Fastest & Best WordPress Themes in 2014

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These are the fastest & best WordPress themes in 2014. I scanned all the best premium & responsive WordPress themes with GTmetrix and if they had a Page Speed Grade of B (80%) or higher they made the cut for fastest. This indicates that they were built with care, ensuring that they were built efficiently. If you want a fast loading, responsive WordPress website, any of these themes will serve you well.

The best WordPress themes were hand-picked because they were deemed the most flexible, clean, elegant, efficient & professional of them all.

Fastest WordPress Themes in 2014

Skadi

Page Speed Grade: A (96%)

Thesis

Page Speed Grade: A (96%)

Haven

Page Speed Grade: A (95%)

Renad

Page Speed Grade: A (93%)

Codilight

Page Speed Grade: B (88%)

Meth

Page Speed Grade: B (88%)

Sidious

Page Speed Grade: B (85%)

Divi

Page Speed Grade: B (83%)

Zancudo

Page Speed Grade: B (82%)

Carino

Page Speed Grade: B (80%)

Sweet Sunday

Page Speed Grade: B (80%)

Best WordPress Themes in 2014

Divi

Angle

Buzz

Venus

Carino

Fastest WordPress Themes in 2013

Vertex

Page Speed Grade: A (97%)

GoodWork

Page Speed Grade: A (95%)

3Clicks

Page Speed Grade: A (94%)

Lucid

Page Speed Grade: A (94%)

Pravda

Page Speed Grade: A (94%)

Charitas

Page Speed Grade: A (93%)

Fable

Page Speed Grade: A (92%)

Scroller

Page Speed Grade: A (91%)

Enfold

Page Speed Grade: A (90%)

Foxy

Page Speed Grade: B (89%)

Nimble

Page Speed Grade: B (89%)

YellowProject

Page Speed Grade: B (89%)

STARDUST

Page Speed Grade: B (88%)

CoWorker

Page Speed Grade: B (87%)

Reversal

Page Speed Grade: B (87%)

Fusion

Page Speed Grade: B (86%)

Gravity

Page Speed Grade: B (83%)

HalfCreative

Page Speed Grade: B (82%)

SmartBox

Page Speed Grade: B (82%)

Bretheon

Page Speed Grade: B (81%)

FEARLESS

Page Speed Grade: B (81%)

Dixit

Page Speed Grade: B (80%)

FICTION

Page Speed Grade: B (80%)

Best WordPress Themes in 2013

Enfold

System

3Clicks

4ALL

ThemeTastic

Sistina

The7

GridStack

Bliss

Thunder

Flat

Newspaper

Limitless

Doctype

Visia

FEARLESS

FICTION

Kickstart

Vertex

Lucid

Fable

Foxy

Nimble

Fusion

Avada

Reversal

Goodnex

SimpleMag

World Wide

Coffee & Cream

Glider

Webpaint

Tisson

Scroller

Flavor

BookCard

Dixit

EWA

Maxima

Hot Topix

CoWorker

GoodWork

Pravda

HalfCreative

Charitas

Cluster

SmartBox

Gravity

Avamys

Evermore

Sirens

Nevia

KALLYAS

YellowProject

Lotus

Bretheon

Super Spark

Inovado

Nollie

Pinpoint

Did I miss any of the fastest or best WordPress themes?

If so, feel free to share any of the fastest or best WordPress themes I missed in the comments down below!

Also, keep in mind that even if you have the fastest WordPress theme there is, your load time can still be terrible if you don’t use one of the best WordPress hosting options.

Andy Forsberg is a digital marketer in Minneapolis, MN and has been developing profitable websites for over 16 years. He started his professional career as founder of a major online music network of web properties. Andy is an expert at digital marketing and front-end web development. He is known for his Google Analytics, Salesforce, SEO & WordPress expertise.

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60 Comments
    • Dan
    • January 23, 2015
    Reply

    What an awesome list of themes! Cool to see thesis on this list.

    If your theme is not on this list and you want to track it’s page load speed, the best recommendation I can make is WP Performance Profiler (not P3) to test the load speed of your theme (in milliseconds): https://slocumthemes.com/2015/01/wp-performance-profiler/

  1. Reply

    Great write-up!

  2. Reply

    Thanks for that list! So a B (88%) would have made it to your list. Correct? I am using the free ‘Responsive’ by Cyberchimp and got that score.

    • sandeep
    • April 12, 2014
    Reply

    I have used few from above they are nice.

  3. Reply

    Nice collection of fastest loading wordpress themes, Thanks for the great list

    • Deby
    • April 3, 2014
    Reply

    Btw, what ever you are doing to alter the scrolling behaviour, it sucks.

    • Reply

      Agreed! You are not the first person to say that so I have removed the annoying smooth scrolling that seems to have been causing more harm than good =)

    • Deby
    • April 3, 2014
    Reply

    Nice list.
    Can’t believe you missed Swift, which helps you get page speed score as high as 97.
    They are so confident that they are offering a free trial of their premium version
    http://swiftthemes.com

    • Tatiana Walker
    • March 23, 2014
    Reply

    How fast is fast? I have researched and I cannot find any data that will be clear for me. My sites are so slow right now. I need to move out from SEOhosting. Pinging gives me 2.6, 3.5 and even 23.ms :O
    I am testing different hosting companies. How many ms for load per wp site are ACCEPTaBLE?

    So what is fast? I use Udesign.
    Thanks

    • PatrickJC
    • March 16, 2014
    Reply

    While PageSpeed grades are important, simply having a good PageSpeed number does not mean your theme is fast to render. It means the code that finally made it to the person browser is, in theory, ‘efficient’. PageSpeed does not factor in how long the server took to compile said code, which is where a theme’s speed is truly measured.

    • sandeep
    • March 10, 2014
    Reply

    used more than 6 from above they are superb

    • Vaidas
    • February 12, 2014
    Reply

    yeah, how did Avada and X fair?

  4. Reply

    Andy,

    Thanks! Such a huge premium on theme speed these days. You are quick or dead in the eyes of Google….and the average web visitor.

  5. Reply

    How did AVADA fair?

  6. Reply

    Great post! Question for you…
    I am attempting to optimize the speed and SEO of my blog. The current theme on my wordpress blog is quailfire, which is suppose to be awesome for SEO optimization but isn’t very fast in loading. Would it behoove me to switch to a faster loading theme and loose quailfire?

    Thanks for any insight!

    • Ryan Fortune
    • January 15, 2014
    Reply

    Solid! So how about a best WordPress parallax theme list?

    • Keith Davis
    • January 5, 2014
    Reply

    Nice list Andy
    I notice lots of Elegant Themes and StudioPress Genesis themes in there.
    Fortunately those are the two frameworks that I use.

    Also impresses with the number of A ratings that Elegant Themes have.

  7. Reply

    I was going to recommend Frank, but it looks like Iconic and Frank and essentially one in the same: http://wp.smashingmagazine.com/2013/01/16/frank-a-wordpress-theme-designed-for-speed/ – I’m not aware of any other super fast loading, mobile-friendly WordPress themes that are free. At least, not that come close to the speed of Frank or Iconic. Sorry I can’t be of more help here. I plan to make a post on the best free WordPress themes, but there aren’t that many great ones so I’ve attempted and then gave up a couple of times already on such a post. One day I’ll get around to it though, cheers and good luck with your search. If you do find such a theme, please share the name of it with me.

  8. Reply

    I don’t know how they do it. But if installing to a brand new wordpress site results show much lower.

      • Graham Nichols
      • December 5, 2013
      Reply

      I think it’s because the theme demo pages are actually iframed (in most cases) and tools like GTMetrix are basing theri results on the container page.
      Bottom line is that most themes don’t defer javascript/css, use sprites, add etags etc which are all dcontributing factors for both page speed and site ranking relating to that speed. Pose that question to the theme developers and they all run for cover right now. Hopefuly, things will change (soon) for the better.

      • Reply

        Hi
        I saw many TF demos using layersliders with tons of pics/animations and yet score good on pagespeed. However, when I tried them on my sites, the result was not even half as good. One theme “Senna” scores marvellously well, and averages above 75. Surprised you omitted it.

    • The Hard Reset
    • December 2, 2013
    Reply

    The irony is that this page takes forever to load. Great information, though. Thanks.

    • CC Themes
    • November 20, 2013
    Reply

    Looks good! Have you tried pingdom to test the speeds on different sites?

  9. Reply

    This is a good theme, but I purposely left out themes that are aimed at very specific use cases / audiences.

  10. Reply

    Agreed, Avada should be and is now on the list. It wasn’t originally because it wasn’t born in 2013, but since it is maintained so well I have made an exception.

  11. Reply

    Andy – thanks for your really useful WordPress related posts. Iove the look & feel of this blog. Would you share what theme it is?

    Tony

    • Graham Nichols
    • November 9, 2013
    Reply

    You do not state the circumstances of your testing. For example, was it by using the theme’s on your own servers, or merely putting the theme demo URLs into GTMetrix? I suspect the latter, due to the very high scores.
    Looking around the web for people already using these themes on their own sites, and then placing those URLs into GTMetrix I received MUCH lower page loading spped scores.

    • Reply

      Your hypothesis is correct, it was merely putting the theme demo URLs into GTMetrix. I did not purchase and install them all on my server for testing. So the scores are influenced by the quality of the server the demos are running on, but I feel that any theme developer who does quality work would ensure that they host their theme demos on a quality server. It is likely that many of the users of their themes are not ensuring their web servers are optimized for performance, so this discovery you’ve made makes sense to me. I’d be very curious to see how they scored all running on the same server, but it isn’t financially viable for me to perform such a test.

        • Graham Nichols
        • November 11, 2013
        Reply

        So it was an exercise in getting 24 affiliate links onto one page? LOL Never mind, I can’t blame you for that. We all have to earn a living. More power to you.

    • Alejandro Maisonnat
    • October 9, 2013
    Reply

    these are premium theme, have you free theme with good pagespeed?

  12. Reply

    I tired woo themes but I noticed even the best of themes there run a little slower than these ones.

  13. Reply

    This is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you for compiling this list!

    • sjtrimble
    • September 10, 2013
    Reply

    Entertain us novices: what makes a theme fast-loading?

    • Reply

      A ton of things can impact it, but what is the most important for a theme would be primarily: optimized images w/ specified dimensions (that match the actual dimensions of the image), utilizing CSS sprites (several commonly used images stored as a single image, chopped up and displayed as individual images using CSS), efficient stylesheets, efficient javascript (that’s loaded in the footer) and avoiding external file requests.

    • Max
    • September 3, 2013
    Reply

    Wow these are so nice !!!!!! Check out the top wordpress music themes – http://www.realpcgeeks.com/wordpress-music-themes/

    • Minouch
    • August 27, 2013
    Reply

    Hi; this is interesting but i don’t understand how do you get those statistics. Charitas got 95% ! I doubt because i test it in Google PageSpeed Insights, and i get : 57% for mobile and 81% for desktop. So it is so far from 98%. So how or where do you get 98% ?

    • WebUnikat
    • August 22, 2013
    Reply

    Thank for this post.

    • rakesh kumar
    • August 14, 2013
    Reply

    Perhaps you have not seen my pagespeed wordpress theme, its page speed score is 96 along with all the ads and plugins. :) Waiting for your kind attention

    • Sonal Sinha
    • August 2, 2013
    Reply

    We have also started doing nice themes and have added a nice collection here:

    http://www.sktthemes.com/themes/

    Do let us know if you like/dislike any?

    • Themering
    • July 26, 2013
    Reply

    Nice collection… i found cleanspace on Themering.com so.. how can i get it?

    • mibtp
    • June 27, 2013
    Reply

    None of the links work – can’t see templates. Error says: Image cannot be loaded. Make sure the path is correct and image exist.

      • mibtp
      • June 27, 2013
      Reply

      I am viewing on Chrome, not Explorer. Working now. Thanks for reply.

      • Reply

        Strange, it wasn’t an issue for me in Chrome. Oh well, glad it’s working for you now.

    • Reply

      Looks like it was a strange JavaScript issue with Internet Explorer only, it has been fixed. Thanks for pointing that out!

      • Guest
      • June 27, 2013
      Reply

      Must have been a temporary server issue or something, I can’t seem to reproduce the issue…

    • WowThemes.net
    • June 11, 2013
    Reply

    nice collection, ty

  14. Reply

    Thanks Andy Forsberg really good job wow awesome collection

    there are also an awesome free responsive wordpress themes people can learn from

    http://metuts.com/blog/top-free-responsive-wordpress-themes.html

    • Reply

      This is an awesome collection of free responsive WordPress themes! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Reply

    I like the idea, love to see some commentary on the themes.

    • Reply

      What kind of commentary would you like to see exactly?

    • Mioo Creative
    • April 3, 2013
    Reply

    Many of interesting wordpress designs I found on http://bestforwebs.com/ … must see!

    • manoj karmocha
    • March 31, 2013
    Reply

    Hi, it is really good to find such post, I hope in later days we might be able to see more such good posts, thanks for sharing.

    Manoj karmocha
    http://www.manoj.com.np

  16. Reply

    I would like to add another responsive theme that was born in 2013 (it was born a couple of minutes ago, actually); the Nexus Twenty Eleven v3. Its based on the GPL Nexus Framework, and thus features front-end editing (including page builder, multi header, sidebar and footer), its responsive and has an advanced (LESS-like) color theme based on CSS variables and its free forever free for everyone! http://nexusthemes.com/twenty-eleven-wordpress-theme/

 

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