How CleanBrowsing Compares to DNS Filter

While CleanBrowsing and DNS Filter share a lot of similarities technically, there is a sharp departure in a few key areas:

DNS Filter is 10x more expensive than CleanBrowsing;

CleanBrowsing packs the service with Features;

Encryption is a basic tenant of all plans;

At face value, DNS Filter and CleanBrowsing are similar in the markets we service and how we function.

By design, we both fall into the Content Filtering, DNS filtering, Internet filtering domain. We both service this market by leveraging the Domain Name System (DNS) to categorize and empower network administrators to apply filters to their respective networks.

Speaking of networks, our network topology is also similar, as we leverage an Anycast network to ensure global availability and performance.

Our categorization technology is similar in that we leverage a supervised machine learning engine, but it differs in that we leverage a crowd-sourcing platform that integrates community feedback to keep our categories accurate and effective. We keep ourselves honest by making it publicly available at:

Yes, it includes real-time scanning and network propagation as well. We won't boast about "modern User Interfaces" because all solutions, DNS Filter included, offer modern UI's and it's appeal will be dependent on you.

CleanBrowsing Offers Free Filters

For those unable to purchase a subscription, CleanBrowsing does offer a free forever filtering service that can be deployed on any device that uses DNS. It is a fast, privacy-first, network that is designed to help parents and institutions create safe browsing experiences for kids and families.

No signup required. No credit card required. No tracking on our end.

How CleanBrowsing Compares to DNS Filter


The biggest difference you will find when comparing our services is how we approach our pricing.

At DNS Filter, the pricing is based on users. Here at CleanBrowsing it is based on devices. This manifests itself in different ways.

For example, a user that subscribes to the DNSFilter Pro plan has a $2 / month cost per user with a 30 user minimum. This translates to $50 / month ($600 / year).

At CleanBrowsing, a user can purchase the Basic plan for 25 devices at $59.99 / year.

** We selected the DNS Filter plan because it offered a 1:1 feature comparison with the features we include (next comparison item)

Packaging / Pricing

Perhaps the biggest differentiation, second only to our pricing, is how we package our service.

Unlike DNSFilter, we pack the subscriptions rich with features and pay special focus on not starving users of the latest in DNS technologies.

For example, all our plans include roaming clients, no additional charge, and offer DNS Encryption as we believe it is a basic user requirement on a modern internet.



  • Devices: 25
  • DNS Encryption: Yes
  • iOS Client: Yes
  • Android Client: Yes
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DNS Filter


  • Users (Devices): 30
  • DNS Encryption: No
  • iOS Client: No
  • Android Client: No
10x More Expensive

Are you a Managed Service Provider?

Responsible for managing networks for your customers? The CleanBrowsing partner program might be what you're looking for. Offers the same benefits as the plans above, but includes a centralized management console.

*Starts at $750 / year for 10 customer accounts