Are you looking for a free paraphrasing tool to help you create content faster? If so, my guide on the 5 best free paraphrasing tools (for 2023) has the answers you need.
I guarantee that one of these free apps will be the tool for you, so without wasting time, let’s get started.
#1 Quillbot AI
- Unlimited free usage
- Free grammar checker
- Accurate, reliable, and fast
- Huge thesaurus and interactive synonym finder;
- 2 different paraphrasing modes are available on a free plan;
Some Quillbot Cons
- Only paraphrase 125 words per one go;
- 5 paraphrasing modes locked to free users;
- No free plagiarism checker;
- Loses coherence with many paragraphs at once; you must paraphrase paragraphs one by one for best results.
Quillbot is the best paraphrasing tool on this list
I’ve been using it for some time and the output has always been excellent, fluent, logical, and above all faithful to the text that’s being paraphrased.
Quillbot’s free version is an excellent start to this tool. You get 2 paraphrasing modes (Standard and Fluency) and you can use them as much as you want. The only 2 limitations are that you can only paraphrase up to 125 words at once, and you have limited access to the Thesaurus.
One other thing that’s slightly annoying about Quillbot Free is that occasionally the output Quillbot gives is too verbose and you end up having to manually paraphrase what Quillbot rewrote.
That’s why there’s a “shorten” paraphrasing mode in Quillbot Premium.
The output Quillbt gives you is always grammatically correct, but just in case you also have access to a free grammar checker with unlimited usage. Quillbot Grammar Checker is available via an online app and also via Quillbot’s Chrome extension.
Yes, if you’ve been looking for a free grammar checker you can go with Quillbot and save money.
Quillbot is free to use forever, and if you want to get access to the premium version, the paid plan starts at $9.95/mo. If you’re a student, the Quillbot student discount exists for you to take advantage of.
It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to promote your business or write a personal blog. Quillbot can be a great tool at your disposal. Start with the free version and take it from there.
#2- Paraphrase Tool
Paraphrase Tool Pros
- Standard mode is excellent for zero money you pay for it.
Some Paraphrase Tool Cons
- Changes not visually labeled in the text
- Some paraphrasing modes write additional content and change the meaning.
- However, some of the modes are wrongly labeled (they do the opposite).
The Paraphrase Tool is an excellent free online paraphraser that has more paraphrasing modes than you can count. These are divided into free and paid paraphrasing modes.
Free or Paid?
Free: shorten, expand, smooth, standard, summary, grammar, diplomatic, informal, literary
Paid: academic, simple, clear, elaborate, creative, formal, cohesive, emphatic, confident, smart, thoughtful.
The best free paraphrasing mode is Standard which does produce standard output that is unique and with meaning preserved.
As for Shorten and Expand modes (these are also free), they’re quite disappointing as they almost seem to do the opposite.
When you tell the tool to shorten a paragraph it’ll often come out more verbose. However, when you tell it to expand, it’ll often come out too short and you’ll need to manually bulk it up.
Up To 3000 Characters
The good news is that you can use Paraphrase Tool as much as you want with no limit and you can paraphrase up to 3000 characters at once. That’s very handy and generous, especially when compared to a tool like Wordtune which gives you a 10-sentence limit per day.
Paraphrase Tool is also unique on this list as it allows you to paraphrase in many of the world’s biggest languages, and for free too.
If you decide to buy a premium version it’ll cost you $7.99/mo or $4.99/mo if you buy a yearly plan.
Some Wordtune Pros
- Intuitive interface;
- 10 available paraphrasing modes;
- Affordable premium version;
- Free Chrome extension available.
- The interface is sometimes buggy;
- A 280-character limit for free paraphrases;
- 10-sentence paraphrasing limit per 24h;
- Shorten mode often produces longer content than the input;
- Lacking paragraph rephrase mode;
More on Wordtune
The Wordtune tool is a great paraphrasing tool comparable to Quillbot in quality. However, free Quillbot gives you unlimited usage of its free version, while Wordtune limits you to just 10 paraphrased sentences per 24h.
This severe limitation makes Wordtune suitable only if you have a small amount of content in need of paraphrasing.
But for that small amount, Wordtune will provide you with fluent, logical, and fateful content that will read well and that you’ll be able to use immediately without any further editing.
If you go for Wordtune Premium you’ll be able to paraphrase unlimited text and unlimited text length meaning whole paragraphs and even entire articles.
Pricing starts at $9.99/mo which makes Wordtune really affordable compared to the value you get with it.
- Output grammatically correct
The Paraphraser.io Cons
- Buggy and very slow.
- Basic rephrasing only.
- Output is often wrong and very different from the input (i.e., unusable)
Paraphraser.io visually looks similar to Quilbot, but really that’s where the similarities end.
While Quillbot is fast and gives excellent output, Paraphraser.io is the opposite.
First, it takes them like the 20s to paraphrase a paragraph, and the output you get almost always needs to be touched by your human hand before it becomes usable.
Is The Free Version Good?
The free version of this tool gives you one mode to work with (Standard) and there are 2 more modes you can unlock if you decide to pay (Creative, and Smarter).
Paraphrase.io is an average paraphraser at best, but it’s free, and it also comes with free tools to help you write better.
These are article rewriter, plagiarism checker, grammar checker, and text summarizer and that’s why the tool has its place on this list.
The paid version of this tool cost $23/mo but you can also get it for $13.75mo if you pick a yearly plan.
- Good quality paraphrasing
The Rephrase.info Cons
- Some changes distort the meaning
- Full of adverts
- Slow and inconvenient to use
Reword Your Content
Rephrase is a good paraphraser that can reword your content effectively. And if you feed it to text that’s riddled with grammar errors and ask it to paraphrase it, it’ll do it by first fixing the errors and then rewriting the content while preserving meaning.
Honestly, I was impressed as I expected it to get bogged down with silly grammar errors and misspellings.
So good job, Rephrase!
On the other hand, this website lives off advertising, so in order to use it you need to disable your ad blocker, and then it gets annoying fast.
Look how many advertisements are on this page!
Also, besides the ads slowing down the page, this tool is reasonably fast, much faster than Paraphrase.io though it also occasionally fails to load and that should be noted (probably because of the excess of ads).
Overall, I recommend it especially since Rephrase also offers free add-ons like plagiarism checker, grammar checker, article rewriter, and text summarizer.
I don’t recommend buying a premium version of this tool as it’s very expensive compared to others on this list.
For example, Rephrase has a weekly plan which costs $9/mo. Don’t know about you, but weekly pricing is new to me.
Rephrase monthly is $22/mo and yearly is $165.
That’s too expensive, especially since another tool on this list, Qillbot, is free and paraphrases better than Rephrase.
Best Free Paraphrasing Tools 2023 FAQ
A paraphrasing tool is an online app (hosted on the cloud) that can rewrite or rephrase any sentence or paragraph while preserving its inherent meaning.
Since many people are lazy and would rather paraphrase someone else’s thoughts than come up with their own, plenty of paraphrasing tools have cropped up on the market.
Some of these are free, and some are premium. The premium ones are better, but often unnecessary, especially for casual bloggers.
Using a paraphrasing tool can be cheating if all you do is paraphrase someone else’s content and pass it off as yours.
However, using online paraphrasers is not cheating if you use them to enhance and improve your writing process. For example, this guide teaches you how to use AI (ChatGPT) to assist you to write content. And that’s fine, even by Google’s standards which say AI content is fine as long as it’s heavily guided by a human hand and the output is edited by a human before being published.
(Note: take Google’s advice seriously. There are already AI content detectors online, and you can bet Google has a much more serious technology to detect and handle AI content).
Content spinning is a basic form of rewriting/paraphrasing content. Content spinning is just switching words for their close synonyms while having the sentences still make sense.
Content paraphrasing is more advanced as you’re changing the words, changing sentences, and mixing their order while preserving meaning.
You can do this manually, but of course, content tools do a much better and above all, faster job.
Grammarly premium can rewrite sentences when the tool detects a sloppy sentence within a paragraph.
However, Grammarly or even their similar alternatives is not a proper paraphrasing tool and there’s no built-in button you can click to order Grammarly to paraphrase something.
Free paraphrasing tools are good enough for general and occasional use. Yes, they have serious limitations on how much you can paraphrase in 24h, but the output they deliver is on par with what premium paraphrasing tools can do.
I recommend free paraphrasing tools to casual bloggers, while the pros would do well to get a paid tool.
Most AI tools can paraphrase as paraphrasing is a lower-level activity than generating content from scratch.
For example, Jasper AI, one of the best AI writing tools, has a paraphraser mode that can paraphrase content with a push of a button.
So does Writesonic.
Not only that but so does ChatGPT.
Even Canva has recently come out with its own AI text generator which, you guessed it, can paraphrase content you feed into it.
Best Paraphrasing Tools for 2023 (Conclusion)
Look, free paraphrasing tools are not as good as paid ones. But they are good enough to help you paraphrase almost any content you need, as long as you understand the limitations that come with a free tool you pick.
I personally love Quillbot, however, any tool on this list is helpful and worth checking out.
So, which one are you going to try first?
Let me know in the comment section below.
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Really good post. Quillbot is a great paraphrasing tool without any doubt.
Thanks Jatin, welcome to Inspire To Thrive. How long have you been using it? Thanks for coming by and have a great day.
Lisa: Is paraphrasing when you take someone’s text and make it a new version of it? How do add credit to the original source?
Hi Martin, I usually link to the source when paragraphing. Very similar to quoting someone online. You put it in your own words with paraphrase but source it to the place you got the idea or fact from. I hope that helps Martin. Thanks for coming by!