Finding the Right Password Manager: Bitwarden vs. LastPass Compared

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Bitwarden vs LastPass is another popular comparison. It’s because password managers are the new way to fast, safe and simplified browsing. If you’re worried about your privacy on the Internet (which you should be!), it’s never too late to give these privacy tools a chance.

Since you’re here, you probably want a solid answer to this question: “Which is a better password manager – Bitwarden or LastPass?”

Here I’ll be sharing my Bitwarden vs LastPass password manager comparison. Both password managers are secure, widely used, and protected with top-class encryption. However, there’s only one of them that pushes the envelope of cybersecurity.


  • Both password managers generate, remember and audit passwords so you’re in the driver’s seat of your own security
  • LastPass uses powerful ciphers, 2FA authentication and provides all-out security checks
  • Bitwarden is an open-source service with unbreakable encryption. It allows multi-device synchronization for sharing data with your workmates and family
  • Bitwarden is built on a zero-knowledge architecture, and neither has access to your personal vault at any point
  • Overall, LastPass is the better password manager choice

Quick comparison table:

Compatible Browsers & OSWindows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and Firefox Same as Bitwarden’s plus Chrome OS, Windows phone, Internet Explorer and Maxthon
Encryption & SecurityOpen-Source, 256-bit AES encryption, Zero-knowledge architecture 2FA, TOTP 256-bit AES encryption, 2-Factor Authentication, USB tokens, Biometric scanners, Dark Web Monitoring
Passwords, Cards, and IDsUnlimited Unlimited
Emergency AccessYesYes
Cloud SynchronizationYes, self-hosting is also available Yey
Encrypted Storage1 GB Cloud storage for Premium users 50 MB storage for free users and 1 GB Cloud storage for Premium users
Bonus FeaturesReused and weak password reports, Data Breach Reports, Unsecured Websites Reports Security Dashboard, Score, Automatic password changer, Country Restrictions, Credit Monitoring
Account RecoveryRecovery Code and Two-Step Logins  Emergency Access, SMS Alerts, Face ID, Touch ID
Premium Individual Plan$10/year, billed annually$36/year, billed annually
More informationRead my Bitwarden reviewRead my LastPass review

Main Features

If you can’t keep up with your passwords or use the same password for everything, then you’ve found this article at the right time. Hackers are constantly trying to hack into our personal accounts. And you could be their next target. I’m glad I found password managers like Bitwarden and LastPass when I did. They offer some pretty awesome features apart from remembering your passcodes.

Since I’ve been using Bitwarden and Lastpass over the last few weeks, I had the opportunity to do some in-depth research on both of them. Here’s what I found.

Browser and Device Compatibility

They’re both compatible with popular browsers. Even the free versions run smoothly on different smartphones and operating systems. Right now, Bitwarden isn’t available for Internet Explorer users. But you can still access this password manager from Chrome, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, MacOs, Windows PC, and Linux. 

Another thing I found interesting about Bitwarden is it comes with a powerful Command-Line tool.

If you’re not a fan of Internet browsers, you can hop on Bitwarden’s self-documented CLI for password management. Anyone who’s new to CLI tools for self-hosting their password manager should find Bitwarden’s command lines fairly easy to execute. 

bitwarden overview

LastPass is a closed-source password management service, so you cannot self-host your vault just yet.

But is it a dealbreaker?

No. In fact, LastPass comes with many tough security measures to make up for CLI. For a limited time, LastPass allows you to sync passwords across all your manually approved devices.  This helpful feature is switching over to Premium very soon, so grab the deal on LastPass while you can!

Bitwarden vs LastPass in Remembering Passwords

If you want to use LastPass or Bitwarden exclusively for storing and sharing passwords, you’re in luck! They won’t cost you a single penny for this service. All you have to do is create a Lastpass or a Bitwarden account with your email. 

Then why should you subscribe to Premium? 

Well, here’s the deal.

You can only access LastPass’s free plan from a single device. For example, you may use it from just your laptop. It’s still accessible across all browsers (Google Chrome, Safari, Opera, Mozilla, etc.), but from your laptop only. 

To simultaneously sync your LastPass or Bitwarden data, you’ll have to switch to their Premium Individual or Family plans.  Anyhow, the free versions of these password managers aren’t too bad. LastPass caught my eye with its free browser extension. 

Once you install the free version, Lastpass will ask permission to save passwords from your new logins unless you haven’t imported the old passwords to your LastPass My Vault.     

Plus, I was really surprised when I found out that the maximum number of passwords one can save is unlimited!

Anyway, if you want to go about your life on the Internet safe and sound, both LastPass and Bitwarden are incredible choices.

Bitwarden vs LastPass Password Sharing

This feature is particularly important if you share online resources with people you know. Personally, I split my streaming service accounts with my family. Whenever I need to share a password, I just click the Share icon from Passwords (See the drop-down on the left) and have LastPass email it to my family.

lastpass password sharing

Free users of Bitwarden and Lastpass can share passwords with a single user. But if you want to take it up a notch, share files with 5 other LastPass users, you’ll have to upgrade to LastPass Families.

The Bitwarden Family plan also allows unlimited password sharing among 6 users. A close alternative to LastPass’ Sharing Center is Bitwarden Send. It’s on the right side of your screen with a blue airplane logo. Personally, I feel that Bitwarden Send surpasses the Sharing Center in terms of security.

bitwarden send

Here are a few ways to share passwords with Bitwarden Send:

  • You can set a maximum access count for each user 
  • Users can choose to hide the login details  
  • The deletion and expiration days can be customized 
  • You can disable a previous Bitwarden Send so nobody can access it
  • Add notes for better communication 
  • Inactive 2FA Authentication reports to identify suspicious users  

I’ll give you a detailed explanation about this in the next segment- Security & Privacy. Bitwarden Send is now accessible for all free, Premium, Family, and Business accounts. Free users can deploy the basic controls but the one-to-many Bitwarden sharing option is reserved for Premium users. 

Coming back to LastPass, I must mention that it allows you to share passwords with a maximum of 30 users on the free plan. 

Password Generator

I’ve set tricky passwords in the name of being “random” and successfully forgot them as soon as I finished signing up on a website. What happens next is probably something both you and I are familiar with. Otherwise, we won’t be looking for the best password managers in 2024. 

In my experience with Bitwarden and LastPass, I’ve been able to set 12-digit passwords without having to remember or repeat them for my security.

generate passwords

Between the two, I liked the password generator on Bitwarden slightly better. Here the default password length is 14 digits. You can create 5 to 128-character-long passwords and generate totally random passphrases at the same time.

If you’re not liking the passphrases, you can randomize them again and again. Bitwarden stores the previous results in History so you can go back anytime.

LastPass’s Password Generator is super reliable, but 99-digit is where they set the bar for default codes.

Encrypted Storage

I was browsing the secure storage on LastPass as a Premium Trial user, and I was so impressed that I ended up getting the paid version. 

One of my friends suggested that I use LastPass for organizing my credentials, documents, and software licenses. I didn’t pay much attention at that point, but now I wish I downloaded the LastPass desktop app sooner. 

encrypted storage

Its security vault is extremely organized with 18 categories including Passwords, Secure Notes, Addresses, Payment Card, Bank Account, Driver’s License, Health Insurance, Email, Membership, and Passport.

Also, you can make extra folders and add attachments (files, photos, and texts) to each category!

🏆 Winner is – LastPass

I was pleasantly surprised to see what specs LastPass offered for free — even more so when I downloaded the Premium plan on my phone. Lastpass has a better password vault layout. Its biometric logins and password vaults are extremely reliable.

Security & Privacy

A big part of choosing my password manager was about security and privacy. If you take cybersecurity as seriously as I do, you should pay attention to this part. Most of the time, people have a hard time trusting Bitwarden, LastPass, or free password managers in general.

I can show you 9 ways how LastPass and Bitwarden protect your data from 21st-century cyberattacks.

256-Bit AES Encryption Algorithm

All password managers use a certain encryption algorithm that conceals the user data for storage and transfer.  The 256-AES encryption is the latest algorithm available for password managers. 

You’ll be happy to know that LastPass and Bitwarden use it as their source code. It’s impossible to hack into this specific encryption — especially with all the security checks. 

Despite being subject to multiple security threats from 2015 to 2017, no LastPass free or paid user data had been leaked.

Zero-Knowledge Security Model

Both Bitwarden and LastPass use a Zero-Knowledge architecture. Honestly, I wouldn’t have signed up at all if they didn’t feature this security model.  It means your personal vaults, attachments, shared content, and Secure Notes are fully secured at all times. Even when you’re using their Cloud storage, your master password and other saved information are not being read, copied, or modified by Bitwarden/LastPass.

Self-Hosted Password Manager

Bitwarden has a Premium feature to self-host passwords if you prefer not to use their Cloud file storage. Remember our conversation about Bitwarden CLI a while ago?

Unless your work involves top-secret data handling, you can use the already secured (If not the most trusted!) Bitwarden Cloud Storage. But for those who know how to write CL scripts, the Bitwarden desktop app is preferable.

Security Notes

If anyone tries to log in to websites saved on your LastPass with an old master password, don’t worry. You’ll get password alerts as soon as that happens! Warning — password alerts can be disabled from Account Settings> Show Advanced Settings> Disable Password Alerts. 

To improve my security, I’ve selected all the situations where I’d like LastPass to re-prompt me/user for the Master Password. Have a look:

security notes

I couldn’t help but notice that all reused and weak password reports are available only on Bitwarden Premium. You can share your encrypted files and notes (up to 100 MB) with multiple users, set an expiration date, and limit their access counts on the free plan.

Multi-Factor Authenticator

Despite having a powerful encryption algorithm, LastPass and Bitwarden include two-factor authentication as a secondary security service

You can choose which websites should show the 2FA authentication page from Settings. If you disable it for all your social media websites, LastPass will autofill the password by default. Anyone who has a hold of your device may access sensitive content with your master password at that moment.


Thanks to two-factor authentication, your social media, digital wallets, and bank accounts will never be compromised through LastPass.

Bitwarden is keeping up with one-time passwords, a TOTP authenticator, hardware authentication devices like YubiKey and U2F keys. However, biometric logins using Face ID and Touch ID are still missing in the latest Bitwarden update.

Security Dashboard

The security options of LastPass include a Security Score, an automatic password changer, and 2FA, TOTP logins. You need to log at least 50 profiles and passwords on LastPass to get a personalized Security Score. 

It will rate your password hygiene out of 100 and also check for data breach history in the servers.

lastpass security

The LastPass Security Dashboard wraps everything up on a single screen. So, although it appears more user-friendly, I liked the individual Security concern reports on Bitwarden better.

Additionally, if there’s a new device trying to sign in to any of your accounts, both services will instantly send alerts on your phone.

🏆 Winner is — Bitwarden

I found Bitwarden’s open-source security protocols to be impressive for the price. Nontechnical users might have a hard time implementing its advanced actions. In that case, LastPass can be a better server of reliable password management.

Ease of Use

Signing up for either password manager will make your life on the Internet easy. But if you ask me, I’ll give LastPass a solid 5 out of 5. Keep reading to find out the reason!

User Interface

While using LastPass and Bitwarden, I noticed that the user interface of Lastpass is better-looking and more comprehensive for basic users.

user interface

There are a bunch of video tutorials and a step-by-step vault tour in the Help drop-down. If you’re unclear about something, say your Security Dashboard, LastPass’s instructions will be right there on the screen. If you don’t consider yourself tech-savvy, you might actually like the LastPass UI and login page better. It’s easy to understand how everything works and get them done in a few clicks.

LastPass gives you regular password checks, and its Security Dashboard is pretty intuitive.

bitwarden vault

Although Bitwarden includes unlimited password storage and logins, the free plan doesn’t come with initial storage for classified documents. It might confuse first-time users.

Straightforward Security

Premium LastPass users can make two folders that they can share and sync with another user. The latest LastPass updates also include a wide range of two-factor authentications, taking your online security to the next level.

You can unlock high-end security features such as Security Challenge and Security Score with LastPass Premium. It notifies you about password hygiene, sign-in attempts, and possible safety concerns.

But what happens when you share the passwords? Only your manually selected contacts are able to access a certain piece of information. Similarly, you can deploy and revoke this authority any time on Bitwarden, hide the password and direct them to auto-fill. Pretty cool, right?

Save & Autofill

Once you’re hooked up with a password manager and install its web extension, you should see it on all future login pages.  To access a website, you have to right-click the login space, select Bitwarden and then check the autofill box. So, unfortunately, Bitwarden’s autofill feature is not as smooth as I’d anticipated, but that’s my personal opinion. Free users might not mind doing these extra two steps. 

Surprisingly though, the Bitwarden web app offered prompt auto-fill services. Every time I signed up on a new website, a Bitwarden pop-up asked me if I wanted to save the login to my vault. The same goes for LastPass.

Business and Team Management

LastPass offers an incredibly safe way to share passwords among your teammates securely. Many businesses use LastPass because it lets users log in with the shared password but not see what the password really is. 

If you’re the admin or the account holder, you can uncheck the box that says “Allow Recipient to View Password”.

You can also set a specific duration (usually the office time) and automatically disapprove logins outside that time frame. 

Bitwarden comes with similar Business Premium features like Single Sign-On, Directory sync, API access, Audit Logs, Encrypted Exports, Multiple Logins with 2FA, and more.

Importing Passwords to Your Vault

You can import offline and online Cloud storage files to your vault. Clicking the Advanced Options button will reveal your LastPass vault management controls such as Import, Export, Add Identities, View Account History, and Deleted Items. 

import passwords

It is quite easy to import from Bitwarden to LastPass and vice-versa. Sometimes you might not find a newly-saved website inside your Bitwarden password vault. It’s a minor synchronization error. All I had to do is import the password from Google Password Manager- where I was previously storing my password before activating Bitwarden. Here’s how I did it:

🏆 Winner is – LastPass

It was a close call. On one hand, you have genuine in-depth reports from Bitwarden. And on the other, you have a user-friendly LastPass web extension and mobile app. But LastPass wins this round. It’s easier to navigate and it’s all that matters to most users.

Plans & Pricing

The latest plans and pricing information about Bitwarden and LastPass are as follows:

Free Basic Features of Bitwarden and LastPass at a Glance

  • Unlimited password storage for Logins, Cards, IDs and Notes
  • Encrypted text sharing on Bitwarden Send
  • Secure Password Generator
  • Two-factor authentication
  • Cloud host and self-host options are available
  • One-to-one sharing with a single user

BitWarden Premium

I like Bitwarden’s pricing plans. They offer one-to-many password sharing, multi-factor authentication, vault health reports, and 1 GB file storage. Although, you’ll agree that the user’s web interface and on-screen instructions could be better. Bitwarden allows unlimited users in both its free and paid options.

bitwarden premium

LastPass Premium

The LastPass Sharing Center is common for all Premium, Families and Business users. If you have been planning to get LastPass Business, you should definitely get through with it. The Security Dashboard, Centralized Control, and Cloud SSO are worth your money. And it’s only$7/month/ per user!

lastpass premium

🏆 Winner is – Bitwarden

I have to give a shout-out to LastPass here for its incredible UI and free features. But if you don’t want to shell out money on a password manager, Bitwarden is the way to go.

Bonus Features & Extras

While using Bitwarden recently, I found that free users can now import passwords from other managers and have the Bitwarden browser extension auto-fill the passwords for them!

I had a much more interesting revelation about LastPass a while ago, and it makes all the difference!

Emergency Access

Due to the zero-knowledge security structure, neither Bitwarden nor LastPass knows your Master password for real. In case of a sudden departure or accident, Emergency Access allows your contacts to still use the resources on your behalf. 

It’s available for both Lastpass and Bitwarden and only activates after a certain amount of time has passed. 

Dark Web Reports

Dark web reporting is available on Lastpass. What basically happens is — LastPass checks your email and user IDs against breached credentials. 

If your email shows up on that database, it means the associated accounts are currently at risk. You’re immediately sent an alert. From there, you can generate a new password and protect your account once again. 

dark web

Bitwarden has the same feature under the name Data Breach Reports.

Travelling Restrictions

While traveling to a different country, you or your LastPass Business Admin can freeze your access. 

You can only use LastPass from the country where your account was first created. I didn’t find this security feature on Bitwarden.

travel lock

However, Bitwarden’s 256-bit AES encryption algorithm is extremely powerful. It has never been compromised or subject to data breaches.

Credit Card Reports

LastPass allows you to monitor your credit cards and digital wallets. You’ll be instantly notified about transactions. This is how LastPass can protect you from identity theft, and it’s the only password manager that offers it! Plus, it doesn’t impact your credit score. Just like Restricted Country, Credit Monitoring is a LastPass exclusive!

🏆 Winner is – LastPass

Other than a few nuisances, both password management services are pretty spot-on. But LastPass wins the final round with its bonus features. And it’s shocking how most of these are absolutely free!

Questions & Answers

Our Verdict ⭐

Navigating a new service for yourself and your company can be daunting especially when it concerns your Internet security and passwords. Both Bitwarden and LastPass are favorable options for a password manager. However, I’m siding with Bitwarden for three reasons.

Bitwarden Password Manager

Bitwarden makes it easy for businesses and individuals to securely generate, store, and share passwords from any location, browser, or device.

  • Automatically generates strong and unique passwords.
  • Open-source software with military-grade encryption.
  • Weak and re-used password reports, and reports for exposed/breached passwords.
  • Free plan; paid plans start at $10/year.

Number one, Bitwarden is an open-source password manager built on a strapping security model. There’s zero to one chance that cybercriminals will work their way through its solid security code.

Secondly, it will safeguard your logins across unlimited servers, devices, and websites so you can browse them faster. Premium Bitwarden users get on-time reports on exposed, reused, and weak passwords.

Two of my biggest takeaways from this LastPass vs. Bitwarden password manager comparison is LastPass’ straightforward sign-up and customizable logins.

I strongly recommend LastPass for anyone who’s looking for a free password manager that they can trust. However, its Premium plan is a bit over-the-top, especially when other password managers are offering the same specs at a lower price.

I’m satisfied with both LastPass and Bitwarden, considering the powerful features they bring to the table. A password manager of this quality can save you from notorious cyberattacks and data breaches. So, what are you waiting for? Get that web app before it’s too late!

How We Test Password Managers: Our Methodology

When we test password managers, we start from the very beginning, just like any user would.

The first step is purchasing a plan. This process is crucial as it gives us our first glimpse into the payment options, ease of transaction, and any hidden costs or unexpected upsells that might be lurking.

Next, we download the password manager. Here, we pay attention to practical details like the size of the download file and the storage space it requires on our systems. These aspects can be quite telling about the software’s efficiency and user-friendliness.

The installation and setup phase comes next. We install the password manager on various systems and browsers to thoroughly assess its compatibility and ease of use. A critical part of this process is evaluating the master password creation – it’s essential for the security of the user’s data.

Security and encryption are at the heart of our testing methodology. We examine the encryption standards used by the password manager, its encryption protocols, zero-knowledge architecture, and the robustness of its two-factor or multi-factor authentication options. We also assess the availability and effectiveness of account recovery options.

We rigorously test the core features like password storage, auto-fill and auto-save capabilities, password generation, and sharing features. These are fundamental to the everyday use of the password manager and need to work flawlessly.

Extra features are also put to the test. We look at things like dark web monitoring, security audits, encrypted file storage, automatic password changers, and integrated VPNs. Our goal is to determine if these features genuinely add value and enhance security or productivity.

Pricing is a critical factor in our reviews. We analyze the cost of each package, weighing it against the features offered and comparing it with competitors. We also consider any available discounts or special deals.

Finally, we evaluate customer support and refund policies. We test every available support channel and request refunds to see how responsive and helpful the companies are. This gives us insight into the overall reliability and customer service quality of the password manager.

Through this comprehensive approach, we aim to provide a clear and thorough evaluation of each password manager, offering insights that help users like you make an informed decision.

For more information about our review process, click here.


About Author

Matt Ahlgren

Mathias Ahlgren is the CEO and founder of Website Rating, steering a global team of editors and writers. He holds a master's in information science and management. His career pivoted to SEO after early web development experiences during university. With over 15 years in SEO, digital marketing, and web developmens. His focus also includes website security, evidenced by a certificate in Cyber Security. This diverse expertise underpins his leadership at Website Rating.

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