Best online photo printing services 2022 - Which? (2022)

Online photo printing services turn your treasured snaps into prints, photo books, calendars, canvases and gifts.

Our expert lab tests and customer survey reveal which providers you should consider – and which you should avoid – when getting your photos printed.

Our testing really gets to grips with print quality, and our survey captures aspects of photo printing services that matter to you, such as delivery and customer service.

Which? photo printing tests

To find out which brands offer the best quality prints, we put prints from 13 leading services through our lab tests. We rated a range of prints across a number of factors, such as colour, contrast and paper quality, to uncover which brands produce the best prints.

We covered all the major providers that offer online photo printing services, so if you're interested in print quality, check out the table below and find out which produce the best prints.

Some of the brands have also been rated by customers for things such as ease of editing, delivery, customer service and value for money, so check the table below to see what people thought.

Online photo printing services rated

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Bonusprint
Digitalab
Jessops
Tesco
Aldi
MyPhotoBook
Photobox

How customers rate online photo printing services

In addition to our lab testing, we also asked customers about the online printing services they use.

To calculate customer scores, we surveyed more than 700 customers who had bought printed photos online. We asked them about various aspects of their experiences, including how easy it was to upload photos, value for money, and more.

Online photo printing customer satisfaction survey

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CEWE Photoworld
Photobox
Snapfish
Bonusprint
Tesco Photo
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Table notes:WRP stands for Which? Recommended Provider. Customer score combines satisfaction and likelihood of recommending each service. This survey was done in 2018.

Which companies offer online photo printing services?

Below, you'll find information on some of the most popular photo printing services to help you compare pricing and key features.

Aldi Photos

  • Cost per 5x7-inch photo: 10p
  • Delivery cost: £1.99

The discount supermarket may be known for no-frills grocery shopping, but it’s been offering online photo printing services for a while. It sells square prints and wallet-sized prints as well as its 5x7-inch photos, but you won't find the standard 6x4 or 10x8-inch sizes offered by many other services in the UK.

Aldi Photos does offer photo gifts including aluminium wall art and snow globes for those looking for a less conventional way of sharing their treasured photos.

Head over to the Aldi Photos website to order your prints.

BonusPrint

  • Cost per 6x4-inch photo: 12p
  • Cost per 10x8-inch photo: £1.50 for a 12x8 print; no 10x8 available
  • Delivery cost: £2.99

Bonusprint has been around for more than 50 years and continues to offer a variety of products, from canvases to personalised mugs.

The company offers a 100% no-quibble satisfaction guarantee, so if you're not happy with any prints, for whatever reason, Bonusprint will give you a refund or reprint.

Bonusprint is currently based in The Hague, Netherlands, and all prints are sent from there. But don't worry, they should take between four and six working days to arrive.

Head over to the BonusPrint website to order your prints.

Digitalab

  • Cost per 6x4-inch photo: 18p to 39p
  • Cost per 10x8-inch photo: 99p to £1.80
  • Delivery cost: from £2.95

Digitalab is a family-run photography lab based in Newcastle, celebrating more than 70 years as a photo printing business. It’s highly favoured by professional photographers (from across the world) for its prints.

The company has won multiple awards for its printing services, and its newly upgraded online photo printing services allow customers to have prints sent to their home. In-store pick-up is also available for those based near Newcastle.

Print prices vary, dependent on the number of photos you order.

Head over to the Digitalab website to order your prints.

Jessops

  • Cost per 6x4-inch photo: 14p
  • Cost per 10x8-inch photo: £1.40
  • Delivery cost: £2.99

Jessops offers a Fujifilm-backed product, including its quality stamp, for peace of mind. You have the option to pick up your printed photos in store (if you live near one) free of charge, and there's an express option to get them in just two hours.

You can order your prints online or via the Jessops Photo App, if you'd rather submit photos straight from your phone.

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Head over to the Jessops website to order your prints.

Photobox

  • Cost per 6x4-inch photo: 10p to 15p
  • Cost per 10x8-inch photo:£1
  • Delivery cost: from £1.99

Photobox offers a wide range of photo gifts, from coasters to canvases, alongside traditional photo prints.

There's also an easy way to jump on the gallery wall trend – it sells 'photo tiles', which you stick on the wall, with no need for a frame.

There's the option to create your gifts online, or using the Photobox app. It's so sure of its quality prints, they'll pay you back if you're not happy. You'll get 100% back.

Print prices vary, dependent on the number of photos you order.

Head over to the Photobox website to order your prints.

Snapfish

  • Cost per 6x4-inch photo: 10p
  • Cost per 10x8-inch photo: £1.25
  • Delivery cost: £1.49

Snapfish is a world-wide photo printing service, delivering to 33 countries across the globe.

You can download its app or order your prints online. It also offers calendars, canvases and photobooks, plus gifts such as mugs, phone cases and even blankets.

Its website allows you to add photos from your computer, Google Photos, Facebook, Instagram and Flickr, so you don't have to worry about downloading everything you want to print.

Head over to the Snapfish website to order your prints.

Tesco Photo

  • Cost per 6x4-inch photo: 7p to 35p
  • Cost per 10x8-inch photo: £2
  • Delivery cost: from £2.25

The supermarket giant has branched into many different areas, one being photo printing in partnership with Max Spielmann.

Tesco Photo offers a couple of incentives, including one-hour pick-up and the opportunity to collect Clubcard points as part of Tesco’s long-running loyalty scheme.

Print prices vary, dependent on the number of photos you order. If you often place small orders throughout the year, you can buy 'print credits' to keep total costs down. You buy the credits in bulk (such as 500 6x4 prints for £25), and then save with each batch of photos you print. Credits can't be used for one-hour prints, though.

Head over to the Tesco Photo website to order your prints.

Free photo prints: what's the catch?

A lot of providers offer free printing services, where you can get a set number of printed photos (eg 50 free prints a year) and pay only delivery costs.

These services often raise questions about how the money is made and whether or not the operation is legitimate.

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Usually, these firms use the offers as a way to stay relevant against new competition in the market.Upselling is also very common in this space, with companies recuperating costs by selling customers higher-ticket items such as calendars and photo books.

How to get cheap photo prints

Many online printing services offer lower prices on bulk orders, so if you’re ordering more than 99 prints, the cost per print may be reduced. Many also offer introductory deals and discount codes regularly. So before checking out on a site you use regularly, be sure to do a web search to see whether you can save any money on your order.

And, if you have a home printer, you may have your own dedicated photo printing service without even realising. Many printers print excellent photos from home, so you can save yourself some time, and potentially money too (if your printer is good with ink usage), without leaving the home.

Visit our guide to find the best cheap printers to run.

Photobooks and photo gifts

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Printing standard photographs for albums or frames isn't the only thing on offer. Many services offer plenty of ways to incorporate your photos into heartwarming gifts.

Photobooks do away with the need for a traditional album, but have a much more personal feel than scrolling through your phone's camera roll. You can sometimes add borders and backgrounds for more of a scrapbook vibe. Some allow you to add text, too, perhaps some messages or favourite memories. Photobooks can vary in quality, size (and price) and can be hardback or paperback.

We tested seven online services offering photobooks, from popular brands such as Google Photos, Photobox and Vistaprint. Go to the best photo album books to see which ones impressed us the most.

Other photo gifts, some wackier than others, include:

  • Calendars
  • Cards
  • Mugs
  • Coasters
  • Cushions
  • Mousepads
  • Keychains
  • Snow globes
  • Towels
  • Puzzles and games
  • Dolls
  • T-shirts
  • Facemasks
  • Phone cases

Smartphone photo printing apps

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Most of us use our phones to take photos these days, rather than cameras. Photo printing apps are designed to make it quick and easy to upload photos for printing straight from your phone's camera roll – no computer required.

Some of the photo printing services above have their own apps; other services are purely app-based.

Freeprints app

As the name hints at, with the Freeprints app you'll get 500 free 6x4-inch prints per year; no subscription required. This works out as 45 prints a month.

You can choose glossy or matt photo paper, and you only pay the cost of delivery (between £1.49 to £3.99).

The Freeprints app allows you to pick from your Android or Apple mobile or tablet's camera roll, or add photos from social media including Facebook and Instagram.

It has a range of additional print sizes on offer to buy.

LALALAB app

With the LALALAB app you can print out a range of different-sized photos (starting at 22p a print). It also offers gifts including albums, boxes, magnets, posters, canvases, calendars and postcards.

It allows you to get creative and personal – you can customise photos with filters, backgrounds, captions and emojis.

Photos can be uploaded from your phone, instagram feed, Facebook or Dropbox and the app saves any unfinished creations, handy if you don't want to do it all at once. Your order will then be sent to you from Europe.

Photobox app

Like many of the other photo-printing apps, Photobox has a free print deal. With its app, you'll get 50 6x4-inch prints per month, totalling 500 per year. All you need to pay for is the shipping, which starts at £1.49 with a maximum fee of £3.99.

If you want to order more photos, they'll cost you 10p per print.

You can choose images from your phone and edit them in-app. The photos you upload will stay in your Photobox account, so you can use them another time to create gifts.

Snapfish app

Snapfish's app allows you to create prints and gifts, including mugs, canvases and decor, straight from your phone or tablet. There's both an Android and iOS version.

Currently, its got an offer of 600 free prints if you download the app. This allows you to print 50 6x4-inch prints per month, just paying for delivery – which can range from £1.49 to a maximum of £5.99.

How we lab tested the photo samples

To test out the printing services we took seven different images, including portraits and outdoor shots, in a range of lighting conditions. The images were captured on a Best Buy smartphone and a variety of digital cameras, including DSLRs. We then sent off identical sets of photos for printing from each of the services on test, always requesting the same gloss finish on the paper.

To find out which ones offer the best quality and service, we tested the different print samples in lab conditions, looking at five different aspects of the photo.

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  • Colour: how vibrant and true-to-life the colours are. A good photo will also show the colours accurately, without washing them out or oversaturating them.
  • Contrast: how easily the photo samples allowed people to differentiate the colours from each other. A photo with good contrast makes it easier for people to tell colours apart, even when there are minute differences.
  • Cropping: no one wants to order prints and find out that a part of the photo has been cut off.
  • Paper quality: how well the printed photos stand the test of time and hold up to external influences such as fingerprints and staining.
  • Sharpness: we looked at the level of detail and clarity in each photo. A sharp image will show the subject in a clear way.

We also gave the samples an overall rating, then combined these six components to create a final product score, which you can find in the table above.

Is your smartphone camera not up to scratch? If you're thinking of investing in a camera to take exceptional quality photos that deserve a prime spot on your wall, head over to our digital camera reviews.

FAQs

Best online photo printing services 2022 - Which? ›

  • Nations Photo Lab. Best Print Quality Overall. ...
  • CVS Photo. Best for Convenient Local Printing. ...
  • Mpix. Best for Quality Prints and Paper. ...
  • Snapfish. Best for Low-Cost Prints. ...
  • Printique. Best for Sturdy Packaging. ...
  • Shutterfly. Best for Photo-Printed Gifts. ...
  • Walgreens Photo. Best for Speed. ...
  • Walmart Photo. Best for Low-Cost Enlargements.

What website is good for printing photos? ›

Nations Photo Lab is the best choice for most people looking to order photo prints online. Its service is easy to use, with pricing and printing options clearly displayed on a single Web page.

What is the best quality for printing photos? ›

In many cases, the best resolution for printing is 300 PPI. At 300 pixels per inch (which roughly translates to 300 DPI, or dots per inch, on a printing press), an image will appear sharp and crisp. These are considered to be high resolution, or high-res, images.

What is the best printing site? ›

The 7 Best Online Printing Services of 2022
  • Best Overall: Vistaprint.
  • Most Affordable: GotPrint.
  • Best for Business Cards: MOO.
  • Best for Photo Printing: Snapfish.
  • Best for Canvas Prints: Canvaspop.
  • Best for Weddings: Minted.
  • Best for Custom Licensed Merchandise: Zazzle.

What printing service do photographers use? ›

Mpix. Mpix is a top choice, boasting over 100,000 5-star reviews. While the services can be a bit pricey, the customization options and printing quality make up for it. With a huge range of products, Mpix provides tons of options for photographers who are looking to market themselves or satisfy demanding clients.

How do professional photographers print their photos? ›

Professional photographers with a modern eye often use metal printing options, available at Baboo Digital. Metal prints are a unique way to print using metallic effects. Metal prints give a 3-D look with a brushed finish that flatters the image and excites the viewer of the artwork.

Is Snapfish or Shutterfly better? ›

Snapfish vs Shutterfly: Print Quality

Both vendors offer a moderate quality of prints for the price that you pay. In online reviews, Shutterfly enjoys the slight edge when it comes to customer satisfaction with the clarity and crispness of the prints.

Is glossy or matte better for photos? ›

If you are planning on displaying your photo prints behind glass, a matte finish is definitely the best choice. Not only will matte photos not stick to the glass of photo frame, but they will also reflect less light, making them much more enjoyable to look at.

How can I print a picture without losing quality? ›

Go to the Image Size dialog, check resample, and select "Preserve Details" in the corresponding dropdown menu. Make sure the Resolution is set to 300 Pixels/Inch. Set Width and Height to inches and adjust to enlarge your image.

Are Shutterfly prints good quality? ›

Shutterfly's print image quality is perfectly acceptable, its pricing is average to high, and its website experience is good.

Is Snapfish good quality? ›

Snapfish is not only less expensive than most other photo printing services, but it also produces excellent image quality and uses a modern web interface. It's a PCMag Editors' Choice winner for value among photo printing services.

How can I print high quality photos at home? ›

Perhaps the best thing you can do to make high-quality digital photo prints at home is to use specialty photo paper. Either glossy or matte photo paper works much better than standard printing paper. But because specialty photo paper can be expensive, be sure to only print your best photos on it.

Is Mpix better than Nations Photo Lab? ›

MPIX. Pros: Print quality was quite good, and MPIX narrowly defeated Nations Photo for the title of Best Black and White Print. MPIX is a the consumer-oriented division of Miller's (mentioned above).

Is Mpix good quality? ›

Mpix review: Verdict

Mpix is a generally good, but not great print service. The software has severe limitations, photo quality is just so-so, and the printed products are nothing special. If you're going to go to the trouble of creating a book, calendar or card, you deserve to have something that's more than average.

What's the cheapest way to print photos? ›

The 10 Most Affordable Sites for Printing Digital Photos Online
  1. Shutterfly.
  2. FreePrints.
  3. MailPix.
  4. Walgreens Photo.
  5. Snapfish.
  6. CVS Photo.
  7. Walmart Photo.
  8. Printique.

Is laser or inkjet better for printing photos? ›

Inkjet printers are best suited for small, image-heavy documents, like photos and school projects. But, if you're looking for a printer that can handle heavy volumes of text-based documents, a laser printer is the more efficient and economical choice.

How should I print my photos? ›

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What photo lab does Pixieset use? ›

Your Pixieset Store allows you to easily sell prints and other products through our integrated Lab partners (WHCC, ProDPI, Miller's, Mpix, and Loxley Colour).

Is there anything better than Shutterfly? ›

We recommend going with Amazon prints if you're on a budget, or pay a little more for the superior print quality of Shutterfly.

Is Mpix or Shutterfly better? ›

Because Shutterfly offers both cost-effective and premium services. Mpix only offers great quality printing. The difference between Shutterfly's standard quality and Mpix's premium quality is minimal, but if you take two photos (one from Shutterfly and the other one from Mpix), you will feel the difference.

Is mixbook or Shutterfly better? ›

Mixbook handily won this nine-round contest, beating Shutterfly outright when it came to print quality, ease of use, templates and photo-editing tools. There's a reason it's our favorite site for online printing of photo books, calendars and cards.

Are Shutterfly prints good quality? ›

Shutterfly's print image quality is perfectly acceptable, its pricing is average to high, and its website experience is good.

Is glossy or matte better for photos? ›

If you are planning on displaying your photo prints behind glass, a matte finish is definitely the best choice. Not only will matte photos not stick to the glass of photo frame, but they will also reflect less light, making them much more enjoyable to look at.

Is Walgreens or CVS better for photos? ›

Pricing, shipping, paper quality, and other juicy details

For online ordering, we suggest Walgreens over CVS. While Walgreens pick up is consistently reliable, we recommend ordering online for higher quality prints.

Is Snapfish good quality? ›

Snapfish is not only less expensive than most other photo printing services, but it also produces excellent image quality and uses a modern web interface. It's a PCMag Editors' Choice winner for value among photo printing services.

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