As we just said, Feedly has been having a rough couple of days
because of two separate waves of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that have taken down Feedly cloud, and all of the apps that rely on it. With that in mind, it seemed appropriate to do a roundup of the other RSS reader services that are available for any of you hardcore news junkies.
To be clear, this is not a list of all the best options for gathering news. We already covered many of those options
back when Google Reader was first sent off into the sunset. We know that some of you like to use social media for news gathering, or a news aggregator app like Flipboard, Google Play Newsstand, Pulse, or Taptu. Those services are great at what they do, but they aren't really replacements for a proper RSS reader, if your needs require it. Social media is great at giving you the highlights, and apps like Flipboard are great for the reading experience, but a proper RSS reader gives you full control over the content, and makes sure that you never miss anything, or have old news resurface on you. That's why we tend to love our RSS readers in this business, and still use them primarily.
With that in mind, here are the best RSS readers to use (especially if Feedly continues to have issues), starting with the free options, and moving on to the paid options (hint, the best of the best is a paid option).
Best RSS Readers
Best RSS Readers
1. Digg Reader
Digg Reader is not the best option, but it is the best option aside from Feedly that is completely free right now. Digg Reader is missing some power user features, and doesn't have the prettiest design. But, if you need a free RSS reader that can do the basics that you need, this is the best option.
Download: Digg (Android
Up next is NewsBlur. Once again, the app doesn't have the prettiest design, but NewsBlur makes up for it with great performance and features. NewsBlur offers all of the features you might expect, but it goes beyond with its "intelligent learning". This allows you to go through your feeds and choose your favorite authors or tags from each feed to be promoted up, or hide away tags or authors you don't like as much.
NewsBlur also has the most generous free option out of all the paid services. For free, you can follow 64 sites with nested folders, the intelligent filtering, and an option to share your favorite stories to your own "blurblog" which others can follow. The one annoyance is that you don't get the "River of News" feature, which allows you to read all sites in a folder, you have to go through site by site. However, for just $2 per month ($24 per year) you get the River of News feature, unlimited sites, privacy options on your blurblog, and sites updated 10x more often.
Download: NewsBlur (Android
3. Feed Wrangler
Feed Wrangler is arguably the best of the bunch, if you're going to be paying for a feed reader. It costs just $19 per year, which is the cheapest option around, and that price gets you all of the usual features, plus full search, filtering, and Smart Streams. Smart Streams are the real star here, because they are something of an evolution of the folder. You can create streams with various feeds that you choose, and each feed can be in multiple streams with the read state of items synced across streams. You can also create streams based on topics or keywords, if you want more granular control over what news you see.
Feed Wrangler does have a free reader app and a free podcasting app for iOS users who subscribe to the service, unfortunately there is no official Android app. But, the good news is that Feed Wrangler offers a solid API, so you can also use popular reader apps like Reeder (iOS) or Press (Android) to get your news.
Download: Feed Wrangler (iOS
Now, we're into paid territory, although Feedbin does give you a two week trial. After that, it would cost you $30 per year or $3 per month, if you don't want the yearly commitment. Feedbin is fairly minimalist on the surface, but has some nice features under-the-hood. The design is clean, intuitive, and sites load very fast.
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5. Reeder 2
If you've chosen Feed Wrangler or Feedbin as your service of choice, you may also want to invest in a nice reader app to go along with your service. As mentioned, Feed Wrangler does have a free iOS app, but the best option aside from that is Reeder 2. But, Reeder 2 can also be your iOS reader app of choice if you use Feedbin, Feedly, Fever, or even just Readability. It will set you back $4.99, but if you've already invested in an RSS service, that's not such a bad option.
Download: Reeder 2 (iOS
If you're on Android, the best option for a paid reader is Press, which is an app that we have covered before. Like Reeder, Press can be your app of choice on Android if you use Feedly, Feedbin, Feed Wrangler, or Fever. It has a beautiful design and intuitive gesture navigation, and it will only set you back $2.99.
Download: Press (Android