When comparing Swiftype vs Azure Search, the Slant community recommends Swiftype for most people. In the question“What are the best hosted Search Engine as a Service providers?” Swiftype is ranked 4th while Azure Search is ranked 9th. The most important reason people chose Swiftype is:
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Pro Easy & fast deployment
Pro Real-Time Analytics
Built-in search analytics give you live insight into what your users are looking for.
Pro Custom result ranking
Drag-and-drop default results to re-order them. Changes are instantly reflected on website.
Pro Android & iOS support
Swiftype offers full integration with both Android and iOS SDK's
Pro Third Party Compatibility
Swiftype integrates with all major third party platforms, offering a Shopify App, Magento Extension, and WordPress Plugin, with more to come. Swiftype also provides tutorials for adding Swiftype to Tumblr, Jimdo, Heroku, Weebly, Tumblr, CloudFlare, WebStarts and Desk.com. They also have questions dealing with fixes for WooCommerce, how to add Swiftype to any CMS (such as Drupal or Jekyll) and searching across content types (like WordPress using GoDaddy Shopping Cart)
Pro WordPress plugin
Swiftype offers a WordPress plugin for easy integration.
Pro Multiple client libraries
Swiftype has client libraries for Python, Ruby, node.JS, Java, PHP, a search and a separate autocomplete library for jQuery, an iOS SDK, and an Android SDK.
Pro Easy to scale
Azure Search can easily be scaled up or down through the admin panel. Users can choose to allocate or de-allocate resources how they see fit.
Pro Guaranteed search performance
Azure Search provides dedicated capacity guarantees which ensure that search performance will be steady for your application.
Pro Free tier available
There's a free tier available with up to 10000 documents and 3 indices.
Price starts at $300/month.
Con Does not integrate with many environments
Azure Search supports only .NET, NodeJS and iOS out of the box at the moment.