Browser speed test: which is faster between Chrome, Firefox, Edge and Opera

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Making speed comparisons between programs is always interesting and fun, also because everyone has their own preference, but, probably, can be pushed to change habits based on the results.
As seen, in Windows 10 there is the Edge browser (now in a renewed version with Chrome engine) to be the master, Firefox continues to improve every month with new technologies for Javascript and to decrease memory usage while Chrome, which is also updated every month with a new version, is all about improving speed as well as making special features available.
In addition to the three most used browsers, the excellent must also be taken into consideration Opera, the niche outsider.
Let's find out the speed of browsers in 2022 in the various usage scenarios used for the tests, so that you can choose your default browser appropriately.

NOTE: : Test results may change based on the type of hardware or software available on the PC, so we take the results as empirical and not as "perfect science" since different values ​​can appear on each PC.

Browser speed test via Speedometer

A good site to use for testing is Speedometer.


This simple tool allows you to test the capabilities of browsers in the execution of web applications, displaying various types of pages and HTML content, showing after a few minutes an indicator on the performance of the browser in question.
After launching this tool on all the browsers we decided to test, here are the results (higher value is better):
  • Microsoft Edge: 48.1
  • Opera: 47.2
  • Google Chrome: 44.5
  • Mozilla Firefox: 40.4

The fastest in the tests carried out is the new Microsoft Edge, with a very high score, closely followed by Opera and Google Chrome which mark a good benchmark in terms of performance.
Slightly detached Mozilla Firefox, which just exceeds 40 and is the slowest browser among those tested with this test.

Browser speed test via JetStream

Another test we can carry out is JetStream, which measures the performance of various browsers in the execution of JavaScript and other code elements widely used in the creation of modern sites.


After running this test on all browsers, here are the results (higher value is better):
  • Microsoft Edge: 170.32
  • Mozilla Firefox: 151.77
  • Google Chrome: 151.36
  • Opera: 150.11
Edge commands big in this test, followed by Firefox redeeming itself big. Discrete the results of both Google Chrome (although Edge is based on it),

Browser speed test via ARES

ARES is another convenient test for browsers in which we can test their ability to execute various types of code (HTML and JavaScript) and web applications.


The results for the browsers that we have indicated for this guide are present below (lower value is better):
  • Google Chrome: 44.20
  • Microsoft Edge: 45.51
  • Opera: 46.25
  • Mozilla Firefox: 96.76
Here Google Chrome dominates the test, closely followed by Edge; far away both Opera and Firefox, which do not particularly shine on this test.

Browser speed test via MotionMark

Another thing we can do to check the real performance of the browsers in question is MotionMark.


This test tests the graphic capabilities of individual browsers for example when we open a video, multimedia content or web application with 3D capabilities.
The browser test results are available below (higher value is better):
  • Microsoft Edge: 283.90
  • Google Chrome: 279.32
  • Mozilla Firefox: 230.98
  • Opera: 210.45
Microsoft Edge stands out in this test followed by Google Chrome, thus proving to be the best browsers for playing multimedia content. In this test, however, even Firefox and Opera do quite well, even if they are not as fast as the two rivals.

Browser speed test via Dromaeo

Another test that we will carry out is through the Dromaeo website, which evaluates some important aspects of navigation such as loading CSS elements, JavaScript, 3D processing and running some test pages, so as to obtain a test that is as truthful as possible.


The results for the browsers featured in this guide are available below (the higher the better).
  • Google Chrome: 1155.87
  • Microsoft Edge: 1150.33
  • Opera: 1100.22
  • Mozilla Firefox: 1099.29
With this test, the browser both Chrome and Edge are very fast, with excellent scores also for Opera and Firefox, which are really detached by a few points.

Browser speed test via SPEED-BATTLE

Another very quick and fast test to test the speed of web browsers is offered by SPEED-BATTLE.


The results obtained by the various browsers are available below (the higher the better).
  • Mozilla Firefox: 786.93
  • Google Chrome: 708.79
  • Microsoft Edge: 700.11
  • Opera: 633.06
In this case Firefox dominates, closely followed by Google Chrome and Edge; Lagging behind Opera, which always boasts very low scores.

Conclusions

After carefully analyzing the results of these tests, we can get an idea of ​​the real performance of the various browsers that can be installed on Windows 10.
  • Microsoft Edge it wins practically all the tests or always places itself in the first places, thus making it the best browser to use on Windows 10.
  • Google Chrome it always ranks very high in tests and remains the reference browser for many users.
  • Mozilla Firefox it gets along fairly well in almost all tests, occupying the intermediate positions and dominating the last test produced.
  • Opera è become much slower than a few years ago, failing to stand out in any test and often finishing last. This does not mean that the browser is not valid, but that over the years it has been too "overloaded" with useless functions.
But we come to the question that all users ask themselves: which browser should we adopt?
Much depends on what we have to do with the same: if we love to use many extensions Chrome and Firefox are still unbeatable, if we want pure loading speed Edge is the browser to choose, while if we are looking for a browser with integrated VPN and intelligent content blocking we can also try Opera.

Still on the subject of challenges between browsers, we can also read our guide What is the best web browser?
If, on the other hand, we are looking for a real alternative to Chrome and Firefox, we can learn more by reading our article 10 new alternative browsers to Chrome and Firefox, different and worth trying.
We don't know which browser to choose on our Android smartphone? It will be much easier to choose after reading our guide Best Android Browser for Smartphones and Tablets.


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