Thanks for the response.
To respond to your 1st point, yes, that’s one of the issues when trying to determine how fast these templates truly are/can be if you’re not weighing them down with every feature and plugin they offer. I’m currently using the Porto template by Okler Themes which seems to be pretty fast. Do you know of any similar HTML templates that are known for being particularly fast/significantly faster than the Porto theme?
To your 2nd point, yes, I’m taking the internet connection and location into consideration when testing for speed. I will keep these items consistent when testing to determine which template is the fastest.