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
Both ExpressVPN and PureVPN offer users a wide range of great features. However, there are ongoing concerns of the level of privacy that PureVPN provides to users. Both vendors offer unlimited bandwidth and server switching and are easy to install and use. Both also include kill switches to safeguard users if their connection drops. While ExpressVPN is situated in the British Virgin Islands, which is beneficial as it is not one of the five-eyes countries, PureVPN is based in Hong Kong, which is concerning to users (even though it does not fall within China’s jurisdiction). ExpressVPN and PureVPN offer similar levels of encryption, multiple security protocols, kill switches, split tunneling, and IPv6leak protection. However, while ExpressVPN has a strict no logging policy, PureVPN does keep partial logs and has previously shared user information with the authorities. ExpressVPN has the greater number of servers, however, PureVPN allows more simultaneous connections with five to ExpressVPN’s three.
 
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. 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

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
Q
  • 5.0
Most polite and helpful Even on a Sunday evening, the two account executives I needed to deal with for a log-in situation were most polite and exceedingly helpful. Problem resolved in a very short while without the feeling that I caused a problem. Thank you Vladimr & Stephen
Latest negative user review
Bob
  • 1.0
PureVPN - Horrible service, Horrible customer service reps 1) Many servers down, or very slow, can't download torrents 2) I've tried using their customer service reps and they just don't help, all they can do is read a script and not think outside the box 3) I tried all their suggestions and got nowhere with my VPN issues 4) I have never had a worse service in my life
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.
Q
  • 5.0
Most polite and helpful Even on a Sunday evening, the two account executives I needed to deal with for a log-in situation were most polite and exceedingly helpful. Problem resolved in a very short while without the feeling that I caused a problem. Thank you Vladimr & Stephen
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
Bob
  • 1.0
PureVPN - Horrible service, Horrible customer service reps 1) Many servers down, or very slow, can't download torrents 2) I've tried using their customer service reps and they just don't help, all they can do is read a script and not think outside the box 3) I tried all their suggestions and got nowhere with my VPN issues 4) I have never had a worse service in my life
 

Pricing

Starting price $6.67/ month $3.25/ month
Money Back Guarantee (Days) 30 7
Devices per license 3 5
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Best VPNs by category

Best VPNs Overall width="167" width="167" Both vendors offer native apps that are easy to install and use. However, ExpressVPN provides the faster and more stable connections, better privacy policies, and longer money-back guarantee. PureVPN does offer unlimited bandwidth and server switching, as well as split tunneling and excellent customer services, but is unable to access Netflix.
Best VPNs for Torrents width="167" width="167" ExpressVPN supports P2P / torrenting on all its servers and works with the Tor Network. PureVPN allows P2P on some of its services, however, its approach to privacy is a concern for users looking for a torrenting service.
Best VPNs for Windows width="167" width="167" Both providers offer easy to install and use apps for Windows. Users of PureVPN benefit the inclusion of a ‘use intelligence’ feature that assigns a server based on your needs. ExpressVPN users, however, benefit from faster and more stable connections, a greater number of servers, and the vendor’s strict no-logging policy.
Best VPNs for Android width="167" width="167" Both vendors provide apps that are easy to install and straightforward to use. ExpressVPN’s app does not require any configuration, while the app from PureVPN offers a variety of usage modes, so users can get the best type of connection for their needs.
Best VPNs for MAC width="167" width="167" Both vendors offer easy to install and use apps for this operating system. ExpressVPN enables users to set the OpenVPN protocol as their default setting, ensuring consistent privacy and security. PureVPN offers several different versions of its app depending on the exact operating system being used.
Best VPNs for iOS width="167" width="167" PureVPN was one of the first providers to offer an app for iOS and the app offers a variety of well-tested features that aim to improve usability. ExpressVPN users benefit from its military grade encryption, no logging policy, and fast speeds, as well as having an iOS app that does not need further configuration.
Best VPNs for USA width="167" width="167" Both PureVPN and ExpressVPN have servers within the USA, and both can be used to access geo-restricted content. However, PureVPN cannot currently access US Netflix. It is the speed, reliability, and server numbers of ExpressVPN, as well as its continuing ability to bypass Netflix geo-blocks, which puts it in the lead.
 

 The Bottom Line

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

Both vendors have apps that are easy to use and allow users to surf with anonymity. However, continuing concerns over PureVPN’s approach to privacy means that its users may not be as anonymous as they think they are. ExpressVPN is pushed in front with its strict no logging policy, privacy and security features, and greater number of servers. The fact that it supports P2P / torrenting across all its servers, as well as offering the faster and more stable connection ensures that it is the winner.  More Info