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 which are already performing well.
Since Microsoft Edge was still in the beta version, so there was no point in comparing it with other popular browsers like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox even though I didn’t face any issue while browsing.
And then on January 15, finally 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.
Now after using Edge for a long time, I think it’s the right time for Edge vs Chrome vs Firefox comparison.
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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
Basemark is a benchmark testing tool that is used for testing web browser performance based on various factors.
Microsoft Edge Basemark Web 3.0 Score: 283.24
Google Chrome Basemark Web 3.0 Score: 298.51
Mozilla Firefox Basemark Web 3.0 Score: 200.93
As you can see, Chrome is the clear winner, whereas Firefox performed poorly in the Basemark Web 3.0 test. But if we break down the benchmark score, you will see there is not much difference between the Chrome and Edge browsers. The only area Edge lost was Page load and Responsiveness that too with just a small margin (0.12%).
Microsoft Edge JetStream 2.0 Score: 58.384
Google Chrome JetStream 2.0 Score: 53.044
Mozilla Firefox JetStream 2.0 Score: 45.083
Here, Edge has outperformed both Chrome and Firefox, and in this test also Firefox score was low.
MotionMark is a graphics benchmark that will test how capable your browser is while handling complex scenes at a target frame rate.
Microsoft Edge MotionMark 1.1 Score: 118.02
Google Chrome MotionMark 1.1 Score: 83.61
Mozilla Firefox MotionMark 1.1 Score: 86.01
Well, I was surprised to see Edge won the graphics benchmark test that too with a huge margin even though both chrome and edge are based on the chromium engine.
The speedometer is another benchmark tool that measures the responsiveness of Web applications by repeating the same actions using DOM APIs.
Microsoft Edge Speedometer 2.0 Score: 45.9
Google Chrome Speedometer 2.0 Score: 47.5
Mozilla Firefox Speedometer 2.0 Score: 38.4
As you can see, Chrome was able to execute the same task slightly better than Edge, and in this test also Firefox came last.
Microsoft Edge Octane 2.0 Score: 19414
Google Chrome Octane 2.0 Score: 19381
Mozilla Firefox Octane 2.0 Score: 13014
Well, that was unexpected given this tool was developed by Google itself. The edge browser is the clear winner here, while Chrome comes in the second position and Firefox in the third position.
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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 they were consuming. Also, no extensions were enabled during this test.
1 Tab Open
In this test, I opened one random website, and this was the result.
As you can see, Microsoft Edge consumed less memory compare to both Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
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 just look at the result.
As you can see now, Chrome takes the lead from here and Firefox, as usual, was not performing well.
10 Tabs Open
Now, let’s open 10 websites and see how these browsers perform.
Here also Google Chrome is the winner and this time Mozilla Firefox performed slightly better whereas as Microsoft Edge came at last
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.
You will hardly see any difference in Chrome and Edge RAM consumptions whereas Firefox was consuming double the amount to 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 Microsoft Edge was not far behind from Chrome, it did a pretty decent job.
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Now enough with Benchmark and Speed test lets 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 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.
But there will be few chrome extensions that will not support the Edge browser. In my case, the Kaspersky Protection and Internet Download Manager extensions were not working.
So here I will choose Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox as the winner.
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Google Chrome is still the king in the desktop browser. Thanks to its wide variety of extensions and themes available and also how well it was able to handle multiple opened tabs and using fewer resources compared to its competitors.
Whereas Microsoft Edge (Chromium) is still new but was able to outperform Chrome in many of the benchmark tests. 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?
For now, I would recommend you to go with Google Chrome since it has all the features a browser should have. Also, users have access to a wide range of extensions and themes from a chrome web store. Whereas Edge is also a good web browser, but it lacks one key feature that is cross-platform sync. That means your browsing history will not sync between smartphones, tablets, and PC. But one thing is clear, Microsoft Edge is the new Best Google Chrome alternative.
Well, this is the end of 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: