When comparing Materialize vs ArtDesignUI, the Slant community recommends Materialize for most people. In the question“What are the best Bootstrap alternatives?” Materialize is ranked 3rd while ArtDesignUI is ranked 9th. The most important reason people chose Materialize is:
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Pro Large selection of components
CSS components: Badges, buttons, cards, collections, footer, forms, icons, navbar, pagination, preloader.
Mobile-specific: slide-out drawer menu, toasts.
Pro Device agnostic
Since Materialize follows Google's guidelines for Material design, which in theory is device agnostic, Materialize itself is device agnostic too. It's designed to look good on every device.
Pro Great-looking demo
Pro Mobile navigation
Pro Nice showcase of sites built with Materialize
While the default style is not bad at all, Materialize also gives developers the ability to customize it and fit their own style, while still keeping in line with the Material Design philosophy.
Along with the CSS files, designers can also download the SASS files which can be edited and compiled.
Pro 12-Column Grid System
Pro Included icon font
Pro Meteor.js integration by developers
Material design is very opinionated on how design elements should behave and look. The basics of which revolve around certain visual elements (physics, space, momentum and light) which are used to create specific UX elements.
This is very helpful because it creates a consistent feel without making every design look the same. This can be seen in Materialize too, where each element may be customized but still it keeps the consistent look of the material design.
Pro Support for all major web browsers
This includes IE 7 and its newer versions.
Pro Great technical support available
The ArtDesignUI team offers great technical support to users.
Pro Fully responsive
Pro Class prefix to prevent conflict with classes from other CSS files
Pro Full style control with JS
No need for CSS: width, height, border, icons, colors, etc...
Pro Variety of transition effects
Pro Full control of the position of all elements
Pro Support images with different dimensions
Pro Keys press listening and mouse wheel listening
Pro Full navigation control
Con Large / heavy
267 kilobytes, minified, for the CSS and JS.
Con Looks terrible
Con Pushes some really awful ideas
Loading splash screens, non-changing URLs because everything's loaded by JS, awful HTML generation from the PHP scripts. It's just a trash fire of bad.
Con Costs €50 - €250
And that's just a year of updates.