Online photo printing services
By Andrew Laughlin
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Expert reviews of online photo printing services, including Photobox, Snapfish and Apple. Which should you choose?
Online photo printing services turn your treasured snaps into prints, photobooks, photo calendars, photo canvases and gifts.
To find out which ones offer the best quality and service, we surveyed more than 1,000 customers of seven photo printing providers, including Truprint, Snapfish, Photobox and Boots, about their experiences.
We also took our own photos and had them printed by the services, before getting the quality assessed by a specialist lab. The best companies for customer service and photo quality were eligible for our Which? Recommended Provider award.
You can read about some of the services we tried under the table below, which shows how we rated each provider.
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|Online photo printing services rated|
|Brand||Ease of uploading||Ease of editing||Print quality (lab rating)||Customer service||Value for money||Customer score|
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Apple photo printing services
6x4-inch photo cost: 12p
10x8-inch photo cost: £1.79
Delivery cost: £3.59
You only have until 30 September 2018 to order Apple prints, as this service will be discontinued after that date.
Until then, if you own an iPhone, iPad or Mac, you can order prints directly from your device. Alongside standard prints in various sizes, you can also order greetings cards, personalised calendars and photo books. You’ll need to have an Apple account with an Apple ID to order.
Boots photo printing
6x4-inch photo cost: 11p
10x8-inch photo cost: 99p
Delivery cost: 99p (1-50 prints)
You can still go into some Boots stores to print your photos, but it’s easier to order them online. Alongside standard prints, you can get a variety of extra products with your photos on, such as phone cases, cushions and chopping boards. To provide its print service, Boots has partnered with Snapfish. You can order prints directly from Snapfish if you prefer - we have a full verdict on the service it delivers in the table above.
Jessops photo printing services
6x4-inch photo cost: 11p
10x8-inch photo cost: 95p
Delivery cost: £2.99
Just like Boots, Jessops still has shops on the high street, so you can order online and either pay for home delivery or collect your prints in store for free. It offers a variety of photo gift items, along with a range of wall art prints. You can choose acrylic prints for a softer finish or, for something more unusual, get your photos printed on wood panels or aluminium sheets.
6x4-inch photo cost: 10p
10x8-inch photo cost: £1.35
Delivery cost: £2.99 (1-19 prints)
You've probably seen Photobox advertised on television – it's one of the biggest and most popular online photo printing services. Photobox offers a wide variety of different photo products, including canvases, cards and calendars, along with gift items such as mugs, jigsaws and even snow globes with your photos on them.
Photo printing deals
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.
If you’re new to using a photo printing service, you may also be able to take advantage of introductory deals giving you a number of prints free on your first order. Check before you buy whether deals include any restrictions, such as minimum order quantities.
To get cheap prints at home visit our guide to the best cheap printers to run.
How we lab tested photo printing services
Our lab photo quality rating is designed to complement real customer views. We took a series of pictures using an iPhone 6s and a Best Buy DSLR camera, in both daylight and low-light conditions.
We then sent identical sets of photos off for printing from each of the services on test, always requesting the same gloss finish on the paper.
Our specialist printer lab experts then rated the pictures for colour, contrast, sharpness and cropping, giving an overall photo printing quality star rating for each provider.
Only providers with a customer score above 78% and a photo printing quality rating of four stars or higher are eligible to become Which? Recommended Providers.