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.
- Forward Email (free and open-source)
- Mailgun (premium)
- Pobox (premium)
- Postmark (premium)
- ForwardMX (premium)
- ImprovMX (free)
- @Emailforward.mx (premium)
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. 👍
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.
Update: As of February 2020, Mailgun no longer offers a free plan, and the email routing/receiving is only available in the Foundation plan or higher (starting at $35/month). With that being said, if you send a lot of transactional emails, Mailgun is still worth the price, in my opinion. They have, by far, the best control panel that is also really easy to understand.
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.
Postmark is a very popular option and one that is loved by developers. You can use their inbound domain and email forwarding to configure routing to different addresses. Note: I would only recommend this solution if you are a little more technically savvy.
Pricing for Postmark starts at $10 per month for 10,000 emails. They also have a free trial.
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.
ImprovMX is free for up to 5 domains and great for smaller projects. Simply point your MX records and forwarding everything from one domain to any email address you want.
@EmailForward.mx is a cheap premium service that you can use to set up email forwarding and start receiving emails with your domain name. The cost is 1 euro per month, billed annually. One interesting feature it does have is two-factor authentication. This is great a little additional security.
Hopefully one of the above solutions works for you. I’m personally a big fan of Mailgun and Pobox. There are definitely other great SMTP solutions that do email forwarding, such as SendGrid, SparkPost, etc. But some of these can get quite complicated, and if you’re just needing to forward emails, one of the above solutions is quick and easy.
Any other good email forwarding services that we missed? Feel free to mention them below.
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