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What’s the Cheapest Cold Email Tool in 2023? (Best Low Cost Option)

What's the cheapest cold email tool

Even though cold email can pay for itself hundreds of times over (if not more)… it never hurts to track down the cheapest cold email tool. Especially if it has all the features of much pricier tools.

Our hypothesis going into this article: GMass is the cheapest cold email tool — and, even at that low price, still has a feature set that matches (and often exceeds) much more expensive tools.

To test that hypothesis, we looked at 10 of the leading cold email software platforms to compare them on price — and what you will and won’t get for that price. After all, if you pay $5/mo for an app that has a very low sending limit and is missing crucial features, are you saving money… or actually losing that $5 every month?

In this article, we’ll dig into 10 of the most popular cold email tools. For each platform we’ll also cover what you will and won’t get for the price — so you won’t have any surprises after you sign up.

Cheapest Cold Email Platforms: Table of Contents

How We Evaluated the Cold Email Platforms

We decided not to make this article a mere list of cold email platforms ranked by price. While raw price is important, it’s not everything. We set out to find the lowest-priced cold email plans that still meet the needs of cold email pros.

These were our two evaluation criteria:

1. We looked for each platform’s lowest-cost cold email plan fits cold emailers’ needs

Most apps offer multiple pricing tiers — but in some cases, the minimum pricing tier lacks so many features (or has such low sending/contact/campaign limits) it wouldn’t be viable for most cold emailers.

In our experience in the cold email world and after discussions with thousands of cold emailers, we identified these as the most important cold email features:

  • Numbers. How many contacts, emails, campaigns, and daily emails can you send? Are there limits?
  • Personalization. Mail merge is table stakes; is there more advanced personalization available as well? Is A/B testing available? Can you send emails that look like individualized replies?
  • Sequences and automation. Can you send automated follow-ups and/or drip campaigns?
  • Scheduling. Do you have tight control over when emails go out?
  • Deliverability. Are there tools to help with deliverability, like email address verification, custom tracking domains, and spam checking?
  • Reporting. Will you receive stats you can trust?
  • Ease of use. Is it easy to send a cold email, use templates, and send replies — or is it a long and involved process every time?
  • Reliability. Is the tool reliable? Is it well supported and innovating? Does the company listen to feedback from users?

2. We focused on email-first/email-only cold email platforms, not broader tool suites

This list includes apps that focus specifically on sending cold email — not CRM or sales team platforms that have some cold email functions. So we didn’t include Mixmax, Salesloft, Gmelius, Streak, Outreach.io, Overloop, Klenty, Hubspot, Snov.io, and other platforms in that space. Since we’re comparing on price and features, it didn’t make sense to include expensive tools where cold email is not a primary focus.

With these evaluation criteria in place, here are the picks for the best low-cost cold email platforms, ranked roughly from lowest price to highest price.


GMass pricing - the cheapest cold email tool

So yeah, you’re reading this list on GMass. And I’m sure you’ve grown quite weary of SaaS blog posts that list a bunch of tools and put themselves first. To that I say: Me too. With a “but.”

The “but” is: This list is quantitatively ranked on price. If GMass wasn’t the cheapest, it wouldn’t be in the number one spot. But it is the cheapest. So it’s here.

Our goal with GMass is, and always has been, to keep the cost low while giving you a world-class, enterprise-level cold email tool that works right inside of Gmail. It’s why we rake in five-star reviews (6,000+ and counting). Well, that and our general good looks.

GMass pricing

  • Standard plan – $19.95/mo or $200/yr. Includes unlimited campaigns and contacts, advanced personalization (including images and attachments), ability to break Gmail’s sending limits, unlimited email address verification, Spam Solver, custom tracking domains, segmentation based on recipient actions, reporting with sentiment analysis.
  • Premium plan – $29.95/mo or $299/yr. Adds on sequences and automated follow-ups, API access for integrations, A/B testing.
  • Enterprise plan – $49.95/mo or $499/yr. Adds on high priority support.

What’s missing from GMass for the low cost?

GMass offers the best ratio of price to features of any tool — but there are still a few things you won’t get with GMass.

  • Built-in templates. While GMass has lots of articles on high-quality cold email templates, there are no templates built into the tool itself. (You can, however, reuse any email you’ve previously sent through GMass as a future template.)
  • Outlook integration. GMass works inside of Gmail. The upside: No new interface or complex tool to learn. The downside: If you use Outlook, GMass won’t work for you.

Is there a GMass free trial?

GMass offers a free plan, capped at 50 emails a day. Unlike many other cold email services, the free plan includes access to all of GMass’s features, so it also serves as a free trial of the service. (You can use it indefinitely until you’re ready to send at a higher volume.)

Verdict: GMass has the lowest-cost plans of anyone on the list, especially once you include the vast suite of cold email-focused features.


Saleshandy pricing

Saleshandy is a standalone app that integrates with a Gmail or Outlook account for cold emails and sequences.

Saleshandy pricing

Pricing current as of June 2022. Check pricing page for updated information.

  • Pro – $29/mo or $300/yr. Includes unlimited campaigns, sequences, reporting, custom tracking domains, API access, and A/B testing.

What’s missing from Saleshandy for the cost?

Saleshandy is one of the lower-priced cold email tools up front — but does lack some essential features present in all of its competitors. And you’ll have to pay extra for those.

  • Email verification (instead, it’s an expensive paid add-on). Email verification is an add-on that costs $60 per 30,000 recipients.
  • Fallback values and previewing. Another cold email standard — filling in a fallback value — is absent here. And this could be something that slips past you before you send a campaign, since Saleshandy also does not have a way to preview emails before sending.
  • Unlimited… most things. Saleshandy places a lot of caps. They limit daily sending capacity, the number of contacts you can upload from a CSV of a campaign, and even the mail merge fields you can use.

Is there a Saleshandy free trial?

Saleshandy offers a 14-day free trial, capped at 200 emails total.

Verdict: Saleshandy showcases one of the lowest prices up front of the tools we evaluated — but once you add in a third-party email verification and/or try to send at higher volumes, the price rockets above many other options.


Woodpecker pricing

Woodpecker offers three tools: A cold email tool, a sales automation suite, and agency management. We’re focusing here on just the cold email tool.

Woodpecker pricing

Pricing current as of June 2022. Check pricing page for updated information.

  • 1500 – $39/mo or $384/yr. Includes 1,500 new contacts per month, email verification, sequences, scheduling, and reporting
  • 6000 – $44/mo or $432/yr. Same features as the lower plan, but with 6,000 new contacts per month.
  • Unlimited – $49/mo or $480/yr. Same features as the lower plan, but with unlimited contacts.

What’s missing from Woodpecker for the cost?

  • API integration. To get API keys to integrate Woodpecker, you’ll pay an extra $4/mo (so $48/yr). You won’t be able to connect things like Google Sheets, Hubspot, Calendly, Zapier, or anything else without paying that extra fee.
  • A/B testing. You’ll also need to pay extra for A/B testing on Woodpecker.
  • Attachments. Woodpecker won’t allow you to send attachments with your cold emails.
  • Email integration. Woodpecker is a standalone inbox, different than your Gmail or Outlook. So you’ll need to remember to check it and monitor it to manage your emails.

Is there a Woodpecker free trial?

Woodpecker offers a free trial of all features for seven days, where you can send up to 50 emails total.

Verdict: Woodpecker has a nice set of features but most cold emailers will need to go with their 6000 or Unlimited plan plus the paid add-on — meaning a bill of $48 to $53 per month.


Mailshake pricing

Mailshake is a standalone cold email platform that works with your Google or Outlook account. It’s the only tool on this list that does not offer a free trial — so you’ll have to pay up before you can try it out.

Mailshake pricing

Pricing current as of June 2022. Check pricing page for updated information.

  • Email Outreach – $59/mo or $528/yr. Includes sequences, A/B testing, AI writing, scheduling, and connections to top CRM platforms. Campaigns can go to a maximum of 5,000 recipients.
  • Sales Engagement – $99/mo or $900/yr. Bumps the limit for recipients per campaign to 10,000. Also includes phone outreach.

What’s missing from Mailshake the cost?

  • Quick sign-up… instead, there’s a mandatory 30-minute sales demo to sign up. Mailshake doesn’t have any major differentiators that jump out compared to the competition. However, you won’t be able to find that out until you commit to pay since there’s no trial. And you can’t make that commitment to pay without first doing a 30-minute sales demo.
  • Ease of use. Mailshake emails are a lengthy process — it’s tough to quickly fire off anything with the platform.
  • Unlimited sending. Mailshake caps you at 5,000 recipients per campaign on their lower-priced plan and 10,000 recipients on the higher plan. Plus they don’t offer any way to break Gmail’s limits for higher-volume campaigns.
  • Scheduling flexibility. When we tested Mailshake, we found it was missing some key scheduling features — like the ability to change the time zone, or even the ability to send a campaign immediately.

Is there a Mailshake free trial?

No, Mailshake does not offer a free trial. There’s a 30-day money back offer, but you’ll have to lay out a lot of money up front to evaluate the tool.

Verdict: Mailshake is a pricey option with lots of gatekeeping. Many other quality tools offer equal or better feature sets and experiences — and offer a trial and quick sign-up.


Yesware pricing

Yesware is a cold email tool that works inside Gmail or Outlook. It’s very sales team-focused and works well with a CRM.

Yesware pricing

Pricing current as of June 2022. Check pricing page for updated information.

  • Premium – $45/mo or $420/yr. Includes unlimited recipients and campaigns. Allows you to remove Yesware branding from emails. Also includes sending attachments, scheduling, template management, and reporting.
  • Enterprise – $85/mo or $780/yr. Adds Salesforce integration and a dedicated customer success manager.

Note: We did not include the $19/mo, $180/yr Pro plan as it only allows for 20 recipients per month, doesn’t allow for mail merge, and requires Yesware branding. This plan would not work for most, if any, cold emailers.

What’s missing from Yesware for the cost?

  • Unlimited sending. Even with the most expensive plans, Yesware limits you to 1,000 contacts per CSV upload and 5,000 recipients per campaign.
  • Ease of use. Yesware’s interface is complex and can be difficult to learn or understand.
  • Salesforce integration — unless you spend big. Yesware has a strong focus on its Salesforce integration — but that means you’ll need the $85/month plan. If you have multiple people on your team, those costs can really add up.
  • Reporting and syncing reliability. In online reviews, a notable number of users report issues with accuracy in open tracking and other key metrics — as well as issues in syncing templates or syncing with CRMs.

Is there a Yesware free trial?

Yesware offers a free plan that serves as a trial. It will only allow you to send to 10 recipients per month, though, so it will be hard to test it at scale.

Verdict: Yesware lists one particularly cheap plan — but it caps you at 20 recipients per month and requires Yesware branding on your emails. If you’re using Yesware, it’s probably because you want it to integrate with Salesforce — so you’re looking at an $85/mo plan.


MailRush pricing

MailRush is a standalone cold email platform. It uses its own email server, rather than sending through your Google or Outlook account.

MailRush pricing

Pricing current as of June 2022. Check pricing page for updated information.

  • Pro – $49/mo or $480/yr. Includes 1,500 emails per day and 50,000 per month across just three campaigns. Includes 3,000 email validations per month. Uses a shared IP for sending. Also includes follow-ups, scheduling, and API access.
  • Premium – $99/mo or $960/yr. Bumps the quotas to 3,000 daily emails and 100,000 per month across just five campaigns. Uses a dedicated IP and bumps to 5,000 monthly email validations.

Note: We did not include the $19/mo, $99/yr starter plan as it only allows for ONE campaign and up to 10,000 emails per month. This plan would not work for most, if any, cold emailers.

What’s missing from MailRush for the cost?

  • Sending multiple campaigns. Even with the high-priced Premium plan, users are limited to five active campaigns. With the Pro plan, it’s three campaigns. These are the tightest restrictions on campaigns of any service we’ve seen.
  • Unlimited sending. The Mailrush plans have sending caps per day and month as well as email verification caps.
  • Deliverability. The Starter and Pro plans use an SMTP with a shared IP address, which can put deliverability at risk. Other cold email platforms that send through Gmail or other, more reliable, SMTP servers, should perform better. If you pay the $99/mo for the Premium plan, you’ll get a dedicated IP which should help.
  • Plug-and-play. MailRush requires things like setting up DNS records with your domain, importing CSV files, and learning their entire (sometimes confusing) interface.

Is there a MailRush free trial?

MailRush offers a free trial which allows you to send 1,000 emails over two weeks.

Verdict: MailRush’s prices are about in the middle of the tools — but their campaign restrictions are unique. They allow cold emailers to send just three campaigns per month with the Pro plan and five per month with the Premium plan. That will likely discourage serious cold emailers from using this platform.


Lemlist pricing

Lemlist is a cold email (and LinkedIn outreach) standalone platform aimed at sales professionals.

Lemlist pricing

Pricing current as of June 2022. Check pricing page for updated information.

  • Email outreach – $59/mo or $600/yr. Includes unlimited contacts and sends (although it won’t break Gmail’s limits). Includes automated sequences, API access, reporting, scheduling, and advanced personalization (like automatically adding a company’s logo to images).
  • Sales engagement – $99/mo or $996/yr. Adds LinkedIn, video prospecting, custom landing pages, and cold calling.

What’s missing from Lemlist for the cost?

  • High-volume sending. The maximum emails per day in Lemlist is 720 per campaign (based on their required sending frequency of one email every two minutes). Large campaigns would take weeks with that method.
  • Ease of use. The Lemlist interface is crowded and features lots of ambiguous icons and alerts. Reviewing emails before sending is a very time consuming process.
  • Scheduling. Lemlist won’t allow you to set a schedule for an individual campaign — you have to establish campaign schedules separately.

Is there a Lemlist free trial?

Lemlist offers a 14-day free trial, capped at 50 emails per day.

Verdict: Lemlist prices are in the middle of the cold email tools. If you can deal with their sending limits and colorful but confusing interface — and you want some of their features like video prospecting — you could give it a try.


Smartreach pricing

SmartReach is a standalone cold email platform that works with a variety of email providers (Google, Outlook, and other SMTP services).

SmartReach pricing

Pricing current as of June 2022. Check pricing page for updated information.

  • Standard – $24/mo or $228/yr. Send to 1,000 total contacts per month. Includes unlimited campaigns and follow-ups, personalization, scheduling, email verification, timezone detection, reporting, and email and chat support.
  • Pro – $39/mo or $372/yr. Bumps limit to sending to 2,000 contacts per month. Also adds A/B testing, CRM integrations, and 5,000 monthly API requests.
  • Ultimate – $59/mo or $588/yr. Bumps to unlimited contacts per month. Also adds Salesforce integration, 50,000 API requests per month, and better support.

What’s missing from SmartReach for the cost?

  • Unlimited emails — or even getting close. You’re limited to 500 emails per day on SmartReach, even on the Ultimate plan which allows you to contact unlimited prospects.
  • Ease of use. SmartReach uses its own interface. In online reviews, users have cited some confusion and/or time-consuming processes within the software.

Is there a SmartReach free trial?

SmartReach offers a 14-day free trial, during which you can contact 200 people.

Verdict: The Standard plan is likely too restrictive for anyone using cold email professionally. The Pro plan still limits contacts. The Ultimate plan has unlimited contacts — but still puts a very tight cap on your daily emails.


Quickmail pricing

QuickMail is a standalone cold email platform that encourages you to use multiple Gmail or Outlook email accounts for your outreach.

QuickMail pricing

Pricing current as of June 2022. Check pricing page for updated information.

  • Starter Plan – $59/mo or $588/yr. Includes 500 emails sent per day. Also includes automated follow-ups, reporting, A/B testing, and personalization.
  • Pro Plan – $79/mo or $828/yr. Bumps to 1,500 emails sent per day. Adds Zapier integration as well.

Note: QuickMail encourages you to add multiple inboxes for more sending. On the starter plan, each extra inbox is $35/mo. On the Pro plan, each extra inbox is $45/mo.

What’s missing from QuickMail for the cost?

  • Unlimited sending. Well, in theory you could send more emails from QuickMail… if you keep paying an extra $35-$45 per month to add extra inboxes. High-volume senders will struggle here.
  • API access. Other than a Zapier integration, there’s no way to connect QuickMail with other apps (including CRM tools).
  • Extras to justify the cost difference. QuickMail doesn’t have any notable features that make it different than other services on this list. It’s even missing a few basics that others offer. But… it’s among the most expensive options. (And then becomes even more expensive if you use multiple inboxes as they suggest.) A common complaint in online reviews is about the price.

Is there a QuickMail free trial?

QuickMail offers a 14-day free trial. You’ll need to put in a credit card… so keep that in mind for when your trial ends.

Verdict: QuickMail is one of the more expensive tools, especially considering its feature set. Consider lower priced tools which will offer similar, if not better, features at a lower price.


Reply.io pricing

Reply is a cold email tool designed for sales teams that also has prospecting features built in. It’s the most expensive on our list of tools.

Reply.io pricing

Pricing current as of June 2022. Check pricing page for updated information.

  • 1000 – $70/mo. Contact up to 1,000 people per month. Includes prospecting tools, sequences, reporting, A/B testing, email verification, reporting, scheduling, cold call integrations, CRM integrations, and API access.
  • 3000 – $90/mo. Bumps up to 3,000 contacts per month.
  • Unlimited – $120/mo. Bumps up to unlimited contacts per month.

Note: Plans have a three-month minimum. This is not listed on the pricing page.

What’s missing from Reply.io for the cost?

  • Real-time 24/7 support. Users frequently cite support issues with Reply.
  • Ease-of-use. Reply’s interface is complex and can often be overkill if you’re just looking to send out a standard cold email campaign.

Is there a Reply free trial?

Reply offers a 14-day free trial.

Verdict: Reply is the most expensive of the cold email tools. You should be able to accomplish your cold email goals at a much lower monthly cost.

Cheapest Cold Email Tools: Takeaways and Recommendations

While cold email can and should pay for itself, cost is always going to be a consideration — especially if you have multiple team members.

We evaluated 10 leading cold email platforms based on their cost — as well as the features you’ll get for the cost.

Here’s a quick summary of each of those services and the cost of their ideal plan for cold emailers. The ideal plan should include as close to unlimited everything as possible and include key deliverability tools.

  • GMass. $29.95/mo with unlimited everything, plus sequences and API access.
  • Saleshandy. ~$45/mo (that’s $29/mo plus the cost of basic add-ons).
  • Woodpecker. $53/mo for the unlimited plan.
  • Mailshake. $59/mo for up to 5,000 recipients per month.
  • Yesware. $45/mo for up to 5,000 recipients per campaign.
  • MailRush. $99/mo for five campaigns with up to 3,000 daily emails.
  • Lemlist. $59/mo for up to 720 daily emails per campaign.
  • SmartReach. $59/mo for 500 emails per day to unlimited contacts.
  • QuickMail. $79/mo for 1,500 emails per day.
  • Reply.io. $149/mo for unlimited contacts.

If you’re interested in giving GMass a try — and trying out the best ratio of price to features of any of the cold email tools — you can get started right away with a free plan. (It includes all features and up to 50 emails per day. Use it until you’re ready to upgrade.)

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