The benchmarks are in: Safari 11 is the fastest browser for Mac

A short time ago, it was being bandied about that Safari 11 would be the fastest browser for the Mac. It was, of course, conjecture at the time, but the benchmarks are in and Apple has put its money where its mouth is.

Not only did Apple say Safari 11 is the fastest web browser for Mac, but it went so far as to say it's "the world's fastest desktop browser". Macworld decided to run some browser benchmarks comparing Safari to Chrome, Firefox, and Opera, running the High Sierra public beta, and it turns out Apple wasn't just talk.

In eight benchmarks, Safari 11 handily outperformed the other browsers seven times. Firefox won out in the WebXPRT test, which is used to test HTML5 performance, though Safari still came in a close second.

Of course, take this with a grain of salt, since the other browsers are available for Windows, and Safari 11 is obviously optimized for the Mac by the people who made the Mac. That being said, if you're looking for the most nimble browsing experience once High Sierra rolls out, there's no question that Safari is the way to go.

Mick is a staff writer who's as frugal as they come, so he always does extensive research (much to the exhaustion of his wife) before making a purchase. If it's not worth the price, Mick ain't buying.

  • Apple must be cheating benchmarks. I’m running the High Sierra beta and can easily say that Chrome outperforms Safari. Safari is sluggish and bogs down constantly.
  • Or, you know, it's beta software and not indicative of the final release. You could easily be running into a bug which is making it slower, or Apple could still be implementing optimizations. I'd wait till the High Sierra release and try it again
  • Have you use Chrome on MacBooks, its the worst!
  • I like Safari most of the time. The problem is that sometimes sites end up doing things to try and get around Safari's privacy protections for users. So it's often good to run an ad blocker as well since they'll typically strip out the gross javascript messes that a lot of the ad networks bolt onto sites.