ExpressVPN vs TunnelBear VPN 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
To begin with, TunnelBear is run out of Canada, a known 5-Eyes country. Express, conversely, is run out of the VPN-friendly nation of the British Virgin Islands, giving them a lead in the privacy area. Luckily, TunnelBear does not keep any logs (nor does Express), so this is not a huge issue, but still worth considering. In terms of countries available, this is not even a fair comparison, as TunnelBear has servers in about 1/5 of the number of the countries of Express at the time of writing this. One area that TunnelBear does come out ahead is in the number of simultaneous connections; TunnelBear allows for 5, whereas ExpressVPN allows for 3. In the area of payment options though, Express again comes out ahead, as TunnelBear only offers credit card or Bitcoin (at least they offer an anonymous payment method). ExpressVPN is known to be able to get through the Great Firewall of China quite successfully. The verdict on TunnelBear appears to still be out as there are reports that they can get through, but also reports that they cannot. We are happy to say that both offer kill switches.
 
Rating
Features
  • 5.0
  • 4.5
Pricing
  • 4.6
  • 3.8
Ease of Use
  • 5.0
  • 4.2
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

Guy Fawkes
Various tips from anonymous experts
  • 4.3

We recently checked out TunnelBear VPN software and – despite a few minor glitches – it overall delivered a positive and streamlined user experience. This is a multiplatform VPN that works on Mac OS and Windows, as well as Android and iOS. With only 20 servers spread out across different locations around the world, we were surprised that lag-time while running the VPN wasn’t very noticeable, despi

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Latest positive user review
Sam
  • 5.0
I used it and worked the first time!!! I enjoyed using it, however while disconnected it seemed to crash often. If I had a subscription I would definitely use it more. 500 Gigs is a lot I only used about 30 Megabytes. The bear is very strong with this one.
Latest negative user review
Anonymously
  • 1.0
Now being blocked I have been using TunnelBear for three years just to watch BBC iplayer and all worked well so a month ago upgraded to a years subscription. On holiday in USA worked fine for three weeks, moved on to Australia and it will not work at all. Awaiting response from Bear Support.
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.
Sam
  • 5.0
I used it and worked the first time!!! I enjoyed using it, however while disconnected it seemed to crash often. If I had a subscription I would definitely use it more. 500 Gigs is a lot I only used about 30 Megabytes. The bear is very strong with this one.
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
Anonymously
  • 1.0
Now being blocked I have been using TunnelBear for three years just to watch BBC iplayer and all worked well so a month ago upgraded to a years subscription. On holiday in USA worked fine for three weeks, moved on to Australia and it will not work at all. Awaiting response from Bear Support.
 

Pricing

Starting price $6.67/ month $4.99/ 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

It should be clear by now that we recommend ExpressVPN over TunnelBear. We do like TunnelBear, and feel they are a good service if you are either new to VPNs or looking for a no-frills VPN, but Express simply offers so much, like a 30-day refund policy (TunnelBear explicitly states that they do not offer refunds), and 24/7 chat support. TunnelBear’s support is decent, but there is no live chat and it can take some time for them to get back to you. TunnelBear also does not allow Torrenting, which is certainly of concern for a large group of VPN users. TunnelBear, with its relatively low cost, is a good option for some, but for those seeking a premium VPN, we suggest ExpressVPN. More Info