All it takes is a few minutes of research to figure out what the top VPNs are. An overwhelming majority of review sites will rightly steer you towards either NordVPN or ExpressVPN.
You probably know that much already if you’re on this page, but what’s next? Which is the better choice? The answer should really be some variation of “depends”, but we all know fighting is fun, so let’s see some blood!
In the blue corner, we have the Panama-born NordVPN, brandishing some military-grade AES-256-CBC encryption, Double VPN, TOR over VPN, a strict no-logging policy and no DNS or IPv6 leaking. And in the red corner, we have ExpressVPN with the same AES-256-CBC encryption, an effective no-logging policy, as well as no DNS/IPv6 leaks.
The two are very equally matched, but NordVPN’s additional security features mean the judges score this contest in favor of NordVPN.
Speed & Performance
Round 2 – Fight! Both competitors boast a huge number of servers, covering a variety of locations. NordVPN has 4,000+ servers in 64 countries, while ExpressVPN has 1,500+ in 94 countries. Ultimately while these numbers are impressive, they’re not necessarily conclusive. Our speed testing shows a close fight – performance differences between NordVPN and ExpressVPN are rather negligible. In the end, ExpressVPN has a better jab and wins this particular round.
Ease of Use
Both tools are very user-friendly and easy to like. ExpressVPN is a bit more simple, but NordVPN is hands-down the better-looking of the two. It has another important advantage as well – NordVPN’s options tab offers more choices, yet is very intuitive at the same time. A nice uppercut from NordVPN to end the round.
Torrenting and P2P
Speed and security are of primary importance for torrenters, but in this case, there are other considerations. P2P is available on all ExpressVPN countries and only 36 NordVPN countries – clear victory, right? Well, not quite. NordVPN only offers P2P in countries where the law is lax in this regard, furthermore, they optimized hundreds of servers for P2P in particular. You can choose these from the list of “Specialty Servers” on the NordVPN client. We reckon this one’s a draw!
Netflix and Other Entertainment Platforms
While speeds are important for Netflix users, one should also take a look at reliability. While ExpressVPN wins slightly on speed, reliability is a whole different matter. NordVPN has over 1,000 servers in the US alone – around two-thirds of what ExpressVPN has in total. As such NordVPN is the more reliable choice for Netflix, as well as BBC iPlayer, Hulu, HBO, etc. Don’t get us wrong, ExpressVPN will still probably beat everyone else, but this round goes to Nord.
China and other restricted countries
It’s hard to keep up with the VPN blocking efforts of China and the absolute majority of providers give up. That’s not the case with either ExpressVPN or NordVPN. Both services have a constantly growing server list, making it harder for the government of China to keep up. Furthermore, both have obfuscated (stealth) servers to beat Deep Packet Inspection.
Having said all that, it seems that ExpressVPN works both more consistently and with greater performance in China. The same is true for some other restricted countries as well (albeit not all of them). ExpressVPN wins this round.
Both have apps for all the main platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. The latter two clients are well-crafted for the touchscreen, user-friendly and functional. It seems we are at a stalemate! ExpressVPN edges it due to its Router client, which makes it easier for less tech-savvy users to take advantage of VPN at the router level.
This one’s easy – if you buy NordVPN for longer than a month, it becomes WAY cheaper than ExpressVPN. A brutal beatdown, the judge should probably step in…
NordVPN vs ExpressVPN – which is better?
The battle of titans – ExpressVPN VS NordVPN – goes the distance. Each trade blows on security and performance, but while the overall features are slightly in NordVPN’s favor, ExpressVPN wins due to its reliability in China and other restricted countries. That doesn’t mean NordVPN is bad – there are plenty of good reasons to prefer it over ExpressVPN in certain situations!
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