But am wary, will it become cumbersome to wade through like email?
It can be. I think it depends on what sorts of feeds you subscribe to. At one point I followed feeds of coupon sites and it was very much like sorting my inbox, but now I only follow feeds to blogs that I read mostly for entertainment / inspiration.
I use Feedly and like it. When my list of unread things gets too long, it's simple enough to click on the so-so blogs and mark the feed as read and then just read the ones you really like.
I don't follow many sites. Only about a dozen. If I follow many more than that, I usually fall behind and then trim back down to the best ones.