Take a blind test and change your searching habits

Jun 22, 2009
Updated • Dec 10, 2012
Internet, Search

I use Google out of habit and because I have always thought it is the best search engine. I've never objectively tried to compare major search engines and as a result I haven't changed.

Blind Search allows you to compare the results of Google, Bing and Yahoo. You search for a term in it, and it brings up all 3 results side-by-side, but you are not told which site is which. You then say which you think is better, and the names are then revealed!

After using the site a dozen or so times, a clear image of what is the best search engine for you forms.

I was surprised that Google was only best for me in about a third of searches; I found Bing's results much more relevant. (The creator of the site works for Microsoft though; although it isn't affiliated to them!)

blind search test

They also offer an OpenSearch plug-in (so it can be added to Firefox's search bar, for example) and a plugin IE8. It also works for image search. Unfortunately, the site currently only works in US localizations, so one can't use it to search google.co.uk etc.

Update: The blind search engine test is still available and working as it has before. The last update dates back to 2011 though, which is when Bing for the first time overtook Google Search in user favor.

To use the search engine simply enter a search term into the form at the top, select whether you want to search the web or images, and hit the search button afterwards. Results are then displayed next to each other and it us up to you to vote for the search engine that is delivering th better results. Once you do, you see which search engine you have voted for.


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  1. Roman ShaRP said on July 8, 2009 at 2:17 am

    I tried two times and both times chose Google.

    Then I tried the same search on Bing and had pretty different result. Hmmm….

  2. LL said on June 30, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    I found Google Images to be consistently good, but the text search was mixed. I recognized a few typical Google listings, and some boneheaded stuff that Bing will work through eventually. Yahoo was only obvious from their internal linking (Yahoo Music, etc).

  3. Ethan said on June 23, 2009 at 5:14 am

    Every single time I got Google. Maybe the things I was searching were too nerdy… or Google is just the best.

  4. HNicolai said on June 22, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    This is the result I got:

    Google: 5 (Best)
    Bing…..: 3
    Yahoo..: 1 (Worst)

    Google is best, Bing is good and Yahoo suck…

  5. Martin said on June 22, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    That’s a nice method of opening people’s eyes :)

  6. Christophe Jean said on June 22, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Have ever try Exalead ?
    It’s an alternative french search engine :

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