Anymail Finder is a smaller competitor to Hunter.io (see my Hunter.io review) and Snov.io (see my Snov.io review) for finding email addresses for B2B email outreach. Here, I’ll test it and compare it to these services and give my honest opinion of it. Keep reading for a walkthrough and review of Anymail Finder, or click here to skip to my verdict on how good Anymail Finder is.
Signing up to Anymail Finder
Anymail Finder allows for finding a free 90 verified emails if you sign up at https://app.anymailfinder.com/sign_up:
You may run into a problem where you do not get the free credits if your account is somehow flagged by Anymail Finder’s security system, as happened to me (trying both with and without a VPN):
If this happens, you may be able to just email them and they’ll enable the free trial for your account:
Using Anymail Finder to find emails
Once you’re logged in, click the SEARCH link in the top-left to start searching. Here’s the simple form for that:
The first test I tried was to see if Anymail Finder could find the email “[email protected]”, which was found successfully (if I gave it the name “Katie Holmes” and the domain “outwittrade.com”):
This something Hunter.io couldn’t find:
In this case, Hunter.io probably failed to find this email because it was always obfuscated by Cloudflare, and it couldn’t pick it up when it was scraping outwittrade.com. But Anymail Finder tends to use a different approach. If you give it a name and domain, It’ll guess several possible emails, such as perhaps “[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]”, and then try to verify if these exist by sending some request to the email server (@outwittrade.com) and seeing if there’s a response. This method isn’t 100% perfect, since not all email servers allow you to check if an email account exists on them, but it does allow finding more emails than merely scraping websites as Hunter.io does.
For example, here’s Anymail Finder finding another email that other tools couldn’t find (when I gave it the name “Joma Kleen” and the domain “outwittrade.com”), as it’s not actually listed anywhere on outwittrade.com:
I also tried it with a name that doesn’t exist on outwittrade.com just to make sure it doesn’t return fake results:
Anymail Finder doesn’t just find emails by guessing possible emails for someone’s name and verifying if the email exists. As you’d expect, it also finds emails by scraping websites. Unfortunately, like other web-based email-finding tools, it does not scrape in real-time. Here’s a test website I tried for it (“[email protected]” here is a legitimate and functional email):
And nothing was returned for it, because Anymail Finder only returns results that it previously scraped, rather than running a new search right there and then when you ask it to return emails for a domain:
A couple more tests. Here’s what Anymail Finder returned for me if I asked it to pull all emails from Microsoft.com (I also ran this test with other email-finding tools):
These results are worse than other B2B email finding tools I’ve reviewed, since the number of results are far lower (there are thousands of valid emails @microsoft.com — Anymail Finder here just returned a few dozen), and Anymail Finder doesn’t give you any further information on emails returned (such as job title, location or any information about the company).
But overall, Anymail Finder did as good or better job than other tools, and could find emails on many smaller to medium-sized websites. Trying it on authorityhacker.com and ebizfacts.com (two ordinary websites) yielded reasonably good results:
What’s good about Anymail Finder
- Can often find emails where other services can’t (as above), thanks to its unique method of guessing emails for a person and verifying if they exist with the email server
- The pricing is significantly better than Hunter.io, especially since they only deduct a credit if an email address it finds is verified and highly likely to be able to receive emails (Anymail Finder claims 97% certainty)
- Support appears to be excellent, based on the interaction I had with them
What’s bad about Anymail Finder
- Does not scrape a website in real-time for emails if you give it a site it hasn’t scraped before (as mentioned, other services have the same problem), causing it to miss emails for new sites or not have the latest emails
- No option to search by things like job title or location if you want to return leads for big companies
- No information returned on the owners of emails it finds, not even a name. For example, if it returns an email like “[email protected]” when searching for emails for authorityhacker.com, you’d expect it to guess the name “Gael” so you can use this for more effective outreach. But with Anymail Finder all you get is an email
Other B2B email finding tools
I had high hopes for Anymail Finder. Unfortunately, while it’s a good service, it’s not quite as good as I had hoped being that it returns no information about emails it returns and can’t scrape websites in real-time. I do not recommend it if you’re looking to find a lot of leads from big companies (since it returns less emails than other services for big companies and has no information about them, as in the example for Microsoft above). However, it is definitely much better than services like Hunter.io if you’re looking for 1 email per domain searched (such as if you are just looking to do outreach to website owners), since it’s cheaper and can potentially return an email for a website when Hunter.io can’t.