10 Top Men’s Magazine Sites That Are Available Online for Free

online mag intro   10 Top Men’s Magazine Sites That Are Available Online for FreeThe magazine market is shrinking. Figures even suggest that the men’s magazine market is shrinking along with it. Heck, some claim (especially, women) that the breed of men are themselves in danger. All of this may be true – especially the first two – but media evolves every day. Your corner newsstand may not look the same anymore as long-standing magazines shut shop or shift over to the online world.

But the fact of the matter is, people including men still do read. Let it be on the web or on tablets. Here are the top ten men’s magazine websites you can catch online for free. Or at least, a substantial portion of their content. There is a lot to choose from as popular names have gone for a digital makeover. The paper magazine may offer more as you hold it between your hands, but their digital counterparts too offer a lot in the may of multimedia and downloads.

Maxim

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Let’s start with a bit of drool. The digital edition of Maxim has enough drool worthy ‘news’ bytes to keep you happily occupied. Apart from the very obvious, Maxim also casts a side glance at the other things we men love – sports, gadgets, upkeep (lifestyle), vices (travel, food, gambling etc.), tough sh#&t (manly feats), and funny. Each section has its own sub-channel. So, along with photos of hot girls you also have a combat account of a U.S. Navy SEAL in Afghanistan. All packaged together make Maxim one of the world’s topmost men’s magazines. Maxim leads in the U.S. and also has country specific editions. The digital version of Maxim has articles that are not usually featured in the print mag, but are around the same topics.

FHM

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For Him Magazine (now, simply FHM) is a monthly lifestyle magazine for men which started its life in the U.K. As is the nature of things, some of the sections are definitely NSFW. It’s a bit more explicit that Maxim. Similar to Maxim, FHM also has country specific editions both for print and online (in 23 languages and in over 30 countries). The web version has a gaming section with online games like poker and casino.

Esquire

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Esquire started its publishing run in 1932 as a men’s magazine in the U.S. Style, manners, money, culture, and cuisine is covered along with politics. Esquire has 17 international editions with varied local flavors. As a man, you can call yourself well-rounded if you can jump from The Politics Blog to the Style blog, and then hop across to read up on Food and Drinks. In each section you can catch the directory which is a selection of popular articles published in recent times. Don’t forget to catch Esquire’s very own Sexiest Woman Alive annual list which is mix n’ match list from around the world.

GQ

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This one too features a section on babes. How could a men’s magazine not? But then it features style, cars, technology, lifestyle, culture, sports and fitness too. To round it all off theirs a section on breaking news and politics with an offbeat look at men who make it happen. The magazine and its online avatar have a heavy focus on style (Read – The Style Guy). If you can afford to buy the snazzy high-end suits and gizmos, then this online men’s magazine is a definite read. But GQ also has enough cultural commentary to keep you interested about the other things in life.

Men’s Health

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Fitness, nutrition, weight loss, and in general healthy lifestyle tips are for the man who wants to be in control of his life. So, there are sections on grooming and relationships too. You can subscribe to the four newsletters (like the Daily Dose newsletter) to get the health tidbits in your inbox. Men’s Health also has a well-populated forum where you can join in. if you are really fastidious about what you eat, check out the Eat This, Not That section for the best and worst of food.

Men’s Journal

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If you love the outdoors and have a sense of adventure, then grab the issues. Alternatively, you can head to this men’s magazine site and read up some of the content for free. There are features on travel and adventure gear, an outdoor gear store, photo galleries, and a section on the mind/body. This men’s magazine is for the active man.

Wired

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A little bit of geekiness is almost essential for the 21st century male. Wired is the place for you if you want to be on the cutting edge of technology. Wired is neatly organized into sections, each specific to a certain mainstream geek culture. For instance, you can head to the GeekDad blog is about parenting while surrounded by technology. It was ranked a couple of years back as one of the top 25 blogs by Time. Product reviews and the How-To Wiki are also must reads.

Popular Mechanics

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Popular Mechanics could be the man’s bible for knowing how everything around us works. If you are of the inquisitive kind, head here. You get everything from how to hang a picture frame to how to build a bomb shelter explained in detail. And it’s not boring at all. Popular Mechanics has a rich history (first published in 1902), and one can easily say that it is definitely one of the best magazines (or website) in the world.

You can read past issues going back to 1905 on Google Books.

Golf Digest

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It is the number 1 golf magazine and the online website is pretty good too where you can read up on instructional tips and techniques, look at equipment hotlists, check out pictorial spreads of courses, and get the latest from the tours. There’s a very nice video section too for a multimedia look at things like a pro’s swing to the best courses to play on.

Smart Money

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Forbes.com is the one which comes to mind when one thinks about a magazine on business. Smart Money is another leading publication that is not exclusively for men. It is described as a magazine for the man on the lookout for personal finance information. From an inside look at the markets, you have regular features on nurturing your wealth. Financial glossaries and how-to guides ensure that you won’t be more confused about the economy than you already are.

The official online websites differ in some details from their print counterparts of course. You have more premium content in the magazines. But then, you have multimedia tools and resources in the online versions. Plus, the major slice of the content is free in the online version of these men’s magazines. Tell us which one you prefer.

Don’t be put off if you don’t see Playboy and others of its ilk. I have gone for a less risqué line-up and a mish-mash of subjects. It’s difficult to please everyone, so if you are frothing at the corners on not having your favorite mag on the list, do chaff away in the comments. We may have missed some, but don’t miss these previous testosterone inducing posts:

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Peter Pan

My favorite site is Wired.com

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Nigel

“Heck, some claim (especially, women) that the breed of men are themselves in danger”

This article starts with a false and misandric statement. If men didn’t invent the countless things you take for granted such as your computer, electricity, and didn’t do all essential jobs to keep society going, you would be living in a cave. Shame on the author Saikat Basu.

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Mark O’Neill

“if men….didn’t do all essential jobs to keep society going”

That is rather a blatant chauvinistic statement! Don’t women also do essential jobs to keep society going?

As a big example, look at all the female presidents, chancellors and prime ministers. All the businesswomen as well. My female best friend is a senior fire officer who goes out and fights fires every day. Is that not essential?

I think you’ll find we are living in the 21st century and not in the 19th!

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Jessica Emily

I totally agree. Women are slowly taking over the occupation sectors which were male dominated a few decades ago and less and less men are the breadwinners of a lot of families now. Its a change in the times and some men don’t want to accept it!

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Saikat Basu

I can tell you unequivocally Jessica that the wise ones among us do accept it :) Here in my country (India) it is far more important because an empowered woman creates an empowered family, so she positively affects the generations that will follow her.

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Jessica Emily

Some British men are still quite arrogant to the shifts unfortunately. Some linguists even beleive the ‘lads mags’ mens magazines are a desperate attempts to try to uphold sexist and patriachal views of the past and are a backlash against feminism. I think as these old timers drift away, we’ll have a equal and stable view on social positions being individually based, rather than gender based.

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Saikat

Nigel, as the author of the post let me tell you that the argument on men versus women is as old as Adam and Eve. It has been debated on town squares, television, media, films, stand-up comedy acts and even our dinner tables, Nobody is looking for a result here and there hopefully will be none. The statement in the article was a light-hearted one. One I hope you will take with humor.

By the way did you know that if it weren’t for a woman we wouldn’t be safe driving on the road ((Mary Anderson). Or we wouldn’t even know what a cell phone is (Hedy Lamarr)? And that contribution by two remarkable women is the veritable tip of the Antarctic iceberg. In fact, come to think of it, we wouldn’t even be here to argue on this.

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Kyem Ghosh

I love ‘Propular Mechanics’. Its pretty cool… i find it as a good alternative against Electronics for You (India)….

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Saikat

Try reading the really old editions on Google. It’s interesting because “looking forward” from the past we can clearly see the enormous leap of technology, and also how fantasy tech became reality in short time.

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Kyem Ghosh

Will do so!! Thanx a lot for suggesting bro… Really technology is the only fantasy which turns to a reality… I js wonder about the brains of human beings of how it is designed, which is capable of doing almost anything!!!!

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Garey Boone

computerpoweruser.com has a pretty cool free online mag and you can sign up for the print edition for free as well.

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Saikat

Garey, thanks for the link. It is focused on hardware but for a tech enthusiast like me, it is a good read.

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syed asghar

My favourite site is books.google.com

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jimmy

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Dan Cassidy

This is a great list of some of the largest traditional men’s lifestyle sites, thanks for putting it together Saikat. Before launching Inspiyr.com, we saw that men wanted content that wasn’t just entertaining, but would help them improve their life while making the world a better place. Check us out at http://www.inspiyr.com and let us know what you think.

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Saikat

Thanks Dan, I liked what I read so far. It is filled with positivity…one of favorite themes. You don’t seem to have a dedicated RSS button though?

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Dan Cassidy

Our dev team has been making changes to the site and pulled it down for a while, but it’s live again now. Thanks for subscribing, and for the feedback Saikat…

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James

Another good Mens magazine is Swagger Magazine. Its a little like GQ and a little like Maxim http://www.swaggermagazine.com

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Saikat Basu

Looks cool. Thanks for the recommendation.

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maha laksmi

very well written. thanks for the article which is very good.

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Next Luxury

Add http://www.nextluxury.com to that list, it’s a new online men’s magazine.

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Jerry

Already hooked on eight of this top ten list, Next Luxury looked pretty nice, looking forward to seeing what you do with it. I would also recommend checking out http://www.MensPerception.com

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Rick

I enjoyed your list. Those are all kind of wimpy magazines. No offense intended. But I prefer something a little more edgy like Real Man Magazine. http://realmanmag.com.

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Imya Last

Thank’s for sharing