ContractSafe vs. Ironclad:

Why Businesses Prefer ContractSafe [2024] 

Picking the right contract management tool for your business is no easy feat. There are so many options that it’s easy to lose your way.

In this post, we’ll take a look at two of the top contract management solutions on the market and show you why many users prefer ContractSafe.

Why Companies Prefer ContractSafe Over Ironclad


Know what you’ll pay, and only pay for what you’ll use

ContractSafe offers flexible pricing plans based on the features you need and contract volume, making it an attractive choice for organizations seeking an affordable contract management solution. With ContractSafe, you can:

  • Realize value in minutes
  • Find anything fast
  • Avoid missed obligations
  • Ditch features you won’t use (and the fees that come with them!) 

With ContractSafe’s transparent pricing structure, you'll know exactly what you're paying for, allowing you to make an informed decision based on your budget and needs.

Contract management without all the bells and whistles

ContractSafe is like the Apple of contract management software. It’s known for its intuitive interface and minimal learning curve, making it accessible even for users without a legal background. 

And if you run into any trouble, have no fear — ContractSafe’s team of experts is standing by to lend a helping hand!

Ironclad is a lot more complex. Users have cited convoluted logic and lots of manual work in setting up triggers and workflows, with a steep learning curve before things start to run smoothly. And its high price point will rule it out for many buyers.


Designed to be easy for your whole team

ContractSafe shines with its intuitive interface. Everything is right where it should be, and navigation is a breeze. Unlimited users and robust contract sharing make it easy for everyone to access what they need.

Plus, you don't need a law degree to get the hang of it; it's designed to be accessible to everyone. With ContractSafe, the learning curve is minimal for everyone in your organization, no matter their level of experience. 

Ironclad will need a whole team to get up and running, and can be overwhelming for many users. And getting those users set up with the right permissions is much more time-consuming.

Jump-start your journey with effortless onboarding

Jumping into ContractSafe couldn’t be easier. No need to worry about downtime or disruptions — ContractSafe's got your back. ContractSafe’s friendly support team will guide you every step of the way, making sure you're ready to rock from day one.

Most of our users get up and running on their own, with a dedicated human ready to coach and guide. But if you need it, our team is here to help with bulk uploads and data migration, too.

Implementing Ironclad is a more complex process. There are a lot of steps to set up different tools and processes and it can take a lot of time.

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Everything is exactly where it should be

ContractSafe offers a streamlined document repository packed with valuable features. Take advantage of:

Ironclad offers a more limited search experience with a lack of a proximity search feature, making it feel a bit more restrictive comparatively. 

Never miss a deadline

ContractSafe simplifies your workflow with automated alerts and reminders

Designed with versatility in mind, the platform allows for customized reminders set to any date or field. 

You can even extend these alerts beyond your team, bringing stakeholders into the loop as needed. 

Ironclad users have reported that notifications are limited to manually tagged stakeholders, which could lead to some gaps in communication. Users have also noted that the lack of customization in its notification features, especially pertaining to expirations, could lead to missed obligations.

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The strategic partner you’ve been looking for

ContractSafe is known for its responsive and helpful support team, free onboarding support, and fee-free implementation.

Even better, every single account receives its own dedicated customer success manager who can help you strategize and fine-tune your processes. 

Ironclad has an email help desk, but one user noted that you have to pay a premium to get personalized assistance.

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    “ContractSafe is an easy-to-use tool that enables you to access all your contracts in a single place. Its reminders feature is very useful when managing a large number of contracts. I highly recommend it for organizations who are moving away from a manual process and are looking for an automated solution for their contract management that is quick and easy to implement and move on.”
    Jeffrey P.
    Director of Logistics Operations
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    The other systems I looked at were either way more robust (and thus more complicated) than we needed, or alternatively they provided most of what we needed but were much less intuitive for the way we process things. I could go on, but at the end of the day it is a great contract management system at a very affordable price point. ContractSafe had everything we were looking for (plus a little bit more with the AI and built-in eSignature capability) in a system that is very user-friendly and easy to use.
    Eli M
    JM Bullion, Sr. Paralegal

Feature Comparison

Features ContractSafe Ironclad
Price Features you need at a price you can afford More expensive; full lifecycle services with an inflated price tag
Ease of Use Smooth, accessible, and easy to navigate Less intuitive interface leading to a steeper learning curve
Implementation Can be up and running in as little as five minutes Lengthier process with an added fee for extra support
Contract Repository Intuitive to navigate with a Google-like search Lots of manual setup and optimization
Alerts and Reminders Customizable alerts and reminders that go to any email address Notifications are limited to stakeholders who are manually tagged
Customer Support Personalized support from a dedicated success manager Email help desk with premium support that comes at an extra cost
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