ExpressVPN vs Private Internet Access vs 2018

After comparing these VPNs, we have a winner!

 
 

Which VPN is better?

Daniel Krohn
Technical writer, ex-robot manual creator gone privacy enthusiast/VPN expert
Express has servers in more countries, but PIA allows for up to 5 simultaneous connections (compared to 3 for Express). The biggest attribute for ExpressVPN, dubbed the fastest VPN on earth, is its fast and extremely reliable speeds. They also have a built-in speed test. That’s not to say that PIA is a slouch in this area, but ExpressVPN clearly comes out ahead. Of concern for some is the Great Firewall of China, which Express is extremely adept at breaking through, whereas PIA is not. Express also boasts extremely intuitive, sleek and easy-to use software. PIA’s is not terrible, but it is a bit clunkier and utilizes the system tray icon for server selection instead of the application. What PIA does have going for it is its pocket-friendly price tag, though neither will set you back much at all, and PIA’s lack of live chat and its hesitant support for customers regarding Netflix and making the VPN work in high censorship countries may make any saving a false economy.
 
Rating
Features
  • 5.0
  • 4.5
Pricing
  • 4.6
  • 4.4
Ease of Use
  • 5.0
  • 4.5
Reliability & Support
  • 5.0
  • 4.5
 

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. All apps come with a built-in kill switch, split-tunneling (Double VPN), DN

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Latest positive user review
Jake Andrew
  • 5.0
Fastest & Safest VPN This VPN offers a selection of locations to choose from and they disguise your IP Address. It always provides fast and secure service. If you are looking for a good VPN for a good price, Express VPN is the route to take.
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

Sarit Newman
Content Manager & Internet Security Writer
  • 4.4

I found PIA very simple to install on Windows and Android and, although I didn’t try it out, would assume a similar standard for other platforms, like Linux and Mac. While it isn’t the fastest VPN out there, speeds are consistent, with a little more latency in areas where there are fewer servers, such as Hong Kong and Australia. While I found it a little frustrating that PIA doesn’t enable u

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Latest positive user review
Cerkaz
  • 5.0
Perfect vpn It's cheap, it works, super fast connection. Only downside is that you can't stream Netflix, sometimes they renew the IP's but else you can't. The UI is super nice and quick, not a big ugly box each time you open the vpn.
Latest negative user review
John L
  • 1.0
Very Poor I joined today but I couldn't connect to the internet. I sent an email asking for assistance but hours later I hadn't had a reply. I have cancelled my membership & asked for a refund since I've never used PIA. I did get a reply after I'd cancelled with the excuse that they'd been extremely busy which didn't bode well.
Latest positive user review
Jake Andrew
  • 5.0
Fastest & Safest VPN This VPN offers a selection of locations to choose from and they disguise your IP Address. It always provides fast and secure service. If you are looking for a good VPN for a good price, Express VPN is the route to take.
Cerkaz
  • 5.0
Perfect vpn It's cheap, it works, super fast connection. Only downside is that you can't stream Netflix, sometimes they renew the IP's but else you can't. The UI is super nice and quick, not a big ugly box each time you open the vpn.
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
John L
  • 1.0
Very Poor I joined today but I couldn't connect to the internet. I sent an email asking for assistance but hours later I hadn't had a reply. I have cancelled my membership & asked for a refund since I've never used PIA. I did get a reply after I'd cancelled with the excuse that they'd been extremely busy which didn't bode well.
 

Pricing

Starting price $6.67/ month $3.33/ month
Money Back Guarantee (Days) 30 7
Devices per license 3 5
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 The Bottom Line

Daniel Krohn
Technical writer, ex-robot manual creator gone privacy enthusiast/VPN expert

ExpressVPN is more popular than PIA and comes out ahead. The number one reason for that is its speed, which is clearly noticeable when streaming media and downloading torrents. ExpressVPN is easier to test, as they offer 30 (vs PIAs 7) days money back guarantee. Express interface is slick and easy-to-use, while PIA seems to have been designed in the 90s but it is really of little importance; what we are looking for at the end of the day are easy-to-use apps. If you want to save a few dollars, PIA is a good option which you can confidently use. If the internet speed is important to you, and you are not just checking emails from China, Express is your pick. More Info