Transactional Email Services Compared

Sending emails is important for many applications. Top 10 transactional email services compared.

Many applications need to send emails at some point or another: either for user confirmation, password reset, newsletters, support and more. Whatever the use-case, sending emails with a transactional email service removes the time and stress of configuring a custom SMTP server.

Remember, it's important to test your email sending functionality end-to-end. MailSlurp is a email test account generation API that lets you create random unique email addresses and then send and receive real emails with them.

What is a transactional email service?

Email sending services are often called transactional mail services as emails are commonly sent on demand after particular application events. This means services typically provide an HTTP API or SDK so that customers request the sending of email from their application.

Benefits of email as a service APIs

Transactional mail services are plentiful and offer many advantages:

  • They are easy to setup (compared with regular SMTP mail servers)
  • Calling APIs is simple in application code (compared with SMTP APIs)
  • They can handle high load and scale
  • Some offer graphical templating systems to make email composition easier

Downsides

Email sending APIs do have disadvantages too over more traditional email sending techniques:

  • They're mostly paid
  • They all have different API abstractions (so vendor lock-in can occur)

Testing transactional email

Whichever email sending API you choose, make sure you test your email sending and receiving with MailSlurp. MailSlurp lets you generate email addresses and test email sending and receiving programmatically.

Related content

Java email client: send and receive emails and attachments i...

MailSlurp Java SDK for sending and receive email and attachments on the JVM.

Alternatives to Mailinator

Create email addresses with a REST API and Javascript. MailSlurp is an alternative to Mailinator for generating permanen...

Services like Mailosaur

Email API services compared. Alternatives to Mailosaur include MailSlurp email accounts.

Alternatives to MailSlurp

MailSlurp alternatives compared: Mailinator VS Mailosaur VS MailTrap, TestMail, and more. Email test APIs ranked.

Other services like Mailtrap

Other services like Mailtrap

Temporary email API

Temp mail api for creating disposable email addresses in tests and code.

Ready to dive in?Start building email applications today.