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1 October 2020

Best online photo printing services 2020

Expert reviews of online photo printing services, including Jessops, Photobox and Snapfish. Which should you choose? 
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Andrew Laughlin

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

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

Only logged-in Which? members can see how they compare. If you're not yet a member, you can get instant access by joining Which?

How customers rate online photo printing services

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

Online photo printing customer satisfaction survey
Brand Uploading Ease of editing Options when editing Packaging quality Delivery Photo quality Customer service Value for money Customer score
CEWE Photoworld
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Photobox
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Snapfish
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Bonusprint
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Tesco Photo
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Which? photo printing tests

Separate from the customer survey scores above, we also took even more brands into our lab to assess photo quality. 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, so check the table above to see what people thought. 

Online photo printing services rated
Brand Colour Contrast Cropping Paper quality Sharpness Score
Bonusprint
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Digitalab
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Jessops
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Tesco
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Aldi
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MyPhotoBook
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Photobox
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Snapfish
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CEWE Photoworld
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Asda Photo
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Snappy Snaps
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PrinterPix
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Zippi
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Which companies offer online photo printing services?

BonusPrint

Cost per 6x4-inch photo: 12p

Cost per 10x8-inch photo: £1 for a 12x8; no 10x8 available

Delivery cost: £2.99

Bonusprint has been around for more than 50 years and continues to offer a variety of different 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, Holland, and all prints are sent from there.

Digitalab

Cost per 6x4-inch photo: 12p

Cost per 10x8-inch photo: £1 for a 12x8; no 10x8 available

Delivery cost: £2.99

Digitalab is a family-run business based in Newcastle, celebrating almost 70 years as a photo printing business. It’s highly favoured by professional photographers for its prints, and is used by professionals from across the world.

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. However, in-store pick-up is available for those based in the north-east of England.

Jessops

Cost per 6x4-inch photo: 6p

Cost per 10x8-inch photo: 95p

Delivery cost: £2.99

Jessops was once the giant of photo printing. After going through administration in 2013, it has used online photo printing as a way to re-establish itself in the market.

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 free of charge.

Tesco Photo

Cost per 6x4-inch photo: 5p

Cost per 10x8-inch photo: £2

Delivery cost: £2.25 for less than 50 prints, £2.50 for less than 100

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.

Aldi Photos

Cost per 6x4-inch photo: 5p

Cost per 10x8-inch photo: 34p

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. 

Aldi Photos also offers aluminium wall art and snow globes for those looking for a less conventional way of sharing their treasured photos.

Free photo prints: what's the catch?

A lot of these providers offer free printing services, where you can get a set amount 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.

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.

What else do I need to know about online photo printing services?

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. They also offer introductory deals and discount codes regularly. So before checking out, be sure to do a web search to see whether you can save any money on your order. 

Or to get cheap prints at home, visit our guide to the best cheap printers to run.

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.

  • 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.

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