The 5 Lightest Web Browsers – November 2020

Google Chrome, Opera, Safari, and Mozilla Firefox do an excellent job of supporting your browsing needs. But they are also quite demanding and consume a lot of system resources. These popular browsers may put an additional strain on your RAM and even drain the laptop battery.

The 5 Lightest Web Browsers - November 2020

Using less-known lightweight browsers is a great solution to this problem. These browsers do the same job as their better-known counterparts, and there are no compromises in terms of performance.

Here’s the list of top 5 light web browsers you might want to try. We’ve based our selection on additional benefits such as security and feature-rich platforms that use less RAM.

1. Comodo IceDragon

Comodo IceDragon

Developed by a well-known cybersecurity company, Comodo IceDragon is a powerhouse of a browser. The browser itself has features similar to Mozilla Firefox and robust security to keep all data intact. You get the usual assortment of add-ons, extensions, menus, and more.

IceDragon utilizes Comodo DNS servers to convert a URL to an IP address. More importantly, this browser has a dedicated virtual container. This means that it doesn’t get in touch with your system, so there is no risk of malicious software unknowingly infecting your computer.

This light browser provides you with the option to remove crash and performance reports, and it also scans web pages for potential threats. IceDragon works on Windows and requires 128 MB of RAM and 40 MB of hard drive space.

2. Torch


Torch is an excellent solution if you use the internet to enjoy multimedia. This browser exists on the Google Chrome rendering engine and sports many customized features to make playing and managing multimedia easier.

For example, Torch Music is a YouTube-based service which allows you to access all your music and videos in one place. There is also a pre-installed button to download YouTube videos, as well as a torrent downloader.

The browser comes with an easily navigable user interface with three zones. The central zone displays website content, the one on the left is dedicated to sharing, and the right zone offers more browsing options.

Similar to Comodo IceDragon, Torch uses 128MB of RAM. Torch will need 100 MB of disk space which is slightly more than our first choice.

Some users have stated that the browser’s installer does have Trojan viruses. Based on our research that comes from downloading Torrents and certain extensions so with all browsers, beware of what you’re installing and you should be fine.

3. Midori


Midori is an excellent option if you are not a demanding user. It is an open-source browser that offers a decent selection of features. What’s more, it stands out as one of the top browsers in terms of consuming the least amount of resources.

In terms of features, this browser offers HTML5 and RSS support, anonymous browsing, a spell checker, and more. Midori also does include some extras like font/display and privacy settings. Previously, it used the encrypted DuckDuckGo as the default search engine to protect the privacy of your information, however, Midori recently switched to the non-encrypted Lycos to allow for much faster performance.

The minimalistic user interface is yet another highlight of this browser. Midori has a search bar and a few usual buttons but that’s it, allowing the search to take center stage.

4. Brave

Another Chromium-based browser, Brave is making our list of lightweight browsers for a few reasons. Not only does it use less RAM per tab than Chrome, but it’s also an acceptable substitute for other browsers.

Added security features and access to the Chrome Web Store make it exceptional in the ‘feature-rich’ department. But, having all of those features can make Brave a resource hog too. Fortunately, based on our tests, the majority of users have great success with this browser.

As with anything else technology-related, some people love it and some people don’t. We say this to say that Brave is at its core a lightweight browser and it’s up to the user to decide whether it meets their specific needs.

5. Maxthon Cloud Browser

Maxthon Cloud Browser

This browser is not only light using 512 MB RAM, but it also sports some of the features that should satisfy even the most demanding of users. Maxthon Cloud Browser comes with a screen capture tool, Night and Reader modes, ad blocker, a note pad, RSS feed, and more.

On top of that, it comes with Magic Fill, a built-in password manager. Unlike most other light web browsers, Maxthon synchronizes user data via a dedicated cloud service. Create an account on Passport, Maxthon’s cloud service, and you’ll be able to synchronize your data across different devices.

The user interface is a bit unusual, but you’ll have no problem getting used to the toolbar on the left. Another highlight of this browser is its multi-engine support. Maxthon offers you the option to use the Google Chrome Webkit and Internet Explorer Trident engines.

What is the Most Lightweight Web Browser?

Torch. For all the features the Torch web browser has, it seems to be unstoppable in regards to speed and performance. Torch is also straight forward to use and requires little downloading and RAM to function. The built-in download button also prevents you from installing harmful malware – another speed sink on your hard drive.

What is the Best Overall Browser in 2020?

Firefox. Although Firefox is considered a bigger RAM sink than the other, more lightweight browsers, it’s still the best overall in almost every category. It’s one of the fastest internet browsers, comes with private windows, and reliably blocks malware.

Which is the Safest Browser?

Firefox, IceDragon. Yep, Firefox again. Out of the popular web browsers, Firefox is the safest and constantly rates low in malware. IceDragon is the safest for the lighter browsers, as this browser has the most support, and has a virtual container. This means IceDragon doesn’t directly interact with your system.

The Final Verdict

It’s almost impossible to single out one of the browsers from this list as the best. Each one excels in its own respect and the final choice boils down to your personal preference and browsing needs.

For example, IceDragon is probably the safest, while Maxthon has the most features. Torch is among the lightest, but Midori and Vivaldi are not far behind. All of them provide a pleasant browsing experience without any strain on your system.

You should also know that these browsers are completely free, and you won’t be bombarded with targeted ads on most of them.

10 thoughts on “The 5 Lightest Web Browsers – November 2020”

Avatar techjunkie_have_o_clue says:
soso… leightweight… muhaha
techjunkie becomes technoobie! omg…
this article is ridiculous….
Avatar Joshua says:
PalemMoon would be the lightest of all of these if they would quit sponsoring the big name browsers. True it has less features but that’s what helps with making a browser light-weigh it appears to me that is. Less code less weight.
Avatar 02ebz06 says:
I agree, PaleMoon is lightweight. Only one process running.
The ones listed all have multiple processes running even when you only have one window open.
In addition, they continually hammer you hard drive and reduce it’s lifespan, especially if you have an SSD drive.
Avatar NoThanks says:
I can’t take this seriously. This recommends both Vivaldi and Torch, really?? You don’t know what lightweight means or have any basic sense of security if you’re recommending Torch or Maxthon.
Avatar James Mooney says:
The quick links don’t work. Not much of a tech recommendation when the tech doesn’t work
Avatar Hage says:
We are talking about the lightest browser here, not the most full featured or the best browser on earth or even the safest browser with military grade encryption there is . Set your mind and choose already. The article is off topic clickbait
Avatar Nicolae Genesis Venezuela says:
Torch has a trojan attached to its installer
Avatar Etherealxx says:
really? maybe false alarm
Avatar kriss says:
Looking for a low processor usage browser. This is my main goal! Ram is less important. Any benchmarks?I use lots of cards usually even more than 100 so it is important to no refresh cards when I do not use them. A re there any web browsers like this? Only one active card at once!
Avatar John says:
Why didn’t this article provide info on how much ram and hard drive space each browser uses?

You only provided this data for Comodo Icedragon.

Avatar Sergei says:
Vivaldi is not lightweight it’s a memory hog like firefox.
Avatar Jaqi says:
Agree. I cannot deal with the resource hog that Firefox is. To call it “light” is a misnomer. I have a great system, but I have it because I like working with different programs and on different browsers sometimes/even, and if opened with other browsers, you could immediately tell that it hogged everything and made my other browsers and programs really slow.

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