FireHydrant offers a dedicated incident management tool, but what are the benefits and drawbacks of using FireHydrant and how does it compare to incident.io? This page is designed to talk you through the pros and cons of each.

What’s the difference between incident.io and FireHydrant?

Like incident.io, FireHydrant offers end-to-end incident management. However, there are a few key differences between the two products.

Slack native response vs dedicated UI

incident.io lives in Slack, so you can run your incidents end-to-end where you already work following a simple and intuitive flow. This makes incident.io easy to adopt and accessible to use.

incident.io have unmatched user experience. Their Slack integration is so intuitive that I didn't need to explain anything to my colleagues before they were full converts. I simply told them to use it and they did. We've only been using incident.io for a month and they are already so core to how we manage incidents that we wholly depend on them, and I ain't bothered by that

G2 Review

With FireHydrant, you can perform actions from Slack or Microsoft Teams, but the primary interface for running your incident is via the dedicated web UI. This means there are more steps required to configure FireHydrant.

Opinionated process vs deep configuration

At incident.io we’ve used our years of experience - running hundreds of incidents - to create a tool that supports your team when it matters most. We are unashamedly opinionated in how incidents should be run and provide you with the guardrails to do a great job (check out our Practical Guide to Incident Management to find out more). That doesn’t mean that we aren’t flexible, or that we can’t be customised. We have plenty of options available for adding custom fields and creating automated workflows that are relevant to your incident types. However, we do this in a simple, accessible way that you can set up and change yourself.

The tool aligns well with modern incident response management practices, providing enough flexibility within its framework for us to tune it to our own needs without needing any specialized technical support

G2 Review

On the other hand, FireHydrant is highly customisable for each of your different services in a way that incident.io is not. If you require bespoke runbooks for each of your services, then FireHydrant may be the right tool for you.

It's not opinionated, so I don't have to follow what FireHydrant wants me to do. Instead, I have been able to incorporate my working processes and align them with a tool

G2 Review

Whole organisation vs Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) focussed

FireHydrant is primarily targeted towards SREs, so if in your organisation incidents are SRE-specific, and other teams don’t need to get involved much that may work well for you. FireHydrant offers some specific SRE targeted functionality that we don’t currently offer, notably service catalogues.

On the other hand, incident.io is designed to be accessible to your whole organisation. This makes it easier for non-technical stakeholders — such as Customer Support, Compliance, and Leadership — to get involved in and have visibility of incidents going on across the organisation.

Overview table

incident.ioFireHydrant
Set-up
  • Primary set-up and interaction through Slack
  • Primary set-up and interaction through web UI
Functionality
  • Timeline curation
  • Service catalogues
Accessibility
  • Easily accessible to everyone in your organisation (e.g. customer support, legal)
  • Primarily targeted towards SREs
Pricing
  • Starting at $16 a month per user
  • Freemium plan available, paid plans starting at $19 a month per user