Over the past few years, I’ve found that there are plenty of “Top WordPress Themes” articles but none that focus on Bootstrap. It’s often overlooked, yet Bootstrap is steamrolling through the design and front-end industry, becoming the standard for quickly launching sites, prototyping apps, and using as base foundation for CSS.
So without further ado, let’s look over the Top 10 Premium Bootstrap Themes that offer more than just a pretty skin, but often enough, a full front-end solution.
Unify is a responsive Bootstrap theme currently running on Bootstrap 2.3.2; however, an upgrade to Bootstrap 3 is coming soon and future updates are free for download. The theme looks wonderfully clean and polished. It can be used for either business purposes but also for personal uses. It also looks as stunning on desktop as on mobile.
- Glyphicon Pro icons
- Revolution Slider
- 4 Color Options
- 40+ template pages
- 20+ plugins included
- PSD logo included
- Works on Firefox 5+, IE8+, Opera 11, and Safari 5+
Current Price: $14 ($5 on sale)
My Take: The theme looks really great. I think that the price is very well worth it. I’m considering buying this theme and using it for my site. It is by far my favorite of all the premium bootstrap themes I’ve seen. It really takes the designer out of the process since you get 40+ template pages with it already.
Clean Canvas is a business type theme and comes with both Bootstrap 3 and Bootstrap 2.3 versions so you can choose which one you’d like. It has a very modern feel to it. It is suggested as the front-end for the Detail Admin theme by the same author.
- Multiple page templates
- 13 Background designs for most design eleemnts
- banners PSD files
- parallax slider implementation
- SASS based theming
- Works on IE8+, Firefox5+, Chrome14+, Opera 11, and Safari 5
Price: $18 ($12 on sale)
My Take: Clean canvas is another business theme. It’s definitely more colorful and image-based than its competitors; however, it’s not as featureful. It’s definitely a great choice for any business but business that focus on portfolios and impressing its customers with site fluidity will like it.
Unicorn Admin is an admin dashboard theme currently compatible with Bootstrap 3. It’s fully responsive, and unlike many other admin templates, it’s fully usable on desktop and on mobile alike.
- Retina ready for optimal viewing experience
- jQuery plugin integrated for chart viewing
- Growl-like admin notifications
- support chat and messages
- custom scrollbars, modals, and other elements
- Works on Chrome 14+, Firefox 4+, IE8+, Opera 11, and Safari 5
My Take: When viewing the preview, make sure to login with admin/admin and you’ll get to see the beauty of the dashboard. It definitely includes all the elements you’d expect from an admin menu, making it easy to implement with any application. The support for growl-like notifications makes it much more usable and immersive. It’s definitely not one of those themes where things look pretty and aren’t usable. You can get a lot out of this theme. The added advantage of this theme is also its collapsible side menu which makes it look like a native application on tablets. Very cool.
Despite its very simple name, Light Blue is a pretty cool theme based on flat design. It’s definitely much lighter than most themes and it touts as less obtrusive than most themes. It currently works with Bootstrap 3.
- 3 Sidebar options
- SASS powered theme
- Customizable widgets
- integrated with various charting and table plugins
- form improvements
- runs on all current major browsers
My Take: Light Blue definitely tries to be less of a strain on the eyes and create an interesting contrast between its background and information. I would disagree that it’s better or less obtrusive than others; however, to each their own. They do definitely focus more on the content of the page by making the sidebar part-length rather than full-span of the screen. Their plugins are well themed for the site as well.
Jekas is less of a theme and more of a template; however, it is fully based on Bootstrap, currently running on BS 2.3.X. It’s a professional multipurpose theme that can be used by creative professionals and businesses alike.
- camera slider
- 9 skins
- software template
- 15+ html tempaltes
- php email template included
My Take: Jekas is a pretty neat theme. I definitely like the colors and love the fact it comes with several different preinstalled color schemes, makes it much easier to sync with your brand. Every page you go to animates into loading which is a neat feature as well. It’s definitely versatile.
Porto is a nice fully-themed Bootstrap theme running on Bootstrap 2.3.x. It comes in a variety of forms from plain Bootstrap to a drupal implentation with WordPress and Bootstrap 3.0 versions comings soon. It’s light and lends not only a feeling of cleanliness but also of style.
- 35+ HTML layouts
- touch swipe support
- parallax one-page
- over 350 icons
- uses a $12 jQuery slider plugin
- includes PHP Contact Form, Search (via Google Search), and Newsletter sign up (via Mailchimp)
- runs on IE8+, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Chrome
My Take: Porto offers a bit more than just a Bootstrap theme so it’s nice to have a full site packaged into one. It’s really stylish and clean in design. It’s definitely a great choice for most.
Metronic Dashboard Theme is a slick flat-designed dashboard with metro-style tiles and graphic elements. It runs on 2.3.x but soon will be ported to Bootstrap 3. It has long-term updates which always keep it up to date. It also features a front-end.
- 55+ jQuery plugins
- long-term support/updates with new features
- Front End theme included
- 100+ template pages
- 6 color metro themes
- works on IE8+, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Chrome
My Take: Metronic has already won several awards for being the best theme. It’s definitely a great idea to have a full front-end as well as a beautiful back-end so I’ll give them that. But the best thing about this theme is the constant updating so you’ll never lag behind. Not only that, but the theme gets better in terms of features and stability with each release. All included in the initial price.
Minx is a professional HTML5 portfolio template with a ton of pages. It’s meant for a creative professional, either a designer or a photographer. It’s very modern and sleek. It currently runs on Bootstrap 2.3.x and it’s also available as a WordPress theme.
- 28+ template pages
- six color schemes in light & dark
- sliders, carousels etc.
- Dribble photostream
- includes full PSDs of major elements like accordian buttons, logo etc.
- works on IE8+, Firefox, Safari, Opera, and Chrome
My Take: While not very featureful, Minx is very clean looking with big spaces for images. It has several different gallery layouts which is a huge plus. You have plenty to choose from to fit your style. I think that makes it really shine though is that it’s also available as a WordPress theme, meaning that you don’t have to take this just as a theme but as a finished site.
Ambrosia is not just a theme, it’s a great starting point for your own design. It’s been upgraded to Bootstrap 3.0.0 and employs a flat design characteristic to that release. The theme is actively updated and includes various stock images. It’s marked as a “corporate” theme, meant for small business and large ones alike.
- LESS structure (easier modifications and personal customizations)
- various template pages
- works on IE9+, Chrome 14+, Firefox 5+, Opera 11+, and Safari 5+
My Take: Ambrosia is a very simple theme. I think that it definitely is a great clean starting point. I love the fact that the theme is LESS based, meaning that, we can easily modify the theme to suit our needs. And since all of the template pages are already premade for us, it’s easy to get this thing together, customize it, and launch it.
Aventador is a one-page template meant to relay all its information in one swift motion with style and shine. It’s built on top of Bootstrap 3.0.x. It’s a great solution for landing pages and for sites that are just starting out, giving one space for pricing, testimonials, portfolio, and other elements.
- Animated scroll
- filterable portfolio+lightbox
- various design elements (akin to “page templates”) including pricing tables, testimonials, contact form and more
- LESS based for easier and faster manipulation
My Take: Aventador is pretty solid. I’d say that if you want a fuller theme to skin your site, this wouldn’t be my choice; however, as a one page splash, or an introduction it’s definitely awesome. All the elements play well together.
Do you have your own suggestions?
I personally picked out these themes based on ratings, awards, popularity, and personally browsing through hundreds of them. I’d love to hear some of your own suggestions. I’ll stick them to the bottom of the post as “User Recommended”.
App Strap (price: $10)
Grove (price: $9)