Amazon SES vs Mandrill

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Amazon SES vs Mandrill: What are the differences?

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; Mandrill: Send transactional, triggered, and personalized email, then track results. Mandrill is a new way for apps to send transactional email. It runs on the delivery infrastructure that powers MailChimp.

Amazon SES and Mandrill belong to "Transactional Email" category of the tech stack.

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, Mandrill provides the following key features:

  • Inbound Email- Set up inboxes for Mandrill to control. When they receive email, we’ll make an API call to your app with all the relevant information, so you don’t have to worry about what’s happening behind the scenes.
  • Webhooks Support- Create custom event notifications, keep track of new signups and unsubscribes in real-time, get a notice of every spam complaint so you can flag them in your database.
  • Rules Engine- Modify the content of email coming through Mandrill without having to involve developers. For example, you could tell Mandrill to take any email coming from confirmation@yourdomain.com, give it a new template, and add Google Analytics tracking.

"Reliable", "Cheap" and "Integrates with other aws services" are the key factors why developers consider Amazon SES; whereas "Simple installation", "Great api" and "Generous free allowance to get you started" are the primary reasons why Mandrill is favored.

According to the StackShare community, Mandrill has a broader approval, being mentioned in 2312 company stacks & 205 developers stacks; compared to Amazon SES, which is listed in 1283 company stacks and 274 developer stacks.

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What is Amazon SES?

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 Mandrill?

Mandrill is a new way for apps to send transactional email. It runs on the delivery infrastructure that powers MailChimp.
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    What are some alternatives to Amazon SES and Mandrill?
    Twilio SendGrid
    Twilio SendGrid's cloud-based email infrastructure relieves businesses of the cost and complexity of maintaining custom email systems. Twilio SendGrid provides reliable delivery, scalability & real-time analytics along with flexible API's.
    Mailgun
    Mailgun is a set of powerful APIs that allow you to send, receive, track and store email effortlessly.
    Mailchimp
    MailChimp helps you design email newsletters, share them on social networks, integrate with services you already use, and track your results. It's like your own personal publishing platform.
    Amazon SNS
    Amazon Simple Notification Service makes it simple and cost-effective to push to mobile devices such as iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, and internet connected smart devices, as well as pushing to other distributed services. Besides pushing cloud notifications directly to mobile devices, SNS can also deliver notifications by SMS text message or email, to Simple Queue Service (SQS) queues, or to any HTTP endpoint.
    AWeber
    It is an email marketing service provider with over 100,000 small business clients world wide. It helps people keep in touch with the subscribers who have requested to be on their mailing list.
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    Reviews of Amazon SES and Mandrill
    Review ofMandrillMandrill

    This is by far the best way to send emails. I learned the API in under 15 minutes and started sending email right then. And best of all, it's completely free to use them for me! They give you 12,000 emails/month for free. I don't have to send much email, so I've never paid a cent. I highly recommend them.

    How developers use Amazon SES and Mandrill
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    Foundbite uses MandrillMandrill

    We use Mandrill to send transactional emails and newsletters. We've just moved from SendGrid as Mandrill has far better support for templates and also integrates really nicely with MailChimp where we can design the emails.

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    Pathwright uses MandrillMandrill

    We started off with AWS SES, but found it to be lacking in diagnostics and reporting. Mandrill is a quantum leap forward in this regard. Has some other really neat features carried over from MailChimp (templating).

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    Kalibrr uses Amazon SESAmazon SES

    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.

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    Ataccama uses MandrillMandrill

    We use Mandrill to handle all transactional emailing - from welcome letters to password reminders to notifications.

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    Dynamictivity uses MandrillMandrill

    Mandrill is used to send out all e-mail from the application and any tools and services in our infrastructure.

    Avatar of Romans Malinovskis
    Romans Malinovskis uses MandrillMandrill

    We have add-on for Agile Toolkit that implements "Outbox" for your application through Mandrill API.

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    BrightMachine uses Amazon SESAmazon SES

    Sending transactional emails, such as reminders, contact form notifications, confirmations …etc.

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    Hevelop uses Amazon SESAmazon SES

    Amazon SES is the email service we commonly use in clous AWS e-commerce infrastructure.

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    OnlineCity uses Amazon SESAmazon SES

    Some e-mail communication needs a independent provider, for these purposes we use SES.

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    Secumail uses Amazon SESAmazon SES

    Good enough, could get a bit more TLC from AWS to beef up compared to the competition

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