There's a new Silver Searcher plugin (GitHub: gabesoft/vim-ags) by Gabriel Adomnicai that aims to improve search result navigation. The basic usage is
:Ags, and it also has
:AgsAdd for adding matches to the current set of search results.
Once you're in a search result window you can use some mappings for navigation. Pressing
p navigates file paths forward,
a displays the file path for the current results, and
c copies the current path to the clipboard. There are also commands for opening a file above the results window (
oa), and opening to the left (
ol). There are many more mappings: press
u to see them or view the full documentation.
The search results group the matches under the filenames, so the results are a little less noisy than the other search plugins that I've used. The author describes it as alpha right now, but I've tried switching to it for a few days because I prefer the search result view.