5 Best Free Email Providers in 2020
5 Best FREE Email Providers in 2020
My top picks for the 5 best free Email Providers in 2020.
One of the most important aspects to running a business is having a good email marketing campaign.
You’ve probably heard of some email providers such as Mailchimp and ConvertKit. That’s because they pay huge affiliate commissions and are heavily promoted as a result.
However, they don’t actually offer the best deal for users like us.
For example, Mailchimp’s free plan doesn’t offer simple automations and its platform is outdated.
Anyways, here on My Millionaire Mission I’m all about the real deal – finding the best bang for your buck.
I’ve created a detailed summary of my own research when looking for the best free email providers in 2020. You may be surprised by some of the options, but please give them a try.
To make this article as informative and unbiased as possible, we’ll look at each of our 5 best free email providers under the same criteria:
- Customer Service
I’ve divided the 5 best free email providers into two groups:
- Best free plan
- Small down payment, free sending – WordPress plugins
Be sure to stick to the end to find out the one I am currently using for My Millionaire Mission!
I hope this list helps you make an informed decision on the best free email providers for you. No matter what you choose, you won’t have to break the bank to provide excellent customer service.
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Anyways, without further ado, here they are, the 5 best free email providers in 2020.
Since its founding in 2010, over 130,000 companies in 150 countries use Mailjet every day. These include multi-million-dollar companies such as Microsoft and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
One of the biggest points that Mailjet tries to get across is that they are all about deep customization. You can create your company email to look how you want it. They use Passport (an easy-to-use editor) to help you design anything from newsletters to transactional emails.
You can use Passport individually or collaboratively as well. With collaboration, you can read your teammates’ comments and reactions in real-time.
Here is a screenshot of Passport in action. I hope you’ll agree it’s pretty modern!
Another great feature of Mailjet is that it can tell you how well your email was received. You can easily track your contacts and see how many people opened your email.
The services you receive do depend on your budget. However, Mailjet’s free plan is so generous it easily puts them in my list of the best email providers in 2020.
Mailjet’s free version is incredibly generous and its paid options are some of the cheapest out there. Sending 10,000 emails, 3 times a month with no daily sending limit would only cost you $8.69 per month with Mailjet.
Pros for free plan
- Unlimited contacts
- 6,000 emails per month, 200 emails per day
- Advanced email editor and statistics
Cons for free plan
- No online customer support
- Mailjet logo on emails
- No advanced features like segmentation, marketing automation, A/B testing
Mailjet’s sign up process is simple and straight forward. You don’t even need a credit card to get started.
It’s only a two-step process.
Step 1: Create your account using a company email to avoid sending limitations.
Step 2: Set up your profile. You’ll need a website URL to get started.
Following sign up you’ll be given a tour of how things work. It’s easy to figure out.
Using Passport (the inbuilt email editor) you can easily edit and design your emails. Mailjet also has a huge selection of templates available for you to edit from.
Mailjet offers such a generous free plan that it’s understandable why they make online customer support a premium addon.
That being said, Mailjet has over 70 tutorial videos on Youtube, and a huge fan base to help get you going.
Sendgrid was acquired by Twilio in 2018 since then has acquired all Twilio’s years of experience. Within the last two years, Sendgrid has become the leading communication platform for major businesses like Air B&B, Spotify, and Uber to name a few.
Sendgrid allows you to send campaign emails with premade templates. You won’t have to worry about pre-made step-by-step wizards.
It is very user-friendly and great for business. Their main site is well organized and easy to read. They provide multiple instructional videos to help email newbies like me understand APIs, SMTP Relays, Webhooks and other email jargon.
Their focus on automation is evident and allows you to reach your recipeints. According to Sendgrid, they have a 96% inbox rate. That’s seriously impressive!
Sendgrid pricing is divided into Email API (Application Program Interface) and Marketing Campaign plans.
The email API plans allow you to integrate email into your app or website. This is necessary for non-Wordpress sites and anyone with apps. However, as this list is for the best email providers in terms of WordPress, I’ll only be looking at their Marketing Campaign plans.
If you are using WordPress like me, then all you need is a simple email plugin to get going. Some themes even have email options built in.
Sendgrid also has a very generous free version. It even includes plenty of advanced features which make it a worthy contender for being one of the best email providers out there.
Should you need to upgrade, Sendgrid does cost more than Mailjet. Sending 10,000 emails, 3 times a month with no daily sending limit would only cost you $25 per month with Sendgrid.
Pros for free plan
- Plenty of advanced features like segmentation, automation, and A/B testing
- Ticket support
- 6,000 emails per month, no limit per day
Cons for free plan
- Maximum of 2,000 contacts
- More expensive when upgrading
Signing up is incredibly easy. It’s one page to fill out for the sign-in information and then you get straight to creating setting up your email. Though the form may seem long, there are only four more questions after this photo and then you can get started.
Once in, the platform is super modern and easily navigable. It’s really stunning.
The email editing software is also super intuitive and needs no introduction. Your edit options will pop up when you hover over the thing you want to edit. Sendgrid also comes with lots of free templates.
Sendgrid seems to be the trendiest of the five companies. According to their website, they are consistently working on their next free update. They are customer service based and it’s evident. Even users of their free plan get access to their ticket system.
Perhaps the only down side of this ticketing system is that they don’t have as many video tutorials for us on youtube.
Mailster is a simple WordPress plugin that that allows you to create and send emails via your WordPress dashboard. This feature alone makes it worthy of being on this list of the best free email providers.
Mailster provides all the advanced features available from Mailjet and Sendgrid. It integrates nicely with Amazon SES (Simple Email Service) to give you 60,000 emails per month for free, enough for anyone to run a successful business!
You’ll also have access to various widgets, web version, image embedding, and access to various plugins. To see what I mean you can try a Mailster demo here.
Mailster is not free, it’s a once off payment of $59 to lifetime use and 6-months support. However, it is still included in this list of the best free email providers because you get to send emails for free and will never have to pay a monthly subscription fee.
Mailster integrates with Amazon SES seamlessly to provide us with the most cost-effective solution to our email marketing campaigns.
Using Amazon SES, the rates are as follows. I think it’s safe to say no small business would reach near the limit of 62,000 emails per month!
- Send emails from your WordPress dashboard
- Lots of advanced features
- Free sending and unlimited contacts
- Initial charge of $59
- Very basic templates, but stunning premium templates available to purchase
If you’re used to using WordPress, you’ll find Mailster pretty intuitive. You can click here for a demo of Mailster in a WordPress dashboard.
Mailster doesn’t have the best customer support. Through my testing, I was replied to after an average of 22 hours, and usually in an unhelpful ‘here’s a link’ way.
If you do decide on purchasing Mailster, I certainly do not recommend paying for extra support. They were absolutely no help to me in my time of need. If you get a better service, let me know in the comments area below.
MailWizz gives a never-ending list of features. They provide their customers with User groups, Email lists overview, a messaging system, delivery servers, email box monitors, and so much more.
Again, Mailwizz is not a free email provider, it is a WordPress plugin. It is a once off payment of $69 or $245. For this list of the best free email providers, we’ll be looking at the $69 plan.
The $245 plan is more business focused allowing you to receive additional SAAS (Software as a service) features such as payment gateways, promo codes, and currency conversions. However, most of us won’t ever need these advanced features.
Mailster has transparent pricing with only two options. For most of us the $69 one-time payment will be more than enough. On this plan you’ll be able to send unlimited emails to unlimited subscribers.
- Unlimited emails and subscribers
- Attractive back-end dashboard like Sendgrid
- Unlimited customization options
- Free email templates
- Initial starting cost of $69
There are so many customization options in the MailWizz dashboard that it may be a bit daunting at first. However, you’ll quickly get used to it as everything is filed in an organized and intuitive way.
You can find demos of the back-end, front-end, and customer areas of MailWizz here.
It seems that good customer service is very important for the MailWizz team. They always give detailed responses and have some support videos on their Youtube channel.
Sendy’s website will impress you. They are straight forward about their benefit to customers and attract plenty of sales. However, if we break it down, they are just a more attractive version of Mailster with no support.
You can depend on Sendy for well-formatted reports. You’ll have access to custom domains, personalized tags, and custom fields too. As a Sendy customer, you’ll have access to third-party integrations like WordPress to add a more professional feel to your newsletters. Another great feature is that Sendy is compatible with Linux and comes with PHP and MySQL support.
Sendy’s claim to fame is their extremely affordable, long term subscription service. This is thanks to Amazon SES, where you can get 62,000 free emails per month!
Sendy is a one-time charge of $59. It integrates with Amazon SES to provide 62,000 emails per month for free to unlimited subscribers.
Sendy is still included in this list of the best free email providers because there is no monthly subscription fee, and you get to send 62,000 emails for free to unlimited contacts.
If you exceed the 62,000 emails, it only costs 10 cents per 1,000 emails with Amazon SES.
- Unlimited subscribers
- Attractive dashboard
- Well-formatted reports
- Initial fee of $59
- No customer support
Sendy is very easy to use, with a simple to use user database. It comes with incredible reports and attractive templates. You can try out a demo here.
The downside of Sendy is that you get no customer support whatsoever. The only support you’ll find will come from youtubers. Nonetheless, I think that the features and design of Sendy make it worthy of being one of the best free email providers.
Choosing the right email provider is extremely difficult. All the email jargon makes it even more difficult to understand what features you should be looking for.
So hopefully this article has helped you. Let me know in the comments section below!
Anyways, I personally went with Mailster for My Millionaire Mission as I knew I would need support and wanted everything handled from my WordPress dashboard. I’m hoping to write a detailed how-to guide on Mailster, if you think it would help you.
If you know of someone else who could benefit from this article, please share it with them. Let’s make the best free email providers accessible to everyone!