Snapfish (*Est. 9 cents per 4-by-6-inch print) is highly rated by every one of our sources. Lifehacker.com, Photo-Print-Reviews.com, PhotographyReview.com and TopTenReviews.com all name it their favorite photo printing service. Hewlett-Packard (HP) acquired Snapfish in 2005, and its reputation has only grown since then. Snapfish offers free unlimited storage, editing software and photo sharing, as well as in-store pickup at Duane Reade, Meijer, Walgreens and Walmart. Snapfish offers prints in nearly any size, though not every product or enlargement is available for in-store pickup.
The service does a lot more than prints; Snapfish has the most extensive selection of products and gift items of any site we reviewed (you can print your photo onto T-shirts, mugs and blankets, for example). Snapfish's pricing is competitive, with the cost of 4-by-6-inch prints the lowest of all the sites we researched, but shipping prices can be confusing, reviewers say. One bonus worth noting: Snapfish offers free prints to entice new members.
Reviewers say Snapfish has a number of useful features, including PictureMover. This free application lets you upload photos from your camera or media device to their website. In addition, you'll find photo-editing, photo-management and photo-sharing options, as well as video storage and a mobile app.
Snapfish is rated the best when it comes to print quality using matte or glossy Fuji paper. That's saying a lot, because most other services have hit-or-miss reviews for image quality, often depending on where the pictures are printed. It seems Snapfish consistently produces photo prints that are clear, with vivid true-to-life color.
Though not as highly rated as Snapfish, Shutterfly (*Est. 15 cents per 4-by-6-inch print) also gets positive marks from our sources. Shutterfly offers free unlimited storage, photo-editing and photo-sharing options, as well as optional in-store pickup at CVS Pharmacy, Target and Walgreens.
Shutterfly remains a popular site because of its extensive selection of products and services. It offers personal websites that can be customized; users can invite friends to share, download or upload their own photos to the site, as well as post news, information and updates. These are perfect for smaller groups who don't want their images all over social media sites with a bigger audience. Groups of friends, sports teams, wedding parties, school reunion committees, travel clubs and families all love this cool feature.
The one weakness is in print quality; Shutterfly's reviews aren't stellar. They use Fuji Crystal Archive paper, but it can feel flimsy, and the color tones can look faded and streaky at times, often depending on the site where the pictures were printed.