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Your choice of desktop wallpaper says a lot about who you are. On the one hand, it’s not good to make judgments and assumptions about people from such a small data set, but on the other hand, wallpapers that display expensive cars, fantasy art, scantily clad women, landscapes, or even solid blocks of color can speak volumes. Your wallpaper is an expression of who you are, so where can you find wallpapers that fit you?

Within the past decade or so, there’s been a surge in wallpaper sites that allow users to upload and share their wallpaper creations for download. Non-social wallpaper sites have, for the most part, fallen by the wayside, but there are still a few good ones out there. Which of the available sites are the best? Which ones have the most variety or the largest gallery? Here are what I consider to be the best wallpaper sites available today.

Wallbase

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Whenever I have the urge to binge on new wallpapers, Wallbase is the first site I visit. The interface is modern, fast, smooth, and intuitively designed for ease of use. Wallbase’s community of active members is large enough that you’ll find wallpapers of many types, even those that fall into niche genres. I’ve never been disappointed by this site and I don’t think you will be either.

You can browse their offerings in a few ways: Random, which is pretty self-explanatory; Toplist, which shows you the most popular wallpapers at the time; and New Walls, which shows you the most recently added ones. You can further narrow down your choices by category (general, high-res, and anime), by purity (SFW, sketchy, and NSFW), and by resolution (there are plenty of options here).

4walled

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4walled is a scraping site that scans 4chan for images that can be used as wallpapers, then adds them to the greater database for users to browse and download. Despite it being related to 4chan — one of many sites that will suck away your time 9 Hilarious Websites To Visit When You Need To Kill Time 9 Hilarious Websites To Visit When You Need To Kill Time Read More — you have nothing to fear here. The site is tame and you can filter your wallpaper search according to your preferences.

Like Wallbase, you can filter by category (general, high-res, and anime), by purity (SFW, borderline, NSFW, unrated), and by resolution (tons of options). Also, you can let 4walled throw up a random selection of wallpapers if you aren’t searching for anything specific. Overall, I prefer Wallbase to 4walled, but 4walled can be great as an auxiliary site since the content between the two sites is different.

/r/wallpaper & /r/wallpapers

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For those of you who still aren’t familiar with Reddit, you should check out our wonderful Reddit introduction guide. There are plenty of cool reasons to use Reddit 5 Cool Things You Should Know About Reddit 5 Cool Things You Should Know About Reddit Read More , but I particularly like it for the way anyone can create a community about any topic and lead that community however they see fit. That alone is the reason why so many cool subreddits even exist, among them /r/wallpaper and /r/wallpapers.

Those two subreddits accomplish the same goal: they provide a place for users to submit their wallpapers for others to use. Why are there two subreddits? I don’t know. However, both are active to this day, though /r/wallpapers has the larger community. It’s hard to search and browse the wallpapers here, but if you like to have a steady stream of new and interesting wallpapers, this is a great place for that.

For those of you who have images that you want turned into wallpapers, you could try /r/wallpaperrequests!

GoodFon

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GoodFon is another wallpaper site that thrives on user submissions. I find that this one is good if you just want to browse through lists and lists of wallpapers, but their search and refinement filters aren’t as powerful as I’d like. They have a few dozen categories and there are new wallpapers being uploaded every day, so you always have something new to check out.

The quality of wallpapers on this site is pretty good overall. My favorite types tend to be abstract backgrounds and I found a good number of them here that were pleasing to me. The largest categories are Girls, Cars, and Landscapes, but the smaller ones still have good content, such as Music, Food, Fantasy, and Rendering. Overall, worth a look.

SimpleDesktops

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SimpleDesktops is slightly different from the rest of the websites here. The wallpapers are still created by a variety of designers, but the whole list is curated by one person. This is awesome because the quality control is high and there’s an overall consistency that you don’t really find elsewhere. The tradeoff is a smaller gallery, but it’s regularly updated so it shouldn’t be much of a problem.

What I like best about SimpleDesktops, though, is that there’s a clear stylistic choice in the wallpapers curated by the owner. The owner describes it as a collection that is free of bling, drop shadows, and gradients. As a result, you get wallpapers that are flat, artistic, yet pleasantly minimalistic. If that fits with your tastes, you’ll love this site.

Conclusion

Did you find something you like? There are thousands and thousands of wallpapers to explore between the five sites list above, and there are wallpapers for all resolutions: CRT monitors, widescreen monitors, dual monitors, mobile phone screens, etc. Take some time to personalize your devices and show off who you are. Once you have it, here are some tips to improve your wallpaper The 5 Best Tips To Improve Your Desktop Wallpaper The 5 Best Tips To Improve Your Desktop Wallpaper Read More !

Which wallpapers sites do you use? If you know of any that weren’t listed here, we’d appreciate it if you shared them with us in the comments!

Image Credits: Computer corner Via Flickr

  1. KJ Noback
    September 25, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    I like this one the most. wallpaper7.co.nf

  2. Johnny B
    January 6, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    I like to use http://www.mobdecor.com. It has a great selection of images and a cropping function that works great!

  3. fonz
    December 15, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    http://www.wallpaperswarehouse.com
    is also a very nice one!

    they focus on:
    * very high resolution
    * only quality wallpapers

  4. Ayaz
    December 2, 2013 at 4:49 am

    Nice post and good list of HD wallpapers sites. Please check this site too http://www.hdwallpapersci.com. All wallpapers are high quality and top searched in google.com.

    • Joel L
      December 2, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      I like the simple format of that site. Thanks!

  5. rich
    October 10, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    When a site shows 50 trackers in Ghostery on its entry page, and won't even put in a slider for its offscreen portion, I don't really feel like disabling my adblocks, so wallbase won't do.

  6. Shawn D
    October 9, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I prefer http://wallpaperswide.com/ as they have a great selection of wallpapers in the wide format. I have 2 24 inch monitors so the resolution is 3840x1200. Lots of great wallpapers to choose from in the wide screen resolutions.

  7. Alan W
    October 9, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I use this site for my multi-monitor setup.
    WallpaperFusion
    http://www.wallpaperfusion.com

    • Joel L
      October 11, 2013 at 6:25 pm

      I like the wallpapers there and I like the site design too. Definitely adding this one to my repertoire of wallpaper sites. Thanks!

  8. Manuth C
    October 9, 2013 at 1:27 am

    Any recommendation for where I can find wallpapers of "Girls' Generation"?

  9. Emiliano
    October 8, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    thewallpaperwall.com is my bet. You can find alot of nice wallies there.

  10. Etescartz
    October 8, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    https://www.desktoppr.co/ will sync directly to dropbox.com

    • Joel L
      October 11, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      Syncing wallpapers to Dropbox is something I hadn't heard about until now. Very interesting. Thanks!

  11. thu
    October 8, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I notice MakeUseOf change their post title photo (I don't know how to call it) with great shiny one. I also want to use that kind of photo in my blog.I google that kind of photo but can't find one. Where can i find those amazing photos.?

    • Joel L
      October 11, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      You'll need to purchase them from a stock image site or try to find one that's available for free under the Creative Commons license.

  12. anon
    October 8, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    How come interfacelift is not here? Nothing beats that in sheet quality!

    • Joel L
      October 11, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      InterfaceLift was originally going to be included but I had to cut one due to space. It's a good site for sure! Thanks for mentioning it.

  13. Dagic
    October 8, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    Like it very much, thanks for sharing!

  14. Ryan C
    October 8, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Another great site that I get all of my wallpapers from is DigitalBlasphemy.com. There is a large collection of free wallpapers, and a lot more if you buy a membership...definitely worth it!

    • Joel L
      October 11, 2013 at 6:22 pm

      Ah, yes, DigitalBlasphemy! I remember that from years and years ago. I never brought myself to buying a membership so I probably missed out on a lot of great wallpapers from there, but even the free selection is pretty good.

  15. Randy M
    October 8, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    I have found http://thepaperwall.com/index.php great for wallpapers.

    • Joel L
      October 11, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      Never heard of that one. Thanks! :D

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