ExpressVPN vs PureVPN 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
We have matched up two skyrocketing VPNs-- ExpressVPN out of the British Virgin Islands, and PureVPN from the US, to see who the best between the two actually is. Edging ahead at the start is ExpressVPN. With their ability to gain access to Netflix, ExpressVPN launches further ahead than PureVPN, which is currently unable to. Also, ExpressVPN leads with their legendary 24/7 customer service, while PureVPN’s customer service is notoriously bad. Equaling things out a bit is the fact that they both offer effective 256-bit data encryption and kill switches to safeguard users. ExpressVPN and PureVPN are also both excellent for China access. As far as speed, PureVPN has been reported to have a clear advantage over ExpressVPN, although ExpressVPN has a handy built-in speed test and more reliability.
 
Rating
Features
  • 5.0
  • 3.7
Pricing
  • 4.6
  • 4.5
Ease of Use
  • 5.0
  • 4.0
Reliability & Support
  • 5.0
  • 4.0
 

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. 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

Alex (Shurf) Frenkel
Ex-Hacker, left the dark side and teaches young padawans to use the force
  • 4.0

After PureVPN provided an IP address for an ongoing FBI investigation, it has come to our attention that PureVPN might maintain more than they let on. Their policy clearly states that, from time to time, they record your connection and bandwidth for their flow of traffic. This is what many VPNs do, and as long as they delete the data after a temporary time, it still falls within the reigns of "no-

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Latest positive user review
Phil
  • 5.0
Great customer service I had an account for 3 months so far,I have used online chat for service, first to get me connected to torrent, (super fast btw), second when my monthly account renewed, even though i had later purchased a two year, (if you do that same, make sure you cancel your monthly after you buy an annual) and 3rd time was when a connection stopped working, solved it quickly via the online tech support.
Latest negative user review
Alexi
  • 1.0
Avoid them, they do not refund if problem appears Just wanted to say PureVPN do not refund your money (despite they advertised on their website, money back guarantee!) if the vpn do not work for you, in other words they are scam. Some of their features such as Split Tunneling are not working.
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.
Phil
  • 5.0
Great customer service I had an account for 3 months so far,I have used online chat for service, first to get me connected to torrent, (super fast btw), second when my monthly account renewed, even though i had later purchased a two year, (if you do that same, make sure you cancel your monthly after you buy an annual) and 3rd time was when a connection stopped working, solved it quickly via the online tech support.
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
Alexi
  • 1.0
Avoid them, they do not refund if problem appears Just wanted to say PureVPN do not refund your money (despite they advertised on their website, money back guarantee!) if the vpn do not work for you, in other words they are scam. Some of their features such as Split Tunneling are not working.
 

Pricing

Starting price $6.67/ month $3.25/ 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

While PureVPN has some advantages, it should be clear by now that ExpressVPN has soared far and above. ExpressVPN has intuitive and stable software with many convenient options while PureVPN does not go the distance in this regard. PureVPN retains no activity logs, only session logs, while ExpressVPN keeps minor logs like dates, server and data transferred. PureVPN offers a low price, while ExpressVPN comes in a bit higher in this regard. With only a 7-day refund policy, however, PureVPN falls way behind the winner: ExpressVPN, with their incredible 30-day refund. More Info