IPVanish vs ExpressVPN

IPVanish vs ExpressVPN

These providers are two of the most popular VPN softwares at the moment. Many users narrow their options to these two VPNs, trying to find out which one is the best. That's why we made this comparison between IPVanish and ExpressVPN. That way, you can see all the exact differences.

Security details

  • Located in United States
  • Doesn't save logs
  • AES 256 bit encryption
  • Shared IPs
  • OpenVPN (UDP and TCP), PPTP and L2TP
  • 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
The basic safety details are not very different. Both VPNs don't save any logs, which means that if a government asks for user info, they don't have anything to give them. They use a modern encryption and shared IP addresses. Those are great details because if the users have the same IPs, then one single IP cannot be linked to a single user.
 
The main difference here is that ExpressVPN has two more protocols available. But in our opinion, those extra protocols are not an advantage. For us, the most important thing is that a VPN has OpenVPN available, UDP and TCP. Both providers offer this protocol, which is the most secure. OpenVPN is a priority and the other protocols are, in our opinion, redundant.

Extra Features

  • Kill Switch
  • DNS Leak Prevention
  • Manual / Automatic server selection
  • IPv6 Leak Protection
  • Nat Firewall
  • Obfuscate OpenVPN traffic
  • Block Lan Traffic
  • Kill Switch
  • DNS Leak Prevention
  • Manual / Automatic server selection
  • Built in Server Speed Test
Both providers have important features to prevent the real IP from being exposed. The Kill Switch is one of the main tools and every VPN should have it. It makes sure the user is always safe. The DNS Leak Prevention also plays an important role, avoiding any DNS leaks.
 
There are some differences, IPVanish went a bit further by including some interesting options. The NAT firewall is a great touch. Many VPNs charge for it, but IPVanish includes it for free. But there's more, we like the option to block lan traffic and to obfuscate OpenVPN traffic. 
 
ExpressVPN has a cool speed test built-in the software. Users can test servers, to know which are the best ones available. But IPVanish has an advantage when it comes to features. They have included tools that provide extra layers of security.

Speed

  • 3% Speed Loss
  • 7% Speed Loss

The speed is one of the main points for both VPNs. IPVanish had an average of speed of 97% from our original connection, it's the fastest VPN we ever tested. Express VPN also did very well, by keeping 93% of the original connection.

Servers

  • Servers in 60 countries
  • 850 Servers
  • Servers in 94 countries
  • 1500 Servers
Express VPN has the lead when we talk about servers. 1500 servers in 94 countries is one of the highest numbers we saw in a VPN. There are options for everyone around the planet.
 
But IPVanish is also one of the top VPNs in this area. It doesn't have such astonishing numbers. But it has 850 servers spread through 60 countries, which is more than most VPNs offer.

Torrenting and P2P

  • Torrent Friendly
  • Allows torrenting on every server location (60 countries)
  • Torrent Friendly
  • Allows torrenting on every server location (94 countries)

They play a very similar role when it comes to torrenting. Both allow BitTorrent traffic on all their servers. There's a difference worth mentioning though. IPVanish has a lot of good servers in countries that are more torrent friendly. A good example is the number of fast servers located in the Netherlands. This location has almost 70 servers, all with great speeds. This is no coincidence, the purpose is that torrent users have many servers available in that kind of location. And because there's a lot of good servers there, users won't overload the same ones. That allows servers to be fast at all times.

Compatibility

  • Compatible with major platforms and devices
  • 5 Simultaneous Connections
  • Compatible with major platforms and devices
  • 3 Simultaneous Connections
As most top VPN providers, they both can be used in a great number of devices and platforms. From Windows to Mac, from Android to iOS, from routers to smart tv's, etc...
 
The main difference here is that Ipvanish allows a total of 5 simultaneous connections. ExpressVPN allows 3, which is a bit less but still acceptable for the regular user.
 
IPVanish has the lead again. 5 Connections is enough to connect all the devices of most users. There's plenty of connections, even to allow that someone trustful uses the same account.

Price

  • 1 month plan: 10$
  • 3 months plan: 8.99$/month
  • 1 year plan: 6.49$/month
  • 7 days money back guarantee
  • Current Discounts: 20% off for all plans
  • 1 month plan: 12.95$
  • 6 months plan: 9.99$/month
  • 1 year plan: 8.32$/month
  • 30 days money back guarantee
  • N/A
There are advantages and disadvantages for both sides when it comes to price. On one side, IPVanish is cheaper, but on the other side, ExpressVPN has a longer deadline to ask for a refund.
 
In the end, IPVanish has the advantage again. From our point of view, 7 days is enough to test the software and ask for the money back, if not satisfied. The price difference is not huge, but it's considerable. Especially considering the extra 20% discount they are offering.

IPVanish vs ExpressVPN Conclusion

When it comes to the level of encryption, both VPN services do a great job. But the difference relies on the details. Although we really like these two VPNs, our choice for the winner is IPVanish.
 
ExpressVPN has its advantages that are a preference to some people. There's the number of servers, or protocols for example. But for us, the superiority in security features, speed and price were enough to put IPVanish ahead