Choosing Ethereum vs. Polygon MATIC Smart Contracts for your NFTs

Which blockchain should I create my NFTs on - Polygon or Ethereum Mainnet?

It is essential that every artist knows understands what they are getting themselves into, and today we will be taking a deep dive into at minting on Ethereum Mainnet or Polygon (formerly MATIC Network), and why it is important to choose where your smart contract and NFTs are minted. 

Knowing your minting and selling strategy ahead of time will help ensure that you have a smooth process from creation to sold NFT.

Let’s compare Ethereum and Polygon side-by-side so we can see the pros and cons of each.

Ethereum vs. Polygon

Ethereum Mainnet

Ideal For: Committed Minters

More Popular Blockchain

Ethereum is the second largest cryptocurrency to Bitcoin, but popularity comes at a price.

More congestion = Higher overall cost

Higher gas prices and slower transaction processing times.

Easier to resell NFTs

Supported on Opensea, Rarible, and Cargo App

Costly climate impact - for now*

Until Ethereum 2.0 is released, Proof-of-work (PoW) transactions are costly and increases carbon emissions.

Polygon NFTs


Ideal For: Budget and earth-conscious pioneers

Most cost-effective

Small but might layer-2 blockchain with growing audience and support

Less congestion = Cheaper overall cost

Lower gas prices and quicker transaction times

Limited resell support

Supported on Opensea, but not yet supported on Rarible

Eco-friendly alternative

Proof-of-stake (PoS) transactions are less demanding (like by 99.99% less), yet just as secure.

Purchase Smart Contracts and Credits to Mint Single NFTs on Ethereum

In addition to unlimited Polygon minting, you can purchase add-ons for the Ethereum mainnet with a NiftyKit membership. Each smart contract is a one-time purchase and creation. You own the contract and you’ll connect your metamask wallet when you create the smart contract on our platform. 

Each individual Ethereum mainnet NFT must be purchased separately as mint credits purchased using Stripe when you purchase on NiftyKit.

Below is the Smart Contract and Single NFT mints add-ons for members.

Ethereum Mainnet Smart Contract

What it is: Custom Token for NFT Collection

One-time Creation then Yours Forever

Purchasing a Smart Contract is a 1-time payment and creation of your custom collection. It's yours to keep regardless if you are a paying member

Gas Fees Covered

NiftyKit handles the fees needed to deploy your custom branded smart contract to the blockchain.

Start Minting NFTs in Your Collection

Purchase an Ethereum Single NFT Mint to create NFTs inside this custom collection. Each NFT gets minted with your branded token ID

Manage Royalties on Opensea

Our smart contracts are interoperable with Opensea and will allow you to set your secondary sales royalties while getting the benefits of a custom contract

Ethereum Mainnet Single NFT Mint

What it is: Credit for 1 NFT mint on Ethereum

Gas Fees Covered

When you mint, list, sell, transfer, or burn an NFT on the NiftyKit platform, we pay the gas fees on your behalf as part of this mint credit cost.

Pay Only For What You Need

NFT mint credits are sold individually so that you can purchase and mint only what you need for your NFT collection

Sell Branded NFTs

After purchasing a smart contract, you can mint NFTs using your custom token ID and manage all your smart contracts and collections

Sell On Multiple Marketplaces

Smart contracts and NFTs minted on Nifty
Kit are interoperable with secondary NFT marketpalces like Rarible, Opensea, and Cargo. Makes marketing and selling easier

Learn more about NFTs and Smart Contracts

Read more about creating NFTs and smart contracts and how you can leverage the blockchain to create a sustainable minting campagin.

Create Your NFT Storefront and Start Selling

Create a Polygon or Ethereum smart contract for your NFTs and start selling on your storefront today.

Get Started Today By Signing Up For A NiftyKit Membership

Create a whitelabel storefront today by signing up for a monthly membership to NiftyKit where you get access to the latest tools to customize and create smart contracts and NFTs that you can sell or use to build community.

Click here to sign up and try our NiftyKit tools for free. 

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