Search Engine Test

November 15, 2021

This is a review of all the big privacy respecting search engines.

This is a review of all the big privacy respecting search engines. Google is included to compare to. This review is based on what the search engines gave without going to external websites.

Grading system

  • A - Exceeds expectations, better than Google's results
  • B - Meets expectations, displays the same as Google
  • C - Does not meet expectations, displays limited information compared to Google
  • D - Shows no information, forces user to go to external website

Searx

For searx, the Docker image was used with no settings modified.

Brave Search is currently in beta and things may change when it is fully released.

Things

donald trump

Google

Displayed all relevant information such as a website, net worth, date of birth, height, party, spouse, children, and social media profiles.

B DuckDuckGo

Displays all relevant information.

Displays all relevant information.

B Whoogle

Displays all relevant information.

B Startpage

Displays all relevant information.

B- Searx

Displays some information such as date of birth, social media profiles, and height.

D Qwant

Qwant failed to display any information.

yacy

Google

Displayed all relevant information such as a description (from Wikipedia), logo, author, and license.

Brave displayed the same information as Google along with social media profiles and Linux packages.

B+ DuckDuckGo

Displayed the same information as Google with links to their website and Twitter page.

B+ Searx

Displayed the same information as Google with links to their website and Twitter page.

B- Whoogle

Whoogle displayed the same information as Google but forced the user to scroll down to see the infobox.

C Qwant

Qwant failed to display extended information such as the license, author, and programming language. The full description is also not given and forces users to go to Wikipedia.

C Startpage

YaCy displayed a description from Wikipedia but did not provide any additional information such as the author or license.

Utilities

Google

Google displayed the definition, a button to say the word, definitions by topic and verbs, nouns, and adjectives.

B- DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo displayed the definitions as a verb and noun with no example sentences and synonyms but did have a button to say the word.

B- Startpage

Whoogle displayed the definitions as a verb and noun with example sentences and synonyms but did not have a button to say the word or definitions by topic.

B- Whoogle

Whoogle displayed the definitions as a verb and noun with example sentences and synonyms but did not have a button to say the word or definitions by topic.

Brave Search displayed definitions but without any additional information.

D Qwant

Qwant failed to display any information.

D Searx

Searx failed to display any information.

1 EUR to USD

Google

Google displayed the current exchange rate in the autocomplete and search results. Google also displayed a graph in search results.

B Startpage

Startpage displayed the current exchange rate and a graph with options to change the date range.

Brave Search displayed the current exchange rate and a graph with no options for the date range.

C DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo displayed the current exchange rate but clicking on "View Chart" takes user to an external website.

C Searx

Searx displayed the current exchange rate but did not display a graph.

C Whoogle

Whoogle displayed the current exchange rate but did not display a graph.

D Qwant

Qwant failed to display any information.

1 kg to lbs

Google

Google displayed the conversion.

B Brave Search

Brave Search displayed the conversion.

B DuckDuckGo

Brave Search displayed the conversion.

B Whoogle

Whoogle displayed the conversion.

B- Startpage

Startpage failed to display the conversion when 1 kg to lbs was used but showed the conversion when 1 kg to lb was used, the conversion was below a translation of 1 kg.

D Qwant

Qwant failed to display any information.

D Searx

Searx failed to display any information.

1+1

Google

Google displayed the answer in a calculator.

B Brave Search

Brave Search displayed the answer in a calculator.

B DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo displayed the answer in a calculator.

B Startpage

Startpage displayed the answer in a calculator.

B- Qwant

Qwant displayed the answer but not a calculator.

D Searx

Searx fails to display the answer and instead shows a Ukrainian TV channel.

hello in french

Google

Google displayed the translation and alternative words.

B DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo displayed the translation.

B Startpage

Startpage displayed the translation.

B Whoogle

Whoogle displayed the translation.

Brave Search failed to display any information.

D Searx

Searx failed to display any information.

D Qwant

Qwant failed to display any information.

time in moscow

Google

Google displayed the current date and time in Moscow and the time zone.

B Brave Search

Brave Search displayed the current date and time in Moscow and the time zone.

B DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo displayed the current date and time in Moscow and the time zone.

B- Whoogle

Whoogle displayed the current date and time in Moscow but not the time zone.

C Startpage

Startpage displayed the current time in Moscow but not the date or time zone.

D Qwant

Qwant failed to display any information.

D Searx

Searx failed to display any information.

weather in montreal

Google

Google displayed the expected information such as the weather conditions (sunny, raining, etc.), temperature, 7-day forecast, chance of precipitation, humidity, and wind.

A Startpage

Startpage displayed the same information as Google but included air quality.

B Brave Search

Brave displayed the same information as Google.

B Qwant

Qwant displayed the same information as Google.

B- DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo displayed the same information as Google but requires the user to click on the "Weather" tab before showing the information.

C Whoogle

Whoogle displayed basic weather information such as the temperature and weather conditions but failed to give a 7-day forecast or wind and humidity.

D Searx

Searx failed to display any weather information.

Movies and TV

squid game

Google

Displayed all relevant information such as cast, a description, genres, episodes, ratings, and streaming service.

B- Whoogle

Whoogle displayed all relevant information such as a list of episodes and the cast, but failed to display which streaming service.

C Brave Search

Displayed information such as production and release information but failed to provide a list of episodes.

C DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo failed to display important information such as the cast and list of episodes. Only a description, genre, and creator were shown.

C Searx

Searx failed to display important information such as the cast and list of episodes. Only some information was shown such as a description, country of origin, genre, and director.

C- Startpage

Startpage failed to display important information such as the cast and list of episodes. Only a description was provided.

D Qwant

Qwant failed to show any relevant information and instead provided Squid Game related videos.