Bootstrap Vs Polymer: In depth comparison of advanced UI frameworks

, Bootstrap Vs Polymer: In depth comparison of advanced UI frameworks

Responsive web design is mandatory as per the current web design requirements go as it provides engaging user experience across available screen sizes. Our extensive experience in front end development services provides us with a knowledge to identify and recommend ideal framework with great value proposition. 

Bootstrap and Polymer are both advanced UI frameworks and offer great value to developers. Both of these come with plus and minus of their own which we have analysed from various aspects to provide the best possible option. 


  1. Maturity: Bootstrap is in the game for quite some time and over the years it has improved consistently and boasts better developer community support, whereas polymer is still in the evolving stage. 
  2. Size: Both of these frameworks are large in size so on this aspect there is nothing more to differentiate. Large size of Bootstrap makes the first size request more time consuming. Polymer is also large in size due to size of its web components but has comparatively low support from native API’s. 
  3. Web standards: Bootstrap as well as Polymer support most of the web standards. Some of the futuristic web standards like custom elements, custom templates are supported by polymer only. 
  4. Designing Tools: Polymer supports design tools that facilitates building prototypes and UI screens whereas Bootstrap lacks on this front. 
  5. Browser Support: Polymer and Bootstrap support both mobile and desktop browsers efficiently. However, browser compatibility is one of the biggest advantage of the bootstrap and this provides an edge to bootstrap over polymer. 
  6. CSS Libraries: Both of these frameworks come with very good CSS libraries. While Polymer has own set of UI components, Bootstrap depends on third party libraries. 
  7. Data Binding: Polymer has supremacy over Bootstrap as the later one does not supports data binding.

Final Words

Though Bootstrap and Polymer seemed almost similar in the features and value propositions, both of these frameworks have been used to develop hundreds of popular web projects and that can be used as reference to see which one of these framework is more suitable for your requirement. 

If higher level customization and flexibility are your project requirements, then bootstrap is the most apt choice. Its ready framework lets you work with varied libraries which can be applied as required, not to mention its default elements, ready to use components and 12 column grid. It is also possible to switch between fixed and responsive grids with just few changes. Also, Bootstrap CSS is appropriate for most common uses of digital communication tools for which it has built in advanced JavaScript functionalities. 

Polymer is a new type of library that is built on advantages of browser infrastructure to provide the extendibility and encapsulation.  It is based on some of the latest technologies- custom elements, shadow DOM etc. Polymer is based on new standards and makes the new and advanced features available on other browsers delivering ease of development by removing unwanted coding part. 

Though the choice of the framework is majorly defined by project requirements. However, based on the views of developer community, Bootstrap is the recommended. They chose bootstrap over any other framework because of its grid layout, well defined –default CSS elements and advanced JS components makes life easier for developers and ensure the consistent user experience across screen sizes and all browsers.

Alternative frameworks for Bootstrap and Polymer

Semantic UI

Semantic UI is modern day front end development framework which is reinforced by LESS and jQuery. It facilitates simple, sleek and flat design that is lightweight and provides immersive user experience. 


jQuery is feature rich JavaScript library that is fast and lightweight. It makes things like animation, event handling, HTML document traversal and manipulation with easily usable API’s that is compatible across browsers.

Material UI

It’s an open source animation and graphics framework for which features React components that implements Material Design. 

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