10 Best Responsive Menu Systems In jQuery/JavaScript/CSS (2019 Update)

by jQueryScript,

What is responsive menu?

A responsive menu will automatically transform the regular horizontal site navigation into a responsive, mobile-friendly navigation menu for cross-platform websites and web apps.

Why you should use a responsive menu?

With the popularity of smartphones, more and more users browser website through mobile and tablet devices. And Google announced that Google predominantly uses the mobile version of the content for indexing and ranking.

In order to provide a better user experience, you might need a responsive menu system for your websites or web apps accoss the devices and platforms.

The best responsive menu

In this blog post you will find a list of 10 best Responsive Menu Systems implemented in jQuery, Vanilla JavaScript, or even Pure CSS/CSS3. I hope you like it.

Originally Published Nov 17 2017, updated June 25 2018

Table of contents:

jQuery Responsive Menu Plugins:

Responsive and Cross-platform jQuery Navigation Menu Plugin - Smart Menus

Smart Menus is jQuery Navigation Menu Plugin for creating responsive and Cross-platform multi-level drop down menus for your navigation.

Responsive and Cross-platform jQuery Navigation Menu Plugin - Smart Menus

[Demo] [Download]


Creating A Responsive Mobile Navigation Menu with slicknav jQuery Plugin

slicknav is a simple and easy-to-use jQuery menu plugin for creating a responsive & cross-browser multi-level navigation menu on your website.

Creating A Responsive Mobile Navigation Menu with slicknav jQuery Plugin

[Demo] [Download]


Mobile-friendly Multi-level Dropdown Menu Plugin - jQuery Stellarnav

Stellarnav is a responsive dropdown menu plugin for jQuery that supports infinite levels of sub menus and auto switches to a small screen friendly toggle menu when the window width reaches a specified breakpoint.

Mobile-friendly Multi-level Dropdown Menu Plugin - jQuery Stellarnav

[Demo] [Download]


Responsive Horizontal Nav Menu with jQuery and CSS

A responsive navigation menu that automatically clips overflowing menu items and adds them into a dropdown list when not enough space is available.

Responsive Horizontal Nav Menu with jQuery and CSS

[Demo] [Download]


Responsive Auto Show/Hide Toggle Menu with jQuery

A JQuery/HTML5/CSS3 based responsive navigation system that transform your regular horizontal nav bar into a mobile-friendly toggle menu.

Responsive Auto Show/Hide Toggle Menu with jQuery

[Demo] [Download]


Vanilla JS Responsive Menu Libraries:

Responsive Show / Hide Navigation Menu with JavaScript and CSS3

A mobile-friendly responsive navigation system that uses CSS3 media queries to detect the screen size and transforms the regular horizontal navigation into a show / hide menu with a toggle button on small screens.

Responsive Show / Hide Navigation Menu with JavaScript and CSS3

[Demo] [Download]


Responsive Dropdown Menu In Vanilla JavaScript

A Vanilla JavaScript responsive dropdown menu that will be converted into a hamburger toggle menu when the screen size is less than a breakpoint you specify in the CSS media queries. Smooth animation is based on CSS3 transforms and transitions.

Responsive Dropdown Menu In Vanilla JavaScript

[Demo] [Download]


Pure CSS Responsive Menus:

Multi-level Toggle Responsive Navigation Menu using Pure CSS

A pure CSS mobile-friendly navigation that automatically transform your horizontal navigation into a toggleable vertical accordion menu on smaller screen devices, with support for unlimited sub menu items.

Multi-level Toggle Responsive Navigation Menu using Pure CSS

[Demo] [Download]


Responsive Drawer Navigation In Pure CSS

A responsive navigation solution which uses input:checked pseudo selector to reveal a drawer menu sliding from the left or right hand side of the screen. You can change the breakpoint through media queries in the CSS.

Responsive Drawer Navigation In Pure CSS

[Demo] [Download]


CSS Flexbox Based Responsive Navigation

A CSS only responsive site navigation that automatically converts the normal horizontal nav into a sliding hamburger menu. Based on CSS transition, flexbox and checkbox+label tricks.

CSS Flexbox Based Responsive Navigation

[Demo] [Download]


Conclusion:

Want more jQuery plugins or JavaScript libraries to create awesome Responsive Menus on the web & mobile? Check out the jQuery Responsive Menu and JavaScript/CSS Responsive Menu sections.

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