I gathered most of the web browsers I could find to see how they looked and felt. Whether you favor speed, security, privacy, color, clean lines, angled or round-cornered tabs, Crypto wallet support, extensions, or developer tools, you should find a browser you like here. Skip to all web browsers
Benchmark System Specs
The computer used to run these web browser benchmarks is an Intel-based Windows 11 PC running a Core i9 9900K CPU, RTX 3080 GPU, and 32 Gigs of RAM. You can see a quick rundown of it here. The Windows version at the time of testing was Windows 11 Pro Version 21H2, build 22000.78.
Before running the benchmarks, I disabled all and any browser extensions/plugins, closed any open tabs, and cleared the browser’s data. I ran the tests in a standard browser window, not an InPrivate/Incognito window (Ctrl+Shift+N). The Windows app, Sticky Notes was left running for me to write down a record of the scores on the PC. Other apps and browsers were closed, and the computer was left alone to limit the usage of other resources in the background. Your results might vary.
The browser version numbers shown are those that were benchmarked.
To test the performance of these browsers, I used the following benchmark tests available at BrowserBench.org. Here are their official descriptions:
MotionMark 1.2 is a graphics benchmark that measures a browser’s capability to animate complex scenes at a target frame rate.
Speedometer 2.0 is a browser benchmark that measures the responsiveness of Web applications. It uses demo web applications to simulate user actions such as adding to-do items.
Benchmark Video capture
If you’re unfamiliar with these benchmark suites, here’s a quick video capture of a benchmark in action for reference. Usually, you wouldn’t run a video capture software app while benchmarking.
If you click on the blue JetStream, orange MotionMark, or red Speedometer benchmark result buttons, it will bring up that browser test screenshot. You might notice that the URL bar in the images consists of the browser name.
Because some web browsers look similar, I manually typed in the browser name to identify which screenshot was which. I didn’t need to write anything for specific browser UIs that include the browser name or are easy to identify.
22 Web Browsers for Windows!
This page briefly introduces, in no particular order, most of the web browsers with their benchmarks. Some of them are available for Mac and Linux too. Bigger scores are better. Here’s a shortcut list if you know what you’re looking for.
Browser Shortcut List (alphabetical order)
1. Google Chrome
First released: September 2, 2008 (beta)
Benchmarked: Version 103.0.5060.66 (Official Build) (64-bit)
Chrome works seamlessly with Google services like Gmail, where you can search for messages and reply to them even when you are not connected online. For Google Docs users, you can edit and access files offline from Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets, and Google Drive.
It’s worth knowing that Chrome is one of the few browsers that doesn’t block third-party tracking cookies by default.
Chrome Benchmark Results
As expected, Google Chrome scored pretty well in the tests, with the highest rank being 3rd for Speedometer 2.0. If you want to see Chrome score higher, try using Google Chrome Canary which scored some of the highest results here, including one 1st, and two 2nds.
Google Chrome Benchmarks (ranking)
JetStream 2: 5th (180.921)
MotionMark 1.2: 8th (973.39)
Speedometer 2.0: 3rd (189)
2. Microsoft Edge
First released: January 15, 2020 (Chromium-based)
Benchmarked: Version 103.0.1264.44 (Official Build) (64-bit)
The latest Microsoft Edge comes with Windows 11 and 10 and uses the open-source Chromium engine, so now Edge can utilize all of the browser extensions and add-ons from the Chrome Web Store, just like Google Chrome.
Edge is constantly evolving. The What’s new and tips page will keep you educated on the many ways that Edge is trying to lead the way.
Edge Benchmark Results
Microsoft Edge scored some respectable scores here, including coming 3rd in the JetStream 2 test.
Microsoft Edge Benchmarks (ranking)
JetStream 2: 3rd (184.43)
MotionMark 1.2: 6th (1001.13)
Speedometer 2.0: 5th (184)
First released: September 23, 2002
Benchmarked: Version 102.0 (64-bit)
With more people being concerned about privacy now, Firefox is a top web browser to consider. With that emphasis on privacy, and proudly non-profit, non-corporate, and non-compromised, Firefox automatically blocks 2000+ trackers.
As of Nov 9, 2021, Firefox was the first major browser available in the Windows Store. Firefox, by default, comes with Enhanced Tracking Protection and is said to surpass Chrome’s privacy and speed.
The web developer tools in Firefox are excellent (F12). If web dev is your thing, you might consider using Firefox Developer Edition. Firefox supports many add-ons and is available on Windows, Mac, and Linux. The built-in Eyedropper is a nice touch for content creators.
Firefox Benchmarks (ranking)
JetStream 2: 16th (115.087)
MotionMark 1.2: 4th (1022.02)
Speedometer 2.0: 13th (132)
First released: April 6, 2016
Benchmarked: Version 5.3.2679.61 (Stable channel) (64-bit)
Vivaldi is like a fully-specced luxury car. (I watch car channels on YouTube.) With every release, it’s hard not to notice just how powerful this feature-rich browser is.
Vivaldi has many ways to customize it, along with a nice selection of elegant themes.
Vivaldi is said to be built around privacy, so you might consider trying it. Regardless of having so much under the hood, I like the simple one-click options on the interface, like access to Downloads and History.
The Notes feature (for taking notes while browsing) is helpful, and the Capture Page button (for taking screenshots) is handy for content creators. The Take a Break button is unique.
I feel that Vivaldi has a slightly higher learning curve than other browsers, but to truly appreciate it, I recommend you take your time and set it up to your liking.
I like the way Vivaldi can colorize itself, too, based on the websites it is visiting. If the plethora of features isn’t enough for you, Vivaldi comes with a built-in game too. What’s not to like?
Having tried Vivaldi many times and having witnessed its impressive development, I consider Vivaldi one of the top 5 browsers to try. It seems to just get better with time.
Vivaldi Benchmark Results
Vivaldi didn’t score the top results with these particular benchmark tests. The highest was 9th place. However, as I state below, benchmarking isn’t the be-all and end-all of choosing a web browser. You won’t notice any lack of performance in the real world, and any concerns are quickly overshadowed by Vivaldi’s extra features.
Vivaldi Benchmarks (ranking)
JetStream 2: 9th (173.487)
MotionMark 1.2: 13th (810.78)
Speedometer 2.0: 9th (145.4)
5. Tor Browser
First released: January, 2008
Benchmarked: Version 11.0.15 (based on Mozilla Firefox 91.10.0esr) (64-bit)
If web browsing privacy is high on your list of values, chances are you’ve heard of Tor Browser. Tor Browser helps you browse the internet anonymously and protect your privacy by using a distributed network of relays run by volunteer users worldwide.
I mentioned Tor in 7 Apps I Install with Windows 11. If you’re selling state secrets, building the next nuclear warhead, or just concerned about online privacy freedoms, give Tor Browser a try.
In order to maintain your privacy and anonymity, Tor Browser runs via a network of global volunteers. (It doesn’t directly connect your device to a website in the usual way.) It’s therefore not feasible to run these types of benchmark tests and expect speedy results.
Regardless, and for consistency, I tried benchmarking Tor with HTTPS Everywhere and NoScript disabled and then with both enabled. Both times the JetStream and Speedometer scores were `Infinity’.
These scores do not reflect badly on Tor Browser. Tor is designed to anonymize you and maintain your browsing privacy, and for that job, it’s a very good and popular browser.
Tor Browser Benchmarks (ranking)
JetStream 2: Infinity
MotionMark 1.2: 20th (407.88)
Speedometer 2.0: Infinity
6. Firefox Developer Edition
First released: November 10, 2014 (renamed from Aurora)
Benchmarked: Version 103.0b4 (64-bit)
Firefox Developer Edition is the popular Firefox browser version designed just for developers. Dev edition has excellent developer tools built in with browser and remote debugging enabled by default. If your PC is set to a dark theme, Firefox Developer Edition will default to a dark theme, too. (Easier on your eyes if you’re reading code.) Pressing Ctrl+Shift+I (or F12) will open up the Developer Tools.
If you’re a webmaster or website builder, Firefox Developer Edition is a helpful companion. The built-in eyedropper is a nice feature (see screenshots).
Testing Firefox Developer Edition
The benchmarks were run with Firefox Dev Edition in the default theme. As you can see from the screenshot below, though, you can change the theme of the Developer Edition just like with the standard Firefox.
The highest rank scored here was 5th place for MotionMark 1.2.
Some data is sent back to Mozilla and potentially their partners, so you might want to learn more about that.
Firefox Developer Edition Benchmarks (ranking)
JetStream 2: 17th (112.106)
MotionMark 1.2: 5th (1016.27)
Speedometer 2.0: 12th (134)
First released: April 10, 1995
Benchmarked: Version: 88.0.4412.53
You might like the simplistic style and fast page-loading performance of Opera. Still going strong after 27 years, Opera was one of the first browsers with a built-in ad blocker, which was tried and tested in the Opera developer browser.
Opera comes with a built-in VPN, cryptocurrency wallet, video pop-out, a snapshot tool, Twitter, Instagram, and a video player in the sidebar. If you’re a Chatty Cathy or into social media, you will like having Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Telegram, VKontakte, Twitter, and Instagram just a click away in the sidebar.
You can also pin messenger chats and mute messengers.
In these tests, Opera scored the highest ranking of 7th place for Speedometer 2.0.
Opera Benchmarks (ranking)
JetStream 2: 8th (176.503)
MotionMark 1.2: 11th (876.22)
Speedometer 2.0: 7th (167)
First released: November 13, 2019
Benchmarked: Version 1.40.109 Chromium: 103.0.5060.66 (Official Build) (64-bit)
Brave passed 25 million monthly active users last year for good reason. With invasive ads blocked, cross-site trackers, cookies and fingerprinting blocked, malware & phishing protection, no IP addresses collected, and anonymized network routing (in Tor mode), you should feel pretty safe using it.
Brave comes with Brave Talk built-in, for unlimited, free, private video calls right in the browser. (You don’t need any extra apps and there’s no tracking. Connections are free.)
The Brave blog quotes Brave as the industry’s most advanced browser offering 3-6x faster browsing while ending surveillance capitalism with a private ad and payment platform. `Brave Rewards‘ allows you to earn cryptocurrency by viewing certain ads or content.
Brave Benchmarks (ranking)
JetStream 2: 1st (186.901)
MotionMark 1.2: 9th (939.27)
Speedometer 2.0: 4th (186)
9. Opera GX
First released: June 11, 2019 (early access)
Benchmarked: LVL4 (core: 88.0.4412.65) (64-bit)
Opera GX is Opera’s browser designed for gamers. With it, you can set limits on CPU, RAM, and network usage, use a free no-log unlimited VPN, and access Discord, Twitch, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Telegram, and VK from the sidebar. Opera GX has a built-in ad blocker, plenty of extensions, switchable exclusive wallpapers, plus in-browser sound effects.
With GX Corner built-in, you get access to free games, a game-release calendar, and gaming news.
With Opera GX, you can also custom colorize your interface to complement your gaming setup. If you’re a gamer, give it a try.
Opera GX Benchmarks (ranking)
JetStream 2: 7th (177.868)
MotionMark 1.2: 12th (859.45)
Speedometer 2.0: 8th (165)
10. Google Chrome Canary
First released: July 22, 2010
Benchmarked: Version 105.0.5148.2 (Official Build) canary (64-bit)
Chrome Canary is a `Nightly Build for Developers’ version of the ever-popular Google Chrome. If you’re a developer or early adopter or want to try out the latest features coming to Chrome, this is the version to install.
Testing Chrome Canary
Before running the tests, I disabled the Google Docs extension. The error flag in the top right of the first screenshot flagged that the Malwarebytes extension was installed but not enabled. (I usually run Malwarebytes by default in my main browsers, including Edge and Chrome.) I ran Canary Jetstream 2 twice in case people had an issue with the error flag in the first screenshot, hence why the PC time shows the Jetstream 2 test being later than the MotionMark test.
The benchmark results for Chrome Canary were excellent, scoring one 1st and two 2nds.
Google Chrome Canary Benchmarks (ranking)
JetStream 2: 2nd (188.195)
MotionMark 1.2: 1st (1579.01)
Speedometer 2.0: 2nd (192)
11. Comodo Dragon
First released: 2010
Benchmarked: Version 102.0.5005.61 (32-bit)
Comodo Dragon is a Chromium-based web browser developed by Cybersecurity company Comodo.
Comodo says that Dragon encompasses all of the best features of Chrome and features SiteInspector malware scanning technology, social media integration, an easy-to-use interface, secure DNS service, and privacy and performance enhancements.
Thoughts about Comodo browsers
Other than testing, I’ve never used Comodo as my main browser, but as you can see, their benchmark scores were good in these tests, with Comodo coming in 1st place for Speedometer 2.0.
The last user reviews shown for Comodo Dragon on their site date back to 2018. That with the lack of correct linking to Comodo IceDragon shows a lack of focus by the developers. It’s useful to take these things into account when reviewing, choosing, or trusting an app.
Comodo Dragon Benchmarks (ranking)
JetStream 2: 4th (181.796)
MotionMark 1.2: 3rd (1239.03)
Speedometer 2.0: 1st (194)
First released: March 6, 2019
Benchmarked: Version 2.2.8 Chromium: 85.0.4183.83 (Official Build) (64-bit)
Osiris is a relatively new blockchain-based browser using the open-source Chromium engine. It was first released as a beta in 2019. With a built-in Osiris Multi Crypto Wallet, a close partnership with dAppstore, and the ability to experience various blockchain apps easily and safely, Osiris is one of the browsers to try if you are embracing the world of blockchain. It’s also touted to block ads and trackers and offers anonymous and 3-7 times faster browsing than traditional browsers.
The Osiris benchmark tests scored here were nothing to write home about. However, as stated before, this won’t affect your productivity using Osiris.
Considering the popularity of cryptocurrency, I’m surprised we don’t hear more about Osiris. Let us know in the comments if you use this browser.
Osiris Benchmarks (ranking)
JetStream 2: 15th (116.686)
MotionMark 1.2: 16th (699.26)
Speedometer 2.0: 16th (116.7)
13. Pale Moon
First released: October 4, 2009
Benchmarked: Version 31.1.0 (64-bit)
Pale Moon is an Open Source, Goanna-based web browser for Windows and Linux. Originally forked from mature Firefox code, Pale Moon boasts a carefully chosen set of features.
A visit to the forum will introduce you to the large community behind Pale Moon, and a little research will help you realize that the development team over the years has not been small either. Pale Moon is `Privacy-aware’, meaning there are no ads, no telemetry, no spyware, or data gathering.
Pale Moon offers plenty of extensions, themes, plugins, language packs, and a way to backup your settings. I particularly like the search engine drop-down menu in the search box (see screenshot).
Although it’s a lesser-known app, Pale Moon is regularly updated with the latest security patches.
JetStream 2 failed to run in these tests, while MotionMark and Speedometer ranked Pale Moon in 19th place.
Pale Moon Benchmarks (ranking)
JetStream 2: Failed
MotionMark 1.2: 19th (433.12)
Speedometer 2.0: 19th (41)
First released: 2002
Benchmarked: Version 18.104.22.16800 (64-bit) 0609
Maxthon is a popular Chinese web browser, and since version 6, it has been based on the Chromium engine. Maxthon says it’s the `World’s First Blockchain Browser.’
Maxthon supports Chrome extensions and comes with Vbox, a tool for managing blockchain identities, with which you can get an unblockable ID (with NBdomain), access blockchain apps, and pay or get payments.
Maxthon 6 also offers Maxnote, Resource Sniffer, Passkeeper, Split screen browsing, and the usual Incognito window, custom UI, and theme options.
Maxthon has come a long way. It’s available for PC, iOS, and Android. It was my mobile browser of choice on my Android phones in the past.
Maxthon benchmarked 4th place for Speedometer 2.0 and 6th place for JetStream 2.
Maxthon Benchmarks (ranking)
JetStream 2: 6th (179.284)
MotionMark 1.2: 10th (887.41)
Speedometer 2.0: 4th (186)
First released: June 3, 2016 (Chromium)
Benchmarked: Version 22.214.171.124 (based on Chromium 101.0.4951.34) (Official Build) (64-bit)
Slimjet shares some of the features of SlimBrowser, but is based on the Blink engine and has a clean and straightforward UI. Slimjet comes with an ad blocker, download manager, intelligent form filler, YouTube video downloader, online video recorder, weather condition and forecast, an ecosystem of plugins and themes, and advanced anti-tracking options.
There is only a small team of developers behind Slimjet, so it might be a lesser-known browser for anyone not keeping track of these things.
Slimjet scored well in MotionMark 1.2 with a ranking of 2nd place.
Slimjet Benchmarks (ranking)
JetStream 2: 11th (171.628)
MotionMark 1.2: 2nd (1503.22)
Speedometer 2.0: 6th (172)
First released: March 2016
Benchmarked: Version 3.2.0 (64-bit)
BriskBard uniquely offers the power of ten applications in one. This app’s main features include the web browser, a built-in media player, email client, IRC chat client, RSS and Atom reader, Usenet newsreader, FTP client, contact manager, and more.
As you can see in the screenshot below, BriskBard also offers the choice of four different rendering engines. At the time of updating this post, the latest release of Briskbard was 3.2.0 on 6/13/2022.
I’ve reached out to the developer of Briskbard more than once in the past few years to learn more about BriskBard and its development. I imagine it’s difficult for some people to trust other content creators when they get in touch or request info. So, I’m not so clued up on future directions for BriskBard, but I’m happy to include BriskBard in this list. Give it a try and leave a comment about it if you can.
BriskBard Benchmarks (ranking)
JetStream 2: 10th (172.382)
MotionMark 1.2: 14th (788.85)
Speedometer 2.0: 10th (141)
17. Epic Privacy Browser
First released: July 15, 2010
Benchmarked: Version 91.0.4472.124 (Official Build) (32-bit)
Epic Privacy Browser is available for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. It’s another Chromium-based web browser. Epic is said to offer always-on private browsing while hiding your IP address. They also say that it blocks ads, trackers, fingerprinting, crypto mining, ultrasound signaling, and more. Epic comes with a free built-in VPN (Virtual Private Network) to help protect your browsing history from your ISP (Internet Service Provider).
Personal thoughts about Epic Privacy Browser
I think that the promise and protection of online privacy are noble quests. Reading through the Epic forums, you can get a feel for the browser’s development journey. The latest version of Epic available I benchmarked here was version 91.0.4472.124. That’s a little behind the latest version of the Chromium engine, which is 103.
Epic Privacy Browser Benchmarks (ranking)
JetStream 2: 14th (137.707)
MotionMark 1.2: 17th (645.43)
Speedometer 2.0: 15th (124.7)
First released: (Project restarted in 2019 using the Gecko engine)
Benchmarked: Version 126.96.36.199 (based on Firefox 95.0)
SlimBrowser V17.0 is based on the Gecko engine (Firefox 101) and has a more advanced UI (compared to Slimjet below). A useful feature of SlimBrowser is its YouTube video downloader. I also like the Browser Tools, including the Eyedropper, available from `Tools’ in the top menu.
SlimBrowser also comes with a built-in ad-blocker, right-click text translation, an HTML validator, downloadable skins, customizable mouse gestures, and other practical features.
Before uploading this post, I noticed that SlimBrower had been updated to V17, based on Firefox 101. I did the Slimbrowser benchmarks again, but the scores were not significantly different enough to readjust the charts. For clarity, though, those screenshots are here: Slimbrowser V17 JetStream 2, V17 MotionMark 1.2, and V17 Speedometer 2.0.
Coincidentally, I misplaced the JetStream 2 screenshot of 100.653. I have replaced that image with the V17 score of 106.100.
SlimBrowser Benchmarks (ranking)
JetStream 2: 18th (100.653) / V17 18th (106.100)
MotionMark 1.2: 7th (994.35)
Speedometer 2.0: 17th (106.1)
19. Aloha Browser (early access beta)
First released: Now in early access beta
Benchmarked: Version 0.6.0.0 (Official Build) (64-bit)
Aloha Browser is a privacy-focused browser for Windows based on the open-source Chromium platform. It has been available as a mobile web browser for Android and iOS since 2016 but has only recently become available for PC in early access beta form.
I learned of Aloha thanks to some users visiting this site via alohafind.com, a private search engine from the same team. If a free VPN and browsing privately appeal to you, take Aloha Browser for a spin. Aloha comes with a free and unlimited encrypted VPN service built in.
I’ll keep an eye on the development of Aloha, which, as mentioned, is still only in early access beta.
Aloha Browser (early access beta) Benchmarks (ranking)
JetStream 2: 12th (154.95)
MotionMark 1.2: 21st (308.69)
Speedometer 2.0: 11th (138.9)
20. Lunascape Phoebe (beta)
First released: August 29, 2020
Benchmarked: Version 0.24.0
Computer enthusiasts will probably remember Lunscape Orion, a pioneering triple-engine web browser with many features for desktop PCs. The development of Orion eventually tailed off. (Orion also failed to run these benchmark tests, so I removed it from this list.)
Lunascape Phoebe (beta) is the newly designed desktop product for macOS and Windows. I’m excited to see how this latest Lunascape browser evolves from here.
There isn’t too much official under-the-hood documentation for Lunascape Phoebe. Still, they quote the following features: It reduces display speed by 5 to 25% compared to a standard web browser, it has an ad blocker, privacy protection, mouse gestures, EPUB reader, Password manager, and you can switch between search engines.
Upon first browsing in the real world, it seems very fast! From these benchmark perspectives, though, it doesn’t stand out from the crowd.
Lunascape Phoebe Benchmarks (ranking)
JetStream 2: 13th (147.622)
MotionMark 1.2: 15th (743.71)
Speedometer 2.0: 14th (130.0)
First released: January 30, 2006
Benchmarked: Version 2.53.12
SeaMonkey is based on Firefox and offers a `SeaMonkey Internet Application Suite’ which provides a browser, an email & newsgroup client (with an included web feed reader), IRC chat, web dev tools, and an HTML editor. Their website quotes SeaMonkey as being aimed to appeal to advanced users, web developers, and corporate users.
Before benchmarking SeaMonkey, I disabled ChatZilla, DOM Inspector, and Lightning. The JetStream 2 benchmark failed with an unresponsive script.
SeaMonkey Benchmarks (ranking)
JetStream 2: Failed
MotionMark 1.2: 18th (466.48)
Speedometer 2.0: 18th (80.2)
22. Puffin Secure Browser [$20 a year / $2 a month]
First released: November 23, 2010
Puffin Secure Browser is a paid browser that is said to offer a faster and more secure browsing experience. Supporting Windows, Mac OS, and Raspberry Pi, cloud-based Puffin Secure Browser fully encrypts its traffic for use with public non-secure WiFi – something which one cannot say for many browsers.
Paid subscription thoughts
To use Puffin Secure Browser for any non-Puffin websites, like Google, Bing, or Yahoo, you will need to have paid for a subscription. $20 a year or $2 a month is not a lot of money, I suppose.
A few of the internal Puffin links are accessible without a subscription. This is normal if you want to learn more before signing up. I find it ironic that to click on the Puffin for Human Rights article in the Puffin News section, you have to be a paid subscriber. You may have different thoughts.
Benchmarking Puffin Secure Browser
Puffin is a paid browsing service. We have to use a credit card to sign up to use it. (I’ve done the trials in the past.) Had I been able to use PayPal, I might have signed up to try it for this page. I don’t like to use a credit or debit card for something I’ll probably never use, so I skipped the benchmark for this one.
Internet Explorer (Retired on June 15, 2022)
Internet Explorer (IE) came with most versions of Windows, was a leading web browser for a long time, and continued to work for the most part. However, over the years, it had fallen short from a user experience, web development, and webpage design consistency standpoint.
For the above reasons, many web designers and developers stopped even testing with Internet Explorer. Microsoft introduced IE’s replacement Microsoft Edge with Windows 10 and didn’t include Internet Explorer with Windows 11. Internet Explorer was finally retired on June 15, 2022. Here’s Microsoft’s announcement.
Below are the charts for all of the browsers on this page. The highest scoring browser in JetStream 2 was Brave. The Highest scoring in MotionMark 1.2 was Google Chrome Canary, and the fastest browser in Speedometer 2.0 was Comodo Dragon.
You might have noticed that there are two browsers, Brave and Maxthon, that both ranked 4th place in the Speedometer scores. I took this into account when ranking the other browsers. (Slower browsers are placed 5th, 6th, 7th, and so on.)
JetStream 2, MotionMark 1.2, and Speedometer 2.0 in one chart:
JetStream 2 only:
MotionMark 1.2 only:
Speedometer 2.0 only:
Benchmark scores (numbers only)
Real-world usage vs benchmark tests
Many browsers featured on this page are good enough for everyday online browsing tasks. Benchmarking is a way to see how things perform or compare in more stressful, competitive, or future-proof scenarios. Having a lower score does not necessarily mean that something is not acceptable for real-world usage. Benchmarks are a great way to convince you to buy into something.
Because you use it to do things online, you might consider how the browser is treating you.
Is it protecting you and your privacy? Does it offer you the ability to maintain anonymity?
This was an introduction to over 20 web browsers for Windows in no particular order, along with a little benchmarking. As usual, the number of web browsers keeps changing.
Some browsers removed
Recently removed from this page are Midori, Torch, Comodo IceDragon, and Lunascape Orion.
Midori and Torch both have homepages but recently no way to download them. Comodo IceDragon (a Firefox flavor of Comodo Dragon) hasn’t been updated in a while and fails to be documented and hosted correctly on Comodo’s website. Lunascape Orion failed to run the benchmarks and has been superseded by Lunascape Phoebe (beta).
Internet Explorer was retired on June 15, 2022, but it will stay on this page for a while to remind people.
Regardless of the various benchmark results shown here, many web browsers are OK for their intended use. I recommend you try a few and see how they work for you.
When researching these browsers, I read plenty of sales jargon and had conflicting thoughts about trust and privacy. Can you be too loyal or trusting of a brand? Please use any browser at your own risk.
To provide a higher level of privacy, you might consider using as few browser add-ons as possible and make sure they are from trusted publishers. Some browsers send data back to their developers and partners, so you might want to think about that.
Useful browser keyboard shortcuts
To dive a little deeper into the tech behind the benchmarking suites at benchmark.org, here are a couple of links.
Which web browser do you use and why?
Grant is the webmaster here and a longtime PC enthusiast. He likes talking about computers and seeing other people enjoy theirs. When he’s not working or tinkering with this site, he enjoys playing Apex Legends. Grant lives in Japan as an English teacher and vegetable farmer.