I have been using Edge Browser ever since Microsoft released its beta version of the Edge browser based on chromium. I always wondered how it would compete with other browsers in the market since they are already performing well. On January 15, 2020, a stable version of the Edge browser based on Chromium was released. Ever since that day, Edge has become my default browser to see how it performs on day-to-day usage.

The last time I tested and compared Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox was in May 2021 and now I am testing again in December 2021 to see how much performance has been changed till now. Also, at the end of the article, I have shown all the tested results.

Things I have covered:

Setup

In the earlier test (February 2020 – May 2021), I used HP Pavilion 15 laptop with Intel i5-4200U, 8 GB RAM, and 1 TB Hard Disk. Now from “July 2021” I will be using Acer Nitro 5 that comes with AMD Ryzen 5 4600H, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, and Nvidia GTX 1650, and Windows 10 Home. Also, I have disabled all the extensions on all three browsers so that they don’t interfere with the benchmark testing. Do note that your computer might show different benchmark scores for different browsers, as it depends on system configuration.

Update: I have updated my Acer Nitro 5 to Windows 11 Home.

Edge vs. Chrome vs. Firefox: Benchmark Test

Basemark Web 3.0

What is a Basemark Web tool?

Basemark is a benchmark testing tool that is used for testing web browser performance like geometry test, SVG test, page loading, WebGL test, and various other factors.

*For this benchmark, a higher number is better.

Microsoft Edge Basemark Web 3.0 Score: 1072.54

Microsoft Edge Basemark Web 3.0
Microsoft Edge Basemark Web 3.0

Google Chrome Basemark Web 3.0 Score: 1233.4

Google Chrome Basemark Web 3.0
Google Chrome Basemark Web 3.0

Mozilla Firefox Basemark Web 3.0 Score: 751.98

Mozilla Firefox Basemark Web 3.0
Mozilla Firefox Basemark Web 3.0

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

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JetStream 2.0

What is a JetStream tool?

JetStream is a Javascript benchmark suite and shows the result based on how quickly the browser can start, execute code, and run smoothly.

*For this benchmark, a higher number is better.

Microsoft Edge JetStream 2.0 Score: 150.796

Microsoft Edge JetStream 2.0
Microsoft Edge JetStream 2.0

Google Chrome JetStream 2.0 Score: 150.017

Google Chrome JetStream 2.0
Google Chrome JetStream 2.0

Mozilla Firefox JetStream 2.0 Score: 97.273

Mozilla Firefox JetStream 2.0
Mozilla Firefox JetStream 2.0

Here, Edge and Chrome scores were almost the same so we will call it a tie. Whereas in this test also Firefox performed poorly.

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MotionMark 1.1

What is a MotionMark tool?

MotionMark is a graphics benchmark that will test how capable your browser is while handling complex scenes at a target frame rate.

*For this benchmark, a higher number is better.

Microsoft Edge MotionMark 1.1 Score: 495.33

Microsoft Edge MotionMark1.1
Microsoft Edge MotionMark1.1

Google Chrome MotionMark 1.1 Score: 309.75

Google Chrome MotionMark1.1
Google Chrome MotionMark1.1

Mozilla Firefox MotionMark 1.1 Score: 301.99

Mozilla Firefox MotionMark1.1
Mozilla Firefox MotionMark1.1

Here we have Edge browser as a clear winner which has scored much higher than Chrome and Firefox.

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Speedometer 2.0

What is a Speedometer tool?

The speedometer is another benchmark tool that measures the responsiveness of Web applications by repeating the same actions using DOM APIs.

*For this benchmark, a higher number is better.

Microsoft Edge Speedometer 2.0 Score: 137

Microsoft Edge Speedometer 2.0
Microsoft Edge Speedometer 2.0

Google Chrome Speedometer 2.0 Score: 143

Google Chrome Speedometer 2.0
Google Chrome Speedometer 2.0

Mozilla Firefox Speedometer 2.0 Score: 87.8

Mozilla Firefox Speedometer 2.0
Mozilla Firefox Speedometer 2.0

As you can see, Chrome was able to execute the same task slightly better than Edge, and in this test also Firefox came last.

Octane 2.0

What is an Octane tool?

Octane is a benchmark tool developed by Google that is used for testing the JavaScript engine’s performance. Note that this tool is retired, and no longer maintained, so the result might not be as accurate as other benchmark testing tools.

*For this benchmark, a higher number is better.

Microsoft Edge Octane 2.0 Score: 49598

Microsoft Edge Octane 2.0 Score
Microsoft Edge Octane 2.0 Score

Google Chrome Octane 2.0 Score: 51029

Google Chrome Octane 2.0 Score
Google Chrome Octane 2.0 Score

Mozilla Firefox Octane 2.0 Score: 24249

Mozilla Firefox Octane 2.0 Score
Mozilla Firefox Octane 2.0 Score

Chrome is here clear winner, Edge came at 2nd position and Firefox at last.

Real-time Test

Just based on benchmark tests it’s not easy to choose the winner. So I decided to open a few Tabs on all three browsers and use Windows 11 taskbar to see how much RAM and CPU resources they were consuming.

1 Tab Open

In this test, I opened YouTube site, and this was the result:

Edge vs Chrome vs Firefox (1 Tab Open)

Compared to the previous test, Chrome has improved a lot in terms of RAM management. Whereas in Windows 11, Edge and Firefox are consuming more RAM. As for the CPU usage, all three were continuously fluctuating between 0.2% to 2% usage.

5 Tabs Open

Now I opened 5 popular websites (Bing, eBay, YouTube, Amazon, and Flipkart).

Edge vs Chrome vs Firefox (5 Tabs Open)

Chrome is the clear winner here. On the other hand, Firefox came 2nd and Edge at 3rd position.

10 Tabs Open

In my next test, I opened 10 websites and here too Chrome outperformed both Edge and Firefox browsers in RAM management. As for CPU usage, Chrome and Edge were consuming fewer resources compared to Firefox.

Edge vs Chrome vs Firefox (10 Tabs Open)

1 Tab Open (Extensions Enabled)

Now I decided to see how these browsers will perform when extensions are enabled. I installed 5 popular extensions and here’s what I found.

Edge vs Chrome vs Firefox (with 5 extensions)

In this test also Chrome performed better than Edge and Firefox in both CPU and Memory usage.

Well, in this real-time test, I can say that both Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome’s performance were the same. They were consuming less memory and CPU, with or without extensions. But each PC or laptop model comes with a different set of hardware, so you might see different results in the benchmark test.

Customization

Now enough with Benchmark and Speed test let’s see which browser is more customizable.

Edge vs Chrome vs Firefox (Themes)
Edge vs Chrome vs Firefox

There are many people (including me) for whom the looks of the browser also matter. If I compare these three browsers in their default UI, I would go with Microsoft Edge. Its UI is clean, all buttons are well placed and you can also have a variety of customization available for the new tab page layout. And ever since Windows 11 was launched, Edge design keeps getting better and better. With its opaque and dynamic style transparency effect, it now matches the aesthetic of Windows 11.

Whereas Chrome and Firefox also have clean UI and buttons are also well placed, but you can’t customize the new tab layout by default. However, their store has thousands of themes and extensions that change the looks and design of the browser.

So it’s totally up to you which browser you want to choose, as all three browsers are equally capable when it comes to customization. But if I had to choose one browser, I would go with Microsoft Edge.

Extensions

Edge vs Chrome vs Firefox (Extensions)
Edge vs Chrome vs Firefox

Extensions are one of the most important parts of the browser. And the good thing is that all three browsers have plenty of extensions in their stores. Microsoft Store has a limited amount of extensions in its stores, but you can install extensions from Chrome Web Stores. On the other hand, Chrome and Firefox have tons of extensions and you can find almost all the popular extensions in their stores. So in this department, all three browsers are winners.

Overall Results (January 2021)

 EdgeChromeFirefox
Basemark Web 3.0365.22302.82225.78
JetStream 2.061.82566.84440.755
MotionMark 1.1166.89151.9379.69
Speedometer 2.052.555.447.3
Octane 2.019806215059973
1 Tab Open X 
5 Tabs Open X 
10 Tabs Open X 
1 Tab Open
(Extensions Enabled)
 X 
CustomizationXXX
Extensions XX
Total Score392

Overall Results (May 2021)

 EdgeChromeFirefox
Basemark Web 3.0387.91383.68265.65
JetStream 2.066.46666.43242.451
MotionMark 1.1189.36179.95116.21
Speedometer 2.054.858.4347.1
Octane 2.0220742266410059
1 Tab Open X 
5 Tabs Open X 
10 Tabs Open X 
1 Tab Open
(Extensions Enabled)
X 
CustomizationXXX
ExtensionsXXX
Total Score672

Overall Results (July 2021)

 EdgeChromeFirefox
Basemark Web 3.01036.39976.44536.61
JetStream 2.0135.079140.66090.025
MotionMark 1.1739.04715.24334.89
Speedometer 2.0137154105.8
Octane 2.0479054993321291
1 Tab Open XX 
5 Tabs Open X 
10 Tabs Open  X
1 Tab Open
(Extensions Enabled)
X 
CustomizationXXX
ExtensionsXXX
Total Score583

Overall Results (December 2021)

 EdgeChromeFirefox
Basemark Web 3.01072.541233.4781.98
JetStream 2.0150.796 (Tie)150.017 (Tie)97.273
MotionMark 1.1495.33309.75301.99
Speedometer 2.013714387.8
Octane 2.0495985102924249
1 Tab Open X 
5 Tabs Open X 
10 Tabs Open X 
1 Tab Open
(Extensions Enabled)
X 
CustomizationXXX
ExtensionsXXX
Total Score4102

In terms of performance and desktop browser market share, Google Chrome is still the king of the browser. Thanks to its wide variety of extensions, themes, and features available. Whereas with the launch of Windows 11, Microsoft Edge will keep getting popular, and more & more features will be added to match the Windows 11 design and features.

On the other hand, Mozilla Firefox also did well but was not as astonishing as Chrome and Edge. But when it comes to the user’s privacy and security, Firefox is still the browser you can trust.

So which browser to choose?

Well, in my testing, both Chrome and Edge performed excellently, and I hardly noticed any performance gap between them. But ever since the Edge browser was launched, it has been my default browser and I have never looked back to Chrome again.

The reasons are simple:

  • Less RAM usage
  • Sleeping Tab
  • Fast
  • Clean Design
  • Chrome Extension Support
  • Online Tracking Prevention and many other useful features

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

12 COMMENTS

  1. Most browser market share stats put Chrome on top by a large margin. I use Edge exclusively and have no issues with it. I mostly connect to a Microsoft ecosystem so Edge works best. If I were to use more Google services I imagine that Chrome would be my main browser. Firefox has left the building so to speak, I used to use it as a replacement for Internet Explorer. But lately it’s not even a browser I install on any of my PC’s. Not that occasionally I do try it out and do some tests and try it out. I just never find it compelling to keep it installed.

  2. FOR REAL

    EDGE FOR LOW END PC & CASUAL WORK
    CHROME FOR MAJOR MEDIA LIKE YOUTUBE, GMAIL AND ALL ENTERTAINMENT
    FIREFOX FOR CUSTOM SETUP
    TOR FOR PRIVACY

  3. One thing this article didn’t cover was battery consumption. I use chrome as my primary browser and it is a massive drain on my battery. I have tested running edge, and I get significantly more battery life. I haven’t made the switch because I am entrenched in chrome but I think about switching when I use my laptop out and about. That has been less of an issue this past year, but may be something I consider and my schedule it now requiring more travel again.

  4. The one issue that has caused me to re-consider going back to Firefox or Chrome is that there are several sites almost everyone uses Edge shows a huge blank bar at either the top or the bottom.

    And yes, I know this is not an Edge issue but an issue with those websites not being conform to standards.

    But the Internet still is a landscape where the strongest and most powerful rule.

    And contacting the developers of those sites doesn´t get them to change anything.

    At that point, I really have to wonder if getting marketshare and growing its userbase doesn´t make this an issue for Microsoft to fix/patch/bypass.

    I´m talking about Gmail, Twitch, from time to time Reddit (comes and goes as they update the site, showing this issue is not really that difficult to fix)

    And Gmail not fixing it on their end is quite typical, Youtube also uses APIs that outright don´t work on Firefox, making FF having to fall back to a far slower, far less optimized way of showing YouTube videos,

    The most fucked up thing is that YES, Edge = Chrome, but also YES, Google are dicks that don´t follow web standards at all.

  5. There are no rivals to Firefox if we are talking about customization.
    Both Chrome and edge are limited to changing the appearance of the browser only though skins. And yes while it is true that Firefox by default let’s you do less on the new tab page, you can still install extensions and customize that page on Firefox too.

    But the reason why Firefox is so far ahead Chrome and Edge in customization is userchrome.css
    That file let’s you change the look and feel of Firefox way more than just new skin on top.
    Let me give you an example. You don’t like the way the latest update changes the tabs into different shape, fine you just change their shapes through that file.
    Don’t like how the tabs are at the top and combining the title bar and tabs. Just change their location to wherever you wanted to.
    For example I’m one of those who liked the look and feel of Firefox before that australis theme came and ruined the look and feel of Firefox back in version 26.
    So now my browser looks and feels like the old Firefox before australis theme.

    You can learn more in r/Firefoxcss subreddit and you can often find already done css files on there too, so you don’t need to know anything about css to use these customizations.

    There simply isn’t anything like this available on chrome or edge, so i would say that their customization options are fairly limited compared to what Firefox offers.

  6. One thing I found out about Chrome… it does not work with Microsoft one drive. I use Chrome and could not figure out why the pictures did not show in one drive until I stopped using Chrome to link to onedrive.com. Once I started using Edge for the Browser, I could see all the photos.

    Of course, my bank and some other sites make me use Chrome to access my accounts

    I hate these proprietary glitches that seemed to be planned.

    By the way, Edge is good and I am switching back to them, except for my banking site.

  7. I think it could be better if other options are activated and deactivated (and taking account that chrome leaves another processes open too).

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