NextAdvisor's editors tried out seven services to determine which provided the best value and and features, such as storage capacity and ease of use. Here are the results .
The cloud storage services are a subset of online backup services, which NextAdvisor has already reviewed .
Scores for cloud storage services were based on how many devices they sync, how much storage capacity is available, and how user friendly the interfaces are.
"We also took into account how good of a value each service was," NextAdvisor.com's president, Erik Larson, stated in a news release. "We want to inform consumers on where they can get the most bang for their buck."
SugarSync , with its $4.17 per month price tag for 30GB of capacity and unlimited system backup, came out on top. The review site described SugarSync as "feature-filled," with an intuitive user interface and easy music streaming. It's "best for those who need to do a lot of file syncing," the review stated.
JustCloud came in second place and ZipCloud was third. Both charged fees of $4.95 a month and had identical capacity and use points. They were followed by SpiderOak , MyPCBackup , LiveDrive , and Dropbox .
Dropbox, a popular brand, appeared to take a big hit because it was the only service that doesn't offer backup, meaning it doesn't automatically replicate files to its cloud storage infrastructure. "Therefore [it] falls behind the rest with its lack of features and protection," NextAdvisor states in its review.
Conversely, SugarSync was praised for allowing customers to not only save files in the cloud, but also because it allows users to sync files across an unlimited number of computers. "Thus, you get to make sure that all of your information is always up-to-date and ready for you no matter where you are working from," the review states.