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Google Chrome vs Microsoft Edge: Which is the Better Browser in 2023?

Since Edge’s integration with Chromium, users have been searching the web for ‘Google Chrome vs Microsoft Edge’ to find the better web browser. Given that both browsers have their pros and cons, it has been difficult to pick one clear winner. Our previous post gave you the reasons to use Edge over Chrome. And today, we’ll settle the debate and answer which is the better browser, Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge, by comparing performance, battery, features, and more on Mac and Windows.

Google Chrome vs Microsoft Edge Comparison (Mac, Windows)

Many consider Edge a clone of Google Chrome, but even though they may look alike, there are several differences between them under the hood. This is why we will go over different aspects of each browser which should help us get a clear answer.

Google Chrome vs Microsoft Edge: User interface

A browser’s interface is something you will spend the most time interacting with, so it is crucial to have a design and interface that is both easy to get used to and practical.

Both Chrome and Edge share a familiar interface, with Chrome being on the minimal and clean side. The homepage on Chrome gives you access to the search bar, two rows of shortcuts, and a few important items like extensions, a reading list on the toolbar with most of its features hidden within the settings menu.

Edge, on the other hand, tries to condense as much information and items in one place as possible. It will feel overwhelming if you use it for the first time. But it also comes with options to customize the page to your preference and make the browser truly your own.

Winner: Google Chrome

Google Chrome vs Microsoft Edge: Extensions and Features

Features are always exciting to talk about and even though both Chrome and Edge share a few similar features, each of them has a few exclusive features up their sleeves.

Google Chrome

Chrome is quite lightweight when it comes to features though it has seen a few necessary additions over the years. Let us take a look at them:

  • Google Password Manager: A revamped password manager with on-device encryption, a strong password generator, and warns when your passwords are compromised.
  • Create Tab Groups: Sort and label your tabs into groups to make it easier to manage and access them when needed.
  • Sync with Google Products: Easily sync and access your data across other Google services, products, and devices.
  • Memory and Energy Saver: Another new addition that helps to conserve and extend your battery life and frees up your RAM by putting tabs to inactive mode.

Other than these, you also have the Chrome Web Store, which lets users add various themes, plugins, and extensions based on their requirements.

Microsoft Edge

When it comes to features, Edge has the upper hand as it comes with a bunch of features that are built into the browser. All you have to do is click on the three-dot to open its list of exclusive features. Here are some good ones:

  • Read Aloud: Reads out a selected portion or the entire content of the article.
  • Collections: Create a collection of your bookmarked tabs, clips, and notes based on different themes, projects, and topics.
  • Microsoft Rewards: Earn rewards for browsing and using Microsoft web services like Bing.
  • Microsoft Games: Built-in gallery of free-to-play browser-based games that are fun and exciting.
  • Sleeping Tabs: Put inactive tabs to sleep after a period of time to free up system memory and resources.
  • Browser Task Manager: Similar to task manager on Windows but shows only the memory and resources taken up by Edge and extensions installed in it.
  • Web Capture: Take a screenshot of the entire browser window or a portion.
  • Maths Solver: A feature that can help you with your math homework by solving them with step-by-step instructions.

Apart from these features, you can also use the Chrome Web Store to download all the extensions available on Chrome and Edge Store for some Edge-exclusive extensions.

Winner: Microsoft Edge

Google Chrome vs Microsoft Edge: Performance

Testing the browser’s performance is tricky as it also depends on your computer’s hardware and operating system. So to test the performance difference on both browsers, we ran different benchmarks available on the website, and these were the results:

Speedometer Benchmark Test

The Speedometer benchmark helps to check the responsiveness of the browser by using demo web applications to simulate user actions.

Motionmark Benchmark Test

Motionmark runs multiple graphical rendering elements to test the graphical performance of the browser.

Jetstream Benchmark Test

Jetstream is a suite of various Javascript benchmarks that covers different and advanced workloads. For some reason, this benchmark kept crashing in Microsoft Edge on Mac so we have added only Windows results for comparison.

As you can see from the benchmark results that, Chrome performs much better on macOS, whereas Microsoft Edge outperforms Chrome in every test on Windows.

In daily usage, Chrome and Edge both perform similarly well, and you should rarely run into any kind of issues, but if you want to make a decision based on performance, then choose the best one based on your operating system.

Winner on Mac: Chrome

Winner on Windows: Microsoft Edge

Google Chrome vs Microsoft Edge: Security and Privacy

User privacy is an important topic for several users. With so many online trackers, cookies, and malware behind your data, it is important to go with the browser that prevents you from all these threats.

Even though Chrome isn’t as privacy friendly as other browsers out there, Google has worked to improve security measures, and here are some examples.

  • Added Safe Browsing, which warns users if they visit an HTTP or potentially harmful website.
  • Safety Check will check for password leaks, harmful extensions, and the latest updates.
  • Chrome also receives regular updates and keeps up with the latest web standards and malware lists.
  • Does allow you to block third-party cookies.

But you are still vulnerable to trackers and annoying ads. The only thing you can do about it in Chrome is to Send a “Do Not Track” request to websites which often doesn’t solve the issue.

Edge takes privacy comparatively more seriously than Chrome. Here is an overview of the privacy and security features you get with Edge.

  • You can choose to block the majority of third-party trackers on all websites.
  • Microsoft Defender SmartScreen protects you against malicious sites and downloads.
  • Enhanced Security blocks security threats and lets you browse the web more securely.
  • Website Typo protection will warn you in case you have mistyped an address for a harmful website.
  • Block third-party cookies on all websites.

Though not enough, these measures are better than what Chrome offers. But a downside is that updates are irregular on Edge, so recent security threats may go unnoticed by the browser.

Winner: Microsoft Edge

Google Chrome vs Microsoft Edge: CPU and RAM Usage

To test the RAM usage of each browser, we had seven tabs open on each browser running websites like YouTube, Chrome Web Store, and BrowserBench. We will use Activity Monitor in macOS to check which browser consumes more memory.

Chrome is known for taking up a lot of RAM and performing poorly on limited hardware. But Google has been pushing updates to fix that and even added a Memory Saver feature to put inactive tabs to sleep, freeing up RAM. As for real-world usage, this was the result of the test we ran on Chrome.

Back when I had a PC with 4GB RAM, I used to use Edge, and it performed moderately well. Edge also comes with sleeping tabs that Chrome has recently added to free up memory. But with the recent additions of Microsoft features and services, the browser does tend to take up more memory. This was the result of our test for RAM usage.

As you can see, Google Chrome took up slightly more memory than Microsoft Edge, but the difference between the two is minimal. Still, Edge did perform better than Chrome.

Winner: Microsoft Edge

Google Chrome vs Microsoft Edge: Battery Consumption

Coming to battery consumption, we had both browsers running with seven tabs open and playing YouTube videos on a loop. Using the Activity Monitor, we will check which browser consumes more energy.

Google recently added an energy-saver feature to Chrome that conserves battery if your computer is unplugged or low on charge. We had it enabled throughout our test, and it did kick in, but still, the energy consumption was slightly higher than Edge.

Microsoft Edge has an efficiency mode that works similarly to the energy saver mode on Chrome. It helps extend battery life by saving computer resources and putting tabs to sleep. And after running our test for an hour, Edge consumed less battery than Chrome, but the difference was negligible.

Winner: Microsoft Edge

Which is the Better Browser- Edge or Chrome?

Both browsers offer a great set of features and browsing experience, so you can’t go wrong with either. That said, Microsft has an ‘edge’ over Google Chrome. Edge can perform almost everything Chrome can and is optimized to run on slow computers. But lately, it is being stuffed with Microsoft services which not everyone likes. Some users on Reddit said that they are going to drop Edge as their primary browser due to this. Personally, I’d prefer using Chrome on macOS and Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 and 11 devices.