Public DNS Performance

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

Updated today at 12:00 CET

Based on 62503 DNS queries

Average query time 51.8709 ms

Provider   Server Response time Average Performance 24hr history
Hurricane Electric 74.82.42.42 17.6775 ms 17.6775 ms 193.43 %
16.50,18.92,16.86,23.27,21.68,24.29,19.67,21.37,20.04,22.00,18.85,21.02,19.76,23.22,17.55,25.22,31.46,22.24,16.55,17.14,19.17,18.60,22.22,17.68
Cloudflare 1.1.1.1
1.0.0.1
17.5703 ms
19.7190 ms
18.6447 ms 178.21 %
24.33,19.39,21.25,20.30,20.07,18.29,20.07,17.95,20.78,22.23,23.29,19.10,18.59,17.85,20.10,17.93,19.70,18.61,17.95,21.18,20.04,18.43,18.03,18.67
Quad9 9.9.9.9
149.112.112.112
26.1110 ms
22.8962 ms
24.5036 ms 111.69 %
24.01,25.82,24.44,26.23,25.61,27.59,23.42,26.27,23.68,24.09,26.75,26.77,26.34,29.88,32.44,30.84,30.78,28.91,29.64,25.54,26.13,24.85,23.09,24.47
DNS.WATCH 84.200.69.80 26.8297 ms 26.8297 ms 93.33 %
28.91,27.24,26.39,27.75,27.39,27.21,27.14,30.15,29.72,27.61,26.73,27.92,26.51,26.82,27.83,27.86,26.46,27.33,27.31,27.49,28.00,28.18,26.29,26.83
Dyn 216.146.35.35 35.4008 ms 35.4008 ms 46.52 %
31.95,33.03,33.78,32.13,35.03,34.43,35.57,33.79,34.95,36.62,39.86,37.26,35.19,32.77,40.40,36.10,35.82,38.43,38.23,33.74,35.69,36.04,34.40,35.40
OpenDNS 208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220
34.9461 ms
37.4212 ms
36.1837 ms 43.35 %
36.60,37.80,37.58,36.15,37.00,37.15,39.33,38.80,37.33,38.43,38.13,36.80,37.53,38.92,40.77,40.72,37.54,36.47,36.52,36.90,39.11,38.57,37.77,36.25
SafeDNS 195.46.39.39
195.46.39.40
38.0238 ms
39.1785 ms
38.6011 ms 34.38 %
39.05,39.13,39.59,39.47,39.16,39.52,38.99,39.21,40.77,40.27,38.76,39.62,40.03,39.02,39.30,38.67,39.77,39.37,37.27,36.24,37.71,37.14,38.69,38.59
FreeDNS
37.235.1.177

39.4360 ms
39.4360 ms 31.53 %
44.70,52.48,44.34,45.03,42.24,54.02,44.18,49.29,43.14,42.90,43.39,42.24,41.20,40.53,40.79,43.90,40.70,32.98,43.56,44.97,39.24,40.56,40.85,39.44
Level3 209.244.0.3
209.244.0.4
47.9436 ms
37.7992 ms
42.8714 ms 20.99 %
41.34,40.66,41.56,40.18,42.04,41.91,41.17,41.13,40.52,43.66,41.48,42.66,42.41,42.05,40.43,39.36,42.07,42.44,41.17,40.48,43.06,41.25,41.35,42.70
Google Public DNS 8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4
44.6769 ms
43.0225 ms
43.8497 ms 18.29 %
44.02,43.01,43.29,46.37,45.47,48.12,46.49,44.76,43.23,47.65,48.61,46.61,45.44,44.03,45.93,47.81,45.37,43.76,48.50,45.41,46.11,46.41,44.08,43.86
Norton ConnectSafe 199.85.126.10
199.85.127.10
48.9930 ms
40.4261 ms
44.7096 ms 16.02 %
44.14,47.11,44.45,45.87,46.14,49.28,47.94,45.88,48.82,47.28,45.43,48.16,47.19,48.45,47.27,46.96,47.22,48.49,46.81,46.39,48.20,45.65,45.08,44.88
Neustar DNS Advantage 156.154.70.1
156.154.71.1
52.7950 ms
42.1184 ms
47.4567 ms 9.30 %
47.80,49.19,49.33,48.65,44.76,45.75,47.51,49.89,50.15,53.81,50.22,46.98,48.74,45.21,45.62,46.72,47.64,46.81,45.87,45.54,46.03,48.15,48.89,47.44
FreenomWorld 80.80.80.80
80.80.81.81
85.7938 ms
80.5995 ms
83.1967 ms -37.65 %
85.54,83.63,86.01,84.53,83.53,83.55,83.42,83.39,87.26,83.35,99.88,91.28,90.46,91.52,85.58,82.13,81.59,82.82,81.44,80.07,81.66,81.48,81.06,83.18
CensurfriDNS 89.233.43.71 133.0159 ms 133.0159 ms -61.00 %
135.99,141.97,131.37,132.54,130.88,134.27,141.21,128.28,125.60,121.31,128.12,133.78,118.99,131.08,128.80,121.23,124.88,123.95,124.55,123.54,128.75,128.90,131.07,133.02
Verisign 64.6.64.6
64.6.65.6
276.6821 ms
25.4568 ms
151.0694 ms -65.66 %
158.76,149.42,164.27,167.48,188.44,162.74,149.79,142.48,140.16,152.17,145.46,154.53,153.43,145.96,141.75,148.49,151.27,153.79,147.29,136.40,147.54,146.72,138.60,141.93
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.