What is the best browser?


I’ve been using Edge Browser since that time, when Microsoft released a chromium-based Edge-beta version of the browser. And I always wonder how it would compete with other browsers in the market because they already work well.

And on January 15, 2020, a stable version of the Edium browser based on Chromium was released. Since that day, Edge has become the default browser so I can see how it works in daily use.

The last time I tested and comparator Edge for Microsoft, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox in October 2020 and now tested again in January 2021. I have also shown the results of all tested at the end of the article.

Things that I have dealt with:

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In this test, I used the HP Pavilion Notebook PC Intel i5-4200U 15, respectively, 8GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive. I’ve also turned off all extensions in all three in the browser, so they do not interfere with the comparative testing. Note that your computer may display different benchmarks for different browsers, depending on your system configuration.

Edge vs. Chrome vs. Firefox: Vertailutesti

Basemark Web 3.0

What is the Basemark Web Tool?

Basemark is a benchmarking tool used to test browser performance, such as geometry test, SVG test, page load, WebGL test, and many other factors.

* For this benchmark, a higher number is better.

Microsoft Edge Basemark Web 3.0 points: 365.22


Google Chrome Basemark Web 3.0 points: 302.82

Google Chrome Basemark Web 3.0

Mozilla Firefox Basemark Web 3.0 points: 225.78

Mozilla Firefox Basemark Web 3.0

As you can see, the Edge has scored slightly higher than the Chrome browser, while Firefox performed poorly in the Basemark Web 3.0 test.

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JetStream 2.0

What is the JetStream tool?

JetStream is a Javascript comparison package that displays the result based on how fast the browser can launch, execute code, and run smoothly.

* For this benchmark, a higher number is better.

Microsoft Edge JetStream 2.0 points: 61,825

Microsoft Edge JetStream 2.0

Google Chrome JetStream 2.0 points: 66.844

Google Chrome JetStream 2.0

Mozilla Firefox JetStream 2.0 points: 40,755

Mozilla Firefox JetStream 2.0

Here, Chrome has outperformed both Edge and Firefox, and in this test, Firefox scores were also low.

MotionMark 1.1

What is the MotionMark tool?

MotionMark is a graphics benchmark that tests your browser’s ability to process complex scenes at target frame rate.

* For this benchmark, a higher number is better.

Microsoft Edge MotionMark 1.1 score: 166.89

Microsoft Edge MotionMark 1.1

Google Chrome MotionMark 1.1 score: 151.93

Google Chrome MotionMark 1.1

Mozilla Firefox MotionMark 1.1 score: 79.69

Mozilla Firefox MotionMark 1.1

Here, too, the Edge browser has received much higher scores than Chrome and Firefox.

Speedometer 2.0

What is a Speedometer Tool?

Speedometer is another comparison tool that measures the responsiveness of web applications by repeating the same functions using DOM APIs.

* For this benchmark, a higher number is better.

Microsoft Edge Speedometer 2.0 points: 52.5

Microsoft Edge Speedometer 2.0

Google Chrome Speedometer 2.0 score: 55.4

Google Chrome Speedometer 2.0

Mozilla Firefox Speedometer 2.0 points: 47.3

Mozilla Firefox Speedometer 2.0

As you can see, Chrome was able to perform the same task a little better than Edge, and in this test, Firefox was also the last.

Octane 2.0

What is an octane tool?

The octane number is a comparison tool developed by Google that is used to test the performance of the JavaScript engine. Note that this tool has been disabled and is no longer maintained, so the result may not be as accurate as other benchmarking tools.

* For this benchmark, a higher number is better.

Microsoft Edge Octane 2.0 points: 19806

Microsoft Edge Octane 2.0 points

Google Chrome Octane 2.0 points: 21505

Google Chrome Octane 2.0 points

Mozilla Firefox Octane 2.0 points: 9973

Mozilla Firefox Octane 2.0 points

Again, the winner is Chrome and Edge came in 2nd.

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Real-time test

Well, in the benchmark, it wasn’t clear who was the real winner because both the Edge browser and the Chrome browser scores were so close together. So I decided to open a few tabs in all three browsers and use the Windows 10 taskbar to see how much RAM and CPU resources they were consuming.

1 Open tab

In this test, I launched the Flipkart website, and this was the result.

Edge vs Chrome vs Firefox (1 tab open)

Last time I tested, Microsoft Edge consumes less memory compared to the other two browsers. But this time Chrome consumes less memory than Edge and just like last time Firefox has even more memory. And when it comes to CPU usage, all three constantly ranged from 0.5% to 3%.

5 tabs open

Now from now on, things will become interesting. I opened 5 popular websites (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Amazon and Flipkart) and the CPU and RAM usage of Edge and Chrome were the same most of the time. On the other hand, the CPU consumption in Firefox was the same as in other browsers, but the memory consumption was high, as shown in the screenshot below.

Edge vs Chrome vs Firefox (5 tabs open)

So here both Edge and Chrome are the winners.

10 tabs open

In the next test, I opened 10 websites and found that Chrome outperformed both Edge and Firefox in terms of both CPU and memory usage.

Edge vs Chrome vs Firefox (10 tabs open)

So here Chrome is the winner.

1 tab open (plug-ins enabled)

Now I decided to see how these browsers work when plugins are enabled. I installed 5 popular extensions, and found this.

Edge vs Chrome vs Firefox (5 laajennuksella)

Here, Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome work in much the same way. On the other hand, here too Mozilla Firefox consumes more memory.

Well, in this real-time test, I can say that Google Chrome was the clear winner here. It consumes less memory, with or without expansion. While the Microfot Edge wasn’t far from Chrome, it also did a pretty good job.

But each PC or laptop model has different hardware, so you may see a different result in the benchmark test. Now, you might be confused that in the benchmark test, Chrome outperformed the Edge in most tests, and suddenly in Windows 10 Task Manager, it seems the Edge is consuming less RAM and running efficiently. Well, there are many factors in a benchmark test, so I can’t say exactly what’s right.

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Enough now with the Benchmark and Speed ​​test, Let’s see which browser is customizable.

There are many people (including me) for whom the look of the browser is also important. If you compare these three browsers in their default interface, I would go with Microsoft Edge. Its interface is clean, all the buttons are well placed, and you can also get various customizations for the layout of the new tab page. Also in the recent update, you can now use themes from the Chrome Web Store.

Chrome and Firefox also have a clean interface and the buttons are well located, but you can’t customize the new tab layout by default.

But when it comes to customizing the overall browser interface, no doubt Chrome and Firefox are the best. They have thousands of themes in their stores, and you can get almost any theme you want. Unfortunately, this is one thing the Edge browser is missing, even though it’s built for Chromium.

So if you’re looking for a clean interface with a built-in customization option, the Edge browser would be best for you. But if you want to change the look of your browser, Chrome and Mozilla are the best options.


Plug-ins are one of the most important parts of a browser. And the good thing is that all three browsers have plenty of extensions in their stores. Microsoft Store stores have a limited number of extensions, but you can install extensions from the Chrome Web Store. Chrome and Firefox, on the other hand, have a lot of extensions, and you can find almost all the popular extensions in our stores. So here I choose Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox as the winner.

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Overall results (February 2020)






Edge Chrome Firefox
Basemark Web 3.0 283,24 298,51 200,93
JetStream 2.0 58,384 53,044 45,083
MotionMark 1.1 118.02 83,61 86.01
Speedometer 2.0 45,9 47.5 38.4
Octane 2.0 19414 19381 13014
1 Open tab X
5 tabs open
10 tabs open
1 Open tab
(Plug-ins enabled)
Total points 4 7 2

Overall results (June 2020)



Edge Chrome Firefox
Basemark Web 3.0 374,15 364,2 250,29
JetStream 2.0 60,898 64,603 53,142
MotionMark 1.1 119,20 160,63 100,39
Speedometer 2.0 51.3 51,9 44,6
Octane 2.0 19428 20730 18511
1 Open tab X
5 tabs open X
10 tabs open X
1 Open tab
(Plug-ins enabled)
Total points 5 6 2

Overall results (October 2020)



Edge Chrome Firefox
Basemark Web 3.0 346,93 343,26 218.9
JetStream 2.0 63,350 68,684 54,376
MotionMark 1.1 147.07 172,52 75.30
Speedometer 2.0 56.6 57,59 43,0
Octane 2.0 17963 21930 16888
1 Open tab X
5 tabs open X X
10 tabs open X X
1 Open tab
(Plug-ins enabled)
Total points 5 8 2


Overall Results (January 2021)






Edge Chrome Firefox
Basemark Web 3.0 365,22 302,82 225,78
JetStream 2.0 61,825 66,844 40,755
MotionMark 1.1 166,89 151,93 79,69
Speedometer 2.0 52.5 55.4 47.3
Octane 2.0 19806 21505 9973
1 Open tab
5 tabs open
10 tabs open
1 Open tab
(Plug-ins enabled)
Accommodation X X X
Total points 3 9 2

Google Chrome is still the king in the desktop browser in terms of browser market share. Thanks to its extensive extensions, themes and features. However, Microsoft Edge (Chromium) is gaining market share. Also on the internet, you can see that many technical nerds praise the Edge browser. With each new update, the browser uses less resources and becomes more versatile.

It was a good decision Microsoft made to move to Chromium. Like Firefox, they also focus on protecting user privacy by blocking tracking programs. And I’d like to see how well the Edge browser works in the future and what new features they bring.

On the other hand, Mozilla Firefox also did well, but was not as amazing as Chrome and Edge. But in terms of user privacy and security, Firefox did well. And like Chrome, it also has an extensive collection of extensions and themes.

So which browser is chosen?

Well, in my testing, both Chrome and Edge performed excellently, and I barely noticed a performance difference between them. But for over 8 months, the Edge browser has been my default browser, and I’ve never gone back to Chrome.

The reasons are simple:

  • Less RAM usage
  • Quickly
  • Clean design
  • Chrome extension support
  • Privacy policy
  • Online monitoring prevention and many other useful features

Although it does not have one key feature, which is cross-platform synchronization. This means that your browsing history is not synced between your smartphone, tablet, and computer. Personally, I don’t care that I don’t have this feature because I use Chrome on my phone. But for people who care about this trait, one has to wait.

Well, this is the end of the Edge vs Chrome vs Firefox comparison. We hope you find this article useful. If you want to test any web browser, you can use these tools:

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