Grammarly Premium Review 2017: Is It Worth the Upgrade?

Whether your writing for your personal blog, website copy, or even a school paper – writing is not a simple task for many people.

This is why freelance sites like Fiverr are so popular to outsource a variety of content.

I used to outsource a majority of the copywriting for my client’s websites myself. I always felt I was not that great of a writer and that it would take myself a lot longer to write an article than it would be for someone else who was more “qualified” than me.

So, why wouldn’t I just let the “experts” handle it?

Because writing is one of the best tools you will learn in your life. If you are always outsourcing it to other people, you will simply never learn.

It got to the point where I was spending hours editing articles provided by “copywriters” from these websites.

Not only was I paying a ton of money for these, but by the time I was done editing the articles, I soon found out that I could have written it better myself in the same amount of time!

Now don’t get my wrong – I still suck at writing. I have been out of school for ten years now and I’m very critical of myself when it comes to grammar.

I made it a point to teach myself on how to become a better writer.

I started reading blogs, trying different writing software, and writing as much as I could. I remember it would take me hours to write a simple 1,000-word blog post.

One tool that I fell in love with instantly was Grammarly. Which is why I decided to write this in-depth Grammarly review.

1. What is Grammarly?

Grammarly Grammar Checker

Grammarly, Inc. launched in 2009 as a writing enhancement software. Grammarly includes a variety of different free and paid services to help check grammar, sentence structure, punctuation, and even plagiarism by reviewing 250+ types of errors using their unique algorithm.

One thing I enjoy about Grammarly is that it not only fixes common writing errors but it also tells you why you should fix them and gives you a brief explanation of the problem. These suggestion citations alone should help improve your writing over time and to stop making the mistakes again in the future.

Grammarly currently supports Windows 7+ and MAC OS X 10.8+ and even has a web-based online text editor that I have started to use quite a bit when I am writing on my Chromebook.

2. Free Browser Extensions

Grammarly Extensions

One of most attractive features Grammarly provides is their FREE Chrome, Safari, and Firefox browser extensions. These extensions are totally free to use and work across most popular online platforms including:

  • Email (Gmail, Yahoo, etc.)
  • Online Forums
  • Online Forms
  • Social Media
  • WordPress Editor (One of the main reasons I love Grammarly!)
  • Microsoft® Office (Currently Windows Only)
  • and more…

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3. Grammarly’s Pricing

Grammarly Pricing

Grammarly Pricing

The free version of Grammarly is pretty robust and finds most mistakes. I found it to be much better than the default spell checkers most software including Microsoft Word.

Grammarly Premium starts at $29.99/mo.

However, the pricing goes down significant if you purchases it quarterly ($19.98/mo.) or yearly ($11.66/mo.)

Unless you plan to use it for a major paper or writing project for one month and then canceling the membership, paying upfront for a year is clearly the better option with Grammarly.

While I really like the software I do feel 29.99/mo. is quite steep for what it provides. I think if they were able to cut that price in half for a monthly plan it would attract more users.

4. Grammarly Premium VS Grammarly Free

The free version is a no-brainer, I believe everyone should use it even if you are doing simple tasks like writing posts on social media and the occasional email.

I have been using the free version of Grammarly’s Chrome extension and web-based application for about a year now, but I have always been curious to try Grammarly premium to see if it is worth it or not, so I decided to try it out!

To be honest, I had low expectations with upgrading.

$29.99/mo. seemed like an awful lot of money to spend on a glorified spell checker, right?

Wrong.

I was quite surprised at how well the upgraded features improved my writing. Even while I was writing this article, it ended up catching way more errors than I would have expected.

This is because Grammarly Premium is where it gets interesting with all the different add-ons including:

  • 100+ additional advanced grammar and spelling checks compared to the free version
  • Vocabulary enhancement suggestions
  • Genre-specific writing style checks
  • Plagiarism detector that more than 8 billion web pages

I love the plagiarism checker that Grammarly offers. Now, I do not even bother to use Copyscape on my new blog posts to make sure they are unique.

I also like how you can select the document type. Whether you are writing a research paper, creative writing, or even a blog post (the one I have chosen for this article) it will help you structure your words accordingly.

Grammarly Premium Feature

Grammarly Premium Document Type Feature

5. Is Grammarly Premium Worth It?

If Grammarly Premium is worth it to you will depend on many different factors, including what you plan to use the software for in the first place.

After trying Grammarly Premium, I can say that personally, I am sold on the software and wished I would have upgraded sooner.

I plan to upgrade to a yearly plan as I can justify spending the $11.66/mo for their software and think it is definitely worth it.

This is because I write blog posts on this website, but also many others and I do not always have the opportunity to have a human editor for everything I publish.

If you do any professional writing, I would highly recommend checking Grammarly premium out. I think it can be a great tool if your writing web copy for a client or even a student writing papers for college.

I do wish Grammarly had an Android / iOS app and think it would add more value to their premium plan if they had one.

I hope you enjoyed this Grammarly Premium review

Have something to add? Let me know in the comments below!

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