Best Email Forwarding Service for 2019 (Free and Premium)

A lot of us manage multiple email accounts, and I personally like routing everything to one place so I don’t have to bounce between different providers or tabs all day long. This is a list of the best solutions for an email forwarding service.

    1. Forward Email (free and open-source)
    2. Mailgun (free up to a certain limit)
    3. Pobox (premium)
    4. ForwardMX (premium)
    5. ImprovMX (free)

1. Forward Email

Feeling adventurous? Check out Forward Email. It’s a free, encrypted, and completely open-source solution. No logs or emails are stored. The code is open to the public on Github (fully transparent) so you don’t have to worry about any secret data collection happening!

Forward Email is pretty simple to set up, you just add a few DNS records and you’re done. As of October 2018, you can even “Send Mail As” using Gmail. The developer of the project is also very active. 👍

Visit Forward Email

2. Mailgun

If you use a transactional email service provider such as Mailgun, they also have the ability to set up mail forwarding and routing rules. This is a great solution and can be set up relatively easily.

Visit Mailgun

3. Pobox

Pobox is by far my favorite premium email forwarding service. $34 a year and you can create as many aliases as you want on all of your domains and then forward the emails to your primary Google email account.

Visit Pobox

4. ForwardMX

ForwardMX is a great cheap solution. For example, perhaps you don’t have that many domains but still need more functionality than other free tools. ForwardMX has great smaller plans, starting at $9/year for 5 domains.

Visit ForwardMX

5. ImprovMX

ImprovMX is 100% free and great for smaller projects. Simply point your MX records and forwarding everything from one domain to any email address you want.

Visit ImprovMX

Any other good email forwarding services that we missed? Feel free to mention them below.

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16 thoughts on “Best Email Forwarding Service for 2019 (Free and Premium)”

  1. I had issues with deliverability using ForwardMX because their servers are based in Switzerland and France. (That may be a privacy plus for some.) There’s a free trial, so use that to see if you encounter issues.

    • Thanks for the heads up Parker! I’m personally using Mailgun right now and highly recommend it for email forwarding. Never had a single issue.

  2. I also encountered issues regarding ForwardMX. Mails stuck for several hours. This is a no no and I’m going to change back to mailgun too. I’m very sad, because ForwardMX was exactly what I wanted. But email has to be reliable.

    • Hey SB! Yes, I just updated the post above. I personally use Mailgun for all of my email forwarding and it works great. No delivery issues.

    • Same problem here, problems to receive emails and delay to receive emails every day! Support doesn’t respond to my emails.

      • Hey Henrique, I recommend using Mailgun or Pobox. I personally am using Mailgun right now for free and never had a single issue. I’ve also used Pobox previously and their support is amazing!

  3. I have had the same problems with forwardMX. There is often a long delay and one of there servers has been down for a while. There is no response to emailing them and no number to call so I have to switch to something more reliable.

    • Hey Stuart,
      I’ve heard others with similar issues. I personally use Mailgun and love it. Pobox would definitely be my first premium recommendation, used Pobox for about 2+ years previous to Mailgun and never had any routing issues.

  4. Same old story with ForwardMX – forwarding just outright stops for hours or a day at a time. Support is non-responsive. Belongs on a worst list, not a best list

    • Hey Eric,
      I’ve heard others with similar issues. I personally use Mailgun and love it. Pobox would definitely be my first premium recommendation, used Pobox for about 2+ years previous to Mailgun and never had any routing issues.

  5. ForwardMX is great when it works, but of most of the time, it takes hours to get emails. This is horrible for anything important. Support is non-existent.

    Thanks for the suggestion of Pobox, I’m planning to switch over if the delay to receive emails is reasonable and there’s actually any support available.

  6. ImprovMX is the new ForwardMX :-)

    They changed owners and the service is now very reliable.

    They introduced “premium” for $9/mo (which is OK considering they support unlimited aliases). But free still works great!

    Definitely justifies swapping ForwardMX and ImprovMX in your list!

  7. A sloppy, uninformative article written by yet another lazy author who can’t be bothered to do proper research, demonstrated by the very brief descriptions of a very narrow band of offerings.

    • Hey Paul!
      These are all products I have used over the years, so to say I haven’t done proper research is just plain false. In fact, I probably know more about Mailgun than most developers. I would love to find more time to add to this, but I have a million tasks at the moment. People read my blog because I share things I personally use, not crap you see on other blogs. That’s why I don’t allow guest posts or sponsored posts.

      Mailgun and Pobox I still use on a lot of my sites. They are great services!

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