Best Web Browsers for Windows 10

The internet without web browsers is like mixing avocados and ketchup – it is an abomination. With terabytes upon terabytes of knowledge on the Internet just within your grasp, web browsers are your gateway to this wealth of information. However, not all web browsers are efficient or resource friendly, and some are downright terrible.

So what browser is able to execute all of these features – and the better question is, “which browser executes it the best?” Well, we’ve counted down the top 10 web browsers for you to decide which one you’ll be sticking with for your web browsing adventures. For this list, we’ll be using the latest version of Windows, Windows 10. Without further ado, let’s find out which is the best web browser for Windows 10!

And by the way, if you’re lost as to what the features mean, we wrote a short explanation of features near the end of the article.

1. Google Chrome

Our top pick for the Best Web Browser for Windows 10 is none other than Google Chrome. If you haven’t experienced Chrome, you’re missing out on a whole new browsing experience.

Pros:

  • Customizable with Extensions
  • Fast loading
  • Google Account Integration
  • Password storage

Cons:

  • No built-in media downloader
  • No built-in ad blocker
  • Resource Intensive

Google has been leading the way when it comes to its web browser, with Chrome being the most popular browser to date. It features great customization options due to extensions and it also allows you to integrate your Google Account. Just sign in once and all of the Google websites such as YouTube and Google Drive already have you signed in. It loads fast – as in really fast – and it was that feature that catapulted Chrome into its pedestal today.

Of course, there are still downsides to Chrome and the most well-known problem with Chrome is that it uses too much memory. If you have multiple tabs running, it will take a lot of your resources and it might be difficult for older gadgets to function properly. But you get the best web browser in exchange for just a minor inconvenience when it comes to RAM, so who’s complaining?

Download Google Chrome in all its glory by clicking here.

2. Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox is a great browser to use a decade ago, and it hasn’t changed one bit. Pioneering features that are now staples of today, they’ve gone ahead and perfected those features.

Pros:

  • Great Tab Manipulation features
  • Very lightweight, not resource intensive
  • Ability to use add-ons
  • Fast loading

Cons:

  • No built-in media downloader
  • No built-in ad blocker

Firefox is a browser that prioritizes customization. With a greatly improved add-on system, if there’s a feature that it doesn’t have, then you can easily download and add that feature to Firefox in no time. With our testing, we’ve found that older machines do not have any struggles when it comes to surfing the internet and it shows how much Mozilla has optimized their software to be usable for both slow and fast computers. Lastly, the tabs on Firefox can be easily dragged and dropped without any problems, and you can even drag a link straight into a tab to have it load up.

There a few possible concerns though. One concern is that if you’re into downloading add-ons, then you have no guarantee whether what you’re downloading is safe or will harm your computer. Another point of improvement here is how the menus are being handled. You have to go into its menus in order to make adjustments and it’s not very intuitive on where to find a certain setting you want to tweak. Overall, it’s not a perfect browser but it’s one of the most feature-rich.

You can download Firefox here.

3. Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge is Microsoft’s new foray into the browsing landscape, and it has greatly improved its user friendly-ness. It’s a very fresh look on the internet.

Pros:

  • Improved User-Friendly interface
  • Very lightweight, not resource intensive

Cons:

  • No media downloader
  • No ad blocker
  • Too basic for some

With Microsoft’s older browser always being the second choice for Windows users, they’ve definitely hit a great chord with Microsoft Edge. With a very clean UI and easy to access settings, the browser is for those who don’t want to dig into menus and just simply want to browse. Since it was specifically made for the Windows system, you’re not going to have problems with Edge eating too much of your RAM. This is a great browser to use if you want the original Windows experience.

A lack of features is easily a deterrent her from downloading Edge. With the lack of an ad blocker and media downloader, you would need to look at 3rd party solutions to be able to have a more fluid browsing experience.

If you accidentally deleted Microsoft Edge on your Windows 10 PC, you can redownload it here.

4. Apple Safari

There’s no doubt that Apple has one of the biggest followings across the globe. However, how does its Windows Browser stack against the others?

Pros:

  • User-Friendly interface
  • Easy to manipulate tabs
  • Fast loading

Cons:

  • Lack of staple features
  • Somewhat resource intensive
  • Can be slow for older computers

Apple’s mantra has always been to make products that are intuitive and easy to use. And it’s definitely showing when you try out Safari. Featuring a user interface that you won’t get lost in, all of the settings, customization options, and other features are within your grasp and can be accessed without any delay. You don’t need to dive into some menus to get the settings that you want and it’s definitely a great way to browse the web for those that just want to browse the internet.

Lesser integration for proxy settings is a downside, but there are ways to externally utilize proxy settings, so it’s not that big of a deal. Apple does a swell job of integrating Safari to its iOS and Mac operating systems, but no so much for Windows 10. Its optimization for Windows operating systems might need some work, and the result here is that it might not be conducive for slower machines.

Get a very user-friendly experience by downloading Safari here.

5. Vivaldi

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you tried fusing together two browsers? You don’t have to imagine because Vivaldi picks out the best features of each browser right now and blends it into a whole new browsing experience.

Pros:

  • Easy to access bookmarks
  • Fully customizable
  • Fast loading

Cons:

  • Resource intensive

At first glance, you might mistake Vivaldi as a re-skinned Opera browser but it’s more than that. Under the Opera-esque look is Chromium framework. Essentially, it has a great UI combined with fast load times from Chromium – a match made in heaven. It features innovative features like combining multiple tabs into different groups for easier tab management and the ability to have multiple tabs snapped at different parts of the screen. The ability to see all important tabs at the same time without needing to switch from tab to tab is a welcome feature. It’s definitely a forerunner of a possible new set of features that will be staples in a couple of months.

With almost all Chromium-based browsers, you can expect it to be resource intensive and it might sometimes freeze up for an old PC. But with the number of things that you can do with Vivaldi, it’s definitely a must download and it might even find a place in your desktop once you get the hang of it.

Experience a futuristic browser today in Vivaldi by downloading it here.

6. Opera

Now that we’ve got the lesser known browsers out of the way, it’s time to jump into the juggernauts. And what better way to start our countdown but to talk about the staple of the lightweight browsers – Opera.

Pros:

  • Fast launch times
  • Easy to manipulate tabs
  • Can easily pin shortcuts to the sidebar

Cons:

  • Not compatible with older websites
  • No parental controls

Opera is definitely no newcomer to the web browser landscape and it shows. Featuring fast launch times and an improved UI compared to its older versions, it can definitely be the first choice for those just want to have a very convenient browsing experience. The main highlighted feature here is the ability to easily pin shortcuts to the sidebar for easy access, you don’t need to dig into menus in order to go to one of your saved websites.

With constant advances in its technology, Opera does suffer by not being compatible with older websites. It’s a compromise but it does ensure that it loads web pages really fast. Another gripe is that it lacks essential security features such as parental controls which, especially if you have kids, is important to filter the kinds of websites that you can visit.

Get a clean, no-frills browsing experience by downloading Opera here.

7. Maxthon

Awarded as the “best browser” for 3 consecutive years by CNET is no easy feat and it’s well deserved. Maxthon combines cloud support with dual rendering engines and the result is a flawless internet surfing experience.

Pros:

  • Dual Rendering Engines – fast loading
  • Built-in Ad Blocker
  • Media downloader integration

Cons:

  • Resource Intensive
  • Tabs are not easy to manipulate

At first glance, Maxthon may not wow because it has the staple features of the other browsers in this list. It has multiple tabs, some form of security, and can store your passwords for use in the future – just like the juggernauts in this list. But, under the hood is where Maxthon really shines. Boasting a dual rendering engine, it can identify whether the webpage you’re trying to open is better suited for one engine or the other and the results are amazing. With ad blocker support, you’re not going to be annoyed by those meddling ads anytime soon and it even has email integration for to make sure that your productivity is the top priority.

Maxthon is one browser that other browser developers can learn from, but it’s not invincible. Because it’s running two engines at the same time, you know for a fact that it’s not going to be too friendly for those with older PCs, and if you’ve got slower hardware, the dual engine’s purpose is somewhat defeated. But if you’re looking for a blazingly fast experience and you have the hardware to run it, this is the way to go.

You can experience blazing hot loading times by downloading Maxthon here.

8. UC Browser for Web

UC browser is another one of the less popular web browsers out on the internet right now. However, it’s on this list because it trumps the other browsers in one very important aspect – resource usage.

Pros:

  • Lightweight, Not Resource Intensive
  • Built-in Video/MP3 Downloader
  • Works with older/slower hardware

Cons:

  • Browser continuously runs in the background
  • Not that many customization options

UC Browser is possibly the fastest browser in the list here, as it loads videos smoothly and without delay. And it even opens up heavily coded websites without a noticeable lag time. Add the built-in Video and MP3 player into the mix, and you’ve got a browser that might just be perfect for your older computer. It also does the same magic for newer PCs. However, as I’ve said before, it’s the RAM usage that really makes this browser shine above the others. Even with a PC with just 1GB RAM, it worked wonders and had the same browsing prowess as the others on this list.

My only gripe with UC Browser is it still runs in the background even if you’ve closed it. It will continue to monitor if there are any new notifications or messages that you receive and it might cause a minor bump in your data usage if you don’t close it out completely.

If you really have a Need for Speed, then get UC Browser for Web by clicking here.

9. Torch

At number 9 is Torch. It’s not the most head-turning web browser as soon as you hear it, but as you go further down its features, you’ll find that it might just be the best web browser for Windows 10, and I say that with confidence.

Pros:

  • Fast and loads pages quickly
  • Built-in Torrent Downloader
  • Built-in Media Grabber

Cons:

  • Memory intensive
  • Torrent client might be traceable

Torch is based on Chromium, which is the open source version of Google Chrome. Meaning to say, developers around the world tweaked Google Chrome and integrated only the best features that the average internet user would need – and with great results! With a built-in media grabber, you’ll be able to download and save that YouTube video that you like. It also has a torrent feature wherein you would need to install a torrent client; you just need to use the browser and that’s it.

However, with all of the good features here, there are caveats. Because Torch has a lot of features running alongside it at all times, you can expect that the amount of RAM that it uses is astronomical. If you have an older PC, you might want to veer away from this. But if you’ve got a more than capable Windows machine, then download this browser and enjoy!

If you want to experience a very modern browser, you can download Torch by clicking here.

10. Mozilla Sea Monkey

Starting the countdown at number 10 is Mozilla Sea Monkey. You might know Mozilla as the guys behind Mozilla Firefox, but they do have another application that is just as effective as or better than Firefox.

Pros:

  • Open Source
  • All-in-one Application
  • Works great on older/slower hardware

Cons:

  • Dated UI
  • Jack of all trades, master of none

If you’re the tech savvy internet user and would like to have an all in one suite at your disposal, then Mozilla Sea Monkey is for you. Being an open source project, anybody with coding experience can just download the web browser, tweak a little bit here and there and he’ll have a customized experience with his browsing. And being an all-in-one application suite, it has features from web browsing, to advanced emails, to a feed client; even an IRC chat feature is included!

The only downside here is the web browser interface might need a little bit of work because the UI looks about 10 years old. And though it is advertised as having all features you’ll need, some of its additional features are basic and you’ll have a better experience downloading separate applications for each of the features that you need.

If all of those features made sense to you, then you can download Mozilla Sea Monkey by clicking here.

There’s another browser that is not on the list – Tor. This is just like Mozilla, with built-in proxy and privacy features. You can use Tor to access .onion sites.

Features Appendix

Don’t get confused by the jargon of the features listed here. We’ve got you covered. We know that some of you don’t know what kind of features you should be looking for. And some people might not mind working with browsers that are bare bones or basic. However, you’re missing out on features that can greatly improve how you browse the Internet. It can increase your browsing security, your productivity, and even stop minor annoyances from popping up from the screen. For any browser, the standard features that you should be looking for are:

Multiple Tabs

A decade or so ago, there was a real struggle with multi-tasking on multiple web browsers. You couldn’t use just one browser to be able to browse multiple websites on the internet; you had to open another browser to be able to view another site. And it both ate up a lot of your computer’s memory fast or it just simple started slowing down the computer once you’ve opened up 2 or 3 browsers already. Most browsers today have the feature of creating “tabs” so that you can go on multiple websites on just one browser. Tabs make it easier to switch from one task to the other quickly; basically, it’s a productivity booster.

Ad Blocker

Ads have been keeping free websites afloat and it’s a great help for the website owner to stay in business and keep pushing out content. However, there comes a point that it’s just too much. With ads covering up most of your screen and giving you a minor headache whenever it pops up, sometimes you just want the ads to go away even for just a little bit. Modern web browsers have the ability to block ads in one form or another, whether it’s a built-in feature or you’ll need to install an extension to use it. It’s a very much welcome feature, though if you want to support a website that you always visit, you might as well disable ad blocking for that site.

Proxy Compatibility

Proxy servers are technologies that not a lot of people know about. But if in the case that the masses find out what it is – it’s going to be really huge. It’s a safe way to browse the internet without revealing where you are or it might also allow access to websites that are disabled in your office or school. It does this by masking your IP address, and if websites have challenges determining your IP address, you’re basically safer because they can’t collect your data, and they can’t block your access. Most of the browsers out right now should have the ability to accommodate a proxy server. Or at least, have some form of compatibility with the various sites and services.

Fast Loading

Of course, what is a web browser if it’s bottlenecking or stopping your computer from providing the website instantly? Essentially, we need browsers that open websites fast, whether it has videos, pictures or a heavily coded interface, a modern browser should be able to open it up with ease. The fastest browser should not have any delay when it comes to opening even the simplest websites.

Resource friendly

There are web browsers that gobble RAM like it’s nothing. For users with PCs at lower specifications, it’s difficult to accommodate resource hungry web browsers. Sometimes the most number of tabs that you can open is just 2 and any more than that can mean that the browsing experience will get stopped prematurely. Either the browser will freeze, or worse – the entire PC would crash. The newest browsers have “lite” versions that are less resource intensive but compromise features in exchange.

In Brief

To sum everything up, the web browser landscape is constantly changing and it’s not that bad to switch from one browser to another. There might be a slight learning curve but if you’ve found the best browser for you, then it definitely makes up for it.

Try these browsers out and tell what you think in the comments below!

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