ExpressVPN vs NordVPN vs 2018

After comparing these VPNs, we have a winner!

 
 

Which VPN is better?

Ariel Hochstadt
Ex-Google, International tech speaker
ExpressVPN and NordVPN are the two best VPNs available on the market today.
Both VPNs have thousands of servers all over the world, excellent 24/7 customer support, high-encryption, fast speeds, 30-day money back guarantees, and they consistently unblock Netflix and other geographically locked websites. If you want the best VPN service, ExpressVPN and NordVPN should be your top two choices. But which is better?
ExpressVPN has slightly better features, but you get your money’s worth with NordVPN. Scroll down to see why ExpressVPN is the better VPN service.
 
Rating
Features
  • 5.0
  • 5.0
Pricing
  • 4.6
  • 4.8
Ease of Use
  • 5.0
  • 5.0
Reliability & Support
  • 5.0
  • 5.0
 

Reviews

Review by our expert

Ran Greenberg
New-Media and online expert, Venture Capitalist and investor
  • 4.9

When put to test, ExpressVPN lives up to its name. It’s our first choice when it comes to streaming media content online. It is packed to the grills with attractive features, strong encryption, and a monster network of servers. Let’s talk more about ExpressVPN in detail ExpressVPN takes internet security very seriously. It comes with a built-in kill switch (not available on mobile apps), split-

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Latest positive user review
Nic
  • 5.0
So great and so easy Installation took just a few minutes. Works perfectly and even communicates when somehow the protection is down (just about 1-2 seconds and then suro reconnects) online chat/customer service is amazing and pro. Love it.
Latest negative user review
Derek
  • 1.0
Overrated vpn service Really overrated and overpriced vpn service. The speed are really poor especially with US servers. The only thing customer service offers is to get refunded instead of trying to solve your problem. They should really pay more attention to speeds as rated very good and sometimes take a look to chats what customer guys are typing
Review by our expert

Ariel Hochstadt
Ex-Google, International tech speaker
  • 4.9

NordVPN is surely the most popular VPN provider, but does this mean it is also the best one? What I saw is that they do not have one “killer feature,” but rather a combination of supreme security, careful attention to privacy, and a handy support that’s one click away. For this review, I tried to tackle NordVPN and find flaws in their product, but I’m not sure I succeeded. Sure, I found a few t

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Latest positive user review
Jamie Edwards
  • 5.0
One of the few providers that isn't based in USA I was looking for a vpn service that would be based somewhere outside the USA and glad that Nord crossed my path as they're in panama. If you want to get a vpn mainly for protecting your data - Nord is the right choice. They aren't lying about not keeping any logs and you get additional security features like kill-switch, cybersec..
Latest negative user review
Stephan Zuber
  • 1.0
375 Mbps reduced to 12 Mbps Great in the first 30 days then extreme bandwidth issues after committing to the 2-year plan. Technical support is largely scripted within a 'defer and delay' paradigm. Bandwidth degraded to 12Mbps (of 375Mbps). Same 'troubleshooting' approach on each of my 3 interactions with their 'technical support'. Strict adherence to a 'no problem on our side' mentality. These guys will send you on every fool's errand in their playbook until you accept the bandwidth capping or leave. Switched to ExpressVPN and have not looked back.
Latest positive user review
Nic
  • 5.0
So great and so easy Installation took just a few minutes. Works perfectly and even communicates when somehow the protection is down (just about 1-2 seconds and then suro reconnects) online chat/customer service is amazing and pro. Love it.
Jamie Edwards
  • 5.0
One of the few providers that isn't based in USA I was looking for a vpn service that would be based somewhere outside the USA and glad that Nord crossed my path as they're in panama. If you want to get a vpn mainly for protecting your data - Nord is the right choice. They aren't lying about not keeping any logs and you get additional security features like kill-switch, cybersec..
Latest negative user review
Derek
  • 1.0
Overrated vpn service Really overrated and overpriced vpn service. The speed are really poor especially with US servers. The only thing customer service offers is to get refunded instead of trying to solve your problem. They should really pay more attention to speeds as rated very good and sometimes take a look to chats what customer guys are typing
Stephan Zuber
  • 1.0
375 Mbps reduced to 12 Mbps Great in the first 30 days then extreme bandwidth issues after committing to the 2-year plan. Technical support is largely scripted within a 'defer and delay' paradigm. Bandwidth degraded to 12Mbps (of 375Mbps). Same 'troubleshooting' approach on each of my 3 interactions with their 'technical support'. Strict adherence to a 'no problem on our side' mentality. These guys will send you on every fool's errand in their playbook until you accept the bandwidth capping or leave. Switched to ExpressVPN and have not looked back.
 

Pricing

Starting price $6.67/ month $2.75/ month
Money Back Guarantee (Days) 30 30
Devices per license 3 6
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Best VPNs by category

Best VPNs Overall width="167" width="167" ExpressVPN is slightly better when it comes to overall features, but NordVPN has the better deal for your money.
Best VPNs for Torrents width="167" width="167" Both VPNs offer specific servers for torrenting. If you want the fast speed and unlimited bandwidth for Torrents, then ExpressVPN is for you. But if you’d rather save that speed for some money, then NordVPN is the way to go.
Best VPNs for Windows width="167" width="167" If you want to stream your favorite movies and shows, ExpressVPN offers the fastest speeds. But if you’re more worried about security and want higher encryption, NordVPN is slightly better.
Best VPNs for Android width="167" width="167" NordVPN will get you incredible encryption on your phone, but ExpressVPN won't slow down your speed, making it perfect for streaming.
Best VPNs for MAC width="167" width="167" MAC users will appreciate ExpressVPN's sleek design and simple interface. NordVPN isn't as intuitive, but it comes with incredible security features that MAC users will love.
Best VPNs for iOS width="172" width="172" iOS users tend to have more devices, so NordVPN is the better option because you can get up 6 devices on one subscription (instead of ExpressVPN's 3). However, ExpressVPN has the better interface with its easy-to-use app.
Best VPNs for USA width="172" width="172" ExpressVPN proves time and time again that they can access any US-based content from around the world with great speed. NordVPN also can, and with over 1,100 servers in the US alone, you'll never have a problem connecting.
 

 The Bottom Line

Ariel Hochstadt
Ex-Google, International tech speaker

If working on service alone, ExpressVPN is the winner. The service is faster (for better streaming), the app is sleeker, and user reviews are outstanding. However, they cost more than NordVPN.

If you’re not ready to pay so much for a VPN, then we recommend NordVPN, which only falls slightly behind ExpressVPN, but has a much better value for your money.  More Info