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best rss reader apps

Best RSS Reader Apps to Stay Up-To-Date on the News

Keeping up with your favorite news sites can be difficult. Fortunately, the best RSS reader apps make it easy to stay on top of the news you like.

Feedly - Get Smarter

When you want a clean and sleek RSS reader

Feedly - Get Smarter

See what's hot today

For anyone who wants a complete Google Reader replacement and doesn't want to use another app.

Feedly excels on the iPhone, as its mix of a clean layout with photos and just enough text is perfect for reading news on the smaller screen. Although Feedly is mainly a service focused on replacing Google Reader for those who miss Google's solution, Feedly functions perfectly well as a standalone app, as it includes a selection of feeds to browse as well as the ability to add your own. The swiping and tapping interface allows for one-handed use and quick scrolling through top news. The only issue with Feedly is that it only caches and formats the portion of the article it gets from an RSS feed, which means that many long articles can only be read in a web view.

Why we love it

Feedly is the service that many of us went to after Google Reader's demise, and the app works very well. It comes packed with useful features and is not too shabby in terms of looks either. Feedly as a service also integrates with many other apps, so there is a ton of options available to you if you choose to go with Feedly as a service.

Newsify: Your News, Blog & RSS Feed Reader

Get ready for a polished and customizable RSS reader experience

Newsify: Your News, Blog & RSS Feed Reader

Night and day

For those who want an RSS app that works with multiple syncing services and can be customized.

Newsify is one of the most polished and widely appealing RSS apps available. Newsify is particularly notable for being exceptionally malleable— the app can display feeds as a Flipboard-style magazine or an old school Google Reader style list. In fact, Newsify offers users as much or as little control over the app's behavior as they want. The developers also continually update the app to correct even minor bugs and add features. If you're looking for a slick app for staying on top of your favorite news sources and blogs, then Newsify is a great, solid choice.

Why we love it

We love Newsify because it has a gorgeous design that is easy to navigate. Being able to have your favorite articles shown as a digital magazine or a traditional article list view is great in terms of customization, and everything loads up fast.

NewsBlur

Stay current in the world of news with this trusted service and app

NewsBlur

A utilitarian approach

For those who want a reliable RSS service and a fantastic, feature-packed app.

NewsBlur is a full-featured RSS service and an app. Once you create an account with NewsBlur, you can add or import (and then follow) up to 64 feeds for free, or an unlimited number of feeds for $2 a month or $24 a year. Although a paid account offers advantages in feed caching speed, a free account is perfectly usable and has a solid feature set that is liked by professional news organizations, editors, and even individual readers. The app is more utilitarian than flashy, but it is a great option for reading your RSS feeds. If you are looking for a functional RSS app and don't care about looks, then NewsBlur is an app that you should be checking out for yourself.

Why we love it

Keeping up with RSS can be a job on its own sometimes, but NewsBlur is a powerful and efficient app that makes it easy to stay on top of it. While it may not be the prettiest app around, it packs quite a punch in terms of reliability and functionality.

Reeder 3

The friendly RSS reader that is by no means lacking in features

Reeder 3

Browse feeds from multiple accounts

For the news reader who wants more than a basic experience, but nothing overly complicated.

With so many different blogs to subscribe to and keep up with, it's nice to have a place where you can conveniently and effortlessly keep up with subject matter of interest for you. RSS readers are a good way to do this, allowing you to subscribe to virtually any blog, keep up with what you have and haven't read, and read articles using a clean interface. Plus, it's extra convenient when you can see a combined feed of all or multiple websites you subscribe to. On iOS, Reeder is one of our favorites for accomplishing this, whether by linking an RSS syncing service or subscribing to feeds locally on your device. Known for having an appealing personality, simple and elegant user interface, and no lack of features, it's no wonder that this app has stuck around on many iPhones after years (3 full versions to be exact) of updates.

Why we love it

For those who enjoy (or need) to stay on top of feeds for virtually any website, Reeder is a solid option on iOS for its friendly interface and abundance of syncing and sharing features.

Slow Feeds

This app makes sure you don't miss those low volume blogs

Slow Feeds

Premium and zen

For anyone who gets overwhelmed with RSS feeds in a traditional news reader app.

Slow Feeds is a completely different take on the traditional RSS news reader. Just import your existing RSS service account into Slow Feeds (such as Feedly, NewsBlur, Feed Wrangler, and more) and the app singles out all of your low-volume feeds so that you can not miss them in the typical daily river of breaking news. This makes it possible to keep up with those blogs that perhaps do a post once a month or so. The interface of Slow Feeds is elegant and simple, so it is a pleasure to read in. If you opt for the full version of Slow Feeds, then you get full access to all features, such as high-volume feeds, starred items, hot links, and more. In a world of sites that post dozens of articles a day, sometimes it's nice to just slow down and relax with qualtiy over quantity.

Why we love it

Slow Feeds is a simple and clean app that makes it possible to make sure that you don't miss those low volume blogs in your RSS feeds.

Feed Wrangler

A quick and painless way to get through your news feeds

Feed Wrangler

Simple but powerful

For anyone who wants a premium RSS syncing service that comes with a minimalistic app.

Feed Wrangler is a premium RSS service that provides users with a fast and efficient way to get through your news feeds. The app itself is minimalistic and fast, but the magic behind Feed Wrangler is the fact that it's a service that can be integrated with other apps. Some of Feed Wrangler's features include Smart Streams, which are personalized news feeds based on your subscribed feeds, powerful text search through any article, deep integrations with read-it-later services like Pocket and Instapaper, and more. Plus, since Feed Wrangler is a subscription-based service, your money is going towards keeping the service afloat, which is not guaranteed with free services like Feedly. If you're looking for a simple yet powerful RSS syncing service, then Feed Wrangler is worth checking out.

Why we love it

Feed Wrangler is a powerful service and the app itself is simple, fast, and easy to use.