Welcome to our roundup of the best ChatGPT alternatives.
ChatGPT is the app that everyone’s been talking about lately. Its ability to create incredibly human-like dialogue and provide sophisticated responses to prompts has made it a powerful tool for all sorts of use cases.
But with all the hype around ChatGPT, many competing tools have flown under the radar. And that’s a shame, because there are lots of other great AI apps and chatbots out there—and some of them are even better than ChatGPT for specific use cases.
In this post, we’ll be reviewing all of our favorites. We’ll look at how each of them compares to ChatGPT and explore their key features, pros and cons, and more.
Ready? Let’s get started.
The best ChatGPT alternatives compared
ChatSonic by Writesonic is our top pick for the overall best ChatGPT alternative.
It’s a much better choice for writers and marketers thanks to its fantastic UI, powerful built-in document editor, and huge library of pre-built prompts for different use cases.
Plus, it isn’t limited by its training data like ChatGPT is. It combines GPT-4 with real-time data from Google Knowledge Graph so that it can generate responses with up-to-date knowledge of current events. And it can even generate AI images with Stable Diffusion and DALL-E.
#1 – ChatSonic (by Writesonic)
ChatSonic is hands-down the best ChatGPT alternative for writers. It uses GPT-4—OpenAI’s latest and most powerful LLM—and fixes lots of the major limitations that mar ChatGPT.
ChatSonic has been specifically built to help writers and marketers to create SEO-optimized, plagiarism-free content. That includes blog posts, email content, social media posts, landing pages, etc.
And because it’s designed for that specific use case, it comes with a bunch of powerful writing features that you don’t get on ChatGPT.
The AI article writer is particularly useful. It can be trained on content that you’ve already written to write in your brand voice. Just upload documents or provide links to your existing content, and ChatSonic will do the rest.
To help make sure your content ranks, ChatSonic integrates with Surfer SEO. Once you’ve connected the two, you’ll be able to optimize your articles for search inside the Sonic Editor.
The Sonic Editor itself is an integrated text editor that’s a lot like Google Docs but with the addition of AI-powered editing tools, like a paraphraser, text expander, etc.
And there are lots of other things ChatSonic can do that ChatGPT can’t, aside from the above.
For example, its integration with Google Knowledge Graph allows it to write about trending topics in real-time. In comparison, ChatGPT can only access information from before September 2021. This alone is a huge game-changer.
It can also generate unique AI art from text prompts using Stable Diffusion or DALL-E models. Again, this is something you can’t do on ChatGPT.
Other unique features you get on ChatSonic include customizable writing personas, a Chrome extension to generate content as you browse the web, a prompt library and marketplace, and a no-code AI chatbot builder (Botsonic).
The only catch is that it’s only free for your first 10,000 words. If you need more than that, you’ll have to sign up for one of ChatSonic’s paid plans, which come with additional credits.
That said, you’d need to pay for ChatGPT Plus anyway if you wanted to use GPT-4. And you get a lot more for your money with ChatSonic.
Just keep in mind that ChatSonic only uses GPT-4 to generate content when you select ‘Superior’ quality, and Superior-quality content generation uses more credits.
- AI article writer
- 100+ AI templates
- Sonic Editor
- Paraphrasing tool
- Text expander
- Article ideas
- Product descriptions
- Landing pages
- Chrome extension
- One-click WordPress export
- Brand voice
- Image generator
- Surfer & Semrush integrations
- Able to generate up-to-date content on current events and trending topics
- Large library of templates/prompts for different types of content
- Excellent editor
- Good value for money
- ChatSonic is part of a broader AI writing tool that may not be ideal for some users
- Requires Surfer integration for SEO optimization
Free trial plan is available for up to 10,000 words. Paid plans start from $19/month, but you can save 20% – 33% if you sign up for an annual plan.
Read our Writesonic review.
#2 – Chat by Copy.ai
Chat by Copy.ai is another great ChatGPT alternative, especially for marketers and bloggers. It comes with strong team collaboration tools and a bunch of useful features you don’t get on ChatGPT.
One of our favorite things about Copy.ai is its inline document editor. On ChatGPT, you have to copy-paste the content you generate over to something like Google Docs manually before you can edit it. But with Copy.ai, you can do it all from the same app.
On the left, you have an AI chatbot that looks and feels just like ChatGPT. And on the right, you have the document editor where you can polish up the AI-generated content as needed.
Copy.ai also pulls from real-time data so you get up-to-date responses to all your queries/prompts.
Speaking of prompts, Copy.ai provides you with a library of prebuilt prompts to help improve the quality of your output, guide your workflow, and save you time. There are prompts to help you create personalized email copy, PPC ads, and even SEO-optimized blog posts.
And the best part? You can use Copy.ai without spending a penny thanks to their generous Free Forever plan, which lets you generate up to 2,000 words/month. If you need more than that, the paid plans offer unlimited words and are reasonably affordable.
- 90+ templates
- blog post wizard
- ideas generator
- keyword generator
- Freestyle tool
- Ad copy
- Product descriptions
- Inline editor
- Real-time data
- Team collaboration tools
- Very easy to use
- Good selection of copywriting prompts
- High-quality output
- Generous free plan
- No SEO suggestions
- Editor is a little basic
You can get started with the Free Forever plan. Paid plans start from $49/month, save 25% if you sign up for yearly billing.
#3 – Microsoft Bing Chat
Bing Chat is Bing’s AI-powered conversational search engine. It’s powered by the same model as ChatGPT (GPT-4) but is more geared toward search than content creation.
Bing Chat is completely free to use and uses GPT-4, which gives it an edge over ChatGPT’s free version (which still runs on the older GPT-3.5 LLM). It’s also able to provide up-to-date information using real-time data from Bing’s search index.
However, because it’s been designed specifically as a conversational search tool, it’s not as flexible as ChatGPT. It’s great for providing answers to search queries, but it’s less good at the things that ChatGPT is great at, like writing content and code.
If you want to try Bing Chat out, you’ll need to use the Edge browser. That’s right, you can’t use it on Chrome, which is a huge bummer seeing as it’s the most popular browser, but given that Bing is a direct competitor to Google, it makes sense that they’d want to use this as an opportunity to keep users on their own browser instead.
Once you’ve opened up Edge, you can click the Bing icon in the top-right and enter your question into the dialogue box. Bing Chat will respond to it with information pulled from web results and its language model. And unlike ChatGPT, it’ll usually give you citations and links within its response so you can check its sources, which is pretty neat.
Another cool thing about Bing Chat is that it lets you generate images too thanks to its integration with the DALL-E model from OpenAI. Just open up the chatbot in Creative mode and enter a prompt that describes what you want it to create.
But our favorite thing of all is that Bing Chat can answer questions contextually, as you browse the web.
You can start a conversation with Bing Chat directly from the sidebar in your browser. So if you’re on a website page full of information, you can ask it questions about that page and it’ll generate contextual answers on the fly.
For example, if you’re faced with a lengthy blog post and you just want a summary of the key information, you can ask Bing Chat to summarize it for you. Cool, huh?
- AI-powered search engine
- Page context
- Source citations
- Up-to-date data
- DALL-E image generation
- Chat history
- Completely free to access
- Cites sources for its answers
- Long contextual memory
- Accessible from your browser
- Limited chats and sessions (15 chats per session and 150 chats per day)
- Not as good for long-form responses
- Less flexible/versatile
Bing AI Chat is 100% free to use and built into the Microsoft Edge browser.
#4 – Google Bard
Bard is Google’s answer to ChatGPT and Bing Chat. It’s another AI chatbot that’s designed around search. Right now, it’s still in development and isn’t quite on par with ChatGPT just yet—but its future looks promising.
Bard can do all the things that ChatGPT can do: Answer queries, write code, create content… all that sort of stuff.
But the big difference between Google Bard and ChatGPT is that Bard can pull its information from the web, rather than relying only on its training data, so you get up-to-date answers to your queries based on real-time, current events.
Another big difference is that unlike ChatGPT (as well as Bing Chat, and pretty much every other AI chatbot on the market right now), Bard isn’t powered by OpenAI’s GPT-4
Instead, Google has made the bold decision to go its own way and develop its own LLMs to power Bard: LaMDA and PaLM 2.
But because Google is a little late to the party, LaMDA and PaLM 2 aren’t quite as good as GPT-4 at the minute, at least in our opinion. And as such, Bard is definitely having some teething problems. In particular, it seems to occasionally over-confidently assert factual inaccuracies, which leads to some goofy responses.
That said, it has its strengths too. It’s great for research, and it has a really nice UI. And its integration with Google is obviously a big bonus; you can seamlessly move from your chatbot conversation to the search results at any time by clicking ‘Google it’ below Bard’s response.
I also expect that, given that Bard is still in the development phase (if you open it up, you’ll notice it stresses that it’s currently in ‘experimental’ mode), it’s going to get a lot better in the future. Watch this space.
- Google Search integration
- Powered by LaMDA
- Creative content generation
- Coding assistance
- Export to Docs and Gmail
- Access to real-time knowledge through Google Search
- More natural conversations than ChatGPT
- Great for research
- Nice UI
- Completely free
- Can’t cite its sources yet
- Not always accurate
- Can’t generate long-form content or images
Google Bard is completely free to use.
#5 – Rytr Chat
Rytr is another powerful writing assistant with a lot going for it. You can use it to generate content, copy, images, outlines, and more.
Unlike ChatGPT, Rytr comes with a document management feature. From your dashboard, you can view, manage, and organize all the projects you’re working on into separate documents and folders.
And you can open up any document to generate and edit content with the power of AI inside Rytr’s built-in Rich Text Editor.
Generating content with Rytr is super easy. You can choose your use case (the type of content you want to create), language, and tone. Then, enter some initial instructions/keywords and let Rytr work its magic.
After you’ve generated your content, you can edit it manually or using AI-powered tools. For example, Rytr can automatically rephrase, improve, or expand on content for you.
Aside from writing content, you can also use Rytr to generate keyword ideas, analyze SERPs for any given keyword, create images, check content for plagiarism, and more.
It also has a unique ‘content writing profile feature’, which lets you create a public profile page to host your writing portfolio and share your work with others. This makes it a great choice for professional content writers.
- AI content generator
- Image generator
- Rich Text Editor
- Custom tone
- 50+ use cases
- Plagiarism checker
- Keyword research
- SERP analysis
- Writing profile
- Team collaboration
- Easy to use
- Lots of use cases
- Unique features
- Affordable plans
- Quality of output can be hit and miss
- UI could be better
You can get started with Rytr’s Free plan. Paid plans start from $9/month, and you can get 2 months free when you sign up for yearly billing.
#6 – Jasper
Jasper is another great ChatGPT alternative for content and copywriting. It offers unlimited AI-generated words on all paid plans and comes with some really cool features.
While ChatGPT runs exclusively on GPT-3.5 (or GPT-4 in the case of ChatGPT Plus), Jasper mixes together all the best bits from multiple large language models, including GPT-4, Anthropic, and Google’s models to cover all its bases.
It combines those LLMs with search data from Google and its own in-house tools, and the result is one of the most versatile AI writing assistants on the market.
There are 50+ AI prompt templates for various use cases and content formats, like product descriptions, creative stories, blog post topics, outlines, Google Ads, meta descriptions, and even video scripts.
Like Chatsonic, Jasper also has a brand voice feature, which allows you to train the AI to write in your own style. It can even scan your website to learn all about your brand and the different tones/styles you use for different types of content, then mimic those styles in its output.
And Jasper gets top points for data privacy too. Unlike ChatGPT, it won’t use your data to train its third-party AI models, and it doesn’t retain any ownership of the content you generate. Its data centers are based in the US and there are powerful built-in security features to keep your data safe.
Aside from written content, Jasper can also generate amazing AI art and images in seconds.
- Content generation
- 50+ templates
- Custom tone of voice
- AI art generation
- Rephrase & rewrite
- Document editor
- Plagiarism checker
- Browser extension
- SEO mode
- Team collaboration
- Brand voice
- Combines multiple LLMs (large language models)
- Advanced feature set
- High-quality output
- Unlimited words on all plans
- Higher starting price compared to some other options
Plans start from $49/month, and you can save 20% with yearly billing. There’s no free forever plan but you can get started with a 7-day free trial.
Read our Jasper review.
#7 – Writecream
Writecream is a popular all-in-one AI platform with thousands of users. Use it to generate marketing content and sales emails in seconds.
Writecream’s built-in chatbot, ChatGenie, overcomes four of the biggest problems with ChatGPT.
First off, unlike ChatGPT, it leverages Google Search so that it has up-to-date knowledge of events after 2021. If you ask ChatGPT who won the World Cup in 2022, it won’t be able to give you an accurate answer. But Writecream’s ChatGenie can.
Secondly, it’s always available, with excellent uptime. So you don’t have to worry about being unable to operate when it’s at capacity like you do with ChatGPT.
Thirdly, it supports 75+ different languages. In comparison, ChatGPT has no multilingual support—you can only generate responses in English.
And lastly, it’s not limited to text-only output like ChatGPT. Writecream has AI tools to generate all sorts of content, including AI art, images, written content, and even audio content like voiceovers and podcasts.
There are pre-made templates/prompts for all the most common types of written marketing content: blog posts, Facebook and Google ad copy, social media content, outreach emails, LinkedIn icebreakers, etc.
And you also get AI-powered editing tools like a summarizer, paraphrased, content rewrite, and expansion tool to help you get your content ready for publication.
Writecream offers a generous free forever plan too. It comes with all the main tools/features plus 20 credits, which lets you create up to 2 long articles, 4 short articles, and 4 podcasts/voice-overs.
- Plagiarism checker
- Paraphrased & summarizer
- Ad copy
- Social media captions
- SEO meta descriptions
- Android & iOS app
- AI art
- Multilingual content
- Real-time data
- Feature rich
- Easy to use
- Can generate text, images, and audio
- Generous free plan
- Output quality can be hit and miss
- Support could be better
Get started with the Free Forever plan. Paid plans start from $29/month
#8 – Poe.ai
Poe has long been considered to be one of the most viable ChatGPT alternatives. It was built by the CEO of Quora who wanted to take ChatGPT’s technology and make it more flexible and easier to use for the end consumer.
The idea that guided Poe’s development is this: Different AI chatbots and LLMs have different strengths and weaknesses, and some are better suited for certain tasks than others.
So what Poe has done is take a bunch of different bots and combined them all into one user-friendly app, making it easy for users to switch between them depending on what they’re trying to do and ‘explore’ different options.
That’s where the name comes from, POE: Platform for Open Exploration.
It isn’t a browser-based tool like most of the other chatbots on this list; it’s a mobile app. So you’ll need to download and install it first.
From there, open it up, and you’ll be dropped into what looks like a messaging app from which you can interact with the chatbots.
Open up the options, and you can instantly switch between 6 different bots: Sage, GPT-4, Claude+, Claude-instant, ChatGPT, and Google-PaLM. This provides a neat opportunity to compare them all side-by-side and figure out which one works for you.
And it’s not limited to just those 6 bots either. If you click ‘Explore bots’, you can instantly access dozens of other AI bots, including popular tools like Midjourney and DALL-E, as well as hundreds of less well-known, custom-made bots from other users.
Some of these bots are really cool and have very specific use cases. For example, there’s an ‘EmbellishBot’ that will embellish everything you say to make it sound overly convoluted. There’s a RoastMaster bot that’ll roast you in chat. And there’s an Emojis bot that’ll automatically rephrase the messages you enter into emojis.
If you want, you can even create your own bot on Poe. Just click ‘Create a bot’ from the options page to get started. Then, select a base bot and enter an initial prompt to guide its responses (this won’t be visible to the user) and an intro message.
- Explore bots
- Create a bot
- Messaging app interface
- IOS app
- Great UI
- Easy to use
- Seamlessly switch between different AI bots
- Versatile and flexible
- Not browser-based (requires you to install an app on mobile/tablet)
- Not an original tool (combines existing AI bots in one app)
You can try out Poe for free with usage limitations. Paid plans start from $19.99/month.
#9 – Playground
Playground is another web-based AI tool that is also developed by OpenAI—the creators of ChatGPT. But it’s a lot more flexible and powerful.
The main difference between the two tools is that Playground was created specifically for developers and AI researchers, while ChatGPT was designed for casual users.
The upshot of this is that while ChatGPT is undoubtedly easier to use, Playground is much more versatile and customizable.
It provides an environment through which you can experiment with different AI models and train, test, and fine-tune the available models on your own datasets to build your own predictive language tools.
There are several base AI models available on Playground, including different versions of GPT: Ada, Babbage, Curie, and Davinci. Davinci is the most advanced version and provides the best responses most of the time, but Ada is the fastest.
Aside from choosing your AI model, you can customize things like the maximum response length you want the AI to generate, the frequency (how much it repeats itself in its responses), and the temperature (which controls how logical/random the responses are).
In doing so, you can really refine your responses and make GPT work exactly the way you want it to.
And like ChatGPT, Playground is free to use initially. However, usage limits apply, and once you’ve reached your allotted credits, you’ll need to pay for additional usage.
- Several AI models
- Adjustable settings
- Prompt presets
- Customizable edit modes
- Developer-friendly AI tool
- Train AI on your own datasets
- Flexible and versatile
- Free trial credits
- High learning curve
- Not free forever (limited tokens)
You can try Playground for free. Once you’ve run out of credits, you can pay for additional tokens. Prices depend on the AI model you use. GPT-4 pricing starts at $0.03/1k tokens.
ChatGPT alternatives FAQ
Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about ChatGPT and ChatGPT alternatives.
What is ChatGPT?
ChatGPT is an AI-powered chatbot using natural language processing tech created by OpenAI. It was trained on over 570GB of data from the internet (about 8 million website pages) and can generate human-like text based on the prompts you enter.
There’s a lot you can do with ChatGPT. For example, you can use it to generate written content, craft article outlines, create or debug code, brainstorm business ideas, and much more.
It’s built on OpenAI’s GPT-3.5 and GPT-4 LLMs (large language models) and operates on a freemium model. The version that runs on GPT-3.5 is currently free to use, but the Plus version that runs on GPT-4 requires a paid subscription.
What are the drawbacks of ChatGPT?
While ChatGPT has a lot going for it, it’s not without its drawbacks. Here are some of its biggest limitations:
- Text-only prompts. Unlike some of its competitors, ChatGPT can’t accept images or voice notes as prompts—only text. So for example, if you wanted to ask ChatGPT to describe an image, it wouldn’t be able to do so accurately as it couldn’t ‘see’ that image.
- No image generation. Not only can ChatGPT only accept text as input, but it can also only provide text as output. You can’t use it to generate images, videos, audio files, or other multimedia content.
- No real-time data. ChatGPT doesn’t have access to real-time data. Its knowledge cutoff is September 2021; it can’t factor anything that happened after this date into its responses. So if you wanted ChatGPT to talk about who won this year’s Super Bowl, for example, you’d be out of luck.
- Downtime and outages. ChatGPT is incredibly popular and gets millions of visitors every day. As a result, downtime is common. When it’s at capacity, you might not be able to log in and use it.
- Censorship and restrictions. ChatGPT has taken steps to minimize unethical usage, and it won’t generate content that goes against its ethical guidelines. As a result, you can’t use it to write content with adult themes, or dialogue that features explicit language, etc.
- Not built for a specific use case. ChatGPT is a versatile tool that can be used for lots of different things. But there are other tools out there that have been purpose-built for specific use cases. For example, if you just plan on using it to write content, you might find that a ChatGPT alternative built for writers like ChatSonic has better features and that the UI is easier to work with.
Is ChatGPT the same as GPT-4?
No, GPT-4 is OpenAI’s latest large language model, whereas ChatGPT is a chatbot app.
The paid version of ChatGPT is, however, powered by GPT-4, while the free version runs on GPT-3.5.
ChatGPT vs Google Bard vs Bing Chat: Which is best?
ChatGPT, Bard, and Bing Chat all have their own strengths and weaknesses. The best choice for you will depend on what your priorities are and how you plan on using it.
For example, Bing Chat is great for providing answers to search queries, and unlike ChatGPT, it’s able to access up-to-date information from after the September 2021 cutoff. But ChatGPT seems to be a little better at generating content like blog posts, writing code, etc.
Google Bard seems to be the least reliable of the three right now, but it may get a lot better in the future.
What’s the best ChatGPT alternative for images?
The best ChatGPT alternative for generating images is probably Midjourney. Of all the AI image generators out there, it provides the most consistently high-quality results.
We didn’t include it in this list as it’s not really a chatbot like ChatGPT and it can’t produce text responses. Rather, it’s a Discord bot that acts like a text-to-image generator. You enter a prompt describing what you want to create, and it’ll send back a bunch of images based on that prompt for you to choose from.
What’s the best ChatGPT alternative for coding?
Our favorite ChatGPT alternative for coding is probably GitHub Copilot. It’s an AI pair programmer that’s trained on billions of lines of code. It can turn natural language prompts into code and make suggestions in real time from inside your editor.
The reason we didn’t include it in this list as its use case is too narrow to be considered a ‘true’ ChatGPT alternative—it’s only useful for coding.
Is AI content copyrighted?
This is a tricky question to answer as the laws and regulations around AI are still evolving, and the current legal landscape is murky. Plus, the answer may differ depending on the country. We’re certainly no experts in copyright law, so I’d recommend speaking to a qualified legal professional in your area for advice.
Choosing the best ChatGPT alternative for your needs
That concludes our comparison of the best ChatGPT alternatives.
Hopefully, you’ll already have a pretty good idea of which of these AI tools best matches what you’re looking for. But if you’re not sure which one to choose, here’s what we’d suggest:
- Choose ChatSonic if you’re a writer/marketer and you’re looking for a better way to use AI to create and edit content. It’s got everything you could want in an AI tool including knowledge of real-time events, an excellent document editor, and superb output quality.
- Use Bing Chat if you’re primarily using AI for research. It’s the best AI-powered search tool right now (but Bard might catch up soon) and unlike ChatGPT, it quotes its sources to make fact-checking easier.
If you’ve still not found what you’re looking for in this list, you can find more options in our roundup of the best AI writing software.
While you’re here, you might also want to check out our roundup of the latest content marketing statistics and trends.
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