The 6 Best Content Aggregators

We live in busy times. That goes without saying. What also goes without saying is that we get most of our information from the web these days. This being the case, there’s a wealth of great information out there which is missed or forgotten because we’re “too busy”. Content aggregators are the free and easy-to-use solution to this, so whether you’re on the bus or train and you want to catch up on the latest from your favourite blogs, they’ll be in one place waiting for you. Here’s our take on 6 of the best…



Feedly boasts 15 million readers, 40 million sources and 200+ third party apps. You’ll be able to read, share and save content that matters to you and it only takes three minutes to sign up. The web browser has an email-esque format, where websites and categories are organised in a column in the left hand side of the screen with the content to the right. Your content is clutter-free and viewable in numerous ways.

Available on: iOS, Android, Kindle and Web

Inoreader – “Read the internet in a single place”



When you log in you’ll be able to import any subscriptions you’ve already set up with another aggregator and from then on you’ll have unlimited subscriptions for free. The layout is similar to Feedly, but a little bit more Microsoft than Apple, if you know what I mean… You can create multiple dashboards (say one for work, and one for your interest in musicals…) and rules so your articles will be tagged and organised as they come in. Inoreader also has a full RSS archive so you can access that long-forgotten blogpost you liked so much whenever you want. Overall this is a highly customisable tool.

Available on: iOS, Android, Web + browser extensions…

The Old Reader


The Old Reader’s interface is clearer than Inoreader and theres a big ‘Add a Subscription’ button prominent at all times where you can directly enter a URL or keyword. Once subscribed, in your feed you’ll be able to quickly ‘star’ an article, mark an article as read and share and like specific articles. It also has a random ‘Trending’ tab which allows you to see tumblr-esque posts in a facebook format – beware of this time-suck! For free you can have up to 100 feeds, but only by paying $3 a month will you be able to have upto 500 subscriptions and faster feed refresh times.

Available on:  iOS, Android, Windows phone, OS X, Web + browser extensions…



Flipboard describes itself as ‘your personal magazine’ and will provide you with stories that are ‘hand picked by people who share your passions’. Reading this makes you feel like you’re dealing with the Waitrose of content aggregators… There’s a feature where you can collect specific articles and photos and create your own magazine which you can share with anyone. The layout looks like a glossy magazine, but because of the prerequisite of choosing 7 topics when you’re signing up, the feed you’re presented with feels cluttered with some irrelevant information.

Available on:  iOS, Android, Web, Windows phone.



Commafeed’s layout is the most similar to a traditional email-system. You can view stories in a list or expanded view, there’s a nice big ‘Subscribe’ button and you can name individual feeds. One feature which isn’t instantly apparent but is useful is the ability to add your own CSS under the service settings. All of the usual CA features for free. However, it all just seems a tad sterile, a bit white-bread. This content aggregator is the metaphorical representation of an office cubicle; it has everything you need at your fingertips but at the end of the day it’s still just a boring grey, prison-cell cubicle. But maybe that’s what they’re going for with their ‘bloat-free feed reader’…


Available via Web app + there’s a mobile version of the site just not a mobile app…

Digg Reader


The design is similar to others on the list: clean and minimal. When you first log in, Digg Reader gives you the option to browse categories or search for a specific phrase or URL. After that it just doesn’t seem very instinctive. I searched for ‘productivity’ and was presented with a random list of websites which seemed unrelated to productivity. However, it must be said that searching for a specific site yielded more concise results. When you select a specific site from the left hand column, you can then choose to ‘expand’ the articles and view them ‘face-book’ style with photos and meta description. Digg Reader also has a feature called Digg Deeper, which allows you to see the most shared stories from your twitter friends.

Available on: iOS, Android & Web

Time is precious. Twitter and Facebook can be good sources of information but their constantly-changing nature can mean you miss articles that you are interested in but have no time to read. Having everything in one place, separated from the world of emails, provides you with your very own easy-to-digest portion of the internet… Which content aggregator do you swear by? Join the conversation in the comments below!

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