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What Is the Best & Fastest Browser? Browser Reviews

Since Windows 1998, I have used, abused and experimented with dozens of browsers.

Browsers are like vehicles, you want to travel fast, securely and in style with lots of cool features. Test-drive new browsers and observe their performances.

 .Which browser is the worlds best?

.Which browser is the worlds best?

The browser I use depends on my journey. A change of browser can result in better performance, faster page loading and videos that buffer seamlessly. If you decide to use a different browser, you'll soon notice how different they each perform, from surfing the web, their plug-ins and extensions — to their performances in speed, security, anonymity, and much more.

In this article

  • What is the best and fastest browser?
  • Firefox Reviews
  • Microsoft Edge Reviews
  • Opera Reviews
  • Safari Reviews
  • Google Chrome Reviews
  • What is the Best & Fastest Browser? My Answer
  • Poll: Which browser do you prefer?

What is the best and fastest browser?

What's good for the goose may not be for the gander. If John and Jane took every browser for a test run, John could decide that Firefox is the best browser, while Jane is sure that Opera is the best. Who is correct? Answer: Both. That's because the best browser is the one that meets their needs and, more importantly, their devices.

If everyone in your household had the same PC and specifications, they would never agree on which browser is the best. Why? Because each PC user will have their desktop customised with fancy visual gimmicks and so on. The add-ons and toolbars they each install. Intermittent WIFI and mobile connections, among many other factors, will determine the performance and speed of a browser.

Testing browsers on different computers will consistently have different results due to each PC's processor speed - the amount of RAM each has and the amount of free disk space on each hard drive and so many other variables.

  • Related Article: All Browser downloads: Including browsers to keep children safe and browsers designed for the older/senior generation.
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Having the right browser makes using the Internet easier because not all browsers are compatible with every website you visit. Most times, you won't even realise what you're not seeing.

Each browser will have tools and gimmicks that are unique or just better. Whichever new browser you decide to install and use, never uninstall any existing browsers your PC has because it's best to keep if you're having problems with any new browser you've installed.

Browsers favoured by PC programmers and web developers because they have lots of tools for developing and testing are Mozilla Firefox (Developer Edition). Chromium (the open source version of Chrome) (not to be confused with Chrome). Polypane, Sizzy, Blisk, and Brave

What is the best browser for Mac is a common question. Aside from Safari, Camino, Firefox, Flock, and Opera perform well. Again, it's all about user preference. Try them and see what you prefer.

Mozilla Firefox

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Firefox Reviews

Firefox has improved its tabbed interface, pop-up blocker/built-in multiple search tools and built-in RSS reader. The privacy mode is very private.

If you need an extension for something, Mozilla Firefox extension capabilities are extensive, and the many themes are easy to use.

It has enhanced security features to protect you against malware, spyware, and phishing sites and handles very nicely. It's easy for all ages to use and a very stable browser.

Firefox is open-source, and anyone can experiment with Firefox code for free. The 'Multi-Account Containers' extension allows you to use one website whilst logging in to different accounts on the same browser.

  • Supports; Windows / Mac / Linux / Ubunto.
  • More information and download Firefox: https://www.mozilla.org/en-GB/firefox/products/
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Microsoft Edge

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Edge Reviews

Edge has had major improvements than its predecessor, (Internet Explorer) and about time too.

With Edge, you'll notice a better design, improved tracking protection, tabbed browsing and major improvements to its security and overall features.

It also comes with a feature that will alert you if it has a coupon or promo for any shopping website you’re browsing.

Edge put tabs to sleep to free up your computer’s resources to make it run faster, and reduce battery consumption.

Although it does lack the array of extensions which Firefox and Chrome have, it's still a highly used and popular browser.

  • Supports: Windows. Microsoft Edge for Android can be installed on tablets and phones that are running Android KitKat 4.4 or later with an ARM-based processor.
  • More information & Download Edge browser. https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/microsoft-edge

Opera

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Opera Reviews

Opera is a highly respected web browser that competes very well with its competitors. It offers many unique features, such as using Opera with your voice. Its mouse gestures make navigating back and forward pages handy.

The thousands of widgets and third-party extensions are great. The 'Unite' feature that allows users to share files and photos, communicate with other users, chat, and host your website directly on your computer is impressive.

Built-in free VPN software you can use without downloading a VPN extension. Built-in 'screenshot' feature to create, edit and share in just a few clicks. Its 'social sidebar' has one-click access to services such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger.

More importantly, Opera has improved its security, allowing a safer and more stable surfing experience. It autoloads the page when the Internet has been interrupted. Overall, it is a good-looking browser, performs very well and is a must-have in your arsenal of browsers and a browser.

Opera GX is a special version of the Opera browser built specifically for gamers.

  • Supports: Windows / Solaris / Intel / QNX / Mac OS / Linux / FreeBSD / BeOS. For Ubunto, install by 1, using GUI. 2, using the official repository (command line). 3, Installing Opera through snap (command line). Opera is also available for PC / Tablet / Mac/iPad / Windows & other devices..
  • More information and download Opera: https://www.opera.com

Safari

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Safari Reviews

Safari is a browser preferred by iOS and Mac users because it integrates well with an iPhone or Mac.

Safari uses machine learning to identify advertisers and others who track your online behaviour. The Fraudulent Sites option warns you when a website is unsafe to visit.

It has a neat interface and a decent number of extensions. It performs very well and is a lightweight application.

Scan through large thumbnails of the pages you have visited, which is particularly useful when you can't remember the URL but can remember an image. The Reading list allows you to save web pages for offline viewing.

Further development could make Safari a real contender in the browser wars, although they have one of the best customer services and support.

  • Supports Mac / Windows / Linux / for Ubunto, install "PlayOnLinux" which allow easy installation of Safari on Ubuntu.
  • More information & download Safari. https://www.apple.com/uk/safari.

Google Chrome

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Chrome Reviews

Google Chrome. Since Google released Chrome, it has become a favourite amongst many PC users, especially those with a Google account.

Users can switch between accounts without signing out and sync Chrome across devices. There is a massive selection of plugins and extensions from the Chrome web store.

Automatically clears the browser cache — Blocks Trojans and spyware and has malware and phishing protection. Perfect for privacy.

Another good thing about Chrome is the (Chrome Remote Desktop), to remotely connect with your home or work computer or share your screen with others to receive remote support in a safe environment.

Chrome uses a large amount of RAM and CPU, which could lead to a decrease in performance. Its speed is impressive. It has a clean interface and is simple to use.

  • Supports: Mac / Windows / Linux / IOS / Android.
  • More Information & Download Google Chrome. https://www.google.com/chrome.

What is the Best & Fastest Browser? My Answer

Like a car, no single one is ideal for everyone, regardless of speed, size and colour. Similar to John and Jane, everyone is different. Jane wants ease of use — parent controls — and fluidity and smoothness when scrolling pages. She wants a browser that increases the text size by finger (pinching) gestures on her smartphone. John prefers a browser with incognito browsing, easily customisable with a wide range of extensions.

Trying to compare a browser using the 'online browser speed test websites' are not worth the time or energy. When I tested all five browsers, Opera was the fastest, then the next hour, Edge was and so on. They could have all been correct at that time. But none were consistently, significantly faster.

A browser that claims to be "the most widely used" which is going to be Edge, Chrome and Safari because they are pre-installed on devices, which makes it unfair for other browsers trying to compete because the winner would be the one that sold the most devices pre-installed with their browser.

Just because a browser says it's "built for speed" does not necessarily mean it's fast or faster than the rest.

No browser developer or advertiser will ever say, "We ARE the best" — "we ARE the fastest", so how can anyone, including me.

What each companies website say about their browser

  • Firefox: Search smarter, faster.
  • Edge: Fast and secure.
  • Opera: Faster, safer and smarter.
  • Safari: Blazing fast.
  • Chrome: Browse with the power of Google.

All you need to do is try the browsers and decide for yourself. Not forgetting the dozens of alternative browsers.

  • All Browser downloads: Including Safe Browsers Specifically to Keep Children Safe. Safe Browsing for the Older, Senior Generation. For all devices and operating systems.

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Comments

Software New Update from ALBANY on January 24, 2020:

saya sudah hampir 10 tahun mengunakan Chrome, akan tetapi akan beralih firefox

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on June 24, 2019:

Very helpful, informative article on browsers. I learned a lot from reading this. Thanks for sharing.

gordon onyango on November 05, 2018:

i prefer chrome

Mohsinul Hasan from Bangladesh on October 25, 2018:

I personally like Chrome browser for my iMac. At very first, i'm not using other browser rather then Firefox and chrome.

By the way, Nice article asap. Every details is More clear.

keep your good work up.

hmazuji on October 10, 2016:

fritz is spot on.

only seamonkey comes close to the features, performance, and reliability of palemoon

rock on palemoon. you are the best

Tener on May 22, 2016:

Also recommending Polarity Browser here. Super light weight compared to all the other major browsers out there. No browser should talk up over 100mb of RAM with 1 tab open (Gmail) and no extension installed. That's just absurd. Also can't trust Chrome anymore with their keystroke tracking for the omnibar.

Tony Sky (author) from London UK on April 12, 2016:

New. Vivaldi browser, designed for power users is the brain child of one of the guys behind the Opera browser. Instead of stripping back features, Vivaldi is customisable to a mind boggling degree.

Tony Sky (author) from London UK on April 08, 2016:

1st Browser released..

The first fully customizable browser. Hundreds of themes and icons. Personalize the look to reflect your personality.

Using the Media Downloader feature, media can be stored within the browser for online viewing and listening.

https://discover.hubpages.com/technology/All-Brows...

Ronnie on March 10, 2016:

I've had the major 3 (Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, & Firefox Mozilla) I will swear by Firefox. I find it to be most secure and quite fast with my connections. That's my recommendation for you guys.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on January 25, 2016:

Great lens on the best browsers for your computer. I've had IE years ago, when I had a Macintosh Ibook laptop. It froze and kept quitting. I also had AOL at the time, too. I do agree that Safari and Firefox is the best. As for Google chrome, I've been using it for a year now as back-up, since I had playing issues on one website (Iheartradio). It works best on that site. Thanks for sharing.

Johna933 on September 23, 2015:

Valuable information. Lucky me I found your site by accident, and I am shocked why this accident did not happened earlier! I bookmarked it. dggdcfaafdee

sue on September 07, 2015:

I installed Microsofts new Edge browser and found it slowed my computer drasically from booting to surfing to shutting down, so I uninstalled it.

Tony Sky (author) from London UK on May 17, 2015:

The most popular 5 browsers are listed here: Maxathon may well be your favourite for reasons you could have explained.

Maxathon however IS listed here https://discover.hubpages.com/technology/All-Brows among many other peoples favourites.

anBoa on April 24, 2015:

I use Polarity Browser for daily web browsing. I mainly use it for its low RAM usage and it is great for low end systems and older machines. Chrome and Firefox are just a bit too clunky now.

Tony Sky (author) from London UK on February 04, 2015:

PS. K-Meleon is faster thanPale Moon.... That's just on my computer with my specs and my broadband provider. Hope this helps.

Tony Sky (author) from London UK on February 01, 2015:

Hey Fritz,

Pale Moon is very good and fast. It is an open source, Firefox based browser which has stripped down lots of it's features to focus on efficiency, speed and ease of use.

Fritz on January 31, 2015:

I'm still using XP SP3 on a fairly slow pc with 1 GB RAM. By far the best and most responsive browser that I've tried (and I tried the lot mentioned in above article) is Pale Moon. Pale Moon offers a special XP build. It's based on Firefox, but Windows XP 32-bit compatibility is maintained, which cannot be said of the other browsers. Pale Moon is stable and notably faster than Firefox and the other browsers on XP.

Tony Sky (author) from London UK on January 27, 2015:

Hi TTGReviews,

If I had the time, I could write a whole article about how Opera is better than Chrome. Try it and you'll see the numerous things that Opera offers as opposed to Chrome. I'm not saying Chrome is lame but it is not as superior as Opera.

TTGReviews on January 26, 2015:

@BooksGalore

I run Google Chrome on my Computer that runs Windows 8.1

Also, what are the benefits of using Opera over Chrome?

john on December 19, 2014:

Your right, its all abouf what's good for the gander.... Which is me and i prefere k-meleon.

rodocop on July 15, 2014:

If you vote for Chrome, Firefox, Opera etc. then it means you'd never met K-Meleon.

Try new K-Meleon 74 and you'll see what is REALLY FAST browser.

It has the same engine as Firefox, but it is much more lighter in terms of GUI speed and system load.

karimkhan on July 15, 2014:

Firefox has a lot of flaws, it opens very to slowly, I got fed up and switched to Google, I personally don't like Google they are like spies, same goes with Facebook a bastard network site. someone has to come up with a better browser, yahoo is dumb, safari is crap. inter explorer is very sad state of affairs, its utter rubbish and very slow compare to the rest. I do bench mark all theses browsers and haven't found any to be really good. most spy on you and tap every move you make. there is no privacy. the add-ons and pop ups are very irritating, sick mother fucking adds. the add company have lost the core value of making really good adds.

Joshua Furber on June 14, 2014:

I am using Windows XP Pro SP3 system. Tried just about all the different browsers available. Most of all the fast browsers available run good for a short while but then give heaps of problems. So I kept returning to using IE8. Slower but more stable.

Why are people so angry with modern day fast browsers? Because of the above Great at first but eventually turning to a load of rubbish.

Well after much trial and error and quite by accident I now enjoy Google Chrome without any problems. Been running for 3 months AOK!

So here's what happened. I first installed Google Chrome after resetting up my computer. Then connected to the Internet and set up Google Chrome with Adblock Pro. Then installed all my favourites and made Google my home page. Once everything was exactly as I wanted it I copied the Google folder from my Program Files folder to a backup directory (called it aaa so easy to find). Then I re-named the google folder in the aaa directory to Google1. Then copied this Google1 folder back to the Program Files folder, where it now sits alongside the Google folder. I have not any clue what it does but since that day my Google Chrome browser runs smooth and fast without any problems.

Cheers

Josh

Dale on May 29, 2014:

Internet security should be in the front of every ones mind. If you are travelling anywhere and using your laptop or mobile device then you need to use a VPN to protect your information and identity.