MailChimp Review - Mail For the Masses?


MailChimp is often the first newsletter tool that springs to mind, possibly because they have great marketing and a charming monkey-fied aesthetic. But I guess I’m not the only one, as they claim to send more than 600 million emails every day over their platform.

They offer a free plan, with which you can send up to 12,000 emails a month to 2,000 subscribers. This is good news for personal and SMB accounts, as most of the tools and templates are accessible on this free account. They also have pay-as-you-go options, which work out to be cheaper for low-volume clients, whilst also giving you some included extras such as automation and integration options.

Now let’s have a look to see whether MailChimp really do let you ‘send better emails’:

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Free plan has limited features









Thorough reporting:

Basically everything you need to know, including clients, geo-tracking, social media and Google Analytics integration.

Generous freemium plan:

Most of the tools are available on their free plan, and you’re allowed 12,000 emails to 2,000 of your subscribers which isn’t a bad deal.

Great template editor:

MailChimp sports a clean interface and a simple, but powerful editor.

High-cost subscription plans:

Although they offer a generous freemium plan, the prices get steep pretty quickly once you start needing to increase your email, or subscriber, numbers.

Limited email automation:

Even though their autoresponders are solid, MailChimp disappoints when it comes to more advanced automation.

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Ease of Use

Easy to use, with clear navigation and a clean interface. Although setting opt the initial opt-in process can be somewhat challenging as the menus are a little confusing.

Newsletter Creation


This editor is fast and simple, using a drag & drop interface.



If/then/else logic isn’t very user friendly, but available. MailChimp at least offer a handy cheat sheet to help you grasp the concepts.

Email types

All the standards that you need such as classic newsletters, autoresponders, A/B testing RSS to newsletter and recurring.

Choice and Flexibility of Template Designs

Lots of choice, relatively modern looking too. All of the drag & drop templates are responsive, but the classic templates are not.

Email Automation

This is relatively robust, with rules to send follow up emails based on certain conditions, such as clicks, opens etc. More complicated automations in regards to goals/page link actions are available, however, the usability isn’t great as there is no workflow view.

List Management

Mailchimp offer pretty good segmentation methods, allowing you to combine up to five positive or negative conditional relationships (e.g. what email client they use, whether they’ve opened a particular campaign).
Management across lists is not possible as each list is siloed.

Registration Forms/ Opt-in & Opt-out- Process

Simple drag & drop setup for forms, although a bit finicky to select colour options, only allowing you to add the colour code. You can add your own fields, and adding the form to your site is easy.

Reports and Analysis

Pretty much all you need in regards to reporting is here, if not a little dull-looking. You have openers, Google Analytics integration (which allows for conversion tracking), as well as clients, geo-tracking and social media.


The site itself is only available in English, with the help section being available in Spanish also. The emails themselves can be auto-translated with Google Translate into many different languages, but of course it would be better if the site itself was more internationally accessible.

Further Features

Spam- and Design-Testing

Mailchimp use third-party run tool ‘Inbox Preview’ which is an extra cost for the bottom two plans ($3 for 25 tokens) and allows you to see what designs will look like for different clients, and on different devices. No spam testing is available.

Bounce Management


Hard bounces are immediately removed, while soft bounces are re-sent for three days. These will eventually be considered hard bounces if it occurs over multiple campaigns.



Storage available for data and images


There seems to be no limit to the amount of files, just that they need to be under 10MB in size each.

Pro Features



DKIM and SPF, SenderID and DomainKeys available.

Own Domain


Tracking links in your emails will use the domain “list-manage.com”

Different levels of account access


You have five different levels within Mailchimp: viewer, author, manager, admin & owner.



Apparently there are over 800 integrations available for your account! From eCommerce, to social and website integrations, you’d be hard pressed to find an area that’s not represented.

Landing Page Editor



They have a thorough, and easy-to-search, knowledge base. Where Mailchimp loses points, though, is the fact that this is the only help that’s available unless you upgrade your account. The live chat option, on upgrade, was fine, but quite slow compared to other tools we tested.

Overall Rating


Extremely user-friendly; there’s a reason why this tool is so popular. They could be a little more internationally-friendly, though.

MailChimp is a perfectly good tool for most English-speaking users, with its ease of use and range of features, as well as their free plans. Keep in mind, though, that their subscription plans are relatively expensive compared to similar newsletter tools.

There are a bucketload of integrations available for MailChimp, which could be seen either as due to, or because of, the amount of active users they have. That, combined with relatively powerful tools (available on the higher tier plans) really do add up to a great tool.

Perhaps if you’re a business with specific needs, like powerful marketing automation, or use of your own tracking-domain, then you may need to look further afield for the correct newsletter tool. But there really is a lot to like from MailChimp.


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steve lamattina
His career has spanned across areas such as film, digital media and literature, with the tech and mobile world remaining a personal passion. Now he’s interested in sharing that passion for email marketing, through honest reviews and good content. Oh, and he’s Australian...but don’t hold that against him.
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