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 January 2021 and now I am testing again in May 2021 to see how much performance has be changed till now. Also, at the end of the article, I have shown all the tested results.

Things I have covered:

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: 387.91

Microsoft Edge Basemark Web 3.0
Screenshot: Microsoft Edge

Google Chrome Basemark Web 3.0 Score: 383.68

Google Chrome Basemark Web 3.0
Screenshot: Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox Basemark Web 3.0 Score: 265.65

Mozilla Firefox Basemark Web 3.0
Screenshot: Mozilla Firefox

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: 66.466

Microsoft Edge JetStream 2.0
Screenshot: Microsoft Edge

Google Chrome JetStream 2.0 Score: 66.432

Google Chrome JetStream 2.0
Screenshot: Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox JetStream 2.0 Score: 42.451

Mozilla Firefox JetStream 2.0
Screenshot: Mozilla Firefox

Here, Chrome and Edge both have scored nearly same, so will consider it a tie, and in this test also Firefox’s score was low.

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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: 189.36

Microsoft Edge MotionMark1.1
Screenshot: Microsoft Edge

Google Chrome MotionMark 1.1 Score: 179.95

Google Chrome MotionMark1.1
Screenshot: Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox MotionMark 1.1 Score: 116.21

Mozilla Firefox MotionMark1.1
Screenshot: Mozilla Firefox

Here we have Edge browser as 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: 54.8

Microsoft Edge Speedometer 2.0
Screenshot: Microsoft Edge

Google Chrome Speedometer 2.0 Score: 58.43

Google Chrome Speedometer 2.0
Screenshot: Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox Speedometer 2.0 Score: 47.1

Mozilla Firefox Speedometer 2.0
Screenshot: Mozilla Firefox

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: 22074

Microsoft Edge Octane 2.0 Score
Screenshot: Microsoft Edge

Google Chrome Octane 2.0 Score: 22664

Google Chrome Octane 2.0 Score
Screenshot: Google Chrome

Mozilla Firefox Octane 2.0 Score: 10059

Mozilla Firefox Octane 2.0 Score
Screenshot: Mozilla Firefox

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

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 opened Amazon site, and this was the result:

Edge vs Chrome vs Firefox (1 Tab Open)

This time also Chrome has consumed less RAM compared to other two browsers. However Firefox has significantly improved its RAM management from last time. As for the CPU usage, all three were continuously fluctuating between 0.5% to 3%.

5 Tabs Open

Now I opened 5 popular websites (Bing, Ebay, YouTube, Amazon, and Flipkart) and here too Chrome is winner though the difference is little between Firefox and Chrome.

Edge vs Chrome vs Firefox (5 Tabs Open)

10 Tabs Open

In my next test, I opened 10 websites and here also Chrome was outperforming both Edge and Firefox in both CPU and Memory usage.

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)

Here the Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome were performing nearly the same. On the other hand, Mozilla Firefox started consuming more memory.

Well, in this real-time test I can say that Google Chrome was the clear winner here. It was consuming less memory, with or without Extension. Whereas Microfot Edge was not far behind from Chrome, 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.

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. Also in the recent update, you can now apply themes from Chrome Web Store.

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 have thousands of themes and extensions that change the looks and design of the browser.

So its totally up to you which browser you want to choose as all three browsers are equally capable when it comes to customization.

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 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 here all three browsers are winner.

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 Open X 
10 Tabs Open X 
1 Tab Open
(Extensions Enabled)
 X 
Customization XX
Extensions XX
Total Score472

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  
Customization XX
Extensions XX
Total Score562

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  
Customization XX
Extensions XX
Total Score582

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

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 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. Also in the recent update it has introduced the Sleeping Tab feature which will put all the inactive tabs to sleep to save system resources.

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 ever since the Edge browser (stable version) was launched it 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
  • 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:

9 COMMENTS

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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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