Up For Debate - Which Web Browser is Best in 2018?

Written by Stuart Thomas on Mon, Jan 1, 2018 10:30 AM

Our relationship with web browsers is often one of convenience. Once we’ve settled on one, with all its associated saved passwords, bookmarks and browser extensions gathered over the years, it can seem a bit of an effort to switch. We’ve become accustomed to its oddities and best to use it. Yet it’s always worth keeping an eye on the competition though in case the current champion is usurped; all the big players are constantly innovating (and snooping) in ever more inventive ways.

Undoubtedly the biggest web browsers in the world are Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari. I suspect the popularity of some of these is down to incomprehension, more than anything, particularly when they’re bundled with operating systems. Each offers unique benefits though, whether that be speed, security, customisation options, or a wealth of browser plugins.

When we last asked this question some four years ago, and Chrome was the standout winner. A lot’s changed since then though, and Firefox has undergone some major changes in the intervening years that could shake up the results. Not least, it’s now lightning fast and less memory intensive when opening up dozens of tabs.

In the ever-changing landscape of web browsers, which now sits supreme? Have you been using the same internet browser for years, or are you willing to change when a better alternative comes along? Let us know!

Which Web Browser is Best in 2018?

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08:27 Jan-05-2018

Chrome cause it is the best browser.

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05:59 Jan-03-2018

i like firefox because its the only latest browser than can run stable on old cheap hardware, back then i dont have a gaming desktop so i got used to it

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01:11 Jan-03-2018

I've heard about people complaining about Chrome's high RAM usage. I have 16GB so I simply don't care about that. It works fast for me,and my google acc is linked to it,with my bookmarks,saved passwords... So I won't be changing anytime soon

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07:59 Jan-05-2018

Same

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16:54 Jan-05-2018

Those people that complains really about high RAM usage usually ends up having like 50 tabs open and usually only have 4gb of memory because i have seen those people complaining and also mention they only have 4gb of memory.

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01:31 Jan-06-2018

Even when I really push chrome to the limits with amount of tabs open it still ends up using between 1-2GB at most. Though I never run more than 8-9 tabs at once,cause after that I can't even see what it is about and where I opened up which thing.

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10:14 Jan-11-2018

Chromium does the same.

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18:01 Jan-02-2018

I like Chrome 64-bit. I have plenty of RAM so it works very well for me. Snappy! XD

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17:21 Jan-02-2018

I love Opera, and use of the extensions and themes is nice feature too,bookmarks are tidy looking, simple to use

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17:19 Jan-02-2018

Been using Chrome for years and haven't had any issues. In the past its usage was pretty up there but now it's at around 5%, but still no complaints.

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15:38 Jan-02-2018

I'm still with Opera, don't see any need to switch.

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15:17 Jan-02-2018

I use firefox since the re-release.

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13:21 Jan-02-2018

brave browser

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13:25 Jan-02-2018

dang how could I have forgotten that one, my #4 these days :)

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12:32 Jan-02-2018

Firefox Quantum is far better than any other right now.

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12:06 Jan-02-2018

Chrome utilises much memory and is virus and spam friendly .......so mozila for me

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08:02 Jan-05-2018

Pardon? Where do you get this information from?

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16:19 Jan-05-2018

Exactly, chrome blocks ads that aren't following the rules of being an ad.

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16:57 Jan-05-2018

I honestly would love to see where you get your information from because if there is a site that might contain some kind of virus or malware it always gives me a warning to go back to safety which when i would go on my crappy tablet with Firefox installed it would let me in the site but i end up with roughly 20 malware in my system after.

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09:20 Jan-02-2018

Google Chrome because of bookmarks/tabs sync across devices,
Firefox Nightly for reliability and compatibility while cutting edge performance
Vivaldi for next-gen insight on how browser should be like :)

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15:26 Jan-02-2018

It would be great if Vivaldi browser had google sync implemented instead of vivaldi sync.

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21:01 Jan-02-2018

would kinda defeat the purpose of being on their own I guess...

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10:52 Jan-03-2018

True, but it's just better imo. Or at least have your google account connected with vivaldi and share stuff. Google logins are much better on a phone

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20:57 Jan-01-2018

i have been using firefox since the 2 something version and i have been so used to it that i won't ever change it

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20:04 Jan-01-2018

I'm using Google Chrome Dev (64 bit) and i went through all the options in flags. It is still the best.

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18:43 Jan-01-2018

been using firefox at home since version 10.0 and chrome at the office.it has its flaws but the fox is better for me

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18:40 Jan-01-2018

I use chrome on my computer and it works wonderfully, customizable looks too. Got Witcher Logo on my opening screen. Safari is good but every time I use it, it's on a small display, and I can only punch in a character one at a time. It hasn't happened yet, but I might get interrupted via a ring or buzzing sound, not conducive to a surfing environment. I feel that my operating system is telling me something every time it want to pull up Edge instead of Chrome.

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18:18 Jan-01-2018

I'm still using Google Chrome. Love it!

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18:15 Jan-01-2018

i use google chrome and its the best browser

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17:56 Jan-01-2018

The new firefox has had it's code entirely rewritten. It has been very fluid so far. Pages load quick. Tab switching is quick. Overall very satisfied with the new Firefox!

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16:09 Jan-01-2018

I tried both Firefox and Chrome with the same plugins and tabs open, but Chrome ended up using less RAM and CPU for some reason. I use Opera whenever I need an adblock on my phone, though.

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10:57 Jan-02-2018

Same for me I expected firefox to have a lower ram usage but its just the opposite for me .

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