Being big fans of Elementor page Builder, we use Elementor on a daily basis to Design and Develop our Web Design Projects. For most of our web projects these days, we prefer to use Elementor Pro‘s Theme Builder feature with the bare bones Hello Theme. Which allows us to customize every part of the Website Design.
Which WordPress Theme should i use for Elementor? Depending on project scope, complexity, we prefer to go the route of using an Elementor compatible, customizable, light-weight WordPress Theme. For example a membership website with BuddyPress, eCommerce with WooCommerce or LMS with LifterLMS. A core theme to take care of all styles of the Website while utilizing Elementor Free for page layouts. While maintaining a fast loading speed.
In this article, we explore the Best Free and Premium Elementor WordPress Themes that are fast, minimal and extremely well-rounded. This is a curated list of Themes that we have personally used some are based on feedback and reviews on the Elementor community.
Best Elementor WordPress Themes for your Next Website Project
Astra is an Elementor compatible WordPress Theme that is currently all the rage. With 4700+ five-star ratings and over 1 Million+ active installs in 2020, it’s not hard to see why.
The Astra Theme is extremely light weight and loads in just 0.5s. With website speed (web vitals) becoming a Google ranking factor, starting out with Astra can be an added advantage. We like the fact that Astra also do not use the JQuery library in its code, so we can rule out JQuery render blocking when the website loads. That being said, Elementor and most WordPress plugins utilizes JQuery so JQuery is to a certain extent, unavoidable.
Is not just for Elementor, really, its made for Page Builders in mind and is fully compatible with Guthenberg, Brizy, Beaver Builder, Elementor, Site Origin, Visual Composer or Divi. So you can use your favorite Page Builder with no problems at all.
Astra Features a high level of customizability with plenty of options for Header, Footers, Layouts. But best of all, Astra is Free. But for designers and developers, we do recommend the Pro version (Lifetime License available), which comes with a ton of additional options full site customization, hooks, starter templates.Visit Astra
Blocksy! I don’t know why… but whenever i think of the Blocksy, it sounds like a shout-out a shoutout in my mind. Very recently launched, Blocksy is making a huge impact on the Elementor community. And when, Chris Lema revamped his website with Blocksy, we took notice too. A very strong rival for Astra indeed!
Fast forward to today, we are using Blocksy for 2nd Elementor website project and we are loving it! Editing experience on customizer is superb with an incredible amount of options for customizations. That is because Blocksy options are created using React components.
Performance wise, Blocksy is definitely fast and performs really well on all major Speed Tests. Bear in mind, that’s without with Elementor being loaded. Still, having a light weight theme like Blocky is a better start than having a clunky theme to begin with.
Feature wise, we must confess that what drew us in was actually the Slide in Mobile and Overlay Navigation Menu – available in the free version. Don’t judge, everyone’s draw to different things, right? So that’s pretty awesome feature for us.
The Pro version comes with additional features and functionality Features like: Advanced Header / Footer Builder, Hooks, Custom Font Support and Mega Menus. We are also happy to see extensive features for WooCommerce and that Distraction free Shopping and Multi step checkout features are in the works.
And seeing that, WordPress is moving toward Guthenberg. And Blocksy performs best with Guthenburg Blocks, we are also most definitely going to be working with Blocksy a lot more with both Guthenberg and Elementor setups.Visit Blocksy
Kadence Theme is another fully featured lightning fast WordPress theme that plays well with Elementor. In terms for development maturity, Kadence is quite established. As there is a whole suite of offerings and integrations with popular page builders (Guthenberg, Elementor and Beaver Builder) and plugins such as LMS Plugins, BBPress, WooCommerce and Restrict content Pro. Which makes Kadence a very well rounded theme for eCommerce and Membership Websites.
Premium versions of Kadence includes Header Addons, Hooks, Mega Menus and Woocommerce Addons. While Kadence Suite includes all Plugins and Themes from KadenceWP, Starter Templates and Kadence Blocks Pro.Visit Kadence Theme
Ah, the all time developer favorite. If a close to bare-bones Theme is what you need, look no further than GeneratePress. The benefit of GeneratePress is that on initial install, the entire loaded website is just 10Kb in size. The speed is impressive.
While being small in size does not mean the lack of customization options, don’t expect the whole kitchen sink to be included. Consider GP Premium to access extensions, hooks and more options. For example, you can use Elements module to create Guthenberg Block layouts and Sections to create a page with multiple sections.Visit GeneratePress
While OceanWP is compatible with most Page Builders, the product offering is geared towards Elementor. 2 Things comes to my mind when it comes to OceanWP, WooCommerce and an Extensive Design library pre-built Designs for Elementor. Which we must say, the designs are of high quality. We like the cohesive look and feel between its Elementor based widgets and WooCommerce components. Of course, you’ll need the Pro version to access premium add-ons which includes an Elementor Add-on Plugin.
Currently, OceanWP boasts over 3 million Downloads and powering over 700,000 websites and with excellent reviews.Visit OceanWP
Rey Theme is often raved as the Best WooCommerce Theme based on Elementor. Featuring eclectic design templates, Rey is perfect for selling fashion, lifestyle, furniture and design related products.
Packed with lots of features that enhances User experience such as Asynchronous Ajax Add to cart, WooCommerce filters, Quick view Products. And most importantly of all, it loads fast. Therefore you are ensured an elevated shopping experience with you site created with Rey.
With over 2000 copies sold and over 200 reviews on Themeforest, you can be assured of it’s quality and theme support.Visit Rey Theme
Conclusion: Best Elementor Themes for WordPress
So there you have it! Our curated list of our top 6 Elementor Themes for your consideration. Please do let us know which Theme you have chosen or an awesome theme that we have missed out in the comments below. Meanwhile do check out our other Elementor articles and collections:
- Elementor Addons and Widgets
- Remove Elementor paragraph bottom spacing
- Elementor Dropdown box Tutorial
- How to Show and Hide an Elementor Section with Button Clicks