- Last Updated: Friday, 03 September 2021 00:05
- Best Canvas Prints Review Methodology
- Best Canvas Print Company 2021: CanvasHQ Review
- Best Canvas Print Company 2021: Snapfish Review
- Best Canvas Print Company 2021: Bay Photo Review
- Best Canvas Print Company 2021: CanvasPop Review
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If you Google "best canvas print services in 2021," you'll find a variety of articles from a number of different websites that list the best canvas prints.
There's just one problem...
Many of the reviewers touting the best canvas print services do so without ever having the canvas prints from the companies they recommend on hand.
Seriously...if you look at some of the top-ranking reviews for the best canvas prints, you'll find articles that include images from the respective companies on the list and regurgitated marketing language from each printer they've recommended. There is nothing hands-on about it!
That's why this review is different.
In our book, a review isn't a review unless you've got your hands on the product. You need to inspect it with your own eyes. You need to touch it and feel it and examine it up close in order to know what you're talking about before recommending something to the buying public. If we don't do that, you, as the customer, pay the price. If you take a recommendation for a canvas print at face value, yet that recommendation isn't made in good faith as a hands-on review, the risk to you of ordering a low-quality print is much higher.
In fact, we've been doing these hands-on canvas print reviews for a few years now, and in our experience, the companies that are being recommended by other websites are often not actually the best ones. That's the problem with reviews that aren't hands-on!
So, this review of the best canvas print services in 2021 is different. It is detailed, hands-on, and compares prints from nearly a dozen canvas printing companies. You'll get to see each print reviewed and inspected on video so you know that our recommendations are coming from actually having ordered and paid for these prints for an in-person review. We take nothing at face value here - each print is put through the exact same review procedure whether it's from a company that's well-known or a small family company, and whether it's a company that's done well in our reviews in the past or one that hasn't quite been up to snuff.
We do all this to help you make an informed decision. With that in mind, let's get to it!
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Best Canvas Prints Review Methodology
Let's first go over the procedure we follow for these canvas print reviews.
This review includes prints from 11 canvas print companies. If you followed our 2020 canvas print shootout or our 2019 canvas print shootout, you know that this 2021 canvas print shootout is our biggest yet.
We blind-shopped prints from each company using the same image and got the same size print (where possible) with the same watermark. By standardizing these features of the image, we are able to make a better head-to-head comparison of how each company fared when printing the image. For example, some companies do a wonderful job of positioning and resizing the watermark so it looks nice on the print. Others pay little or no attention to it, leaving it to bleed off the edge of the print.
Other factors we inspect include:
Each of these factors is worth a maximum of five points for a total possible score of 30 points. This means that you not only get a detailed individual review and score for each print in the shootout, but you can also compare the scores for each print with the other prints in the shootout to get an idea of which ones really knocked it out of the park and which ones missed the mark.
Best of all, we do all of this on camera. From the unboxing to the inspection of the print to the assignment of scores, you'll see the entire review unfold right before your eyes. We feel that it's critically important to make this review process as transparent as possible, that way you aren't just taking our word for it. Instead, you can see each print up close and personal and make your own determination regarding which of the companies we're reviewing has what it takes to be trusted with your printing needs.
At the time of this writing, we have four individual reviews already complete, each of which is summarized below. You'll find the YouTube video review of each print below as well. As we complete more individual reviews, they'll be added to the list.
Once all 11 participants have been reviewed, we'll announce the winner of the best canvas print 2021 shootout and include the results in this article as well. So, keep checking back for updates!
Best Canvas Print Company 2021: CanvasHQ Review
Week one of our 2021 canvas print shootout focused on CanvasHQ.
As you may or may not know, CanvasHQ participated in our 2019 shootout and our 2020 shootout as well. They won both. Will 2021 be more of the same?
Not to spoil the surprise, but CanvasHQ performed very well again this year. As you can see in the video above, their print showed a continued commitment to quality all the way around. The print isn't perfect, though.
Check out the video to get a complete review of the pros and cons of this print!
Best Canvas Print Company 2021: Snapfish Review
In week two, we took a detailed look at a canvas from Snapfish.
Snapfish is a very well-known company, but this is the first year that we've purchased a canvas from them to feature in our canvas print shootout. Given their reputation as a go-to source for all sorts of printing needs, it would be a lie to say that we weren't excited to see this print.
Did Snapfish live up to expectations? Or did this print fall flat? The color of the print was pretty good. Other details, not so much. Our detailed Snapfish canvas print review gives you all the information you need to decide if the quality we got is up to snuff for your needs.
Best Canvas Print Company 2021: Bay Photo Review
Week three of our 2021 canvas print shootout featured Bay Photo.
While Bay Photo was a contender in our 2020 metal print shootout, this is the first year we've purchased a Bay Photo canvas print for inspection.
Not having seen a Bay Photo canvas up close and personal before, we weren't sure what to expect. But as you can see in the video above, Bay Photo's print was pretty darn impressive.
The question is, how impressive is it? Is it enough to take the top spot in our shootout? Tune in and find out!
Best Canvas Print Company 2021: CanvasPop Review
The fourth installment of our 2021 canvas print review focused on CanvasPop.
Whereas Bay Photo is new to our canvas reviews, this is the third year that we've reviewed a CanvasPop print.
In 2019, CanvasPop did not impress. And again in 2020, the CanvasPop canvas was nothing to write home about.
But the beauty of these reviews is that each participant gets a clean slate, so CanvasPop has as much opportunity to take the crown of the best canvas print of 2021 as much as any of the others in our review.
Check out the video above to see how CanvasPop fared this go-round.
Remember - we'll add additional canvas print reviews to this list and to our YouTube channel in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more detailed canvas reviews!