Print on Demand companies have given artists and designers a fantastic opportunity to get their artwork printed on everything from mugs to duvet covers. However, with so many companies out there it can be hard to navigate the differences between them and know how to leverage each of their unique qualities to our benefit. With all the joys of this hands-free business model there can still be a lot of headaches during implementation and learning to work with a new company. Which is why I’ve complied an in-depth list of the top 8 print on demand companies for artists to work with. I have personally tested most of these and will continue to add to this list as I find others worth mentioning so make sure you bookmark this page or save it on Pinterest for future reference.

I’ve broken this list down into two main sections based on the POD functionality. First, you’ll see Market Based PODs and then Integrated PODs. If you haven’t read my Ultimate Guide to Print on Demand for Artists, I suggest you read that to get a more in depth understanding of Market based POD vs Integrated POD pros and cons.

*Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase.*

Top Four Market Based Print on Demand Sites

 

Society6

Who are they?

This is a very popular Market Based POD. They print on 30+ products from Art Prints to Throw Blankets in a range of sizes and styles. Since I first heard of them several years ago, they have really grown and added some awesome product variety! There are artists on here from around the world and of just about every style. I think this site leans towards a younger audience (think 40 and underish) but there is definitely still a huge variety of style represented.

Product Types?

Society6 has a very robust list of products and is ever growing. Their main product categories are Wall Art, Home Décor, Furniture, Pillows and Bedding, Bath, Tech, Stickers and Stationery, Apparel, Tabletop and Bags. Their unique offerings are the furniture options and most recently they added is curtains!

How do you get paid?

You can set the profit manually for art prints, but all other products you receive a 10% royalty of the product cost. For example, if someone buys one of your throw pillows for $29.99 you would get $2.99. They only pay you through PayPal so keep that in mind. When setting up your payment information you’ll have to do a little $1 verification charge but there are no payment thresholds or anything you have to meet. They payout the 1st of every month via PayPal, but they have a 30-day delay from shipment. So, if someone bought a pillow and it shipped out October 15th the payment will not clear until November 15th and you get paid December 1st.

Is the site easy to use?

Society6 is very easy to use for me. On their site you click sell and follow the prompt to upload your image. Its uploaded and applied to all products based on how big of an image you provided. If your file isn’t big enough for certain products it won’t be applied to it. You can then go into each product type and adjust the size or crop your file if it’s not right. You can also replace the image on each product if needed. For example, most products have a vertical orientation but if you want to flip it horizontal for a bath mat, you’ll need a different file for that, but you can easily pop it in per item necessary. Once you have it all looking good and you’ve inputted your profit markups on art prints, you are ready for the next step which is title, tag, and description information. It’s all easy because they set it up so that you just walk through it. They also have some decent information in their help center.

Pros

  • If your work is “Hip” then this is definitely a great place to have your work showcased with art that attracts the same target market.
  • Very easy set up.
  • No payout limits
  • They have a great seller help center and guide.

Cons

  • It’s hard to get organically found on their search page.
  • You can’t control your margin on the majority of products.

Here is where you can sign up and get started selling on Society6!

Redbubble

Who are they?

Redbubble was founded in 2006 and is a global marketplace. Based on stats given for 2017 they have 269,000+ artists using the platform, 3.5 million unique customers, and print on over 66 products. One of the tag lines I saw that I really resonated with is “Uncommon designs on awesome stuff”. They do seem to have more of a community vibe to them including a chat board of types called groups you can join, challenges and a FB community. Redbubble is also a market based POD.

Product Types?

Again, another pretty robust catalog of product types and their main categories are Men’s Apparel, Women’s Apparel, Kid and Babies, Device Cases, Stickers, Greeting cards, Wall art, Home Décor, Stationery and Bags. The main category here that stands out is the inclusion of kids clothing!

How do you get paid?

Redbubble does let you set your own profit margin which can be helpful. They give you their base price, you add in your desired margin and you’ll see the retail price. You may want to watch what the majority of people are selling for though if you’d like to stay relatively competitive. Redbubble states that most artists actually earn an average margin of 17% of the retail price. To get set up to be paid you can use PayPal or if you are in the US, UK or Australia you can use a bank account, but some restrictions apply. The pay cycle beings on the 15th of the month and you get paid for every shipped sale you made the previous month. There are no other payment thresholds. Processing for PayPal can take up to 5 business days and a bank account may take 7 business days.

Is the site easy to use?

Yes. Redbubble makes things pretty easy to just walk through. They also have a great help center if you get lost or like digging into all the details. Once you’ve set up your account, including your payment method, you can begin uploading and selling products. When you are ready to make your first product, you just click on your profile icon and then click “Add new work”. Then the system basically walks you through it all starting with uploading your file. Once you’ve uploaded the file, Redbubble auto populates it on all the products. You then need to click into each one to edit your profit margins, which they auto populate with suggestions, but you can change to what suits you best. In this area they don’t actually show you the break down in prices you just set your profit margin and watch the retail price change. This is also where you can edit the image placement, replace it with a different image version (larger or different layout) for specific products that may need it and other minor adjustments based on product type. You can also disable certain products if you don’t want to sell a particular design on a certain type of product. Make sure under each product you want to sell the green “enabled” button appears and that all the variations you want are in there as well. For example, if it says 2/3 enabled check that you did that on purpose, or you may have just missed approving your margin on one of the variations. Then scroll down and add the title, description, and tags. There are a few other minor little things to check off and then you are done! As I said it’s easy to add artwork and create products since it walks you through it all on one page.

Pros

  • You have more control on your profit margins
  • More community features
  • The most clothing options I’ve seen
  • Not as much obvious focus on “most popular” listings
  • Higher profit margins

Cons

  • Missing a few product types like furniture
  • Maybe not as well-known as some of the other companies

If you want to learn more about Redbubble, head over to their site!

Zazzle

Who are they?

Zazzle’s mission statement is “The power to make anything imaginable!” They try to make it easy for both designers and customers to easily customize a wide variety of products. I think they are very well known for customers being able to customize invites or presents. This opens you up to a different type of customer that the other platforms don’t have since it’s the only one that has options for the customer to add personalization to your design. If you make art that people love to use for stationery or party décor this is definitely a place to really expand your options. Zazzle is a market based POD company.

Product Types?

Zazzle’s main categories are Invitations and Cards, Clothing and Accessories, Home and Living, Electronics, Office, Baby and Kids, Art, Weddings and Gifts. Within each of these categories there are A LOT of options. When it comes to custom gifts and tchotchke gifts, they take the cake on options! I can’t even list all the unique things but there are a few surprising ones like cornhole boards and bags, softballs, shoes, sunglasses and finally a myriad of food and drink options!

How do you get paid?

For each product you can set your own profit margin and watch how that changes the retail cost of the product. The bigger profit margin you want the more expensive the product will become. Zazzle does month long earning cycles followed by 30 days of clearance and then dispersed within 15 days of that. For example, earnings from September clear in October and are issued by the middle of November. They also have a payment threshold of at least $50 to be paid via PayPal or $100 if you want to be paid by check.

Is the site easy to use?

Not really. I don’t think it’s very intuitive when you are just getting started so you’ll have to rely on their help center. There is a big learning curve in comparison to the other marketplace sites. Once you figure it out it’s fine and they do have some robust editing options. You also have to go item by item, which to me is pretty cumbersome, especially since there are so many options even within something specific like “iPhone X case.” There are like 13 options! If you have artwork that people really want to personalize with their names or personal quotes, then I think it’s worth pushing through the learning curve. But if you just want to put your work on products and sell them as is then I think this is more of a headache and time suck then needed. If anything though, you could use this site to create one off products that you can wear around or have with you to create conversation starters and examples of your artwork.

Pros

  • Customers can personalize your designs for themselves
  • Most robust product editor
  • Some unique product types

Cons

  • More time-consuming set up
  • Less intuitive setup Payment thresholds

Want to set up an account with Zazzle? Click here!

Fine Art America

Who are they?

Fine Art America was founded in 2006 they claim to be the world’s largest art marketplace and print on demand technology company. They do offer some interesting things that push them beyond the normal market based POD. As they say it “We power sales everywhere that artwork is bought and sold” by having 18 companies in one. For example, they also have an app for Shopify that puts them in the integrated category and other programs like potentially selling through their brick and mortar partnerships or even image licensing. It opens you up to a lot of other potentials but can also get a bit confusing.

Product Types?

Their main product categories are Wall Art, Home Décor, Lifestyle, Tech and Stationery. The most interesting offering they have is originals!

How do you get paid?

You can customize your profit margins on each product. Payments are sent out on the 15th of each month for all sales that occurred before the 15th of the previous month.

Is the site easy to use?

Yes this is yet another site that walks you through the process easily. You upload the image and then scroll down one page and keep filling in all the information such as title and description. This is also where you set your markup. You can click into each item to customize the specific layout or swap it for a different image layout you may have. It’s a little lite on editing options to refine the layout, but it works well enough.

Pros

  • You can customize your profit margins
  • A lot of other business opportunities through their other sales channels

Cons

  • You can’t disable certain product types if desired
  • Free accounts can only upload 25 images. You have to join their premium membership plan ($30/year) for all features and unlimited uploads.

If Fine Art America sounds like a good fit, head over to their website here!

Top 4 Integrated Print on Demand sites

I have signed up and tested print products from the following four POD companies, but I did not actually integrate them into my website for this review because honestly that would be a giant headache and waste of time. It’s easy to sign up and do manual test prints, but I wouldn’t suggest integrating any of them till you’ve really chosen which one you’d like to work with. You can always change your mind in the future, but the setup process is the biggest investment in time so pace yourself and make an informed decision so that you don’t waste your time! I’ve also removed the “How you get paid” section from the following reviews because with integrated POD you pay them! Since the orders are being placed on your own website you collect the money first, the order is automatically sent over to the POD company assuming you’ve set it up that way and then the print and ship the item to your customer and you are billed for that service.

Printful

Who are they?

Printful has a bit of a unique story since they originally started a different business as designers themselves printing inspiring quotes. When they were unable to find a reliable printing service the Printful concept was born. Printful creates the print products and fulfillment all in house which means there are no other third parties involved. They also have four locations covering west and east coast America, Mexico and Europe. Printful integrates with Shopify, Etsy, Squarespace, Woocommerce, Bigcartel, Amazon, Ebay, Gumroad, API, manual orders and many more.

Product Types?

They do a lot of clothing, including youth clothing. They also round out their options with accessories such as bags and phone cases. Their home and living category include mugs, pillow cases and more. I actually just got really excited seeing that they added plus size leggings! This is the first company I’ve seen add extended sizes!

Is the site easy to use?

I do think there is a small learning curve in figuring out how to integrate it but once you’ve set up products a few times it’s pretty simple. You can also manually place orders before integrating the whole thing. That is how I ordered a few sample mugs without actually integrating it into my website. Otherwise the website is easy to use and navigate. They have a great help center and lots of additionally helpful tools like a profit calculator, mockup generator and statistics for your shop.

Pros

  • You know exactly who printed your goods
  • Mockup Generator included
  • Integrates with a lot of ecommerce platforms
  • An app to manage things on the go

Cons

  • Not the biggest selection of home goods Time consuming to set up multiple sales channels

If you’re interested in Printful, check out their website!

Gooten

Who are they?

Founded in 2012 Gooten gives small businesses access to POD vendors worldwide. They basically curate vendors and products for people to work with but act as the middle men. When you are on their site you see certain products offered and the pricing, but it’s not actually clear which company is printing it because Gooten handles that for you. Gooten integrates with Shopify, Etsy, Amazon, API, Custom Order Form and a mobile App.

Product Types?

They carry apparel, home and living, accessories, wall art, stationery and bags. They carry all the basics I would expect, plus a decent amount of interesting extras like scarves and umbrellas.

Is the site easy to use?

It wasn’t super intuitive for me to find things at first but once you learn where the basic things are its easy to set up new products.

Pros

  • Good selection of products
  • They have a good Support Center
  • A mobile App

Cons

  • Not as many integrated ecommerce platforms
  • Orders aren’t consolidated meaning if a customer buys multiple items they may ship independently from multiple locations since different vendors printed different items.

Here is the link to Gooten’s website incase you’re interested!

Printed Mint

Who are they?

Printed Mint is another POD company that handles all of the printing in house. They have a reputation for excellent customer service and quality printing. Their branding definitely speaks to more contemporary business women but I think they are great for many business types!

Product Types?

Their product selections include a bit more “on Trend” items then some other companies. They also offer gold foil which is definitely a unique offering! Other than that, I would say they offer all the expected apparel, accessories and home goods products.

Is the site easy to use?

Yes technically the site is pretty easy to use. However, if you are doing manual orders to start with the site doesn’t save files so you have to layout the product each time. Their integrations are new so you have to apply for the Beta Testing on Shopify and Etsy, and they will be launching the Woocommerce and Squarespace integrations later this year.

Pros

  • Gold Foil!
  • You know exactly who and where your products were printed by.

Cons

  • Their integrated systems are still very new and you have to jump through some extra hoops to even use them.

Check out Printed Mint here!

Art of Where

Who are they?

Art of Where is actually a Canadian company based out of Montreal but don’t worry, they have shipping figured out so it doesn’t cause any issues or cost more for American designers! They are another company that does all their printing in house and their knit fabrics also come from a local company that they work with closely. This is actually the first company I ever did POD with 6 years ago and they have continued to develop on their reliable quality! They integrate with Shopify, Etsy, Woocommerce, Big commerce, Bigcartel and Squarespace.

Product Types?

They offer all the expected wearable garments and accessories including a few surprises like a kimono robe and scarves. The one product glaringly missing for me is mugs!

Is the site easy to use?

Yes! They have what they call the design lab for creating your products. It includes an awesome 3D generator so you can see where things are getting cut off or creating an awkward seam alignment. For example, when creating leggings, it’s nice to see how the design wraps around private bits in case the imagery seems to suggest or resemble something unintended! Trust me, it’s happened to people! Once you’ve created your layout on the product you can then save it. That way if you are placing a manual order you don’t need to recreate it each time!

Pros

  • 3D rendering
  • Saved Design files

Cons

  • No mugs!
  • Slower production times

It’s free to sign up with Art of Where so don’t worry. Follow the link here!

 

I hope you learned a lot from this in-depth review of the top 8 print-on-demand companies. I signed up and tested them all myself just so I could give you a realistic review into how they function. Comment below to tell me which ones you’ve tried, which you’d like to try or any other questions you have!