We set up servers in different locations around the world, each with our top 40+ VPNs installed on them. Every few hours, we test every VPN in every server location. We collect this data and refresh our speed test tool so you can use it to compare each VPN’s performance in different locations, as well as against each other. We also perform base speed tests without a VPN connected to see if a particular VPN decreases speeds and by how much.
Each of our tests begins with a fresh session, meaning you’ll always be getting the most up-to-date results. We’ll never re-use old results, only what we see in real-time.
Using unaffiliated accounts for testing ensures we get unbiased results from VPN providers.
We only use secure servers to ensure our data’s accuracy and legitimacy.
We test over 40 VPN providers and publish the data so you can compare them easily using the tool above. Here are some of the VPNs you’ll be able to compare:
|AirVPN||Astrill VPN||AzireVPN||CyberGhost VPN||ExpressVPN|
|GOOSE VPN||Hide.me||HMA VPN||IPVanish||Mullvad|
|Private Internet Access||PrivateVPN||ProtonVPN||PureVPN||StrongVPN|
Our speed test servers are located in these cities around the world:
Good VPNs will be around 10-20% slower than your regular connection. This sounds like a lot, but in reality, it’s such a small change that you won’t notice the difference. If your internet is normally a bit slow, you might need to double-check to make sure it meets the minimum requirements for streaming, browsing, gaming, and torrenting once your switch your VPN on.
Most VPNs’ adverts will tell you otherwise — but all VPNs will slow your internet down. This loss is barely noticeable with good VPNs though.
It’s normal for VPNs to slow down your speeds because they add an extra stop to your internet traffic’s journey (this extra step is important because it secures your data). Rather than going from A (your device) to B (your chosen website), VPN traffic goes from A (your device) to B (a VPN server) to C (your chosen website). It takes a little longer for your traffic to reach its destination, so your connection is a little slower.
For these reasons, we talk about speed loss in percentages. Instead of giving you lots of numbers that don’t tell you anything about your connection, we give you a percentage that you can apply to your normal speed to see how fast your VPN will be.
There are a few things you can do to help improve your speeds, including choosing a VPN that is known to be fast, connecting to servers located close to you, and switching protocols.
There are a few ways to boost your VPN speeds. You can connect to a nearby server, make sure you’re using the right security protocol, use split tunneling, choose a faster VPN, or try a VPN router.
VPN routers are also great for protecting as many devices as you like at the same time — even with devices that aren’t usually VPN-compatible (they just have to be able to connect to WiFi). However, they can be rather costly compared to VPN apps. They’re also not portable so you can only use it where the physical router is.
No, your VPN speed will be roughly the same on all of your devices.
Your CPU might slightly affect your VPN speed, but you shouldn’t notice much difference between your devices.
If you have a very old device with limited memory, it might struggle to run your VPN’s app but modern devices shouldn’t have any issues. Good VPNs have dedicated apps tailored to Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, and Linux or lightweight extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and other browsers — so you get the best performance whether you’re using your VPN on a PC or an iPhone.