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BlufVPN promises a lot of great features from high-security features to streaming-optimized servers. So far so good but, before I could recommend it, I needed to do some testing.
BlufVPN unblocked Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max, BBC iPlayer, and more. However, even with the optimized servers there were some interruptions.
Unblocked: Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max, BBC iPlayer
I could access Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max, and BBC iPlayer with BlufVPN’s Movies & TV server. Hulu was unblocked without issue.
I was easily able to watch Love Island (UK)
I could also watch Disney+, which is quite hard to access without a reliable VPN.
BlufVPN got me uninterrupted access to Disney+
I had the same experience with HBO Max, as the Movies & TV server bypassed its geo-restrictions immediately.
BlufVPN let me watch Succession in HD
For my next test, I connected to the UK.
I could stream Vigil in HD with the UK servers
Connecting to the UK took seconds and I was able to access my BBC iPlayer account without any problems.
Blocked By: Netflix, 10Play
The Netflix-optimized servers struggled
While testing long-distance servers, I also tried to access the Australian-exclusive streaming site, 10Play.
BlufVPN couldn’t unblock Australian 10Play
Not only was I unable to get past 10Play’s geoblocking, but the speeds I got from the Australian server made it essentially unusable.
BlufVPN did an okay job at unblocking some platforms but not being able to access Netflix is a dealbreaker for me. If you feel the same then check out these best VPNs for Netflix.
Speeds — Major Slowdowns
I experienced significant speed drops on BlufVPN’s servers. While the long-distance servers slowed me down by 99%, the local ones performed a little better.
I started by measuring my base speed where I had 305.64 Mbps download, 313 Mbps upload, and a ping of 3 ms.
I experienced an 80% drop on BlufVPN’s US server
On the US server, download speeds dropped by 80% and upload by 85%. Even though I still had more than 10 times what I would need to stream in HD, this was only because of the fast base speed. With a regular 20 Mbps connection, an 80% drop would take me down to 4 Mbps, which is not enough for HD streaming.
BlufVPN has an optimal server selection so I tested that next.
BlufVPN’s optimal server provided me with the fastest connection
Download speeds dropped by 74% and upload by 96%. The optimal server managed to keep the ping within a more acceptable range, and lowered the download speeds less than the US server. However, there was still a massive drop and my upload speeds were even worse than before.
The next server I tested was in Australia, where my speeds dropped by 99%.
BluffVPN’s Australian server slowed my connection by 99%
Not only were the Australian servers unable to unblock region-exclusive streaming services like 10Play, but the speeds and ping were terrible.
Overall, BlufVPN's speeds were disappointing. The optimal servers (which performed best) kept download speeds within HD-capable levels, but this was only because of my fast base speeds. For buffer-free streaming check out this list of superfast VPNs.
Server Network — Wide Server Network
BlufVPN has more than 500 servers in over 60 countries. This is a modest number, and if too many people connect to the same location, you may notice slowdowns as I did.
Despite its smaller size, the network is well-distributed so I was able to find servers in most of the countries I needed. However, as my streaming results show, these servers weren’t always 100% reliable at unblocking geo-restricted content.
Security — Great Security
BlufVPN uses AES-256-GCM encryption and multiple security protocols. This is the industry standard and will stop malicious hackers from being able to read your data. For added protection, it uses a 4096-bit DH key.
My app gave me the choice of OpenVPN or IPSec/IKEv2 protocols. These are both fast and secure but you only get this choice on mobile apps unfortunately. The desktop apps are quite basic and you won’t find any special security features there.
BlufVPN is lacking important security features
The kill switch is also unavailable for now, and it’s only announced in the mobile apps.
I ran a couple of IP and DNS leak tests on its servers to see if my connection was safe and I didn’t encounter any issues. BlufVPN kept my IP address and DNS requests private.
My IP address was kept hidden at all times
There are some impressive security features, but some conspicuous gaps too. Not being able to change between all available protocols and the lack of a kill switch is disappointing. If you’re looking for a high-security VPN there are definitely better options.
Privacy — Stores Some Data
BlufVPN keeps quite a lot of information about its users. The moment you create an account, it records your name, email, company, as well as information about your team members.
Considering some services only require you to use your email address and password to sign up, I found this a bit concerning.
It even goes on to say your personal data will be shared with affiliates and third-party services for “everyday business purposes.”
Despite BlufVPN’s claims, this is not a true no-logs service. If you’re looking for a provider that really takes your privacy seriously then check out these VPNs instead.
Torrenting — Dedicated servers
BlufVPN has dedicated P2P servers for torrenting and file-sharing.
Unfortunately, its servers cause massive speed drops. Your connection may be optimized for P2P traffic but it won’t be fast enough for satisfying downloads.
I never condone illegally downloading copyrighted content but there’s always a risk of doing so accidentally when torrenting. With BlufVPN, you could get in legal trouble if you do.
BlufVPN allows 5 simultaneous device connections on any of its plans. If you’re using it for personal use only this might be enough. If you need more than 5, there aren’t any options to increase this number.
Device Compatibility — Most major platforms
BlufVPN works with Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. It’s not compatible with any other devices, such as routers, gaming consoles, or smart TVs.
Ease of Use
Set-Up & Installation — Straight-forward
Set-up is simple and you can get started in a matter of minutes. I downloaded the Windows and iOS clients from the website, then followed the on-screen instructions to install the app. For mobile devices, you can find BlufVPN in the AppStore and PlayStore.
After that, you only need to log in using your credentials and you’re ready to browse.
On paper, BlufVPN seems like a secure and versatile VPN. It did reasonably well on the streaming tests and promises to add a lot more features in the future.
As it is right now, I can’t recommend BlufVPN. For a similar price, you can definitely find a more secure VPN that’s better optimized for multiple purposes.