I use different search engines, depending on what I use it for.
- Yandex - Images, and by far the reverse image search. Far superior over Google’s reverse image search, mostly concerning female pictures. I’ve spent hundreds, if not thousands, of hours on searching with Yandex’s reverse image search.
- Searx - Site related search, not only, but most convenient for reddit related search results
- Duckduckgo - General search, most comparable to google’s general search.
If I could use a Searx instance without the instance going down, for whatever reason, I would stick to it, because it generally provides results more related to my search. Not just Reddit, the general results are usually better than with Duckduckgo.
For instance, when I search for a free movie stream with Searx or Duckduckgo, Searx provides all kinds of results, from all kinds of free movie stream sites, whereas Duckduckgo generally doesn’t give results on free movie stream sites. (Now, I don’t use movie stream sites anymore, because I can watch anything with stremio, but you get my point.)
I rarely use Google’s general search. The few times I do, Google never has better search results.