Mailbox Alternatives – Email Clients to Boost Productivity in 2019

By Deepak Parihar / February 9, 2019

Owned by Dropbox, Mailbox was an innovative email app for its time. In tech circles, the saying is popular that any form of an invention is lucky if it introduces one true innovation to the market. And Mailbox introduced multiple of them. The app was far ahead of its time and introduced swipe-management of emails, which today is the standard in all the mail applications. It also brought the snoozing feature which postpones the deliveries to when you are ready to address them. But somehow, Mailbox didn’t make to Dropbox’s strategy, and its development was halted back in 2016. If you still miss it, we think it’s time we look for an apt alternative.

In this listicle, we’ll give you our top productivity apps that proficiently manage emails and tasks. Here is the list of 10 Mailbox Alternatives to boost your productivity. Let’s dive into it.

1. Gmail

Mailbox Alternatives - Gmail
Supported Platforms Web, Android, iOS
Price Free
Pros Labels and Filters, Spam filter, Integrated chat
Cons No message scheduling
Visit Gmail

Gmail is a full-featured webmail service by Google. It features strong search capabilities, Spam protection, Pop and IMAP access, a filtering and labeling system, 15 GB free storage, an integrated chat, and many more features. Today, Gmail’s mail client is at top of its game.

The mail service ensures you are organized. It categorically filters social and promotional messages from personal. This helps you to keep your family and work first. The platform also features a spam blocker to keep your account clutter-free and safe. In addition to that, Gmail supports multiple accounts from both its own platform as well as the other services. The only drawback we could find with the platform was its inability to schedule emails. Despite a lag, Gmail deserves the number one position on our list for its stability and feature-packed service.

2. Thunderbird

Mailbox Alternatives - Thunderbird
Supported Platforms MacOS, Windows, Linux
Price Free
Pros Smart folders, Activity Manager
Cons Doesn’t use calendar and task list
Visit Thunderbird

Thunderbird arguably is the only complete email client on the internet. The platform is completely free. It is dedicated to improving the email experience for its users by integrating all the necessary aspects of a professional email client; speed, privacy, and innovations. Thunderbird is easy to set up and requires only your name, email address and password to sync it with your mail servers. You can also opt for a personalized email address. The platform features a one-click address book and a multiple-channel chat network.

The platform has extraordinary features; search tools, filters, activity manager and a wide range of customizations. Thunderbird is convenient and has everything a top email client should have. We give it our second spot.

3. Microsoft Office Outlook

Mailbox Alternatives - Outlook
Supported Platforms MacOS, Windows, Android, iOS
Price Free, $49.99 per annum
Pros Integration with other office Apps
Cons Flash Advertisements
Visit Microsoft Office Outlook

Last year, Microsoft further integrated its Outlook service to its other office apps. The result of this integration was phenomenal. It introduced us to Microsoft Office Outlook, which is one of the cleanest mail experiences available on the internet. As far as features are concerned, the platform is comparable to Gmail.

Its newly designed applications for Android and iOS let you do more from its powerful inbox. The platform allows you to prioritize your email list and displays you what’s important first. Its integration with the calendar allows you to seamlessly switch between its mail service and scheduling your next appointments. The platform also makes it possible to access your file right from your inbox. Outlooks swipe features further qualifies it as one of the top Mailbox alternatives.

4. Mailbird

Mailbox Alternatives - Mailbird
Supported Platforms Windows
Price $4.19 per annum (Mailbird Pro)
Pros Layout Customizations, App integrations
Cons Only available for Windows
Visit Mailbird

Mailbird aptly fulfills its function as an email client. But it doesn’t just stay as an email client for its users. It acts as an all-in-one communication platform. It is a Windows-based email client that goes well with all the versions of the OS. Presently, the platform supports multiple accounts from IMAP/POP3 supported email providers; Gmail, Outlook, iCloud and more.

The platform allows you to customize your layouts with tons of free color themes. So, if you spend a lot of time on your mail server, you might as well make it a work of art. Mailbird also features app integrations and has built-in apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Dropbox, Twitter, Google Calendar, Todoist and many more. The lite version of Mailbird is absolutely free, but the platform charges a small annual fee for its Pro version. All this makes Mailbird a viable alternative.

5. Postbox

Mailbox Alternatives - Postbox
Supported Platforms Windows and Mac
Price $40 (One-time payment)
Pros Organization tools, Advanced search
Cons No mobile applications
Visit Postbox

Postbox is primarily designed to make your work life organized and get things done fast. On the first look, the platform looks like Apple Mail; elegant and simple. However, Postbox is much more powerful and flexible. The platform features an ultra-fast search, which helps you find all types of attachments and messages. Its organization features let you filter your emails in real-time, which consequently simplifies your view. Furthermore, the platform helps you group your accounts and have a unified view.

You can also create reminders and pin important emails at the top. This will help you prioritize your work. This alternative makes the most demanding workloads look like an easy 5 AM task.

6. Apple Mail

Mailbox_Alternatives_Apple Mail
Supported Platforms Mac, iOS
Price Free
Pros Beautiful intuitive design, Thread-like conversations
Cons No inbox zero, No email scheduling
Visit Apple Mail

Apple mail is a beautifully designed mailing platform. It sort of has Apple’s signature interface, that primarily functions around swipes and gestures. The platform pretty much changes the way you interact with your emails on the daily basis. It has a two-column view on desktops, where it simultaneously displays your messages and open mail—side-by-side. Apple Mail also features a strong search with suggestions, so you can find things fast and easy. It also groups your conversation in a unique way, in which the similar messages stick together.

The platform features the ability to mark messages for later. However, it doesn’t support the scheduling of emails. If you are on Mac, it’s hard to suggest you any other Mailbox alternative, other than Apple Mail.

7. Airmail

Mailbox Alternatives - Airmail
Supported Platforms MacOS, iOS
Price $5.60 (One-time payment)
Pros Workflow customization, mail snoozing
Cons Only available for Apple devices
Visit Airmail

Airmail is a lightweight, yet powerful client for your Apple devices. It works both on your Mac and mobile device (iPhones and iPads.) The platform is designed for the latest generation iOS, due to which it fully-supports 3D touch, high-quality PDF creation, document preview, native integrations and many more. Airmail allows you to have a friction-less workflow and provides a ubiquitous experience on all your devices. It also features workflow customizations, which allow you to snooze your tasks and control interactive push notifications.

Airmail is an advanced client that features all the prime attributes of a mail organizer. There are some features we don’t even know we need, like sending messages using Siri. But slowly you get the hang of it. This super smooth alternative is everything that Apple Mail supposed to be. Let’s give Apple Mail some time and use this instead.

8. eM Client

Mailbox Alternatives - eM Client
Supported Platforms Mac, Windows
Price $29.95 for eM Client Pro (One-time payment)
Pros Live Backup, Auto-replies
Cons Not available for mobile platforms
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eM Client is a feature-packed email organizer, designed for Window and Mac. The platform has a beautiful modern design that matches with current times. eM Client features a calendar, contacts, chat, and tasks to put ease into your work life. When we checked the platform, we found it living the promises that it makes on the paper. The platform has PGP encryption support which adds a layer of security to your mail body. It also allows you to have a live backup, so you can keep working whenever, wherever.

eM Client also offers a set of powerful customization tools that help you format your emails. The platform does simplify your experience of mailing and doesn’t nose between your services. The client is available for both the businesses and the individual. It’s a complete mailing solution and an excellent Mailbox alternative.

9. Evolution

Mailbox Alternatives - Evolution Mail
Supported Platforms Linux, BSD, GNOME, OpenPGP
Price Free
Pros Encryption, Spam filters
Cons Not available for MacOS or Windows
Visit Evolution

Evolution is more than just an email client, it is an open-source personal information manager. In addition to that, it is also a work-group information tool for Gnome which helps you to integrate your messages, address book, calendar, task list, and all your management functions. The platform has most of the mainstream features, including the capability to have multiple accounts from any of the POP and IMAP based services. It also features an encrypted connection to provide an extra layer of security to your emails.

Evolution allows you to filter and tag your messages for effective search. It automatically filters the spam with the help of SpamAssassin and Bogofilter. The platform also does a great job at synchronizing its data between devices.

10. K-9 Mail

Mailbox_Alternatives_-_K-9 Mail
Supported Platforms Android
Price Free
Pros Open Source, Encrypted, Privacy-friendly
Cons Unpleasant UX
Visit K-9 Mail

K-9 Mail is an open-source email client which is specifically designed for Android devices. The platform is popular for its encryption and security options. It supports multiple folder sync, email signatures, shortcuts, return-address configuration, exchange support and much more. Since K-9 Mail is a community developed project, everyone contributes to making the platform a better email client. The community regularly works on its bugs and improves the experience.

K-9 mail features group messages and does a decent job at search and filters. The platform is completely free. However, currently, it is only available on Android devices.

Final Words

Here, we have listed the top 10 Mailbox alternatives that are both relevant and functional in 2019. We have also mentioned some of the prime reasons why we picked them. This list will help you find an apt email client.

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