ExpressVPN vs TorGuard 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
Let’s start with the similarities between ExpressVPN and TorGuard: They both use the very secure AES-256 encryption (or 128-bit if desired, for a faster but less-secure connection), both have native apps for every commonly used platform, they both have a kill-switch feature, both have 24-hr chat support features. This is where the similarities end, and where the contrasts begin; Express is based out of the British Virgin Islands (also home to IPVanish), putting them out of the reach of the data retention laws that companies like, say, TorGuard, are subject to because they are based in the US. TorGuard, while it does have a healthy country and server count, cannot compete with ExpressVPN’s wealth of countries offered and number of servers within those countries. One point in TorGuard’s favor is the number of simultaneous connections allowed: 5 in comparison to Express’ 3. Express does, however, work well for Netflix, while TorGuard threw in the towel some time ago when they took their Netflix server offline and announced that they would not be providing a new one.
 
Rating
Features
  • 5.0
  • 4.4
Pricing
  • 4.6
  • 3.7
Ease of Use
  • 5.0
  • 4.4
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. 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
  • 4.4

TorGuard might be considered a little pricey compared to other VPN services in the market, however, the level of security and the countless features it provides makes it worth the money. Starting off with its security standards, TorGuard uses military-grade encryption (BF CBC, AES 128-bit, AES 256-bit) to secure its entire network of servers. It supports multiple security protocols including O

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Latest positive user review
Julio
  • 5.0
Amazing speed for me High speed, fast support, lightweight software, what else do you need? I'm amazed by the speed they provide, the support was being helpful too. pssst, you can get 50% off for lifetime.
Latest negative user review
Clint
  • 1.0
Dedicated IP Service Terrible I unfortunately purchased their service and paid a year in advance and got the dedicated IP a year in advance. Although it did work for Netflix, The downloads over their dedicated ip service were incredibly slow. So much so that I only got 1/4 of my internet speed most of the day (I was connecting to the vpn using my router). I tried all their other servers (non dedicated ip ones) and they all went as fast as my internet connection could support (15 megabit). I worked with their technical team for days and they couldn't do a damn thin. this is a copy and paste of what one of their team members told me "These are the only networks close to you in the USA that supports streaming - it may be a routing issue between your ISP and these networks, the streaming IP's speed are restricted but optimised for streaming." They also told they don't allow torrenting on their dedicated IP which is mentioned nowhere on their website which I think people would want to know. MONEY BACK GUARANTEE B.S. they only refunded 34.00 US of the 69 I was charged initially, they claim they DO NOT refund any of the money for the dedicated IP's because they have to completely delete them from their system once you have used it (I WOULD BE OK WITH THE EXPLANATION BUT I SERIOUSLY DOUBT THE COMPANY THEY GET THE DEDICATED IP FROM CHARGES THEM A YEAR IN ADVANCE AS WELL CONSIDERING YOU CAN PAY ON A MONTHLY BASIS FOR ONE BUT THEY CHOSE NOT TO REFUND ME ANY OF THE MONEY FOR THE DEDICATED IP, "Ok I now see that on your account, however, dedicated IPs are non-refundable once assigned I'm afraid. The IP is considered 'used' once paid for and released so we would be unable to re-use it. Kind regards")
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.
Julio
  • 5.0
Amazing speed for me High speed, fast support, lightweight software, what else do you need? I'm amazed by the speed they provide, the support was being helpful too. pssst, you can get 50% off for lifetime.
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
Clint
  • 1.0
Dedicated IP Service Terrible I unfortunately purchased their service and paid a year in advance and got the dedicated IP a year in advance. Although it did work for Netflix, The downloads over their dedicated ip service were incredibly slow. So much so that I only got 1/4 of my internet speed most of the day (I was connecting to the vpn using my router). I tried all their other servers (non dedicated ip ones) and they all went as fast as my internet connection could support (15 megabit). I worked with their technical team for days and they couldn't do a damn thin. this is a copy and paste of what one of their team members told me "These are the only networks close to you in the USA that supports streaming - it may be a routing issue between your ISP and these networks, the streaming IP's speed are restricted but optimised for streaming." They also told they don't allow torrenting on their dedicated IP which is mentioned nowhere on their website which I think people would want to know. MONEY BACK GUARANTEE B.S. they only refunded 34.00 US of the 69 I was charged initially, they claim they DO NOT refund any of the money for the dedicated IP's because they have to completely delete them from their system once you have used it (I WOULD BE OK WITH THE EXPLANATION BUT I SERIOUSLY DOUBT THE COMPANY THEY GET THE DEDICATED IP FROM CHARGES THEM A YEAR IN ADVANCE AS WELL CONSIDERING YOU CAN PAY ON A MONTHLY BASIS FOR ONE BUT THEY CHOSE NOT TO REFUND ME ANY OF THE MONEY FOR THE DEDICATED IP, "Ok I now see that on your account, however, dedicated IPs are non-refundable once assigned I'm afraid. The IP is considered 'used' once paid for and released so we would be unable to re-use it. Kind regards")
 

Pricing

Starting price $6.67/ month $5.00/ month
Money Back Guarantee (Days) 30 30
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

We thought both VPNs offer almost the same features for the everyday user, but looking further into our review gave us a somewhat different picture. Express gets past the Great Firewall of China and provides better speeds than TorGuard. Express allows users to use Netflix where TorGuard still has issues with the popular streaming service. These alone should give the advantage to Express. We prefer Express; it's also cheaper than TorGuard. More Info