PureVPN vs NordVPN

PureVPN vs NordVPN

These are two very decent VPN providers. They are at the top of the market for a reason. But there are differences between them that can be a decisive factor when choosing a VPN. Let’s have a look at our comparison between these two VPNs.

Security details

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

They are both located in strategic places. They have chosen countries without data retention laws to have their companies based. In other words, those governments won’t be requesting any info about their users. And if foreign entities ask for user logs, they do not have to cooperate with them.

It’s also worth pointing that they use the most secure level of encryption, an AES 256 cipher. And among their available protocols, they both offer OpenVPN, the safest one.

There is no advantage in this first chapter. They are very similar here, with an equivalent level of protection.

Extra Features

  • Kill Switch
  • DNS Leak Prevention
  • IPv6 Leak Prevention
  • Manual / Automatic server selection
  • Split Tunneling
  • VPN Hotspot
  • Software in different languages
  • Kill Switch
  • DNS Leak Prevention
  • IPv6 Leak Prevention
  • Manual / Automatic server selection
  • Server selection by purpose
  • Anti DDoS
  • Dedicated IP addresses
  • Double VPN
  • Onion over VPN
  • CyberSec - Protection against malware, bots and ads

When it comes to features, these VPN providers are quite different. And it’s very clear they decided to go in different directions.

PureVPN has a balance between protection and customization freedom. In other words, they have the most important security features, such as a Kill Switch. But they also the possibility of modifying the software, like choosing a language. It’s also very interesting that it’s possible to choose what traffic is routed through the VPN, thanks to the Split Tunneling tool.

NordVPN decided to go hardcore with safety options. They offer the basic, but also advanced security features. Even the most paranoid users feel safe with tools like Anti-DDoS and servers with a double encryption (Double VPN).

Both do a great job, but NordVPN has the advantage here. The number of safety options is great, and that should be the priority of every VPN.

Speed

  • 12% Speed Loss
  • 5% Speed Loss

The speed difference was noticeable, although not a lot. On average, we were able to keep 95% of the original Internet speed with NordVPN. On the other hand, PureVPN offered 88% of that speed.

All VPNs have an inpact on the speed, but it’s good to see that the  loss is becoming smaller and smaller. 95% of the speed is one of the best VPN speeds  we saw.

Servers

  • Servers in 141 countries
  • 750 Servers
  • Servers in 56 countries
  • 2200 Servers

PureVPN has the lead in the servers chapter. They have the impressive number of 141 server locations. There are servers close to every user on the planet.

NordVPN’s numbers are quite good as well, 56 is more than most VPN providers, and they have quite a lot of servers, 2200. They were careful to put servers in locations spread around the globe, so all users have servers nearby.

The server locations can be tricky. What is good for “user A” is not necessarily good for “user B”. What we normally recommend is for each user to check the server list of each VPN and look for server locations in countries nearby. Remember that it’s advisable to select a location in a country nearby, not to lose a lot of speed.

Torrenting and P2P

  • Torrent Friendly
  • Allows torrenting on servers located in 83 countries
  • Torrent Friendly
  • Allows torrenting on servers located in 34 countries

The two VPNs have the same approach when it comes to Torrenting and P2P. They allow it in some countries, but not all. That way, they optimize some servers for BitTorrent traffic.

PureVPN has around 500 servers available for torrenting, in 83 countries. NordVPN allows it on 650 servers, in 34 countries. But who has the advantage? In this category there are two winners, depending on where the user is located:

NordVPN is the best option for torrent users located in North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania. There are great servers optimized for Torrenting in those regions, faster than PureVPN.

PureVPN is the best option for torrent users living in South America and Africa.

Compatibility

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

There’s a slight advantage to NordVPN, with 6 simultaneous connections. But Pure has quite a lot too. Both have enough connections for all your devices. And if you want, there’s still enough room for a friend or relative who you trust to use the software at the same time as you.

All the major Operating Systems and devices are compatible. And not only computers and mobile devices, the VPN software can even be used on smart tvs.

Price

  • 1 month plan: 9.95$
  • 6 months plan: 7.95$/month
  • 2 years plan: 2.45$/month
  • 7 days money back guarantee
  • N/A
  • 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

Regarding the price, PureVPN is normally cheaper, with a price of 3.25$ for their 2 year plan. But NordVPN is offering a promotion of 72% discount for the 2 year plans. That way, the prices are very similar, 3.25$ against 3.29$.

PureVPN vs NordVPN Conclusion

For us, the decision is obvious: NordVPN is the clear winner. It beats PureVPN in many fields, especially the most important ones, like features and speed. PureVPN offers a good software, but at this point it can’t compete with NordVPN. If we consider that currently the prices are almost the same, the choice is even clearer.

Without the current promotion, NordVPN is still our choice, as it is a better value for the money.