The Top 10 Internet Browsers for 2019

The best list of the safest, fastest, and most-secure internet browsers

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A good web browser is a necessity for using the internet and viewing websites whether you're going online on a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

While most devices come with an internet browser, there's a variety of free browsers that offer a more secure user experience.

Here's our ultimate web browser list featuring 10 of the best internet browsers for all platforms from Windows 10, Mac, and Linux computers to Android devices and iPhones.

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Most-Functional Browser: Google Chrome

Google Chrome web browser on Windows 10.

What We Like

  • Loads Google services like YouTube and Gmail very quickly.

  • A massive library of browser extensions to download.

  • Available on a variety of devices.

What We Don't Like

  • Chrome's Incognito mode doesn't completely hide your activity from sites.

  • Browser updates have a history of raising privacy concerns.

Google Chrome launched on Windows in 2008 but has since expanded to Mac and Linux computers as well as iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

One of Chrome's strongest points is its availability on a multitude of platforms because you can sync your browsing history and other data across different devices. All you have to do is log into your Google account.

This internet browser is also extremely fast, especially when it comes to loading websites owned by Google such as Gmail and YouTube. While other browsers may take a while to load a YouTube video, Chrome will usually start playing the video almost immediately when on a good internet connection.

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Best Browser for Windows 10: Microsoft Edge

Microsoft Edge web browser on Windows 10.

What We Like

  • Built-in Cortana integration.

  • Bookmarks and browsing history sync between devices.

  • Windows Timeline support.

What We Don't Like

  • Browser can freeze on pages with too many ads.

  • Slow to load embedded videos.

  • Needs a powerful computer to open a lot of tabs.

Microsoft Edge is the successor to the classic Internet Explorer browser and comes pre-installed on all new on Windows 10 devices. This Windows 10 browser is heavily integrated into the operating system and is the default app for opening not just web pages but ebooks and PDF files as well.

This web browser also features built-in inking tools for taking screenshots of pages and Cortana for looking up words and phrases. You can also use its voice dictation to have Edge read articles and other web content to you.

Microsoft Edge also saves your bookmarks and browsing history to the cloud. This data can sync to the iOS and Android app versions for a consistent user experience and is compatible with Windows Timeline.

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Best VPN Web Browser for Mobile: Aloha

Aloha internet browser on iPhone.

What We Like

  • Optional free integrated VPN functionality.

  • Built-in support for VR videos.

  • Uses less traffic than other browsers.

What We Don't Like

  • In-browser ads for the Aloha Premium upgrade.

  • VPN isn't automatically on unless you have Premium.

  • $24.99 a year for a few extras is pricey.

Aloha is a free web browser designed for iOS and Android tablets and smartphones. It has a built-in VPN service in addition to its own Incognito Mode, both of which provide enhanced security and privacy protection. This VPN service also compresses traffic which means your smart device will use less data while surfing the web.

This mobile internet browser features a fresh visual design with clear, easy-to-understand icons and settings with the option to customize the app's appearance with a variety of free themes. Aloha also has built-in ad-blocking that stops banner ads and popups from loading on websites.

A couple of VPN settings, such as the ability to use the feature in other apps as well, are hidden behind a paid upgrade which costs $24.99 annually. The app has ads for the Aloha Premium service; you can remove them by signing up. The ads don't detract too much from the user experience though.

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Most Secure Web Browser: Brave

Brave web browser.

What We Like

  • Robust privacy and security features.

  • An alternative way to support online creators.

  • Beginner-friendly way to get into cryptocurrencies.

What We Don't Like

  • Focus on removing ads does affect many websites' revenue models.

  • Inconvenient update method on Windows 10 and Mac computers.

Brave is a web browser with a strong focus on privacy and security. By default, this internet browser blocks advertising, cookies, phishing, and malware and provides you with advanced options for enabling HTTPS Everywhere and preventing browser fingerprinting.

All of these security options should help give you peace of mind if you're the type of person to worry about online privacy. These security measures also make web pages load much faster than on other browsers.

What sets Brave apart from other web browsers is its cryptocurrency, the Basic Attention Token (BAT). The Brave browser has an integrated software wallet for storing BAT tokens. You can use these tokens to financially support website owners or online creators when you view their content in the browser. Users can also earn BAT by enabling Brave-run ads during a browsing session.

Brave is available on Windows, Mac, and Linux computers in addition to iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

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Best Internet Browser for Multitasking: Vivaldi

Vivaldi web browser loading the VeryWell and Lifewire websites simultaneously.

Vivaldi

What We Like

  • The ability to add any website to the toolbar is incredibly useful.

  • Lots of customization options for users.

  • Supports Google Chrome Extensions.

What We Don't Like

  • Vivaldi isn't available for iOS and Android smartphones or tablets.

  • Some options may confuse casual internet users who just want to check Facebook.

  • Clicking on some links in the smaller window can load pages in the main window.

Vivaldi is a free web browser that was created in 2016 by some of the minds behind the Opera browser. The program is built on the same Chromium-based technology that powers Google Chrome which allows you to install almost any extension from the Chrome web store.

The main appeal of Vivaldi is its comprehensive options that let you customize its look and functionality to a degree not seen in rival browsers. First, you can change the browser's UI colors anytime you want. You can also move the toolbar can to the top, bottom, or sides, and pin web pages to the side for simultaneous browsing. The latter feature is particularly useful if you like to watch YouTube videos or check a social media site while browsing the web.

Vivaldi is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux computers.

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Best Private Browser: DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo web browser app on iPhone.

What We Like

  • Strong security and privacy settings filters.

  • A fast way to erase all app data from within the app.

  • Simple settings screen that's easy to understand.

What We Don't Like

  • No DuckDuckGo web browser for Windows or Mac.

  • Lacks a lot of cloud sync features available in Edge and Chrome.

DuckDuckGo is a private internet browser for iOS and Android smart devices. By default, this web browser app blocks all forms of online tracking and doesn't upload your search history to anyone's servers. If you're still concerned about your privacy, you can clear all of your tabs and data by tapping on the flame icon in the main menu.

One particular feature that privacy buffs will appreciate is the security rating that appears next to the current website's address at the top of the screen. Sites are rated from D to A on their encryption levels and the number of trackers detected. Tapping on this rating will open a fullscreen report card which features an impressive amount of information on how they reached the score.

The browser's iOS and Android apps have light and dark themes and a lock setting that requires Touch ID, Face ID, or a passcode to use the app.

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Best Internet Browser for Apple Users: Safari

Safari web browser on Mac.

What We Like

  • Native support for ApplePay and Touch ID.

  • Available on all Mac computers, iPhones, iPads, iPod touches, and Apple Watches.

  • Bookmarks and browsing history sync between devices.

What We Don't Like

  • Safari is unavailable for modern Windows computers.

  • No Safari app on Android smartphones and tablets.

Safari is Apple's first-party web browser for all of its hardware from Mac computers and laptops to its iPhones, iPads, iPod touches, and Apple Watches. The browser comes pre-installed on all of Apple's devices and is the default app for opening web pages.

Much like Edge on Windows 10 devices, Safari works well on Apple devices because the same company makes it and it's designed from the ground up to run on a specific set of hardware. Safari supports all major Apple features, such as Apple Pay and AirDrop, and can also perform Touch ID and Face ID tasks on compatible Apple devices.

By using iCloud, Apple's Safari browser can sync browsing history, bookmarks, and passwords between devices. This feature is only useful if you have a lot of Apple devices though as there's no Safari browser for Windows or Android devices.

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Best All-Round Web Browser: Firefox

Mozilla Firefox browser on Windows 10.

What We Like

  • Massive library of browser extensions.

  • Available on all major computers and smart devices.

  • Full support for Windows Hello authentication.

What We Don't Like

  • Frustrating update process.

  • Scrolling isn't as smooth as other browsers.

Mozilla's Firefox is one of the most popular alternatives to Chrome, Edge, and Safari browsers in part because it's been around since 2002, but mostly because of its frequent updates.

The Firefox internet browser updates regularly with bug fixes, speed improvements, security enhancements, and new features. However, these updates can be frustrating when they automatically start installing when you open the app. Then you have to wait several minutes for the new version to download and install.

Firefox is available on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android and lets you sync your data between each version through the use of a free Firefox account. The Android, Linux, Mac, and Windows versions of the Firefox browser support a vast library of extensions. The Windows version also supports Windows Hello authentication for enhanced security on compatible websites.

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Best Browser for Saving YouTube Videos on iPhone: Documents by Readdle

Documents by Readdle app on iPhone.

What We Like

  • Allows for the downloading of files usually blocked on iOS.

  • Great for managing local and cloud files.

  • Also supports PDF and ZIP files.

What We Don't Like

  • UI can be confusing for casual users.

  • Some functionality requires the purchase of paid apps.

  • Can run slow on older iPhone and iPad models.

Documents by Readdle is a powerhouse of an iOS app designed for both iPhone and iPad users. In addition to featuring web browser functionality, Documents by Readdle also works as a PDF reader, a ZIP file unzipper, a file manager, a media player, an ebook reader, and a one-stop-shop for all of your various cloud storage accounts.

What makes Documents by Readdle a must-download for any iOS user is its ability to download files from the web that other iOS browser apps would block. Documents by Readdle is the perfect app for downloading video files and other media. You can even use it to save YouTube videos to your Camera Roll.

Something advanced users may appreciate is the option to select the browser agent when using the web browser. This setting lets you tell websites which version of Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Internet Explorer you're using. Then if you ever need to test a website in one of those browsers, you don't have to switch between apps manually.

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Most-Diverse Web Browser: Opera

Opera web browser on Windows 10.

What We Like

  • Opera USB is a unique idea.

  • Extensive library of add-ons to add extra functionality.

  • Opera wallpapers let you customize its look and feel of the browser.

What We Don't Like

  • Loading a web page can take longer than other browsers.

  • Many of the extra features feel redundant on modern computers.

  • More than one app for the same mobile platform is confusing.

The Opera web browser launched on Windows in 1996 and is now available on Mac, Linux, iOS, Android, and even Java and BlackBerry phones.

The desktop versions of Opera support a wide range of add-ons that bring extra functionality to the browser beyond browsing the web. Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp can run within a pinned taskbar on the left side of the screen, and the browser features built-in screencap functionality as well. How much you'll use these functions though will depend on your operating system and preferred apps. If you usually check Facebook Messenger using its app or on your phone, for example, you likely won't find this feature in Opera very useful.  

Of particular note is Opera USB, a fully-functional version of the web browser that can be run off of a USB drive on any Windows computer running Windows 7 and up. This rather ingenious creation is perfect if you have access to a computer at work or while traveling that doesn't allow for the installation of extra programs.