Last updated in May 2015
There are thousands of great WordPress themes out there, but finding one that’s perfect always seems to be a challenge. When searching for a theme, I expect it to be responsive for mobile and tablet, SEO friendly, fast, and easy to modify. While some free WordPress themes do all of this, most don’t. I’ve found that it usually pays off to invest in a good premium theme.
Here’s an exhaustive list of the best premium responsive WordPress themes available. All of them are fully responsive for mobile and tablet.
Jupiter is a versatile WordPress theme with over 1,600 vector icons included, video background functionality, and a drag and drop page builder. This is the WordPress theme that we used to build the Qosy website.
Brooklyn is a beautiful WordPress theme with lots of great layouts and templates straight out of the box. As the #1 selling one-page WordPress theme, you can’t go wrong with Brooklyn. From video and parallax backgrounds to hero style banners, this theme incorporates many of the latest design trends.
3. Krypton – $45 (demo)
Krypton is a beautiful theme that I’ve used as a template for several projects now. Everything about this theme has been designed with such attention to detail – from the loading of the HTML5 charts, to the user experience of the blog post summaries. Overall, I think this is probably one of the nicest themes around.
4. King Size – $50 (demo)
King Size is an amazing photo gallery theme aimed towards photographers. The theme offers five different layout styles, and supports both photo and video content in the background slider.
5. Avada – $55 (demo)
Avada is one of the most popular premium WordPress themes. It’s a very clean theme with a full-width content slider and a neat layout structure. Unlike some of the more modern themes in this post, this one is a little bit less ‘out there’.
Invictus is an ultra responsive portfolio theme for photographers. With bulk photo posting, Flickr slideshows, and high-resolution image display, this is one of the most popular WP themes for photographers (downloaded over 7,000 times!)
7. Sputnik – $35 (demo)
Sputnik is a fairly minimal theme based on flat UI design and pastel colours. The theme has three homepage templates, build in contact form, and various layout and alignment options.
8. Enfold – $55 (demo)
Enfold is a clean responsive and retina ready theme with multiple designs, layouts, and colour options. It’s optimised for SEO straight out of the box, and has lots of shortcodes for customisation.
9. Striking – $55 (demo)
Striking Multiplex & Ecommerce is one of the most comprehensive WordPress themes with eCommerce support and functionality. The demo site for this theme contains 125 pages, which gives you an idea of just how much of the work is done for you with this theme.
10. U-Design – $55 (demo)
A mobile ready theme with over 600 fonts, unlimited colour variations, and easy customisability. This theme’s integrated with WooCommerce and a translation plugin, making it easy to translate your content into different languages.
11. Chocolate WP – $45 (demo)
A great photo gallery theme with fluid masonry layout and a 3D slideshow. This theme would be great for photographers, model agencies, luxury retailers, or anything else where the photos do the talking.
12. Dandelion – $45 (demo)
A simple WordPress theme with three different templates and unlimited skins. The theme is powered by Pexeto Panel, making it a suitable platform for those with little coding knowledge.
13. Modernize – $55 (demo)
Modernize is a WooCommerce enabled theme with layer slider integration, boxed/full layout options, and a variety of blog layouts.
14. inFocus – $45 (demo)
inFocus is a fully responsive theme with over 100+ custom shortcodes, a short code generator, and great customisation functionality. The design is quite minimal, and has been built with SEO & speed performance in mind.
15. Salient – $55 (demo)
Salient is another favourite of mine. This is probably one of the slickest WordPress themes with video background support. It’s WooCommerce ready, optimised for SEO, fast loading times, and has stunning icon design.
16. Core Minimalist – $45 (demo)
Core Minimalist is what it says on the tin; a minimalistic responsive theme built around a photo gallery. The theme supports video portfolios, and includes both light and dark skins.
17. inCreate – $55 (demo)
InCreate is a responsive multipurpose theme with multi-language support (WPML), Woocommerce shop integration, Slider Revolution, 600+ Google Fonts, 700+ Vector Icons, and a variety of skins and layout options to choose from.
18. Metronic Admin Dashboard – $25 (demo)
Metronic is a frontend admin dashboard theme. I’ve used this theme before to build the UI for an email marketing service, and it’s a great starting place. It also has a corporate UI and eCommerce UI, both of which look very nice.
19. Vertikal – $45 (demo)
Vertikal is a clean responsive design theme with 11 different pre-made skins and an easy-to-use drag and drop page builder.
20. Bigbang – $45 (demo)
Bigbang is another WordPress theme designed with agencies in mind. It includes a clients pages, about us page, 6 portfolio post formats, 6 blog page layouts, and 6 different single post page layouts.
21. Moose – $45 (demo)
Moose is a flat responsive and retina ready theme with parallax effects. It’s built with Twitter Bootstrap 3 and features 50+ HTML5 pages, WPML integration, Visual Composer, Revolution Slider, Fancybox, and much more.
22. Netstudio – $55 (demo)
23. Mini – $55 (demo)
Built with mobile first techniques, Mini is a great WordPress theme for corporate, creative, and eCommerce businesses looking to show off a portfolio. This theme runs extremely fast, thanks to the highly optimised code.
24. ChurcHope – $45 (demo)
ChurcHope is a WordPress theme designed for churches, although it can really be used for anything. It includes event countdowns, upcoming events listings, a calendar, and event details pages templates.
25. Sterling – $55 (demo)
26. Slowave – $45 (demo)
27. Qaween – $45 (demo)
Qaween is a wedding WordPress theme with an RSVP form and countdown timer. The theme has over 500+ Google Web Fonts to choose from, and has a slideshow, events page, and photo gallery.
28. Alyeska – $45 (demo)
Alyeska is retina enhanced and fully responsive. The theme is easily customisable and has a large range of layout and colour options to choose from. This theme also supports the Twitter Bootstrap icon set and Twitter API.
29. Optimas – $40 (demo)
Optimas is a cross browser compatible theme with a clean slider-based design. The theme comes with 26 different patterned background images, 12 pre-made theme skins, and many further options to customise the theme. The theme is also integrated with Mailchimp, and includes 16 fully layered PSD files.
30. Barnelli – $40 (demo)
Barnelli is a premium WordPress theme dedicated to restaurants that need an impressive online presence and booking system. The theme is minimalistic, and includes three different menu designs.
31. Centum – $40 (demo)
32. Website – $45 (demo)
Website is a WordPress theme with lots of layout customisability, and includes 9 custom widgets, including Twitter Stream, Flickr Stream, Facebook Like Box, social media buttons, Contact form, Posts list, search, site info, and unwrapped text.
33. Argus – $40 (demo)
34. Rebound – $55 (demo)
35. Vida – $40 (demo)
Vida is a creative theme that includes two separate versions – a one page design, and a multi-page design. This theme includes 6 types of page templates, 20 shortcodes, and has lots of options for customising it.
36. Cake – $55 (demo)
Cake is a beautiful WordPress theme with WooCommerce integration, SliderRevolution, WPML, and much more. It’s cross-browser compatible, and well optimised for SEO.
37. Flatsome – $55 (demo)
Flatsome is a popular eCommerce WordPress theme with shopping cart integration, wish lists, product pages with tabs, and a custom checkout design.
38. Callisto – $55 (demo)
Callisto is a highly customisable premium WP theme that comes integrated with Visual Composer, WooCommerce, WPML, and much more, to make it simple to build a powerful and professional looking eCommerce store.
39. Florida – $55 (demo)
40. Smartmag – $45 (demo)
SmartMag is a modern WordPress Magazine theme with multiple blog layouts, suitable for magazines, newspapers, review sits, or blogs. One of the nice things with the SmartMag theme is the included review system, which enables readers (or the writer) to review content or products, and display the percentage / star ratings.
41. NewsZone – $55 (demo)
NewsZone is a flat design theme with six homepage layouts and a clean (and unbranded) frontend UI that enables writers to add, mange and edit posts without going into the standard WordPress backend. This theme has three layout options, including a full width skin, a boxed skin, and a boxed skin with margins.
42. Salbii – $45 (demo)
Saalbi is a clean theme with WPML compatibility, Visual Composer, and LayerSlider installed. The theme supports video backgrounds, parallax scrolling, and is responsive and retina ready.
43. Newave – $40 (demo)
I’ve used Newave on a few projects, and am a big fan. It’s a one page scrolling website theme with subtle use of parallax CSS. You can choose between a video background, full-width parallax slider, full screen slider, moving image background, or a full screen image parallax design.
44. Faculty – $40 (demo)
Faculty is an Ajax powered WordPress theme to promote your academic resume. Of course, there are many different applications of this design beyond the academic intent (I think it would make a great admin dashboard UI), but as a personal profile theme it’s slick and to the point.
45. Angular – $55 (demo)
Angular is a responsive WordPress theme suitable for those who want to showcase a portfolio online. The theme also supports the bbPress forum plugin, in case you require a forum on your website.
46. Zonda – $55 (demo)
Zonda is a WordPress Woocommerce theme designed for online shops. The the theme is fully responsive and retina optimised. Zonda even offer free WooCommerce installation, just in case you’re a WooCommerce newbie!
47. Vellum – $60 (demo)
Vellum is a very versatile starting point for virtually any site. The demo (with about 20 variations) shows just how many directions you can take with this theme. Vellum includes a tonne of great features including parallax backgrounds, UberMenu mega menus, Visual Composer content builder, and much more. Great for anything from spas, to musician websites, to wedding sites and beyond.
48. Gonzo – $45 (demo)
A basic HTML5/CSS3 responsive magazine theme with a built-in review system (supporting both stars and percentage ratings), enabling readers to rate content. This theme is built with Facebook Comments functionality set up.
49. Trego – $55 (demo)
A beautiful responsive theme with WPML already installed, making it easy to translate into multiple languages. This theme’s heavily integrated with WooCommerce, making it a great choice if you’re running an online eCommerce shop.
50. SmartStart – $45 (demo)
A very simple WordPress theme using HTML5 and CSS3 tableless design. Includes Google Maps plugin, Contact Form 7, and lots of nice little touches like being able to preview over 500 different Google Web Fonts within WordPress.
51. Santiago – $45 (demo)
A flat, modern, and responsive magazine theme with a widgetised home page. This means you can feature as many sections on the home page as you like by dragging and dropping them into place in the WordPress widgets editor.
52. Blandes – $45 (demo)
Blandes is a creative WordPress theme with hundreds of customisation options. The theme has advanced typography options with over 500 Google fonts, and support multiple header styles, blog types, and portfolios.
53. Lawyers – $40 (demo)
Lawyers is a premium responsive WordPress theme created specifically for law companies, attorneys, and others in the legal field. The website is professional and slick, and is built on the Twitter Bootstrap framework.
54. The 7 – $55 (demo)
The 7 is a responsive theme with an adaptive navigation menu and fluid grid layout. It’s fully customisable with 4 header layouts, 6 skins, 600+ fonts, and unlimited backgrounds.
55. Aware – $45 (demo)
56. Inovado – $55 (demo)
57. Avian – $55 (demo)
58. The Retailer – $55 (demo)
The Retailer is a powerful theme for building an online store. This theme makes it easy to sell both digital and real products with built-in order tracking, tax and shipping options, and product reviews.
59. Impreza – $55 (demo)
60. Posh – $55 (demo)
Posh is a great premium responsive WordPress theme that comes with Visual Composer, Slider Revolution, WooCommerce, ShowBiz Pro, Go (responsive pricing & compare tables), Easy Tables, UberMenu, Yoast WordPress SEO, and WPML.
61. Kallyas – $55 (demo)
Kallys is an SEO-friendly WordPress theme that comes ready with dark/light versions, modern sliders, multiple portfolio layouts, unlimited header and colour options and much more. The theme is coded in HTML5 and CSS3, and includes layered PSD files.
62. Super – $55 (demo)
Super is an elegant flat WordPress theme with full responsive design. This theme can be used for any type of website, from business and corporate to education and medical. The theme includes mega menus, full width video backgrounds, BuddyPress support, and full width or boxed layout options.
63. Risen – $45 (demo)
The Risen WordPress theme is specifically designed for church websites, although the template could be used for any website that needs a multimedia rich site. The theme includes everything a church website would need, including a mobile friendly sermon archive, photo and video gallery, church event pages, staff profiles, and church news.
64. Warwick – $40 (demo)
Warwick is a beautiful magazine WordPress theme with an in-built review system and a huge range of different page templates. While the template could be used for any kind of news or magazine site, the bold design would best suit a website in the entertainment industry.
65. Szia – $40 (demo)
66. MediCenter – $45 (demo)
Medicenter is a responsive WordPress theme designed for websites in the medical and health industry. The overall design is modern, professional, and clean. The theme comes with six pre-defined colour skins, and includes a visual page builder to help you create page templates without having to code.
67. Sahifa – $55 (demo)
Sahifa is one of the best-selling responsive WordPress themes for magazines, blogs, and news sites. This theme is Apple friendly, and enables users to add an app icon to their iPad or iPhone that launches your site directly in their browser. Sahifa also has a built-in review system, allowing you to add ratings and reviews to your posts.
68. SCRN – $35 (demo)
69. Mission – $45 (demo)
70. Gridstack – $45 (demo)
71. Solaris – $45 (demo)
72. Town – $40 (demo)
Town is a WordPress theme built for agencies and design studios to promote their work. The theme uses the Bootstrap framework. The theme is a super fast ajax portfolio, enabling potential clients to browse your work with a beautiful filtering effect.
73.Expression – $55 (demo)
Expression is a powerful WordPress theme suited for photographers who need a portfolio to display their work. The theme is powered by Pexeto Panel, and great attention to detail for making your portfolio stand out.
74. SeaShell – $35 (demo)
Seashell is a professional WordPress blog theme built with speed, SEO, security, and readability in mind. It’s compatible with WordPress 3.8 and has lots of nice extras like Google Authorship and social sharing integration.
75. Fortis7 – $60 (demo)
Fortis7 is a multilingual ready WordPress theme suited for business websites who want to showcase their work on a portfolio site. The site’s built with KODDE Framework V3 and is very easy and fast to use.
76. Henix – $40 (demo)
Henix is a responsive portfolio and blog WordPress theme designed for agencies and designers. The theme includes lots of handy plugins, such as Mav Icons, Mav Shortcodes, Revolution Slider, Latest Tweets, Wolf Skill Bars, Wolf Message Bar, WP Google Maps, bxSlider, and Contact Form 7.
77. Solido – $40 (demo)
Solido is a beautiful one-page WordPress theme that i’ve used on a handful of sites. It has four different homepage styles, including a video background style, a full screen image style, a parallax image style, and an image pattern style.
78. Feather Clean – $35 (demo)
79. Porto – $45 (demo)
Porto is a multipurpose responsive WordPress theme with premium sliders, a powerful admin panel, unlimited colour options, boxed & wide layouts, a drag and drop page builder, parallax design options, and multiple header and footer styles. The theme includes Nivo and Revolution Slider, pricing table support, portfolio pages, a functional contact form, and full demo content to help you get up and running quickly.
80. Nexus – $45 (demo)
Nexus is a deeply responsive business theme with three responsive sliders and a huge range of skins and colours to choose from.
81. Venda – $45 (demo)
Venda is a professional and and well-designed theme with unlimited custom colour skins and a drag and drop page builder. Venda has both wide and boxed layout options, and has an advanced shortcode generator.
82. Sentinel – $45 (demo)
83. Vivacity – $55 (demo)
84. Nevada – $55 (demo)
85. Vivid – $55 (demo)
Vivid is an extremely easy theme to use and is heavily suited around blogging. The theme comes with 15 custom widgets, most of which are directed around social media integration. One interesting addition to this theme is that it includes the Google Responsive Ads widget, enabling your Adsense ads to change in size according to the device they’re being viewed on.
86. Breeze – $55 (demo)
87. Porcelain – $55 (demo)
88. Kids Zone – $55 (demo)
Kids Zone is a fun and easy to use WordPress theme designed for kinder gardens, day care, preschool, and other websites designed for children. The theme supports an event calendar, a community forum (Buddypress, bbPress), and has a contact form already installed.
89. Scroller – $55 (demo)
90. Offbeat – $55 (demo)
91. Mercury – $55 (demo)
92. 3Clicks – $55 (demo)
3Clicks is a very vibrant corporate theme with 9 different skins, create menu styles, and a powerful admin panel. I’m a fan of this theme, as it’s done a great job of getting the balance right between appearing professional without being overly corporate.
93. ExtraNews – $55 (demo)
ExtraNews is a responsive news theme suitable for publishers. It includes review functionality (with schema microdata integration for showing star ratings in Google search results), as well as slideshows and galleries.
94. Titan – $55 (demo)
95. Time – $55 (demo)
There are very few themes that I’m 100% content with straight out of the box, but Time is one of them. It’s a beautiful theme with a very professional layout and visual style. You can choose between a boxed layout or open (full-width) layout. The theme is already integrated with maps, and is suitable for virtually any type of site, although I think it’s particularly well developed for a news-based site.
96. Dante – $55 (demo)
Dante is a well-designed mobile ready theme with an easy-to-use page builder, 27 pre-built page templates, and lots of short codes to save you time developing the website. The theme has BBpress and Buddypress support, as well as WooCommerce integration in case you’re looking to build a shop into your website.
97. Munditia – $55 (demo)
98. Astra – $55 (demo)
Astra is a flexible fully responsive WordPress theme developed for businesses and corporate websites that aim to promote a portfolio or specific product. The theme comes with an extensive range of style and colour options, so you can easily customise it to match your brand.
99. Essenza – $55 (demo)
Essenza is a beautiful theme with 4 very different visual styles to choose from. Essenza is predominantly a portfolio theme, and supports a grid-based layout for showcasing your photos or creative work.
100. La bomba – $55 (demo)
La Bomba is a WooCommerce based WordPress template focused around highlighting fashion trends (the fonts and design are based on what’s commonly used in the fashion industry). The theme includes a lightbox ‘lookbook’, a beautiful parallax background, as well as detailed product description page templates.
101. Cassia – $45 (demo)
Cassia is a powerful responsive blog theme with no frills. The theme also supports music posts, enabling you to easily embed music from Soundcloud or Spotify.
102. Groove – $55 (demo)
Groove is a modern and basic theme with WooCommerce integration, WPML, and an Ajax contact form. This theme is built with Bootstrap and includes two premium WordPress sliders.
103. Twish – $45 (demo)
Twish is a theme with an extra-wide layout (1170px), which looks amazing on modern wide screen displays. The theme is built on the Twitter Bootstrap framework and includes lots of demo content (including 26 different homepage layouts).
104. Sportsline – $40 (demo)
Sportsline is a theme that is, unsurprisingly, designed for sport websites. It has a clean design, and includes page templates for match fixtures, match results, photo galleries and recent news. The theme is SEO friendly, and is powered by Bootstrap 3.
105. Corsa – $40 (demo)
Corsa is a beautiful responsive theme with a large full screen background slider. This theme has 3D parallax backgrounds, over 360 included icons, and a huge range of custom fonts to play around with.
106. Barberry – $55 (demo)
Barberry is a premium eCommerce WordPress theme with WooCommerce integration and a powerful checkout and my account section. The theme was selected as one of the top ten best WordPress themes by Forbes, and has been downloaded over 500 times. The Barberry theme is built using the Bootstrap framework.
107. Rock4Life – $40 (demo)
Rock4Life is a responsive WordPress theme for bands and artists. It has a filterable gallery, lots of slick CSS3 / Jquery animations, and a HTML5 audio player.
108. Muse – $45 (demo)
Muse is a WordPress theme designed for music lovers, bands, DJs, producers, labels, and event organisers. The theme includes an events template, as well as a photo / video gallery. This theme has a touchable slideshow and is retina ready.
109. Iron Band – $45 (demo)
IronBand is a theme designed for music and DJ related websites. It has an easy to use control panel, a built-in MP3 player, as well as page templates for gig lists, photos, videos, news, and tour information.