The best AI chatbots in 2024

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Our guide to every LLM on the market

No two AI chatbots are built the same. And even the best ones aren't best for every use case. In this guide, we lay out the pros and cons of every LLM on the market, as well as our unfiltered take on which works best.

TL;DR: Claude Pro and ChatGPT Plus (GPT-4) are the top choices, with Claude being the best free option for natural conversation. Perplexity AI and its Pro version are the go-to for conversational search. Poe caters to power users with multiple LLMs. Microsoft Copilot and Copilot Pro integrate well with Microsoft products and offer source citing and image analysis. Google Gemini and Gemini Advanced are still improving but showing promising signs for writing tasks.

ApplicationOverall Rating (out of 5)Section's Unfiltered TakeWhen to UseAvailabilityPaid/FreePlugins?Offers Mobile App?Can access the Internet?Document Types AcceptedUser FriendlinessKnowledge CutoffPrivacy
Claude Pro by Anthropic⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Claude Pro offers access to Opus, the newest and fastest model with image interpretation capabilities, 5x higher usage limits than the free version, and priority access during peak times, all while maintaining the same conversational feel as Claude 2.Claude's ability to handle many file types, including documents and images, makes it ideal for a wide range of productivity tasks. With the largest context window among AI assistants, capable of processing around 150,000 words, Claude can tackle even the most complex and lengthy projects with ease.93 countriesPaidNoNoNoPDF, DOCX, CSV, TXT, HTML, ODT, RTF, and EPUB.BeginnerAugust 2023Anthropic trains its models on prompt data but takes steps to de-identify it before using it for model training. They do not use customer data to train models unless the conversations are flagged for Trust & Safety review or the user has explicitly given permission.
ChatGPT Plus (GPT-4) by OpenAI⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐The most advanced LLM right now, but also charges $20/month. Responses can often feel “robotic” or like reading a textbook. New tools (Browse with Bing, Advanced Data Analysis, and DALL·E 3) provide the best range of capabilities. GPTs make a great addition to the offering.Research papers, essays, creative writing, content creation, and image generation. The added capability of plugins makes it suitable for more advanced use cases like code interpretation and data analysis.193 countriesPaidYesYes, with mobile support for voice features.Yes, through Browse with Bing and through plugins.Now handles almost any document, data file, or any document you want to analyze. Common file types are: TXT, PDF, DOCX, XLSX, CSV, HTML, JSON, PY, RTF, ODT, PDF, JPEG, PNG, BMP, and GIF.IntermediateMid 2023Users can opt out of data training, but you'll lose features like past conversation access and Advanced Data Analysis. All conversations are stored for 30 days for abuse monitoring, then deleted.
Claude 2 by Anthropic⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Using Claude feels more like having a natural conversation — making it seem more relatable and sometimes more professional. The go-to for basic use if you want quality but don't want to pay.Processing large documents, organizing information, managing projects. Claude's ability to handle many file types makes it ideal for productivity tasks involving documents.93 countriesFreeNoNoNoPDF, DOCX, CSV, TXT, HTML, ODT, RTF, and EPUB.BeginnerAugust 2023Anthropic trains its models on prompt data but takes steps to de-identify it and requires explicit user permission to use conversations for model training. They have guidelines against certain use-cases like targeted political campaigns and require businesses to have a "human in the loop" while disclosing the use of their services to customers.
Perplexity AI⭐⭐⭐⭐Truly the gold standard in conversational search engines. Miles better than Bard and Bing Chat.Research that requires the most up-to-date information with citations. Summaries of text, personalized answers based on interest and past search history. Tasks which require highly accurate and complete information.Available globally but may be limited by local regulations regarding AI servicesFreeNoYesYes3 files/day of plain text, PDFs, and code files.IntermediateEssentially up-to-date since it is connected to the web but knowledge cut offs of specific models may apply.Collects device and account information for analytics and service improvement but does not knowingly collect sensitive data. Your personal information is securely stored, not sold or shared with third parties except for specified services, and will be deleted upon account deactivation within 30 days.
Perplexity AI Pro⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐The gold standard on steroids with practically unlimited interactive searches — making it the go-to search companion. Get access to a wide range of models like GPT-4, Claude, Perplexity's in-house models, and Mistral's open-source model. Can now generate images from open source models and DALLE.Research that requires up-to-date information, image generation, and when you want to test out writing capabilities among the best models like Claude, GPT-4, and open-source models. Also great for answering questions, summarizing articles and web pages, and exploring topics in-depth.Available globally but may be limited by local regulations regarding AI servicesPaidNoYesYesUnlimited uploads of plain text, PDFs, code files, and images.IntermediateEssentially up-to-date since it is connected to the web but knowledge cut offs of specific models may apply.Collects device and account information for analytics and service improvement but does not knowingly collect sensitive data. Your personal information is securely stored, not sold or shared with third parties except for specified services, and will be deleted upon account deactivation within 30 days.
Poe by Quora⭐⭐⭐⭐Access to multiple LLMs from Meta, Mistral, OpenAI, Anthropic, StableDiffusion, and more) is great but can be confusing for non-experts. Similar pricing to ChatGPT Plus at $20/mo.You want to access multiple LLMs from one platform. Desktop version is a nice feature.No official list, but available globallyFree and PaidNoYesSpecific "bots" may be able to access the webTXT, DOCX, PDF, and other text based formats.Intermediate to AdvancedDepends on bot typeVaries by LLM used. Third-party LLM providers and bot developers may receive details about your interactions with Poe (e.g., chat contents, upvotes) to provide and improve their services. However, your Poe user account information (e.g., username and email) is not shared with any third-party LLMs or developers
ChatGPT (GPT-3.5) by OpenAI⭐⭐⭐⭐Seems to hallucinate more than GPT-4, so use with caution and always fact check. The custom instructions feature can make up for pitfalls.Brainstorming ideas, summarizing information, simple Q&A where some incorrect facts are acceptable. The speed makes it good for drafting and iterating quickly.193 countriesFreeNoYes, with mobile support for voice features.NoNoneBeginnerJanuary 2022Users can opt out of data training, but you'll lose features like past conversation access. All conversations are stored for 30 days for abuse monitoring, then deleted.
Pi by Inflection⭐⭐⭐Has empathy but can be frustratingly slow. Use when you want a patient listener, not quick answers.Having an empathetic conversation, exploring ideas, journaling, mental health applications where emotional intelligence is needed.No official listFreeNoYesCannot access the internet directly, but does have real-time access to fresh information from across the Web.NoneBeginnerUnknownUses de-identified conversations to improve our AI while never selling or sharing data without explicit permission. De-identified means removing all personal identifiers like name, phone number, and email from the conversation logs.
Microsoft Copilot (formerly Bing Chat)⭐⭐⭐⭐The consistent citing of sources helps build trust in the information provided and image analysis is great. Can now generate images using DALL·E 3. An overall better option than Bard.Getting quick answers to questions, research, and creative writing. Bing Chat's integration with web search and ability to provide annotated responses makes it ideal for on-the-fly research and fact checking.Most countries where Microsoft does business, except for China.FreeNoYesYes, through Bing SearchJPEG, PNG, WebP‍‍. Can display and analyze images.BeginnerUnknown — likely similar to GPT-4Microsoft uses both automated and manual reviews of prompts shared with Bing to respond to and monitor inappropriate behavior.
Microsoft Copilot Pro⭐⭐⭐⭐Love the priority access for GPT-4 and GPT-4 Turbo models during peak times. Copilot in Microsoft 365 app puts the Copilot family on par with some of top LLMs on our list. A great alternative to ChatGPT if you are looking for integrations with the Windows/Microsoft products.Use if you are in the Microsoft/Windows ecosystem and want integration with Microsoft 365 apps. Some of the best plugins are found here (Instacart, Klarna, Shop, and Search).Most countries where Microsoft does business, except for China.PaidYesYesYes, through Bing Search.JPEG, PNG, GIF, and SVGBeginner to intermediateUnknown Microsoft uses both automated and manual reviews of prompts shared with Bing to respond to and monitor inappropriate behavior.
Google Gemini ⭐⭐⭐New updates using Gemini Pro model make Gemini on par with GPT-3.5. We love the writing style of Google's smaller, faster model but it does lack advanced capabilities of GPT-4 and Claude 3.Image analysis, tasks where connections to Google Apps is important, writing tasks, translation, and code generation.Over 230 countriesFreeNoNoNo longer availableJPEG, PNG, WebP. Can display and analyze images.Beginner Early 2023Collects user conversations, location, and usage metrics to enhance its accuracy and usefulness. By default, conversations are stored for up to 18 months, though users can alter this setting. Google selects a subset of conversations and uses automated tools to help remove personally identifiable information to protect user privacy
Google Gemini Advanced⭐⭐⭐⭐Gemini Advanced uses Google's Ultra 1.0 model and can handle more advanced tasks for reasoning, code generation, and creativity. Still great for writing and can run and edit Python code. Similarly priced to Claude and ChatGPT at $19.99/month and includes a 2-month free trial.Image analysis, code generation, and advanced writing.Over 150 countriesPaidYes, to Google AppsYes, through the Google AppNo longer availableJPEG, PNG, WebP. Can display and analyze images.IntermediateEarly 2023Collects user conversations, location, and usage metrics to enhance its accuracy and usefulness. By default, conversations are stored for up to 18 months, though users can alter this setting. Google selects a subset of conversations and uses automated tools to help remove personally identifiable information to protect user privacy
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