We compared Google Search with Bing and DuckDuckGo to find the best search engine out there - and the race was closer than we expected
Switching your search engine is not something to be taken lightly - it's our internet lifeblood.We rely daily on algorithms we don't understand to surface the exact article we're looking for. And if for some reason it's not at the top of our results - even if the search we entered was a half-baked string of words - we get frustrated.
But now that search seems to be in a "steady state," it gives us some time to consider what else is out there. These past two weeks, I did something that 15, maybe even 10 years ago, may have been inconceivable: I gave other search engines a go.First, I tried the privacy-focused, ad-blocking DuckDuckGo. The next week I moved to Microsoft's Bing, something I never thought I'd hear myself say.
The move off of Google wasn't as bad as I imagined when first taking on the task. It amazed me that other companies are now competitive with Google when it comes to search.As for the differences and the overall search engine champion, here's what I found: Get the latest Google stock price here.
HOMEPAGES: The Google Doodle is hard to beat. Most days, Google offers up a new illustration that's often significant to that day.
The homepage for DuckDuckGo is pretty much barren. The only call to action is to click on the text box and start typing.Advertisement
Instead of illustrations, Bing decided to go with daily photographs around the world, often of beautiful landscapes presumably meant to inspire.
LAYOUT: When it comes to searching for news, Google does the best job of surfacing top stories and making them clearly defined in its design.Advertisement
DuckDuckGo simply returns a list of search results, without sectioning off information.
Bing's layout is essentially the same as Google's, with one exception when it comes to videos.Advertisement
SEARCH RESULTS: Google is the gold standard.
DuckDuckGo felt limited in the results it provided.Advertisement
Bing was pretty much on par with Google, which was a big surprise.
UNIQUE FEATURES: The competition has copied most of Google's quirks, but its default applications are still superior.Advertisement
DuckDuckGo is all about privacy. It also has something called "bangs."
Bing offers Microsoft Rewards points every time you search.Advertisement
THE VERDICT: Others may be catching up, but Google is still on top.
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