CSS frameworks enable us, the web designers, to create 100% responsive websites without any headache. We do little, but the client gets satisfied. We get paid on time so we get satisfied. The world becomes a happy place if you have these CSS frameworks.

Responsive frameworks help to ensure that sites scale appropriately on different devices. CSS frameworks help in streamlining UI (user interface) components on web pages with the use of CSS.

So today I’m sharing a list of the best CSS frameworks. Needless to say, these are all free resources.

Related resource: If you are interested in jQuery and JavaScript, you can check out our collection of JavaScript frameworks for building interactive dynamic websites.

Best CSS Frameworks

Pure CSS

Even though this is a new kid in town, this is also the hottest kid in town.
Pure has rapidly grown in popularity. Even though I have not used it personally but at least three web designers have recommended it for me try it. They say it is the most standardized and minified framework there is.

Pure CSS


Compass is a Sass (CSS3 extension) based set of nested rules, variables, mixins, selector inheritance, and much more.
Thanks to Sass, the generated code is well formatted so your stylesheet stays organized and minimal.

Compass CSS Framework


They say “less is more”. Basing on that formula, here’s less framework.
Less Framework is a CSS grid system for designing adaptive web­sites. It contains 4 layouts and 3 sets of typography presets, all based on a single grid.

Less Framework

Mueller Grid System

The Mueller Grid System has responsive and non-responsive layouts where you have direct column and gutter width, baseline grid and media queries. The system works with four modules: media, layouts, fractions and templates. In the media, there is one default grid and if required, has different grids according to the tablets, mobiles, desktops, etc. One can expand media grids to predefined layouts. You can add fractional classes like half, third, etc. on top of grids and layouts. In the end, you can add templates.

Mueller Grid System - CSS framework


Kube is a professional CSS framework. Extremely adaptive and responsive, Kube offers a revolutionary flexible grid and amazing typography. The framework allows complete freedom and does not impose styling at all.

Kube Framework

Gumby Framework

For Gumby framework, most designers suggest to try it at least once. It is a responsive 960 grid CSS framework. It includes multiple grids with diverse column variations and hence offers you total flexibility. Gumby 2 is builtwith Sass and gives new tools to customize the framework.

Gumby Framework

Golden Grid System (GGS)

The Golden Grid System is a grid system for responsive design. This includes four main features: Columns, gutters, baseline grid and script.

GGS divides the screen into 18 columns, out of which 16 columns are used in the design. Its elastic gutters help to keep content in proportion according to the changes in screen width, for example tablet screens or mobile screens. With the help of baseline grid, it easily gets the font size change on different screens and adjusts the text on narrow screens.

Golden Grid System


The Columnal CSS Grid System is a mix of a couple of grid systems with a few custom codes in it. With its fluid nature and 1140 pixels width, Columnal responds well to most browsers. In case the browser gets lean, it changes to a mobile friendly layout. Responsive prototyping becomes easier with the help of sub-columns and extra space around content in a column. Other benefits include vertical spacing CSS classes and wireframing templates.

Columnal CSS Framework and Grid System

Responsive Grid System

There are innumerable reasons why one should use Graham Miller’s Responsive Grid System. It is considered super easy for creating a responsive design. The system gives you any number of columns on a page with no restrictions of time and location. It helps in scaling to any column width. It allows you to keep the content first as the grid automatically adjusts to your text. The most significant thing is that it easily plugs into existing HTML and CSS.

Responsive Grid System


YAML 4 is a bulletproof flexible grid system, built on Sass. The benefit is that it is supported in most browsers like Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari.  Known for a slim framework core (5.9 kB), YAML focuses on web standards and accessibility and is well prepared for HTML5 and CSS3.



The skeleton is a simple and beautiful boilerplate for responsive and mobile-friendly site development. The skeleton has a small collection of CSS files that make it a rapid tool for the site developer. It is fruitful for any screen size, be it a laptop or an iPhone. Skeleton’s lightweight 960 grid scales down to smaller screens like tablets and phones.



There used to be a popular CSS framework called 960 Grid System. Unsemantic is the successor of that framework.
Unsemantic is also based Sass. It is lightweight and quite search engine friendly.


That’s it for today everyone. Until tomorrow, see you.

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