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 differences.
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. This is a great detail because if the users have the same IPs, then one single IP cannot be linked to a single user.
Also, both providers offer OpenVPN, which is the most secure protocol. We don’t consider the remaining protocols relevant, so the number of protocols does not have any influence on this comparison. There’s one detail worth mentioning, ExpressVPN has a better company location, the British Virgin Islands. There are no data retention laws there, and the VPN company does not have to cooperate with the local or foreign governments.
On the other hand, IPVanish is based in the USA. As you probably know, there are laws there that aren’t optimal for privacy. In this case, the company has to meet the demands of governmental institutions and deliver what they ask. As we mentioned, IPVanish does not keep user logs and they can’t give information they do not have. But still, it would be better if they were located somewhere else. Many users prefer to connect to a VPN server far away from countries that are famous for trying to snoop on their activity.
Both providers have important features to prevent your 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 included a NAT firewall, which is a great detail. Some 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. There’s also the smart location, for those who want everything to be done automatically.
They both cover the most important privacy related features, and none of them has a big advantage over the other. When it comes to extra functionality, IPVanish has a bigger number, but not necessarily the best options. It will depend on what characteristics each user prefers. In our opinion, there is a tie in this chapter, both have different, but equally useful extra features.
The speed is one of the main points for both VPNs. IPVanish had an average of speed of 97%, considering our original connection, it’s the fastest VPN we ever tested. Express VPN also did very well, by keeping 93% of the original connection.
When we talk about servers, ExpressVPN is in the lead again. 3000 servers in 94 countries is one of the highest numbers we have seen 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.
They play a very similar role when it comes to torrenting. Both allow BitTorrent traffic on all their servers. They have what it takes to be considered a good VPN for BitTorrent: They are safe, fast, and have a Kill Switch.
But ExpressVPN has an advantage, the location of the company. Torrenting is an activity that attracts many snoopers. And for reasons that we already stated, it’s better to do such things with a VPN located in a neutral country. Such places provide additional peace of mind because the VPN doesn’t have to reply to questions regarding what their users are doing.
Devices and 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. ExpressVPN allows 5 simultaneous connections, which is more than enough.
IPVanish recently updated the number of simultaneous connections and now they have no restrictions. In other words, you can connect how many devices you want.
It’s worth pointing out that our readers have 3 extra months when they get ExpressVPN’s yearly plan. That means 15 months for the price of 12, which makes an average of $6.67 per month. Before this discount, there was a significant difference, but the prices are very balanced now.
Which One Is the Best?
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 ExpressVPN.
IPVanish is a good option, and it definitely has nice features that some people actually prefer. But for us, the company location is a big deal. The great number of servers is a great advantage as well. Finally, if we consider the recent promotion that reduced the price considerably, then we feel quite confident in choosing ExpressVPN.