PROS / Shutterfly has the widest selection of photo gifts of any company in our comparison.
CONS / Shutterfly does not offer overnight delivery.
VERDICT / Shutterfly's website is one of the easiest printing services to use and offers fashionable, quality products at decent prices.
Sophisticated while still being fun, Shutterfly provides its account holders with an exhaustive list of site features. Some of our favorite features include the multiple ways this photo printing service allows you to share your photos with friends and family.
Memories are precious, and with Shutterfly you have the ability to preserve them with a photo book, scrapbook page and other formats. You can turn your favorite vacation photo into wall art, construct a collage of your favorite family moments, create and send graduation announcements as well as wedding and baby announcements. Because of these features and more, we are proud to present Shutterfly with the Top Ten Reviews Silver Award.
To test for quality, we sent the same digital photos to a variety of digital photo printing services and ordered prints in both glossy and matte finish. We then took compared each set of prints side by side for color accuracy and image clarity.
In the prints we ordered, Shutterfly's images had a slightly red hue to them, which made some of the people in our photos look a little pink. Aside from that, the color accuracy was good. Since hues tend to look even more vibrant on glossy paper, the red hue was more apparent on the glossy finish than it was with the matte finish. Shutterfly's images were slightly blurry, with less detail in hard-line areas compared to some other printing services. While they weren't the clearest prints in the lineup, Shutterfly's print clarity and color wouldn't distract from the subject matter if you were to display these photos in your home or office.
The company website is very easy to use. This photo printing service has unlimited photo storage space, and regardless of how often you purchase, your photos will never be deleted. You can upload your photos from your hard drive and smart device, as well as your Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, SmugMug and Google Photo accounts, and then when you are ready, you can order photo prints from your Shutterfly account. You'll also be able to order prints on the go with Shutterfly's mobile app. The app gives you more freedom than some other photo printing services' apps as it allows you to upload, edit and order photo prints and photo gifts. You can even use the app to automatically back up your phone images on your Shutterfly account so they will be ready for printing whenever you are.
Shutterfly has a feature that allows you to create a Share Site, which is a website where you can share images and projects with others. You can either make this site available to anyone with the URL or you can change the setting to only permit invited individuals to view your cherished photos.
Shutterfly’s photo gift store is most impressive and has a plethora of products for you to choose from, including stationery, wall decals, glassware, pillows, blankets, phone cases, ornaments and accessories. In keeping with its themes of holiday and family, the service has also designed many of its gifts to reflect birthdays, babies and weddings, among other things, which should make your gifts seem even more timely.
Support & Shipping
Shutterfly has an extensive help service, including a powerful site search and a FAQs search feature that yields accurate results. An email address for customer support is available as well as a support phone line. You can choose to have your prints mailed to your home, or you can send your digital print projects to your local Target, Walgreens or CSV. Remember, however, that price and digital project availability varies depending on the store.
We were surprised to discover that Shutterfly's two-day delivery is only available for photo books and cards, not for photo prints or other photo gift orders. It does offer rush delivery for most products, which shaves off a day or two from standard delivery time, but overnight shipping is nonexistent. If you need your photo prints in a hurry, you can have them sent to a local Target, CVS or Walgreens for in-store pickup.
We are impressed with the large variety of photo gifts available, but if you choose to send your projects to print at a store, be aware that the product availability differs from one location to the next. The personal share site is another great feature that family and friends will enjoy perusing and ordering prints from. While it does not offer overnight delivery on photo prints, you can choose a rush delivery for most products. Overall, Shutterfly has good color accuracy and photo clarity and is one of the best digital photo printing services online.