Amazon SES vs Mailgun: What are the differences?
What is Amazon SES? Bulk and transactional email-sending service. Amazon SES eliminates the complexity and expense of building an in-house email solution or licensing, installing, and operating a third-party email service. The service integrates with other AWS services, making it easy to send emails from applications being hosted on services such as Amazon EC2.
What is Mailgun? The Email Service for Developers. Mailgun is a set of powerful APIs that allow you to send, receive, track and store email effortlessly.
Amazon SES and Mailgun can be categorized as "Transactional Email" tools.
Some of the features offered by Amazon SES are:
- Simple – Amazon SES eliminates the complexity of licensing, installing, and operating a third-party service, or building and maintaining an internally hosted email solution. Sending email through Amazon SES is as simple as using SMTP or calling an API, and Amazon SES makes it easy for you to monitor your sending activity and deliverability statistics.
- Inexpensive – There are no up-front fees or fixed expenses with Amazon SES, and you benefit from the efficiencies of Amazon’s scale. Your only costs are low charges for the number of emails sent and data transfer fees.
- Reliable – Amazon SES runs within Amazon’s proven network infrastructure and datacenters. All outgoing email messages are stored redundantly across multiple servers and datacenters, providing high availability and data durability.
On the other hand, Mailgun provides the following key features:
- Optimized Queue
- Scheduled Delivery
- MIME Assembly
"Reliable", "Cheap" and "Integrates with other aws services" are the key factors why developers consider Amazon SES; whereas "Quick email integration", "Free plan" and "Easy setup" are the primary reasons why Mailgun is favored.
According to the StackShare community, Mailgun has a broader approval, being mentioned in 1490 company stacks & 268 developers stacks; compared to Amazon SES, which is listed in 1291 company stacks and 284 developer stacks.
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We've moved our transactional email away from Mandrill to Mailgun. We had continued using Mandrill after Mailchimp deprecated the service awhile back, because the amount of credits we were offered essentially made it free.
However, following a couple weeks of frequent downtime and poor service transparency from Mandrill, we decided it was time to make the switch. It appears they no longer had any engineers with the ability to identify the core problems.
Mailgun has been more reliable, yet not as reliable as we expected. We still see issues a few times per week with the API failing when we attempt to make a call. The Reporting UI is way better.
Very easy to setup, support was helpful, too. The free plan is great for starting out. Used it in conjunction with my cloud hosting on DigitalOcean and had no trouble getting it all setup. Still not doing high volume yet, but so far pleased.
Our internal emails (such as exception notifications) are sent via Amazon SES, since it's cheaper than using Sendgrid. We also use Amazon SES as a fallback in case we have deliverability issues with Sendgrid.
Mailgun is the only mailing service that I trust to deliver critical user and system emails of zerotoherojs.com
It works great, and for my current usage volume it’s free.
Mails from the website frontend are sent through Mailgun, mainly because of the free plan of 10,000 emails which perfectly suits us.
Sending transactional emails, such as reminders, contact form notifications, confirmations …etc.
I forward all e-mails to Mailgun and appreciate being able to access the objects easily as JSON.
Serviço para envio de email de modo transacional garantindo o envio e o monitoramento do uso
Amazon SES is the email service we commonly use in clous AWS e-commerce infrastructure.
Some e-mail communication needs a independent provider, for these purposes we use SES.
Good enough, could get a bit more TLC from AWS to beef up compared to the competition