PureVPN and IPVanish, two market leader wannabes, have some serious claims about their product on their official websites. However, when choosing the VPN for you, looking at the specifics is the way to go. So, allow us to uncover the pros and cons of both competitors.
Both VPNs have excellent security features, enough servers, and they both do a great job when it comes to streaming and P2P sharing. Both VPNs are similarly-priced, so let’s find out which gives you more bang for your buck!
Winner: IPVanish and PureVPN
|Protocols||OpenVPN and IKEv2||OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP, SSTP, IKEv2|
|Security features||DNS and IP leak protection, kill switch||Split tunneling, dedicated IP addresses, and port forwarding|
In terms of security, both IPVanish and PureVPN have essentially the same level of security – military-grade encryption and reliable protocols. PureVPN also offers Split Tunneling, dedicated IP addresses, and port forwarding.
It would also seem that PureVPN is one step ahead with its L2TP/IPsec and PPTP protocols. However, these protocols are rather irrelevant, and we celebrate IPVanish for ditching them.
Hence, we believe that PureVPN vs IPVanish comparison battle is rather balanced at this point. Both competitors are armored with the latest VPN protocols and security features that are just enough for the general user to stay safe online.
|Logging||Minimal data collection||Minimal data collection|
Speaking of privacy, there are some not-so-good and some bad things we can say about both providers.
For starters, anonymous payment is not an option for IPVanish users. That is quite disappointing, especially, given the fact that in the past this provider supported anonymous payment methods like cryptocurrencies. Luckily, PureVPN offers a lot in this department. If you want to, you can pay anonymously by cryptocurrencies, gift cards, and PaymentWall.
As for IPVanish, it is based in the US, the most eager Five Eyes country. However, so far there has been no instance for this provider to share identifiable information with any government agencies.
Hence, we think it’s only fair to consider IPVanish the winner of this round.
Speed and performance
|Average speed||62 Mbps||36 Mbps|
In terms of speed and performance, we have quite an interesting case. While PureVPN has performed an insane VPN server fleet growth in 2019 by almost quadrupling its server list, it didn’t help to improve its speeds all that much. Moreover, many of the servers are actually virtual locations, which have their own risks when users are not aware of this.
IPVanish, despite having fewer servers in fewer countries, manages to deliver excellent speeds. In fact, those speeds are more than enough to stream geo-blocked HD videos, as well as play games online.
All this considered, the winner of this round is, again, IPVanish.
Apps and ease of use
|Apps and ease of use||IPVanish||PureVPN|
|Other apps||Routers, Amazon Firestick TV, consoles||Routers, Amazon Firestick TV, consoles|
|Browser extensions||No||Chrome, Firefox|
When it comes to compatibility, both support basically the same platforms, including Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android, routers, Amazon Firestick TV, consoles, and browsers. Both competitors offer plenty of security settings to play around with. But, if we have to choose, IPVanish seems more intuitive and easy to use, too.
IPVanish is one of the most professional-looking, clean-cut, and intuitive VPN apps. All in all, it is the winner of the round with its tasteful design and user-friendly apps.
Torrenting and P2P
|Torrenting and P2P||IPVanish||PureVPN|
|Allowed on||All servers||Selected servers|
|Free SOCKS5 proxy||Yes||No|
|Split tunneling||Only for Android||Yes|
When it comes to P2P sharing, great speeds and foolproof security are not enough. To decide, you have to consider features such as SOCKS5 proxy and split tunneling. As well as the fact how many servers work when torrenting.
Despite not having a split tunneling feature for all of its apps, IPVanish is a clear leader of this round. With all the servers working for P2P, and a free SOCKS5 proxy it’s way ahead PureVPN which allows P2P only with the selected servers, and does not have a free SOCKS5 feature.
Netflix and other streaming platforms
|Netflix US||Yes (using selected servers)||Yes|
|Other Netflix libraries||No||Yes|
|Other platforms||No||Kodi (doesn’t unblock BBC iPlayer, Hulu, or Amazon Prime Video)|
This is time the victory cup goes to PureVPN. It unblocks Netflix US and other Netflix libraries with no trouble. However, accessing other platforms, except for Kodi, would not be possible.
On the other hand, IPVanish would only allow you to stream Netflix US in three of its US servers (Las Vegas, Dallas, or Chicago). Forget about other Netflix libraries, and other streaming platforms – you won’t access them with this provider.
China and other restricted countries
As for China, both services claim to work in Censorship Land; however, you need to configure your app manually and even then it is not too likely that you will be able to slip through the Great Firewall of China.
This is definitely not a positive round for these VPN leader wannabes because both fall flat in this field since we don’t really count “maybe”-s or “might work”-s.
In this round, the numbers speak for themselves. Clearly, IPVanish is yet again a winner, offering more user-friendly prices.
IPVanish vs PureVPN – which is better?
All things considered, we would easily choose IPVanish as the winner of this battle.
We do appreciate all the great effort PureVPN has been putting in its privacy tool to catch up with the leaders. However, today IPVanish is simply a few steps further.
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