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Your search for an Elasticsearch alternative is finally over. Meet Luigi’s Box

Elasticsearch seems to be a budget option but do you have the time, know-how, and money to develop all the features a modern-day e‑commerce search should have?

Luigi's Box is a suitable Elasticsearch alternative.

Elasticsearch (often called Elastic Search) is an open-source search engine library that evolved into Elastic Cloud. They offer near real-time indexing within 1 second and a robust search engine core for developers. However, it’s hardly useful for 99% of businesses that cannot afford an in-house DevOps team. Having its source code for free is great, but the ROI for you will never be sufficient.

We have prepared a detailed comparison of Luigi’s Box, a powerful Elasticsearch alternative powering thousands of online stores and applications. We considered the quality of the source code, search query management, support for complex queries or faceted searches, search speed, and a wide range of other search features.

Luigi’s Box vs Elasticsearch comparison

Luigi’s Box Luigi’s Box
Elasticsearch Elasticsearch
No-Code Self-Service Integration Easy self-integration without the need for your IT Team.
API Integration Seamless backend integration through API.
Advanced Language Support Top-notch processing of European languages including CEE.
Synonyms Suggestions AI-powered synonyms suggestions for all Latin languages.
Recommender Personalized product recommendations.
Multiplatform Analytics Analytics is compatible with any search engine.
Advanced Ranking Search results not only by the full-text score but the match quality.
Fixing Typos Working with the query even if the customer made a mistake.
No Results Prevention Determining an important part of a query for more general search results.
Product Codes Recognizing product codes in various formats.
Product Variants Only the most suitable product option for more diversified results.
Dynamic Facets Filters always relevant to the currently viewed category.
Pin to Position Assign desired position to the product in the search results.
Product Listing All the perks of advanced ranking in the navigation product lists.
Offline A/B Test See the results before going live without any risks.
Voice Search Search for products without the need for typing.

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What makes Luigi’s Box special?

Support team

No chatbots but kind people who are responsive, receptive to feedback, and always happy to help.

Self service integration

Option of an easy frontend integration. All you need to do is insert one line of code into GTM.

Intuitive interface

User friendly administration with all the settings to streamline your eshop’s shopping experience.

All in one platform

Comprehensive dashboard with analytical data, always available to track maximum efficiency.

Elasticsearch is great. We know it because we’ve built Luigi’s Box on top of it. However, for a modern e‑shop, it’s not enough. Read more about the features we’ve built to make Luigi’s Box the technology it is today in our blog.

That's what our customers said

Luigi’s Box massively streamlines shopping for our customers. Moreover, they developed several features for us that help manage products in our e‑shop.

Piotr Maciazka
Implementation Team Manager, Answear

Given our size, Luigi's Box brings us over €100,000 a year without much hard work for a price that was immediately returned multiple times.

Jakub Žilinčan
Chief Marketing Officer, Electronic-star

Luigi’s Box is a very progressive tool, which complements our existing analytical data. Its usage led not only to higher conversion rates for our e‑shop but helped us keep high standards of customer... more

Jana Karasová
Online Sales and Service Development Specialist, O2

Thanks to this tool, we increased the search usage and conversion rate on Koší Search is currently used by 40% of customers, and 40% of them directly add products to their shopping carts.

Robin Rezek
Product Manager, Košík

Luigi's Box Autocomplete increased our conversions by 33%, even when its use dropped by 30%.

David Linhart
Head of E‑Commerce, Mountfield

The most significant contribution of Luigi’s Box to EXIsport is an improvement in customer experience. The quicker they find what they search for, and the more relevant the search query is, the higher... more

Juraj Giacko
Head of E‑Commerce, EXIsport

Luigi’s Box is a guarantee of a professional approach. As the search specialists, they lead us to our goals much faster.

Tomáš Bzirský
Performance Marketing Manager, Košík

We’ve been using Luigi’s Box since 2017. In addition to our search conversion rate increase by 600%, the service also enhanced our in-store customer service.

Martin Derňar
Chief Omnichannel Officer, Nay

Recommender is a useful and inspirational resource for our customers to discover Powerlogy's products. How do we know that? Our average shopping cart value has been rising dramatically.

Michal Dodok
Head of Marketing, Powerlogy

Luigi’s Box was a real eye-opener for us. E‑shoppers often forget to care about customer experience and invest too many resources into advertising. Luigi's Box showed us what we could gain if we... more

Soňa Fialková
CEO, SpokojenýPes

How to pick Elasticsearch alternative

If you are searching for a service that suits you better than Elasticsearch, you should consider a wide range of factors. Without going too much into the technical details, we have selected three crucial areas for picking up the best search engine for your store, website, or application.

Quality of full-text searches

Elasticsearch offers great cluster management that other companies are able to use to build even more advanced systems. While it offers support for different types of queries, features like fixing typos or preventing empty search results are missing.

Besides that, there are multiple search features you need in order to utilize the search engine to its full potential. Even though the default query management is very decent for Elasticsearch, you might need advanced support for various range of languages if you are not using just a single language on your platform.

Search relevancy

The relevant search engine is necessary for you to obtain the above standard results. The process is simple on paper, but the results of different solutions are enormously different. While the user input might be the same for different types of queries, each search engine will provide different results.

Here at Luigi’s Box, we are focusing on pushing its limits even further. Indexing speed, management tools, and overall user experience of using our solution is what our customers love about us.
Another important aspect is search relevance. If you want to provide relevant content for every query put into the search, there must be an AI search engine that in real-time analyze the queries and provide results instantly. If the search service you consider lacks this, you should immediately look elsewhere.

Integration options

One of the most common reasons why companies switch from Elasticsearch is the difficulty of integration. Elasticsearch offers self-service integration based on very robust documentation, but it’s suitable only for very technical companies.

If you want to integrate a better search engine with more advanced features, look for a solution that offers integration services and long-term support for your company.

Why is Luigi’s Box a suitable Elasticsearch alternative

User-friendly integration

Luigi’s Box requires you to simply put one line of the code into your platform. On top of that, we dispose of a dedicated integration team that is trained to create a personalized search environment for your business. Search should be easy.

Premium features

With Luigi’s Box, you don’t have to manage a dedicated Elasticsearch cluster, take care of its maintenance and scaling. You use the API, and we take care of the operation. A dedicated team is on-call 24/7 and takes care of any issues, while your tech team can focus on other areas.

Integration experts

The difference between the full self-service solution like Elasticsearch and the cloud-based offering from Luigi’s Box is the support you receive from us and the expertise we have from the market.

Unique analytics

The more data you can operate with, usually the better. Luigi’s Box offers metrics such as cart value, trending search results, lost opportunities, and other important data, so you can make your decision based on the real usage of your apps.

Offline synthetic testing is a perfect starting point. First, you can check whether the old search results are better than the new ones. You can quickly spot this based on the complexity of the implemented changes. Then, once you feel the results for the tested queries are better, you can move on to the live A/B tests, where you can test the changes based on the actual customer’s data.


Comprehensive analytics that identifies issues with search queries and helps find out how to optimize them.


Smart search with autocomplete helps visitors quickly find the products they are looking for. Able to cope with any search query.


Personalized boxes with product recommendations help raise the average order value and can be placed anywhere on the website.

Product Listing

Personalized product pages enhance the browsing experience, support your business goals, and increase revenue.

Read our clients' stories

Smart Remedy for the Pharma Giant’s Turnover

A member of the biggest pharmacy network in the EU increased its search conversion rate by 9.49%​ with Luigi's Box.

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How Electronicstar Realized the Importance of Search With Autocomplete

Luigi's Box adds more than 100,000 € a year on top of the first Slovak unicorn's revenue.

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Higher Customer Satisfaction Both in Online and Offline Spheres

Autocomplete and Search Analytics helped EXIsport increase its search conversion rate.

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Electronics Giant Raised Search Conversion Rate by +600%

Nay is Slovakia's leading electronics store and one of our first major clients. In the Czech Republic, they operate under the brand Electro World.

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Managing 120 Million Monthly Requests on 9 Domains

Answear is one of the most popular online fashion stores in CEE region. During the integration, we developed several features for the client.

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Mountfield’s Autocomplete Conversion Rate Increased by 67%

Luigi's Box helped the largest seller of gardening supplies in the Czech Republic and Slovakia to increase their autocomplete conversions.

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O2 Conversion Rates of Trending Products Increased by 320%

Luigi’s Box helped O2 customers find what they are searching for, improved the overall user experience, and augmented conversion rates significantly.

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Košík’s Search Conversions Increased by 10.5%

With Luigi's Box, Koší enjoys more satisfied customers, more relevant search results, and increased revenue.

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SpokojenyPes Sees 96% Growth in Search Conversion Rate

Luigi's Box multiplied the search conversion rate for one of the biggest e‑shops offering pet food and supplies in the Czech Republic.

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Frequently asked questions

What is Elasticsearch?

Elasticsearch (often called Elastic Search) is an instant search engine. It’s free and open-source software with a huge open-source community behind it. It’s often a code base for more advanced commercial search systems. It’s using Query DSL (Domain Specific Language) query language based on JSON.

What is the difference between Elasticsearch and Amazon Elasticsearch Service?

Amazon Elasticsearch Service was built on top of Elastichsearch as managed service. It offers easier deployment and administration, but it’s still quite complex to operate Amazon web services and requires advanced DevOps knowledge.

What are alternatives to Elasticsearch?

The main Elasticsearch alternatives are Luigi’s Box, Algolia, Yext, Doofinder, and Swiftype.

What is the best Elastichsearch alternative?

Luigi’s Box is often considered one of the best alternatives to Elastichsearch. It offers a great performance/value ratio and plenty of the features that are lacking in standard Elasticsearch.

Did Elastic 8.0 update bring any improvements?

Yes, Elastic 8.0 can solve some NLP tasks, it can detect anomalies and outliers, and it supports classification and regression, but it’s not a magic bullet when you just turn it on, and it will work. It’s not something that a non-specialist can effectively use, so there is a need for IT specialists.