SendGrid - What's great & What isn't
October 19, 2018

SendGrid - What's great & What isn't

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 5 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Modules Used

  • SendGrid Email API

Overall Satisfaction with Twilio SendGrid

As a business that primarily operates through its website, we used SendGrid's transaction email service quite heavily to communicate with our users. We used the SendGrid API for event triggered emails ranging from verification emails to more sophisticated email dispatches based on user activity.

As far as how it helped us resolve business problems - it's a relatively cheap service and effectively allowed us to adopt the API that adapted to our needs at the time. It's also easy to use in terms of development and definition of email dispatches.
  • It's cost effective.
  • API is easy to use.
  • Pay-as-you-go model helps project usage costs.
  • Actually viewing previous emails dispatched. SendGrid does not have this feature - although it provides numbers on emails dispatched within 3 days for the cheapest plan.
  • The service asks you to pay more (although a minimal amount) to have visibility on email activity upto 30 days in the past.
  • The API doesn't allow an export of a report of email activity over a period of time. It can be quite frustrating at times to be limited in this way.
  • Their customer support isn't the best. Certainly some room for improvement there.
  • As it was cheaper than the transactional service we previously used, it saved costs.
  • The API was relatively easy to work with so it helped us ship the service and test it quickly.
  • We still use the transactional email service, even though we recognize its limits as it meets our immediate needs.
If given a choice between the two, I would pick Mandrill over SendGrid. Mandrill is slightly more expensive but the data & reports that you receive from it make the service worth it. Mandrill lets you export reports over a period of time, view the actual content of emails that you've dispatched and the customer support is way better. If you can bear the slightly higher cost, Mandrill would be a better choice.
If you do not mind the lack of some historic data for your website and need something that is cost effective, then SendGrid is right for you. Keeping in mind how cheap this service really is, the pros outweigh the cons up to a certain limit.

However if having historic data, better reporting and visibility on content of past emails is important to you, then go for something else (albeit a tad more expensive). That's the compromise that you'll have to decide on.