There are many VPN providers with different price ranges. However, can you buy a decent VPN service without spending too much? Yes, you can, but research before doing that is a must. This is a guide for the best cheap VPN options available in 2020.
Are cheap VPN providers reliable? Yes, some of them are. The same as for free VPN providers. However, there might be a few reasons why some of the VPN providers are so cheap, while others can cost around $9 per month (e.g. ExpressVPN).
First reason: security and logging policies. At the beginning of 2020, we did a very deep research about the TOP10 VPN providers in the market right now. One of the most important factors is whether the VPN provider collects data or not. From the information we managed to find, there are only three VPN providers that have an official no-log audit. The audit proves the transparency of the company and so far only NordVPN, ExpressVPN, and Surfshark have completed that.
Our point is that many cheap VPN providers are doing some suspicious activities in the background and the user has no clue what is going on. Some of them do log your internet activities, some of them re-sell your data to advertisers, etc., so it is important to be sure that your VPN provider is reliable and transparent. You can read more about data logging, retention laws, and 5/9/14-Eyes Surveillance Alliance here.
The second reason is the overall quality of the service. Most of the cheap VPN providers have very poor speeds, unstable connections and some of them even have bandwidth limits. Ridiculous, right?
That is why we prepared this cheap VPN guide in order to save your money and to provide you the best solutions if you are looking for a cheap VPN service. Below, you will find our TOP 5 recommendations in terms of value and overall quality of the service.
Best cheap VPN providers in 2020
As we already mentioned at the beginning of the article, Surfshark, as well as NordVPN or ExpressVPN, has a complete no-log policy. The provider is based in The British Virgin Islands, so they do not fall under 5-9-14 eyes jurisdiction. Surfshark has a very good (although not the biggest) server infrastructure (800 servers in 50 countries). From the connection speeds we received during our tests, a small server amount does not impact connection stability. It is worth to mention that Surfshark client apps have a really nice interface and is fully accessible even to beginners.
Another great thing about Surfshark is that the provider supports lots of operating systems: macOS, Windows, Linux, Android, iOs and many more.
Also, Surfshark offers 24/7 customer support via live chat or email. We want to highlight this, as most of the cheap VPN providers have a very limited customer support which is not accessible anytime during the day.
Although this is a cheap VPN comparison article, we can say that Surfshark is really a premium service with very affordable pricing. The service can be purchased for as low as $1.99/mo ($47.76 for two years), so that is truly a bargain.
After doing lots of lots of testing, we can honestly say that NordVPN is the best VPN available in 2020.
Headquartered in Panama, NordVPN also falls behind the 14 eyes jurisdiction and offers complete privacy and anonymity to its users. With its great encryption and 256-bit AES/OpenVPN protocols, it is one of the safest VPNs on the market.
The server infrastructure is also great – NordVPN offers nearby 6000 servers in 60 countries around the World. Compared to other VPN providers, that is the biggest number of offered servers. Also, some of the countries have “Connect to a specific city” feature, which is quite a nice option.
The same as Surfshark, 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.
NordVPN has award-winning 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-Y plan. We think that the pricing is truly decent for quality service like NordVPN.
Overall, we think that Trust Zone is a decent and, most important, affordable VPN service. The VPN provider offers all the main features that you can expect, however, it obviously is not good enough to compare compete with Surfshark or NordVPN that are listed above.
Regarding the jurisdiction, Trust Zone receives payments in Tallinn, Estonia (north of Europe), but is officially based in Seychelles. Should you trust the company, even though there is no clear background about the company? Well, we believe you should.
We did not found any of the proof or scandals, so we marked Trust Zone as a safe-to-use service.
Trust Zone offers “Kill switch” as one of its features. We already explained what a “Kill switch” is in our NordVPN review, but this feature simply kills the internet connection if the VPN connection drops. In other words – it does not expose your browsing info in case of an emergency.
Trust Zone offers a big variety of plans to choose from. One unusual thing nowadays is that the provider offers a free trial for three days or up to 1GB. During your trial, you will get access to 128 locations Worldwide. Of course, a 1GB limit is kind of low but you will probably have enough time to find out how good or bad the service is.
Trust Zone is clearly an affordable service, as their pricing varies from $2.88 to $8.88. It is worth to mention that the simultaneous connection amount also depends on what kind of plan you have purchased, e.g.: the 1-year plan will only allow you to have 3 simultaneous connections, while their longest 2-year will allow you to connect 5 devices at once.
Straight out the box, it has all the top-tier VPN stuff – AES 256-bit encryption, OpenVPN connection packed together with IPSec protocols and many more features. The most important thing in this review, that Cyberghost has a client for Android which is fully compatible with all mobile devices/tablets.
Although it is a nice service, it really lacks good connection speeds. Also, sometimes connections can be unstable, especially when you are switching between Wi-Fi to mobile data or the opposite.
Cyberghost pricing is also decent – you can get their 3Y plan for as low as $2.75 a month (billed $99.00 every three years). They also have a 45-day money-back guarantee, so you can fully test out the product before making your final decision.
FastestVPN is officially operating in the Cayman Islands. It’s a territory very similar to Panama or The British Virgin Islands, that privacy evangelists would be familiar with. The Cayman Islands is autonomous which doesn’t have strict data retention laws – that is great, as you already read about 5/9/14-Eyes Surveillance Alliances.
FastestVPN has a huge variety of client apps – setting up FastestVPN on iOS and Android devices are easy because there are dedicated client apps. No manual configuration is needed. The same applies to the macOS and Windows versions.
As we already mentioned lots of times, good customer support is a must thing that every VPN provider has to have. Some services don’t offer 24/7 support or only offer them “on paper”. We were surprised that FastestVPN has a dedicated team of specialists that can be reached via email or live chat for support. In 24/7!
Compared to other VPN providers, FastestVPN has the most attractive pricing structure – their 1-month plan costs $10, but the longer subscription you choose, the cheaper it gets. 1-Y plan costs $2.49/mo, 3-Y plan – $1.11/mo and finally, their most valuable plan for 5-Y costs only… $0.83/mo.