Spree is an open source framework created by Ruby on Rails that has not only seen success in the eCommerce niche, but has become a favorite of the more technical users in the industry looking to build a platform. The tool is a popular option for teams looking to gain more control of their budget and architecture.

Date Founded = 2011

Total Funding = $7M (Acquired by First Data in 2015)

HQ = Bethesda, Maryland

Total Employees = 10+

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Return on Investment: 8.3/10

Ease of Use: 6.4/10

Features: 8.8/10

Support: 8/10

Scalability: 9/10

reason for our rating

Spree is not for the faint of heart. But if your eCommerce team has technical talent and is looking into a price-friendly, infinitely scalable software then this is a fantastic option. With over two decades of refinement from a talented, passionate eCommerce community Spree’s feature set can support some of the industry's largest stores.


The catch is that Spree Commerce requires its users to possess above-average technical knowledge. So unless you have a staff of web developers and programmers it will be a long and uphill battle just to reach basic functionality, which means delays in user experience and sales.


The Good

Flexibility The platform allows adjusting according to business needs and requirements, and can implement a wide range of features.

Open Payments Spree is bundled with more than 125 payment solutions, including PayPal, Stripe, Braintree, and Apple Pay.

Fast Framework Spree is based on the Ruby on Rails framework so speed and efficiency are at its core.

The Bad

Barriers to Entry There are a limited number of official extensions, in addition to restrictions on popular integrations that are commonplace elsewhere.

Do-It-Yourself Outside of developer forums and Slack channels there are no customer support channels since Spree doesn’t offer dedicated account management.

No Code, No Go Without coding and web development skills, there's a good chance you won't be able to set things up.

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