The 5 Best Photo Printing Services (2022): Tips, Recommendations, and More
25 4×6 prints from Mpix cost $6.75 ($0.27 per print)
Ideal for photo enthusiasts
The best quality prints in my tests came from Adorama’s Printique service, formerly known as Adoramapix. Choosing between Printique and Mpix was one of the hardest calls I had to make in this job. In the end, I went with Mpix because you get free shipping and frequent sales make it cheaper, but if print quality is your only concern, Printique wins by a hair. Part of the reason is also the options: you can choose a range of papers and they’re listed by their actual names like Kodak Endura or Fujifilm Matte. I also like the ability to print the date and file name on the back of each image.
Printique is also more expensive, but the extra money gets you much better prints. I opted for Kodak Endura Luster paper (which is also the one used by Mpix). Colors are very true to life, with rich blacks and good detail in shadows and highlights.
Another place where Printique shines is in the photo upload process. You can import images from just about anywhere, including Lightroom, Flickr, Instagram, Google Photos, Facebook, and Dropbox, or directly from your computer.
25 4 x 6 prints of Printique are $7.75 ($0.31 per print)
Best on a Budget
If you don’t have a lot of money to spend, but still want great prints, Snapfish has you covered. Snapfish doesn’t offer the same print quality you’ll find in our top picks, but it’s also less than a third of the price and the results aren’t bad.
You can upload images from your computer, your phone or import them directly from social networks (Facebook, Instagram, Google Photos or Flickr). The web interface is easy to use, but like most cheaper services, you’ll be constantly bombarded with upsells for books, mugs, and the like.
I was surprised by the quality of Snapfish prints considering the price. They are better than what I got from several other services (not reviewed here) that charged more than double.
25 4×6 prints of Snapfish are $2.75 ($0.09 per print)
Ideal for books
I’ve used Shutterfly to create everything from calendars to books and have been happy with the results, but the company’s prints aren’t the best.
The tonal range is good, shadows don’t fade into pure black, and at the white end of the spectrum clouds retain a lot of detail. But the prints look flat and the paper is flimsy compared to our top picks. I also found the constant upselling on the website tiring. Every time you upload photos, even if you’ve already said you want to make prints, Shutterfly interrupts the purchase process to say “We’ve turned your images into a book” and forces you to close that unwanted dialog just to get to the thing you actually wanted to buy.
Given the poor buying experience and lack of outstanding results, I only recommend Shutterfly for prints if you’re on a tight budget, as it’s cheaper than Mpix or Printique. Where Shutterfly excels is those books they always try to sell you. I was satisfied with the results of books and calendars.