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.

Security details

  • 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 Features

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Servers in 94 countries
  • 1500 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, but PureVPN has a slight advantage.

Torrenting and P2P

  • 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 servers, 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.


  • Compatible with major platforms and devices
  • 3 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. But the number of simultaneous connections is different, 3 against 5. Both numbers are sufficient for most people. But PureVPN has the lead on this subject, 5 connections are enough for all your devices simultaneously and even to another person you trust.


  • 1 month plan: 12.95$
  • 6 months plan: 9.99$/month
  • 1 year plan: 8.32$/month
  • 30 days money back guarantee
  • Current Discounts: 3 extra months for free
  • 1 month plan: 9.95$
  • 6 months plan: 7.95$/month
  • 2 years plan: 2.45$/month
  • 7 days money back guarantee
  • N/A

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

On the other hand, ExpressVPN has a money back guarantee policy of 30 days, allowing you to test the software for a longer period of time. PureVPN gives you 7 days to recover your money in case you don’t want to continue using it.


The conclusion of this comparison is not going to declare one winner, as we usually do. This time there’s two of them, it only depends on how you look at it. Let’s make it clear as water:

If you ask us which VPN is the best of the two, the answer is ExpressVPN. It has better features, it’s faster and servers are more stable. If you are not on a tight budget, we definitelly recommend this VPN.

But if you ask what’s the best value for your money, the answer is PureVPN. Although the quality isn’t as high, it still does what a VPN should do, with a more attractive price.