Detailed tests of search engines

Not really about privacy but close enough. We see a lot of articles recommending alternative search engines but not too many that actually test what kind of relevant results you get from these services.
Interesting findings.

Detailed tests of search engines: Google, Startpage, Bing, DuckDuckGo, metaGer, Ecosia, Swisscows, Searx, Qwant, Yandex, and Mojeek - LibreTechTips -


DuckDuckGo displays site thumbnails, and so it is the best.

Very interesting article @marcdw.
I was trying these last days to install a self-hosted Searx instance just for private use.
I’m glad to hear that is that good.
Thanks for sharing.

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Curious @e.follower. I assume you read the whole article, top to bottom? Maybe try some similar testing. Thumbnails can’t be the only criteria. Or maybe so.
Anyway, a rephrase that DDG is the best “for you”. I use DDG as my default search but there have been many times where had to turn to Google to get the results I needed.

Regarding SearX, I was trying a couple of instances. Went straight to their preferences and see how each differs on which sources they have enabled by default. PrivacyTools have their own instance. It enables more sources by default. I’ll stick with that one for a bit.

I’m just kidding here. I mean, I really prefer DuckDuckGo because of thumbnails, but it cannot be a crucial parameter in objective way. Although it is strange why competitors simply ignore this pleasant detail.

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Take care of the privacy policy of the site ( which also applies to search function -I think.

Thanks for the heads up. Their search instance didn’t turn out so well anyway. It’s constantly throwing errors. Sometimes a mostly blank page saying something about overload but most times similar to the screenshot. has been down for a long time so not sure why they still use it. Google and disroot are also shown. One day there was over half a dozen sources listed.

Been trying which is pretty good.

That’s a cool article, searx seems to be really good most of the time. It’s a pity they did not add peekier.

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