Public DNS Performance

An overview of the top Public DNS providers and their respective response time performance. More about Public DNS.

Updated today at 21:00 CET

Based on 60378 DNS queries

Average query time 53.9164 ms

Provider   Server Response time Average Performance 24hr history
Cloudflare 1.1.1.1
1.0.0.1
20.0926 ms
21.9664 ms
21.0295 ms 156.38 %
20.22,19.24,20.12,18.39,18.33,17.69,19.16,18.43,18.15,16.64,19.09,18.59,18.02,18.14,18.37,19.51,18.03,19.43,18.48,19.45,20.15,19.03,22.32,21.13
DNS.WATCH 84.200.69.80 25.5361 ms 25.5361 ms 111.14 %
23.67,23.10,24.42,23.46,25.80,23.60,27.02,26.95,26.82,27.22,26.94,27.38,26.69,26.58,26.87,26.45,32.07,28.15,30.21,25.39,25.86,22.80,26.54,25.54
Hurricane Electric 74.82.42.42 27.4327 ms 27.4327 ms 96.54 %
16.87,17.84,19.61,20.28,23.83,18.14,26.78,21.19,14.47,15.92,23.06,21.63,17.09,19.21,14.60,18.07,23.77,22.79,24.59,23.70,28.33,19.14,26.93,27.43
Quad9 9.9.9.9
149.112.112.112
28.8143 ms
27.1084 ms
27.9614 ms 92.82 %
29.06,25.15,25.21,27.61,28.95,29.03,33.50,33.11,29.79,31.09,31.50,27.06,31.06,30.75,32.98,30.36,26.84,27.77,26.82,29.75,28.38,29.56,29.77,27.99
Dyn 216.146.35.35 37.2484 ms 37.2484 ms 44.75 %
38.20,33.02,34.95,32.00,34.24,36.62,35.73,34.05,35.64,37.14,35.99,36.27,36.93,39.59,37.51,34.99,34.96,44.51,34.78,34.64,44.63,37.31,39.08,37.25
SafeDNS 195.46.39.39
195.46.39.40
38.6616 ms
38.0207 ms
38.3412 ms 40.62 %
38.37,37.90,38.15,37.36,38.03,40.93,39.17,39.04,38.45,38.40,38.34,37.52,37.79,38.28,39.22,38.43,38.35,39.36,43.46,40.13,39.37,40.25,42.05,38.34
OpenDNS 208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220
40.2236 ms
38.0130 ms
39.1183 ms 37.83 %
39.11,38.47,39.29,37.49,38.24,39.39,38.50,38.11,38.13,37.71,40.05,38.89,37.47,37.11,36.23,38.17,36.63,38.08,40.02,37.82,38.89,41.12,41.70,39.05
Level3 209.244.0.3
209.244.0.4
44.5100 ms
35.3595 ms
39.9348 ms 35.01 %
40.71,40.06,41.46,39.02,41.16,41.62,41.54,42.12,40.33,37.82,37.74,40.14,39.76,41.43,41.18,41.67,42.05,43.54,42.45,46.55,43.26,41.95,43.26,39.86
FreeDNS
37.235.1.177

40.9164 ms
40.9164 ms 31.77 %
50.66,41.27,39.16,48.11,35.66,50.40,34.41,44.07,43.19,37.39,37.65,36.92,41.68,38.62,48.88,47.98,45.94,43.75,41.59,38.76,41.96,42.75,40.91,40.92
Google Public DNS 8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4
45.9143 ms
44.7583 ms
45.3363 ms 18.93 %
45.26,47.96,45.58,46.07,44.39,48.54,48.26,48.96,45.61,45.95,46.10,45.54,47.30,48.76,46.23,45.40,46.04,44.98,48.48,48.35,48.53,53.22,44.45,45.33
Neustar DNS Advantage 156.154.70.1
156.154.71.1
51.6101 ms
46.9982 ms
49.3042 ms 9.35 %
45.96,48.18,48.79,55.89,48.61,48.74,50.52,49.88,47.90,47.50,47.31,48.07,47.95,49.93,47.23,49.23,47.14,47.80,49.62,48.30,48.51,48.11,47.92,49.38
Norton ConnectSafe 199.85.126.10
199.85.127.10
52.7554 ms
47.0801 ms
49.9177 ms 8.01 %
47.64,46.57,44.86,47.72,48.95,49.36,49.24,47.27,46.41,46.48,49.42,46.95,45.69,46.44,46.61,49.87,48.64,48.35,47.34,47.51,48.24,48.00,47.70,49.83
FreenomWorld 80.80.80.80
80.80.81.81
85.9064 ms
78.5252 ms
82.2158 ms -34.42 %
82.80,80.14,80.97,82.46,81.32,80.93,81.38,80.45,79.42,80.66,80.51,80.78,82.07,84.88,85.12,84.33,86.65,84.65,85.49,84.46,81.85,83.62,81.15,82.06
CensurfriDNS 89.233.43.71 146.9118 ms 146.9118 ms -63.30 %
129.58,135.52,130.93,129.97,138.17,136.51,121.49,124.56,126.60,116.83,135.16,132.35,127.34,128.05,141.13,134.22,126.85,129.13,136.57,131.53,134.85,143.13,130.72,146.91
Verisign 64.6.64.6
64.6.65.6
286.8107 ms
31.4597 ms
159.1352 ms -66.12 %
141.41,152.89,151.09,168.37,155.63,173.81,201.42,141.55,153.20,167.00,155.53,162.54,150.86,160.78,164.86,157.48,157.08,157.73,164.48,154.22,146.64,165.00,154.91,152.91
Performance: Average server response time compared to average response time of all tested servers.

What is Public DNS?

Public DNS servers are provided as free-to-use alternatives to the DNS servers supplied by your ISP.

Public DNS servers are often distributed world wide and may provide faster domain name resolving on your internet connection.

In addition, several of these DNS servers provide additional features like privacy, anti-phishing and adult content blocking.

Get more details about each individual Public DNS server, what benefits they offer and how to change your DNS settings on Tim Fisher's Free and Public DNS Servers.

Not included

A handful of Public DNS providers have been excluded, because their services fall far below the acceptable response time threshold. We encourage anyone who uses these servers to benchmark against some of the other servers listed above.

Public DNS providers not included: Comodo Secure DNS (8.26.56.26, 8.20.247.20), GreenTeamDNS (81.218.119.11, 209.88.198.133), SmartViper (208.76.50.50, 208.76.51.51), Yandex.DNS (77.88.8.8, 77.88.8.1), CensurfriDNS [primary server] (91.239.100.100).

About the data

Every hour the performance data table is updated to reflect the average response time for each server. Public DNS providers usually host a primary and secondary server and the average of both servers is used for ranking.

The response time is derived from querying the Public DNS for a random domain's NS record. The domains queried are part of the TLD zones (.at, .be, .ca, .ch, .cz, .de, .es, .eu, .it, .nl, .no, .pt, .se) and can be active and inactive domain names. Basically the equivalent of timing the unix command: $ host -t ns google.de

Geographically the queries are issued from servers in Central Europe to domains within the ccTLD zones listed above, which means that the accuracy of the response times may vary outside of Europe.