Which email client should I choose?

It’s becoming increasingly common for many of us to have multiple email addresses. Whether it’s for professional or personal use, we end up managing a lot of inboxes and it can be inconvenient to have to repeatedly sign in and out of accounts.

With email clients, users can access several email accounts with a single program and navigate from one inbox to another. Which means you can receive, write or read emails on each of your e-mail addresses simultaneously.

But what is the difference between an email client and a Google account with several email aliases?

It all comes down to the message access protocol. An email client downloads emails to your device, which means you can access your emails even when working offline.

With webmail services, you can read emails stored on remote servers but your emails are not copied to your device.

Email client examples

Most email clients have a freemium business model. In other words, they offer a program with limited features for free but the most useful features are often included in the paid version only (multiple email account management, for example).

But not all email clients operate on that model, as the following list demonstrates!


Mozilla Thunderbird

Thunderbird is one of the most well-known email clients. It was developed in 2003 as a part of the Mozilla project and has been improving ever since. It’s also quite user-friendly: you don’t need to provide all the technical details to set up your email account, logins are enough for Mozilla Thunderbird to query email provider servers and get that information.

Additional features can be configured: easy-to-use address books, attachment reminders based on a keyword analysis, multi-tab browsing, etc.

Mozilla Thunderbird


Awarded every year since 2013, Mailbird excels in custom email management features.

It offers layout tools, custom notification sound effects as well as the possibility to synchronise your social media and integrate applications such as Google Calendar, Dropbox, Whatsapp, etc.

Mailbird is only available on Windows at the moment.


eM Client

In the last few years, eM Client has emerged as the productivity booster among email clients.

Most notably, eM Client allows for the automation of a range of features. Automatic backups, auto-resize of images included in emails, auto-reply for Gmail accounts: you won’t need to manually complete all these tasks anymore:

What’s more, the free version of eM client lets you manage two email addresses.

eM Client


One of the lesser known email clients, MailSpring offers a very user-friendly and pleasant interface.

This program also allows for the integration of modules and plugins, which gives each and every user an experience tailored to their needs. Calendar and search engine plugins can be easily added to your email client.



Perhaps the most popular email client, Outlook is part of the Microsoft Office suite and offers a wide range of features: calendar, address book, task manager, etc.

Outlook has no free version, which leads users to seek out other options when it comes to email clients. It still is a well-thought out, well-rounded email solution.