The IPVanish vs Windscribe match is not exactly the most balanced fight you’ll ever see. Sure, both VPN services come with attractive security features and many “best of” nominations, but the real situation becomes apparent after digging a bit deeper.
I’ll evaluate the privacy, compatibility, torrenting, streaming, customer service, and prices. At the end of the article, I’ll list the winners in each category, unless there’s a tie.
With a balance so heavily tilted in favor of Windscribe, can IPVanish offer anything significant to stay in the race? Let’s find out by making an in-depth comparison below.
|“Best for” nominee||Best overall, Best for Kodi, Best for Amazon Fire Stick, Best for Mac, Best for Linux, Best for the USA||Fastest VPN, Best free VPN, Best VPN for Mac, Best for the UK|
|Price starts from||$3.33/month||$1.00/month|
|Review||IPVanish review||Windscribe review|
Speed and servers
While having a large server fleet is usually an advantage, that doesn’t automatically translate to blazing-fast speeds. In fact, some VPNs with a few hundred servers are successfully competing with the “big boys” that manage a list ten times the size. To put it short, quality (almost) always wins over quantity.
IPVanish vs Windscribe VPN: 14-Day Speed Average
|Download Speed||871 Mbps|
|Upload Speed||306 Mbps|
|Download Speed||938 Mbps|
|Upload Speed||258 Mbps|
|Download Speed||722 Mbps|
|Upload Speed||716 Mbps|
The speed test shows Windscribe in the lead. But that’s only because IPVanish is tested with OpenVPN. Both VPN providers have WireGuard available and should have roughly the same performance under ideal circumstances.
|Owns all servers||Yes||No|
|P2P servers||All||Not all|
IPVanish manages to score some points in the server department. To start with, its fleet is three times bigger and is spread in more countries. What’s more, IPVanish owns all of its servers, which means there’s less of a chance that someone tampers with them.
Finally, Windscribe doesn’t allow torrenting on servers in South Africa, Russia, India, and Lithuania. However, this shouldn’t cause much concern because the speeds should be good enough even when connecting to a country on another continent.
|Money-back guarantee||30 days||30 days|
Windscribe is cheaper than IPVanish. Besides, it also has a great free version – the only one that can unblock Netflix. There’s also a one-day free trial to see its full capabilities.
IPVanish has an iOS-only 7-day free trial, but this means a “no” for the majority of users, especially those who want to test torrenting and streaming properly before entering payment details. Luckily, potential customers can snag an IPVanish discount code and get a 69% discount.
If you choose the annual plan, IPVanish will add VIPRE Antivirus. That’s a nice bonus if you want real-time protection against malware and ransomware.
|Protocols||WireGuard, OpenVPN, IKEv2, L2TP/IPSec, SSTP, PPTP||WireGuard, OpenVPN, IKEv2|
|IP and DNS leaks||No||No|
|Security features||Malware & ransomware protection, Split tunneling, Stealth VPN, SOCKS5 proxy||Ad & malware blocker, split tunneling, Stealth VPN, SOCKS5 proxy, Shadowsocks, HNS, port forwarding, Double Hop|
Once again, the table shows who’s the winner of this battle. Windscribe has more security features. However, both providers have incorporated the next-gen WireGuard tunneling protocol.
A few words need to be said about the split tunneling feature. Both services allow it on Android only, which is not that much of a feature in the end. In the case of IPVanish, this leaves it with two security features instead of three.
|Logging||No-logs policy||No identifying logs|
|Anonymous payment||No||Cryptocurrencies, gift cards|
Lastly, Windscribe scores some points for offering a bunch of anonymous payment options. This (and a throwaway email for account creation) is probably your best bet to stay private online.
Apps and ease of use
|Other apps||Fire TV & Fire Stick, Android TV||Amazon Fire TV, Kodi, Nvidia Shield|
|Browser extensions||N/A||Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge|
|Manual setup||Routers, firewalls, NAS||Routers, NAS|
IPVanish and Windscribe offer great compatibility and ease of use. Each has apps for major platforms and then some. For some users, an Android TV client might be important, while others would be happy taking the Kodi app instead.
One disadvantage of IPVanish is the lack of browser extensions. This especially becomes visible because Windscribe offers add-ons even for Opera and Edge. On the other hand, many VPN users are perfectly fine with just desktop and mobile apps.
Best of all, both providers have no limits in terms of simultaneous connections. This is an excellent feature that’s still a hard-to-find treasure in the VPN industry.
Netflix and other streaming platforms
|Other Netflix libraries||No||Yes|
IPVanish will get you Netflix US, and that’s about it. Even then, you’d have to turn on traffic scrambling. Therefore, even having Smart DNS wouldn’t do much.
In the meantime, Windscribe is a pretty good option for streaming. Multiple Netflix libraries will let you choose virtually any movie or TV show that you like. And because Windscribe doesn’t encrypt streaming traffic, the speeds should be more than enough, even for 4K quality.
Torrenting and P2P
|Allowed on||All servers||Not all servers|
|Free SOCKS5 proxy||Yes||Yes|
|Split tunneling||Yes (Android)||Yes (Android)|
IPVanish and Windscribe are roughly on equal footing in the torrenting department. With WireGuard at their disposal, both provide excellent download speeds. Yet Windscribe is ahead ever so slightly because it offers the port forwarding feature.
For the sake of clarity, I must point out that Windscribe doesn’t offer port forwarding by default. Unfortunately, you will need to get a static IP first. Therefore if being able to seed is important to you, you may want to check our best VPNs for torrenting – there are more than a few that include this feature in the main package.
Customer support and pricing
IPVanish holds the edge over Windscribe because of its 24/7 live chat. No matter how fast you reply to emails or how extensive is your knowledgebase – there’s simply no way to beat a live chat, especially if it’s available round the clock.
At least Windscribe tries its best to offer some alternatives like Garry the chatbot or its own subreddit. The latter might be even faster than submitting a ticket.
When it comes to knowledgebases, both providers would benefit from hiring an experienced UI/UX designer. Having said that, there are many VPNs with far worse support pages. After a bit of digging, you should be able to find answers to most of your inquiries.
IPVanish vs Windscribe video review
Winners by category
|Speed and servers||Tie||Tie|
|Apps and ease of use||Loses❌||Wins✔️|
|Total wins||1 out of 8||5 out of 8|
Our verdict: IPVanish or Windscribe?
Windscribe is the winner of this comparison. Although some categories were tied, the Canada-based VPN provider managed to score more points overall.
In terms of speed, both are in the same boat as many other WireGuard-wielding fastest VPN providers. However, Windscribe is the better option if your coffers are low on funds.
Choosing Windscribe over IPVanish for P2P is also a good idea. If only the latter offered split tunneling on all devices or port forwarding, the loss wouldn’t be as debilitating as it is now.
Streaming is another category where IPVanish lags behind, offering Netflix US only. In the meantime, Windscribe will give you multiple libraries. Heck, you might get lucky with other streaming platforms as well.
The biggest win for IPVanish is customer support. It has friendly and responsive 24/7 live chat. In the meantime, Windscribe has no live chat at all, and this might be a deal-breaker for some of you.