Mailcheck.co vs. Mailgun, from Pathwire

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Mailcheck.co
Score 9.7 out of 10
N/A
Mailcheck.co is a tool for the validation of email lists, designed to increase conversion in email mailing and to decrease the percentage of bounce rate. The vendor states that their goal is to turn cold mail to hot leads.N/A
Mailgun, from Pathwire
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
Mailgun is a transactional email API service which was owned and supported by Rackspace (acquired in 2012) and then spun off in 2017 as an independent and standalone entity.
$35
per month
Pricing
Mailcheck.coMailgun, from Pathwire
Editions & Modules
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Foundation
$35
per month
Growth
$80
per month
Scale
$90
per month
Flex
Free
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Mailcheck.coMailgun, from Pathwire
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Score 8.1 out of 10
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User Ratings
Mailcheck.coMailgun, from Pathwire
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.4
(25 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.4
(9 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Mailcheck.coMailgun, from Pathwire
Likelihood to Recommend
Mailcheck.co
Well suited scenario: - Easy and clean design - Great email validation quality and speed - Amazing API can be installed on any website form - Nimble support Less appropriate scenario: - Hard to define, the only thing, I believe they need to add more integrations.
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Pathwire
Mailgun's pay-as-you-go pricing structure is fantastic, especially if you don't need to send that much email. The pricing, including the free tier, is much more generous than what you can get with some pricier providers, like SendGrid. I mainly just use Mailgun as an SMTP server for web services, and the service has been set-up-and-forget, which is great because I never even have to log onto the Mailgun website and do any work. Mailing list support also looks great for rolling-your-own and not relying on more expensive mailing list services.
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Pros
Mailcheck.co
  • Email validation
  • Simplicity
  • Logically built UX/UI
  • Powerful API
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Pathwire
  • Its SMTP is very easy to use and it integrates easy with all CMS and frameworks.
  • It allows you to have a record of the incoming/outgoing emails and get useful statistics about them.
  • Thanks to their 5000 free emails per month, it is a very good option to startups and small companies.
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Cons
Mailcheck.co
  • I think more integrations would be good
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Pathwire
  • No built-in templating features (This was a bit sad after coming from Mandrill which excelled at this)
  • Dashboard UI (although easy to use) is a bit dated in appearance
  • Logs are cumbersome compared to Mandrill
  • Setting up TLD (top level domain) names (things like .online or .church) that are not common require an email to tech support (this is annoying)
  • Sometimes can be slow in delivery
  • Shared IP addresses can be SPAM filtered or delayed (requires an email to support to have a new one assigned - Note: this can be mitigated by buying a dedicated one for a monthly fee)
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Usability
Mailcheck.co
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Pathwire
It could be more up-to-date and could offer some extra features that other competitors do like templating and better querying and filtering. As it is right now most things are easy to use but seem rather barebones next to Mandrill. The API is easy to implement thanks to the great documentation which is why I recommend Mailgun so often.
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Reliability and Availability
Mailcheck.co
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Pathwire
There have been a few minor outages through the years, but nothing more than a few minutes. These small outages are to be expected in any kind of a SaaS product, but Mailgun handles them very well. We designed our software to just retry sending after a while if there is an outage. As far as I know, we have never had to do more than a few retry cycles. This is all automated on our end, so we rarely even notice. Our customers have never noticed any mail sending outages.
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Performance
Mailcheck.co
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Pathwire
The API and the deliverability of emails is excellent. Their API is very responsive and performs perfectly fine. I have no complaints there. Their management interface though (accessed through the web) is pretty slow though. Searching through lists of emails when I'm tracking down a problem for a customer can take 10+ seconds which is annoyingly high for a modern web app.
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Support Rating
Mailcheck.co
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Pathwire
You can't seem to get ANY support until you shell out hundreds of dollars per month. I even did this when we could not deliver mail with Mailgun, and the response was slow and inadequate. Nor would they refund my money. I'll never be a customer of Mailgun again.
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Alternatives Considered
Mailcheck.co
I've been using this service for quite some time, and then I was receiving more bounces than expected. I decided to try solutions like Mailcheck.co and couldn't be more right to choose them, very happy with Mailcheck.
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Pathwire
MailGun is more expensive than SparkPost and about the same price-wise as SendGrid. MailGun had a notably easy set-up process, since they are the first SMTP service we signed up with, and their support has been very helpful in identifying deliverability issues, providing documentation on IP reputation management, and recommending best sending practices.
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Scalability
Mailcheck.co
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Pathwire
Over the past six years, Mailgun has scaled with our growth very easily. We haven't had to make any code changes to handle our larger volume today, and their pricing has scaled naturally with our growth. As far as I know, there is nothing we will need to do in order to grow 10-fold. Mailgun just handles the load really well.
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Return on Investment
Mailcheck.co
  • Increased lead response
  • Helped me to hit the target
  • 115% increase in sales
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Pathwire
  • By not investing in our mail server, we have saved huge amount of money and time. For configuration and installation of an email server on Linux-based server, we would have to hire a network administrator.
  • If email delivery is an issue in a hosting provider, another solution is to switch the hosting. Fortunately with Mailgun, we didn't need to try different hosts and experiment which one works best for emails. We can stick to our existing web hosting provider and would not need to change it just for the sake of improving email deliverability.
  • The pricing of Mailgun is very cheap and straightforward. First 10K emails are free every month and that's a big advantage for our organization because our volume of emails is rarely more than 10K per month.
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