Playwright vs Selenium Speed Comparison

Selenium WebDriver is slightly faster than Playwright.

Zhimin Zhan
10 min readJan 8, 2023


A repost of my daughter’s article with permission. I added a few notes.

In the previous article, I compared the syntax of Playwright and Selenium WebDriver. One feedback I have heard is that “Selenium is slower”, I disagree. Both are fast in terms of test execution, from my experience.

Today, I did a quick benchmark to verify the timing difference.

Table of Contents:
· Test Setup
Test Script
Benchmark Results (raw)
Refactored Versions
Benchmark Results (POM)
Why I did not include Cypress?
Zhimin’s notes
The language factor is minor, in terms of test execution speed

Test Setup

  1. Test Machine: iMac (2015 model, macOS 12.6.2)
    I chose a relatively slow machine purposefully.
  2. Target website:
    This a simple test site created by my father for training purposes.
  3. Execution method
    I developed both versions in TestWise IDE. To remove…



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