NordVPN vs IPVanish

NordVPN vs IPVanish

At the time of choosing a VPN, it's normal to be undecided between these two providers. And that's not surprising, these are 2 great VPNs that offer top security. That's the reason for this comparison between NordVPN and IPVanish. We wanted to find out what's the difference. Is one better than the other?

Security 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 United States
  • Doesn't save logs
  • AES 256 bit encryption
  • Shared IPs
  • OpenVPN (UDP and TCP), PPTP and L2TP

In this first head to head, they are very similar. One having more protocols available in not relevant, in our opinion. Both offer OpenVPN, and that's the most important thing, as it is the safest protocol.

But there's a difference that may matter to a few users. NordVPN did a better job when choosing the location of their company. They are located in Panama, far away from data retention laws and from governments that are famous for snooping, such as UK and USA. That way, they don't have to cooperate with those entities in any way.

IPVanish is located in the USA, but keep in mind that they don't save any user logs. If the American government asks them for user info, they won't have anything to handle them.

Although in the end both have great security by not logging anything, we have to give a little advantage to NordVPN in this chapter. Their location ads a security layer.

Extra Features

  • Kill Switch
  • DNS Leak Prevention
  • Manual / Automatic server selection
  • IPv6 Leak Protection
  • Anti DDoS
  • Dedicated IP addresses
  • Double VPN
  • Onion over VPN
  • Server selection by purpose
  • CyberSec - Protection against malware, bots and ads
  • Kill Switch
  • DNS Leak Prevention
  • Manual / Automatic server selection
  • IPv6 Leak Protection
  • Nat Firewall
  • Obfuscate OpenVPN traffic
  • Block Lan Traffic

This is the part of our NordVPN vs IPVanish comparison where you'll see the most significant differences. They both offer must have tools, like a Kill Switch and a DNS Leak Prevention. But they also have other interesting tools available. These features were clearly introduced to increase security, in both VPNs (only in different ways).

In IPVanish, we love the free Nat Firewall, which other providers charge as an extra.  But there's more great stuff, such as the ability to block Lan traffic. This is a great addition to the Kill Switch, making it possible to control when your computer connects to the Internet.

NordVPN did a great job with their features. They are famous for updating their software regularly, and the number of new tools is a proof of that. They offer many useful features that increase anonymity, such as a double encryption (Double VPN), protection against bots and malware, among others.

When it comes to features, NordVPN gets the first place. They really went the extra mile, so that their users feel safe, even the most paranoid ones.

Speed

  • 5% Speed Loss
  • 3% Speed Loss

The difference in speed was almost unnoticeable. These numbers are an average of the best servers of each VPN. There was a very small advantage for IPVanish, which allowed us to maintain 97% of our Internet connection. NordVPN achieved very similar speeds, with 95% of the Internet speed we had with no VPN connection.

It's a fact that every VPN will "eat" some internet speed. After all, the encryption consumes resources, and speed is affected. But to have such a small impact on speed is quite impressive. Most VPNs will take a bigger chunk. These two softwares are the fastest we tested, ever.

Servers

  • Servers in 61 countries
  • 1100 Servers
  • Servers in 60 countries
  • 850 Servers

Again, a very close fight. They have servers present in almost the same number of countries. NordVPN has a slight advantage, with one more location and also more servers per country. But the numbers are very similar, and the winner of this chapter depends on where each user is. 

In the first place, you should keep in mind that it's always safer to connect to a server in another country, but still close to you. That way you won't have a big speed loss. With that in mind, we recommend to see the list of servers of each provider and check if there are servers in countries close by.

Torrenting and P2P

  • Torrent Friendly
  • Allows torrenting on servers located in 29 countries
  • Torrent Friendly
  • Allows torrenting on every server location (60 countries)

These VPNs have a different approach regarding Torrenting. IPVanish allows BitTorrent traffic in all their servers, and NordVPN has 29 servers where it's possible to download torrents. 

While IPVanish has higher numbers, it's important to keep in mind that NordVPN developed and optimized servers for P2P in those 29 locations. These servers are prepared to achieve great speeds when used with BitTorrent. Both VPNs do a great job in this area, they have great download speeds.

Compatibility

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

The number of simultaneous connections is great. Six from NordVPN against 5 from IPVanish. This is more than most VPNs out there. One single account will be enough to protect all the devices of one user at the same time. But it can do even more than that, these allowed connections are enough to protect a five or six member family simultaneously, with a single VPN account. That's a really nice detail from both VPNs. There's one more connection for NordVPN, but five is still a great number.

Besides that, both are compatible with almost all Operating Systems and devices, such as Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Linux, smart TVs, etc...

Price

  • 1 month plan: 11.95$
  • 6 months plan: 7$/month
  • 1 year plan: 5.75$/month
  • 30 days money back guarantee
  • Current Discounts: 72% off for 2 year plans
  • 1 month plan: 10$
  • 6 months plan: 8.99$/month
  • 1 year plan: 6.49$/month
  • 7 days money back guarantee
  • Current Discounts: 20% off for all plans

The regular plans of each VPN aren't that different. If we look at the annual subscription, there's a difference of $0.74. 

But everything changes when we consider the discounts they are offering at the moment. NordVPN is offering a 72% discount for a two years plan, making a monthly price of $3.29. IPVanish, on the other hand, offers a 20% discount. The annual subscription is $5.19 with this promotion. The difference is much more noticeable 

Finally, it's important to mention that NordVPN has a 30 day money back guarantee, against 7 days with IPVanish.

Again, NordVPN takes the lead. Considering the average prices on the VPN market, they offer a great deal, especially for an extended period of two years.

NordVPN vs IPVanish Conclusion

When we put two VPNs side by side, it's normally easy to pick the best one. That is not the case with this comparison. These providers gave us something to think about. They both offer military grade encryption and very interesting features and options.

But still, one of them stands out more than the other. We feel that NordVPN is a better choice. Both have their strong points, but we prefer the advantages of NordVPN. The location of the company is a great detail, and the amount of features to increase security is simply impressive. The fact that it's considerably cheaper is also very appealing.

Although some VPNs, such as IPVanish, put up a good fight, it's very hard to beat NordVPN at this time.