IFTTT vs Stringify – Hands-on Comparison

IFTTT vs Stringify – Hands-on Comparison


Hey y’all, it’s Rose. Yoday we’re
going to compare IFTTT to Stringify. Both are free web-based services and they allow
you to connect different web-based services and even smart home devices: including things
like your Nest Thermostat, your social media accounts, or even your car, but they work
differently. IFTTT is by far the most well-known service
and it can connect with more than Stringify. It uses what it calls recipes where you can
have one trigger and one reaction. For example, if I ask Alexa to trigger find my phone, IFTTT
will call my phone. Or, if my iSmart alarm detects motion, I can have IFTTT post a personalized
message to my Facebook account. If you find that this two recipe format is
overly limiting, then Stringify was made for you. They use “flows”. One action can
trigger multiple devices and multiple reactions. But you can get extra fancy by adding in limitations.
For example, if my Netatmo Welcome detects a face that isn’t mine, turn on my porch
lights, but only if it’s after 6pm. If you were using this same scenario through IFTTT,
you would only be able to connect the camera to a time or to a light, but not both with
one recipe. With Stringify, you can also have one action create multiple reactions – like
if your Nest cam detects motion you can turn on your porch lights, send yourself an email,
set a timer for 10 seconds, and then have your porch lights turn back off. The only
downside here is that Stringify can take some getting used to. In fact, this flow that I’m
showing you took me more than one try to set it up correctly. I started looking for an IFTTT alternative
because IFTTT was failing me. It’s supposed to turn on my porch lights at sunset, and
it’s literally left me in the dark more than once. So I setup an experiment where
I has Stringify to turn on porch light A, IFTTT to turn on porch light B, ran then simultaneously
for several days to see how they would perform. What I found is that Stringify is really consistent.
IFTTT was all over the place. And even during testing, they left me in the dark more than
once. In theory, I should get a notification if a recipe doesn’t run correctly, but that
hasn’t happened for me yet. IFTTT’s been around longer and there are some
definite advantages to that. First of all, it works with way more devices. Second, there’s
an iOS app, an Android app, and a web portal. On the other hand, Stringify only has an iOS
app right now, but they do have an Android app in the works. There are absolutely more pros and cons to
both services than I’m able to cover in this short comparison video. I did a more
comprehensive written review, if you want to check that out there is a link below in
the description. Otherwise, you’re welcome to leave a comment and ask questions and I’d
be happy to help you out. If this video has been helpful at all I would appreciate a thumbs
up. And I’m so thankful that you all spent time with me today and I will see y’all later.

22 Replies to “IFTTT vs Stringify – Hands-on Comparison”

  1. Hi Rose. This vid would be immensely better if you were mic'd (: and weren't so painfully obvs that you favor your left side (It's a bit awkward to watch).

  2. I'm not even str8… u r absolutely beautiful! like…damn. And I'm sorry i know thats not what this is for but i had to say something

  3. I moved from a personal to a brand account on YouTube. In doing so, I lost the hundreds of comments I’ve made since early 2016. I apologize that all the data was lost, but we can start again. Let me know if you have a question, even if it’s a repeat!

  4. Does the Stringify app need to be installed (and your mobile phone running 100% of the time) for it to work? Or does all the action happen in the cloud once flows are setup?

  5. With Google Home and Amazon Echos combined with IFTTT, would you say smart home hubs such as SmartThings are not necessary (for a simple smart home containing only smart lights, a nest thermostat, and SimpliSafe)? I'm confused on the need for SmartThings when there's IFTTT and voice assistants.

  6. I am intrigued by your report of Stringify’s consistent performance, as IFTTT has been hit or miss for me, as well as being SLOW to respond (such as motion detection triggering a light). So I downloaded Stringify only to learn that my smart devices (WyzeCam Pan and WeMo smart smart switches and plugs) do not play with Stringify. Bummer! Any other options other than IFTTT that plays well with my smart devices? I find your videos informative, easy to understand, and cover the concerns that I generally have. Thanks for any help!

  7. YouTube viewers decide whether a video is worth watching in the first few seconds. Lack of Production quality is tolerable, sound quality is not. I made it to 22 seconds before I stooped

  8. Nice idea, A-B testing IFTTT and Stringify with two lights on the same triggers. I, too, have had my IFTTT porch light recipe trigger inconsistently.

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