The 54 Fastest WordPress Themes That Load Insanely Quickly (2020)

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Speed is one of the most important aspects of any website. When a site loads fast, visitors are impressed and it ranks well in search results. Google itself even states the importance of page speed on the Google Webmaster Central Blog. But if you want to run a fast WordPress site, you’re going to need a fast WordPress theme. ⚡ Most #WordPress websites with lightning-quick loading times are built on themes that are lightweight and flexible. Click To Tweet The best WordPress themes even stay fast as you grow and add to your website over time.
And gaining access to a fast WP theme doesn’t necessarily mean paying for something expensive. There are a number of fast loading free WordPress themes listed here alongside fast themes for video backgrounds, magazines, newspapers, blogs, businesses, e-commerce online shops, and more. If you want to stay ahead of the curve, these super fast WordPress themes are sure to have a few options for your site.
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How We Ranked the Fastest WordPress Themes ☝️

We used Pingdom as our page speed ranking device because, in addition to providing an overall grade from 0-100, it also tells you how fast the theme loads, how many response codes it uses, and even a content size by content type report. We didn’t go strictly by the overall grade, instead choosing to also factor in features and response time.

A Buffs Favorite 🏆

When it comes to super-fast themes, our team at WP Buffs loves Neve from ThemeIsle.   This reduced weight theme (~28KB) loads in less than 1 second and has a speed grade of 100 in Google PageSpeed Insights.   You can’t get much better than that!  

Top 10 Super Fast WordPress Themes ⚡

Some of these themes are simple, which don’t work for all. We didn’t rank just by who has super fast WordPress themes, instead focused on fast themes that deliver the most features in demand in today’s market.

1. Genesis Framework

Genesis Framework (64) is a popular choice and further built out by StudioPress, which is famous for developing the framework used in many fast WordPress themes. They have their own community where you may find code with ease on how to modify the theme as you like. There are also specially made plugins, services, child themes, and more built with Genesis in mind. We think the load time of 4.28 seconds could be bumped down with fewer requests.

2. Scalia

Even though Scalia (92 performance grade) comes with Visual Composer and video slider, it loaded in only 1.3 seconds. The WP theme is a good choice for businesses, as they have a few demos in that arena. We were amazed that all 200 of its response codes were giving a passing grade.

3. The Gem

The Gem (96) is aptly named because it contains just about everything you want and loads super fast, 1.85 seconds to be precise. Better yet, the site tested was a whopping 74% images. It also comes with over 70 demos and even throws in popular plugins like Visual Composer and Slider Revolution.

4. Top SEO

Top SEO (92) is a great choice for those looking for fast WordPress themes that focus only on SEO. It does not come with any extra plugins and has its own page builder for extra speed. It comes with over six demos and is a good choice for an agency or marketer. The animated banner was also impressive. It loads in over 4 seconds given its massive 4.3 MB size. However, those who go for more simple content should see this drop.

5. X Theme

X (91) comes with tons of tools in addition to your choice of page builder: Visual Composer or Cornerstone. While Visual Composer comes with tons of widgets, Cornerstone offers a comparable amount and lends itself to faster loading. The amazing theme got A’s in almost every category and just one D for serving static content. With a whopping 9.8 MB page size, no wonder it loaded in over 4 seconds.

6. Udesign

Udesign (99) is crazy fast when loading the demo site. However, its features are limited. It does offer a slider with a few decent options and has a standard customizer. It can do a parallax background or portfolio without any extra plugins, but we don’t recommend this theme unless you want something simple.

7. Skylar

Skylar (88) is similar to the Gem in that it comes with demos and throws in Visual Composer and Slider Revolution. However, it goes even a step further by throwing in the Ultimate Add-ons for VC plugin. The demos are limited but come with a few choices for businesses and shops.

8. Adaline

Adaline (88) is a fashionable magazine theme that features a tile layout. It has a bold style and is also a good choice for photographers, sites with lots of images, and many other types of artists. It came in with a blazing speed of only 1.05 s to open and would get straight A’s with a little caching code added.

9. Grille

This neat little theme is a great choice for those who want a tile look. You simply add each of your products or services as a tile and the Grille (89) will link to it. It also offers an elegant e-commerce shop and lots of shortcodes.

10. Wanium

Wanium (98) is a great choice for those who want a standard site that loads fast. It comes with its own page builder and demos for everyone from hotels to construction. A lengthy page loaded in only 2.6 seconds and was faster than 59% of other sites. It also scored all A’s in performance insights.

BONUS: Carbonate

As a little bonus, the Carbonate theme from Matt Giovanisci of Money Lab is one of the FASTEST WordPress themes around. It’s blisteringly fast because it has no bloat whatsoever. In the words of Matt himself, “You don’t need all the bells and whistles to make a great site.” Unfortunately, this theme does not come with support or updates, but hey, that’s what we are here for!

Fast WordPress Themes with Video Backgrounds

Even mobile devices can open a site with a video background these days, and fast themes are a great way to stand out while maintaining fast load times.

11. The 7

The 7 (87) is a great choice for a business or individual who wants to wow visitors with an amazing slideshow or image. It comes with the usual grab bag of premium plugins and lots of demos. The main demo did take 3.39 second to load, but we think that could be improved if query strings from static sources were removed.
  • Fs – 1
  • Load time – 3.39 s
  • Price – $39

12. One Up (80)

We were impressed by how fast the video background loaded on the One Up and the features it had built in, such as animations, services sections, etc.
  • Fs – 1
  • Load time – 1.56 s
  • Price – $44

13. Harbor (70)

With a membership to Theme Beans, you get access to the Harbor and 22 other top notch themes. Even with a video background, it loads faster than 50% of other sites. Although the site has an amazing 14.5 MB of content, the load time was still fair.
  • Fs – 2
  • Load time – 3.2 s
  • Price – $59 for single theme, $99 – $239 for multiples

14. Structure (71)

In addition to Visual Composer, the Structure theme also offers Templera and Essential Grid, a feature that is uncommon in most themes. It has lots of demos for construction but can easily be adapted to fit many businesses. Although it received a C grade, we like the 2.29 load time. Decreasing its 3 F’s should help the overall grade.
  • Fs – 3
  • Load time – 2.29 s
  • Price – $59

Fast WordPress Themes for Magazines, Newspapers, & Blogs

15. Top News (100)

We saw it but didn’t believe it: A perfect 100 ranking. Strictly for displaying your posts, Top News will arrange your content in a neat way so you may feature the latest entries in addition to featured above the fold content.
  • Fs – 0
  • Load time – 1.32 s
  • Price – $49

16. Unite (99)

The Unite theme offers a clean approach to presenting content for full page, multi-column, blogs, and other types of sites.
  • Fs – 0
  • Load time – 2.14 s
  • Price – $29

17. Paperio (98)

The Paperio theme has demos for various businesses but also throws in social sharing options as part of the theme.
  • Fs – 0
  • Load time – 0.565 s
  • Price – $49

18. Milana (96)

The Milana is a great choice for those who need a unique layout. You may choose 2 columns, masonry, portfolio, and others.
  • Fs – 0
  • Load time – 1.92 s
  • Price – $39

19. Implicit (81)

The Implicit is a great choice for news sites that want readers and editors to offer ratings. A simple hover feature lets you do just that.
  • Fs – 1
  • Load time – 1.9 s
  • Price – $49

Fast WordPress Themes for Businesses

20. Astra

Astra is one of the fastest themes on the market today. It is installed on over 200,000 websites with 1500+ 5-star ratings. Most people love Astra is because it is so lightweight (less than 50KB). In fact, it does not even use jQuery. Here is what Chris Lema from Liquid Webs says about Astra: “At Liquid Web we tested over 50 themes for WooCommerce looking at performance. And Astra cleanly beat the competition.”

21. KnowAll

KnowAll claims itself to be the best WordPress theme for building knowledge base websites. And it surely lives up to its claims with its perfect mix of incredibly fast performance and modern-elegant design. What makes this fast-performing theme even more special is that it’s able to offer this much speed even while it comes with plenty of useful features built into the theme that are must-haves for a knowledge base website. Like the ability to add downloadable file attachments, offering translations, widgets for gathering user feedback, as well as powerful analytics for gaining insights into what the users are searching for in the knowledge base.
  • Fs – 0
  • Load time – 759 ms
  • Price – $149

22. Avada (95)

The Avada theme has been a best seller on Envato for a long time. It features an impressive customizer, but we aren’t fans of its custom page builder.
  • Fs – 0
  • Load time – 2.34 s
  • Price – $60
And if you need it, here’s a full review of the Avada theme.

23. SmallBiz (96)

If you have a simple, small business, the SmallBiz is for you. We believe it would work well with its built-in slider and neat animations. With no F’s and only 1 C, we believe the load time could be under 3 seconds with a few modifications.
  • Fs – 0
  • Load time – 3.28 s
  • Price – $49

24. Total (91)

We were impressed with how fast the Total theme loaded its slider and Visual Composer page. Good for all basic site needs.
  • Fs – 0
  • Load time – 1.49 s
  • Price – $59

25. Interior Pro (78)

Built on the super fast Genesis Framework, the Interior Pro theme is meant for interior design firms but can easily handle any other business with images to showcase. The site came in at just a tad over 3 seconds, but we think that decreasing requests could greatly help.
  • Fs – 1
  • Load time – 3.09 s
  • Price – $99.95

Fast WordPress E-commerce Themes for Shops

26. WowWay (97)

The WowWay offers a great tile layout with neat little options on hover such as opening a lightbox feature.
  • Fs – 1
  • Load time – 1.69 s
  • Price – $59 for single theme, $99 – $239 for multiples

27. Electro (90)

The Electro is built for especially for online electronics stores but would work well with other site types as well.
  • Fs – 1
  • Load time – 0.349 s
  • Price – $59

28. Motor (89)

Auto shops or any e-commerce store with a catalog online should check out the Motor, as well as its interesting features. The fully loaded page did take 6 seconds to load but removing its 2 Fs for minimizing request size and minifying CSS as well as serving static from a cookieless domain would help.
  • Fs – 2
  • Load time – 6.21 s
  • Price – $59

29. Stockholm Shop (87)

The Stockholm Shop offers many demos, including restaurant or architecture, but their shop demo impressed us the most. Key features include a store locator, language translator, and the ability for users to create a wishlist. It came in at over 3 seconds but does offer multiple sliders (one with 7 slides) and a lot of animated content, which accounts for this load time.
  • Fs – 1
  • Load time – 3.51 s
  • Price – $59

30. Schema Shop (80)

The theme is a great choice for those who want to have a main page and a shop on the side. Schema Shop even has neat little options for performance, such as enabling lazy load.
  • Fs – 1
  • Load time – 1.69 s
  • Price – $59

Fast WordPress Themes for Photographers, Artists, & Designers

31. Foto (99)

Foto loads fast and has many custom layouts for those who want to display images. We found the Polaroid layout very interesting.
  • Fs – 0
  • Load time – 1.53 s
  • Price – $49

32. Folia (99)

Display your portfolio quickly and elegantly with the Folia theme that offers many layouts, categories, etc.
  • Fs – 0
  • Load time – 0.988 s
  • Price – $49

33. Visia (99)

The Visia theme is a great choice for those who want a slider on their site as well as below the fold options.
  • Fs – 0
  • Load time – 0.597 s
  • Price – $44

34. Portfolio (95)

Far more than a standard theme, Portfolio offers over a dozen settings to customize the theme and is a great minimal theme. The demo site loads 9 high-quality images with effects, which accounts for the overall C grade but is impressive at only 2.16 seconds to load.
  • Fs – 0
  • Load time – 2.16 s
  • Price – $59

35. Photography (78)

If you book appointments online, the Photography theme is great and also has a vertical menu and tile layout.
  • Fs – 2
  • Load time – 1.16 s
  • Price – $79

Super Fast Miscellaneous WordPress Themes

36. Sports Center (98)

You don’t have to have a gym or fitness center to utilize Sports Center, but it doesn’t hurt. It has a crazy fast slider and is great for events given its ability to sell tickets, describe venues, and even list events in a neat little timeline.
  • Fs – 0
  • Load time – 2.29 s
  • Price – $59

37. PinThis (96)

If you use Pinterest a lot or just love its layout, check out PinThis. It will display all your pins as a whole or by the category of your choice. The theme also gives sharing and like options.
  • Fs – 0
  • Load time – 2.3 s
  • Price – $49

38. Jobify (93)

Use Jobify to develop a community of employers, prospective employees, and supervisors.
  • Fs – 1
  • Load time – 0.704 s
  • Price – $59

39. Expo (93)

Expo is a great choice for those who wish to set up a site for an event such as a convention, trade show, symposium, etc.
  • Fs – 0
  • Load time – 1.01 s
  • Price – $49

40. Rosa (82)

This amazing restaurant theme will load your images to the above the fold content in less than 2 seconds. Rosa offers a beautiful parallax background and has neat little options, like the ability to make reservations online.
  • Fs – 1
  • Load time – 1.74 s
  • Price – $74

41. Coupon X1 (81)

Got a coupon centered site? Use the Coupon X1 theme to get it going with the latest deals displayed in a Groupon like fashion.
  • Fs – 1
  • Load time – 2.46 s
  • Price – $49

42. Best – Fashion (80)

If your site is about fashion, the Best Fashion theme is all about you. It is also a good choice for bloggers who write about culture, trends, and related topics.
  • Fs – 1
  • Load time – 1.74 s
  • Price – $74

43. App Theme (79)

The App Theme is a neat little theme that allows you to highlight your app for sale but also works well with other single products.
  • Fs – 1
  • Load time – 1.63 s
  • Price – $59

44. Wayfarer (74)

Musicians and bands will enjoy the Wayfarer for its ability to list music, albums, tour dates, and more all from its homepage. Although it loads in only 1.45 seconds, we believe removing the 3 Fs will get its overall grade up to an A or B.
  • Fs – 3
  • Load time – 1.45 s
  • Price – $69

Fast Loading Free WordPress Themes

45. Adonia (93)

The Adonia offers a simple blog platform for those who want to share their thoughts, create an online diary, etc.
  • Fs – 1
  • Load time – 1.63 s

46. Probit (94)

Probit offers great options for a free theme. The homepage alone has a slider, hover boxes, parallax background, and more – which probably accounts for its 4.63 second load time.
  • Fs – 0
  • Load time – 4.63 s

47. Hueman (94)

The Hueman is a great choice for those who want a header image, blog posts/previews, and a customized sidebar.
  • Fs – 0
  • Load time – 2.34 s

48. Author (95)

This theme was specifically built for its namesake, Authors. The vertical menu keeps readers knowing who you are, while the page scrolls easily. It does have 5.4 MB of content, which probably accounts for the 3.8 second load time.
  • Fs – 0
  • Load time – 3.8 s

49. Vantage (89)

We are impressed with how many options the Vantage theme offers in its customizer. Even the homepage with the slider loaded quickly.
  • Fs – 0
  • Load time – 1.9 s

50. Bento (83)

Bento offers a lot of options and good loading speed for a free theme. We like that it offers more than one menu and its own page building tool.
  • Fs – 0
  • Load time – 1.9 s

51. Pixova Lite (70)

The Pixova is a good parallax, one-page theme, although it appears you can add more. Counters, portfolio items, client lists, and more are also offered. It has a great load time, but removing its 4 Fs would get its overall grade up.
  • Fs – 4
  • Load time – 1.45 s

52. BONUS: GrowthPress

The GrowthPress theme from our friends over at Proteus is one of the best marketing themes out there. It has the right look and feel for promoting any product, service, or online course.
  • Fs – 4
  • Load time – 1.83 s
This bonus theme also scores extremely well on Google Pagespeed Insights.

53. BONUS: Gumbo

Any podcaster or someone who creates a website for a podcast should check out the Gumbo theme. It has several interesting and useful features for podcasting in particular, and looks great as well. The pages on the demo load quite quickly and the only F is for the amount resources, something that could be fair considering the embedded audio players or Instagram widgets.
  • Fs – 1
  • Load time – 640 ms

54. BONUS: WP Buffs Site

Fair is fair, so we graded our own paper. While the overall score wasn’t ideal, we were surprised to find that our 3.3 MB homepage loaded in only 1.56 seconds.

Now Anyone Can Find the Fastest WordPress Themes

A fast WordPress theme is a good idea no matter what your site is used for. Page speed is important for SEO and will help you move up in search rankings and keep your bounce rate down from visitors who don’t have the patience for your page to load. If you need help speeding up your WordPress site or have any other related issue, contact us to see how we can help. Want to give your feedback or join the conversation? Add your comments 🐦 on Twitter.
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