So you’ve got your business email addresses running, but you wonder what are the best mail apps to use them on?
Well, stop searching and get yourself comfy. In this post we have selected for you what we think are the top 7 best mail apps in the galaxy as of 2022. Let’s bring the big guns!
1. Gmail: King of the Free World
Platforms: Web | Android | iOS
Pretty sure you’ve heard about that one already. Gmail is not just one of the most used mail app, it’s also continuously one of the best.
Of course, most people use it with their @gmail.com address. But Gmail actually supports external addresses as well. You can use it with any email address really. To see how, have a look at our post How to Use Your Domain Email Address on Free Gmail.
Gmail exists either as a webmail on any browser, or as mobile apps on iOS and Android. Both versions are excellent and extremely responsive.
The web version allows a lot of personalization, intelligently classifies emails into pre-made categories, has a never equaled email writing popover, a powerful email reading interface, an efficient search bar, and a super strong spam protection.
The mobile versions retain most of these qualities while keeping clean, fast, and easy to use.
Since Gmail is available on any web browser, virtually any device can use it. And best of all: it’s completely free! You simply can’t go wrong with Gmail.
2. Spark: Rising Star
Platforms: Web (coming soon) | Windows (coming soon) | macOS | Android | iOS
Spark is a fantastic mail app currently only available on macOS, Android, and iOS. A web and a Windows version have been in the works for a while now and are said to be coming soon.
The app is incredibly straightforward and easy to use. Its user interface is both clean and fluid.
One of the cornerstones of Spark is team features, with abilities like sharing inboxes, drafts, conversations, and so on. This is obviously great for teams, but even ignoring these features Spark is still one of the best mail apps out there.
Another neat feature is the switch between “classic” and “smart” inbox, the latter being a mode in which your emails get automatically sorted by type and importance (newsletters, notifications, …).
Last but not least, Spark comes in a free version covering most people needs, including a temporary storage limit of 5GB. Paid plans provide higher temporary storages and better team features, including team roles and control.
All of this goodness reflects very well in the app excellent ratings, with 4.5+/5 stars over 70k reviews on both the Play Store and the App Store.
If you’re not sure which app to use, Spark won’t disappoint.
3. Canary Mail: Impressive New Comer
Platforms: Windows | macOS | Android | iOS
Canary Mail is a more recent contender having both a very sleek look and advanced email features, not to mention a responsive app.
It is quickly obvious from its features that Canary Mail is extremely serious with security, and strives to give users as much power as possible over their mailbox.
Some of its notable feats are: email receipts, snooze option, easy unsubscribe, sent emails expiry and revocation, newsletter management, phishing protection, and email encryption (including PGP encryption).
All this while complying with multiple contingent standards like HIPAA and GDPR. Impressive!
Importantly, Canary Mail is available on all devices, though not on the web. And the app exists in a free version, which unfortunately doesn’t include PGP, but is otherwise not much limited.
4. Edison Mail: Solid Bet
Platforms: macOS | Android | iOS
Edison Mail is a popular mail client, with 4.5/5 stars over more than 150k reviews on the Play Store, and 70k on the App Store.
Here again the presentation is clean and straightforward, you won’t get lost. The design is neat and the app is very responsive.
Edison Mail focuses on emails presentation, outlining important information like flight schedule and order delivery, while keeping the inbox clean with things like suggested unsubscribes.
The base app is free and doesn’t have any limitation per say, which is very welcome. However, it’s possible to upgrade the app to Edison Mail+ to access more features such as advanced spam filtering or the interesting LinkedIn email discovery tool.
5. eM Client: Familiar but Modern
Platforms: Windows | macOS
eM Client is what many are looking for: a familiar yet modern email client.
The app has a pretty standard but well organized layout, similar in part to Gmail. While not revolutionary, the design is definitely modern.
With eM Client, everything is very clear from the get go. You’ll instantly be comfortable with that app, no learning curve needed.
All the basic features you can expect are there (contacts, calendar, …), and some more (notes, chat, mass mailing, …).
Not everything is available in the free version though, which is also limited to two email addresses only. The pricing model is appreciable though, with a one-time payment for unlimited usage, instead of the more common per address cost. Well played!
Unfortunately eM Client is not available on mobile devices or on the web. You can only enjoy it on Windows and macOS.
6. BlueMail: Well-Established Contender
Platforms: Windows | macOS | Linux | Android | iOS
BlueMail is one of the largest “alternative” mail app out there (i.e. not Gmail, Outlook or Thunderbird).
It started back in 2013 and has since grown to a large user base. Its reviews are numerous and usually excellent, with for instance 4.5/5 stars over ~700k reviews on the Play Store.
BlueMail often boasts its user interface. However, while decent, that’s not its best feature in our opinion. The best one is that it runs on every devices.
There is a BlueMail app for Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, and even Linux (rare enough to note). This is no small feat, and means pretty much anybody can use BlueMail.
Another big win is that BlueMail has a fully fledged free version including all the basics (calendar, contacts, …). The paid versions are more targeted to corporate needs like policy control and integrated video conferencing.
7. Spike: Email Like You Chat
Platforms: Web | Windows | macOS | Android | iOS
Spike is another outsider rapidly rising, with a bold approach: make emails look like chat.
The app definitely succeeds in that goal, sporting a minimalist look, with a clean and lightweight interface.
Many people appreciate the app’s modern style and share their experience in nice reviews, with the app showing a strong 4/5 stars over 10k reviews on the Play Store alone.
Another interesting focus of the service is on group conversations and team chat, complete with tools like notes and tasks.
Spike offers a free plan for 2 email addresses and 1GB in notes and tasks, more than enough for most.
Some of the most famous email clients, such as Outlook, or other popular apps did not make the list. We want to outline a few of them here and explain why.
Platforms: Windows | macOS | Linux | Android | iOS
No much need to present Outlook. One of the earliest mail client on Windows, it has evolved over the years to a more modern app on all major platforms excluding Linux.
The Android and iOS apps each have multiple millions of reviews, with an overall score of 4.5+/5 stars.
Despite this popularity and the undeniable quality of the app, in our experience Outlook has been plagued with a lot of bugs and issues often damaging the user experience with many frustrations.
Granted, things tend to go in the right direction, but the evolution is painfully slow, and contacting Microsoft to get answers is incredibly difficult if not impossible.
For those reasons, we chose to no include Outlook. That’s our position, but if that app fits you well, no need to change!
Platforms: Windows | macOS | Linux
One of the first free and solid alternative to Outlook back in the days, Thunderbird is still one of the most known email client, with a large community to support its development.
Thunderbird works well, has a ton of plugins, and is available on Windows, Mac and Linux.
While there is nothing wrong with it per say, the lack of mobile apps and the somewhat dated user interface in comparison to newer products lead us to exclude it from our list. Still a solid app for old-fashioned desktop use though!
Aqua Mail is a mail client with a good track record of user satisfaction (4/5 stars with 150k reviews on the Play Store), a rich set of features, and a decent free version.
Unfortunately it is only available on Android, and therefore only classifies as an honorable mention in our list.
You may have heard of Mailbird, a neat mail client with excellent look customization options.
Two major flaws prevent it from being ranked in our top though: it is only available on Windows, and there is no free version.
Platforms: Web | macOS | Android | iOS
Clean Email is a bit special. It’s a great app to clean your inbox, as its name suggests.
However we cannot really classify it as an email client since you cannot send emails with it. The free version is also limited to moving/renaming/deleting 1000 emails only.
What Do You Think
What do you think of this top list of the best email clients? Do you disagree with it? Would you have included other apps? What app are you using? Let us know!
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