30 Examples of Mega Menus in Web Design

Mega menus are often used on large sites that have considerable number of pages for users to navigate. Rather than just using a dropdown, the mega menu opens up a bigger area that offers more options. While mega menus can make it easier for users to get deeper into the site with fewer clicks, the huge amount of options can also potentially overwhelm some visitors. For this reason, great care should be taken to make mega menus as user-friendly as possible. In this post we’ll look at 30 examples of mega menus in action.

Columbia

Columbia

Callaway

Callaway

Rip Curl

Rip Curl

Puma

Puma

Bras N Things

Bras N Things

OfficeMax

OfficeMax

Office Depot

Office Depot

Clinique

Clinique

Target

Target

The Sak

The Sak

Adidas

Adidas

Reebok

Reebok

REI

REI

Northern Tool and Equipment

Northern Tool and Equipment

Wal-Mart

Wal-Mart

Toys R Us

Toys R Us

Little Kids Bedrooms

Little Kids Bedrooms

Moosejaw

Moosejaw

Estee Lauder

Estee Lauder

Quiksilver

Quiksilver

The White House

The White House

Staples

Staples

Lowe’s

Lowe's

Action Envelope

Action Envelope

Sears

Sears

Kmart

Kmart

FAO Schwarz

FAO Schwarz

Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown

GNC

GNC

Tumi

Tumi

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  • Peter Hinton, October 4, 2010

    Skyrocket Labs have released jDiv, a jQuery plugin to create mega menus – http://www.peterhintondesign.co.uk/journal/index.php/using-multiple-instances-of-jdiv/

  • @_JJunior, October 4, 2010

    VERY NICE!

  • ThemeKiss, October 4, 2010

    Awesome showcase! Thank you!

  • rob t, October 4, 2010

    I’ve always liked mega menus I feel like they fit very well for clothes sites lets you get to exactly where you want to be

  • Hawaii Web Design, October 5, 2010

    Nice line up, but I think you missed some of these which are styled a little nicer than some of the ones mentioned:

    http://www.starbucks.com
    http://www.easports.com
    http://www.bohemiadesign.co.uk
    http://www.espn.com

    Chris

  • (9) Nice Blog Tips, October 5, 2010

    had seen many great & stunning menu collections on a lot of good sites, now it’s time to see others on VD :)

    whatever thank for very nice menus, I intend to make another collection on my blog :D

  • Developers in DC, October 5, 2010

    I like your Bras N Things design.you put some e-commerce website related to that topic.If u can.I hope you implement my idea into your website

  • Priyesh, October 5, 2010

    Great examples of mega menus! I particularly liked GNC and Rip Curl mega menus. I agree with the previous post that when integrating a mega menu within your site, it is important that it is done in the right way. Also mega menus are better suited for ecommerce sites with many categories.

  • Gregory, October 5, 2010

    Dell and Ikea have great mega menus too

  • Giacomo Colddesign, October 5, 2010

    Mega menu can be a very powerful element in a web project, thanks for sharing this article!!

  • Mike r, October 5, 2010

    Nice collection!

    I am working with my current company and are developing a mega menu.

    What we have found is this is a stumbling ground for bad usability. Beware random links and think carefully about your titles and grammer. People can respond very differently to how you think they will and expect something completely different to where the link actually takes them.

    I recommend (if you have the budget) usibility testing as it will throw up things you never expected. Make links very literal and don’t make the user think too much about where they need to be.

    Nice to see that mega menus do have a place in the web design world.

  • Scott, October 5, 2010

    Some good stylish examples, I would include Amazon too as it is probally the most well known and used.

  • Brandon, October 5, 2010

    Nice list! Here’s one done by a friend of mine:

    http://www.pebblebeach.com/

  • Lime Web Design, October 5, 2010

    Seriously good examples of mega menus. Love the ripcurl site. Great read

  • Hemant Bhargava, October 6, 2010

    Its a nice collection of mega menus. I like these menus and these are good for larger sites.

  • Web Design Brisbane, October 6, 2010

    Nice collections of menus. Great work. Thanks for the post.

  • Vandelay Website Design, October 6, 2010

    Brandon,
    That one looks great. Thanks for leaving the link.

  • Photoshop Friends, October 6, 2010

    great collection…! thanks for sharing page is well worth the bookmark :)

  • Paradise Valley Homes, October 6, 2010

    I like mega menus. It makes it a lot easier for me to navigate through sites – I can get right to what I’m looking for.

  • Juegos, October 7, 2010

    Staple’s menu is very nice, I like the colors they used. In my opinion the colors are very important in the creative process.

  • Spokane Website Design, October 8, 2010

    This is a great list. I’m really like the rip curl menu. I may try to implement something like this into my site.

  • James, October 8, 2010

    http://reuters.com has a great one.

  • Theo, October 8, 2010

    Awesome list, all those mega menus are very important for large sites so thanks for the inspiration !

  • New Jersey Website Design, October 10, 2010

    These are great Mega Menus. I just started using them, and they are great. So flexible, thanks.

  • Pankaj Vadgama, October 10, 2010

    This menus r so usefull.

  • Gabby, October 10, 2010

    These really are easy to navagte with. I do not have a large web site like this yet but, it is nice to know how to do it before you need it. I hope to get there some day.

  • Web Design Portfolio, October 11, 2010

    awesome navs!

  • Neotester, October 11, 2010

    Eastbay.com also uses MEGA MENUS.

  • Torsten, October 11, 2010

    Deutsche Bank’s got one, too: http://www.deutsche-bank.de/ (hover above client logins)

  • Alex, October 11, 2010

    Lowes gets a mention and Home Depot, a much better menu, doesn’t?! Home Depot looks MUCH better! I sense some sort of bias…

  • John, October 11, 2010

    I like the one on : http://seedeo.fr
    Great list by the way thanks

  • Rob, October 11, 2010

    http://www.eno.org features an entire calendar in the “see what’s on” menu – a very handy tool.

  • Peter Hinton Design, October 11, 2010

    http://www.privatemobilenetworks.com has a great one too

  • Tidy Design, October 11, 2010

    A very coool post for people working on larger websites! We had to design a monster menu for http://www.vanwalt.com earlier this year; a post like this would have come in handy… I agree with the comment above, this is great inspiration for future projects, will keep you bookmarked ;)

  • craig, October 11, 2010

    Great showcase guys! Footers/Headers/Navigation… the changes in design are incredible!

  • Impulsis, October 15, 2010

    Thanks for digest. Very helpful post for the one who has really big task to make large menu look nice and easy to use.

  • Eye Bridge, October 18, 2010

    Great and nice showcase guys

  • web design cochin, October 21, 2010

    Love the nGen Works and AmazeeLabs websites.

  • Dora Oyunları, October 24, 2010

    Great,Thanks for share

  • webdizajn, October 24, 2010

    Thanks for sharing such a great collection of mega drop down menus. Most of these mega drop down menus are very abundant with links at second click, this way could refuse some visitors.

    People in short-term memory can hold max 7 items according to researches. I think it would be better for some mega menus to have 3-rd click.

    Thanks again, for effort of collecting mega menus.

  • byme, October 27, 2010

    Mega menu nice list
    thanks for sharing brother

  • chris outlaw, November 3, 2010

    Nice round up i built one over at http://www.cookercentre.com under the product finder nav link. Aesthetically it was what the client wanted and i like to think it’s simple enough to navigate.

    Although i do have a couple of problems mainly if Javascript is turned off — anyone got any suggestionsa ?

  • Faraz, November 24, 2010

    Some are good and some are not but certainly these big menus make website look good

  • Chris, June 9, 2011

    Great selection! A few that I would have left off, but very nice, thanks!

  • Toronto Web Developer, June 10, 2011

    Amazing List! thankyou.

  • Naïa, February 1, 2012

    Thanks for this showcase. I’m working on a website with megamenu and I was looking for inspiration.

  • Todd, April 10, 2012

    I use drop down menus on a daily basis, it’s come to a point where I simply expect a drop down menu to appear when I mouse over any main nav. With mega drop down menus popping up everywhere, it seems almost negligent to not implement at least some variation, be it a few simple links, or a more complex style with relevant product suggestions or content.

    We just implemented a new drop down style that blends simple links with a little rich media. We included links to relevant how-to content represented with an image to the side, check it out at Mowers Direct

  • Jon Tetzlaff, January 15, 2013

    Nice collection here. Mega menus are very helpful for users when navigating complex websites. I have always liked them and found them useful!