Spell Check and Grammar Websites
When it comes to writing, editing, and proofreading, I always aim to make sure that my work is as clear and engaging as possible. Having compelling written content allows me to really engage my audience and draw them into what I am saying. One important aspect of achieving this is by making sure my writing form and grammar are as flawless as possible. Being able to present written work that is well structured and free of errors shows professionalism and brings you a big step forward into being taken more seriously about the message you are trying to convey.
Now, as humans, it is only natural to make some mistakes here and there. You can be as careful as possible, but sometimes, typos and small errors find their way into your writing. But luckily, you can make use of software for grammar and spell checking. These tools can easily scan your work to pin-point any mistakes or inconsistencies. Personally, using such software is a huge help when it comes to my daily work as a writer.
I will be compiling a list of the top 7 proofreading tools out there that you can use as a free spell check and/or grammar checking. As much as possible, I made sure that the software listed can do both. That way, you do not have to jump around to check your writing.
Usability: The great thing about Grammarly is that you can use it for virtually any writing. This includes social media posts, e-mails, articles, or blogs. Downloading the chrome extension will have it functioning on all the webpages you write on.
Accuracy: Grammarly is much more than just a grammar checking software. It is more like a comprehensive writing assistant that not only checks your grammar and spelling but also gives you writing feedback. I have been using Grammarly for my writing work for years, and I must say it is a great way to make sure my writing is as neat and flawless as possible.
Value: The free version will do wonders for your writing by checking punctuation and spelling. Suppose you are looking for something more comprehensive. In that case, you can opt for the premium version, which also checks readability, vocabulary, and plagiarism. Grammarly is available for all, if not most, devices including Windows, Mac. It is also available for iOS and Android through there Grammarly Keyboard app.
Total Rating: 4/5. Grammarly is a wonderful tool to edit and check your writing. All things considered, the premium price could be a bit high for first-time writers of freelances looking to save on some cash.
Usability: Ginger is by far the most established grammar checker since it was created in 2007. Similar to Grammarly, Ginger provides free spell check and grammar checking. One key difference is that Ginger can translate your writing into 60 different languages. If you want to improve your overall writing skills, you can update to premium to gain access to virtual writing lessons.
Accuracy: When it comes to accuracy, I was able to paste my work on the web application and maintain the formatting. This is something that Grammarly does not do. Like other proofreaders, it can weed out all the mistakes in your text and give you the correct use. However, unlike Grammarly, mistakes are not listed on a sidebar. Instead, I had to click on them to correct. No big deal, but if you are a sucker for quick workflow, this may slow you down some.
Value: Good news is you can get the basic editing for free. Still not the cheapest platform out there, but you can be assured that you are getting good value for your money. The added feature of being able to translate your writing into different languages will prove useful to those trying to reach a global audience.
Total Rating: 4/5. While you get all the necessary features of grammar and spell checks, it can slow down the editing process some because of the way mistakes are presented.
Usability: When it came to using Whitesmoke, there were a few nuances that you may have to get used to. Making document changes takes an extra step since you have to export the final version as a text document. Generally, Whitesmoke is also slower to use and takes up more time than the two previously mentioned platforms.
Accuracy: If you are looking for a simple software to simply get the job done, and do not mind an extra step, then Whitesmoke is perfect. It is also suitable for businesses looking to save some money on software.
Value: Whitesmoke is by far one of the most affordable proofreaders you can get. This does not mean it compromises on functionality. In truth, it works just as well to get the job done to make sure your writing is flawless.
Total Rating: 3.75/5. Yes, Whitesmoke is an affordable choice, but the overall usability in terms of ease-of-use is not as smooth as it can be.
Usability: The cool thing about ProWriting Aid is that it has a feature called “Echoes.” This shows you overused phrases or words that can be replaced to make your writing more diverse. This software will also give you tips on how to improve your readability and Flesch reading score. Both very useful if you are writing for the web.
Accuracy: The checker is able to accurately underline mistakes, spelling issues, and make suggestions to your writing. It is also able to maintain the formatting of your original document making it easy to keep things organized. ProWriting features various reports that may seem confusing at first, but once you click on them, they easily make more sense.
Value: Overall, the value for what you are getting is well matched. You get a powerful tool that allows you freedom in self-editing, but also keeps things accurate when it comes to common grammar and spelling.
Total Rating: 4/5. This tool is wonderful for those looking to create fiction pieces. The self-editing makes it easy to navigate. Though it may be slower than the previously mentioned tools, it is well worth the try.
Usability: The main thing about Hemingway Editor is that it focuses on helping write true sentences. The application will highlight complex sentences. Sometimes, this can be a bit of a hassle because it really all comes down to your writing style. Unlike other platforms we have discussed, it does not provide you with suggestions or context to the corrections. But it does help in creating a clearer style.
Accuracy: This application may not be the best choice if you are looking for a very comprehensive grammar and spell checker. Though it is very useful in creating a clear writing style. Hemingway does not come with as many features as others mentioned in this article.
Value: Considering that you can easily use this tool for free, I’d say you have yourself a tool that is helpful enough for basic writing. You may want to watch out for more complicated errors, as it may not catch them.
Total Rating: 3/5. This tool is great for writing true and clear sentences, making your writing more concise and to the point. In terms of insight and accuracy, there are not many features.
Usability: Grammar Checker is able to comb through your writing for any punctuation, spelling, and form errors. When it comes to shorter writing, it re-writes them automatically. This is something I do not find very helpful. It also looks for synonyms to make your writing more SEO-friendly. For someone who prefers to review and reject edits manually, the automatic corrections are off-putting.
Accuracy: Though it can catch most mistakes and errors, Grammar Checker is not the most accurate out of the bunch. Yes, it has a simple interface, but considering it can only be used on a web browser, this may not be the tool for everyone.
Value: Since Grammar Checker is free to use, it is easily accessible to anyone. But taking into account the usability and accuracy, there may be other choices that better suit the writer’s needs.
Total Rating: 2/3. The paraphrasing feature is not the best. Sometimes it makes it more difficult to convey your true meaning.
Usability: The main pull of Reverso is that it can translate your writing into different languages. It works through a web browser but can also be used offline. Unfortunately, this tool is best used for shorter text. It has a 600-character limit. You can also check out synonyms and definitions since it has its own built-in dictionary.
Accuracy: The tool itself is quite accurate. You can rely on it for shorter writing pieces such as e-mails and social media posts. The translation is also pretty much on point, so you can reach a wider audience if that is your goal.
Value: Reverso is free to use and relatively easy to navigate. With translation features, it proves to be useful in more than just spelling and grammar checks.
Total Rating: 4/5. All things considered, Reverso is a great tool that can give you quality output. Perhaps its only downfall is the character limit.