You may wonder why you should care what Reddit has to say about VPNs and why we should make a “best VPN by Reddit” list instead of updating our own. Well, here’s an answer to that.
Reddit is a place where only the good reach the top and only the best stay there long enough to gain worldwide attention. What’s more, a community as large as Reddit is difficult to manipulate. We already know that there’s no point in taking the “user reviews” on a VPN provider’s website for granted. Reading what users comment about each VPN below news articles is also becoming a waste of time. In this light, Reddit remains the place where user opinions on VPNs still matter.
With that in mind, we decided to check which VPNs are recommended by the Reddit community and see if our opinions match. Here are the results of our research – the best VPN by Reddit list.
Best VPN service according to Reddit
We wish Reddit had surprised us with a non-conformist opinion about ExpressVPN, but it didn’t. Most Redditors see ExpressVPN as the top choice, and it’s easy to see why.
Redditors praise the provider’s speed and long server list (over 2,000 in more than 90 countries). Torrenting capability is also one of the critical areas where this VPN manages to deliver. And while Reddit users often ask about Netflix issues that ExpressVPN faces, most of the time these are temporary. In any case, finding a much better VPN for streaming would be tough, especially one with apps for multiple devices like Apple TV, Fire TV, and PlayStation, among others.
NordVPN is the second best VPN by Reddit, which is also fairly unsurprising.
Arguably the most secure of all major VPNs, NordVPN also is powerful enough to provide great speeds for browsing, torrenting, and streaming with the help of its 5,100+ servers. Speaking of help, NordVPN’s 24/7 live support is also top-notch, which is almost regrettable as you probably won’t have to contact the support team at all. All these features are very decently priced, and we haven’t even mentioned that NordVPN is one of the best for unblocking Netflix (not just the US library).
We’re not surprised to see CyberGhost place relatively high on the best Reddit VPN list. Its user-friendliness, along with the ability to unblock the US Netflix library along with BBC iPlayer and Hulu are incredibly strong. Given the fact that CyberGhost also has 24/7 live chat and allows torrenting, while also offering good security, speed is the last factor left. Unfortunately, compared to the top two players, it’s somewhat lackluster. And people on Reddit know this all too well. It wouldn’t be much of a problem if CyberGhost’s pricing weren’t in line with that of ExpressVPN or NordVPN, which is duly noted by Reddit users. Luckily, there’s a 7-day free trial for you to see whether CyberGhost will spook you out.
Private Internet Access (PIA) is one of the most popular VPN services on Reddit. One of the main reasons for its popularity among Reddit users is the low subscription price, which is half of what other, pricier VPNs cost. Surprisingly, many Reddit users are ready to forgive PIA for their lack of live chat support or their user-unfriendly official website. While most review websites don’t recommend PIA to users in China, this doesn’t come up as a major issue on Reddit. This is probably because PIA works quite well in North America, where most Reddit users are based. But what keeps PIA from placing at the top of the best Reddit VPN list is its lack of Netflix unblocking outside the US. If you don’t care about Netflix, you can try PIA before investing in more expensive VPN options.
We were a bit surprised to find IPVanish this high among the most upvoted VPNs on Reddit. That’s mainly because of the number of tough competitors that have recently entered the market and the IPVanish logging scandal, which is the subject of 2 out of the 4 most upvoted IPVanish threads on Reddit. If that alone wasn’t enough, Redditors often cite IPVanish as a VPN that’s unable to unblock Netflix. Of course, it wouldn’t be among the best VPNs on Reddit if there were no positives. For starters, IPVanish is highly recommended on torrenting-related subreddits. It has apps for all popular Operating Systems and devices. And if it doesn’t, it most likely supports them anyway. What’s more, IPVanish allows ten simultaneous connections, which is quite a bit higher than most other services, and also a positive that Reddit users seem to appreciate.
On Reddit, TorGuard has more upvoted and positive threads than IPVanish. Yet, for some reason, the latter manages to stay on top, although only by a hair. TorGuard VPN is worth being on every Top 10 (if not Top 5), and Reddit is no exception. Why? It offers excellent security, good speeds, and decent pricing. Paying for it can be done anonymously using cryptocurrencies, gift cards, and other options. Most users will love torrenting and P2P file-sharing with TorGuard because it was initially created as a secure and private channel for BitTorrent users. Unfortunately, the VPN has some glaring issues with unblocking Netflix, which are well-documented by Redditors trying to help each other access the US library of Netflix. And while TorGuard itself offers dedicated IPs as a solution to the Netflix problem, these cost an extra $7.99/month – the price of a second VPN.
Reddit discussions concerning VyprVPN were mostly about unblocking US Netflix. It’s not that Reddit users think it has more issues with that than any of the others mentioned above. VyprVPN works well if you’re looking to unblock the streaming platform’s US library – it’s only the other countries that this provider struggles with. VyprVPN allows torrenting and has a pretty good 24/7 live chat that is likely to leave you satisfied. We’re not so sure about the prices though, as they are more in line with the top providers of this list. Where VyprVPN really shines is bypassing online censorship in China and other countries with restricted internet access. Many Reddit users mention this particular service among the highly recommended ones. But, to be fair, VyprVPN is rarely referred to as the all-around best VPN on Reddit.
We can safely say that Reddit has its very own opinion when it comes to choosing the right VPN provider. It’s not always in line with what you read on all the review sites (including ours) and tech blogs, but that’s for the better in our mind as it gives everyone another opinion and allows you to reflect your own position.
The best two VPNs by Reddit turned out to be the same as our top picks. CyberGhost getting third place on Reddit was pretty much as expected. While we were surprised by PIA placing fourth, we do understand why Reddit users see this service as good value for money. The position of IPVanish in the Top 5 shows that the “no-logs” scandal means less to regular Redditors than to reviewers. TorGuard could go higher, but problems with Netflix keep it down. VyprVPN ends the list with the offer of anti-censorship, but its inability to unblock some Netflix libraries leaves many potential users bearish about investing in it.
Speaking of which, we personally believe that a VPN is something you should put some money into because the quality difference between the free and the paid is significant, especially in a country like the US.
How we made this best VPN by Reddit list
Looking the best VPNs on Reddit was pretty simple – we went to Reddit and searched for VPN reviews and user comments. Then we found the VPNs that are mentioned most often while also having the most upvotes or the best review scores.
This was somewhat arbitrary as not all Reddit users give a numeric score. In those cases, we did something similar to what MetaCritic.com does with their reviews, assigning the score according to the overall tone of the review. In the end, all the Reddit reviews and comments fell into a four-point scale of “favorable,” “generally favorable,” “generally negative,” and “negative.” We also looked at the lists that Reddit users created themselves to see how often a VPN gets the No.1 spot and whether it is mentioned at all among the Top 5.
We must note that the criteria the Reddit community finds the most important somewhat differ from our own. While security is always the top priority for us, Redditors often cite the speed ratio and the ability to unblock Netflix, with “no logs” being the make or break feature of any VPN service.
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