Top 10 Helvetica Alternatives on Google Fonts

Helvetica is one of the most popular and widely used sans-serif typefaces in history. There is even a documentary film about it.

While I agree that it can work beautifully on posters and the like, I think that the readability of Helvetica on screens is still subjective. I’m also kinda bored of seeing it everywhere.

This typeface is a bit overused, right?

That’s the reason I wrote this post, to show you that there are some pretty nice looking fonts out there which can easily replace Helvetica for titles and paragraphs.

The best part? These fonts are free to use and are available on Google Fonts.

Check them out:

Inter

Inter in action

Inter — A typeface that works pretty well on screens. Inter features a tall x-height to aid in readability, making it a really good alternative to Helvetica.

Inter comes in 9 weights—thin, extra-light, light, regular, medium, semi-bold, bold, extra-bold, black with no matching italic styles.

Google Fonts→ or Zip ↓

Rubik

Rubik in action

Rubik — A sans-serif typeface that features stout proportions with slightly rounded corners and low stroke contrast.

Rubik is available in 5 weights—light, regular, medium, bold, and black—each with matching italic styles.

Google Fonts or Zip ↓

Work Sans

Work Sans in action

Work Sans — A typeface family based loosely on early Grotesques. The Regular weight and others in the middle of the family are optimized for on-screen text usage at medium-sizes and can also be used in print design.

Work Sans has 9 different weights—thin, extra-light, light, regular, medium, semi-bold, bold, extra-bold, black—each with matching italic styles.

Google Fonts → or Zip ↓

Roboto

Roboto in action

Roboto — Roboto has a dual nature. It has a mechanical skeleton and the forms are largely geometric. At the same time, the font features friendly and open curves.

Roboto is available in 6 weights—thin, light, regular, medium, bold, black—each with matching italic styles.

Google Fonts → or Zip ↓

Libre Franklin

Libre Franklin in action

Libre Franklin — A versatile sans-serif, suitable for both body text and headlines. At large sizes, the distinctive rounded corners of the characters become apparent.

Libre Franklin comes in 9 weights—thin, extra-light, light, regular, medium, semi-bold, bold, extra-bold, black—each with matching italic styles.

Google Fonts → or Zip ↓

IBM Plex Sans

IBM Plex Sans in action

IBM Plex Sans — A neutral, yet friendly Grotesque style typeface that balances design with the engineered details that make Plex.

IBM Plex Sans is available in 7 weights—thin, extra-light, light, regular, medium, semi-bold, bold—each with matching italic styles.

Google Fonts → or Zip ↓

Poppins

Poppins in action

Poppins — A geometric sans-serif typeface that supports the Devanagari and Latin writing systems. Each letterform is nearly monolinear, with optical corrections applied to stroke joints where necessary.

Poppins is available in 9 weights—thin, extra light, light, regular, medium, semi-bold, bold, extra-bold and black—each with matching italic styles.

Google Fonts → or Zip ↓

Fira Sans

Fira Sans in action

Fira Sans — Designed for the Mozilla FirefoxOS and shortly thereafter released as open-source. The typeface features a contemporary humanist design with open apertures and a large x-height. 

Fira Sans has good screen quality and rendering, which makes it a nice free Helvetica alternative.

Fira Sans comes in 9 different weights—thin, extra light, light, regular, medium, semi-bold, bold, extra-bold and black—each with matching italic styles.

Google Fonts → or Zip

Source Sans Pro

Source Sans Pro in action

Source Sans Pro — Adobe’s first open source typeface family. Source Sans Pr is a sans serif typeface intended to work well in user interfaces.

Source Sans Pro has 7 weights—extra light, light, regular, semi-bold, bold and black—each with matching italic styles.

Google Fonts → or Zip ↓

Montserrat

Montserrat in action

Montserrat — A libre sans text typeface for the web, inspired by the signage found in a historical neighborhood of Buenos Aires.

Montserrat is available in 9 weights—thin, extra light, light, regular, medium, semi-bold, bold, extra-bold and black—each with matching italic styles.

Google Fonts → or Zip ↓

Bonus #1: Nunito Sans

Nunito Sans in action

Nunito Sans — A well balanced sans serif typeface. Created by Vernon Adams as a rounded terminal sans serif for display typography.

Nunito Sans is available in 7 weights—extra-light, light, regular, semi-bold, bold, extra-bold and black—each with matching italic styles.

Google Fonts → or Zip ↓

Bonus #2: Karla

Karla in action

Karla — A grotesque sans serif typeface with a little wide spacing. It is not the perfect Helvetica alternative, but I think it deserves its place on the list.

Karla comes only in two weights—regular and bold—each with matching italic styles.

Google Fonts → or Zip

Bonus #3: Open Sans

Open Sans in action

Open Sans — A humanist sans-serif with open forms and a neutral, yet friendly appearance. It was optimized for print, web, and mobile interfaces, and has excellent legibility characteristics in its letterforms.

Open Sans comes in 5 weights—light, regular, semi-bold, bold, and extra-bold—each with matching italic styles.

Google Fonts → or Zip ↓

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