What Are the Best SpellCheck and Grammar Check Browser Extensions?

3968278028_d2b1210cfa_bWe're still quite a ways away from IBM's Watson Tone Analyzer growing into a developmental editor bot, but luckily for us simpler tools are very common.

Gizmodo has a post up today that reminded me that there are readily available tools that could improve our online writing, ones which we should be using (but probably are not). That post focused on Grammarly, an extension for Chrome and Firefox.

Grammarly is an all-in-one grammar and spellcheck tool that protects you from many of the common writing errors. It's free to install, but if you want to use it you will have to pay between $12 and $30 a month.

Edit: I'm told there's a free service option for Grammarly. I did not see it, but perhaps I need to look again.

That's too expensive for my tastes, so I am looking for an alternative. I found Ginger, but that is also a paid service ($5 a month). That's still too much.

Spellchecker extensions are pretty common (Firefox, Chrome) but grammar check tools are harder to come by. Good ones, especially. There is, for example, a grammar and spelling tool built into WordPress,, but it is so poor as to almost be a joke.

Does anyone know of a good, free, alternative?

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8 Comments on What Are the Best SpellCheck and Grammar Check Browser Extensions?

  1. Mac has built-in, system wide spell check. One reason posts I write there are usually better. 😉 If you edit in WordPress and have the Jetpack plugin, there is a Grammar & Spelling widget. The grammar isn’t too help, but the spelling piece has come in handy and I use it when I remember.

  2. Hi Nate,

    Thank you for featuring Grammarly in your article. Grammarly is actually completely free for anyone using Safari or Chrome. Here is an excerpt from the Gizmodo article you quoted: “The basics are all free to use. If you do a lot of writing and really, really want it to be as sharp as possible, you can subscribe to a premium plan from $11.66 per month and up.”

    Let me know if you have any questions or feedback. We would love to hear from you!

  3. I’m dyslexic, the free version of Grammerly is really helpful but it crashes quite a lot. I’ve usually got to save my work and refresh the page for it to come across errors. I’d get the full paid version if I could afford it.

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