NordVPN vs ExpressVPN

NordVPN and ExpressVPN are two of the best VPNs available. These VPN providers invest quite a lot to improving their software. They update it regularly with the most modern encryption and latest security features.  But being at the top doesn't mean that they are the same.

These VPNs are great in different ways. They offer different features and options that may be decisive when users are choosing a VPN. For that reason, we made a comparison between these two VPN providers. In case you cannot decide between both, it's ideal to see all the details compared side by side.

Safety Details

  • Located in Panama
  • Doesn't save logs
  • AES 256 bit encryption
  • Shared IPs
  • OpenVPN (UDP and TCP), SSTP, PPTP, L2TP/IPsec and IKEv2/IPsec
  • 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

When it comes to basic security details, these two VPN providers are very similar. The only detail where they differ is the company location. The location is very important because of the laws of that country. They have both chosen countries without data retention laws. The governments of Panama and the British Virgin Islands won't be asking about any user info. And even if they did, both providers wouldn't have anything to show them, because they don't keep any logs

The protocols offered are the same. For us, the most important is that they both have OpenVPN available. This protocol has a 256 encryption cipher, the most modern level of encryption. So far, it hasn't been broken.

Security Tools

  • Kill Switch
  • DNS Leak Prevention
  • IPv6 Leak Protection
  • Manual / Automatic server selection
  • Anti DDoS
  • Dedicated IP addresses
  • Double VPN
  • Onion over VPN
  • Server selection by purpose
  • Protection against malware, bots and ads
  • Kill Switch
  • DNS Leak Prevention
  • IPv6 Leak Protection
  • Manual / Automatic server selection
  • Smart Location
  • Built in Server Speed Test
  • Split Tunneling

The extra safety features is the area where these two VPNs are the most different. NordVPN has a clear advantage here, offering many options for more demanding users. ExpressVPN went with the must-have options, which are enough for a full-protection. Those are the Kill Switch and the DNS Leak Prevention. The only thing that ExpressVPN offers that NordVPN doesn't is a built-in speed test. This feature allows you to test the download speed and ping latency of every server. 

NordVPN offers a lot of tools; they have plenty of features for all kinds of users. For example, the most paranoid ones can use a double VPN connection. There's more interesting stuff, such as selecting a server by purpose, such as P2P. There's also the recently added CyberSec, to browse with protection against bots, ads and malware. You can see a description of all the options by clicking on the button above.


  • 5% Speed Loss
  • 7% Speed Loss

Regarding the speed, the test results were very similar. But there was a slight advantage to NordVPN. It's important to understand that each server is different and provides different speeds. These results are an average of the best servers available in each VPN. 

We kept 95% of our original connection speed in many of the NordVPN servers. On ExpressVPN, we had 93% of the normal Internet connection. Both results are among the best we ever had while testing a VPN. The difference was barely noticeable.

Server Coverage

  • Servers in 62 countries
  • 5200 Servers
  • Servers in 94 countries
  • 3000 Servers

This one is very close, as both providers have great numbers. With 3000 servers spread around 94 countries, ExpressVPN covers the globe. It's very easy for users to find good servers in a location close to them, which is very important for speed. 

But NordVPN also has very respectable numbers. They may cover fewer countries, but they have more servers available. With so many server choices, the user won't ever have the problem of overcrowded servers. They were also careful to include servers in every part of the globe. That makes things easy for users on every continent.


  • Torrent Friendly
  • Allows torrenting on servers located in 36 countries
  • Torrent Friendly
  • Allows torrenting on every server location (94 countries)

Both VPNs allow BitTorrent and P2P traffic on their servers. The difference is that ExpressVPN allows it on every server location. NordVPN allows it on 36 of its 62 locations. At first sight, you may think ExpressVPN has the advantage here, but it's not that simple.

NordVPN excluded locations that have strict policies regarding torrenting. To compensate for this, they optimized hundreds of servers for BitTorrent in those 36 locations. Although the number is lower, those servers are faster for torrenting.

Devices and Connections

  • Compatible with major platforms and devices
  • 6 Simultaneous Connections
  • Compatible with major platforms and devices
  • 5 Simultaneous Connections

They are compatible with the main platforms, such as Windows, Mac, Android, iOS and Linux. They are also compatible with many devices. Some examples are computers, tablets, smartphones, routers, consoles, even smart TVs. The number of connections is different though. NordVPN offers 6 simultaneous connections, which means you can protect all your devices. There are probably enough connections to let someone you trust use your account.

ExpressVPN has less, but still enough. They offer 5 connections at the same time. This is also enough for most people. One single account can protect 5 devices. You can secure your laptop, smartphone, tablet, and there's still room for 2 more devices.

Subscription Plans

  • 1 month plan: 10.87$
  • 1 year plan: 6.36$/month
  • 2 year plan: 4.54$/month
  • Current Discounts: 70% off for 3 year plans
  • 30 days money back guarantee
  • 1 month plan: 12.95$
  • 6 months plan: 9.99$/month
  • 1 year plan: 8.32$/month
  • Current Discounts: 3 extra months for free
  • 30 days money back guarantee

Price wise, NordVPN is a clear winner. Especially because of their current discount, where they reduce the price down considerably. ExpressVPN offers an acceptable price for the 1-year plan. They are even giving away 3 additional months for free. But it still can't compete with NordVPN's price at this moment.

Bottom Line

Both VPNs offer a great software that provides military grade protection. This is the most important thing. But if we go into details, NordVPN proves to be better in almost every area, offering more and better options. On top of that, it's cheaper. ExpressVPN has more servers and is also capable of doing a great job, but that is not enough to win this head to head.