Best online printing services


Believe it or not, there are still people that like to print out their photos and create photo books to send gifts to family members. There seem to be more options than ever when it comes to online printing services, which makes choosing one a bit overwhelming.

We tested out five popular online printing companies and assessed them based on their ease of service, price, turnaround time and most importantly, print consistency/paper quality.

We placed an order for three 8×10 and three 4×6 prints on the same day from Snapfish, Amazon Photos, Shutterfly, MPix, and Printique (formerly known as AdoramaPix). We used the automatic ‘smart crop’ feature on each website when preparing the prints and, when it was possible, requested that the image be printed on Lustre paper. All prints were shipped with the economy shipping option.

Not every photo you have needs to be printed but there is something to be said for printing off your best shots. There’s something about the tangible nature of a printed photo or a shot you took hanging on your wall that showing it via a phone or computer screen just can’t recreate.