Google is simply the most comprehensive search engine available on the net. Aside searching the net you can use Google's extended search features for a whole host of other things including definitions, spell check, calculator, conversions, and much more. Plus there are other Google searches.
Once upon a time web searching began and ended with Yahoo. After a time in the wilderness Yahoo! are back with an excellent search engine that is easily in the same game as Google.
Much as we hate and despise anything that comes from the Microsoft, we can't escape the fact that their MSN search is actually very good. Had it not been a Microsoft creation, it might have gotten 5 stars.
Created by some former 'Googlers' Cuil (pronounced 'cool') isn't bad, but isn't that good yet either. It shows search results in a new layout and confusingly attaches thumbnail pictures to results that the pictures actually don't belong to. It's early days for cuil, but so far so good.
'Ask' fired poor old 'Jeeves' in February. But the change seems to have done them good. They no longer force users to view sites in an 'Ask.co.uk' frame which we found so objectionable last time we reviewed the site. All in all 'Ask.co.uk' is a very good UK search engine.
Once laden with ads-a-plenty AltaVista has chosen to go back to its bare bones search engine roots and offer a relatively ad-light environment. The results are powered by Yahoo though, so there seems little point in using AltaVista if you have already used Yahoo.
It's hard to get too excited about Dmoz. It's a search directory edited by average people. The problem with your average person though is they're lazy and lose interest in things, a trait this engine reflects well.
Webfetch is as unsightly as a drunk fat lass from Manchester pole dancing around a lamp post at three in the morning. Using Webfetch is like having a meaningful conversation with a petrol station attendant!
Splut is so bad it's hard to think of way to express just how bloody awful this search engine is. Trying to get useful information from Splut is like asking Stevie Wonder for driving directions!