15 Best VPNs compared · Jan 2017

Who is the best VPN provider in the whole world? That's a difficult question because the answer is often subjective - it depends what you expect the VPN to do, which devices you have, and how much you're willing to spend.

If you want to unblock websites with a VPN then choose a service with lots of country coverage and many IP addresses. Some VPNs officially support unblocking websites, others unofficially support it (meaning if your favorite website blocks your VPN then you'll have to shop around).

Perhaps you need privacy to protect your identity online, or security to keep your Internet activity and sensitive information encrypted. In this case look for our security and privacy reviews on each VPN in the list below.

Speed isn't really important for web browsing (all VPNs are fast enough for that) but gamers will appreciate highest speeds and lowest latency. We've added our version of speed ratings in the table below for that too.

Whichever way you look at it our rating systems should help you find the best VPN for your needs:

#1 ExpressVPN

Countries

87
countries

# Clients

3
active devices

Client Features

87%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

100%
coverage rating

Security

83%
security rating

Privacy

73%
privacy rating

High speed, ultra secure, and easy to use - ExpressVPN describes itself as the fastest VPN on Earth. Watch video from anywhere, unblock websites and regain your online privacy. Setup is easy, whether …

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • 87 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • May not allow P2P file sharing
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#2 Private Internet Access

Countries

24
countries

# Clients

5
active devices

Client Features

75%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

72%
coverage rating

Security

78%
security rating

Privacy

73%
privacy rating

I first joined PIA back in 2012 and was a long-standing customer for many years. The service is simple, straightforward and reliable. The VPN client has come on great and minor bugs were smoothed out …

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#3 VPN.ac

Countries

21
countries

# Clients

6
active devices

Client Features

50%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

65%
coverage rating

Security

78%
security rating

Privacy

82%
privacy rating

VPN.ac focusses on security, speed and reliability developed by a team of security professionals, and skilled support staff with fast replies. Servers are pen-tested and audited for security. Each pla…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#4 LiquidVPN

Countries

9
countries

# Clients

8
active devices

Client Features

87%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

69%
coverage rating

Security

78%
security rating

Privacy

73%
privacy rating

This is the Road Warrior plan. LiquidVPN focus on speed, primarily. They claim to provide 'insanely fast' servers for quick downloads, torrents and streaming video without buffering. I like the ability to choose between shared IP a…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Only 9 countries to choose from
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#5 LiquidVPN

Countries

9
countries

# Clients

4
active devices

Client Features

87%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

69%
coverage rating

Security

78%
security rating

Privacy

73%
privacy rating

This is the Ultimate plan. LiquidVPN focus on speed, primarily. They claim to provide 'insanely fast' servers for quick downloads, torrents and streaming video without buffering. I like the ability to choose between shared IP a…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Only 9 countries to choose from
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#6 LiquidVPN

Countries

9
countries

# Clients

2
active devices

Client Features

87%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

69%
coverage rating

Security

78%
security rating

Privacy

73%
privacy rating

This is the Sidekick plan. LiquidVPN focus on speed, primarily. They claim to provide 'insanely fast' servers for quick downloads, torrents and streaming video without buffering. I like the ability to choose between shared IP a…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Only 9 countries to choose from
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#7 IPVanish

Countries

60
countries

# Clients

5
active devices

Client Features

75%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

72%
coverage rating

Security

65%
security rating

Privacy

73%
privacy rating

IPVanish is designed to be 'the world's fastest VPN', as well as circumventing censorship filters (by employers, universities or governments) and boasts an impressive number of servers and shared IP a…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • 60 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#8 StrongVPN

Countries

22
countries

# Clients

2
active devices

Client Features

50%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

86%
coverage rating

Security

59%
security rating

Privacy

47%
privacy rating

StrongVPN, despite the name, is a 'jack of all trades' VPN which promotes security, privacy, speed and ease of use. They have thousands of customer testimonials, even from China, which is promising. …

Things we like...
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Has own VPN client software
  • VPN settings can trade security for speed
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • May not allow P2P file sharing
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#9 NordVPN

Countries

57
countries

# Clients

6
active devices

Client Features

75%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

76%
coverage rating

Security

54%
security rating

Privacy

73%
privacy rating

NordVPN is one of the few 'advanced' VPNs which can back up their claims by using exclusive double data encryption. The DoubleVPN encryption system uses a two-node server link with dual 256-bit AES CB…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • 57 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
Look out for...
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#10 Hide My Ass!

Countries

190
countries

# Clients

2
active devices

Client Features

50%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

62%
coverage rating

Security

54%
security rating

Privacy

29%
privacy rating

HMA is one of the most popular VPN brands out there, but I can't see what all the excitement is about. Yes it is easy to use and provides good support for mobile devices, but I wasn't impressed with t…

Things we like...
  • 190 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Has own VPN client software
Look out for...
  • Operated from UK (5 eyes)
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#11 OverPlay

Countries

48
countries

# Clients

1
active device

Client Features

50%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

45%
coverage rating

Security

35%
security rating

Privacy

47%
privacy rating

OverPlay started as a SmartDNS provider to unblock geo-restricted websites and video streaming, and now offers SmartDNS+VPN as a premium plan. The VPN seems good enough for basic protection over publi…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • 48 countries to choose from
  • Includes private DNS servers
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Not strong encryption
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#12 AceVPN

Countries

26
countries

# Clients

99
active devices

Client Features

25%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

25%
coverage rating

Security

75%
security rating

Privacy

64%
privacy rating

This is the Ultimate plan. With a focus on unblocking video streaming and TV channel websites, as well as general private web browsing, AceVPN offers fast gigabit servers and intelligent routing for geo-unblocking without slowi…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Strong encryption
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • May not allow P2P file sharing
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#13 FrootVPN

Countries

20
countries

# Clients

3
active devices

Client Features

25%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

25%
coverage rating

Security

65%
security rating

Privacy

69%
privacy rating

A friendly group from Sweden, FrootVPN aims to be a low-cost VPN provider with good features. They boast over 300,000 users of the service. I liked the Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS) support using a Di…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Includes private DNS servers
  • Supports video stream unblocking
Look out for...
  • No native IPv6 support
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#14 ZenVPN

Countries

28
countries

# Clients

1
active device

Client Features

25%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

25%
coverage rating

Security

35%
security rating

Privacy

73%
privacy rating

This is the 5GB/day plan. ZenVPN claim many features - fast, secure, anonymous, affordable, simple. Simplicity is assured with the bespoke VPN client - just a few clicks and you should be up and running. ZenVPN offer two plan …

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Long moneyback guarantee
  • Accepts Bitcoin payments
Look out for...
  • Not strong encryption
  • May not allow P2P file sharing
  • Payments don't auto-renew

#15 ZenVPN

Countries

28
countries

# Clients

1
active device

Client Features

25%
GUI feature rating

Compatibility

25%
coverage rating

Security

35%
security rating

Privacy

73%
privacy rating

This is the Unlimited plan. ZenVPN claim many features - fast, secure, anonymous, affordable, simple. Simplicity is assured with the bespoke VPN client - just a few clicks and you should be up and running. ZenVPN offer two plan …

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Long moneyback guarantee
  • Accepts Bitcoin payments
Look out for...
  • Not strong encryption
  • May not allow P2P file sharing
  • Payments don't auto-renew

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