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Which web browser uses the least memory? The best web browser for day-to-day use

Deciding which is the best web browser for your workflow isn’t a task that a lot of computer users undertake.

You could probably improve your workflow by picking a browser which suits your needs. Looking at the amount of memory each browser uses up could be the difference between finishing tasks and not facing constant IT issues.

So, we thought we would give a brief overview of which web browser could be slowing down your computer needlessly.

Google Chrome

A widely popular choice for most internet users, Google Chrome is now dominating the web browser market. Back when it was first introduced in 2008, Chrome only held 3.6% of the market share. Fast forward to 2018 and Chrome now holds a whopping 79.6%.

Frankly, it’s no surprise. As Google is the most used search engine, it makes sense to use a web browser with Google search built into it. As well as this, Google provides a Chrome extension store where you can apply applications that help with a host of issues.

However, it does eat up a lot of CPU. Here’s what happened when we ran a standard YouTube video:

As you can see, it does take up a lot of the computer’s memory. Meaning that if you had a host of programs running, you could experience lagging and slow processing.

It does have very fast performance, meaning if you have a PC with a lot of RAM then you will benefit from using it. Although, because Google stores your browsing history – you will see ads and content recommendations based on your history.


Firefox is making a steady comeback to become a major player in the web browser world. Back in 2009 Firefox was actually the most popular browser and held on to number 1 spot up until January 2012.

However, their first major update after 13 years has seen Firefox improve a host of previous bugs and glitches. The browser now supports a range of add-ons that weren’t previously available, and even boasts quick speeds to rival Chrome.

But the question is, how much memory? We ran the same test with a YouTube video and the results were very encouraging.

Nearly half of what Chrome uses!

It’s impressive how it balances the sharing of CPU, considering it provides extensions like Chrome. Firefox also is a non-profit organization meaning that it doesn’t have the same objectives to sell on and use data for its own gain.

Microsoft Edge

Finally, the browser a lot of you are probably using. Microsoft Edge is the default browser installed with all Windows 10 machines. Is it the most popular? not by a long shot

Now don’t be fooled into thinking this is the replacement for Internet Explorer. Oh no, IE is still around and kicking. Just for some reason, Microsoft has launched Edge and kept both available to use.

For context, Internet Explorer used to be top dog…

For this comparison, we’ve decided to only include Edge. As Internet Explorer is not being pushed by new Microsoft products.

So, what does Edge bring to the table?

Speed wise, it does hold up. This is because it is exceptionally stripped back.

There is an option for add ons or extensions, but they aren’t pushed to the user. Nor is there a lot of useful options to choose from. many of the ones provided are to enhance shopping or integrations with Microsoft products.

It’s also usable on mobile and tablet, which it feels like it’s been primarily designed for.

However, on a memory front, Edge comes out on top:

So could Edge be the web browser for you?


If you are finding that your computer is struggling to surf the internet smoothly, a change of web browser could see you speed up your day to day workflow.

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Next steps?

If after reading this you want more advice about what web browser to use to improve your PC speed. Then please get in contact with us on 02920 887 362 or send us an email at

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