VPN Reviews last updated on November 18th, 2019
There are around 250+ different commercial VPN’s. Each of them should serve for same purpose – keep your online identity secure and private. But some are great at doing this job, others – do fail miserably and don’t get any love.
Our mission is to put every VPN service provider for serious stress test, review it and to give honest feedback which ones are reliable, safe and trustworthy.
How do you know which VPN is good?
There are many VPN and cybersecurity review related websites and each of them have different opinions.
vpnroom.com specialists did detailed reviews with their own hands using constant software and hardware settings. With each VPN provider, we’ll give you quick product overviews, main features, speed tests, and final verdicts.
- Log policies/jurisdiction
- Connection speeds
- Customer support
- Ease of use
- Cost of the product
A good VPN service has to.
As we know, a VPN app should not just change your public IP address. Premium VPN providers should encrypt your cyber identity, allow you streaming services such as Netflix US and it should provide you complete privacy on the web.
Below you will find our TOP VPN list:
NordVPN offers nearby 6000 servers in 60 countries around the World. That is the biggest number of offered servers among all VPN providers. Also, some of the countries have “Connect to a specific city” feature, which is quite a nice option.
NordVPN is compatible with all major operating systems and devices, such as Windows (from Windows 7 and up), macOS, iOs, Android and Linux. They also have two nice extensions for Google Chrome and Firefox browsers.
While connected to NordVPN, you can use Double VPN or Onion over VPN features. Onion over VPN gives you all the advantages of The Onion Router combined with the extra security of a VPN tunnel. Double VPN simply means that your internet connection and history goes through two different servers.
NordVPN has a brilliant customer support not only in English but in German and French languages as well. Their support team can be reached 24/7 through live chat or email.
NordVPN pricing starts from $3.49 a month for a 3 year plan. We think that the pricing is truly decent for quality service like NordVPN.
ExpressVPN is one of the oldest and most known names in cybersecurity field. Based in British Virgin Islands, it also falls behind 14 eyes jurisdiction.
In our opinion, ExpressVPN is the main competitor for NordVPN and it truly is a great VPN service for beginners and advanced users.
We spent big loads of time trying to see if ExpressVPN has any IP or DNS leaks, but fortunately this provider is reliable when the question comes to data logging or IP/DNS leaks.
ExpressVPN offers 3000 servers in 94 locations – an incredible amount of countries available. These numbers will guarantee you incredible speeds and what our tests showed – it is the fastest VPN in the market.
ExpressVPN does allow torrenting and their services gives you access to all popular streaming platforms – you can watch US Netflix, Amazon Prime or stream any sports from such platforms as DAZN.
ExpressVPN has apps for all operating systems and devices – it supports Windows (from Windows XP & up), Mac, Linux, Android, iOs. ExpressVPN also offers Chrome and Firefox extensions, as well as VPN encryptions for users (home or office networks).
It is a perfect product but in our opinion, it is quite expensive. 1 month plan can be purchased for $12.95, while their 1-year plan is $8.32/mo ($99.95/y).
Although Surfshark is a VPN market newcomer (founded in 2018), it truly is a premium service for a very good price. In our opinion, it is a great budget deal for new and advanced internet users.
Surfshark as well as ExpressVPN is registered in British Virgin Islands – that means no data logging and great privacy features.
Surfshark has some really good features which are not available in other VPN clients such as the Whitelister (you can exclude specific websites and connect to them with your normal IP). They also offer HackLock™ and BlindSearch™ for users to be fully aware about their email and personal data leaks on the internet.
Surfshark completely bypasses geo restrictions and works with all major streaming services including US Netflix. However, their variety of servers and countries (800 servers in 50 countries) is a little bit poor and some of the servers are virtual.
Surfshark is working on every popular device and OS: Windows, macOS, iOs, Android, Linux and FireTV. As well as NordVPN and ExpressVPN, they do offer extensions for Chrome and Firefox.
Surfshark is great once question comes to pricing. Their cheapest plan starts from $1.99 USD/mo ($47.76 billed every two years), while their 1-month plans are at the same pricing level as NordVPN – $11.95 USD/mo.
CyberghostVPN is definitely a TOP5 VPN provider in the world. However, after a deep research and testing, we found slightly more cons than our TOP3 ranked VPN’s.
Cyberghost has 4000 servers in 60 countries and a big part of countries have a cool “Connect to specific city” feature.
Cyberghost works with a big amount of operating systems and devices: desktop apps for Windows, macOS, Linux. Mobile apps for iOs and Android. As well as NordVPN, they offer browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox. On top of that they developed TV Apps for Amazon FireSticks and Android TV’S.
We were also okay with their pricing – if you do want to save on this deal, we’d recommend choosing their 3Y plan for as low as $2.75 a month. However, if you’d just like to test their service with a 1-month plan, that would cost you $12.99. It is worth to mention that they have a “no question 45 days money back guarantee”, so you will have plenty of time to decide whether you should commit to becoming a long term Cyberghost user.
Perfecr Privacy VPN is a Swiss-founded VPN that was developed by Vectura Data management Limited and launched in 2014. It is a viable option for newcomers and experienced VPN users. This is because it has a simple interface that newcomers can quickly adapt to. On the other hand, experienced users will appreciate its ability to meet their higher demands.
It is easy to use and minimalist VPN that newcomers can quickly adapt to. It lacks the flashy interface that comes with leading VPNs and instead employs an old school look. Let’s be honest you are not going to use a VPN because it has a good looking interface.
Perfect Privacy VPN offers all-round device compatibility. They offer various tutorials to set up a wide range of devices including Macs, Routers, iOS, Linux, IPTV, Smart TVs, gaming consoles, and Android. However, still, more can be done. Sure they may have made apps for Androids and iOS devices but they have not taken into account things like setting up the Open VPN first before you can manually connect. In summary, they have achieved a lot but still have a long way to go.
This Perfect Privacy VPN has multiple payment options. There is the option of paying 12.99$ a month. This is actually the most expensive option as it has no discount, but it’s a monthly plan. There is the most popular option where you pay 119$ for a whole year. This comes with a 23% discount. Finally, you may choose the more costly 214$ for a 2-year option. In a real sense, this ends up being the cheapest option as it has a 31% discount.
Hotspot Shield VPN product family is one of those companies that do not hide their identities like NordVPN or ExpressVPN. In fact, I’ve met the founder of the company a year ago in their office in the Bay Area. It is an amazing company with a superb atmosphere. Most of the team is in the US but there is also a tech team in Ukraine.
Hotspot Shield is available for Windows, Android, Mac, and iOS.
Furthermore, this VPN also has a Chrome browser extension yet I would not recommend it since there is a slight chance of DNS leaking.
If you are an advanced user and would like to set-up Hotspot Shield on devices such as Linux, routers or SmartTV – sadly, it’s not possible since there are no manual install guides.
Hotspot Shield VPN uses AES 265-bit encryption which is an industry-standard to secure your web traffic. Also, to secure your data, it uses a key-agreement protocol that continuously switched your encryption key. This means that even if your encryption key gets discovered, your data will remain secure after that.
The most popular 1-year plan will cost you almost 7.99 EUR per month which is way above the competition. Even if you are getting 2-year plan, one month still costs 6.99 EUR. And I must say that’s a lot when you consider using a VPN which is based in the US, it partially logs your records.
Before going into an in-depth IPVanish review, it is worth to mention that it is a US based VPN provider. That immediately raises the question of how reliable the service is?
IPVanish is working on all major operating systems including Windows (Windows 7 or higher), macOS, iOS, Android, Linux, Windows Phone, FireTV and Routers. It is worth to mention that IPVanish does not provide Firefox extension. It is quite a disadvantage, as all of our higher ranked VPN providers to have a Firefox extension.
One of the few reasons why IPVanish received a pretty high ranking on our site was the speeds. Usually VPN users suffer a drastic internet speed drop when using a VPN, but with IPVanish the download/upload speed decreased just a bit.
IPVanish pricing is not so cheap. Their prices vary from $6.49/mo (billed $77.99 annually) to $10.00/mo for a one-month plan.
Windscribe is a rather new name in VPN market but they quickly cought momentum. Currently, Windscribe has over 900 000 users worldwide – most of them chose this VPN service for their free Chrome browser extension.
Also, Windscribe is offering a free version with 10 GB monthly data cap, this is a great way to get started with VPN products.
Our review have unveiled that this virtual private network is highly secure, does not leak DNS or user true IP address and does not log any records.
BUT. Windscribe is based in Canada which is a member of 5-eye alliance making this VPN not the favorite amongst privacy obsessed users.
Windscribe pricing hardly justifies slow speed of the service – monthly price is around $4 when getting a yearly plan.
Private Internet Access is an American company owned by London Trust Media. The company itself was founded back in 2010 August and the service is named as one of the best VPN’s available in the market. However, we had different assumptions about the quality of the service. It is cheap, but would you want to rely your data and privacy on it?
Private Internet Access have quite a big number of servers (3380 in total). However, their location selection is pretty poor as there are only 32 countries you can connect to.
In our Private Internet Access review, the provider received a big plus for it’s pricing. They do offer a -67% discount for their yearly subscription, which would cost you $3.33 per month (billed 39.95 USD yearly). PIA also offers 6 months and 1 month subscriptions. You can get the half year subscription for $35.95 ($5.99/mo) or one month for $6.95. It is definitely affordable, but don’t hurry and read our final verdict.
PureVPN (parent company is called GZ Systems) is registered and based in Hong Kong – This is quite unusual, because Hong Kong is often juxtaposed with China, which is not the most VPN and privacy friendly country.
PureVPN offers more than 2000 servers in 140+ countries and 180+ locations in total. Although they have a pretty decent amount of servers, we still saw lots of complains about connection time-outs and slow internet speeds.
It is also worth to mention that PureVPN is using a lot of virtual servers. Most of them are in super exotic places such as Barbados, Brunei, or even Cape Verde.
In our opinion, PureVPN is way below the TOP5 VPN providers list because of few simple reasons: privacy, security, encryption, logging and incompability with Netflix (it simply does not work with it). Also – very poor customer support and sketchy reviews on Trustpilot.
Our VPN testing and review process:
New VPNs are being launched almost every month and it’s difficult to keep up with the speed. That’s why we decided to split VPN apps into two categories:
- Top tier VPN products like NordVPN, ExpressVPN or SurfShark. We use and review these providers on a daily basis. Because they are the most popular and feature-packed, we want to always deliver the newest insights.
- Second VPN products like HolaVPN, HideMyAss! or SlickVPN. We use and review them briefly and not updating our articles until some major update is released.
With such testing logic, we are able to stay on top of leading VPN services and provide high-quality in-depth reviews.
What are the steps of testing?
We monitor Google trends and mentions to stay up-to-date with all recent news in the VPN industry. By leveraging these tools we discover new products and features the same day as they are being launched.
Buy premium subscription
We always use premium VPN subscriptions even if they have a free version. Free VPN subscriptions often offer a limited number of servers, limits speed or country access.
Perform speed tests
For every VPN speed test, we are using parameters: Same devices – MacBook Pro and iPhone X, same internet connection and same server settings on speed testing software. For VPN speed tests, we are using https://www.speedtest.net/ with constant server locations.
Check for DNS leaking
We use multiple leaking tests to ensure that VPN apps or extensions do not expose your IP address or DNS records. The software we use performs WebRTC and DNS leak tests.
This must be the most important review point since people are buying a VPN to get an extra layer of security! We look for features like automatic kill-switch, double VPN, or Onion VPN. Also research articles about hacking scandals with that VPN provider.
Check streaming services
We love Netflix! And who doesn’t? It’s a bummer that we can’t access particular shows from different countries.
VPNs changes your IP address so you can unlock content without moving to a new location. This is a superb benefit of this software, therefore, we test streaming capabilities on every VPN. And the results are not always positive!
User experience and support
Application experience is important to all of us. That’s why we dig deep into every button and image – every detail is counted. VPNs also often cause connection problems so great customer support is a must. During our tests, we get in touch with support teams and try to solve some issues together with them. We evaluate how responsive and helpful they are.
Pricing & Offers
The VPN pricing range is extremely broad. From free versions to premium ones which cost up to $20 per month. Although there are free products out there we never recommend using them if you are concerned about your private data. You can pick a premium service at a low price – just need to pick the right offer.
At the same time, we compare different packages and subscriptions to evaluate offer value e.g. how many devices can be used at the same time, how many countries there are available and so on.
Frequently asked questions
What is a VPN?
VPN (Virtual Private Network) provides you with an encrypted connection between you and the internet
VPN creates a separate connection from your internet service provider and routes all your traffic through different servers. At the same time, the software encrypts your connection making it extremely difficult to intercept your traffic.
What benefits VPN offers?
Software masks your original IP from your ISP and therefore, on the internet, you appear to have new, secure IP. VPN allows you to connect to different servers in different countries. So even though you are in Germany, VPN allows you to get an IP address from the United States.
With masked IP, you are bullet-proof from hacking attacks and can safely access public Wi-Fi.
Furthermore, you can unlock geo-blocked content, for example, watch American Netflix while sitting in Australia.
But the most important benefit of VPN is security.
The virtual private network will create a secure tunnel for your traffic. It encrypts your connection using advanced technology such as OpenVPN and 256-bit AES encryption.
This means that your internet provider will not be able to monitor your web traffic and websites you are visiting. Your private data remains private.
Does VPN software track my activity online?
This really depends on the VPN provider policy.
Providers who collect this data usually are the ones with the free subscription or at a lower price than others (but not always).
Also, there are different levels regarding your traffic tracking. Some VPN apps track your activity to improve the product or ensure that there would be no connection issues. Now, on the other hand, some companies collect users’ data and sell it to third parties – this is terrible, of course.
You should avoid such a VPN. In our reviews, we always point out if the provider collects user data in any way.
Will VPN affect my internet speed?
Yes, slightly. Around 20-30%
Well, top VPNs will slow down your connection just slightly. It’s because they have a huge server infrastructure.
Why speed is affected? VPN adds an extra layer of security and all your requests have to pass one extra step. Also, you are connecting to a server in another country so some speed decrease is just natural.
Free or very cheap VPN apps will have a huge impact on internet speed. Again, server infrastructure and maintenance have high costs are it’s not possible to keep high quality with a low price point. Of course, you will still get the benefits of a virtual private network – but the experience will not be great.
How much VPN service cost?
From $2 to $20. Free VPNs also exist but are not recommended.
You can get a private, secure and fast VPN service at $3 per month – don’t get me wrong. Pricing can be confusing and in most cases, the most expensive will not be the best choice. That’s why we evaluate not only the price but also the value.
Is it legal to use a VPN?
In the majority of countries, using a VPN is completely legal. But there are a few exceptions:
- United Arab Emirates
All those countries allow using only “government approved” VPN services. This often signals us that your web traffic can be tracked by the provider. In some case can be transferred to the government.
You should be aware of government policy towards VPN use since breaking the law can easily result in fines or even prison time.