What is the best Windows 11 browser?

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Windows 11 has been an exciting change for Windows users. Among the many UI changes, the focus has been on persuading Windows 11 users to use Microsoft Edge as their primary browser. There’s no doubt that Microsoft Edge is ahead of what it was in the past, but is it good enough to replace Google Chrome’s long-standing reign as the most popular web browser on Windows?

Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge have received several significant updates that introduced new features and improved existing ones over the past year. But as Windows 11 grows in popularity, it is crucial that you know which is the best Windows 11 web browser.


Google Chrome vs. Microsoft Edge: Performance

Everyone wants a fast browser, but when you have to choose between two powerful web browsers that are both powered by the same engine (more on that later), things can get a little confusing.


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To accurately gauge the performance of Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, we tested them in the industry-standard WebXPRT 3 benchmarking tool. We ran the tests in a fresh install (no extensions enabled) of Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, and the results were pretty close. Microsoft Edge scored 104 while Google Chrome was not far behind with a score of 100.


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We also ran the Basemark Web 3.0 test on Chrome and Edge. Basemark Web 3.0 is designed to detect client-side web performance issues and browser bottlenecks. Our results show that Chrome (rated 481) is better than Edge (rated 329).

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Fast load times and minimal response times are key, Chrome and Edge deliver exceptional web performance on Windows 11.

Google Chrome vs Microsoft Edge: RAM consumption

Google Chrome is more popular than Microsoft Edge, but high RAM consumption has always been a very frustrating issue. Even the most ardent Chrome supporters agree that Google needs to seriously address this issue. Fortunately, Google recently released several updates that helped improve this issue in Google Chrome.

To test the RAM usage of Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge, we reset our browsers and launched seven identical tabs on each browser separately and measured RAM and CPU consumption through Task Manager.



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Google Chrome consumed about 850MB to 950MB; in contrast, Edge only consumed 650MB to 700MB of RAM. Chrome did remarkably better than the last time we tested these two browsers, but Microsoft Edge is lighter on your limited RAM and doesn’t compromise on performance.

Google Chrome vs. Microsoft Edge: Engine

Both Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge are based on the open source Chromium project. They essentially share the same engine but were designed to stand out in their own way. The common Chromium engine is also the reason why the two browsers have relatively similar performance metrics.

Google Chrome vs. Microsoft Edge: UI


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Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome both inherit elements of the user interface offered by Chromium.

In Windows 11, Edge has a clean and elegant design that makes the most of the new user interface. For example, the right-click context menu in Edge has a translucent material, and some elements such as the Edge taskbar change color based on the background color. The new look also features rounded corners and an overall streamlined user interface that prioritizes user experience.

Chrome, on the other hand, continues its classic well-defined UI design. To use dark mode on Chrome, you’ll need to change the personalization settings through Windows 11’s Settings app; but on Edge, you can enable it directly through the browser.

Edge and Chrome both offer different themes that give your browsers the look you need.

Google Chrome vs. Microsoft Edge: Features

Google Chrome doesn’t really offer any features that set it apart. Years later, you still only get basic web browser functionality. But there are plenty of extensions that let you get the most out of Google Chrome. Notably, Google Suite app integrations like Drive, Docs, Translate are fantastic for making you more productive. There are hardly any features that make Chrome unique from competitors like Edge, Brave, Vivaldi, or even Opera.


efficiency mode on the edge

On the other hand, Microsoft Edge offers tons of unique features that improve your browsing experience on Windows 11. You can organize your web pages into different collections to stay on top of your web clippings and searches. There’s even a dedicated performance feature that lets you enable Efficiency mode and limit the consumption of system resources.

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Another cool feature of Microsoft Edge is a shopping add-on that helps you save money when shopping online. It will automatically find applicable discount codes on the sites you visit and help you shop smarter. There’s even an immersive reading mode that minimizes distractions and works wonders as an accessibility tool.

It’s pretty clear that Microsoft Edge is the most functional and feature-rich browser.

Google Chrome vs. Microsoft Edge: Privacy and Security

Privacy is paramount in the digital world; it is essential that users have control over their data. Both Chrome and Edge offer comprehensive privacy and security settings that users can customize to their needs.


chrome security settings

Previously, Google Chrome’s privacy and security settings weren’t quite comprehensive, but recent updates provide options that have improved the situation considerably on this front. You can run security checks, manage cookies and site data, and even choose a security level between Reinforced, Standard and No protection.

However, these parameters are not easily accessible; it almost feels like Google doesn’t want its users to manage their privacy and security preferences.


privacy settings on the edge

In contrast, Microsoft Edge has a clean and well-defined settings page that is easy to navigate and gives users clear information about their privacy and security settings. you can customize Tracking Prevention and a dozen other settings to control your data. Edge even offers built-in features Microsoft Defender Smart Display protection to enhance cybersecurity.


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Chrome offers decent privacy and security settings, but Edge seems to give you more control over your privacy in a streamlined way. Settings are easy to manage and understand, even for less technical users.

Edge gets better on Windows 11

Google Chrome has been in the driver’s seat for over a decade, but it needs to innovate fast to keep up with the competition. Better performance, new features, and comprehensive privacy settings make Edge the best of both worlds.

Microsoft Edge is Microsoft’s recommended browser on Windows 11, and this might be the year you try your luck. Edge has come a long way since its beginnings as the successor to Internet Explorer and now promises its users a truly unique browsing experience.


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