Anyone looking for a VPN needs to consider what each can offer, aside from being cheap or not.
To make the decision a bit easier, we have two of the most popular VPN’s you can choose. In our ExpressVPN vs. IPVanish comparison, you will find which one should meet your needs.
We run through a series of categories, and see how each of the VPN services performs against each other.
It isn’t often an ExpressVPN review faces off against a VPN from the other side of the world. While similar in many ways, there are some unique differences, as you can see when you get into the section of the PureVPN review, where it offers something more.
What you may think is an easy to forget VPN provider is much more than that and boasts some impressive figures.
The question is if they can overshadow this premium VPN provider. It may be a close fight, and the second place VPN can still offer a very secure internet connection.
You can compare numbers of servers among most of the top VPN providers, and while different, the number of countries never changes too much apart from ExpressVPN, with 94 countries covered and 3,000 servers in 160 server locations.
PureVPN support 2,000+ servers in 140 countries, which is impressive and covers 180 locations for their servers.
Privacy and Security
While ExpressVPN has headquarters in the British Virgin Islands, which we know is outside any governing jurisdiction, you may think differently of PureVPN.
PureVPN has its base in Hong Kong, and although a part of China, they are still acting as an independent state at present.
Both VPN’s retain zero logs aside from maybe activity logs for maintenance. ExpressVPN used TrustedServer technology where all user data is stored in RAM and not written to disk. PureVPN maintains the servers themselves. No third party company can access any of their equipment.
Both companies use AES 256-bit encryption with protocols such as OpenVPN, PPTP, and L2TP/IPSec. IKEv2 is available on PureVPN, yet it doesn’t offer anything over OpenVPN in terms of security.
Both VPN’s offer a highly effective kill switch, and any VPN, which doesn’t offer these, should be avoided.
You can see from the table here that PureVPN falls behind, yet it does perform admirably. What makes them different to other VPN’s is it was one of the first to offer split tunneling.
Using this in the PureVPN app on Windows and Android, you can route some traffic via your ISP, and possibly torrenting traffic through your VPN.
|US||27.45 Mbps||24.53 Mbps|
|UK||29.46 Mbps||24.98 Mbps|
|European Servers||28.56 Mbps||22.25 Mbps|
|Australia||24.10 Mbps||22.5 Mbps|
|Avg. Download Speed||27.39 Mbps||23.56 Mbps|
PureVPN makes a big deal out accessing numerous streaming services, this you can tell from the integration it has with Kodi. It copes with bypassing geo-blocks, blocking ads, censorship, and stopping your ISP throttling connections.
ExpressVPN is the world’s number one streaming VPN so that you can expect lag and buffer-free connections with unlimited bandwidth and server switching. Both perform well when bypassing restrictions for the main platforms including Netflix, iPlayer, and lots more.
Both of these VPN service enable torrenting; however, the number of servers varies. ExpressVPN allows torrenting on every server, yet PureVPN allows users to download torrents from 86 countries.
Both make sure users are behind top-level security when taking part in this activity.
While both of these top-tier VPN’s offer much device support, such as macOS, Windows, iOS, Android, Android TV, and Amazon Fire TV platforms. You can also find more support for routers, games consoles, and PureVPN for Kodi being a top attraction.
When you compare PureVPN vs. ExpressVPN for browser extensions and mobile apps and devices, there is little to separate them. Express may have better router support overall.
The number of simultaneous connections has recently increased with PureVPN from 5 to 10.
|VPN Provider||Simultaneous Connections|
Customer support is equal between the two providers. You find 24/7 live chat support, email support, or trouble ticketing along with large support libraries and installation or usage guides.
Neither VPN provider allows gift cards as payment. Besides this, the payment options of ExpressVPN are way in front of those available for PureVPN.
Payment methods for Pure are a few credit cards and PayPal. ExpressVPN offers these and more, all the way to crypto and Bitcoin as a payment option.
PureVPN also offers the chance to have Dedicated IP, Port Forwarding, and DDoS protection for an additional cost each month. You get a 30-day money-back guarantee with ExpressVPN, and PureVPN does one better and offers a 31-day guarantee.
|Provider||Monthly||6 Months||12 Months|
|ExpressVPN||$12.95||$9.99||$6.67 (15 months, 3 Free)|
|PureVPN||$10.95||$8.33||$5.82 (Auto-subscribed after $0.99 7-day trial)|
It was close in more areas than many VPNs often come close in. Any user will have the broadest of coverage from PureVPN, yet there are limits for how many countries the average person needs to access.
Aside from this, it is a decent VPN and doesn’t fail much in any area. If the comparison was against another VPN company rather than the number one, perhaps this VPN may have taken the top spot.
While there is a free trial, you can get a good idea of how it will perform before you consider using their refund policy.
ExpressVPN, on the other hand, has the best refund policy in the industry, and figures tend to lean to more users staying with the company rather than jumping ship to something lesser.