We all struggle with grammar and spelling mistakes. As “grammar Nazi” you may be, I am willing to bet that you have, in fact, published an article somewhere sometime that has a spelling mistake in it.

I have myself seen spelling mistakes in many books that I bought, books that have had (I’m guessing) an army of proofreaders working behind on it.

Even though they are “common” spelling mistakes are not a good thing. But we have to keep in mind that “human error” is excusable and it does happen from time to time.

Yes, if you’ve been following me for a while, you would know that I do have spelling mistakes on my content – but I promise you, it’s not for lack of trying.

I genuinely look at my blog posts and proofread them at least three times before I publish anything, but somehow, they still get in there.

English is my second language too, and while that is not an excuse, I’m hoping you can cut me some slack? LOL

However, as with all things “internet,” there is hope for us that do indeed let grammar and spelling mistakes pass, and that is what I’d like to share with you today.

In Comes Grammarly

I have been blogging for a while now, I would say around five years, but honestly I have since lost count. As I said, spelling and grammar have always been an issue for me so once I figured out that my writing is indeed affecting my readership (which is no surprise), I had to find a solution to my problem.

After a few Google searches, I came across a tool that you may have already heard of by now, and that is Grammarly.

Today, I am going to be doing my way over-due Grammarly review so if you would like to know how this tool can help you minimise grammar and spelling mistakes, read on.

There are two versions of Grammarly; free and premium and I am going to be talking about the both options here and what you get out of each one (obviously a premium membership will be much more robust).

But do you need to have premium? That’s what we’re going to find out today;

Grammarly Review: My Thoughts On The #1 Spell Checker

Grammarly Review

What Is Grammarly?

As we said already, Grammarly is a tool that you can install and it checks all of your writing.

This does not only include when writing blog posts. But even writing anywhere in general online (some sites are not allowed).

You can turn on and off on which sites you want it “to work on” but my recommendation would be to leave it running all the time. (I don’t mind being proofread while on Facebook for example)

Grammar is a tough job, and even if you are a master of the English language, you’re still susceptible to human error so having this tool silently and automatically working for you is a great, great thing to have.

How To Use Grammarly

All you have to do to start using Grammarly is to simply install the free plugin which plugs directly into your Chrome browser, turn it on and you’re set!

Once you start typing somewhere, if there are any mistakes that you may need to fix, it will highlight them and suggest corrections.

Using The Free Grammarly Membership

Free is a good starting point for most people, and even though it’s free, it does a marvellous job at catching errors.

The free, although limited, can still pick up 90%+ of your mistakes, but only when it comes to spelling mistakes. As for grammar use and proper sentence structure, you would have to go with a premium version (which I will talk about next).

I’ve been using the free Grammarly for the major part of the past two years, and I loved it. It’s only in these past two weeks that I have been using Grammarly premium, which I managed to get in on a super-cool yearly offer (more on this later).

Premium Grammarly

Of course, the real power of such a tool will only reveal itself once you have bought into the premium membership, which is fair enough I guess.

As a premium member, you get not just spell checking, but also:

Critical grammar checks

*Obvious*

Advanced grammar checker

Advanced grammar is a bit tricky to catch because your writing style may make sense and has no spelling mistakes, but it’s not English the way English is meant to be written (if you catch my drift).

This advanced speller will find all these little mishaps and suggest a correction for you to fix.

Vocabulary enhancement

Do you find yourself using the same words over and over again? I know the feeling, but with Grammarly premium, the tool recognises when you are using the same word over and over again and can come up with alternative words and synonyms to help you expand your vocabulary a bit.

“Genre Specific” Writing style

Now, a blog should never be written the way a research paper is written. And a business presentation should also never be written the same way you send an email to your mum.

This genre specific writing style is something Grammarly also takes into notice, and you can switch on which writing style you want to write in, and it will then measure your grammar and vocabulary with your chosen writing style.

Does this make sense?

Plagiarism detector

This is a good one and something that has been a huge money saver for me. Let me explain:

Plagiarism” is the act of copied content being shared across the web. This, you may have heard it called by another name, and that is; duplicate content.

Now, I don’t know how sharp you are on your SEO skills, but duplicate content is a big no-no in the word of content marketing. Grammarly, kindly enough, have included a plagiarism tool to help you see if your content has ever appeared online.

Now, if you are writing your content yourself, then it’s highly unlikely that you will find another post with the same text But.. if you have content writers on your team and they submit articles to you, it’s a good thing to check if the content has been copied from somewhere else.

grammarly at work

Other Features Of Grammarly Premium:

  • Check your writing across the whole web
  • Have your own personal word editor inside Grammarly.com
  • Access your documents on multiple devices
  • Microsoft Word Integration for easy export
  • Windows and OSX apps ar also available
  • See definition and synonyms of words you’re typing by double clicking
  • Catch contextual and grammar mistakes
  • The ability to add your own words to the dictionary
  • See rules of the grammar and why it is suggesting something else for you
  • Get performance stats by email (I love seeing how much I am writing)

The Difference Between Premium & Free

Here is a comparison chart showing you the main differences you need to know between Grammarly free and Grammarly premium:

The 5 Benefits Of Grammarly (Premium)

Proper Grammar

As we said already; even the best can make a mistake here and there, but luckily, this tool should help minimise these errors tremendously.

There is nothing more embarrassing than noticing a dumb mistake on a post that has been viewed thousands of times after it has been published for months.

I had that happen to me a lot of times but hopefully now that I am fully invested into Grammarly, this should minimise the embarrassment.

Makes You Look Much More Professional

The proper tone of voice, no grammar and spelling mistakes and an expanded vocabulary for your writing will instantly make you look 100x better and much more professional.

The internet is a crowded place and if you need to do your best to stay at the top of your game, consider getting the free Grammarly for a much more polished, professional writing style.

Easy To Use

Once Grammarly notices you have a spelling mistake, it will instantly highlight it, and you’ll be able to fix it with a click of a button. It’s very easy to use and super fast to go through a document (although I still hate proofreading).

Can Catch Most Grammar Mistakes

Spelling is one thing, grammar is the other. Most free spell checkers do not have grammar as part of their services but Grammarly does and (I’m not sure about this) but I think it’s the only one that has grammar checking as part of the service.

Free Option Available

We all love free things, and as I said, the free Grammarly for Chrome plugin is completely free to use. Just plug it in and let it do the work for you.

If you like it, then consider buying into the premium version, but if you’re just starting out, the free membership is more than enough for you.

2 Things I’m Not A Fan Of

Sometimes it does not catch all errors at once

As with all software, you’re bound to run into some bugs here and there.

I have noticed Grammarly miss certain misspelt words on the first launch, it will catch them eventually, but sometimes it does take some time to get all the “kinks” out of your writing. You may think you have fixed all spelling mistakes, but once you save and refresh, you’ll find a few more here and there.

No biggie, just the way it is.

I like the conversation tone of writing (Grammarly doesn’t)

My type of writing is the “conversational tone“, and that is I write as if I am having a conversation with a friend. Grammarly doesn’t seem to be too keen on this style of writing and often suggest edits and fixes that would take away from that tonality.

It’s a bit annoying, to be honest, but it will only take a quick click on the “ignore” button for it to stop suggesting ideas.

Who Will Get The Most Benefit Out Of Grammarly?

Grammarly is a great tool for anybody that spends a lot of time writing, proofreading, editing and posting content.

It may not be for the average one-hour a day Facebook user, but for the blogger who is constantly writing emails, blog posts, comments, social copy and more, it can be a time saver and a money saver too.

How Much Does Grammarly Cost?

grammarly prices

Let’s talk money, or to be exact; how much Grammarly will run you.

The Free Membership

This is obviously free, and you can download the Grammarly for Chrome plugin here if you’d like.

All you have to do is simply install it in your browser (which takes seconds), and you’re set. Once you start typing something, the plugin will start automatically detecting your spelling and grammar.

The Premium Membership.

We’ve talked already about all the benefits a Grammarly premium membership can bring so I am sure you agree that their price structure is more than fair.

There are type types of membership plans for Grammarly premium, and they are:

  • Monthly, which costs $29.95 a month
  • Quarterly, which costs $19.98 a month and
  • Annual, which brings it down to $11.66 a month.

See pricing plans here.

I have made it a point and a new resolution moving forward that any service I buy, I go for yearly thus saving myself a lot of money.

So yes, I jumped on Grammarly for free, spent two years testing it out (LOL) and have now made the leap to a yearly subscription. If you are interested in Grammarly premium, I really do suggest you go for the yearly. Just the price itself is enough incentive in itself.

By rough calculations, you will be saving more than 50% on your bill, and I am sure that you spend $11.66 a month on more useless things than a spell checker that will make you 100X a better writer than you are now.

Do I Recommend Grammarly?

thumbs up

Yes, yes and yes!

Just get started with the free option of Grammarly and see how it goes. If you like it and the needed arises for more power, then by all means; consider buying into Grammarly pro.

You can sign up for Grammarly Pro here.

Final Thoughts

Thank you very much for reading my Grammarly review. It’s been a while since I’ve done a review on this blog and I am glad to have come back to reviews with such an amazing product.

I hope you like Grammarly as much as I do and if you have any questions, be sure to let me know in the comment section below.

I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks again.

Grammarly Final Rating
  • Price
  • Features
  • Training
  • Value For Money
3.2
Author

I was sick of people telling me what to do, so I set out to create a passive-income business online. Nowadays I share my experiences and what's been working for me as I work my way up to my goal of $10,000 p/month. If you think that sounds exciting, maybe you should follow along - here's where I suggest you start.

30 Comments

  1. Hello,
    thank you for publishing a very informative review about spell checker grammarly. I personally use this awesome spell checker and it works great for me. I have to point out, you really explain in detail everything we need to know about this great spell checker. Great info.
    Have a good day

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      Glad to hear Karlo. 🙂 Thanks for commenting.

  2. I too have the issue with the conversational tone! I used Grammarly a while ago and I did love it but I found that I had to scan my work a couple of times before it found all the errors and there was always an issue with US English and UK English.

    This review is extensive. Are there any equivalent extension you can recommend other than Grammarly?

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      To be honest Philip, I haven’t tried any of the alternatives out there because I simply do not see the need to venture outside of Grammarly at this point. It’s super affordable and it catches a lot of mistakes. I don’t see a possibilty soemthign else can be better than Grammarly for now.

  3. I love Grammarly and have been using it for about a year. It really helps me get more writing done. Plus it gives me confidence knowing I’m not going to embarrass myself.

    Each week Grammarly emails me a report about how much I’ve written, recurring mistakes and how I’ve improved from the previous week.

    I write fiction, non-fiction, and I blog. Grammarly saves me from having to pay an editor for daily edits and checks. I still use professional editors on my big projects, but Grammarly keeps my writing presentable for the blog and smaller projects.

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      Wonderful! Glad to hear you are finding Grammarly useful Gary! It rally is a great tool and it has helped me tremendously as well. 🙂 Caught around 5 errors just in this comment! LOL!

  4. Thank you for providing this review on Grammarly. It is detailed and helpful. I do have a question.

    You mentioned Genre Specific Writing Style. Does this mean that I can write my letters, messages, reports, articles, or any kind of correspondences in my natural writing? Will it then notice my writing style, and inform me which is the best wording that I should be using, while also finding spelling mistakes?

    I laughed when I read the part about having a spelling mistake posted on a website for months. This has happened to me, it’s embarrassing. The word was America, I had it spelled Ameirca. If I had used a spelled checker I may have caught it.

    It looks like Grammarly could be used for proofreading. Sometimes when I proofread my own writing, I tend to read it the way I wanted to say, and not the way I wrote it.

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      Hi there Lenard. No it doesnt automatically detect your writing style, you just need to set it before hand and it will gauge your writing according to the style you’ve set (hope this makes sense).

      And yeah; I have a lot of spellign mistakes somehwere sure, but trust me; I used to have a lot more before! LOL

  5. Hi Chriss. I like your review of Grammarly. i use ti myself so I know a thing or two about it. The mistakes that annoy me the most are when it sometimes confuses I and O, so i write by acciden “mire” insead of “more” and it doesnt correct it. Also when I mispell badly a word it says “did you mean this” and then splurts out a non-existent word in the English language. But those are minor nitpicks. I still think Grammarly is the best when it comes to making your writting better.

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      I agree 100%! it does these annoying little mishaps but yea; still the best out there!:)

      Glad you are enjoying Grammarly and thanks for your comment.

  6. Hi Chris,
    I have been using the free version of Grammarly for almost two years now and find it extremely helpful and time saving. And this is the first time I come across such an in-depth review of this excellent software. Even with the free version, I am already too happy about it. Any spelling mistake could be corrected with a single click – you don’t need to rewrite them – just a click on the suggested spelling. Your review gives me a clearer insight. Maybe soon I will go for a premium. Thank you for taking all the pains. After all Grammarly has taught me all I need to know about punctuation. I never realized my punctuation was that bad.
    Cheers,
    Kipps

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      Glad to hear Kipps. 🙂 Thank you for your time and kind comment. Much appreciated.

      -K

  7. Hello Chris,
    I enjoyed your review. I use the complimentary version of Grammarly. I love the way you have compiled the review. Nothing was left unturned. You examined all the possible options. I love the use of heading tags, made reading wonderful.
    I loved the use of color as well. |I think a few more images would be good. That Grammarly image could be scaled down a bit. Other than that, a great job.

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      Thank you Michelle. I appreciate your feedback and comment. 🙂

  8. Wow it’s great that Grammarly catches errors in more than just spelling. Sometimes I have to double check that the phrasing of something is infact grammatically correct and most spellcheckers just don’t do that kind of thing! If you do a lot of writing and blogging I guess Premium Version Grammarly would be something worth trying out!

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      It is, but I suggest you try out the free version initially. Get used to how it works and if you liek it; move on to premium (which yes is very well worth while).

      Thank you for your comment.

  9. I really like Grammarly. It lets me write quickly knowing that it will catch my mistakes. However, just this past week Grammarly stopped working with MS Word. I hope they get this figured out.

    The good news is Grammarly still works inside of WordPress, so I can check my posts before I publish them. I highly recommend Grammarly.

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      Oh I didn’t know that; thanks for sharing. I use Grammarly on WP itself so I never noticed this.

      Thanks for updatign us.

  10. Thanks for the info. i came across grammarly a while back but did not get the chance to review it. I will definitely try out the free version and see if it works for me.

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      Let me know how it works out for you Joshua. 😉

  11. Hey Chris,
    I love Grammarly! I’m a bit of a hard headed person, my ego doesn’t let me use any grammar checkers because I know I can speak English well.

    Still, speaking and writing are two different things and especially for bloggers, we tend to write so many words in such a short period of time, so much so that I tend to make some mistakes while typing and I didn’t even know!

    Its not until I got some people started commenting about my spelling mistakes that I use Gramarly to proofread my content before publishing and its never failed me at all. Having Grammarly is a must especially for people who types a lot so I highly recommend it. Awesome review man, love it!

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      Hahaha yep. Same thing drive me to Grammarly; many people pointing out my grammar mistakes. :/ Emberrasing; but true.

      Glad you’re finding Grammarly useful buddy! 🙂

  12. Hello, Chris. You are right about Grammarly. It is a must to have tool for these who are non native English speakers. When people can not catch a meaning in the blog, they will switch to next page or worse, to the next website.
    Grammarly is great tool to learn English. The usage of this tool is not complicated. Everybody can use it.
    I wish that more people would read your blog and would try GRammarly for free and later a premium version.
    When we are silent, it is okay. When we write in a confusing manner, we can get into trouble.
    All the best, Nemira.

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      Fully agree with you here Nemira.

      I appreciate your time and thoughts. Thank you.

  13. Hello Chris
    I found out about Grammarly when I got started online and my writing has really improved.As someone who does not speak English well( I speak German), I`ve always struggled to write English correctly.
    But Grammarly has made things easier and mistakes are less since my missing periods, grammar faults or where I need to start a word with caps are shown so I can correct them.
    I did not upgrade my Grammarly account, as affordable and competitive their prices are, I feel the free version is enough for me at the moment.
    Thanks for sharing your views and like you, I feel Grammarly is a must have for anyone serious about their content creation.

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      Yes the free version is more than enough to already improve your writing by a lot. Glad you are finding Grammarly useful Roamy. 🙂

      I appreciate your kind words.

  14. As someone who is constantly proof reading and still making mistakes, i think Grammarly will save me a considerable amount of time. I also like the fact that you can select the writing style.

    Thanks for such an in depth review, once i finished reading your article I felt you answered every question that came to mind.

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      You’re very welcoem CorrieB. Glad you found my Grammarly review useful. 😉

  15. I finally gave into getting Grammarly after the ads seemed to follow every Youtube video I hit. Then finally one day I got into an argument with my mom (who is a former English Teacher) about the grammar in my next post and I had no choice but to install the plugin to see once and for all who was right!
    Needless to say, I’ve used it on every post since and I was appalled to see how many mistakes were in earlier posts once I eventually made a return visit with Grammarly.
    Hoping to get the premium soon too!

    • Mr 3HUNDRD Reply

      That’s great Ryan.. glad you are enjoying Grammarly and using it to its fullest potential. Thank you kindly for your comment.

Write A Comment

*