I have been using Edge Browser ever since Microsoft released its beta version of the Edge browser based on chromium. And I always wondered how it would compete with other browsers in the market since they are already performing well.

And on January 15, 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 June 2020 and now I am testing again in October 2020. Also, at the end of the article, I have shown all the tested results.

Things I have covered:

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Setup

In this test, I have used HP Pavilion 15 laptop with Intel i5-4200U, 8 GB RAM, and 1 TB Hard Disk. Also, I have disabled all the extensions on all three browsers so that that they don’t interfere in the benchmark testing. Do note that your computer might show different benchmark scores for different browsers, as it depends on system configuration.

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: 346.93

Microsoft Edge Basemark Web 3.0

Google Chrome Basemark Web 3.0 Score: 343.26

Google Chrome Basemark Web 3.0

Mozilla Firefox Basemark Web 3.0 Score: 218.9

Mozilla Firefox Basemark Web 3.0

As you can see, Edge has scored slightly higher than the chrome 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: 63.350

Microsoft Edge JetStream 2.0

Google Chrome JetStream 2.0 Score: 68.684

Google Chrome JetStream 2.0

Mozilla Firefox JetStream 2.0 Score: 54.376

Mozilla Firefox JetStream 2.0

Here, Chrome has outperformed both Edge and Firefox, and in this test also Firefox score was low.

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: 147.07

Microsoft Edge MotionMark 1.1

Google Chrome MotionMark 1.1 Score: 172.52

Google Chrome MotionMark 1.1

Mozilla Firefox MotionMark 1.1 Score: 75.30

Mozilla Firefox MotionMark 1.1

Here also Chrome has scored much higher than Edge and Firefox

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: 56.6

Microsoft Edge Speedometer 2.0

Google Chrome Speedometer 2.0 Score: 57.59

Google Chrome Speedometer 2.0

Mozilla Firefox Speedometer 2.0 Score: 43.0

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?

An 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: 17963

Microsoft Edge Octane 2.0 Score

Google Chrome Octane 2.0 Score: 21930

Google Chrome Octane 2.0 Score

Mozilla Firefox Octane 2.0 Score: 16888

Mozilla Firefox Octane 2.0 Score

Again the winner here is Chrome and Edge came at 2nd position.

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Real-time Test

Well, in the benchmark test it was not clear who was the real winner since both the Edge browser and Chrome browser scores were so close to each other. So I decided to open a few Tabs on all three browsers and use Windows 10 taskbar to see how much RAM and CPU resources they were consuming.

1 Tab Open

In this test, I opened the Amazon website, and this was the result.

Edge vs Chrome vs Firefox (1 Tab Open)

As you can see, Microsoft Edge consumed less memory compare to both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Also in my test, the CPU was continuously fluctuating between 0.5% to 3% for all three browsers

5 Tabs Open

Now from here onwards things about to get interesting. I opened 5 popular websites (like YouTube, Amazon, Flipkart, and so on) and the CPU and RAM usage for Edge and Chrome were the same most of the time. On the other hand, Firefox’s CPU consumption was the same as other browsers, but memory consumption was high as shown in the below screenshot.

Edge vs Chrome vs Firefox (5 Tabs Open)

So here both Edge and Chrome are winners.

10 Tabs Open

Now, I opened 10 websites, and the results were similar to the previous test. Here also CPU and RAM usage for Edge and Chrome were the same most of the time, and Firefox’s memory consumption was high.

Edge vs Chrome vs Firefox (10 Tabs Open)

So here also both Edge and Chrome are winners.

1 Tab Open (Extensions Enabled)

Now I decided to see how these browsers will perform when extensions are enabled. I installed 4 popular extensions and here’s what I found.

Edge vs Chrome vs Firefox (with 5 extensions)

Here Microsoft Edge consumed less RAM and also consumed fewer CPU resources. On the other hand, Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox consumed more RAM, especially Firefox. So Edge is the winner here.

Well, in this real-time test I can say that Microsoft Edge was the clear winner here. It was consuming less memory, with or without Extension. Whereas Google Chrome was not far behind from Edge, it also did a pretty good job.

But each PC or Laptop model comes with a different set of hardware so you might see a different result in the benchmark test. Now you might be confused that in the benchmark test Chrome outperformed Edge in most of the tests and suddenly in the windows 10 Task Manager it is showing Edge consuming less RAM and working efficiently. Well, there are many factors involved in the benchmark test, so I can’t exactly say which one is correct.

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Customization

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

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. 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.

But when it comes to customizing the overall UI of the browser, there is no doubt Chrome and Firefox are the best. Their stores have thousands of themes available, and you can get almost any theme you want. Sadly, this is one thing the Edge browser lacks behind despite being built on Chromium.

So if you are looking for a clean UI with a built-in customization option, then the Edge browser would be best for you. But if you want to change the overall looks of the browser, then Chrome and Mozilla are the best options.

Extensions

Extensions are one of the most important parts of the browser. And the good thing is that all three browsers have plenty of Extensions on their Stores. Microsoft Store has a limited amount of extension 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 here I will choose Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox as the winner.

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Overall Results (October 2020)

EdgeChromeFirefox
Basemark Web 3.0346.93343.26218.9
JetStream 2.063.35068.68454.376
MotionMark 1.1147.07172.5275.30
Speedometer 2.056.657.5943.0
Octane 2.0179632193016888
1 Tab OpenX
5 Tabs OpenXX
10 Tabs OpenXX
1 Tab Open
(Extensions Enabled)
X
CustomizationXX
ExtensionsXX
Total Score582

Overall Results (June 2020)

EdgeChromeFirefox
Basemark Web 3.0374.15364.2250.29
JetStream 2.060.89864.60353.142
MotionMark 1.1119.20160.63100.39
Speedometer 2.051.351.944.6
Octane 2.0194282073018511
1 Tab OpenX
5 Tabs OpenX
10 Tabs OpenX
1 Tab Open
(Extensions Enabled)
X
CustomizationXX
ExtensionsXX
Total Score562

Overall Results (February 2020)

EdgeChromeFirefox
Basemark Web 3.0283.24298.51200.93
JetStream 2.058.38453.04445.083
MotionMark 1.1118.0283.6186.01
Speedometer 2.045.947.538.4
Octane 2.0194141938113014
1 Tab OpenX
5 Tabs OpenX
10 Tabs OpenX
1 Tab Open
(Extensions Enabled)
X
CustomizationXX
ExtensionsXX
Total Score472

Google Chrome is still the king in the desktop browser in terms of browser market share. Thanks to its wide variety of extensions, themes, and features available. Whereas Microsoft Edge (Chromium) is still new, but it is starting to gain market share. Also on the internet, you will see many tech geeks are praising the Edge browser. And with every new update, the browser is using fewer resources and becoming more feature-rich.

It was a good decision made by Microsoft for switching to Chromium. Like Firefox, they are also concentrating on protecting the user’s privacy by blocking trackers. And I would love to see how well the Edge browser does in the future and what all the new features they will bring.

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 did well. And just like Chrome, it also has a vast collection of extensions and themes.

So which browser to choose?

Well, in my testing both Chrome and Edge performed excellently, and I hardly noticed any performance difference between them. But for over 8 months now Edge browser has been my default browser and I have never looked back to Chrome again.

The reasons are simple:

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

Although it lacks one key feature that is cross-platform sync. That means your browsing history will not sync between smartphones, tablets, and PC. Personally, I don’t mind not having this feature since I use Chrome on my phone. But for people who care about this feature will have to wait.

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:

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