February 18, 2021

Password manager comparison: LastPass vs. Bitwarden

The March 16, 2021 severe change to LastPass Free (see here) shakes up the password manager choices a bit.

Both LastPass and Bitwarden have multiple tiers, and, of course, the functionality doesn't exactly line up between the similarly-named tiers.  The table below should help you decide which tier of which password manager meets your needs.   I haven't shown LastPass Free because the new limitation make the Free tier essentially unusable for the vast majority of users.

Unless you badly want a free service and think you'll stay there a long time, I suggest looking only at the Premium and Family(ies) tiers.  The main deciding factor between the two Premium tiers is probably the differences in the sharing features.


Feature/Area

LastPass Premium

LastPass Families

Bitwarden Free

Bitwarden Premium

Bitwarden Family

Cost

USD $36

USD $48

$0

USD $10

USD $40

Ease of use

Good

Not as good

Not as good

File attachments

1 GB

0 GB

1 GB

Sharing

Individual items: Unlimited sharing with any number of users

Folders: 1, with any number of users

Individual items: Unlimited sharing with any number of users

Folders: 1, with any numbers of users; unlimited within family

Folders: 1, with only 1 other user

Folders: 1, with only 1 other user

Folders: unlimited within family

Vault security check-up

Yes

No

Yes

2FA for itself

Yes

Yes

Yes

Authenticator feature

Yes

No

No

Yes

Emergency Access

Yes

No

Yes

Account recovery

Powerful (e.g., locally-stored OTPs)

Weaker

Weaker