10 Search Engines That Regular People Love

Find the right search engine for you

If you're looking for a new search engine that delivers relevant results in an uncluttered, easy-to-navigate interface, you're in luck. We evaluated the current crop of search engines out there and chose 10 that provide a great search experience, including the ability to filter, broaden, and tighten your searches.

Some of these names may be familiar, but others may sound obscure. All have excellent search functionality, so take a look at each one's features and choose the search engine that best suits your needs.

This list looks at popular search engines, but keep in mind that there are a variety of specific search engines that search only for people, images, jobs, and more.

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Screenshot of Dogpile Search Engine
What We Like
  • Pulls from multiple databases to offer broad results.

  • Clean, whimsical home page.

  • Fast results.

  • Each results page includes a second search box.

  • No ads served with image, news, shopping, and video searches.

What We Don't Like
  • There can be a lot of ads served with web searches.

  • Not a lot of customizability for searches.

  • No home screen personalization.

  • Result screen entries aren't dated.

Years ago, Dogpile preceded Google as the fastest and most efficient choice for web searching. Dogpile faded into obscurity in the late 1990s, and Google emerged as the most dominant search engine.

But Dogpile has had a resurgence in popularity, drawing users with its growing index and clean, quick presentation. If you want to use a search tool with a pleasant, fun interface and helpful crosslink results, give Dogpile a try.

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Screenshot of Yippy search engine home page
What We Like
  • Shows results in a cluster format, along with related results.

  • Finds content other search engines might not serve.

  • Great for students seeking academic journals.

What We Don't Like
  • Ad-supported.

  • Filtering process isn't customizable.

Yippy is a metasearch engine, using IBM Watson-powered technology to search the Deep Web, which searches other search engines for you. This is a great tool for viewing content you otherwise might not see and finding exactly what you need. If you're searching for obscure hobby interest blogs, little-known government information, tough-to-find news, academic research, and other types of narrowly focused content, then Yippy is your tool. 

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Screenshot of DuckDuckGo search engine
What We Like
  • Easily scroll results pages and find what you're looking for.

  • Instantly recognize your favorite sites with Favicons.

  • Offers instant answers called "zero-click info."

  • Jump directly to websites using shortcuts called "bangs."

  • Staunch privacy controls and focus.

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't remember your search history.

  • Fewer personalization options than other big search engines.

At first, DuckDuckGo looks like Google or other mainstream search engines. But DuckDuckGo has many subtle, slick features that differentiate it from the competition. For example, with "zero-click" information, you'll see your answers displayed on the first results page. DuckDuckgo also offers disambiguation prompts (helps to clarify the question you're really asking). While it's ad-supported, you have the ability to opt-out of ads and never see them again.

DuckDuckGo doesn't collect or share your information, a strong privacy stance that is gaining the search engine more popularity. Give DuckDuckGo.com a try. You might really like this clean, simple, full-featured search engine.

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Screenshot of Bing search engine
What We Like
  • Customizable home page.

  • Automatically accessible from the Edge browser.

  • Gorgeous photographs on home page change daily.

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't always provide publication date next to articles.

  • Sometimes shows older articles at top of search results.

  • Not a lot of advanced search options.

Bing is one of the world's largest search engines, and originally was Microsoft's attempt at unseating Google. Formerly called MSN Search, Microsoft changed the name to Bing to evoke the instant-win feel of the word "bingo."

Touted as a "decision engine," Bing supports searches with lefthand column suggestions, while also offering various search options across the top of the screen. You may find features such as "wiki" suggestions, visual search, and related searches useful. While it won't dethrone Google anytime soon, Bing is helpful and worth a try.  

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Google Scholar

Screenshot of Google Scholar search engine
What We Like
  • Familiar interface is easy to use.

  • Access to more than 150 million documents.

  • View case laws and files in addition to scholarly articles.

  • Search through patents and citations.

  • Articles from the last 10 years are shown.

What We Don't Like
  • Can't filter results by discipline.

  • Information found is wide-ranging but not comprehensive.

Google Scholar is an academic-style version of the Google search engine that will help you win debates. Google Scholar focuses on scientifically researched academic material that has been subjected to scrutiny by experts and scholars. You'll find graduate theses, legal and court opinions, academic publications, medical research reports, physics research papers, economics documents, world politics explanations, and much more.

If you're looking for serious information that can stand up in a heated debate with educated people, go to Google Scholar to arm yourself with high-powered academic sources.

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Screenshot of Ask.com
What We Like
  • Friendly, intuitive results.

  • The Ask browser toolbar is convenient.

  • Good for natural language search.

  • Result groups are helpful.

What We Don't Like
  • No local search.

  • Limited customizability.

  • Top results often are ads.

Remember Ask Jeeves? The early search engine was a fun site that mimicked an internet butler serving your needs. Ask Jeeves evolved into Ask.com, which is a solid, basic search engine that offers a clean interface and organized information.

When you type something into the search bar, you go to the Ask.com Answers page. This a list of results associated with your query along with related searches off to the right. The presentation is clean and easy to read.

While Ask.com doesn't offer groundbreaking features, it's certainly functional. Try it out and decide for yourself if it's worthwhile.

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Screenshot of Webopedia
What We Like
  • Search terms or browse topics.

  • Information ranges from basic definitions to detailed explanations.

  • List of latest tech terms keeps you up to speed.

  • Study guides and articles offer more in-depth information.

What We Don't Like
  • Site is a little cluttered looking.

While it's not a general search engine, Webopedia is one of the most useful websites on the internet. Webopedia is an encyclopedic resource dedicated to searching tech terminology and computer definitions. Teach yourself what a domain name system is, or learn what DDRAM means by conducting a simple search on Webopedia.

Webopedia is a perfect resource for non-technical people to make more sense of the computers and technology that surround them. 

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Screenshot of Yahoo search home page
What We Like
  • Functions include email, news, shopping, and more.

  • Trending pages bring you to topics gathered from other searches.

  • Travel information and funny videos to brighten your day.

  • Shopping search function has many options.

What We Don't Like
  • Ads aren't clearly labeled.

  • No book search or desktop search feature.

In the early days of the internet, Yahoo was both a fixture and a novelty, helping introduce the world to email, chat rooms, and internet games, along with search functionality.

Today, Yahoo looks very different but is still a popular website for those looking for multiple features, including a news aggregator, shopping center, email, travel directory, game center, and much more.

Yahoo is great for those who want a search engine with an added dose of discovery and exploration, so try it out and see if it's right for you.

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Internet Archive

Screenshot of Internet Archive search
What We Like
  • Easily search by pasting or typing a URL into the text box.

  • 400 billion web pages are archived.

  • Download free movies and shows.

What We Don't Like
  • So much is offered that the site can be hard to navigate.

The Internet Archive is a favorite destination for longtime web fans. The Archive has been taking snapshots of the entire World Wide Web for years now, allowing users to travel back in time to see what a web page looked like in 1999, or what the news was like around Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The archived web pages are available via a link called the Wayback Machine, named after a device from The Rocky & Bullwinkle Show. The Wayback Machine has cataloged more than 400 billion web pages from as far back as the late 90s.

The Internet Archive also offers free online movies, documentaries, and TV shows.

You won't visit the Internet Archive daily, as you would with Google or Bing, but this search site is fascinating and fun. 

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Google Search

Screenshot of Google search engine
What We Like
  • Unique algorithm ranks pages on what users want to see.

  • Clean interface and fast results.

  • Relevant and thorough search results.

  • Advanced search settings and customizability.

What We Don't Like
  • Follows and tracks your online patterns.

Google is the reigning king of search and is the single-most-used search engine in the world. While it doesn't offer all the shopping features of Yahoo, Google is fast, relevant, and the largest single catalog of web pages available today.

People all over the globe use Google every day to run billions of web searches to find answers to questions, research information, and find websites. It has a great reputation for relevant and thorough search results. 

The Google universe includes a vast array of services such as News, Maps, YouTube, Drive, Calendar, Ads, and much more, making the service a one-stop-shop for all your online needs.