The Sims 3 Recommended Mods List

Sims 3 Mods List
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Here is my recommended mods list for The Sims 3. These are all the mods I use in my game, organized by category.

Just like my Sims 2 mods list, this will be a constant work in progress. I will update it as I add mods to my game or remove the ones I no longer use. Check back soon!

Last Updated: 05/20/2020

Table of Contents

NRAAS Mods (Essential)

These mods are essential, and I could not play without them. Download these first!

  • Story Progression – Replaces EA’s Story Progression with a MUCH better system. I also recommend downloading the optional modules for this mod especially Career, Extra, Money, Others, Population, Relationship, and Skill.
  • Master Controller – Adds options that allow you to control and change just about anything in your Sims 3 world. Also allows you to select any Sim in the world. I also recommend the optional modules including Cheats, Integration, and Progression.
  • Mover – I use this mod to retains the dreams and opportunities of Sims when I switch active households. Also removes the “greater than 8” and “requires adult” restrictions.
  • Overwatch – Periodically cleans up errors and eliminates junk that accumulates while you play. I find that this mod reduces lag – especially in saves with several generations of Sims.
  • Error Trap – This mod catches and corrects data corruption errors.
  • Retuner – Another very handy NRaas mod that allows you to retune many different things. I use it to reduce the price of groceries and books, and to lower bills.
  • Saver – Prompts you to save after a given amount of playtime. This one is a lifesaver if you never remember to save.
  • Debug Enabler – This mod exposes EA debug commands so they are usable in game. I use it mostly to reset stuck objects.

You can see the settings I use for the NRaas mods here any my Story Progression settings here.

Baby & Toddler Mods

These mods impact babies and toddlers and their interactions in the game.

  • Baby Clothes with Legs – No more burrito babies. These outfits give your babies little legs.
  • Baby Hair – See your baby’s hair color as soon as they’re born!
  • Faster Toddler Training – This mod allows toddlers to learn skills in 1/3 the time and encourages Sims to autonomously teach toddler skills. You will need to register an account to download from Sims Asylum. Use a Gmail address for the best results.
  • White Formula Default Replacement Bottle – Replaces the green milk baby bottle with a white milk bottle. No more disgusting green milk!

Career & Role Mods

These mods affect careers or roles (as in Sims who perform a role at cash registers) in your world.

  • Careers – This mods has a lot of features and modules relating to careers. I primarily use it to give my unplayed Sims the “unemployed” career to prevent them from being assigned as coworkers in jobs I don’t approve of. I also like the additional self-employed options and academic careers.
  • Job Overhaul Mod – Sims will now attend interviews for jobs they want and it’s possible they won’t get the job!
  • Register – Allows you to select which Sim you want to perform certain roles in town (such as cashiers, etc.) With this mod, you can let your playable Sims work jobs in town instead of random townies.

CAS & Genetics Mods

These are mods that affect Create-A-Sim or the game genetics in some way.

  • Dresser – The mod adds accessories, body hair, makeup, and new hair to all sims. Also has the ability to invalidate CAS parts you don’t want in your town, and replaces them with random choices when a sim rolls them on their outfit.
  • No Mutated Hair/Eye Color – Forces newborn Sims to have their parents’ or grandparents’ eye and hair colors. Prevents a random (mutated) color from being chosen.
  • Zoom-In CAS Camera – Allows you to zoom in closer in CAS to edit your Sims and pets.

Default Replacements

Although technically custom content, I’m putting them in the mods list. These are the replacements I’m currently using in my game.

I actually like the Sims 3 hair textures, so I use the in-game hairs and I also own a ton of the store hairs so I have a large, matching selection.

Environment Mods

These are mods that affect the environment in some way. They’re the Sims 3 equivalent of Sims 2 neighborhood mods.

  • Blue Skies & Sunshine Lighting Mod – A default lighting mod that overrides the lighting in all worlds. Makes the environment and the Sims look so much nicer, plus gets rid of that awful bloom in the default lighting. I use the St. Claire’s water version.
  • Enchanted Environment – Replaces the EA sun, moon, clouds, rainbow, stars, snow, frozen pond texture, and snowy footprints with much nicer versions.

Miscellaneous Mods

These are mods that don’t fit into any other category.

  • Always Put Books Away – Makes Sims more likely to put books away instead of leaving them sitting around. You will need to register an account at Sims Asylum to download.
  • Go Here – This mod replaces the “Go Here” interaction with one that can be stacked in the queue, allowing the user to better direct the route of a sim. It also makes inactive Sims less likely to go home, restores haunting ghosts in the grave yard, fixes common routing errors, and allows you to “Teleport” Sims to a location.
  • Moar Interactions – Adds new interactions and fixes some of the EA ones.
  • No or Fewer Automatic Memories – This mod stops the memory scrapbook from filling up with useless memories. I use the “Only Important Memories” version.
  • OMSPs – One more slot, please. Use to add more decorations and clutter to surfaces.
  • Once Read – This mod replaces all read book type interactions so they only autonomously select books your Sim hasn’t read already.
  • Porter – Allows you to pack and move your family to new worlds while keeping jobs and relationships intact.
  • Realistically Slower Cars – Slows down all vehicles to a realistic speed in-game.
  • Relativity – This mod can be tuned to change the speed at which time flows during the course of a sim-day.
  • Tagger – Overhauls the map tagging system. I use it to change lot addresses and to see my Sims’ net worth and sexual orientation from map view.
  • Time Shifter – Allows you to set the time of day, similar to the set hour cheat in Sims 2. Use with caution. Your entire neighborhood will be affected. I mostly use it for taking screenshots if I need it to be night time or day time, etc.

Money Mods

These are mods that impact money or finance in the game.

  • Apartments & Roommates Fix – This is the mod I use to manage my rental properties and landlord/tenant system in my Sims 3 Let’s Plays. Allows you to play as landlord and/or tenant.
  • Minimum Wage – A mod to lower the pay and increase the hours of all Sims 3 Careers. All now start at $8 or less depending on the career track in question and the amount you can get as a raise has been lowered to 0.04%. Makes the game both harder and more fun!
  • Online Banking Mod – This mod adds to all computers the option to use ‘online banking’ (i.e. deposit/withdraw money from a bank account).
  • Tax Collector – This mod provides a way to manually collect Tax Money from your sims. The money can then be used in various situations like improving the school or library within the town or financing a children’s home.

Pose Mods

These are the mods I use for posing my Sims in screenshots.

  • Sims 3 Pose Player – A buyable object that plays any installed poses (EA or custom) by name. You’ll need to download pose mods to go with the player. There are a ton on MTS and I also recommend Studio Star Girl for Poses.
  • Screenshot Backdrop – Color castable backdrop to take screenshots in front of a full bright color.

Pregnancy Mods

These are mods that affect pregnancies in the game.

  • Less/More Frequent Male Pregnancy (from Abductions) – I use the “High” chance version.
  • Pregnancy Progress Controller – This mod adds a set of pie menu Pregnancy Options to all sims teen and above, both human and pet. It has a ton of functions (choose sex of baby, terminate pregnancy, show status, etc.), but I use it mostly for pausing pregnancy when I’m playing rotationally so Sims don’t give birth unless I’m playing them.
  • Teen Maternity Clothes – Although this isn’t a mod, you will need some teen maternity clothes if you want teen pregnancy. I use the Woohooer to enable teen pregnancies (see Romance section below).

Romance Mods

These are mods that affect Love, Romance, and Woohoo in the game.

  • Retuned Attraction System – An overhaul of the in-game attraction system. I use the “Variety Attraction” flavor.
  • Sleep Freedom – This mod overrides the EA requirement that teenagers be related to sleep in the same bed together. I’m categorizing it as a Romance mod because I use it so that teens can sleep in the same bed as their young adult partners.
  • Woohooer – Adds risky woohoo, teen woohoo, and teen pregnancy. Also improves the romantic systems in the game.

Shopping Mods

Since shopping works differently in The Sims 3, I like using mods to add functionality such as shopping for clothes and selling things in player-owned shops.

  • Consigner – This mod replaces the “Buy” interaction on the Consignment Register with one that allows the sale of potions, gems, rocks, metals, insects, relics, and sketches. If you have Pets installed, a new interaction called “Sell Pet” will be added.
  • No Fridge Shopping – This mod replaces the meal-making interactions on the fridge with custom ones that check whether the Sim has the required ingredients to make the meal or snack.
  • Produce Stand – Allows your Sims to sell anything (including produce and prepared food) from their home lots.
  • Shop for Clothes – Adds interactions to the clothing rack object that came with Ambitions, allowing your Sim to “shop” for clothes. Removes the ability to plan outfit from all dressers. This mod is obsolete if you have Into the Future.
  • Shop from Inventory – Allows you to sell items you have assigned as the store inventory through hacked registers, so you can basically create any type of store or shop you like.
  • Written Word – Adds all Sim written books into the bookstore listing under “General.”

Wish Mods

These mods impact wishes, dreams, and opportunities in the game.

  • Dreamer – This mod allows your Sims to satisfy unlocked dreams when their criteria is met. If tuned, the mod will stop the timeout of unlocked dreams. Read the instructions carefully. This one requires some fiddling.
  • Disable Hopscotch Wishes – Stops your Sims from getting the annoying wishes to play hopscotch all the time.


Click the “See Updates” button under the date to expand the list.

April 20, 2020

  • Added Time Shifter.
  • Added Cars go Slower.
  • Added Nraas Careers and new Career mods section.
  • Added No Fridge Shopping.

April 22, 2020:

  • Removed Awesomemod from the list. I am no longer using it because it conflicts with the minimum wage mod.
  • Added Pose mods section.
  • Added OMSPs to miscellaneous mods.

April 23, 2020

  • Added Retuner to Essential Mods.
  • Added White Bottle Formula Replacement to Misc Mods.

April 24, 2020

  • Added Mover to Misc Mods section.

May 20, 2020

  • Added Debug Enabler to Essential Mods.
  • Created new Wish Mods section.
  • Added Disable Hopscotch Wishes.
  • Added Consigner to Shopping Mods.
  • Added Go Here to Misc Mods.
  • Added Written Word to Shopping Mods.
  • Added Once Read to Misc Mods.
  • Added Dresser to CAS Mods.
  • Added Relativity to Misc Mods.
  • Created Baby & Toddler Mods section.
  • Added Faster Toddler Training to Baby/Toddler Section.
  • Added Baby Clothes with Legs and Baby Hair to Baby/Toddler Section.
  • Added Baby Skin to Default Replacements.
  • Added Sleep Freedom to Romance Mods.
  • Added Apartment & Roommate Fix to Money Mods.
  • Added Job Overhaul Mod to Career & Role Mods.
  • Added Always Put Books Away to Misc Mods.
  • Added Produce Stand to Shopping Mods.
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18 thoughts on “The Sims 3 Recommended Mods List”

  1. And me, I reinstalled a few days ago and then I saw you had recreated pleasantview! your timing could not have been more perffect!
    Now binging your mod list so I can have the full experience 🙂 Looking forward to whats to come, ATB

  2. Hi Cindy!

    I just watched your new TS3 episodes on YouTube and I’m hooked! TS3 is my favourite game, although I also love TS2.

    I’d like to recommend you several mods, that I think might be useful for you:

    * Nraas DebugEnabler is, along with MasterController the “simblender” + “batbox” of TS3, I use both of them all time.

    * Nraas Retuner can help you fix or adjust certain things in the game, which would normally require an external mod. For example, if you want to disable the University Mascot, or the ITF portal camera zoom, or adjust the chance of outerwear to be created with gloves, or how much chance there is of an umbrella breaking, or adjusting the price of the stuff you have to buy (food, books, etc).

    * Ani’s Workout costs money: – so they have to pay every time they go to the gym:

    * stevebo77’s No Route Fail Tantrum Animations! and No Foot Tapping While Waiting For Clear Route! – because they get very annoying when they find an obstacle on their way:

    * daluved’s White Formula Default Replacement Bottle – because it made me really sad when I saw poor little Beau Broke drinking green milk:

    * Cherry92’s Toddler Interactions, TheSweetToddler’s Biggest Little Mod for Toddlers and Adults can Play Peek-A-Boo & Hug Toddlers – they just add more interactions for toddlers, recovering some of the TS2’s ones that are missing in TS3:

    * kapaer’s ‘No Stretch’ Children can Series – if you want children to able to do more stuff than what they currently can do by default:

    * severedsolo’s Free Your Pregnant Sim! – it enables certain interactions for pregnant sims, such as playing ping pong, or working out.

    * velocitygrass’ Remove stencils/overlays from build/buy/CAS objects in game – this is one of the most wonderful mods that I have in my game. You only need to download the file “”. When you are in CAS, you click on the item to edit the color / pattern, and once there, you bring up the console and type “deco p”: boom! the shine is gone! ALL THE SHINE, the item goes full opaque. If there is a T-shirt with some annoying stencil on it, and you just want it plain: “deco s” – no more stencil. It’s the same with buy mode: you can remove the shine and stencils on all Maxis objects. NO.MORE.SHINE.

    * Arsil’s Napping Mat – it works as the dog bed from TS2, where Toddlers can sleep, but this one is actually just for toddlers, and it has a blanket which you can put on the sleeping toddler (“tuck in”). They also get full rest, as if they were sleeping on a crib.

    I normally use dozens more mods, but I think these ones are the best for the style you’re going for.

    • Hi Marie! Thanks for the recommendations. I agree, MasterController is an essential mod for me and I could not play without it. I’ve also started using retuner to reduce shopping costs and bills to work better with the minimum wage mod. I will definitely check out the others here I don’t have (especially the bottle replacement)! 🙂

  3. Hello Cindy, I’m looking for the cute baby hair CC you have installed, I can’t seem to find it in the list?

  4. Hi Cindy. Default Replacement Makeup by Coeurvid link now redirects to a tumblr account and I can’t find the mod there. Can you change it to correct one please?
    Also how about adding ellacharmed’s worlds with fixed routing to the list ? Always thought they are essential.

  5. Hi, I know this is a pretty late comment but how did you get the default replacement brows & makeup to show up in your game? I moved the eyebrows to my packages folder, it didn’t work. Then i moved them to the overrides folder, but it still didn’t work. My eye defaults work (pets and sims)😭

    • Hi James! I didn’t do anything special. I just put them in my Packages folder. I have found that sometimes I have to take the Sims into CAS using Master Controller before the defaults show up on them. I don’t know why this is, but it happens with eyes and facial hair.

  6. Hi, i think i accidentally deleted my previous coment , i wanted to ask if there is a mod to help with cc that doesnt fit the sims body and looks weird?

    • Hi K. The clothes should fit your Sims’ bodies. If they don’t, then there’s something wrong with the mesh or you’re using a custom body type that doesn’t work with all clothing. If you’re just downloading CC clothing and it looks weird, it’s the specific CC. Make sure whatever you download has a fat morph. I only download CC that has a fat morph or else it can look weird on fat Sims. That’s the only other thing I can think of that might cause a problem. Hope that helps!

  7. Hi, Cindy! I absolutely love your channel and website, and you’ve inspired me to go back to my games and play again. Thank you! I have a question about the minimum wage mod. When I sent a sim to university, it cost $50K. They gave my sim a needs-based grant to cover most of it, but instead of the money going to the university, it all went to my sim. Have you had this happen? Am I supposed to hold on to it until the end of term or manually pay?
    I also have pretty much all the other mods on this list installed, so I’m not sure if maybe it’s a setting from an NRAAS mod that did it.
    I totally understand if you don’t know, but I wanted to ask since you’re actively using the mods right now so maybe you’ve had a similar experience.

    Thank you again!

    • Hi Penny. Sorry, I don’t use the Uni parts of that mod, so I don’t know what could be causing it. You might try to ask on the MTS forums and see if anyone can help.


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