Hunter.io vs Emailchaser: Which is better? (2024)

Updated May 2024

Hunter.io is a popular email finding tool.

Emailchaser is a similar tool that finds 21% more email addresses than Hunter.io.

Both tools also have other features that allow you to send cold emails. Having used Hunter.io for many years, and being the founder of Emailchaser, I like to think that I am qualified to compare them.

In this article, I will compare Hunter.io to Emailchaser, and tell you which you should use:

Feature comparison

Below is a feature comparison between Emailchaser and Hunter.io:

Email Finder
Email Verifier
LinkedIn Email Finder
Campaigns
Sales CRM

Email Finder

I conducted a study to compare both Email Finders.

Emailchaser’s Email Finder found 21% more email addresses compared to that of Hunter.io.

I started with a list of 100 real people. I already knew the real verified email addresses of these 100 people.

screenshot of spreadsheet comparing results of emailchaser vs hunter

I then tried to find the email addresses of all 100 people using both Emailchaser and Hunter.io.

Emailchaser found 88 out of 100 email addresses. This is an 88% email find rate.

Hunter.io found 67 out of 100 email addresses. This is an 67% email find rate.

Emailchaser found 21% more email addresses than Hunter.io in this study.

The reason why Emailchaser finds 21% more email addresses than Hunter.io is because Hunter.io simply scrapes websites to find email addresses that were already public. Emailchaser is different because of its ability to find email addresses that are not displayed publicly anywhere.

This sets it apart from other email finding tools and allows Emailchaser to find more email addresses.

Most email addresses are not publicly displayed on websites, so if your main method of finding emails is scraping sites, then you won’t find many.

Emailchaser also shows you where and how it found each email; this is something that Hunter.io doesn’t do.

screenshot showing email finder on emailchaser

Both Emailchaser and Hunter.io have a “Bulk Email Finder” feature which allows you to find more than one email address at a time by uploading a .csv file of leads.

screenshot showing bulk email finder from emailchaser

Email Verifier

An email verifier allows you to verify if an email address is valid.

This can be useful when you have a list of email addresses, and you want to establish which are real. If you email too many invalid emails, then your deliverability score will decrease, thus landing your emails in spam folders.

Both Emailchaser and Hunter have an email verifier tool.

Both tools allow you to verify individual email addresses, as well as emails in bulk.

screenshot showing the email verifier tool in Emailchaser's dashboard

You can upload a .csv file with thousands of emails, and both tools will quickly tell you which are valid and which aren’t.

In my opinion, both tools are equally effective at verifying emails. The email verification process is relatively simple, so neither tool has any particular feature that separates it from the other when it comes to verifying emails.

You can try Emailchaser's Email Verifier for free before signing up for an account.

LinkedIn Email Finder

Emailchaser offers a LinkedIn Email Finder tool.

Hunter.io does not offer this feature.

Emailchaser’s LinkedIn Email Finder is a simple Google Chrome extension that allows you to export your LinkedIn Sales Navigator search results with the full contact information of each lead.

image of emailchaser dashboard

For example, if you are looking for leads on LinkedIn Sales Navigator, and the results show 3,000 CEOs in the United States in the hospital industry, then you can use Emailchaser’s LinkedIn Email Finder to export these 3,000 leads as a .csv file. This exported .csv file will also contain the email address of each lead.

screenshot showing some filter options selected with leads in sidebar in sales navigator

The reason why this is useful is because LinkedIn Sales Navigator doesn’t allow you to export leads, and also doesn’t give you the email address of each lead. The only way to export these leads with their email addresses is to use a tool such as Emailchaser’s LinkedIn Email Finder.

Most people will export their leads from LinkedIn Sales Navigator, and then will upload these leads to their Sales CRM, which is where they email them from.

Campaigns

Both Emailchaser and Hunter.io allow you to create and send email campaigns.

If you are simply sending one email at a time, then you don’t need to create a campaign.

However, if you are sending cold emails to a list of 5,000 leads (for example), then you need to create a campaign to email all of these leads.

image showing campaign creation page in emailchaser dashboard

The reason why you need to create a campaign is because if you send the same cold email to all 5,000 leads at the exact same time, then email service providers will mark all of your emails as spam.

When you create a campaign, you are able to schedule your emails so they are spread-out, so they look more natural, and thus your emails won’t go to spam. So instead of all 5,000 emails being sent at the same time, they will be sent over the course of a few weeks, during certain hours of the day, to look natural.

screenshot showing analytics page in Emailchaser

Creating a campaign allows you to fully customize all aspects of when and how your emails are sent, this includes things such as the copy, time of sending, number of automatic follow-ups and more.

screenshot showing Emailchaser dashboard

Sales CRM

Emailchaser has a Sales CRM.

Hunter.io does not have a Sales CRM.

CRM stands for “Customer Relationship Management”. Almost all businesses use a CRM tool so that they can see the entire conversation history of each customer. CRMs also allow you to make notes about each customer, for future reference.

A Sales CRM is like a regular CRM, but with a focus on Sales. Sales CRMs allow sales teams to keep track of the status of each lead in the sales cycle, and also allows you to make notes about each lead.

image showing lead info in emailchaser sales crm

The reason why you should send and receive emails from a Sales CRM is because then you can see the entire lead history from one central place. If you are not using a Sales CRM, then after a while, you will forget the status of each lead, especially if you are dealing with hundreds or thousands of prospects.

image showing dashboard of emailchaser

There are many Sales CRMs on the market, but the reason why you should use Emailchaser’s is because it is very simple, and it allows you to add columns so you can visualize which leads are in certain stages of your sales funnel.

Final thoughts

Although both tools are good, Emailchaser is the clear winner.

The main reason for this is that Emailchaser has all of the features that you need to send cold emails.

Emailchaser has the LinkedIn Email Finder and Sales CRM, whereas Hunter.io doesn’t have these.

If you use Hunter.io, you will need to also use other tools to find leads (LinkedIn Email Finder) and manage your leads (Sales CRM). If you use Emailchaser, you won’t need to use any other tools, since Emailchaser does everything. You can sign up for a free Emailchaser account to get started with sending cold emails.

I recommend that you read my article How To Send Cold Emails Without Landing In Spam before you sign up for an account with Emailchaser.

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George Wauchope

Founder of Emailchaser.

I have been working in the sales & marketing industry for nearly a decade.

When I’m not working on my business, I enjoy eating sushi & doing jiu-jitsu.

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