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RSS may not be the most popular way Is RSS Dead? A Look At The Numbers Is RSS Dead? A Look At The Numbers RSS isn't dead: millions of people still use it. Let's look at a few numbers. Read More to get updates from your favorite sites anymore, but a lot of people, including myself, still use it regularly to quickly peruse and read a lot of information.

The iPad is a great platform for catching up on your online reading, but there are lots of apps out there that do the same job — so how do you know which one is the best? I saved you the time of looking through them all by trying them out myself. Here’s what I found.

Still confused about what RSS is and how it can improve your online reading? We have an article about that already What Is RSS and How Can It Improve Your Life? What Is RSS and How Can It Improve Your Life? Read More .

Feedly (free)

Being the app I have the most experience with, I’ll start with Feedly. By capitalizing on the downfall of Google Reader RIP Google Reader: Google's RSS Reader Will Shut Down On July 1st [Updates] RIP Google Reader: Google's RSS Reader Will Shut Down On July 1st [Updates] Google Reader, Google's popular RSS application, will be shut down on July 1 of this year. The company has revealed the news in a blog post that spells the end for another batch of Google... Read More , Feedly quickly catapulted to the upper echelons of the RSS reader scene on pretty much every platform; we even published an entire Feedly guide Unofficial Guide To Feedly: Better Than Google Reader Unofficial Guide To Feedly: Better Than Google Reader Do you hunger for the best desktop and mobile RSS reader ever made? For both the hungry and the hopeful, Feedly satisfies. Read More . It’s a fairly simple, somewhat customizable reader that just works well.


The iPad app is no exception. With day and night themes and three different fonts, it doesn’t offer an exhaustive variety of options like other readers do, but I’ve never felt like I’ve been missing out, either. The different view options let you see large images in a card or magazine style, small images in a list format, or just titles so you can scan through quickly.

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Managing your subscriptions is easy with Feedly’s intuitive system, and it integrates with a variety of different apps, from Facebook and Twitter to Evernote and read-it-later services 9 Tools To Save What You Read On The Web For Later 9 Tools To Save What You Read On The Web For Later Have you ever gone back searching the Internet for something you read and just couldn’t find it? I think we all have – it’s quite frustrating. The problem comes when we don’t take the time... Read More like Instapaper and Pocket.


One of the biggest advantages of Feedly is that it’s totally free. You can read as many articles as you want, share as many articles as you want, and you don’t have to pay for a premium subscription or watch any ads. That alone is enough to put Feedly very high on this list.

Reeder 3 ($4.99)

Reeder is a big name in the iPad RSS game — it’s on the Apple Essentials list, and it’s earned that spot by providing a premium reading experience. You can import your feeds from a wide variety of different accounts, including Feedly, FeedBin, Feed Wrangler, Readability, Instapaper, and many more. It can also serve as a standalone RSS reader that doesn’t sync with any of these services.


The interface is relatively uncluttered, and trades large feed names for small icons next to each feed, which is nice when you want to scroll through and get an idea of what you’ve missed on your various different feeds.


Reeder feels a bit more responsive than other apps, which is nice, though it doesn’t seem to pull in images and videos quite as well. There are five different black-and-white themes, two font sizes, and seven font styles, making this more customizable than Feedly, but not quite as much as some others.


Overall, Reeder doesn’t feel very remarkable — it pulls in your feeds and stays out of your way while you read them. It’s relatively uncluttered, opts to go with black-and-white colors almost everywhere, and works quickly. Its unremarkability is actually one of its greatest assets. The $5 price tag might be difficult to justify against Feedly’s free app, but if you use a wide variety of feed aggregators, it could be worth it.

Unread (free trial, $4.99)

Of all the apps I tested, I was most surprised by this one, and it might be the one that I stick with. It has one of the cleanest and most pleasing interfaces, with plenty of white space, bold black titles, and brightly colored feed names. You can choose to show thumbnails, which don’t add much clutter. Of all of the options, it’s definitely my favorite list interface.


Article views are similarly great; plenty of white space, nice fonts, and a tri-color scheme make it easy on the eyes. You can’t skim quickly through as many titles as you would in Feedly or Reeder, which may influence how you feel about Unread. You can double-tap to mark an item as read, which doesn’t feel quite as fast as Feedly’s left-swipe, but works just as well. You also need two taps to add the article to Pocket or Instapaper, instead of one.


Navigation is made easy by using swiping gestures to access menus and go back to the previous screen, and the menus are easy to use, too. There are seven themes available, and they provide a lot more variety than Reeder’s themes (personally, I like them a lot). However, there’s no local RSS reader, and no ability to add content, so you’ll need to manage your feeds through another app, like Fever or Newsblur (or, of course, Feedly).


Overall, it’s a really nice-looking app, and will work well for people who read through all of the articles in their feeds or don’t skip around too much. Its focus definitely lies on reading, and not on managing. Also, it’s free to try — the first 50 articles and 3 articles per day after that are free — and then you’ll need to pay $5 to unlock it (or $4 if you’re unemployed, a senior or a veteran).

Ziner (free trial, $3)

If you like a magazine-style interface, you’ll like Ziner’s focus on big graphics and bold text. Three themes, as well as the ability to auto-select the theme, allow you to customize the brightness, but there are only two font options to choose from at present. No local feed manager means you’ll need to use Feedly, FeedWrangler, or Feedbin to manage your feeds.


There really isn’t a whole lot to say about Ziner, other than that it has a nice magazine-like display in the list view. It’s simple, doesn’t feel bogged down with extraneous UI or sharing features, and seems to work well. It’s not great with images in posts, though. If you’re looking for simplicity, and Feedly doesn’t appeal to you, Ziner could be a good option to consider.


The only drawback is that its freedom from advertising is only temporary; after five days, you’ll start seeing adverts until you pay $3 to upgrade to the premium version.

Feeddler RSS (free with ads, $5)

Feeddler’s default text-only interface lets you flip through a lot of stories really quickly, and will appeal to readers who don’t like images, icons, or colors getting in their way. The minimal design looks a lot like some native iOS apps, so if you like that style, this could be a good choice.


With a number of supported feed aggregators (including AOL Reader, BazQux Reader, InoReader, and The Old Reader, which don’t see much support elsewhere), you can pull in your feeds and manage them directly from the app, which is a nice feature. Night mode is good for reading before bed Get a Good Night's Sleep by Filtering Your Phone's Blue Light Get a Good Night's Sleep by Filtering Your Phone's Blue Light Your phone's screen is keeping you awake. Don't let it. These apps will help you rest well. Read More , though options for customizing the list and article views are very sparse: you can change the size of the list view font, and that’s it.


All in all, Feeddler doesn’t have many features, though its very compact design may be appealing. It also displays banner ads across the bottom of the screen unless you upgrade to the pro version for $5.

The Rest

Of all of the RSS readers that I tested, these five are the best. All of the others had some sort of difficulty or annoyance that relegated them down to this section. Newsify, for example, seemed a little buggy, as article titles and snippets disappeared after I used it for a couple minutes. Its nine fonts were nice, but not if you couldn’t see them on the list view.

xFeed lets you to look through its featured feeds to add them to your account, but the feeds included were really strange; GWAR was one of the four feeds listed in the Art section. Don’t get me wrong; I’m a fan of GWAR, but in the art section? If you aren’t familiar with GWAR, you’re missing out. Check out the video below and decide for yourself if it belongs in the Art category.

IMPR was bad at pulling in feeds; when I told it to get the news from, it pulled in the entire site, so their “Reviews” and “Community” were displayed in my RSS feed. Flipboard is a cool idea Supercharge Your Online Reading With The New Flipboard Supercharge Your Online Reading With The New Flipboard The third generation of Flipboard comes with a brand new design – and the claim to be called the world’s best personal magazine. Read More , but it’s a pain to manage your feeds on the iPad app (and even online). AirSS included pop-over ads that took up the entire screen, so that got tossed out immediately.


Unread and Feedly top the list, with Unread giving the best reading experience and Feedly being fastest for browsing and managing. The best way to decide on which iPad RSS reader to use is to try a couple out; the images above don’t do justice to the apps, because their advantages and disadvantages lie in how you interact with the app.

Of course, there may be other great RSS readers out there that I haven’t found yet. Which apps do you use to read and manage your RSS feeds? Or do you prefer another solution, like using Evernote as an RSS reader Turn Evernote Into An RSS Reader In A Few Easy Steps Turn Evernote Into An RSS Reader In A Few Easy Steps Evernote's flexibility allows the service to be used in a wide variety of ways. Let's see how you can turn Evernote into an RSS reader using a few simple IFTTT recipes. Read More ? Share your favorites below so we can check them out!

  1. Vishal Shah
    February 16, 2016 at 7:47 am
  2. Ahmed Elnayal
    February 13, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Mr.Reader made in Germany, the best

  3. Stephen Dedalus
    February 12, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Inoreader is the best. It has night mode to avoid eye strain, and you can save favorites or you can save webpages from any browser, like a bookmark, and it is totally free.

    • Dann Albright
      February 12, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      Those are all great features. Have you tried any others? What made Inoreader stand out over other free apps, like Feedly?

  4. Scott
    February 12, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    I agree with the rest. Mr. Reader is the best. I've tried all of the ones mentioned and have always gone back to Mr. Reader. How did it not even get mentioned?

    • Dann Albright
      February 12, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      To be honest, I totally overlooked it. It didn't come up when I was searching for good RSS apps for the iPad, and I didn't see it when I was exploring the App Store looking for options. Obviously it's a crowd favorite, though, so it's definitely worth checking out!

  5. az raja
    February 12, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    I use inoreader, it's by far the best

    • Dann Albright
      February 12, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      Looks like it could be a good option; what do you like about it?

  6. Nobruca
    February 12, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    I use Aol Reader.

    • Dann Albright
      February 12, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      What do you like about it? I don't know much about that one.

      • Nobruca
        February 13, 2016 at 2:32 am

        For example,

        - It looks a lot like Google Reader, but with a more polished interface and display and reading options;
        - It's available in many languages;
        - It has an iOS app (the Android version is on the making) and a web interface;
        - It has an API (some apps like Mr. Reader and Feedly are compatible);

        It still has some instabilities (like showing old posts or not counting correctly new posts), but it really meets my needs.

        • Dann Albright
          February 17, 2016 at 4:10 am

          Interesting! There doesn't seem to be much support for AOL Reader here, but it sounds like it does what you need it to do. If you're a fan of Google Reader (which I certainly was), I can see how an app with a similar interface would appeal to you.

          Thanks for the taking the time to respond!

  7. Andre
    February 12, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    I love that it's accessible and in sync on my iPad, phone, and web browsers.

    If it only exists on one device, then it's worthless.

    • Dann Albright
      February 12, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      I totally agree; the cross-platform support of Feedly is extremely useful. I use it across three devices on a daily basis. That and it's really well designed for going through a lot of stories at top speed.

  8. Fahfoofnik
    February 12, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    It's a shame Mr. Reader wasn't included. Far & away the best options available & most flexible news reader without being overwhelming or difficult to use. And I've tried every single app mentioned in this article…Mr. Reader still wins.

    • Dann Albright
      February 12, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Thanks for your input! As I mentioned in a comment above, I totally overlooked Mr. Reader; it just never came up in my searches for good RSS apps. Obviously with all of the support it's gotten in the comments, it's worth looking into.

  9. Guy
    February 12, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Yep, Mr Reader should be in the list and in my opinion number 1

  10. Todd
    February 12, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Mr. Reader and not even close.

    • Dann Albright
      February 12, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      Why's that? What makes it so much better?

      • Todd
        February 12, 2016 at 11:01 pm

        Actually Reeder 3 isn't that far off but Mr. Reader is my go to.

        1. Multiple color scheme options. All free and easily viewable before installation. Far more than Reeder 3. In addition to built in you can see others here: Don't like those it's easy to make your own.
        2. Easy mobilizer, very easy to trigger (similar to Reader in that respect) but I find it easier to access, particularly the option to have it automatically mobilize from last for a particular feed rather than having to stick with one for everything.
        3. Very configurable. You can make the interface as simple as you'd like or as complex as you'd like.
        3. Allows connection to various sharing options very easily. Particularly like the transfer article rather than simply a url pointer. Send my relatives articles without advertising built in all the time via email.
        4. Easy to access and intuitive directory structure for complex RSS databases.
        5. No ongoing fees and no annoying advertisements.

        I'm sure I'm missing quite a few others but off the top of my head.

        I've used Reeder 2 and 3 at times over the years. Honestly gave it a long go for awhile and I just keep going back to Mr. Reader.

        Feedly is the best on PC (with Stylish mods) if you're cheap and have an ad blocker but to get full use of it requires a subscription. Press on Android. On IOS Mr. Reader over Reeder 3.

        You can read for yourself and do comparison here:

        • Dann Albright
          February 17, 2016 at 4:09 am

          Thanks for the very detailed reply! Mr. Reader does sound like a great option; I'll have to check it out and see if I like it. Speed is really the top priority for me, which is why I use Feedly; it works very well with how I read my feeds, and I can mark things read or transfer them to Pocket in a swipe or two. But I do like the idea of a number of themes and customizability.

          Thanks for your comment!

  11. DeHa
    February 12, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Really? The 'best' without even mentioning Mr. Reader?

  12. Dave
    February 12, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Also try Inoreader

  13. Paul Parkinson
    February 12, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Try NewsBlur.

    • Dann Albright
      February 12, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      Haven't heard of that one; what do you like about it?

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