Mixtiles vs. Shutterfly
Written by Claire McDonnel, an Ampush employee
Decorating is hard, whoever you are. Finding the right images, framing them, deciding where they are going to be displayed, actually hanging them– not only is it time consuming and a hassle, but it can also be wildly expensive.
A couple very cool companies, though, are looking to change that. Mixtiles and Shutterfly both provide high-quality, framed prints of your favorite images ready to stick to your wall, making decoration easy, personal, and affordable.
With services this similar, it can be hard to figure out which one is better for you. Here is a breakdown of the differences between Mixtiles and Shutterfly, and the product we would recommend:
This is where Mixtiles truly take the cake: at €10 per tile, Mixtiles is unbeatable price-wise. Plus, they offer ridiculous discounts if you buy in bulk, up to less than €8 per tile. No other service can compare.
Mixtiles has a pretty intuitive ordering interface. On their website, they show you the tile size options and different tile bundles, so you can coordinate the photos you want to display together perfectly as well as save the more tiles you purchase. Once you know what size you’re getting, you just upload an image (or a series of images) that you love to their site, decide the dimensions and style of the framing, and voila! Your art is on its way.
Mixtiles’ strongest suit is their diversity of frame-types. You can upload multiple photos, and try them in different styles to truly to visualize your future wall. And if you change your mind, with just one click you can change your entire order to a different frame and see which you like more!
Speed of delivery
Another strength of Mixtiles is their turnaround time– I went from uploading the photo I wanted to having the framed print in my hand (and then on my wall) within four days. If you are having a burst of redecorating inspiration, Mixtiles would be ideal for you.
This is where both Mixtiles and Shutterfly excel– not only do the prints look amazing and clear, but the frames themselves and the backings are sturdy and professional. Mixtiles also is very helpful as you upload the image of providing you with warnings about the image quality to ensure you print looks just right.
Ease of installation
The genius of Mixtiles’ product is the adhesive back– all you have to do is peel the paper off a small sticker, and stick it to your wall. If you don’t like where you put it, you can peel it off, move it, and re-stick it seamlessly.
Overall, I would give Mixtiles a 4.5/5 star review. The only deduction is for the slightly difficult to navigate website interface, and the smaller variety of frame options.
Shutter fly is significantly more expensive than Mixtiles– you are paying closer to €12 – €26 for an 8×10 tile, and up to €150 for larger tiles. The quality of the prints is similar, but they offer slightly more upscale framing options.
Shutterfly’s ordering process is similar to Mixtiles’ through their website, although I will say to their credit, they make it slightly easier to find different size options and change the size of your print.
This is where Shutterfly does show Mixtiles up a little– they have been around longer, and they just have more options in terms of both the backing and the frame for your images. They offer canvas and wood prints, along with a variety of different frame styles and colors.
Speed of delivery
Shutterfly has a slower delivery speed and higher delivery cost than Mixtiles. Shipping can take up to ten days, and while shipping costs vary by country, you can expect to drop around €10 + import tax.
Ease of installation
Shutterfly takes its installation seriously– they not only provide you with extensive hanging instructions, but also give you a level to make sure it turns out perfect. That said– for me, the convenience of Mixtiles trumps the precision of Shutterfly.
My overall review of Shutterfly is 3/5 stars. It is less affordable and convenient than Mixtiles, which is a similar product.
Both companies are doing incredible things for novice decorators and pros alike– try one or both for your next redesign project!