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side-by-side comparison of Looker vs. Tableau Desktop
based on preference data from user reviews. Looker rates 4.4/5 stars with 930 reviews. By contrast, Tableau Desktop rates 4.4/5 stars with 894 reviews. Each product's score is calculated with real-time data from verified user reviews, to help you make the best choice between these two options, and decide which one is best for your business needs.
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Looker
Looker
(930)
4.4 out of 5
Looker
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Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
(894)
4.4 out of 5
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Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
Market Segments
Looker
Looker
Mid-Market (69.0% of reviews)
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
Enterprise (49.0% of reviews)
Entry Level Price
Looker
Looker
No pricing information available
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
$70/ per user / per month / billed annually

Looker vs Tableau Desktop

When assessing the two solutions, reviewers found Looker easier to use and do business with overall. However, reviewers preferred the ease of set up with Tableau Desktop, along with administration.

  • Reviewers felt that Tableau Desktop meets the needs of their business better than Looker.
  • When comparing quality of ongoing product support, reviewers felt that Looker is the preferred option.
  • For feature updates and roadmaps, our reviewers preferred the direction of Looker over Tableau Desktop.
Categories
Shared Categories
Looker
Looker
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
Looker and Tableau Desktop are categorized as Analytics Platforms
Unique Categories
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop has no unique categories
Pricing
Looker
Looker Pricing
Free Trial
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop Pricing
Tableau Creator
$70/ per user / per month / billed annually
Free Trial
Ratings
Meets Requirements
Looker
Looker
8.7
Responses: 648
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
8.8
Responses: 747
Ease of Use
Looker
Looker
8.2
Responses: 646
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
8.1
Responses: 754
Ease of Setup
Looker
Looker
7.9
Responses: 266
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Responses: 273
Ease of Admin
Looker
Looker
8.2
Responses: 280
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Responses: 258
Quality of Support
Looker
Looker
9.0
Responses: 544
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
8.3
Responses: 617
Ease of Doing Business With
Looker
Looker
9.0
Responses: 262
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Responses: 246
Product Direction (% positive)
Looker
Looker
8.8
Responses: 605
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
8.7
Responses: 746
Features
Reports
Reports Interface
Looker
Looker
8.7
Responses: 343
Verified Feature
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
8.8
Responses: 555
Verified Feature
Steps to Answer
Looker
Looker
8.2
Responses: 314
Verified Feature
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
8.2
Responses: 486
Verified Feature
Graphs and Charts
Looker
Looker
8.0
Responses: 346
Verified Feature
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
9.3
Responses: 583
Verified Feature
Score Cards
Looker
Looker
8.1
Responses: 239
Verified Feature
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Responses: 432
Verified Feature
Dashboards
Looker
Looker
8.6
Responses: 349
Verified Feature
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
9.2
Responses: 574
Verified Feature
Data Preparation
Connectors
Looker
Looker
8.3
Responses: 95
Verified Feature
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
8.8
Responses: 59
Verified Feature
Data Governance
Looker
Looker
8.4
Responses: 90
Verified Feature
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
8.6
Responses: 61
Verified Feature
Data Modeling and Blending
Data Querying
Looker
Looker
8.7
Responses: 123
Verified Feature
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Responses: 68
Verified Feature
Data Filtering
Looker
Looker
8.9
Responses: 132
Verified Feature
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
8.9
Responses: 71
Verified Feature
Data Blending
Looker
Looker
8.5
Responses: 121
Verified Feature
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
8.8
Responses: 70
Verified Feature
Self Service
Calculated Fields
Looker
Looker
8.5
Responses: 325
Verified Feature
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Responses: 558
Verified Feature
Data Column Filtering
Looker
Looker
8.8
Responses: 335
Verified Feature
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
8.8
Responses: 568
Verified Feature
Data Discovery
Looker
Looker
8.6
Responses: 322
Verified Feature
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
8.5
Responses: 527
Verified Feature
Search
Looker
Looker
8.1
Responses: 320
Verified Feature
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Responses: 485
Verified Feature
Collaboration / Workflow
Looker
Looker
8.2
Responses: 305
Verified Feature
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
7.9
Responses: 451
Verified Feature
Automodeling
Looker
Looker
7.6
Responses: 232
Verified Feature
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
7.5
Responses: 370
Verified Feature
Advanced Analytics
Predictive Analytics
Looker
Looker
7.5
Responses: 164
Verified Feature
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
7.3
Responses: 383
Verified Feature
Data Visualization
Looker
Looker
8.2
Responses: 330
Verified Feature
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
9.3
Responses: 565
Verified Feature
Big Data Services
Looker
Looker
8.1
Responses: 242
Verified Feature
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Responses: 387
Verified Feature
Building Reports
Data Transformation
Looker
Looker
8.3
Responses: 154
Verified Feature
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
7.9
Responses: 187
Verified Feature
Data Modeling
Looker
Looker
8.7
Responses: 162
Verified Feature
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
7.5
Responses: 171
Verified Feature
WYSIWYG Report Design
Looker
Looker
8.3
Responses: 136
Verified Feature
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
8.0
Responses: 133
Verified Feature
Integration APIs
Looker
Looker
8.1
Responses: 104
Verified Feature
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
7.4
Responses: 122
Verified Feature
Reviewers' Company Size
Reviewers of Looker were most often representing companies in the Mid-Market segment, while reviewers for Tableau Desktop were more commonly in the Enterprise segment.
Small-Business
(50 or fewer emp.)
Looker
Looker
13.8%
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
18.1%
Mid-Market
(51-1000 emp.)
Looker
Looker
69.0%
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
32.9%
Enterprise
(> 1000 emp.)
Looker
Looker
17.2%
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop
49.0%
Reviewers' Industry
Looker
Looker Industry
Computer Software
11.0%
Internet
9.4%
Information Technology and Services
9.2%
Financial Services
8.2%
Marketing and Advertising
7.9%
Other
54.3%
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop Industry
Information Technology and Services
11.3%
Higher Education
7.9%
Marketing and Advertising
6.0%
Hospital & Health Care
5.3%
Computer Software
4.9%
Other
64.5%
Reviews
Most Helpful Favorable Review
Looker
Alan C.
Administrator in Staffing and Recruiting

So many things are done right: - The simplicity of creating a meta schema using lookml, the learning curve is lightning fast - The flexibility of the system, making data available to inter customer has never been so easy - The support team is really...

Tableau Desktop
Jeff B.
User in Retail

Tableau enables users the ability build data visualizations in the matter of minutes without requiring technical report development knowledge. In my opinion, the top 5 best qualities: 1. Drag and drop functionality is easy for any user to...

Most Helpful Critical Review
Looker
G
User in Consumer Goods

Looker forces a company into two streams of thought: an analyst first culture and essentially married to Looker. Looker really thrives at young or small companies with no centralized reporting or analytics/data science teams. For the few people who know...

Tableau Desktop
Kimiko T.
User in Real Estate

Needs an updated UI and better data connection process

Discussions
Looker
Looker Discussions
Best way to start on visualizations?
2 comments
FS
Looker has a built-in set of visualizations that you can automatically apply to any dataset that they work with. Once you setup your initial connection to a...Read more
Which databases does Looker work with?
1 comment
Offical Response from Looker
Looker works with any SQL readable data store, including Hadoop. Looker sits in-database allowing you to access all of your row level data and leverage the...Read more
Does Looker have and OEM or Embedded offering?
1 comment
G2
You can whitelabel the Looker app, or embed Looker visualizations into your own web app. https://looker.com/product/powered-byRead more
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop Discussions
why did saleforce by tableau? IS SFDC reporting going to change now?
2 comments
Wardah M.
WM
Buying tableau was a strategic decision for Salesforce primarily because their products lacked the analytics edge at a sales point of view and now they have...Read more
What is the scalability if one starts with 1-10 professional licenses?
1 comment
G2
Its very easy to scale up, cost depends whether u want server edition or cloud based and u can find on internet, u can call for special pricing from their...Read more
What is dual axis and its purpose in Tableau?
1 comment
Radhika M.
RM
Dual axis charts are used when you want to show 2 measures on same axis. For example you want to show year wise sale using a bar chart and want to show a...Read more
Screenshots
Looker
Looker Screenshots
Tableau Desktop
Tableau Desktop Screenshots
Videos
Looker
Looker Videos
Video Preview

See the simple process of connecting your database to Looker and gaining insights to your data with Anika Kuesters Smith - Smith of Looker. With Looker's modeling language, LookML, your business logic is easily repeatable and reusable, allowing your analysts to better leverage the data and save time from writing SQL queries. Easily visualize your data sets and create dashboards, connecting your organization's teams to better collaborate and gain insight.

In this demo you'll learn about:

- Connecting your data to Looker
- Building out your data model
- Creating and sharing dashboards
- Generating and scheduling reports for various departments

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