Best Mac email clients: Best alternatives to Mail for Mac on the App Store

While Mail for Mac is a great email client for most users, some of us require something a little more feature-rich for our day-to-day life. Here, we showcase a number of alternatives to the default Mail app for Mac, with some offering extended functionality including read receipts and end-to-end encryption.

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  • Polymail
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  • CloudMagic
  • Boxy
  • Thunderbird
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While Mail for Mac is a great email client for most users, some of us require something a little more feature-rich for our day-to-day life. Here, we showcase a number of alternatives to the default Mail app for Mac, with some offering extended functionality including read receipts and end-to-end encryption.

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Best Mac email clients: Apple Mail

We’d better start by mentioning the default Mail app for Mac OS X – Mail. Mail is one of the neatest email clients available and enables you to work with multiple different accounts at once. It has integrated Spotlight search, so it’s easy to find emails and is integrated with Mac OS X so you can send replies from the Notification Centre.

However, many users have noted issues with services, Google Mail in particular, and we found it recently difficult to integrate with Hotmail and Outlook.com, all of which is starting to make us doubt if Mail is the best option. Mac OS X Mail is certainly the easiest to stick with, but we think it’s worth taking a look at other email clients.

Price: Free

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While Mail for Mac is a great email client for most users, some of us require something a little more feature-rich for our day-to-day life. Here, we showcase a number of alternatives to the default Mail app for Mac, with some offering extended functionality including read receipts and end-to-end encryption.

Read next: How to use Emoji on iPhone, iPad and Mac

Best Mac email clients: Apple Mail

We’d better start by mentioning the default Mail app for Mac OS X – Mail. Mail is one of the neatest email clients available and enables you to work with multiple different accounts at once. It has integrated Spotlight search, so it’s easy to find emails and is integrated with Mac OS X so you can send replies from the Notification Centre.

However, many users have noted issues with services, Google Mail in particular, and we found it recently difficult to integrate with Hotmail and Outlook.com, all of which is starting to make us doubt if Mail is the best option. Mac OS X Mail is certainly the easiest to stick with, but we think it’s worth taking a look at other email clients.

Price: Free

 

Best Mac email clients: Polymail

Polymail is a favourite of ours because it offers just about everything within a single app – and the best part is that it’s free (we even emailed the company to make sure!). The app, available for both iOS and Mac, offers a range of advanced productivity tools including email tracking, send later and read later, all from a tidy interface.

It also features Contact Profiles, which appear alongside emails, and will display all information it can find on that person online – Twitter bio, photo, current job, etc. Think of it as Facebook, but for email. It’ll also bring up any previous encounters you’ve had with that person, and any files you’ve shared.

Oh, and it lets you unsend emails once you’ve sent them (for several seconds, anyway).

Price: Free from Polymail

 

Best Mac email clients: Inky

For those looking for extra security should take a look at Inky. Inky is an iOS, Android and Mac email client that focuses more on privacy and security. The email client boasts a range of security-themed features like end-to-end encryption and digital signing (which verifies that the sender is who they say they are) along with standard email features like email syncing, a Unified inbox and more.

Inky will also analyse and index messages automatically, providing users with a powerful and fast search function even without an Internet connection via either keyword or tags. It’ll also suggest people you might’ve forgotten to add in an email if you frequently email a specific group of people, and will also let you know when you’re emailing someone for the first time (so you can make sure there are no errors in the message!).

Price: Free - $5 a month from Inky

 

Best Mac email clients: CloudMagic

CloudMagic wins the title for most expensive Mac email client in our roundup at £14.99, but will be welcomed by those that loved Mailbox (the popular client that was bought by Dropbox then killed). It focuses on simplicity with a gorgeously clean, if not a little bare interface with minimal buttons on show – even icons to archive, trash and mark emails are only shown when hovering over a specific message.

It’s extremely fast though, and offers a distraction-free experience when dealing with emails. It doesn’t boast some of the more advanced features of Polymail, which is why we’re so confused by the price tag, but hey, each to their own! If you’re on the market for a simplistic, clean email client then CloudMagic is a decent option.

Price: £14.99 on the App Store

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Best Mac email clients: Boxy

If you’re one of the many that use and love Inbox by Gmail, Boxy may be the perfect Mac Mail client for you. It’s essentially an unofficial Inbox client for Mac offering the same features as Google’s Inbox (automatic bundling of similar messages, Google Now-esque highlights and event reminders) along with a few extras.

One of the coolest features of Boxy is the ability to start writing an email on one device, say your Mac, and then continue on your iPhone. It’s like Apple’s handoff feature, except it doesn’t use Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to communicate between devices – it’s automatically and instantly synced. It also offers an interesting “Reader” mode, which strips back everything apart from the text of an email, providing a more comfortable and less distracting reading experience.

Price: 14-day trial, £4.49 on the App Store

 

Best Mac email clients: Thunderbird

Thunderbird is one of the bigger names in our roundup. This open source email client from Mozilla enables you to bolt on countless add-ons, potentially infinitely expanding its functionality depending on what you require. By default, Thunderbird is a little bare, but once you start tinkering, it can become stylish and powerful – and tinker you will.

It offers a number of smaller helpful features by default, including Attachment Reminders, which will automatically look for the word “attachment” (along with words like “files”) in the body of your email, and will remind you to add the attachment before sending. We’ve been in many, many situations where we forgot to attach a file to an email, so it’s very useful for us.

It also has built in instant messaging, offering support from multiple networks including Facebook, IRC, Twitter and more.

Price: Free from Mozilla

 

Best Mac email clients: Airmail 3

Airmail 3 is a popular Mac Mail client, and provides the same experience whether being used with a single email account, or many – ideal for those of us with multiple email addresses for work and play. It’s modern with a flat, slightly transparent OS X look and features a generally clean interface, offering the ability to quickly and easily switch between email accounts.

It also boasts support for a number of email providers, from the likes of iCloud and Gmail right the way through to Outlook and even AOL. Like the default Mail app, the app also boasts a VIP feature, which lets you filter out emails from people you deem important from the general inbox, meaning you’ll never miss an important email from a colleague again.

Price: £7.99 on the App Store

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