ExpressVPN vs VyprVPN

Jan Youngren
Jan Youngren | Security researcher
Last updated: November 28, 2020
ExpressVPN vs VyprVPN

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Both contenders (for your hard-earned cash) have very strong aspects. But ExpressVPN vs VyprVPN is one of those fights where you can root for the underdog all you like – he’s getting smashed anyway.

It’s heavyweight versus middleweight. It’s the David of VyprVPN versus the Goliath of ExpressVPN, but the ending is different this time. Let’s play this out!

Security and anonymity

Both ExpressVPN and VyprVPN have strong encryption and great security credentials overall – both are based in VPN-friendly locations, both offer a good selection of security protocols and features (kill switch, private DNS, etc.).

Unlike ExpressVPN, VyprVPN’s Golden Frog own all of their servers. However, ExpressVPN offers a more anonymous signup process, and neither keeps logs.

Ladies and gentlemen, this round’s a draw!

Speed and performance

The fighters look strong coming into the second round. ExpressVPN and VyprVPN are both remarkable for their performance. Yet our recent speed test results have shown that ExpressVPN is much faster.

Furthermore, VyprVPN has considerably fewer servers (700+ in 70+ countries) than ExpressVPN (3000+ in 90 countries). This means that in case of a server overload, ExpressVPN should fare better.

Check out the table below for a more detailed speed comparison.

ExpressVPN vs VyprVPN: 14-Day Speed Average

More live data from our VPN Speed Test tool
ExpressVPN VyprVPN
USA server
Download Speed 142 Mbps 50 Mbps
Upload Speed 239 Mbps 51 Mbps
UK server
Download Speed 111 Mbps 43 Mbps
Upload Speed 242 Mbps 47 Mbps
Germany server
Download Speed 193 Mbps 122 Mbps
Upload Speed 314 Mbps 64 Mbps

Ease of use

ExpressVPN and VyprVPN have a similar outlook in terms of design – the apps of both are somewhat boring and focused on functionality. We are huge fans of this approach because security is no laughing matter.

It’s always best to avoid confusion over what settings are available and what they do. It’s difficult to judge VyprVPN vs ExpressVPN – both are minimal yet powerful. Furthermore, both services have some of the best customer support on the market.

The fight’s getting boring now. Three rounds and no blood. BOO!

Torrenting and P2P

Just as you thought about switching the channel, ExpressVPN almost glances VyprVPN with a flying knee.

You can use torrents with both VPNs. That said, Golden Frog’s Privacy and Copyright policies clearly elucidate their negative outlook on copyright violations. If you get caught doing it, they will terminate your subscription. With that in mind, the probability of this happening is infinitesimally low due to VyprVPN’s independently audited no logs policy.

Practically speaking, this is another draw. But we’ll give ExpressVPN a lead in this one – if only by a hair’s breadth – for its explicitly P2P-friendly policies.

Netflix and China

Netflix is problematic for almost every VPN service at the moment.

ExpressVPN is an exception, whereas Vypr is not: with the latter, we could get into US and UK Netflix libraries just fine but other regions like Japan (that has the largest Netflix library in the world) and Australia are still returning the dreaded proxy error. So if Netflix is your purpose for buying a VPN, the choice should be clear.

Both VPNs are a good choice for users in restricted countries – China, Russia, Iran, Turkey, etc. VyprVPN bypasses blocking and throttling attempts through the use of their Chameleon protocol.

Meanwhile, ExpressVPN is able to do this by offering obfuscated servers. Both are valid tactics that work very well.

Compatibility

Both VPNs are very strong in this regard. VyprVPN has custom apps for all the main platforms (Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS), routers, and a bunch of marginal devices (Blackphone, QNAP, TV, Anonabox).

ExpressVPN also has apps for the main platforms, plus routers and Linux. Both support other devices in addition to the ones that have apps.

We reckon this is a draw once more.

Pricing

This is a tricky one. ExpressVPN offers one package of features, which you can get for a period of 1 month ($12.95), 6 months ($9.99 a month billed every 6 months), and, currently, 15 months ($8.32 a month billed first 12 months).

That’s a fairly steep price, but VyprVPN is not much better. You can get it for 1 month ($12.95), 1 year ($3.75 a month billed every year) or 2 years ($2.50 billed every month for two years).

Neither has a dedicated free trial and both offer a 30-day money-back guarantee.

It’s tough to call, but we’ll give it to VyprVPN due to their cheaper long-term plans. While not for everyone, it will satisfy the majority of the majority’s needs.

VyprVPN vs ExpressVPN – which is better?

The ExpressVPN vs VyprVPN battle comes to an end and we are ready to declare the winner.

The fight was a lot closer than expected. VyprVPN is able to deliver more with less due to strong technology, and a clear direction.

ExpressVPN wins in the end despite its higher prices because it has all that and more – streaming is just too important for users to ignore.

Read our full reviews:

ExpressVPN Review

VyprVPN Review

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  1. Mariano

    Speed is my main goal so ExpressVPN does have an edge between these 2. They both look good in terms of security. Price not being an issue, is vyprvn and expressvpn a lifetime apart in terms of speed? at the end o the day, ExpressVPN seems the clear winner.


    1. Kevin Marlowe

      Hi Mariano,

      No, they’re very close in terms of speed.


  2. Shena89

    ExpressVPN is pretty expensive and I did try Vyprvpn out of curiosity and I must say that it works with Google chrome very well. I was also amazed how secure it is as it provides a security level that is very much comparable to ExpressVPN. It bypasses blocking and throttling through chameleon protocol, which is as effective as the method used by ExpressVPN.


    1. Kevin Marlowe

      Hi Shena89,

      You can’t go wrong with VyprVPN, unless your main goal is torrenting. This is a secure VPN service, which has great speed and doesn’t skimp on privacy. ExpressVPN is certainly better in some situations, but both are strong services.


  3. Dman12

    I honestly wasn’t expecting VyprVPN to put up such a strong fight! ExpressVPN is very secure, offers great speed, privacy, no logs, torrenting and … you name it. Their only downside is their price tag which is a little high compared to other VPNs. Now that I read this comparison I feel that VyprVPN needs just a few changes to become one of the really big boys in this market. It’s impressive to hear that with just 700 servers Vypr can almost match ExpressVPN when it comes to speed; seeing as Express has over 3000 servers! How is this possible? Are their servers located more strategically? I don’t get what is happening here. At security and anonymity it seems that Express is a bit better (especially when it comes to anonymity which is very important for such a service) but again, Vypr is unexpectedly close. Vypr should also have a 2-year and 3-year plan where their prices would go down considerably and attract more clients this way. I would probably use them if the price was around $3-$4 monthly and I think they are missing out by not having such plans.


  4. Tony.82

    After trying several VPN providers and having frustrated with different issues that crop up with different providers, I find that Express VPN has the best download speed. It is the fastest among the ones I have used and now also accepts bitcoin payment.

    It’s slightly expensive but definitely worth the investment


    1. Kevin Marlowe

      Yes, it’s great to see ExpressVPN offer Bitcoin payments. When we last updated the speed section of our VyprVPN and ExpressVPN review, the latter demonstrated truly exceptional performance. Meanwhile, VyprVPN was somewhat of a disappointment.


  5. Ninjagirl76

    ExpressVPN is the clear winner for those who are expecting better security features. However, given the fact that VyprVPN offers a lower end of service for VPN, it is also the preferred VPN service provider for those needing basic VPN needs


  6. Jason Harrington

    I’m an ExpressVPN fan through and through. NordVPN is its only real competition but I’ll always go with ExpressVPN as long as it maintains its features and pricing. Nice try by VyprVPN but they’re not in the same league. No comparison and if you want a VPN, you should go for the best unless you’re a school kid trying to watch YouTube on the school’s computers.


  7. Big Foot

    Both VPN apps are easy to use and allow users to surf with anonymity, Both support China. However, ExpressVPN is edges ahead with its greater number of privacy and security features as well as more servers and server locations. The major plus is support of P2P / torrenting. It also offers faster and more stable connection.


  8. Steven Joy

    VyprVPN gave a good fight! I wasn’t expecting it, and if you’re only worried about encryption then VyprVPN is a good choice as well! I think people sometimes don’t realize how many different VPNs there are, apart from the big ones, that also offer a good service.


  9. HaseenaVie

    You have some awesome and detailed reviews on your website for VPNs! I am totally impressed. I have been looking around for the perfect VPN to use for torrent downloads and your reviews have helped me a lot choose the right one! Thanks a bunch

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