15 home VPNs compared · Jan 2017

VPNs can be ideal for a family home, here I compare VPNs best suited to your household environment and rank them by value. Desktops, laptops, tablets, phones and games consoles are welcome here! Solo warriors should check our best value VPNs instead.

Max active clients is the number of devices you can have connected to the VPN at the same time. If, for example, your home laptop and PS4 are rarely switched on at the same time, you could "share a slot" and go for a cheaper VPN. Getting family members in the house to share is harder though :)

Platforms shows which devices each VPN's client can support. Look for the devices you need - iOS, Android, Windows/OSX/Linux, etc. VPNs that support OpenVPN can be used on any device with some extra setup.

#1 ExpressVPN

# Clients

3
active devices

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client platforms

Supports Windows Supports OSX Supports Linux Supports iOS Supports Android Supports Blackberry Supports Kindle

Video streams

streaming

Allows P2P

torrents

Speed

81%
speed 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 LiquidVPN

# Clients

8
active devices

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client platforms

Supports Windows Supports OSX Supports Linux Supports iOS Supports Android

Video streams

streaming

Allows P2P

torrents

Speed

81%
speed 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

#3 LiquidVPN

# Clients

4
active devices

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client platforms

Supports Windows Supports OSX Supports Linux Supports iOS Supports Android

Video streams

streaming

Allows P2P

torrents

Speed

81%
speed 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

#4 LiquidVPN

# Clients

2
active devices

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client platforms

Supports Windows Supports OSX Supports Linux Supports iOS Supports Android

Video streams

streaming

Allows P2P

torrents

Speed

81%
speed 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

#5 Private Internet Access

# Clients

5
active devices

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client platforms

Supports Windows Supports OSX Supports Linux Supports iOS Supports Android

Video streams

streaming

Allows P2P

torrents

Speed

100%
speed 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

#6 IPVanish

# Clients

5
active devices

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client platforms

Supports Windows Supports OSX Supports Linux Supports iOS Supports Android

Video streams

streaming

Allows P2P

torrents

Speed

81%
speed 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

#7 NordVPN

# Clients

6
active devices

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client platforms

Supports Windows Supports OSX Supports Linux Supports iOS Supports Android

Video streams

streaming

Allows P2P

torrents

Speed

81%
speed 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

#8 VPN.ac

# Clients

6
active devices

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client platforms

Supports Windows Supports OSX Supports iOS Supports Android

Video streams

streaming

Allows P2P

torrents

Speed

81%
speed 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

#9 StrongVPN

# Clients

2
active devices

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client platforms

Supports Windows Supports OSX Supports Linux Supports iOS Supports Android Supports Kindle

Video streams

streaming

Allows P2P

torrents

Speed

81%
speed 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

#10 Hide My Ass!

# Clients

2
active devices

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client platforms

Supports Windows Supports OSX Supports iOS Supports Android

Video streams

streaming

Allows P2P

torrents

Speed

81%
speed 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

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client platforms

Supports Windows Supports OSX

Video streams

streaming

Allows P2P

torrents

Speed

81%
speed 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 CrypticVPN

# Clients

2
active devices

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client platforms

Supports Windows

Video streams

streaming

Allows P2P

torrents

Speed

62%
speed rating

CrypticVPN offer a general privacy/security service, and website unblocking as part of the package, with local server locations for fast browsing. They offer free port forwarding so you can accept inc…

Things we like...
  • Zero log policy
  • Has own VPN client software
  • Supports video stream unblocking
Look out for...
  • Operated from USA (5 eyes)
  • Not strong encryption
  • No moneyback guarantee

#13 AceVPN

# Clients

99
active devices

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client platforms

Video streams

streaming

Allows P2P

torrents

Speed

81%
speed 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

#14 FrootVPN

# Clients

3
active devices

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client platforms

Video streams

streaming

Allows P2P

torrents

Speed

81%
speed 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

#15 ZenVPN

# Clients

1
active device

Custom client

custom VPN client

Client platforms

Video streams

streaming

Allows P2P

?
torrents

Speed

62%
speed 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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