Almost all of today’s popular web browsers are powerful enough to help you get things done. Safari, the web browser built into macOS, is no exception. You can also consider options like Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox if you need better extensions.
But in the end, Safari, Google Chrome, and Firefox are all general-purpose web browsers. What’s more, they don’t cut it when you want maximum productivity. So depending on what productivity means to you, you may need better options.
Here are six Mac browsers you should try for better productivity.
Brave has been the preferred choice for many people when they need a full-featured Mac browser to increase productivity. It is based on the Chromium engine and offers almost everything you can expect from Google Chrome, which many prefer over Safari. But unlike Chrome, Brave for Mac is well optimized for resource management. So you won’t have to worry about increased RAM or CPU usage.
In case you were wondering, being better than Google Chrome isn’t the only reason we recommend Brave browser for better productivity. First, because Brave uses the Chromium engine, you can install all the web extensions you had in Chrome. Many security-focused features, such as built-in IPFS integration and support for the Tor protocol, are useful for advanced users.
Due to its privacy-focused nature, the Brave browser is able to offer a faster and less intrusive web experience overall. For example, you don’t have to worry about ads, trackers, or social media fingerprinting. Also, you can customize the New Tab page to bring in and organize cards like Brave News or Top Sites.
Discharge: Brave (Free)
For many people, being more productive requires a distraction-free work environment. If you want a distraction-free browser for your Mac, you should try what the open source Min Browser has to offer. Its goal is to provide a faster and more convenient browsing experience, as the distraction-free user interface allows you to quickly open, close, and manage tabs.
The browser doesn’t stop at integration either. For example, you can get autocomplete entries from DuckDuckGo and Wikipedia. Similarly, it has a built-in Task Manager, allowing you to group tabs for the same project. Last but not least, you can configure Min to block ads and third-party blockers, or scripts.
You can also use Reader mode for a better browsing experience. The browser also works with popular password managers. We also love the responsiveness of the open source development team. The developers listen to feedback and regularly push updates, so you probably never have to worry about security.
Discharge: minimum (Free)
SigmaOS is one of the most feature-rich Mac browsers that you can try for better productivity. But unlike Min, this browser is designed for those who need maximum control over multiple tabs, windows, and workspaces. The SigmaOS Browser uses its innovative user interface design to better organize your work across multiple tabs, without opening multiple windows.
You can create multiple workspaces and have multiple tabs within each workspace. For example, you can put all your work-related tabs in dedicated tabs for each project. At the same time, you can have a separate workspace for your reading list or research paper. If you don’t know where to start, you can use one of the many SigmaOS templates: Students, Researchers, Developers, Creators, etc.
Other SigmaOS productivity features include a universal search system, which allows you to search for tabs and bookmarks, among other things. Similarly, you can use the Split Tab feature to multitask. Additionally, SigmaOS offers valuable features like iCloud Sync, iCloud Keychain support, and a built-in ad blocker.
Discharge: Sigma OS (Free, subscription available)
If you want a super customizable browser for better productivity, we recommend checking out Vivaldi. This Chromium-based browser is often considered the best option for productivity, for all the good reasons. It has so many features that you probably won’t need third-party extensions. But, if you need one, you can install any Chrome extension.
The best of Vivaldi? You can choose one of three modes: Essentials, Classic, and Fully Loaded, depending on the features you want. For example, if you want full features and maximum privacy, you should go for the Fully Loaded option, which has mail, calendar, and RSS reader apps. You can also include as many web panels as you want.
These web panels come in handy more often than you might think. For example, you can quickly browse the online encyclopedia using the Wikipedia panel. Similarly, you can add almost any website as a web panel. You also get awesome features like custom macros, ad blocker, split screen tab views, and mouse gestures.
Discharge: vivaldi (Free)
5. Wave box
Wavebox calls itself a browser for work, and we think it’s a good choice if you want to improve your overall productivity while browsing the web. Although it uses Chromium like many other options on this list, Wavebox is optimized to work with platforms like Microsoft Teams, Asana, Atlassian, Slack, Google Workspaces, etc.
It also focuses on some specific features such as multiple account login. You can use Wavebox to easily manage multiple accounts without creating separate profiles. Plus, you can use features like a multi-way split screen and plenty of navigation options to streamline your workflow. Wavebox organizes a lot on its own, so you often don’t have to lift a finger.
Furthermore, you can also create application-to-application workflows. For example, you can set an application to start when you click on specific links. Once again, the browser learns from your work patterns to make things easier. This Chromium-based browser is compatible with all the popular Chrome extensions and even comes with 21 built-in extensions.
Discharge: wave box (Free, subscription available)
We have something special for the last one. Sidekick is a speed and privacy focused browser for Mac that will help you focus and be more productive. This browser integrates all your favorite web applications so you can manage everything from a unified dashboard. You can quickly access applications, documents, messengers, and other items that you open or manage in the browser.
Like SigmaOS, Sidekick Browser also removes tab clutter through better layout. You can have as many tabs as you like and organize them based on sessions and websites. Also, since you can keep your frequent websites as web applications, accessing them will be easier. As you may have guessed, this browser comes with a split view mode.
We also loved the depth with which the app integrations work. For example, you can easily edit your Notion documents using Grammarly. We also found Sidekick to be blazing fast, even when handling multiple tasks simultaneously. So, you can have the best of all worlds with this productivity-focused browser for Mac.
Discharge: Companion (Free, subscription available)
Choosing the best browser for productivity
All these browsers for Mac will help you improve your productivity in one way or another. But you have to try them and find what makes you get things done quickly and efficiently.
Regardless of your preferences, it’s always good to use one of the fastest browsers on your Mac. And it doesn’t always have to be Safari or Chrome.