Best Free Online RSS Readers

  • Free
  • Can use on web without downloading
  • Can add your own feeds
  • Easy discovery of new blogs and publications
  • Pleasant UI
  • Images and text, not just title
  • Browser extensions not taken into account
  • iOS, Android and desktop apps not considered

Top Free RSS Reader Apps

  1. FeedReader
  2. Bloglovin
  3. Feeder
  4. Feedly
  5. Content Studio
  6. elink
  7. Feedbin
  8. Flipboard
  9. FlowReader
  10. Inoreader
  11. Netvibes
  12. Panda
  13. The Old Reader
  14. Feedspot
  15. Newsblur
  16. Mailbrew

1. FeedReader

Website: FeedReader

Devices available on: Web browser, windows desktop app

One of the most established, online since 2001.

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Pros

  • No ads on free plan
  • Can import and export subscriptions (OPML files)
  • Organise feeds using custom categories
  • Mark posts as 'read'
  • Save articles to read later
  • Full text reader
  • Multiple layouts available - expanded view lets you read in full text mode, collapsed view is good for skimming headlines
  • Simple and uncluttered - there aren't thousands of features you'll never use
  • Range of custom shortcuts to allow easy navigation through the app
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Cons

  • Have to manually refresh to get latest updates from feeds
  • No help to discover content. For example, can't browse by topic or look for feeds similar to feeds you already have.
  • Simple but uninspiring UI. Grey and green theme feels dated

2. Bloglovin

Website: Bloglovin

Devices available on: Web browser, iOS, Android

Launched 2007

For discovery, navigation is geared towards fashion, beauty, home decor and travel but don't let that fool you. It covers almost every topic you can think of

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Pros

  • UI is clean, has an instagram feel to it
  • Great for discovery new blogs and topics
  • Powerful search functionality - simple enter a search term or browse by tags
  • Create collections to organise posts and read later
  • Can follow tags, specific people or individual blogs
  • Can import blogs
  • Choose feeds post order - newest or oldest first
  • Suggestions offered based on blogs you're already following
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Cons

  • No option to export blogs list
  • Cannot add new rss feed
  • The frame for reading articles is clunky and hides 1/3 of the screen
  • Frame constantly shows popups about accepting privacy, even when you've clicked to accept it already. It's stuffed with links to other articles, which is very distracting when trying to read

3. Feeder

Website: Feeder

Devices available on: Web browser, iOS, Android

Overall great value, easy to use and navigate.

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Pros

  • Full text reader
  • Easy content discovery - browse by category
  • Additional features available on free tier include custom email to subscribe to newsletters, share feeds with your team, integrate with twitter to add twitter feeds
  • Add custom feeds
  • Filters such as read, unread,
  • Can sort feed by oldest / newest
  • Enable automatic updates (upgraded feature)
  • Customise view with themes and layouts
  • Create collections and folders to better organise
  • Can create RSS feeds from collections and folders
  • Granular control of notifications for each feed eg sound, desktop / iOS and android push notifications (email notifications are available on upgraded plan)
  • Import / export of feeds
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Cons

  • Ads displayed on free tier
  • Only 100 feeds a month can be followed on free plan

4. Feedly

Website: Feedly

Devices available on: Web browser, iOS, Android

Biggest on the market

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Pros

  • Can share feeds
  • Multiple layouts to choose from - for example choose from title only (shows title, popularity of article, how long ago it was published), magazine view (additionally includes thumbnail image) cards view (grid, includes author) or article view ( full text reading mode)
  • Can follow feeds based on interest
  • Subscribe to YouTube channels
  • Mark articles as read
  • Full text supported
  • Bookmark articles to read later
  • Create boards to organise articles by topic, project and more
  • Organise feeds using custom categories
  • Toggle between dark mode and light mode
  • Suggestions about new feeds to follow based on current feeds
  • Easy import of feeds
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Cons

  • Must upgrade for many of the more advanced features eg Feedly email addresses to sign up to newsletters, following twitter feeds, reddit feeds, google news feeds

5. Content Studio

Website: Content Studio

Devices available on: Web browser, iOS, Android

Launched in 2016, with 60k users. All in one tool for content curation, social media management and content planning. Recommended for professional use rather than personal use.

Sign up with facebook/twitter or email

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Pros

  • 14 free trial with no credit card required
  • Great onboarding, with video tutorial as soon as you login
  • Easy content discovery - discover content by searching a keyword or browsing through existing categories
  • Filter articles by number of shared, recency, language or country
  • Thorough and well written help docs to help you learn how to use the platform and answer any questions you have
  • Customise layout with grid or list view
  • Import feeds with OPML file
  • Add custom feeds - these feeds can be organised into collections
  • Beautiful, modern UI which is really easy to navigate
  • Integrates with Pocket so you can save articles to read later
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Cons

  • Some of the UI is missing data, for example twitter profiles images sometimes don't load
  • All the additional features are distractions if you're only looking for an RSS reader
  • Not many news sources for each topic. For example, the programming topic seemed to focus on bigger publications. There weren't many articles from personal tech blogs.
  • The full-text reader needs more development and refinement. It currents opens as a side drawer, and the layout and text of the article makes it difficult to read.

6. elink

Website: elink

Devices available on: Web browser

Content curation tool, aimed at professionals.

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Pros

  • Customize the layout by choosing from grid or list view for articles
  • Add custom RSS feeds
  • Keep organised by grouping feeds into folders
  • Includes full-text reader
  • Search by keyword or browse categories to discover new feeds
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Cons

  • Must upgrade to Pro plan (starting at $12 per month) to use RSS reader

7. Feedbin

Website: Feedbin

Devices available on: Web browser, iOS, Android

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Pros

  • Clean, uncluttered UI
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Cons

  • No free plan available. Paid plans start at $5 per month, although they do offer a 14 day trial

8. Flipboard

Website: Flipboard

Devices available on: Web browser, iOS, Android, Windows desktop app

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Pros

  • UI is very polished, feels like reading a magazine
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Cons

  • Easily discover articles, based on topics

9. FlowReader

Website: FlowReader

Devices available on: Web browser

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Pros

  • Subscribe to an unlimited number of blogs
  • Can connect with your social media accounts to see posts from the social accounts you're following
  • No ads
  • Pull to refresh feed with new articles
  • Good level of customisation available for UI
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Cons

  • No text reader available, only provides link to original article

10. Inoreader

Website: Inoreader

Devices available on: Web browser, iOS, Android

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Pros

  • Easily switch between day or night mode
  • Can create powerful automation rules - for example, send an email or push notification when events happen such as a new article being published
  • Import and export using OPML
  • Really easy to discover new content by topic and subscribe to feeds
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Cons

  • No option to create custom categories to organise your feeds

11. Netvibes

Website: Netvibes

Devices available on: Web browser

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Pros

  • Keyboard shortcuts for quick navigation
  • Set preferences for geographical sources
  • Supports multiple languages
  • Can easily customise UI with layouts, fonts and colours
  • Multiple themes to choose from, including dark mode
  • Import and export via OPML
  • Can add new feeds by entering a feed url or website url for autodetection - worked well, even when tested with relatively unknown sites
  • Built-in full-text reader
  • Create custom tabs to organise your feeds
  • Save articles to read later
  • Multiple layout options including list view, expanded or mosaic
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Cons

  • Some of the filter options are confusing eg 'Slow' filter?

12. Panda

Website: Panda

Devices available on: Web browser

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Pros

  • Multiple layouts to choose from
  • Supports dark mode
  • Visually stunning
  • No login required to try it
  • Hundreds of feeds already added so you can start reading straight away
  • Easy to discover new feeds by browsing categories
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Cons

  • Cannot add a new source unless you know the rss url for the website. No autodetection available.

13. The Old Reader

Website: The Old Reader

Devices available on: Web browser, iOS, Android, Mac desktop app

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Pros

  • Import and export via OPML
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Cons

  • Can only follow 100 sites on free plan

14. Feedspot

Website: Feedspot

Devices available on: Web browser

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Pros

  • There are a range of topics you can follow with a single click
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Cons

  • Not many options to customize UI

15. Newsblur

Website: Newsblur

Devices available on: Web browser, iOS, Android

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Pros

  • Range of keyboard shortcuts for faster navigation
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Cons

  • It's not possible to keep unread articles for longer than 14 days unless you upgrade

16. mailbrew

Website: mailbrew

Devices available on: Web browser

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Pros

  • Beautiful design, the UI is a joy to use
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Cons

  • No free plan, pricing starts at $8 with a free trial available