Reverso Review 2019: Free Option Worth It?

Brad Smith

I'm the creator of this site (Grammar Gang). I'm also the founder of Codeless, a long-form content creation company that's been featured in The New York Times, Business Insider, The Next Web, and hundreds more.

We produce around ~100 long, in-depth articles each month. So we're relying on these tools on a daily basis. Here, I break down the good, bad, and uuuuuuggggllllyyyy.
Brad Smith

Reverso is best known for being an online translation aid featuring dictionary and pronunciation aids. The company also offers language services such as spelling and grammar checking tools.

The service is free and is “mostly financed by advertising,” according to their “About Me” page. That could be a good or bad thing, depending on how accurate it is and if it skimps on features like multilingual support or a plagiarism checker.

First, let’s start with what we like about Reverso.

Reverso Pros

1. Straightforward Interface

Reverso’s interface gets straight to the point. Just enter in your text and press “check” to begin analyzing your writing.

Any detected errors will become highlighted. Once you click on a word or group of words, you’ll be able to view and select suggestions for replacement.

2. It’s Relatively Accurate

Reverso is a consistent grammar checker that identifies misspellings, punctuation errors, and more with ease.

If you need to check comma use, hyphens, parts of speech, or words that are spelled correctly but not used correctly, Reverso has got your back.

Unlike some other grammar tools on this list, this checker caught incorrect uses of “your” right off the bat.

3. Grammar Rules Backed by Translation Service

Grammar rules used to check text seem to be backed by Reverso-Softissimo, a language software powerhouse that designs, publishes, and integrates their work across the market.

Reverso says: “[The grammar checker] makes use of the best technologies developed by Ginger Software with an interface, settings and complementary processing specifically devised by Reverso-Softissimo for the Reverso website and the Reverso Intranet products.”

4. Browser Extension Available

This grammar checker can be used via mobile browser, web browser, or Google Chrome browser extension.

To access the browser extension, click the “Add Reverso to Chrome” button under the “Join Reverso” dropdown menu.

You’ll be taken to the Chrome web store, where you can simply click “Add to Chrome” to get started.

With the extension, you can view your translation search history and save your favorite translations to reference later.

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6. Multilingual Service (12 Languages)

Reverso can check grammar in a 12 different languages, and even auto detect your language in some cases.

Supported languages currently include:

  1. German
  2. Russian
  3. Arabic
  4. Dutch
  5. Hebrew
  6. Polish
  7. Romanian
  8. Spanish
  9. French
  10. Italian
  11. Portuguese
  12. English

Reverso Cons

There are a few cons to this checker, though.

1. Misses the Mark on Concision

It’s true that Reverso caught obvious grammar issues, like incorrect uses of “your.”

However, it doesn’t catch more subtle issues like passive voice, redundant words, etc. It missed several obvious cases of it, so it’s obviously just a basic option. (See what I did there?)

2. No Plagiarism Checker

Reverso does not come with a plagiarism checker. So it might be fine for checking simple grammar issues, but it won’t help you become a better writer or double-check documents for copied passages and other issues that might land you in hot water.

3. Strict Limitations

Reverso can only check 600 characters at a time, making it a pretty limited service.

If you need to check a large chunk of text at one time, skip out on this tool.

4. No Reporting/Human Review

Users of this checker have no way to export their reports to refer to them later, and human reviews aren’t available, either.

This isn’t surprising, given that this tool is completely free.

5. Customer Service Needs Improvement

The only form of customer service on the Reverso site is a contact form.

Users have to choose the type of request and enter their name, email, country, company, position, phone number, and feedback or request, so it’s a fairly extensive process.

We tested out the form to see how the quality and speed of Reverso’s customer service was, but we never heard back from the team.

Reverso Costs

Reverso is completely free.

But there are a few small perks of signing up for a free account with the service, such as the ability to keep track of your last searches.

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If you plan to use this tool on a regular basis, it’s worth it to quickly create an account to keep track of your activity.

Do I Recommend Reverso?

Not really.

It’s not terrible. But it’s really only good for small amounts of text, like emails.

Due to the limitations of this service, it wouldn’t be worth it to try and check an entire article or academic paper with this tool.

If you need a sophisticated, easy to use grammar checker that is multilingual to check a few small bits of writing here and there, this one is worth a try.

Otherwise, I’d recommend checking out a better all-around option like Grammarly or ProWritingAid.