Public DNS Performance

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

Updated today at 02:00 CET

Based on 59964 DNS queries

Average query time 53.7244 ms

Provider   Server Response time Average Performance 24hr history
Hurricane Electric 74.82.42.42 17.8006 ms 17.8006 ms 201.81 %
19.55,27.31,18.26,18.72,17.77,20.41,15.87,16.44,14.79,19.71,18.42,20.42,14.97,18.88,18.25,20.38,15.25,24.05,18.31,17.08,18.95,18.04,17.13,17.80
Cloudflare 1.1.1.1
1.0.0.1
19.2801 ms
19.7765 ms
19.5283 ms 175.11 %
18.66,18.58,17.42,17.45,16.80,17.45,15.98,16.42,16.78,20.18,22.62,18.59,18.69,20.53,22.00,22.32,19.27,18.11,19.13,17.95,20.87,17.21,17.02,19.52
DNS.WATCH 84.200.69.80 26.6372 ms 26.6372 ms 101.69 %
27.31,28.52,26.23,23.57,25.73,26.97,25.89,24.83,26.76,26.27,25.98,25.73,25.08,27.04,25.86,25.48,26.24,27.72,25.65,26.48,26.38,25.36,27.08,26.64
Quad9 9.9.9.9
149.112.112.112
27.8108 ms
27.5345 ms
27.6726 ms 94.14 %
25.34,31.30,28.99,27.30,27.12,22.38,24.94,28.08,25.59,25.22,24.48,25.93,25.40,24.46,27.77,32.38,28.20,26.43,25.75,27.03,31.59,22.92,30.83,27.68
Dyn 216.146.35.35 36.6632 ms 36.6632 ms 46.53 %
41.95,40.05,43.56,39.13,39.25,40.48,35.83,38.12,41.97,40.75,41.35,35.31,37.97,40.39,36.91,39.18,37.13,40.24,38.37,37.82,37.21,36.53,36.36,36.66
SafeDNS 195.46.39.39
195.46.39.40
37.8543 ms
39.6646 ms
38.7595 ms 38.61 %
42.89,39.93,39.42,37.25,38.89,37.93,39.71,38.82,40.45,38.91,39.44,38.82,38.89,38.93,38.67,40.10,38.24,39.60,37.62,37.65,39.70,38.02,38.44,38.75
Level3 209.244.0.3
209.244.0.4
44.0612 ms
35.4644 ms
39.7628 ms 35.11 %
42.82,45.19,42.64,41.14,42.93,42.33,42.57,41.38,43.07,43.78,42.79,41.32,40.27,40.97,44.22,41.96,39.62,41.65,41.16,41.56,41.17,41.56,39.33,40.00
FreeDNS
37.235.1.177

41.1778 ms
41.1778 ms 30.47 %
37.49,38.97,39.68,42.04,36.33,36.16,38.83,33.03,43.64,43.82,38.40,39.11,36.89,42.53,39.56,40.37,37.99,46.37,37.45,43.79,37.09,36.84,38.83,41.18
OpenDNS 208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220
41.2649 ms
42.3653 ms
41.8151 ms 28.48 %
41.67,38.18,38.67,41.15,35.85,34.54,34.53,38.57,33.02,36.55,39.57,43.27,43.74,41.42,39.76,40.50,41.62,42.74,41.00,41.71,40.41,41.11,39.61,41.84
Google Public DNS 8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4
46.4576 ms
42.5705 ms
44.5141 ms 20.69 %
44.04,44.73,45.24,47.19,45.03,43.28,43.72,43.46,43.71,45.95,44.99,42.78,44.59,45.48,43.95,44.15,45.69,45.12,43.09,44.31,44.21,44.62,43.91,44.63
Norton ConnectSafe 199.85.126.10
199.85.127.10
51.7289 ms
41.5823 ms
46.6556 ms 15.15 %
53.16,52.45,50.61,48.57,48.75,47.54,45.65,46.75,47.24,48.71,46.72,48.40,47.45,47.74,49.50,46.99,44.44,45.40,46.45,47.31,45.89,48.82,47.58,46.60
Neustar DNS Advantage 156.154.70.1
156.154.71.1
51.9739 ms
42.6497 ms
47.3118 ms 13.55 %
52.49,53.44,49.31,49.61,46.27,48.18,49.68,47.06,47.11,46.44,48.67,47.49,47.96,49.44,49.44,49.44,47.25,48.05,47.54,50.58,46.12,48.09,48.80,47.46
FreenomWorld 80.80.80.80
80.80.81.81
86.5349 ms
87.1294 ms
86.8322 ms -38.13 %
91.81,90.87,91.60,88.45,88.32,92.50,88.10,89.22,89.68,89.45,90.11,90.26,90.18,90.35,91.98,92.73,90.31,90.76,94.85,94.39,91.01,89.69,90.06,86.83
CensurfriDNS 89.233.43.71 130.1858 ms 130.1858 ms -58.73 %
138.83,133.81,134.27,127.98,122.98,130.01,127.30,126.72,126.94,127.54,127.81,130.28,131.67,122.62,128.79,127.36,125.91,135.00,117.83,134.06,128.46,121.33,127.69,130.19
Verisign 64.6.64.6
64.6.65.6
275.0584 ms
30.5103 ms
152.7843 ms -64.84 %
156.58,152.22,140.85,143.32,147.75,161.49,155.03,143.23,144.29,146.45,150.21,147.01,142.90,146.33,141.51,150.84,151.92,142.90,154.83,154.26,142.05,157.49,146.61,149.79
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.