Internet, Networking, & Security Around the Web 24 24 people found this article helpful Speedtest.net Website Review A Review of Speedtest.net, a Bandwith Testing Service by Tim Fisher General Manager, VP, Lifewire.com Tim Fisher has 30+ years' professional technology support experience. He writes troubleshooting content and is the General Manager of Lifewire. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tim Fisher Updated on August 03, 2020 Around the Web Browsers Cloud Services Error Messages Family Tech Home Networking 5G Antivirus VPN Web Development Around the Web View More Tweet Share Email When it comes to internet speed test sites, Speedtest.net is definitely an old favorite and probably the most commonly used test site as it runs over 50 million speed tests each month. Speedtest.net combines a very long list of remote test servers, an easy to use and fun interface, and powerful statistic tools, all making it one of the best when it's time to test your bandwidth. Before you waste your time searching among the mountain of sites designed to test the speed of your internet connection, give Speedtest.net a try. Pros and Cons There's a lot to like about this bandwidth test: Pros Huge number of bandwidth test locations all over the world, improving accuracy of resultsSpeedometer-like display is familiar and shows bandwidth levels during the testNearest test location is automatically calculated based on IP addressOne of the most graphically appealing interfaces among speed test sitesIt's a Flash-free speed testSpeedtest.net test result graphics are easily shareable via email and on social networksGlobal Stats show test statistics from around the worldSpeedtest.net test statistics are saved for future test comparisonsApp versions are available for most major mobile platforms Cons Heavy graphics more of a nuisance than an advantage for dial-up usersTest locations concentrated mainly in North America and Europe More Information on Speedtest.net Here are some more facts about Speedtest.net: Even without making a user account, your preferred testing server can be pre-selected from the settings. Before you start the speed test, you can then pick either your preferred server or the recommended one, which is the one closest to your locationIf you'd rather read the speed test in a different unit of measurement, you can pick between kilobits (Kb) and megabits (Mb)From the Results page is a list of all the tests you've taken as well as the best result from all those tests. Your speed test results can be exported to a CSV fileNot only can single speed test results be shared, but also all of your Speedtest.net results and the whole list that shows your results over timeWhen you share a test, a Rating is shown to see how the speed of your connection compares to the rest of your country If you had to choose a single bandwidth testing site among the huge number available, we would certainly recommend Speedtest.net over some others. Speedtest.net is operated by Ookla, a provider of bandwidth testing technology to a number of other internet speed test sites. Speedtest.net is a very well designed and functional site with a speedometer display and other dials and readouts showing important information about your internet connection. A list of the thousands of remote testing servers, ordered by the ones closest to you, makes it easy to decide on and change test locations based on geography. Besides the attractive design and huge number of testing sites, Speedtest.net sets itself apart from most other internet speed test sites by its ability to save the results of your tests over time and to filter those tests to easily find ones performed against a particular server or by the connection (IP address) that was used when the test was performed. Every time you visit Speedtest.net, you can see the results of your previous bandwidth tests. This is great for tracking the speed of your internet connection to either show your ISP that your connection has slowed down or to prove to you that an advertised upgrade to your bandwidth has actually occurred. Another unique feature is the custom Speedtest.net graphic that's generated each time you do a bandwidth test. This graphic can be emailed to a friend to brag about a fast new connection, shared online to compare results with others, or perhaps you might want to forward it to your ISP along with a complaint letter! All in all, there's very little not to like about Speedtest.net. It's intuitive, fast, easy on the eyes and has been fairly accurate in my tests when compared to what my ISP says my available bandwidth should be. If you like that Speedtest.net doesn't use Flash, there are other bandwidth tests that don't utilize Flash either.