Updated on 02.12.2019
Most paid VPN providers offer some sort of trial version for users that are still thinking about whether they should buy the product. Sometimes the ratings and user recommendations mean nothing if you install a piece of software and it just doesn’t feel right. Therefore an option to try it out is important for the users. But each provider has its own interpretation of what exactly this “free trial” means and how much of the service you will get to experience during that period. That’s why we’re here to break it down for you.
First, let’s differentiate all options into three categories that have distinctive features. We’ll not be talking about free VPNs here as we do not recommend them. That leaves us with VPNs that offer free trials without requesting credit card details and the rest that give you a money-back guarantee if you give them some personal information.
Best VPN free trials, no credit card
VPN trials that require no credit card are the freest you can find. They will require at least a valid email address from you, but that’s a fair exchange – you’re not going for a test drive with bank robber mask, are you? Unfortunately, there’s not many of these left, so you can be sure all those worthy of your attention are mentioned below.
1. Astrill VPN: seven days free trial and no credit card
To get a free trial of Astrill VPN, you have to ask their support for it. Having in mind that the money-back guarantee lasts for a week, it’s worth the extra effort if you want one of the fastest VPNs and probably the best one for users in Asia. Otherwise, you might end up spending quite a large sum of $15.90/month, more than any other no credit card VPN asks you for. There are caveats with their free trial offer, though. One is that Astrill no longer gives you a 7-day money-back guarantee if you use your free trial, and the other is that this free trial doesn’t apply for users in China.
Read our full Astrill VPN review
2. TorGuard VPN: seven days free trial and no credit card
Getting a TorGuard free trial is a real trial in itself. It’s only applicable for current VPN users. You can get a week to preview TorGuard VPN if you send the last bill from your current VPN provider. While this doesn’t sound like a very anonymous practice, switching to TorGuard would grant you another 30 days for free. This offer would be lower on our list of free trial VPNs due to the limited nature of the offer, but TorGuard itself is a Top 5 service. And while it may not be the most user-friendly one, especially for beginners, the fact that you’d be getting it after spending some time using another VPN negates its main disadvantage.
Read our full TorGuard review
3. PrivateVPN: seven days free trial and no credit card
One of the best VPNs gives you a full 7-day trial if you contact their support and ask nicely. What is more, you get a one-month money-back guarantee unless you transfer over 100 GB of bandwidth. This is a plausible scenario given that PrivateVPN allows torrenting and is quite good in this area, just as it is in the streaming or gaming department. And when the price is $5.48/month only, you can spend a quarter year using it and pay about the same amount as Astrill charges for thirty days.
Read our full PrivateVPN review
4. CyberGhost VPN: one-day free trial and no credit card
There are two main reasons CyberGhost VPN is higher on this list than some VPN services with longer free trials. Firstly, it’s simply rated higher by our review team than the competitors below. Secondly, no other VPN provider boasts such an impressive 45-day money-back guarantee. This gives you more than enough time to decide if you’re up for spending $12.99/month, which is the same price as ExpressVPN. What you can’t take away from CyberGhost is its great server list, good torrenting and streaming capabilities, and a user-friendly client interface, which has recently been updated to version 7.0.
Read our full CyberGhost review
5. ProtonVPN: seven-day free trial and no credit card
This offer by ProtonVPN is a real steal – getting seven days of premium service while also having unlimited time with a limited free version is something worth checking out. What is more, ProtonVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Seeing the price of this fairly new VPN set at $8/month, we believe it will go nowhere but up in 2019. So if you like this secure and user-friendly service, do consider grabbing a long-term deal.
Read our full ProtonVPN review
6. Trust.Zone VPN: three days and 1 GB, no credit card
Trust.Zone VPN is gaining popularity fast, in part because of its low price, which currently stands at $6.99/month. If you don’t want to miss the train of cheap long-term plans, we recommend trying this service out for free. You’ll get three days and 1 GB of bandwidth without sharing any payment details. But the reason why Trust.Zone VPN is last in the “no credit card” part of this list is its lack of a money-back guarantee.
Read our full Trust.Zone VPN review
Best VPN free trials, money-back guarantee
Most of the paid VPNs fall under this category, meaning you will have to pay for the trial period in advance but you’ll be able to get your money back. While some VPNs have both a “no credit card” free trial and a money-back guarantee, we’ll not be repeating them in this list. Instead, we’ll concentrate on those that have the highest rating, the longest trial period and the fewest complaints about trouble getting your money back.
1. NordVPN: seven days and a 30-day money-back guarantee
Being one of the top two VPN services overall, NordVPN also offers a 7-day free trial to anyone eager to see for themselves that this provider is serious about VPN business. And if that turns out to be not enough, there’s always a second fall-back line – a 30-day money-back guarantee. The reason why NordVPN is not in the first list is their requirement to give away your credit card details to prevent people from creating multiple accounts to extend the trial period.
Read our full NordVPN review
2. ExpressVPN, 30-day money-back guarantee
Simply the best, better than all the rest. The number one VPN you can get at the moment. So if you don’t mind sharing your credit card details and setting up a reminder to cancel the subscription at 29 days from now, we offer nothing else but ExpressVPN. On the other hand, forget about that reminder, you will not need it, you will need another month with this VPN.
Read our full ExpressVPN review
3. Ivacy VPN, 30-day money-back guarantee
Ivacy VPN is very affordable and offers probably the best bang-for-the-buck ratio among all competitors. Add a 30-day period to reconsider, and it simply sounds great.
Read our full Ivacy VPN review
4. Perfect Privacy VPN, 7-day money-back guarantee*
While this VPN offers perfect privacy, its 7-day money-back guarantee is far from perfect. If you have used a gift card, a coupon, cryptocurrency (Bitcoin) or cash, you’re not eligible for a refund. The deal is here on the list only because the VPN itself is suitable for anyone in need of a serious, security-oriented service that works in China.
Read our full Perfect Privacy VPN review
5. Private Internet Access, 7-day money-back guarantee
It’s hard to make the “best VPN with a free trial and money-back guarantee list” and not mention Private Internet Access. This service is one of the cheaper ones, asking for $9.95/month.
Read our full Private Internet Access review
What you should test during the free trial
The answer to the question above depends mostly on what your needs are. But these two factors are important for all of us — speed and security. You can test the former using a web-based speed test (like Speedtest.net) and compare the results to your VPN-less speed or other free trials you’re looking through at the moment. You can also check what we’ve got in this VPN’s review. As for security, make sure you test the VPN for IP address and DNS leaks.
You should also test torrenting servers if the VPN provider doesn’t state that P2P traffic is blocked. Chances are the free trial version won’t let you select the servers that allow P2P action.
Let’s also not forget about streaming. Unblocking Netflix, Hulu, and BBC iPlayer is a constant effort, but if it didn’t work throughout the whole trial period, it’d be best to look for an alternative VPN solution.
Last but not least is the client support. Try contacting them by live chat or create a support ticket whenever you have a question (even a ridiculous one) to see their response rate, politeness, and overall quality. You will get a view of what to expect when something crashes in the middle of the night, and you need the service working as soon as possible.