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The Best Alternative to Spark

The Best Alternative to Spark

The release of the new version of Spark sent me hunting for a better alternative. Here is what I found...

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Manthan Mallikarjun
·Oct 17, 2022·

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Spark just released a new update: sparkmailapp.com/blog/all-new-spark. Unfortunately, their free plan now injects a footer that says "Sent with Spark". While this is fine for most casual email users, it is a bit unprofessional for me so I will need to upgrade to their paid plan. While I fully respect their decision to become paid, and would happy pay for a product I like, I thought I'd shop around for other paid options to find the best one.

Missive (My choice ✅)

missiveapp.com

Pros

  • One account logs you into all of your email accounts
  • Windows, Mac, iOS support (these are the platforms that matter to me)
  • Has a free plan good enough for most people
  • Unlimited private accounts
  • Todoist (and others) integration
  • Dark mode
  • Web browser login for quick access
  • Actively updated

Cons

  • If you are using it for personal use and want your full email history, you will have to pay $14/$18 a month.
  • No read receipts or email tracking

Spark

sparkmailapp.com - I'm specifically ranking their new version

Pros

  • Free with "Sent with Spark" footer
  • One account logs you into all of your email accounts
  • Windows, Mac, iOS support
  • Unlimited accounts

Cons

  • The new version doesn't have dark mode
  • The new version is buggy, settings don't sync
  • No web browser version
  • No read receipts or email tracking

Newton

newtonhq.com

Pros

  • Read receipts
  • One account logs you into all of your email accounts
  • Windows, Mac, iOS support
  • Unlimited accounts
  • Dark mode

Cons

  • $5 a month
  • Hasn't been updated in months
  • Long history of sales and no maintenance
  • No web browser version

Superhuman

superhuman.com

Pros

  • Windows, Mac, iOS support
  • Unlimited private accounts
  • Actively updated
  • Learning curve
  • Dark mode
  • Great UI + lots of data, great for people whose job is to email

Cons

  • No unified inbox
  • $30 a month 🤯
  • Need to sign into each account on each device
  • Confusing UI (to me), seems to be a learning curve
  • No web browser version

Edison

edisonmail.com

Pros

  • Windows, Mac, iOS support
  • Unlimited private accounts
  • Actively updated
  • Free plan covers everything

Cons

  • UI felt unpolished
  • They sell your aggregated data (at least they are up front about it)
  • Paid plan if you want to support them
  • Some settings didn't sync properly
  • No read receipts or email tracking
  • No web browser version

Canary

canarymail.io

Pros

  • Windows, Mac, iOS support
  • Unlimited private accounts
  • Actively updated
  • iOS app looks great

Cons

  • Need to sign into each account on each device
  • No read receipts or email tracking
  • macOS app felt really bad, not well thought out
  • No web browser version

Airmail

airmailapp.com

Pros

  • $10 a year, more affordable than most on this list
  • Privacy first
  • Great UI/Experience
  • Unlimited private accounts

Cons

  • Need to sign into each account on each device
  • No read receipts or email tracking
  • No Windows app
  • No web browser version
 
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