When it comes to surfing the net, you need a good browser. Browsers should be fast, easy-to-use, run efficiently and look good. Chrome is still the world leader, but there are multiple other browsers which can work just as well, and for many people, it’s just a case of personal preference. Here’s a review of the 8 best internet browsers in 2019.
Figures from StatCounter claim that 69.55% of internet users browse the web using Google Chrome as of April 2019. Around 59.43% of mobile users also choose the Chrome app to use the internet on their smartphones.
This isn’t without good reason. Chrome is compatible with all platforms and makes browsing easy with high-performance, a simple user interface, and a range of privacy features. It also has the best range of extensions.
The only area where Chrome fails is in its efficiency. The browser uses a lot of computer resources, which can weigh down machines which don’t have a lot of RAM. Still, Chrome is a practical choice for anybody.
Although only about 11.79% of internet users choose Firefox, it’s still one of the best browsers to use in 2019.
Firefox has upgraded to become incredibly fast- even swifter and sleeker than Chrome. It doesn’t have the mainstream reach Google has, but many technology fans prefer Mozilla’s long-running browser for its speed and efficiency.
Firefox also has one of the most attractive user interfaces and a healthy supply of Add-ons, mimicking Chrome’s extension market. It’s available on all operating systems, including iOS and Android, so whether you need a fast browser for your laptop or an efficient mobile browser, Firefox could be the best choice.
Opera is based on the Chromium project, giving this browser many similarities to Google Chrome. However, Opera is faster, more responsive, and takes up fewer system resources than Chrome, making it a preferable choice for many.
Opera wins out with one of the best interfaces and great user features. It’s easy to bookmark pages or put them on your speed dial. The sidebar on the opening screen makes it easy to browse your favorite sites, RSS feeds, and history. It also has a huge extension market, and you can use all the same plugins Chrome has.
The browser is available everywhere, including Windows phones (one system lacking for browsers). It’s far from the most popular choice, but it’s a fast, efficient, and stylish browser that anyone can use.
Apple’s Safari browser is used by around 6.91% of people in 2019. It’s a little more popular on smartphones, with most iPhone users choosing Safari for their mobile browsing.
It’s a lightweight browser that loads up pages fast and makes browsing simple. It’s specifically designed for Apple products, making it the ideal choice for iPhone, iPad, and Mac users. Windows users can use an old version of Safari, but it’s incredibly outdated and Apple stopped making new versions for other operating systems.
Safari lacks many of the features of top browsers today, especially with lack of cross-platform capability. Still, if you’re a dedicated Apple user, this browser could be the best for you thanks to its efficiency and UI.
Not to be confused with Internet Explorer, this is Microsoft’s hallmark browser. Microsoft Edge runs incredibly fast, competing with all of the top browsers in terms of efficiency. It’s fairly simple to use and comes packaged in with most Windows products today.
Its features are optimized for Windows 10, making it a decent choice for anyone on the operating system. While its largely known as a browser used for searching ‘Google Chrome,’ the latest offerings by Edge are much faster and better than they used to be, making it a worthwhile alternative.
Edge also lacks the cross-platform capability of other browsers, so Android and Linux users won’t be able to use this browser. Those on Windows desktops, laptops, and phones can enjoy Edge, although it has a hard time stepping up to the other browsers available.
Internet Explorer has been around since the dawn of the internet, but nowadays it doesn’t really compete with the other top browsers available.
Around 5.12% of people still use Internet Explorer on their desktop. However, thanks to its lack of speed when compared to other major players and its clunky interface, it isn’t necessarily the best choice.
It’s only available on Windows products and lacks many of the features offered by browsers like Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. Some may like IE for its simplicity or for nostalgic purposes, but for the most part, you’re better off upgrading to a better browser.
Vivaldi might be the most underrated browser available. Its created by the former CEO of Opera to mimic the browser’s look and feel before its migration to the Chromium engine.
As such, this is one of the sleekest user interfaces available in a browser. You can easily customize it to your needs. You can change the color scheme, rearrange the position of toolbars and tabs, and set up your homepage to make accessing your favorite sites easier.
Vivaldi still lags behind the big four browsers in terms of speed, but it makes up for it in character. You can use all of Chrome’s extensions with Vivaldi and as the open source software continues to upgrade, it may compete with the best in the future.
Tor Browser is known for its ability to surf the web securely and anonymously. You can browse the web using Tor without being tracked, with no storage of history and cookies left behind.
The source code is based on Firefox, so Mozilla users will have a good experience with Tor. However, it also packs in a bunch of next-level safety and security features making it the best browser for private browsing.
It’s a lightweight browser that’s simple to use across multiple devices. It may lack the speed of browsers like Chrome, but Tor’s main focus is secure browsing. It’s often used for people buying with Bitcoin or streaming, but Tor makes a good choice for anyone concerned about their web security.
These are the best internet browsers in 2019, and while some are faster than others, they all have their own unique pros and cons. People looking for fast browsing are best served by either Chrome, Firefox or Opera, with Edge and Safari close behind.
Those who want a fun and fresh user experience might prefer Vivaldi, although Opera, Safari, and Firefox also have great UIs. If your main concern is secure browsing without being tracked, Tor is by far your best option. Some people have multiple browsers for multiple purposes, and all of these are free so you can always feel free to experiment.