Helvetica and Arial are two most popular fonts available in the web design industry. They are also the default font stack for most web browsers and for most of the sites / blogs. Even I use them on most of my websites including this one. The main reason why most publishers use theme is because they area available on 98.74% of Macs and 99.84% of Windows Machines. I would not say that Helvetica is as bad as Arial but it does require a proper kerning.
I think today, Helvetica and Arial have become the most overused and boring fonts on the web. Some people have a proper reason to use them, but most of the folks use it because everyone else does. On this site, I am using Helvetica Neue font and Arial as a backup.
After doing some research, I found these 6 amazing fonts that can be used in the place of Arial or Helvetica Neue. Please note, that these font may increase your loading speed a little bit. So I will advice you to test them before implementing on a live website.
In no particular, here’s the list of 6 Google Web Fonts Similar / Alternative to Helvetica and Arial.
Source Sans Pro
Did I miss any font? Have you tried any of the above web fonts on your website? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.