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
  • 4.7
Pricing
  • 4.6
  • 4.6
Ease of Use
  • 5.0
  • 4.7
Reliability & Support
  • 5.0
  • 4.7
 

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

Sarit Newman
Content Manager & Internet Security Writer
  • 4.6

PIA is one of the most popular VPNs out there, but it’s not because of advertising. Released in 2010, PIA has grown users through word of mouth and recommendations. And, while they are based in the USA (which we’re usually wary of), they have proven twice that they do not maintain user logs. Although you’re not going to get too many extra features, and PIA isn’t the best when it comes to streaming

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Latest positive user review
BobS
  • 5.0
Private Internet I have been using it for 3 years and it works great on 5 computers Recommend to anyone that want security and easy to connect to servers or use auto connect I wish they had a lifetime subscription like other vpns
Latest negative user review
Alex
  • 1.0
Slow speeds on and off Load of rubbish, join NordVPN. The speed issues are so bad, less than a third of the speed i get without VPN makes it useless. Just getting worse not better. Submit slow speed complaints and it does not help, just milking all the people that join up.
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.
BobS
  • 5.0
Private Internet I have been using it for 3 years and it works great on 5 computers Recommend to anyone that want security and easy to connect to servers or use auto connect I wish they had a lifetime subscription like other vpns
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
Alex
  • 1.0
Slow speeds on and off Load of rubbish, join NordVPN. The speed issues are so bad, less than a third of the speed i get without VPN makes it useless. Just getting worse not better. Submit slow speed complaints and it does not help, just milking all the people that join up.
 

Pricing

Starting price $6.67/ month $2.91/ 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