktop app. I have experienced NO difference in use or convenience. And it’s not like opening the extension is different than opening the app — one click, and there it is. And generally speaking, if I need a password on my PC, it’s because I already have my browser open, and the Dashlane icon is readily displayed at the top of the browser, so it’s even easier to open the extension than to open a separate app.

As far as “ordering something over the phone”, the phone still uses an app, so that argument doesn’t hold water.
Fourvin
Fourvin
prefix 8 months ago
You are right, but you can still rely on the excellent (Android) app, much more handy to browse through and get your password. Much quicker than on the Desktop or browser app.
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