IPVanish VPN vs NordVPN vs 2017

After comparing these VPNs, we have a winner!

 
 

Which VPN is better?

Catherine Ablett
Security consultant and online privacy enthusiast
NordVPN and IPVanish are very similar. Both are based in countries that are VPN friendly (NordVPN is based in Panama and IPVanish is in the British Virgin Islands), offer multiple simultaneous connections (NordVPN offers 6, while IPVanish offers 5), and have similar numbers of servers in countries.
While IPVanish has more countries than NordVPN, one area where NordVPN races ahead is its customer service. Even though IPVanish offers good support, NordVPN’s is available 24/7. When it comes to payment IPVanish offers the most ways to pay, but only NordVPN has an option to pay with gift cards. IPVanish can reach faster speeds, but NordVPN comes out on top in terms of reliability and ease of use. NordVPN can also access Netflix. Scroll down to see why NordVPN is the winner.
 
Rating
Features
  • 4.4
  • 4.9
Pricing
  • 4.9
  • 5.0
Ease of Use
  • 4.8
  • 5.0
Reliability & Support
  • 4.3
  • 4.9
 

Reviews

Expert Review

Alex (Shurf) Frenkel
Ex-Hacker, left the dark side and teaches young padawans to use the force
  • 4.6

IPVanish is one of the best VPN providers out there when it comes to protecting your privacy online. It is at the top of our list, along with ExpressVPN and NordVPN. The huge list of 400 servers in 61 countries means that you can keep your location confidential, while shared VPN conn

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Latest positive user review
Matt
  • 5.0
Great for streaming I'm using it to stream stuff I don't wish the gov will track... Nothing serious, but why should they know what I like to watch. Speed is fine and service did the job when I had to switch servers once. Go with it
Latest negative user review
Kelley
  • 1.0
Bad experience. Difficult time with a good connection for my fire stick. Contacting support is a joke!! No phone number and its 2 days before an email response asking questions .I answer..2 more days to wait for a response! Now I can't figure out how to cancel my account....ugh!!!
Expert Review

Ariel Hochstadt
Ex-Google, International tech speaker
  • 4.9

All of those TV ads you see for NordVPN might make you suspicious about its quality, but trust us when we say you can't get a better deal. That's not to say there are not a couple of things we wish NordVPN would improve, but our tests speak for themselves. NordVPN is the leader when it comes to security. Its double VPN (which encrypts your data twice!), strict no-logs policy, and Onion over VPN

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Latest positive user review
Anonymously
  • 5.0
Great tech support, always available, great speeds, very simple and intuitive app, great number of servers to pick from. I just had a chat session with the NordVPN tech support. I had an issue where I was getting a prompt about my service plan being expired. They resolved my issue within 10 minutes.
Latest negative user review
Darren
  • 1.0
I rated Nord VPN and they downgraded me NordVPN is not one of the big players in the VPN world and I'm all about supporting the smaller companies, but my connection regularly drops out without warning (despite me selecting the option to be notified when the connection drops out, which by the way is as useless as a paper airplane to fly to the moon). I initially rated NordVPN 3/5 stars none the less, however, since doing so, NordVPN has decided that I am now running a "test version" of the app and now I cannot rate the app which I find very suspicious. I'm not saying don't buy this VPN, but I have to say I have lost trust in this company and now rate it a 1/5 stars accordingly. sorry.
Latest positive user review
Matt
  • 5.0
Great for streaming I'm using it to stream stuff I don't wish the gov will track... Nothing serious, but why should they know what I like to watch. Speed is fine and service did the job when I had to switch servers once. Go with it
Anonymously
  • 5.0
Great tech support, always available, great speeds, very simple and intuitive app, great number of servers to pick from. I just had a chat session with the NordVPN tech support. I had an issue where I was getting a prompt about my service plan being expired. They resolved my issue within 10 minutes.
Latest negative user review
Kelley
  • 1.0
Bad experience. Difficult time with a good connection for my fire stick. Contacting support is a joke!! No phone number and its 2 days before an email response asking questions .I answer..2 more days to wait for a response! Now I can't figure out how to cancel my account....ugh!!!
Darren
  • 1.0
I rated Nord VPN and they downgraded me NordVPN is not one of the big players in the VPN world and I'm all about supporting the smaller companies, but my connection regularly drops out without warning (despite me selecting the option to be notified when the connection drops out, which by the way is as useless as a paper airplane to fly to the moon). I initially rated NordVPN 3/5 stars none the less, however, since doing so, NordVPN has decided that I am now running a "test version" of the app and now I cannot rate the app which I find very suspicious. I'm not saying don't buy this VPN, but I have to say I have lost trust in this company and now rate it a 1/5 stars accordingly. sorry.
 

Pricing

Starting price $6.49/ month $2.75/ month
Money Back Guarantee (Days) 7 30
Devices per license 5 6
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Best VPNs by category

Best VPNs Overall width="172" width="172" NordVPN is known to be the best overall VPN for security, reliability, and price, while IPVanish puts their priority on security and being a tier-1 service.
Best VPNs for Torrents width="172" width="172" IPVanish allows torrenting on all of their servers. NordVPN, on the other hand, has dedicated servers in specific locations.
Best VPNs for Windows width="172" width="172" If you want a more user-friendly program, then NordVPN is for you. But, if you'd rather have the option to manually set up your own protocol without any hassle, then IPVanish is the way to go.
Best VPNs for Android width="172" width="172" IPVanish offers access to all of their servers on their Android app. While NordVPN's Android app is more limited (only 1,600 servers instead of the 1,800), their Android app is more user-friendly.
Best VPNs for MAC width="172" width="172" NordVPN offers a user-friendly platform to integrate your VPN with your MAC. IPVanish's platform is a bit less user-friendly, but still compatible with MAC.
Best VPNs for iOS width="172" width="172" IPVanish's iOS app does not offer OpenVPN but does include other security protocols. By default, NordVPN's iOS app uses the IKEv2/IPsec protocol, but you can manually change it to OpenVPN and others.
Best VPNs for USA width="172" width="172" IPVanish has over 450 servers in America, so you shouldn't have any problem connecting. NordVPN, on the other hand, has over 800 servers and constantly unblocks Netflix and other streaming sites.
 

 The Bottom Line

Catherine Ablett
Security consultant and online privacy enthusiast

Even though both work in China, prioritize security, and have numerous servers in over 60 countries, NordVPN is the winner.
It is NordVPN's approach to customer service, user-friendly platform, and 30-day policy (compared to IPVanish's 7 days) that pushes it into the lead. Its place as the winner is secured with its support of Netflix, dedicated US and UK IPs, and its lower monthly and yearly subscription prices.  More Info