Mixbook Review: Create Photo Books, Cards & Calendars with Ease
Is Mixbook the best choice for creating photobooks? We test it and write down the findings in this review.
Founded in 2006, Mixbook offers an easy place to store, print, share, and create a variety of photo books. Besides photo books, Mixbook also offers calendars, cards, yearbooks, wedding invitation and more.
In this Mixbook review you’ll learn as more as details you need to decide whether to choose Mixbook or not.
Let’s dive right into our findings.
Mixbook Review: How to Use Mixbook
First in our Mixbook review let’s see how to use it.
Unlike Chatbooks, there is no Mixbook app which means that you can only use Mixbook on website. Let’s the check the basic steps to create a photo book on Mixbook.
Step 1. Sign up a Mixbook account with Facebook or your email.
Step 2. Click “Create Now” to get started.
Step 3. Now you can choose to create a photo book, cards, invitations, yearbook or others. Here we take creating a photo book as an example.
Step 4. You can select “Custom Photo Book” and then select the theme you like from 500 themes provided.
Step 5. Now you can customize the shape, size, paper and style of your photo book.
Step 6. Upload photos from computer or your phone, then drag and drop them anywhere on your photobook.
Step 7. To get the perfect look, you can use custom layout, background and stickers to make your photobook shine.
Step 8. Click “All Pages” to rearrange your photos.
Step 9. After an order is placed, your project is generated into print files for processing and printing. You have 30 minutes from the time the order was submitted to make any last-minute changes. After 30 minutes, your order will be sent to print.
Mixbook Photo Book: Book Options
Next in the Mixbook review let’s talk about their photo book options:
- Book shape: Landscape, Square, Portrait
- Book size: 8 x 6”, 11 x 8.5”, 14 x 11”. 8.5 x 8.5”, 10 x 10”, 12 x 12”, 8.5 x 11”
- Paper: Semi-Gloss, Pearl Finish, Premium Matte Lay Flat, Premium Lustre Lay Flat
- Style: Softcover, Hardcover, Hardcover with dust jacket, Leather with dust jacket
- Shipping: US, Canada, Europe, UK, and Australia.
Mixbook Templates and Themes
Mixbook has 500 templates and themes. Here is a sampling of their photo themes:
- Family – 169 themes. There are some very nice layouts for Family Recipe books, Family History, Magical Vacation, Birthday Book and Baby Album.
- Romance – 17 themes including Valentine’s Day and Classic Anniversary.
- Travel – 65 themes from Europe to Tropical cruise, Retro Road Trip and Camping.
Mixbook’s photo books start at $15.99 for a standard photo book. However, Mixbook offers a lot of customization options that can affect your final price.
Photo books can be ordered in landscape, portrait or square shape in 6- by 6-inch, 8.5- by 8.5-inch, 10- by 10-inch and 12- by 12-inch sizes. Mixbook offers four different page finishes and five different cover styles. The combination you choose, and any extra pages, will determine your price.
|Type||6 × 6||8 × 6||8.5 × 8.5||8.5 × 11||10 × 10||11 × 8.5||12 × 12||14 × 11|
|Softcover (Premium Matte Lay Flat)||24.99||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Glossy Hardcover (Semi-Gloss)||—||29.99||29.99||39.99||49.99||39.99||69.99||74.99|
|Glossy Hardcover (Pearl Finish)||—||34.99||37.99||47.99||59.99||47.99||81.99||—|
|Matte Hardcover (Semi-Gloss)||—||34.99||34.99||44.99||59.99||44.99||79.99||89.99|
|Matte Hardcover (Pearl Finish)||—||39.99||42.99||52.99||69.99||52.99||91.99||—|
|Matte Hardcover with Dust Jacket (Semi-Gloss)||—||39.99||39.99||49.99||64.99||49.99||84.99||94.99|
|Premium Leather with Matte Dust Jacket (Semi-Gloss)||—||44.99||44.99||59.99||79.99||59.99||109.99||114.99|
|Matte Hardcover (Premium Matte Lay Flat)||—||—||109.99||—||149.99||134.99||189.99||—|
|Matte Hardcover (Premium Lustre Lay Flat)||—||—||79.99||—||119.99||99.99||154.99||—|
|Price per page (Over 20)||0.99||0.69||1.39||1.49||1.89||1.49||2.29||2|
Pro Tip: Mixbook is always running a promotion, so it’s wise to find the Mixbook coupon before summiting your order.
For shipping, Mixbook offers Budget (6 to 11 Business Days), Standard (5 to 6 Business Days), Priority (4 Business Days), and Express (3 Business Days). They charge differently in different country. International shipments may be subject to import duties and taxes, which are levied when the package arrives at the specified destination.
When your order ships, you will receive an email with a link to track your order.
If your book is damaged you can get a full refund of the purchase price within seven business days from receiving the product, but only if your book arrives damaged due to unforeseen circumstances.
Mixbook Review: Print Quality
Mixbook’s book came in cardboard packaging and wrapped in cellophane—nothing special, but the packaging definitely kept it protected in transit.
Overall, the photobook impressed us more than we anticipated. The colors of the photo in the cover page is a little changed, but the images printed on the inside were true-to-color and printed nicely. Plus, the design and layout of the book were genuinely beautiful and helped bring the photos to life.
Mixbook Customer Service
Mixbook’s customer service section offers several FAQs and tutorials, plus an email option for support questions. Also, you can live chat with them to get an immediate answer. However, I didn’t find the Mixbook phone number.
Mixbook Review: Bottom line
Alright, let’s sum up what we have found in our Mixbook reviews
- Hundreds of photo book themes.
- Various customization options.
- Superb editing tools
- Large selection of other gift printing services.
- Excellent paper quality.
- Recurring discounts and offers.
- 24/7 customers service.
- No app.
- A little difficult to use.
- A little expensive.
- No option for a gift box
- Inconsistent quality of end product
Mixbook is one of the good choice for you to create quality photobook, cards, calendar and more. It lets you put in all sorts of effects, edits and customizations to create a beautiful end product that you can proudly display to your friends and family.
Though the original price is higher than its competitors, but there are frequent discounts available on Mixbook.
All in all, it is recommended to use Mixbook.