When it comes to choosing the right browser, we all have our preferences. Each browser has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, as well as its own unique set of features that users may find more or less useful depending on their needs and preferences.
To help you make an informed decision, this article lists the 10 best browsers in terms of overall usability and compatibility with your specific device(s).
Safari comes installed on Apple devices, such as your iPhone or Mac. With it, you can sync your bookmarks with your other Apple devices and easily browse websites without a lot of advertisements. Since it is designed to work seamlessly with other Apple products, Safari is a great choice if you have any Apple products.
However, Safari’s main drawback is that there isn’t an Android version of it. This means that users who don’t own Apple products are out of luck when it comes to using Safari.
In addition, since there aren’t many ads in Safari, users may find themselves distracted by having too much white space on web pages and not enough content.
Overall, however, Safari is a good browser choice for Apple device owners who want simplicity and efficiency when browsing online.
Chrome is a full-featured web browser developed by Google. Not only does it have a clean user interface, but it also supports plug-ins and extensions that make it even more powerful.
Chrome is available on most devices, including desktop computers, laptops, smartphones, and tablets. It’s a free download on both iOS and Android platforms.
The primary downside to Chrome is that it requires an Internet connection to work properly (though there are ways around that). Still, Chrome is one of our favorite browsers because of its speed and security features.
Firefox is a well-rounded browser that performs admirably on most devices. It has solid security features, making it safe to use, and also offers users control over their browsing experience with Firefox’s customization features.
If you want a fast browser with lots of handy add-ons, give Firefox a shot. Firefox’s mobile versions aren’t bad either; they have a clean interface and feel much more modern than its rivals’ mobile options.
With Edge, Microsoft has taken an interesting new direction: The company is working to create a browser that works across devices.
This means you’ll be able to use Microsoft Edge not only on Windows but also on Windows Phone and other platforms too. Because of its broad compatibility with many different kinds of computers and mobile devices, it’s a great choice as your go-to browser—especially if you want to access all your information from one place.
This is a free browser that’s built on top of Chromium. It offers quick load times, an ad blocker, a built-in newsreader, and other features.
Plus, it has extensions available on all major platforms. However, we found that some of its add-ons were difficult to get working properly.
With no Android version of Opera Browser, you’ll need to find another option if you want mobile web browsing goodness on your smartphone or tablet. Also, like Chrome, there are several versions of Opera. We used Version 40.0.2308 (64-bit) for our testing.
Vivaldi is one of my personal favorites because it has some fun features you don’t see in other browsers. I particularly love its built-in speed dial feature that lets you navigate to bookmarks in a single click, and its built-in notes tool.
It also allows you to customize your browser with new skins (or themes) that are regularly added by users—and if there isn’t skin for your favorite website, you can even make your own! This browser was created by former Opera CEO Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner.
7) Yandex Browser
A Russian browser is a good option if you’re looking to surf anonymously online. The app doesn’t use any personal data or cookies, and it doesn’t store your history or passwords.
That said, like other browsers, Yandex Browser does store all of your bookmarks locally so that you can access them when you don’t have an internet connection. It also syncs with Chrome extensions, which is a nice perk if you already use them regularly. Another big plus?
The best private browser out there. Brave blocks ads and trackers by default. It also rewards you with BAT cryptocurrency if you choose to watch ads instead of blocking them.
You can opt-in to help websites anonymously fund themselves, or turn that option off and just use it as a private browser. Brave also takes care of torrenting for you by automatically downloading magnet links from your clipboard so all you have to do is open your torrent client of choice.
TORBrowser is a free and open-source web browser that is available on mobile devices as well. The major advantage of using TORBrowser is security when you are browsing over the TOR network your internet connection will be encrypted making it impossible to monitor your internet activity by anyone including your ISP.
TORBrowser also has specialized features that can be used to bypass censorship and firewalls to access sites and services that may be blocked in specific countries or regions.
10) Comodo Dragon
Comodo Dragon is a new Chromium-based web browser that’s fast, safe, and easy to use. It supports all popular extensions, making it perfect for users who rely on Chrome’s vast ecosystem of add-ons. One of its most powerful features is a built-in ad blocker that blocks ads in any tab, not just your Home tab. In addition to blocking ads, Comodo Dragon also blocks tracking cookies and scripts from companies such as Google Analytics.
Choosing a browser isn’t an easy task, especially when there are so many options out there. If you’re looking to maximize your browsing experience on your device, remember that browsers all have their pros and cons—and you should be able to find a browser that best suits your needs.