Top 4 fastest WordPress themes 2022 (Core Web Vitals data)

Last updated on January 25, 2022 | By

Picking the fastest WordPress theme without using an index rank with field data is hard. Making a list with the top 5 WordPress fastest themes, using Core Web Vitals mobile field data as the ranking value could be a great way to start.

We used field data as a metric for building the ranking. Field data is used as a ranking algorithm. Speed testing tools such as Gtmetrix, Pingdom, and others, use a set of conditions of device and connection settings that tries to simulate a real end-user.

GeneratePress + GeneratePress Premium Blocks

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GeneratePress is a well-known theme of WordPress. Using the combination of GeneratePress Premium and premium GenerateBlocks plugin, the possibilities on layout and styling are infinite.

GeneratePress Premium also offers a library with a bunch of templates to kickstart your website layout. GP offers the following pricing options:

  • GeneratePress theme: Free
  • GeneratePress premium unlimited websites(1y support): 50$/year
  • GeneratePress premium unlimited website(lifetime support): $249

Generapress speed results (Core Web Vital samples)

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Generatepress homepage and recent post page miss LCP metric in both.

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Generatepress website samples homepage’s from BW miss one CLS metric.

FIDCLSLCP
Theme Developer Homepage ✔️✔️
Theme Developer Blog page sample✔️✔️
#1 website sample✔️ ✔️ ✔️
#2 website sample✔️ ✔️

Kadence and Kadence Blocks Pro

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Kadence functionalities are similar to GeneratePress, offering Header Addons, Hooked Elements, Ultimate Menu and Woocommerce Addon.

Kadence also offers a handful of templates to bootstrap your website project. Kadence offers the following pricing options:

  • Kadence Pro unlimited site(1y support): $59/year
  • Kadence Theme Pro + Blocks + Pro templates: $129/year
  • Kadence Theme Pro + Blocks + Pro templates + Cloud + Child theme + Shop Kit + AMP: $199/year

Kadence speed results (Core Web Vital samples)

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Kadence theme passes all metrics on both homepage and recent post page.

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FIDCLSLCP
Theme Developer Homepage ✔️✔️✔️
Theme Developer Blog page sample✔️✔️✔️
#1 website sample✔️ ✔️
#2 website sample✔️ ✔️ ✔️

OceanWp

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OceanWp offers many varied options of templates for various industries. OceanWP has a differential for offering +70 Elementor full website templates. Pricing options are as follow:

  • OceanWP Free theme: Free
  • 3 websites license + templates + extension(1y support): $43/year – (lifetime support) $177
  • 6 websites license + templates + extension(1y support): $87/year – (lifetime support) $356
  • 50 websites license + templates + extension(1y support): $143/year – (lifetime support) $177

OceanWp speed results (Core Web Vital samples)

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Misses LCP and CLS metrics.

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FIDCLSLCP
Theme Developer Homepage ✔️
Theme Developer Blog page sample✔️
#1 website sample✔️ ✔️ ✔️
#2 website sample✔️ ✔️ ✔️

Astra

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Astra is a complete theme but with no junky files. It has Gutenberg Blocks compatibility and loads no jquery. The total size of the theme is about 50kb of files. It also offers a drag and drop builder feature.

Astra offers the following pricing:

  • Astra Pro + Customization unlimited licenses: $47/year
  • Astra Pro + Customization + templates unlimited licenses: $169/year
  • Astra Pro + Customization + templates + plugins & addons unlimited licenses: $249/year

Astra speed results (Core Web Vital samples)

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FIDCLSLCP
Theme Developer Homepage ✔️ ✔️
Theme Developer Blog page sample ✔️
#1 website sample✔️
#2 website sample✔️ ✔️

Tove and Gutenberg blocks

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We added Tove as a bonus theme. Recently launched, it passes all Core Web Vitals.

The theme offers Site Editor Options, Global Styles, 40+ Block Patterns, and Block Style while being built to support the Full Site Editing features in WordPress 5.9.
If you want to use Tove right now, you need to have the Gutenberg plugin active on your site (version 11.5.0 or later). Tove is free, download it on the WordPress theme repository.

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Final ranking results: What’s the WordPress fastest theme?

Here are the compiled results from our fastest WordPress themes tests:

GeneratePress and GeneratePress Premium BlocksFIDCLSLCP
Theme Developer Homepage ✔️✔️
Theme Developer Blog page sample✔️✔️
#1 website sample✔️ ✔️ ✔️
#2 website sample✔️ ✔️
Kadence + Kadence Blocks Pro
Theme Developer Homepage ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Theme Developer Blog page sample ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
#1 website sample ✔️ ✔️
#2 website sample ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
OceanWp
Theme Developer Homepage✔️
Theme Developer Blog page sample✔️
#1 website sample ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
#2 website sample ✔️ ✔️ ✔️
Astra
Theme Developer Homepage ✔️ ✔️
Theme Developer Blog page sample✔️
#1 website sample✔️
#2 website sample ✔️✔️

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