VPN speed comparison

TOP 9 VPNs results

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Provider
General rating
Average speed (Last 7 days)
Max speed (Last 7 days)
1.
 9.6
186.76 Mbit/s
272.47 Mbit/s
1.
 9.6
186.76 Mbit/s
272.47 Mbit/s
1. NordVPN
General rating:
 9.6
Average speed: 186.76
Mbit/s
Max speed: 272.47
Mbit/s
2.
 9.4
184.91 Mbit/s
262.22 Mbit/s
2.
 9.4
184.91 Mbit/s
262.22 Mbit/s
Average speed: 184.91
Mbit/s
Max speed: 262.22
Mbit/s
3.
 8.3
182.31 Mbit/s
272.71 Mbit/s
3.
 8.3
182.31 Mbit/s
272.71 Mbit/s
3. ExpressVPN
General rating:
 8.3
Average speed: 182.31
Mbit/s
Max speed: 272.71
Mbit/s
4.
 9.1
116.89 Mbit/s
235.60 Mbit/s
4.
 9.1
116.89 Mbit/s
235.60 Mbit/s
4. PrivateVPN
General rating:
 9.1
Average speed: 116.89
Mbit/s
Max speed: 235.60
Mbit/s
5.
 8.8
114.64 Mbit/s
183.38 Mbit/s
5.
 8.8
114.64 Mbit/s
183.38 Mbit/s
5. IPVanish
General rating:
 8.8
Average speed: 114.64
Mbit/s
Max speed: 183.38
Mbit/s
6.
 8.7
114.89 Mbit/s
269.10 Mbit/s
6.
 8.7
114.89 Mbit/s
269.10 Mbit/s
6. PureVPN
General rating:
 8.7
Average speed: 114.89
Mbit/s
Max speed: 269.10
Mbit/s
7.
 8.9
101.74 Mbit/s
215.52 Mbit/s
7.
 8.9
101.74 Mbit/s
215.52 Mbit/s
Average speed: 101.74
Mbit/s
Max speed: 215.52
Mbit/s
8.
 8.4
98.25 Mbit/s
229.39 Mbit/s
8.
 8.4
98.25 Mbit/s
229.39 Mbit/s
8. CyberGhost
General rating:
 8.4
Average speed: 98.25
Mbit/s
Max speed: 229.39
Mbit/s
9.
 9.3
73.81 Mbit/s
153.10 Mbit/s
9.
 9.3
73.81 Mbit/s
153.10 Mbit/s
9. VyprVPN
General rating:
 9.3
Average speed: 73.81
Mbit/s
Max speed: 153.10
Mbit/s

What we do differently
Finding an accurate VPN speed comparison is not easy – believe us, we tried. The hardest thing is to find results that are up to date and based on a good methodology. Most VPN speed benchmarks are way too general. VPN providers scale and update their infrastructure all the time, creating discrepancies from country to country and causing significant variations depending on the location of the tester and the time of the test. What we’re saying is, decisions made based on a year-old Reddit post are not likely to be the most accurate.

But we have a solution. Our lead developers have been working with data scientists to prepare a VPN speed test methodology that will provide you with the most independent and relevant results possible. The result of this data-driven approach is this automated testing tool that will help you choose the most high-speed VPN for your situation.

Here at VPNpro, we try to make speed testing relevant to people using the internet under very different circumstances. To do so:

  • We only count measurements made when the VPN service is operating under a normal load. The goal is to determine the average – it would not be fair to create the impression that VPN speeds are what they are under very high or very low loads
  • We do multiple tests from different locations, to exclude statistical anomalies
  • We present results over time to account for fluctuations
  • The speed test algorithm logic emulates real life usage results as much as possible

Here’s why the VPN speed comparisons you see online are rarely relevant 

Firstly, the speed test results in online articles usually present a single moment in time – a single speed reading from a single location and during a specific time. VPN speeds may vary significantly due to the:

  • Time of day/week the test is made. VPN servers are a resource shared between all the users connected to them at the same time, impacting connection speeds. VPN servers tend to be more loaded during peak hours and weekdays.
  • Country of the VPN server you are connected to. VPN servers are located in data centers all around the world. The quality varies between data centers, but also from country to country due to differences in the infrastructure, etc.
  • Service you are trying to use. The internet is a network of interconnected devices constructed of various protocols, which means that connecting to a VPN server in the United Kingdom and downloading a file from a major UK website will result in different speeds than streaming Netflix from United States. This also means speeds will vary depending on whether you’re running a speed test or trying to stream something, for example.

Finally, don’t forget that using a VPN is not going to increase your internet download and upload speeds. The speed test results you see in reviews and elsewhere were not completed using your connection.

How we measure speed – the technical side of things

Our main goal is to provide results based on automatic and comparable measurements  that can bereproduced by regular users.

Therefore, we exclude results that could be influenced by the:

  • interconnect links chosen by the ISP
  • infrastructure of the user’s ISP
  • user’s selected bandwidth plan

We measure VPN speed where our probes are deployed between data centers. We do this while connected to a selected VPN server and a target server within the same country. Our approach is to use a precise algorithm that takes each VPN provider’s OVPN configuration file (where available) and uses real account credentials.

To ensure that we exclude any network or other technical anomalies that can influence any single measurement result, and we run tests for each country and each provider several times a day. This allows us to average out the results and give you comparable data on how providers perform.

VPN providers usually have multiple VPN servers per country, which is why we always use more than one server for our tests– any specific server may be under more load at the time of testing, which can skew the results.

Some providers (e.g. NordVPN) have a command-line interface (CLI), which provides the recommended server – we use this feature where possible. It helps the user get the best possible experience without having to manually search ant test each separate server. Providers constantly upgrade their infrastructure and move VPN servers around, but we have a sophisticated monitoring measures implemented, which helps us react to any unusual metrics and provide you with the best data possible.

We still have many ideas on how to improve this speed test tool and provide you with even better results – this is the beta version. If you have any requests on the type of information you would find useful, or suggestions for improving the tool, please do not hesitate to contact us.