The Best Search Engines of 2020

The Best Search Engines of 2020

Google might be the biggest but there are other, arguably better, search engines

Most people prefer to rely on just one or two search engines that deliver three key features:

  • Relevant results (results you are actually interested in)
  • Uncluttered, easy-to-read interface
  • Helpful options to broaden or tighten a search

The search sites we highlight below should meet most of the searching needs of a regular person.

These are mainly web page search engines, but others exist, too, for specific searches. There are search engines just for people, images and, of course, jobs.01of 09

Google Search

Google Search screen

What We Like

  • Favors fresh content over old content.
  • Ranks blogs and services.
  • Accessible on any device.

What We Don't Like

  • Collects information on users as they search.
  • Hidden content may damage ranking.
  • Search delivers too many results to check.

Google is the reigning king of spartan searching and is the most-used search engine in the world. While it doesn't offer all the shopping center features of Yahoo or the human curation of Mahalo, Google is fast, relevant and the largest single catalog of web pages available. The search giant also tracks an incredible amount of information that many people don't know they are giving out.

Try Google images, maps, and news features; they are outstanding services for locating photos, geographic directions, and news headlines.

If you don't want Google to spy on you, protect yourself.

Visit Google

Duck Duck Go Search

DuckDuckGo search screen

What We Like

  • Does not track or store information about users.
  • Fast searches.
  • Optional one-month search window.

What We Don't Like

  • Search results are not dated.
  • Limited image search results.
  • No personalized results.

At first, looks like Google. However, there are many subtleties that make this spartan search engine different.

DuckDuckGo offers some slick features, like zero-click information wherein all your answers are found on the first results page. DuckDuckgo offers disambiguation prompts that help to clarify what question you are really asking. Plus, ad spam is much less than Google. Most significantly, DuckDuckGo does not track information about you or share your search habits with others.

Give a try. You might really like this clean and simple search engine.

Visit DuckDuckGo

Bing Search

Bing Search screen

What We Like

  • Favors older, established web pages.
  • Ranks home pages, not blogs.
  • Crawls hidden and non-hidden content equally.
  • Home screen features inspiring Image of the Day.
  • Excellent video indexing.

What We Don't Like

  • Ranks forums low in search results.
  • Instant search is slower than Google.
  • Some ad-heavy search result screens.

Bing is Microsoft's attempt at unseating Google, and arguably the second-most-popular search engine today. Bing used to be MSN Search until it was updated in the summer of 2009.

Touted as a decision engine, Bing tries to support your researching by offering suggestions in the leftmost column, while also giving you various search options across the top of the screen. Things like wiki suggestions, visual search, and related searches might be very useful to you. Bing is not dethroning Google in the near future, but it is definitely worth trying.

Visit Bing

Dogpile Search

Dogpile Search screen

What We Like

  • Links to "favorite fetches" on whimsical home screen.
  • Pulls from multiple databases for broad results.
  • Fast search results.

What We Don't Like

  • Result screen entries aren't dated.
  • No home screen personalization.
  • Lots of sponsored results.

Years ago, Dogpile preceded Google as a fast and efficient choice for web searching. Things changed in the late 1990s, Dogpile faded into obscurity, and Google became king.

Today, however, Dogpile is coming back, with a growing index and a clean and quick presentation that is a testimony to its halcyon days. If you want to try a search tool with pleasant presentation and helpful crosslink results, definitely try Dogpile!

Visit Dogpile

Yippy Search

Yippy Search screen

What We Like

  • Blocks undesirable websites.
  • Search result previews on the results screen.
  • Cloud of related topics on the search results screen.

What We Don't Like

  • Adults cannot turn off the filtering process.
  • Ad-supported.

Yippy is a Deep Web engine that searches other search engines for you. Unlike the regular Web, which is indexed by robot spider programs, Deep Web pages are usually harder to locate by conventional search.

That's where Yippy becomes very useful. If you are searching for obscure hobby interest blogs, hard-to-locate government information, offbeat news, academic research, and similar content, then Yippy is your tool.

Visit Yippy

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar screen

What We Like

  • Familiar and easy to use.
  • Save articles to read later.
  • Citations in several styles.
  • Results include how many times an article has been cited and by whom.

What We Don't Like

  • Wide-ranging but not comprehensive.
  • No criteria for what makes a result "scholarly."
  • No way to limit results by discipline.

Google Scholar is a special version of Google. This search engine will help you win debates.

Google Scholar focuses on scientific and hard-research academic material that has been subjected to scrutiny by scientists and scholars. Example content includes graduate theses, legal and court opinions, academic publications, medical research reports, physics research papers, and economics and world politics explanations.

If you are looking for serious information that can stand up in a heated debate with educated people, then Google Scholar is where you want to go to arm yourself with high-powered sources.Visit Google Scholar07of 09

Webopedia Search

Webopedia Search screen

What We Like

  • Search focuses on technical terms and applications.
  • Online technology dictionary is friendly to non-tech users.
  • A different Term of the Day every day.

What We Don't Like

  • Searches only Webopedia's 10,000+ word and phrase database.
  • Search results are not dated. You have to open the article.

Webopedia is one of the most useful websites on the web. Webopedia is an encyclopedic resource dedicated to searching technology terminology and computer definitions.

Teach yourself what domain name system is, or what DDRAM means on your computer. Webopedia is a perfect resource for non-technical people to make more sense of the computers around them.

Visit Webopedia

Yahoo Search

Yahoo! Search screen

What We Like

  • Home screen includes news and trending topics.
  • One-stop shop for search, email, horoscope, and weather.
  • Options to search verticals rather than the web.

What We Don't Like

  • Ads aren't clearly labeled as ads.
  • Search results aren't dated.
  • Large ads on the home screen.

Yahoo is several things: it is a search engine, a news aggregator, a shopping center, an email service, a travel directory, a horoscope and games center, and more.

This web-portal breadth of choice makes this a very helpful site for internet beginners. Searching the web should also be about discovery and exploration, and Yahoo delivers. (By the way, here's what happened to Yahoo avatars and Yahoo 360 in case you were wondering.)

Visit Yahoo! Search

The Internet Archive Search

The Internet Archive Search screen

What We Like

  • Search text, news, archived websites, and much more.
  • Advanced search also available.

What We Don't Like

  • Vast amount of archived content can be overwhelming.
  • Advanced search requires a learning curve.

The Internet Archive is a favorite destination for longtime Web lovers. The Archive has been taking snapshots of the entire World Wide Web for years now, helping us to virtually travel back in time to see what a web page looked like in 1999, or what the news was like around Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

It's important to think of the Internet Archive as much more than a web page archiver; it's a versatile search engine that also finds movies and other videos, music, and documents.

You won't visit the Archive daily like you would Google or Yahoo or Bing, but when you do need historical context, use this search site.

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