VPN Comparison

How to Pick the Best VPN? Compare ExpressVPN and IPVanish

On the market full of VPN providers both ExpressVPN and IPVanish are great. They have their own strong sides and offer high-quality services to their users. In order to choose the best one, we’ll compare the providers by some of the most important characteristics.

The peculiarities of ExpressVPN

This software stands out by offering high speeds and a huge variety of servers. In addition, it’s easy to install not only on smartphones and laptops but also on routers and other gadgets. You can pay for the services in the most convenient way using American Express, Visa, MasterCard, even with Bitcoin.

The best things about IPVanish

The program offers multi-platform support meaning you can get it on Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS, Smart TVs, Firestick, and other gadgets. Even better, you can connect them all using only 1 account since the company allows up to 10 simultaneous connections. It’s also light-weight and user-friendly. Even beginners will easily learn how to navigate the software.

Some differences worth knowing

As a rule, the first thing people look at is the price. Well, the pricing policy of these two providers is very similar. IPVanish, however, offers lower prices for short-term coverage and annual plan. Both companies also offer Money-Back Guarantee. ExpressVPN gives every user 30 days while its competitor only 7. So be attentive and don’t wait for the last minute to get your refund.

The list of features is also very similar. They support various operating systems but IPVanish offers more simultaneous connections. Unlike ExpressVPN that offers only 5 connections, IPVanish delivers up to 10 of them. Yet, the first one offers extra perks like browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.

As you know, most people use a VPN to unlock sites and streaming services that are limited due to one’s location. Well, both providers do a great job unblocking US Netflix, Sky Go, CBS, NBC, ITV, and Channel 4. ExpressVPN also offers its users access to other Netflix divisions, Amazon Prime Video, BBC iPlayer, and Hulu. If you also look for a VPN provider for this reason, now you can choose with more confidence.

The installation and interface are both simple, user-friendly, and convenient. There is definitely a tie here. However, the aspect of servers differs greatly. ExpressVPN offers its users over 2000 servers in 94 countries. IPVanish is a smaller one delivering only 1000 servers in 51 countries. Compared to other popular VPN providers, they both have a huge number of servers, so take your pick. Mind that both companies offer not only to choose the country but a server it in, too.

The security measures are pretty much the same as they operate on the same protocols, encryption technologies, and have a kill switch. The only difference is that ExpressVPN has cipher block chaining while IPVanish uses OpenVPN obfuscation as a cloaking technology.

Such categories as privacy and configuration coincide a lot. Nevertheless, companies offer completely different customer support. An obvious winner her is ExpressVPN. First of all, because it has a live chat, ticket support, and email support while its rival offers only support via email. Moreover, the average time of response differs drastically. While IPVanish takes over 4 hours to send you a response, the leader in this category takes only 46 minutes.

The verdict

Well, both providers offer excellent services and a great selection of services. If you are more focused on a variety of features, your best choice will be ExpressVPN. In case you are looking for something cheap and reliable, IPVanish can be your perfect option.

PalmaKunde Kelly is a 28-year-old junior programmer who enjoys watching sport, walking and cycling. He is stable and bright, but can also be very violent and a bit unfriendly. He is Australian. He finished school and then left academia. He has a severe phobia of chickens, and is obsessed with milkshake and bagels. Physically, PalmaKunde is in pretty good shape. He is average-height with cocao skin, black hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo of a cow between his shoulder blades. He grew up in a working class neighbourhood. He was raised by his mother, his father having left when he was young. He is currently married to Maud Kayleigh Mcleod. Maud is the same age as him and works as a scientist. PalmaKunde has one child with wife Maud: Ricky aged 0. PalmaKunde's best friend is a junior programmer called Ian Driscoll. They are inseparable. He also hangs around with a junior programmer called Luther Johnston. They enjoy bridge together.