Once a small market with limited candidates, there are now many different paid icons sets available to designers and developers. The icons cater to web, app and mobile (iOS, Android) design. But how do you choose which one to fork out for? Well we have looked at some of the most popular paid icon sets and looked at which of them are the best value for your money.
Pictos are the only company splitting out vectors from raster icons. Its around 15c/icon for the PNG pack. They also do not offer a free set so you can try out the quality of these icons. This brings down the value of the set down.
While no one will argue that the icons are high quality (and they are), they are also ridiculously expensive when compared to the other icons sets – at $1.13 per icon! At this price, I would suggest just using The Noun Project and buying the icons you really need at $1.99 per icon.
The noun project has a large collection of icons. Each icon is individually priced, generally sitting at most around $1.99. However, lot of the icons are free with various creative commons licenses (attribution etc). If you are looking for a one off icon, this might be the site for you.
Thats a lot of icons. So to do a quick summary, IconSweets2 is the best value set at 1c/icon or if you are looking for the creative commons route, try out Iconic. If you find any icon sets I’ve missed post them in the comments below and I’ll add them to the post.