15 best value VPNs compared · Jan 2017

Comparing VPN best value depends on how you use it, the number of devices and intended application. Here we rank VPN value based on features and compatibility with usefulness calculated against equivalent monthly cost. Best value VPNs are at the top.

Max clients is important if you're using the VPN on more than one device at a time, and this is a big factor in our best value rating. Device coverage describes compatibility with operating systems, smartphones and tablets, routers, etc. VPN protocols are useful for specialist applications such as games consoles, linux systems, older smartphones and custom use. All providers support the main protocols. Finally, you can choose to route traffic to one of many countries (the least important requirement for our best value rating).

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#1 ExpressVPN

# Clients

3
active devices

Countries

87
countries

VPN Features

87%
VPN feature rating

Speed

81%
speed rating

Privacy

73%
privacy rating

Security

83%
security 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

# Clients

5
active devices

Countries

24
countries

VPN Features

62%
VPN feature rating

Speed

100%
speed rating

Privacy

73%
privacy rating

Security

78%
security 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

# Clients

6
active devices

Countries

21
countries

VPN Features

62%
VPN feature rating

Speed

81%
speed rating

Privacy

82%
privacy rating

Security

78%
security 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

# Clients

8
active devices

Countries

9
countries

VPN Features

75%
VPN feature rating

Speed

81%
speed rating

Privacy

73%
privacy rating

Security

78%
security 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

# Clients

4
active devices

Countries

9
countries

VPN Features

75%
VPN feature rating

Speed

81%
speed rating

Privacy

73%
privacy rating

Security

78%
security 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

# Clients

2
active devices

Countries

9
countries

VPN Features

75%
VPN feature rating

Speed

81%
speed rating

Privacy

73%
privacy rating

Security

78%
security 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

# Clients

5
active devices

Countries

60
countries

VPN Features

75%
VPN feature rating

Speed

81%
speed rating

Privacy

73%
privacy rating

Security

65%
security 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

# Clients

2
active devices

Countries

22
countries

VPN Features

75%
VPN feature rating

Speed

81%
speed rating

Privacy

47%
privacy rating

Security

59%
security 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

# Clients

6
active devices

Countries

57
countries

VPN Features

62%
VPN feature rating

Speed

81%
speed rating

Privacy

73%
privacy rating

Security

54%
security 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!

# Clients

2
active devices

Countries

190
countries

VPN Features

62%
VPN feature rating

Speed

81%
speed rating

Privacy

29%
privacy rating

Security

54%
security 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

# Clients

1
active device

Countries

48
countries

VPN Features

62%
VPN feature rating

Speed

81%
speed rating

Privacy

47%
privacy rating

Security

35%
security 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

# Clients

99
active devices

Countries

26
countries

VPN Features

75%
VPN feature rating

Speed

81%
speed rating

Privacy

64%
privacy rating

Security

75%
security 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

# Clients

3
active devices

Countries

20
countries

VPN Features

62%
VPN feature rating

Speed

81%
speed rating

Privacy

69%
privacy rating

Security

65%
security 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

# Clients

1
active device

Countries

28
countries

VPN Features

37%
VPN feature rating

Speed

62%
speed rating

Privacy

73%
privacy rating

Security

35%
security 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

# Clients

1
active device

Countries

28
countries

VPN Features

37%
VPN feature rating

Speed

62%
speed rating

Privacy

73%
privacy rating

Security

35%
security 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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