PROS / Novices can use the online designer and in-browser templates to quickly create and customize a professional-looking item.
CONS / This service's product selection isn't as comprehensive as other online print shops.
VERDICT / NextDayFlyers tops our side-by-side comparison chart because it strikes the delicate balance between utility and usability with expert precision.
NextDayFlyers claims the top spot in our review of the best online printing services for many reasons. It has a healthy selection of products like business cards, calendars, greeting cards, flyers and more that you can customize. Their online designer is intuitive, and nearly anyone can learn how to use it in just minutes. The quality of the final product is among the best of the online print shops on our lineup. It also has every core feature, product and finishing option we look for in this category. All these things earn it the Top Ten Reviews Gold Award.
Creating a custom product from scratch might seem challenging, especially for those new to graphic design. NextDayFlyers understands this and provides one of the simplest product design tools for novices we encountered during our evaluation of the best online print shops.
If you've ever used a basic graphic design program, or even a word processor, you can easily grasp this tool with few to no problems. The designer allows you to use your own pictures and graphics from your computer, or you can buy stock images to create your own design.
A blank canvas can be intimidating for the uninitiated. NextDayFlyers assuages novices and offers in-browser templates for some, but not all, of their products. When you select one of the available templates, it's dropped into the product designer. From there it's a drag-and-drop operation: You swap out the different template elements with your own or leave them how they are. Using a template allows you to make a high-quality, professional-looking custom product quickly and easily.
If you have design applications like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or Microsoft Publisher, NextDayFlyers also offers downloadable templates you can use in these programs. You must have more graphic design expertise to use these templates, but they're good tools for advanced users who know exactly what they want and know how to build it.
Of course, if you already have a graphic design program and the skills, you can bypass the online designer and templates altogether. NextDayFlyers lets you upload premade designs directly from your computer. They must comply with the shape and specs of the product you're making, but, again, if you have the skills, this should be simple.
NextDayFlyers also offers an in-house graphic design service for those who don't want to deal with the hassle of design or who simply want a professionally designed product. You fill out an online form describing what you want from your custom project, and the company's graphic design team will work with you to make it happen.
It's relatively affordable, depending on what you want, as far as outside professional graphic design services go, and the turnaround time for most products is less than a week. However, keep in mind this option is more expensive and takes longer than if you design your product yourself or upload a premade design, but it's well worth the price if you want something truly unique.
This online print shop offers all the core products we look for in our review: business cards, postcards, flyers, posters, stickers, calendars, brochures, invitations and much more. However, it comes up short in the number of product categories it offers.
The average number of product categories most of the online printers on our side-by-side comparison chart offered was 48. NextDayFlyers has 38 product categories to choose from – our other award winners both had around 90.
When we rated and ranked the best online printers, we ordered identical products from each service on our lineup. When we received our items, our team of reviewers surveyed the results. They found that both the quality of the printing and the paper from NextDayFlyers were among the best we received. Some reviewers noted that finish made the image nice and clean, while others observed that the colors were vibrant and the product itself was "expertly produced."
This online print shop also has every finishing option we look for in this category. The selection goes beyond simply choosing between glossy or matte finish. You can choose to have your paper-based products laminated, collated (printed in a certain order), and even hole-punched so you can organize them in a binder or other holder. Additionally, you can add aqueous coating, which protects your items from smudges, dirt and fingerprints.
NextDayFlyers is all about speed. Files that are uploaded and approved by 6 p.m. PST are printed and typically ready the next day. Of course, that doesn't include shipping time, but NextDayFlyers is ready to send your printed materials to you as soon as possible. While it won't necessarily have your products delivered to you by the next day, most orders are printed and shipped in 24 hours or less.
Help & Support
If you ever have a technical or customer-service issue, NextDayFlyers is there to help. The first place you should go to is the Resource tab on the company's website. There you'll find dozens of articles about designing, marketing, printing as well as general tips. These articles are a valuable tool for novice users wanting to make the most of their customized product.
If you have a more complex problem, you can contact the company by email, phone or live chat. The fastest way to get help is probably through live chat, which connects you almost immediately with a representative who can help you.
NextDayFlyers tops our list of the best online printing services. This online print shop offers design tools to satisfy novice and expert users alike. While its overall selection will satisfy most customers, other online printers we reviewed offer a more comprehensive selection. When surveyed, our team of reviewers found the quality of NextDayFlyers' products to be among the best we received. In short, it's hard to go wrong with this service.