Top 10 Magento Search extensions
1. Ajax Search and Autocomplete
Price: $ 29
The expansion is intended to improve the standard Magento search. It’s implemented on the basis of Ajax. Developers guarantee cross-browser compatibility, color scheme control at the level of CSS, easy installation and free support for three months after purchase. The extension uses the Prototype library and doesn’t require JQuery. Control is via the administrative interface of the site and allows you to customize the look of the products and its image.
- Low price
- Auto complete only searches by product name
- Visually slow
- No improvement of standard search algorithms, the results are not correct
2. Better Store Search
Price: $ 249
The expansion offers improved conversion rate, increase sales through the use of phonetic matching (search-style Google «Did you mean” for a search queries with errors), rank change of search queries. The administrator has the ability to manually adjust the ratings of results and increase or decrease the chances to show the goods in the first lines. In addition the expansion is competently handles requests hyphenated or plural,and this greatly increases the efficiency of the query.
- Significantly improved relevancy in comparison with default search
- Number of incorrect results is less than in the default search
- No improvement in the results of the queries of two or more words. Request “samung phone” gave “Nokia phones” “http://www.betterstoresearch.com/demo/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=samsung+phone http://www.betterstoresearch.com/demo/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=red+shoes
- When a user makes an improper query (if any results) does not take a hint “samsng phon” http://www.betterstoresearch.com/demo/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=samsng+phon
- Doesn’t find corrections at all cases http://www.betterstoresearch.com/demo/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=shoees
- No rank on the importance of attributes http://www.betterstoresearch.com/demo/index.php/catalogsearch/result/?q=cameras it would be logically to show first with the keyword in the title
3. Search by Ranges and Categories
Price: $ 49
The main objective of this extension is narrowing search results and display the most relevant queries. The task is achieved by searching for specified groups and attribute values. The search can be carried out simultaneously in several categories. It is possible to set up lower and upper search limits (From – To).
- Very interesting and specific features
- Unfortunately the demo version of the product at the time of writing the review was not available
4. Better Search.
Free extension to improve the relevance of search results. Search is conducted by the name of the manufacturer and with the rank of attributes. Thus the buyer first will see the results containing the name of a product in a query, and then the results containing the query in a product description.
- Improves the relevance of search
- No stemming
- Support only two lines to improve the relevance
- Doesn’t reduce the number of search results, 70% results are not correct if the search contains two words
5. Sphinx Search Ultimate
Price: $ 149
The extension uses the Sphinx search engine, and therefore uses its advantages. These include high speed search, the ability to handle large volumes of data, high precision search and more. Look at the possibilities of Sphinx search engine, read our article (link). Extension is easy to install, can simultaneously support multiple store views and different languages (more than 10 languages). Sphinx Search Ultimate Extension improves the quality of search in your online store through advanced technologies. Supports morphological forms of a word, fuzzy search, synonyms, syntax like Google, stemming for 10 languages, stop words, setting the search relevance and rank. The new extension is provided with functions of spell correction and auto complete of search query. Flexible configuration and ability to create your own rules to sort query results allow to achieve high accuracy of the search.
- Excellent results for all kinds of tests
- Check for spelling and autocomplete is available only in the Ultimate version
- Third-party product (sphinx) is needed for the work
Price: $ 750
This extension integrates the search engine from Apache Solr in Magento. When using the solution developers predict 200x increase of shop search performance. Consists of fuzzy search solution, auto complete, rank, search tips, fast caching. Therefore buyer will find his product, even if he made a mistake in a search request.
- Good search quality
- Third-party product (solr) is needed for the work
- The index of 200 is questionable
- High Cost
- Demo version is absent
7. Solr Bridge Search
Price: $ 450
Another extension allows you to integrate Solr into Magento CMS. There a number of features stated for this extension, such as Faceted search, correction of phrases, correcting typos, the attribute rank, multiple shops, high-performance, the use of Ajax.
- Fast Work
- Availability of auto complete
- Not correct results with two or more words http://magento.yasova.org/search/?q=samsung+phones
- Selection mechanism results when searching for common terms is not completely clear http://magento.yasova.org/search/?q=Phones
- Lack of search by product groups http://magento.yasova.org/search/?q=shoes
8. i95Dev Like Search
Price: $ 99
Extension offers to relieve the buyer of bad results. It proposes to achieve this through the use of synonyms, corrected misspelled queries and keyword combinations. Like all developers they offer extensions support and technical advice in the first months following the purchase.
- Demo version uses a custom search from Google, which greatly limits the further use of the results – not tested
9. Vubla Search Engine Site Search
Price: Subscription (starter pack 49 $ / Month)
Extension is provided on a monthly subscription. It is interesting because of opportunity to conduct A / B testing for the search results. Such an approach according to the developers increases the efficiency of the search by 15%. Also, they offer the possibility to search through all the pages of the site, catalog, quick search, the rating of actual goods, the use of synonyms, correcting errors in queries, tips.
- Using a third-party service (search index and search are not on your server), the load falls on another server
- Good search relevancy http://magento-testshop.vubla.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=camera
- Using a third-party service (search index and search are not on your server)
- No possibility to make changes, if a third-party service is not be available, your search will not work.
- Not correct results for queries http://magento-testshop.vubla.com/catalogsearch/result/?q=rad+shoe
- Monthly payment
10. Prediggo Intelligent Search
Price: $ 49
Is based on an intelligent search. Extension analyzes the behavior of buyers, models and predicts the most likely behaviors. Based on the analysis corrects the results relevancy. The module is available in three solutions: Essentials, Advanced Search, and Enterprise Search. Each further extends the previous one. In the maximum version a manager of online store will receive: a strategic personalization, correction of input errors, hints, and auto complete synonyms, stop words, Attribute Faceted Displayed Results, contextual optimization and Searchandizing.
- We didn’t find a product demo
All ten of the extensions are present in magentocommerce.com. They can be opened in the demo mode, or downloaded to your online store to learn more. Based on our review we can say that the majority of the expansion offer roughly the same feature set. These include synonyms, sorting, relevance, attributes rank, fuzzy search, tips and auto complete of queries. Part of the modules are progressive new solutions, as part of them enhanced focus on improving and supplementing the existing Magento search. It’s difficult to talk about which extension is better, because they solve their narrow, specialized range of problems arising in the individual conditions. Nevertheless, we hope that this brief overview will allow you to explore the possibilities of Magento search extensions.