The Best Search Engines of 2020

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

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

The possibilities we highlight should help you find the best search engine for your needs.

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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.

What We Like

  • Favors older, established web pages.

  • Ranks home pages, not blogs.

  • Crawls hidden and non-hidden content equally.

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.

Touted as a decision engine, Bing tries to support your research 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 beneficial to you. Bing is not dethroning Google soon, but it is worth trying. 

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 an engaging appearance and desirable crosslink results, definitely try Dogpile!

What We Like

  • Blocks undesirable websites.

  • Search result previews.

  • Cloud of related topics in results.

What We Don’t Like

  • Cannot turn off the filtering process.

  • Ad-supported.

  • No intuitive search.

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.