Our bottom line: RoboForm has better 2FA options than Dashlane, but on every other level Dashlane edges out the competition to take the win.
Dashlane and RoboForm are two highly rated password managers competing for your attention with services comparable in price, features, and compatibility. We’ve evaluated both and will help you determine the best fit for your needs.
Dashlane is feature rich and well-vetted, with many attractive security options, including dark web monitoring and a VPN at some plan levels. While RoboForm may lack some of those bells and whistles, it’s got a price point that beats Dashlane on every level.
Which password manager should you get? Let this Dashlane vs. RoboForm face-off help you decide.
|Password manager||Details||Basic plan features|
Overall rating: 4.7/5
Read our full Dashlane review.
|Starting price: Free|
Platform compatibility: Android, iOS, Mac, Linux, Web (Brave, Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari), Windows
Security: AES 256-bit encryption, 2FA
Overall rating: 4.5/5
Read our full RoboForm review.
|Starting price: Free|
Platform compatibility: Windows, Linux, iOS, Chrome OS, Android, browsers including Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Safari
Security: AES 256-bit encryption with PBKDF2 SHA256
Price winner: Draw
|Dashlane (5/5)||Free plan for single device users; $33 per year for advanced; $59.88 per year premium; $89.88 per year for up to 10 people|
|RoboForm (5/5)||Free plan for single device users; $23.88 per year for an anywhere plan; $47.76 per year for up to five people|
Dashlane and RoboForm have a slight price disparity, with RoboForm being cheaper overall for an equivalent level of service. But Dashlane has more plan options and features, which may justify the slightly higher price. Both Dashlane and RoboForm have free versions which offer similar functionality and allow you to take a test drive to find out which one better suits you.
A family plan will set you back a bit more with Dashlane, which charges $89.88 per year for up to 10 people, compared to almost $48 per year for up to five users with RoboForm. While this is fairly similar on a price-per-person basis, in each case, you have to pay the same amount no matter how many people benefit from the account.
Neither is a bad value proposition, and both offer similar features and services (except Dashlane’s VPN plan), so it comes down to which will cost you the least. And while the price difference for a family plan may be negligible, RoboForm is still technically more affordable on that count in addition to a significantly cheaper individual plan.
Platform compatibility winner: Draw
|Dashlane (5/5)||OS: Android, iOS, Linux, MacOS, Windows|
Supported browsers: Brave, Chrome, Edge, Firefox, Opera, Safari
|RoboForm (5/5)||OS: iOS, Android, Windows PC, Linux, ChromeOS|
Supported browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Edge
Both RoboForm and Dashlane are compatible with a variety of platforms, including all of the most popular web browsers and operating systems.
Dashlane is technically available on a broader range of platforms and browsers than RoboForm, but it’s not by a wide enough margin to give it a significant edge. Both are available in the Google Play store, meaning they can be added to devices like Kindles. Dashlane works with older versions of Android and iOS, which can be useful to some.
RoboForm doesn’t have a stand-alone application for MacOS like Dashlane, but in our testing, the browser extension for Safari performed just as well, if not better. I found little reason to install anything besides the browser extension with RoboForm, which helps immensely with cross-compatibility. If you’re running a supported browser, it doesn’t care what OS you’re using.
Winner: Tie: Both are equally capable and compatible with most major platforms.
UX winner: Dashlane
|Dashlane (4.75/5)||Dashlane has a simplistic, easy-to-navigate platform, and no one will be left wondering how to use it.|
|RoboForm (4/5)||RoboForm’s UX is minimal — in a good way. It’s easy to navigate without getting lost. But I can’t say the same for its stand-alone app.|
Both RoboForm and Dashlane offer browser extensions and mobile apps as their main implementations, with a simple-to-navigate user experience (UX).
Dashlane has an easy-to-navigate platform. I found its desktop app to offer one of the cleanest, most visually appealing interfaces I’ve encountered in a password manager.
On the other hand, I found its browser extension quite congested. Dashlane essentially packed its desktop interface into the extension. While some may find this helpful, I only use the extension to quickly add or retrieve passwords.
RoboForm’s browser extension is also minimal — I wasn’t overwhelmed with options. The current app has four main sections in the left toolbar to help you manage your account: All, Logins, Safenotes, and Create Identity.
The stand-alone application, however, felt a bit messier and harder to navigate. While there are useful additions such as “Contacts” and “Bookmarks,” the folder structure feels outdated, clunky, and potentially confusing. With the availability of the browser extension and its better UX, it’s hard to recommend the stand-alone application.
Winner: Dashlane has a cleaner interface across almost all of its implementations, earning it the win for the UX category.
Form filling winner: Dashlane
|Dashlane (4.75/5)||I found no difficulty with the password or username autofill|
|RoboForm (4.5/5)||Creating data sets for automatic form filling is a breeze, thanks to the “Create an Identity” feature|
Both Dashlane and RoboForm offer robust form-filling — including logins, addresses, and credit card information — on both desktop and mobile.
Most people should find Dashlane’s built-in sections more than adequate. Logins, payment information, addresses, and IDs can all easily be inputted and auto-filled.
RoboForm’s automatic form-filling works consistently — the ability to preemptively create data sets gives you a greater level of control over the process. When navigating to an online form, RoboForm will ask which identity you want to use and will populate the form using that particular identity’s data set.
Security winner: Dashlane
Most password managers, including Dashlane and RoboForm, use powerful 256-bit AES encryption, and both their vaults are unlocked on your device only after you’ve entered your master password.
Dashlane’s security stands out, though, with two unique offerings:
While many password managers offer dark web monitoring, few offer Dashlane’s live version. When Dashlane detects your information on the dark web, it notifies you in real-time. This is a useful feature because such matters can be timely.
RoboForm has several ways to keep your data secure. The first is its “master password” system, which encrypts your passwords and information directly on your device, not its servers. RoboForm cannot access your data because that password is stored directly to your device and never transmitted to the servers.
RoboForm’s security center will also alert you to potential data breaches at websites where you have accounts, as well as evaluate your current passwords for redundancy and strength. In the end, it’s not enough to compete with what Dashlane offers.
Winner: Dashlane wins by offering more security options and dark web monitoring.
2FA winner: RoboForm
Love it or hate it, multifactor authentication (MFA) is here to stay. With data leaks common, sometimes a simple password just isn’t enough — so RoboForm and Dashlane allow you to add an additional layer of security with MFA.
Dashlane’s implementation of 2FA is limited to a first-party authenticator app, which is not my preferred method of 2FA. I tend to opt for Biometric or SMS authentication, options that many competitors offer. It is quite surprising that Dashlane’s 2FA is limited to just authenticator apps. Introducing biometric or SMS authentication would make it an even more competitive option.
The same is true for RoboForm — I would have liked to have seen more 2FA options, but what is there works well. RoboForm offers more authenticator support which gives it a slight edge over Dashlane.
Winner: Both only offer app authentication, but RoboForm offers compatibility with more third-party authenticators.
Bottom line winner: Dashlane
Best for: Those who want more premium features
Best for: Those looking for a well-designed browser extension
RoboForm still has a slight price advantage over Dashlane, though RoboForm’s features are a bit more limited when compared against Dashlane’s robust security features and add-ons.
Both password managers are truly great, though — Dashlane is one of the best password managers of 2023, and RoboForm is among the best free password managers. And, as with any recommendation, your mileage may vary. That’s one of the benefits of both companies offering free versions — you can try them before committing to a paid plan. While I liked that Dashlane offers a VPN service and dark web monitoring with some plans, you may not need such things and may opt for the cheaper option.
There is no bad choice to be made in this case. Both RoboForm and Dashlane are excellent options for password management.
On the surface, all password managers essentially generate and store passwords. As I evaluated providers, I dug deeper, comparing software on what matters most, including price, platform compatibility, security, and other factors.
I signed up for a plan with each provider to test:
Learn more about our review methodology.
About the Password Manager, Gunnar Kallstrom:
Kallstrom is a Cyber Team Lead for a Department of Defense (DOD) contracting company in Huntsville, Alabama, and has also worked as a computer network defense (CND) Cyber Analyst. An author and content creator for a cybersecurity academy, Kallstrom spent nearly 15 years in the Army as a musician before entering the cybersecurity field.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Thomas Edison State University and a master’s in organizational development and leadership from the University of the Incarnate Word.
Kallstrom has completed several Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) courses, including Security+, Network+, A+ Core 1, and A+ Core 2. He earned a CompTIA Security+ Certification. Additionally, he has completed the Cyber Warrior Academy program with more than 800 hours of hands-on, intensive, and lab-driven technical training in cybersecurity methods and procedures.
Passionate about all things cyber, Kallstrom was a speaker on a panel at the 2022 InfoSec World conference, giving a talk entitled “Hacking into a Cyber Career – True Stories.” Kallstrom is also a mentor to entry-level cybersecurity candidates seeking to break into the field. When he’s not working, he still enjoys playing guitar and fishing (not phishing).