“How are you different from SendGrid?”

We get this question a lot. Here's a simple comparison.

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Pricing and Feature Availability
Yes Pay as you go pricing for all users No
Yes All features available to all users No
Sending Options & Deliverability
Yes Globally distributed sending infrastructure Yes
Yes Custom SPF Requires $79.95/month plan or higher
Yes Custom DKIM Requires $79.95/month plan or higher
Yes Custom tracking domains Requires $79.95/month plan or higher
$29.95/month Dedicated IPs Requires $79.95/month plan or higher
1 dedicated IP included in plan
$29.95/month per IP Multiple dedicated IPs Requires $79.95/month plan or higher
$20/month per extra dedicated IP
Yes Dedicated IP pooling No
Yes Automated dedicated IP warmup No
Yes Multiple sending domains per account Requires $79.95/month plan or higher
and a dedicated IP for each sending domain
Templates & Dynamic Content
Yes Multiple transactional templates per account Yes
Yes Automatic CSS inlining No
$1 per test
(each test includes 10 major spam filters)
Spam filter testing Requires $79.95/month plan or higher
Reporting & Analytics
30 days for all activity
90 days for bounced messages
Detailed and searchable activity log 7 days
Yes Searchable, user-defined metadata No
Yes Transactional email tagging Yes
Yes Configurable email alerts Yes
Yes Split testing for transactional emails No
Yes Webhooks Requires $9.95/month plan or higher
Yes Multiple webhooks per account Requires $9.95/month plan or higher
Yes Geolocation and email client tracking Yes
Yes Detailed API logs No
Additional Features
Yes Two-factor authentication No
$0.05/thousand scheduled emails
plus $0.02/thousand each day of storage
Scheduled transactional emails No
Yes Subaccounts Yes
Yes Rules engine No
Yes Native mobile apps No

Mandrill is in no way (and we mean in no way) affiliated with or sponsored by SendGrid. The SendGrid logo is a registered trademark of SendGrid, Inc.

Optimized Delivery Infrastructure

Mandrill is brought to you by MailChimp, a company with more than a decade of experience building a world-class email marketing platform that sends billions of emails every month for more than 6 million customers. We handle delivery servers and infrastructure, so you can focus on your business.

Globally distributed infrastructure

Mandrill has servers around the world, reducing latency and increasing the speed you can get messages to us.

Automatic email authentication

Mandrill authenticates your mail automatically. No need to make any changes to your server to get started sending.

Custom authentication with SPF & DKIM

Add custom SPF and DKIM records to let Mandrill sign messages for your domain.

Automatic feedback loop registration

Mandrill's IPs are automatically registered for feedback loops with ISPs, so you can track spam complaints through Mandrill.

Dedicated IP addresses

Add one or more dedicated IP addresses for a low monthly fee per IP.

New Automated dedicated IP warmup

Mandrill can make the transition to a new dedicated IP easier by automatically ramping up sending over a 30-day period.

New Dedicated IP pooling

Define groupings of dedicated IPs (called pools), and tell Mandrill which pool to send from.

Multiple domains per account

Send from more than one domain within a single Mandrill account, with no additional fees. A dedicated IP can be used for multiple domains, too.

In-Depth Analytics

Add custom tracking to your emails, including opens, clicks, and automatic Google Analytics parameters. View and filter stats on bounces, opens, clicks, and spam complaints. Then, use that information to tweak your content and triggers.

Searchable activity log

Search for information about specific emails you’ve sent. Filter outbound activity by common criteria, like sender or timestamp.

Tracking options per email

Customize tracking options and dynamic content using the API, SMTP, or META tags in your HTML.

Automatic tagging

Mandrill automatically tags emails based on sender and template, so you can easily track and filter analytics.

Custom tagging

Add custom tags to track certain categories of email. Run split tests and compare performance to optimize your emails.

New Split testing

Send different templates to a defined percentage of your users, and easily track and optimize their engagement with your content.

Comparative reports

Generate user-friendly reports based on multiple criteria, quickly compare them, and adjust your emails accordingly.

Custom metadata

Add custom information for tracking emails, so you can connect it to your own database or CRM and improve your analytics.

Webhooks

Integrate Mandrill’s analytics into your own database, and keep track of trends like open rates, clicks, and unsubscribes.

Templates & Dynamic Content

Create multiple templates, and set your own defaults for HTML, text, subject line, and more. Mandrill makes it easy for other people to edit them without making changes to the sending code.

Automatic CSS inlining

Generate emails with existing HTML and CSS, without having to inline your styles.

Conditional logic and merge tags

Use conditional logic and merge tags to customize your emails for individual recipients.

Multiple templates per account

Send from more than one domain within a single Mandrill account, with no additional fees. A dedicated IP can be used for multiple domains, too.

Spam filter testing

Test your Mandrill templates with a series of spam filters, using Mandrill’s Litmus integration.

Customizable Sending Options & White Labeling

Mandrill lets you set a variety of options for your emails, either by default or per message. Create a custom integration with a variety of options.

Custom tracking domains

White label your tracking URLs so recipients recognize the links. You can also use your domain as a default for clients that don’t have their own.

Custom signing domains

Add custom authentication to send on behalf of your clients.

New Custom reverse DNS

Fully whitelabel your dedicated IP addresses. This gives you more control over your sender reputation by making it clear to ISPs that an IP is associated with you and only you.

New Subaccounts

Leverage Mandrill's reputation and quota system to manage and control your own users' emails.

Rules engine

Apply automatic actions to emails without modifying your code. For example, you can apply a specific template to a percentage of emails, or add Google Analytics parameters to emails from a certain sender.

Automatic text and HTML conversion

Provide HTML, and Mandrill can automatically generate a text version for display in email clients that don’t support HTML. Or Mandrill can generate HTML from your plain-text email, so you can track opens.

Powerful Integrations

Send and track email through Mandrill’s API, or get started quickly using SMTP.

Download for Android Download for iOS Requires
iOS 5.1+ or Android 2.3.3+

Fast SMTP setup

Get started in less than a minute by changing just a few lines of code.

Mobile app

Log in to Mandrill and check the status of your emails from your smartphone or tablet.

Inbound email routing

Have Mandrill manage your inbound email, process it, and POST it to your site or application. Set up custom routes for email addresses and patterns.

API documentation

Access comprehensive documentation with in depth-examples, and test API calls from within the documentation.

Wrappers and modules

Official wrappers are available in multiple languages. A variety of third-party plugins and modules help you connect popular apps to Mandrill.

Sensible default sending options

Get started right away with common configuration options pre-selected, or choose your own default options to be applied for the account.