ExpressVPN vs PureVPN

These are two of the highest ranked VPN softwares. But sometimes it’s hard to make a clear distinction, because the features may look alike. With that in mind, we reviewed both ExpressVPN and PureVPN and compared them. Below you can find all the differences between them.

  • Located in British Virgin Islands
  • Doesn't save logs
  • AES 256 bit encryption
  • Shared IPs
  • OpenVPN (UDP and TCP), SSTP, PPTP, L2TP/IPsec and IKEv2/IPsec
  • Located in Hong Kong
  • Doesn't save logs
  • AES 256 bit encryption
  • Shared IPs
  • OpenVPN (UDP and TCP), L2TP, PPTP, SSTP, StealthVPN and IKEV

There are a few important subjects worth mentioning in this chapter. First, both VPNs were careful when deciding their location. They based their companies in countries without data retention laws. This is a smart way to avoid government agencies from countries that are famous for their online surveillance.

One of the most important things in a VPN is whether it saves logs or not. Fortunately, both respect our privacy and do not save their user’s activity.

They have several protocols available, including OpenVPN, which is the safest option.

Extra Tools

  • Kill Switch
  • DNS Leak Prevention
  • IPv6 Leak Protection
  • Manual / Automatic server selection
  • Smart Location
  • Built in Server Speed Test
  • Split Tunneling
  • Kill Switch
  • DNS Leak Prevention
  • IPv6 Leak Protection
  • Manual / Automatic server selection
  • Split Tunneling
  • VPN Hotspot
  • Software in different languages

These VPN providers have the most important tools to guarantee the anonymity of their users: The Kill Switch and the DNS Leak prevention.

The number of features is very balanced between these VPNs, and some of them are actually the same tools. But when it comes to unique features, it seems that ExpressVPN included tools that allow a better performance of the app. A couple examples are the “smart location” and the “built in server test“. Both tools were made to increase the user experience in terms of performance.

PureVPN also has interesting features, but they don’t make a big difference to the average user. What we mean is that tools like a “VPN Hotspot” may be nice, but most people won’t use them.

Software Speed

  • 7% Speed Loss
  • 12% Speed Loss

As you can see, ExpressVPN had better scores on our speed tests, not having a big impact on our Internet connection. The difference was noticeable, but not a lot. The 12% speed reduction of PureVPN is still a respectable score and better than many VPNs out there.

Server Availability

  • Servers in 94 countries
  • 3000 Servers
  • Servers in 141 countries
  • 750 Servers

When it comes to server locations, these VPNs are at the top of the list. Both have incredible numbers when compared to most of the competition. PureVPN takes the prize for the number of countries where they have servers. But ExpressVPN has a higher number of servers. They both have an excellent score on this chapter.

P2P Policy

  • Torrent Friendly
  • Allows torrenting on servers located in 94 countries
  • Torrent Friendly
  • Allows torrenting on servers located in 83 countries

The main difference on the Torrenting topic is the fact that ExpressVPN allows BitTorrent traffic on every server. While PureVPN has special servers for that, in 83 countries.

ExpressVPN has more servers for this purpose. And it’s also important to mention that the speed was stable on more servers. We achieved fast speeds on many of them, located in different countries. It’s the clear winner for Torrenting and P2P.

PureVPN has fast servers too, but not so many. We saw inconsistent speeds when changing to another server, which happened quite a lot.

Platforms and Devices

  • Compatible with major platforms and devices
  • 5 Simultaneous Connections
  • Compatible with major platforms and devices
  • 5 Simultaneous Connections

Like most modern VPNs, they made sure that they are compatible with most devices and Operating Systems. The number of simultaneous connections is quite good too. 5 connections are enough for all the devices of most people.

Plans and Discounts

  • 1 month plan: 12.95$
  • 6 months plan: 9.99$/month
  • 1 year plan: 8.32$/month
  • Current Discounts: 3 extra months for free
  • 30 days money back guarantee
  • 1 month plan: 10.95$
  • 1 year plan: 4.08$/month
  • 2 years plan: 2.88$/month
  • Current Discounts: N/A
  • 31 days money back guarantee

The difference is visible, ExpressVPN is more expensive, especially the annual plan. The 2 year plan of PureVPN costs quite less.

Regarding the money back guarantee policy, they both offer about a month to test the software.

Final Notes on ExpressVPN vs PureVPN

If you ask us which VPN is the best of the two, the answer is ExpressVPN. It has better features, it’s faster and its servers are more stable. The price difference may be significant, but so is the quality of the service.