In a world where your ISP and the entertainment industry are slowly killing your ability to access media via BitTorrent, NordVPN and ExpressVPN are two popular choices for those looking for a high-quality torrenting VPN.
Both NordVPN and ExpressVPN are excellent options that provide anonymity when downloading torrents. Your choice will depend on specific safety features and, of course, the price.
Security and Log Policy
The first thing to have in mind is the location of each company. NordVPN is based in Panama, and ExpressVPN has chosen the British Virgin Islands as their headquarters. These are countries with no data retention laws, and that is no coincidence.
That means that those governments cannot force a VPN company to record user’s activity. That allows them to keep the promise of respecting their costumer’s privacy by not keeping activity logs.
NordVPN took a step further and hired a neutral company to perform a security audit and make it public. It confirmed that they do not save user logs, bringing even more peace of mind to their users.
Torrent Related Features
As the title states, we are not going to analyze every single feature of these two VPNs. Instead, we are going to focus on those that have an impact on torrenting.
In the first place, they both have the essential security tools when it comes to file-sharing. We are talking about the kill switch, of course. In case there is an issue with your VPN, the kill switch will terminate your Internet connection. That will prevent your real IP address from leaking while the VPN is off.
Besides that, they have a few other features in common that are also important for P2P, such as shared IP addresses and IPv6 leak protection. They also have the most common VPN protocols available, such as OpenVPN.
Unique features to each VPN
There is one feature that NordVPN introduced a while ago, and we think it’s worth mentioning. The CyberSec tool is an ad and malware blocker that prevents bad scripts from loading on your browser. In case you think that this add-on is not relevant for torrenting, think again. Unfortunately, many torrent websites infect users with harmful pop-ups, packed with malware. Therefore, an ad blocker can also improve your file-sharing experience.
ExpressVPN also has a feature that NordVPN doesn’t have. It has a built-in speed test tool that you can use to check the speed of every server, making it easier to select the best one for you. Being able to identify the fastest server is definitely an advantage for torrenting.
Servers that allow BitTorrent
This is one of the areas where the two VPNs differ the most. ExpressVPN allows torrenting on every server. That makes things very simple; you just have to connect to any server, and you are ready to start downloading. The advantage is that it makes the app a bit simpler to use.
In contrast, NordVPN has created dedicated servers for P2P traffic, and those are the only ones that allow torrents. That means you need to go to the P2P tab and connect to a server from there.
Both methods have advantages and disadvantages. But NordVPN has a slight edge here. If you think about it, the P2P servers are made for torrenting, meaning they are optimized for that end. They are reliable and you won’t have to look around to find a good one.
With ExpressVPN, it can be a bit of a hit or miss. You will probably have to search a bit and test different servers until you find a stable one. As we mentioned before, you can always use the built-in speed test.
We were able to get excellent speeds when torrenting with both VPNs. NordVPN had a bit of an advantage, thanks to its optimized torrent servers, but ExpressVPN also did a great job. The difference was so minimal that we don’t consider it to be one of the decisive factors in this comparison.
The price is one of the most important things to consider. It may be the one thing that helps you pick your favorite.
It’s obvious that NordVPN has the lowest price. The difference is quite noticeable when you compare the subscriptions side by side.
Both VPN providers have a 30-day money-back guarantee in case you are not satisfied.
At the moment, both providers are running a promotion with a considerable discount.
NordVPN is offering a 68% discount for their 2-year plan. ExpressVPN, on the other hand, is adding three extra months for free for the yearly plan.
NordVPN Advantages over ExpressVPN
- Ad blocker
- P2P optimized servers
ExpressVPN advantages over NordVPN
- Speed test tool
- P2P available on every server
- Easier to use
The two services have a lot of similarities. Both have the essential features for torrenting safely, good speeds and a no-log policy. They are easy to use, with apps available for just about any device you can think of.
In addition, NordVPN and ExpressVPN have thousands of servers around the globe, which is ideal for finding good servers near you.
In our opinion, these two VPNs offer such a similar quality that we have to look at the price to decide which one is the winner in this VPN comparison. At this moment, NordVPN is offering a better deal, and that’s the one we would pick.
But that doesn’t mean that ExpressVPN is a bad deal. For users who like tools such as the speed test and have the freedom to torrent with any server, this is a great option.