Public DNS Performance

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

Updated today at 22:00 CET

Based on 59875 DNS queries

Average query time 54.1246 ms

Provider   Server Response time Average Performance 24hr history
Hurricane Electric 74.82.42.42 15.2088 ms 15.2088 ms 255.88 %
15.85,15.06,17.81,17.05,15.28,16.69,21.49,17.07,14.31,18.53,21.54,20.98,14.74,16.99,17.06,18.15,18.16,21.72,20.79,18.39,19.38,19.15,14.77,15.21
Cloudflare 1.1.1.1
1.0.0.1
22.2251 ms
23.1613 ms
22.6932 ms 138.51 %
21.05,22.41,21.52,22.73,28.60,21.90,21.39,21.53,21.55,26.45,22.25,18.45,16.57,19.45,23.94,17.55,20.11,22.69,22.19,26.27,20.21,19.15,22.55,22.69
Quad9 9.9.9.9
149.112.112.112
26.4317 ms
24.6332 ms
25.5325 ms 111.98 %
29.69,26.34,25.90,27.54,26.89,28.65,30.82,27.68,27.47,29.69,34.28,29.55,32.11,63.69,30.51,29.39,40.59,31.94,31.06,28.67,26.77,26.12,26.20,25.58
DNS.WATCH 84.200.69.80 29.2075 ms 29.2075 ms 85.31 %
26.99,28.57,27.73,30.41,30.24,30.52,30.15,32.08,30.65,29.99,29.17,27.82,30.52,30.45,29.11,28.04,32.69,29.11,32.45,34.77,29.32,30.73,30.11,29.21
Dyn 216.146.35.35 37.5298 ms 37.5298 ms 44.22 %
49.04,46.11,49.32,49.38,45.15,45.02,43.61,57.66,103.20,147.75,265.21,433.48,494.51,457.31,57.09,40.28,43.81,55.24,41.78,41.75,37.55,43.88,39.44,37.53
Level3 209.244.0.3
209.244.0.4
50.5444 ms
34.8826 ms
42.7135 ms 26.72 %
43.53,45.25,42.16,43.13,42.75,43.06,42.95,42.46,41.94,42.04,46.51,43.82,43.04,41.58,41.85,43.61,44.22,42.94,42.85,42.85,44.68,45.08,41.96,42.40
OpenDNS 208.67.222.222
208.67.220.220
45.0284 ms
43.4779 ms
44.2532 ms 22.31 %
45.03,45.02,42.55,44.11,45.87,45.33,45.75,45.11,44.50,44.35,46.82,46.79,42.85,43.53,44.01,43.65,43.22,46.13,44.34,44.29,45.38,46.33,45.63,44.28
SafeDNS 195.46.39.39
195.46.39.40
44.4987 ms
48.0038 ms
46.2512 ms 17.02 %
46.49,46.63,53.18,83.25,46.95,52.59,45.19,43.81,44.11,46.76,47.79,43.37,41.91,43.84,44.36,43.42,42.51,42.41,42.19,43.26,42.39,49.01,48.22,46.35
Google Public DNS 8.8.8.8
8.8.4.4
53.6427 ms
50.3918 ms
52.0173 ms 4.05 %
50.26,47.46,47.65,46.56,48.78,50.96,47.10,47.35,49.75,49.55,48.56,48.68,46.11,47.92,46.28,46.90,49.22,48.99,48.06,48.54,47.54,48.87,48.49,51.95
FreeDNS
37.235.1.177

53.0101 ms
53.0101 ms 2.10 %
55.41,61.73,47.17,40.39,45.92,47.24,47.87,41.44,50.28,33.86,53.15,45.54,45.91,50.00,44.84,49.74,64.00,68.72,70.34,50.67,42.89,59.17,56.78,53.01
Norton ConnectSafe 199.85.126.10
199.85.127.10
65.2998 ms
42.9590 ms
54.1294 ms -0.01 %
50.95,50.53,51.14,51.31,51.69,51.61,54.36,54.11,53.84,51.99,48.93,51.88,49.97,49.10,48.14,47.13,50.94,50.23,48.93,48.41,51.40,49.81,52.69,54.66
Neustar DNS Advantage 156.154.70.1
156.154.71.1
58.2587 ms
50.3972 ms
54.3279 ms -0.37 %
53.08,59.04,54.13,53.17,57.06,54.62,58.28,54.75,52.85,53.39,51.69,50.24,52.96,52.82,52.50,50.61,54.57,51.19,53.37,51.27,49.94,53.15,52.06,54.37
FreenomWorld 80.80.80.80
80.80.81.81
90.8689 ms
92.6493 ms
91.7591 ms -41.01 %
96.78,93.49,95.53,95.35,94.66,93.21,95.30,91.72,92.33,93.06,96.55,93.85,91.27,93.76,92.61,91.53,92.81,92.32,94.53,93.70,93.83,92.94,91.68,91.86
Verisign 64.6.64.6
64.6.65.6
193.9867 ms
30.8725 ms
112.4296 ms -51.86 %
112.73,114.56,112.55,113.65,114.36,114.31,113.98,110.60,107.48,109.43,117.66,106.97,114.99,111.59,107.82,201.48,202.05,116.81,108.46,113.45,114.26,108.57,115.36,106.67
CensurfriDNS 89.233.43.71 117.2775 ms 117.2775 ms -53.85 %
116.35,115.94,104.14,112.07,110.79,110.10,115.30,106.28,115.51,109.62,124.36,127.04,116.83,111.06,113.46,108.46,114.98,128.17,124.99,133.75,120.12,130.87,115.20,117.28
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.