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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Torrenting and P2P
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.
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 for another person you trust.
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.
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. If you are not on a tight budget, we definitely recommend this VPN.
Although PureVPN’s quality isn’t as high, it still does what a VPN should do, with a more attractive price. It’s worth considering, especially for users with lower budgets.