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Dashlane vs. LastPass [2021]: Head-to-Head Final Verdict

Sam Boyd Sam Boyd Dashlane vs. LastPass [2021]: Head-to-Head Final Verdict

Dashlane vs. LastPass [2021]: Head-to-Head Final VerdictOut of 52 password managers, Dashlane and LastPass consistently rank in the top 5 on our top 10 list every year. Both are secure, easy to use, and include an impressive range of features — you can’t go wrong with either one.

They both have all of the features I expect to see in a premium password manager in 2021, including:

  • Password generation, auto-save, and auto-fill.
  • Two-factor authentication (2FA).
  • 256-bit AES encryption.
  • Login security optimizer.
  • Secure password sharing.
  • Intuitive mobile apps.

However, Dashlane and LastPass differ in some key areas. Dashlane has more high-security tools, including the most advanced dark web monitoring system available (they use an internal auditing team to keep users aware of just-released threats). Dashlane is also the only password manager to provide a virtual private network (VPN), and it’s surprisingly good — the VPN comes with unlimited bandwidth, a strict no-logs policy, and fast speeds.

On the other hand, LastPass is slightly better at auto-filling web forms, has more account recovery options, is a bit easier to use, provides more helpful in-app tutorials, and has a better free plan.

After LastPass announced it was changing its free plan, Dashlane has emerged as the best LastPass alternative in 2021. So I decided to do a full comparison of Dashlane and LastPass — testing each one’s password management features, additional tools, ease of use, plans and pricing, and customer support.

After weeks of testing, researching, and comparing, I settled on a winner — in my opinion, Dashlane is better than LastPass in many ways. But it was a tough decision, as LastPass is also an excellent product, and it may be a better fit for some users.

Short on Time? Here’s the Final Verdict:

  • 🥇 Dashlane 🥇 — Winner in Security, Extra Features, Plans & Pricing, and Customer Support. Dashlane has high-security practices, live dark web monitoring, automatic password changing (300+ sites), unlimited password sharing, and a surprisingly good VPN. Dashlane is a great value, and it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
  • 🥈 LastPass 🥈 — Winner in Basic Features and Ease of Use. LastPass is super easy to use, and it excels at auto-saving and auto-filling logins and web forms. It’s got the most flexible account recovery options of any password manager on the market, and it’s also got a pretty decent free plan (with unlimited use on either mobiles or desktops).

Dashlane vs. LastPass: Security

Both Dashlane and LastPass are incredibly secure password managers — they both offer the following security features:

  • 256-bit AES encryption  all of your data is encrypted on the device level with military-grade encryption.
  • Zero-knowledge protocol  because your data is only encrypted locally on your devices, neither Dashlane’s nor LastPass’s team can access user password vaults.
  • Two-factor authentication (2FA)  use a temporary one-time password, biometric scan, or USB token along with your master password to strengthen your password vault.

Dashlane: Security

Dashlane vs. LastPass: Security

Everything stored on Dashlane’s servers is protected with 256-bit AES encryption. Once you create your master password, Dashlane encrypts all of your data by using your master password in a process called “hashing” — your master password becomes the “key” to decrypting the data on your devices.

Since your master password is stored only on your device, nobody else can decrypt your data — not even Dashlane employees. Dashlane has never had a security breach, but even if it did get compromised, nothing would happen to your data, as all of the user data on Dashlane’s servers is heavily encrypted.  

Dashlane provides a vast range of 2FA options:

  • Authenticator apps — mobile-based apps, like Google Authenticator, Authy, etc.
  • USB security keys — physical tokens that provide U2F authentication, like YubiKey.
  • Biometric scanning — touch ID and Face ID on supported devices. 

All of Dashlane’s 2FA options work really well, but I’m a bit disappointed that the company plans on discontinuing USB security keys in the near future (Dashlane is currently transitioning from a desktop app to a web-based app, and when the move is complete, U2F support will no longer be available). While LastPass is also a web-based password manager, it still offers 2FA with USB tokens.

Dashlane also has a TOTP (time-based on-time password) generator that you can use as an additional layer of protection for 2FA-compatible websites (like your Google account).

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LastPass: Security

Dashlane vs. LastPass: SecurityLike Dashlane, LastPass stores user data on its servers, which enables easy syncing between apps, browsers, and devices. LastPass also encrypts user data at the device level with end-to-end 256-bit AES encryption. And because your email and master password are used to decrypt your data, hackers wouldn’t be able to access your passwords even if LastPass’s servers get hacked.

LastPass has the same 2FA options as Dashlane:

  • Authenticator apps — Google Authenticator, Microsoft Authenticator, Toopher, Duo Security.
  • USB security key (Premium only) — compatibility with YubiKey for desktop devices.
  • Biometric authentication (Premium only) — face and fingerprint authentication on supported devices.

LastPass also has a built-in TOTP authenticator for enhancing the security of your 2FA-compatible online accounts.

Unfortunately, LastPass has suffered from security vulnerabilities and data breaches in the past. In 2019, it was discovered that the LastPass software had a significant security flaw that could enable hackers to get a hold of user passwords, but the issue was quickly fixed. LastPass’s online servers were also breached in 2015, but due to LastPass’s zero-knowledge architecture, no user passwords were stolen in the data breach (the hackers only stole encrypted and unbreakably scrambled data).

All that said, LastPass has been completely transparent about its security issues, and it has issued credible data about the extensive efforts its team has undergone to patch up any holes in its security.

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Winner (Security): Dashlane

Dashlane and LastPass provide nearly identical security features — including end-to-end encryption and zero-knowledge architecture. Both password managers also offer a wide range of 2FA options, but Dashlane will no longer be offering support for USB authentication once its move to a fully web-based app is complete. Dashlane has never been hacked, and LastPass did have a couple of security issues over the years (although no user passwords were leaked). So LastPass’s past security vulnerabilities gives Dashlane the slight edge.

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Dashlane vs. LastPass: Basic Features

Both Dashlane and LastPass are excellent at basic password management. They both work with the most popular operating systems and browsers, and they both have essential features, such as:

  • Unlimited password storage.
  • Multi-device synchronization.
  • Auto-save and auto-fill.
  • Password generator.
  • Credit card storage.
  • Personal information storage.
  • Secure notes.

Dashlane: Basic Features

Dashlane vs. LastPass: Basic Features

Dashlane is ending support for its desktop app and becoming a web-only password manager. While not everyone is happy with this move, I’m fairly certain that it will make access to all of Dashlane’s features even easier than before — in comparison, LastPass is already a primarily web-based password manager, although it does still provide a desktop app for Windows and Mac.

However, while Dashlane is transitioning, some of its features are split across the desktop and web versions. You can still download the desktop app for Windows and Mac, but once the transition is complete, the desktop app will no longer be updated.

Dashlane currently offers browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari, Internet Explorer, and any other Chromium-based browser, and it also has a mobile app for both Android and iOS (the mobile apps are unaffected by the move).

Dashlane provides automatic password vault importing from a wide range of browsers and password managers  including Chrome, Firefox, Safari, 1Password, RoboForm, LastPass, KeePass, and PasswordWallet. If you want to import your vault from a password manager that’s not on this list, you’ll have to import it as a .csv file. Dashlane doesn’t provide any assistance with this process in the app, but there’s a detailed explanation on how to properly format the file in Dashlane’s knowledge base.

During my tests, Dashlane’s auto-save and auto-fill features worked great. Every time I created a new login, Dashlane would automatically ask to save my credentials. And whenever I navigated to a login field, Dashlane automatically logged me into my account. You can choose login credentials to auto-fill either automatically or with a single click on the Dashlane icon in the login field.

In addition to passwords, Dashlane also lets you save personal data (addresses, phone numbers, etc.), credit cards, bank accounts, IDs (passport, driver’s license, etc.), and secure notes (Wi-Fi password, legal documents, etc.). In Dashlane’s desktop app, you can also save receipts, but it’s unknown whether this feature will be available in the web app.

Dashlane’s password generator is pretty basic, but it works well. You can create a password between 4-40 characters, including numbers, letters, symbols, and similar characters (for example, Z and 2). Unfortunately, Dashlane doesn’t generate passphrases like “power-tree-falling-stretch”, which some experts claim are more secure than random passwords. That said, coming up with your own passphrase isn’t difficult — you can just pick 4 random words, put hyphens between them, and add the password to your vault with a few clicks.

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LastPass: Basic Features

Dashlane vs. LastPass: Basic Features

LastPass’s desktop app is available on Windows and Mac. Browser extensions are available on Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, Safari, and Opera, and there’s a mobile app for Android and iOS. There’s also support for Linux, but it’s not desktop-based like Windows and Mac. LastPass is primarily a web-based application, so you may realize you don’t even need the desktop application (because the web-based version has all the same features).

LastPass allows users to import passwords from Google Chrome as well as a vast range of other password managers — including Dashlane, 1Password, RoboForm, etc. LastPass provides detailed information on how to import passwords from other password managers — you only need to export the passwords from your previous password manager and upload the file to LastPass. This is an easy process, but I prefer Dashlane’s one-click importing.

LastPass’s auto-save and auto-fill functions worked really well in my tests. LastPass asked if I wanted to save account details every time I made a new account, and it automatically filled in my credentials whenever I wanted to log into an account. LastPass was even able to auto-fill my details on pages with separate windows for usernames and passwords, which even Dashlane occasionally failed to do.

LastPass also allows you to save bank accounts, payment cards, identities, and notes, and you can create fully customizable entries, which is something that Dashlane doesn’t offer. You can even attach files to the identity template — I saved my birth certificate and social security card in LastPass, and each time I needed to access these documents, it only took a few clicks (as opposed to digging through download folders on my computer)!

LastPass’s password generator is a bit better than Dashlane’s password generator — in addition to creating passwords with letters (both uppercase and lowercase), numbers, and symbols, LastPass lets you generate passwords that are “easy to say” (without special characters) and “easy to read ” (without characters that are hard to read, like “I, I, O and 0”).

LastPass can also generate passwords that are up to 99 characters long, which is longer than Dashlane’s 40-character upper limit. But just like Dashlane, LastPass lacks a passphrase generator, which is disappointing, but you can manually add your own passphrases to the vault.

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Winner (Basic Features): LastPass

It was really difficult to pick a winner for this round, because Dashlane and LastPass both provide excellent functionality — importing passwords, generating new passwords, auto-saving logins, and auto-filling saved information is very simple with both products. However, I found LastPass to be a bit better for auto-filling logins and web forms, and its password generator can create longer passwords.

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Dashlane vs. LastPass: Extra Features

Dashlane and LastPass both have additional features that increase the security of password vaults and provide users with additional functionality. They have a lot of extra features in common, such as:

  • Password sharing.
  • Password health auditing.
  • Automatic password changer.
  • Dark web monitoring.
  • Emergency access.
  • Encrypted storage.

That said, both feature unique extras. For example, LastPass has credit monitoring (US only) and tons of account recovery options. However, Dashlane has a VPN and real-time dark web monitoring.

Dashlane: Extra Features

Dashlane vs. LastPass: Extra FeaturesDashlane is the only password manager on the market that comes with an included virtual private network (VPN) — Dashlane’s VPN is powered by Hotspot Shield, it uses 256-bit AES encryption, has a strict no-logs policy, and maintains fast speed. During my speed tests, my internet speed was barely affected when the VPN was on. I was able to stream HD video even when connecting to servers across the globe. However, Dashlane’s VPN doesn’t have a kill switch (which shuts off your internet connection if your VPN fails), and it’s unable to unblock streaming services like Netflix. If either of those things are important to you, you’ll need to get a standalone VPN.

Dashlane also has the best dark web monitoring on the market. Many password managers offer data breach scanning — usually sending a query to Have I Been Pwned?’s database and then giving you a notification if your information has been part of a publicly available data breach. But Dashlane’s dark web monitoring is much better — it uses live agents with access to hacking forums and sites on the dark web. If any of your information gets leaked, they personally notify you and quickly work with you to protect your data and identity.

Using Dashlane, you can share an unlimited number of passwords and secure notes with an unlimited number of Dashlane users. And you can choose whether you want to give the password recipient limited rights (can only use the items) or full rights (can view, use, edit, and share items). You can also revoke access to any shared passwords at any time.

Dashlane also includes a password health checker that flags weak, repeated, old, and breached passwords. This vault auditing tool is really easy to use, offering color coded scores to help you figure out which passwords you need to change.

Dashlane has a one-click password changer that supports over 300 websites. You can replace multiple weak passwords with secure new ones with a single click. While this feature doesn’t work with popular sites like Twitter or Facebook (LastPass’s automatic password changer does), it does support sites like IMDb, Reddit, Github, and easyJet (LastPass’s automatic password changer doesn’t).

Dashlane provides basic emergency access. If you lose your master password or can’t access your account, a trusted contact can gain access to your password vault. You can also log into your account using biometrics on your phone and change your master password — but this is Dashlane’s only account recovery option.

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LastPass: Extra Features

Dashlane vs. LastPass: Extra Features

LastPass provides comprehensive vault auditing through its Security Dashboard feature. It flags weak, reused, and breached passwords, and it also lists any accounts that are 2FA-compatible so you can sync them with LastPass’s built-in TOTP generator for enhanced security.

LastPass also provides basic dark web scanning — if any of your information has been part of a publicly available data breach, LastPass will give you a notification through the Security Dashboard and tell you what information was breached.

Like Dashlane, LastPass has an automatic password changer, but it only works for around 75 sites. Plus, LastPass’s password changer can only change passwords one-by-one, whereas Dashlane’s password changer can change multiple passwords at once.

In terms of account recovery options, LastPass is the best. It provides a ton of different account recovery methods, such as:

  • Biometric recovery on mobile devices.
  • Password hint/reminder.
  • SMS account recovery.
  • Master password reversion (if you changed your master password in the last 30 days).
  • One-time password recovery (LastPass creates a one-time password each time you log into your vault via the web browser).

With many password managers, forgetting your master password means that you have to erase your vault completely, so I really appreciate LastPass’s user-friendly approach to account recovery.

LastPass also has emergency access, which is pretty much the same as Dashlane’s — the only difference is that LastPass grants your emergency contact access to your entire vault (including payment cards, addresses, etc), whereas Dashlane lets you choose whether you want to share specific passwords and secure items or all passwords and secure items (but not other data).

LastPass also has secure password sharing, but unlike Dashlane, which has unlimited password sharing, LastPass only lets you share items with up to 30 other LastPass users.

One feature I really like is LastPass’s country restrictions. When you create an account on LastPass, you can lock it to the country you registered the account in. This extra layer of security can prevent hackers from other countries from getting into your account. However, if you plan to travel internationally or use a VPN, you can set up a list of trusted countries from which you’ll be allowed to log into LastPass.

If you live in the US, LastPass also has a free credit monitoring service through TransUnion. If your credit report unexpectedly changes, LastPass notifies you via text or email. LastPass also allows you to upgrade to premium credit monitoring for a small monthly fee, giving you access to credit reports from three major credit bureaus. LastPass will show you exactly what changes happened, when and where they happened, and which bureaus reported them.

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Winner (Extra Features): Dashlane

While LastPass and Dashlane both have great additional tools, Dashlane’s advanced dark web monitoring and VPN are some of the most valuable extra features on the password manager market. That said, I love all of LastPass’s account recovery options, and its credit monitoring tool is a great benefit for US users.

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Dashlane vs. LastPass: Plans & Pricing

Dashlane and LastPass both provide good (but limited) free plans and a 30-day free trial of their premium versions. The pricing on their premium plans is very similar, and they both provide convenient family sharing plans. However, Dashlane’s plans are also backed by a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee, whereas LastPass doesn’t provide a money-back guarantee.

Dashlane: Plans & Pricing

Dashlane vs. LastPass: Plans & Pricing

Dashlane offers a free plan as well as three different paid plans for individuals and families. You can choose between monthly or annual billing. The free plan includes a 30-day free trial of the premium plan, and all of Dashlane’s premium purchases come with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Dashlane Free provides great extra features, but it has a 50-password limit, and it can only be used on a single device.

Dashlane Free also includes:

  • Password generator.
  • Form and payment auto-fill.
  • Two-factor authentication (2FA).
  • Password sharing (up to 5 accounts).
  • Security alerts.
  • Password vault auditing.
  • Free 30-day trial of premium.

Dashlane Essentials is a decent entry-level plan that offers a good range of features at a really affordable price. It has all the same features as Dashlane Free, plus:

  • Unlimited password storage.
  • Use on up to 2 devices.
  • Unlimited password sharing.
  • Automatic password changer.

Dashlane Premium and Dashlane Family provide the best array of security features on the market. Dashlane is just slightly more expensive than LastPass, but LastPass doesn’t provide a VPN or advanced dark web monitoring.

Dashlane Premium has all the same features as Dashlane Essentials, along with:

  • Multi-device synchronization.
  • Dark web monitoring.
  • VPN with unlimited data.
  • 1 GB encrypted storage.

Dashlane Family includes all of the above for up to 6 users, and it also has a very easy-to-use family dashboard.

All Dashlane personal plans come with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can also sign up for a 30-day free trial of all Dashlane plans, including the business plans.

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LastPass: Plans & Pricing

Dashlane vs. LastPass: Plans & Pricing

LastPass has three plans available for personal use: Free, Premium, and Families.

LastPass Free is one of the best free password managers on the market — it has:

  • Unlimited password storage.
  • Use on unlimited mobile or desktop devices (but not both).
  • Password generator.
  • Form and payment auto-fill.
  • Automatic password changer.
  • 2FA compatibility with authenticator apps.
  • One-to-one password sharing.
  • TOTP generator.
  • Credit monitoring (US users only).

LastPass used to be well-known for its free plan, which included unlimited password storage across an unlimited number of devices. But this recently changed, so users now have to sync logins across only mobile devices or only desktop devices.

LastPass Premium and LastPass Families both have great security features, and they’re both a little cheaper than Dashlane.

LastPass Premium has all of the features included in the free plan, but it also provides:

  • Multi-device sync.
  • Password auditing & dark web scanning.
  • One-to-many sharing (up to 30 users).
  • 2FA with USB tokens.
  • Biometric logins.
  • Emergency access.
  • 1 GB encrypted storage.

LastPass Families has all of the above, but you get coverage for up to 6 users as well as unlimited shared folders and a family management dashboard

You can try out LastPass Premium with a 30-day free trial, but there’s no money-back guarantee.

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Winner (Plans & Pricing): Dashlane

LastPass provides a much better free plan than Dashlane, and it’s a little bit cheaper. However, I think Dashlane is an overall better value due to its high-security features and included VPN. There are free trials for both products, and they both provide premium password management for an excellent value. Dashlane is backed by a risk-free money-back guarantee for 30 days, whereas LastPass has no money-back policy.

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Dashlane vs. LastPass: Ease of Use

Both Dashlane and LastPass are very intuitive, but Dashlane is currently moving its features from its desktop app to its web app, and users have to switch between both apps to use all of Dashlane’s features. LastPass is much easier to use at the moment, plus it has super helpful built-in tutorials.

Dashlane: Ease of Use

Dashlane vs. LastPass: Ease of UseDashlane is really easy to use once you learn where all of the features are, but there’s been some confusion with its move to web-only. Until Dashlane completes its transition, many of its features will be inaccessible without downloading the desktop app. Dashlane doesn’t provide any instructions on how to do this, and you must navigate the settings until you find the desktop download in the “More features” tab — it’s pretty frustrating!

However, when you figure out where everything is, Dashlane’s interface is easy to navigate. From the browser extension, you can generate passwords with various customization options in one click. You can even see a history of generated passwords if you need to access a previously generated password for any reason. The browser extension also lets you view all of your passwords, save and fill logins for websites, and open the web app.

The web app is already pretty easy to use, with intuitive tools like password sharing and password health auditing. But to use 2FA, the automatic password changer, emergency access, or the VPN, you need to switch to the desktop app — that said, all of these features are also very user-friendly.

And because Dashlane’s mobile apps are unaffected by the move to web-only, Dashlane’s Android and iOS apps are extremely intuitive, with all of the features available in one place (except for emergency access, which isn’t supported on mobile).

Overall, Dashlane is an easy-to-use and intuitive password manager — and I’m pretty confident that it will be even more intuitive once the transition to web-only is finalized.

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LastPass: Ease of Use

Dashlane vs. LastPass: Ease of Use

LastPass’s desktop/web app and browser extension are also straightforward to use. But they don’t share any of Dashlane’s navigation problems — I only ever needed to use my LastPass web dashboard and browser extension to access all of LastPass’s features.

One of the things I really like about LastPass is that it provides concise, clear instructions on how to use the app and all of its features. However, even if you ignore the built-in tutorials, LastPass’s user interface is still really simple to navigate. This intuitiveness makes LastPass one of the best password managers for beginners, non-tech-savvy users, or families — no matter your age or skill level, you’ll be able to locate and use most of LastPass’s features without any difficulties.

All of LastPass’s advanced features are simple to use as well, including password sharing, emergency access, and the Security Dashboard. And LastPass’s mobile app is one of the best around — all of the features are the same on desktop and mobile, the app is very well designed, and it’s also very intuitive.

Overall, LastPass is also a great option for most users — beginners will be happy with the user-friendly interface and in-app tutorials, whereas advanced users will be able to customize the settings to fit their needs.

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Winner (Ease of Use): LastPass

Dashlane and LastPass are both excellent password manager, but Dashlane has a bit of a learning curve because of its move to web-first. While I’m pretty certain that Dashlane will be very easy to use once the move is done, LastPass provides an extremely simple and streamlined experience from the beginning, plus it offers convenient in-app tutorials to explain every single feature in case you’re confused. 

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Dashlane vs. LastPass: Customer Support

Dashlane and LastPass provide similar customer support options, but I found Dashlane’s email response times a little slower than LastPass. On the other hand, Dashlane has a live chat, which most competitors don’t provide. Both Dashlane and LastPass have comprehensive knowledge bases, and it’s easy to get your technical questions answered.

Dashlane: Customer Support

Dashlane vs. LastPass: Customer Support

Dashlane is one of the few password managers to have live chat, and it also has email support, an extensive knowledge base, Twitter support, and an official Reddit page. Dashlane’s live chat is available Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 6:00pm EST. After establishing a connection through an automated bot, I was able to connect with an agent in less than a minute — and the support rep was friendly and professional, and they were able to answer all my questions.

However, I was a bit disappointed with the email support — it took them more than two days to reply. Dashlane is experiencing a high volume of support requests due to its move to web-first, so I hope the response times will be much shorter when the move is complete.

On the other hand, because Dashlane has an excellent knowledge base as well as Twitter and Reddit support, most users won’t ever need to contact customer support, as most questions are already answered in these support channels.

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LastPass: Customer Support

Dashlane vs. LastPass: Customer SupportLastPass provides email support, an extensive knowledge base, an active user forum, and Twitter support. In addition to very detailed articles in the knowledge base, I really like that the support center has comprehensive video tutorials, too, making it easy to learn how to use LastPass’s features.

LastPass also has a chatbot, but it doesn’t connect to a live agent, like Dashlane’s support does. That said, LastPass’s email support team was a lot quicker than Dashlane’s. When I emailed LastPass, I received a detailed answer in about 5 hours — which is excellent. Most password managers take at least a day to email back, and Dashlane took even longer.

The only thing I don’t like about LastPass’s customer support is that it’s not easy to locate a link to the email support. LastPass encourages users to find answers to their questions through other support channels, offering a link to the email support only at the bottom of an FAQ page,

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Winner (Customer Support): Dashlane

Dashlane and LastPass have very similar support options — including detailed knowledge bases, email support, and user communities. While both provide really good customer support, Dashlane takes the edge here because of its live chat — it’s one of the rare password managers to offer live chat support.

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Dashlane vs. LastPass: Overall Winner

Dashlane is a highly secure password manager with the best additional features of any product on the market in 2021. Its password security auditing, advanced dark web monitoring, VPN, one-click password changer, unlimited password sharing, and emergency access add multiple layers of additional security to its basic password management functionalities. Dashlane is also very easy to use, although it’s currently moving from a desktop app to a web-based app, and not all of the features are offered in the web app yet. Dashlane also has excellent customer support (including a live chat), affordable plans for individuals and families, and a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

LastPass is also highly secure, with tons of user-friendly features and some really good  additional security protections — including advanced 2FA (with USB security key support) password vault auditing, password sharing (with up to 30 users), basic dark web scanning, and the best account recovery options around. It’s a lot easier to navigate than Dashlane, and it has good customer support (but no live chat), as well as a good free plan and budget-friendly premium plans. LastPass doesn’t have a money-back guarantee.

Overall, I would happily recommend either product to any of my friends or family. Dashlane is my favorite password manager in 2021, with impressive security features, a VPN that’s as good as some standalone VPNs, and a well-designed interface that’s about to get a lot better. I also really like LastPass, and it has more extras than most competitors, is very easy to use, has a good free plan, and is pretty cheap.

Overall Winner: Dashlane

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Is Dashlane better than LastPass?

In my opinion, yes, Dashlane is better than LastPass. It’s got better security, better extra features, better plans & pricing, and better customer support.

But LastPass is still very good. It’s got better basic features and is easier to use.

Does Dashlane have more security than LastPass?

Both Dashlane and LastPass have extremely high security. In terms of security features, both Dashlane and LastPass have 256-bit AES encryption, 2FA, zero-knowledge architecture, and biometric scanning (LastPass Premium only).

That said, LastPass did suffer a couple of data breaches in the past, but it’s important to know that no passwords or data was exposed. I ultimately chose Dashlane as the winner in Security due to its spotless history, but LastPass will also keep your passwords, your identity, and your data safe (it’s still one of the most secure password managers on the market).

Which one has better mobile apps?

It’s close, but Dashlane has slightly better mobile apps. Dashlane currently holds the top spot for having the best Android and iOS password manager apps in 2021.

But LastPass is well known for its ease of use, and it has some of the most full-featured and intuitive mobile apps of any other password manager out there (including Dashlane).

Do Dashlane and LastPass have free plans?

Both Dashlane and LastPass have free plans, and both are two of the top free password managers out there.

That said, they both have some frustrating limitations. For example, Dashlane Free is limited to 50 passwords on one device and LastPass Free forces you to sync between only desktop devices or only mobile devices. It’s often better to choose a paid package instead of dealing with the hassles and limitations of a free password manager.

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Sam Boyd
Sam Boyd
Updated on: October 1, 2021

About the Author

Sam Boyd is an avid tech fan with a keen interest in cybersecurity products and online safety. When he isn't researching the latest online threats, he enjoys chilling out with some video games and getting outside, exploring new parts of the world with his family.