IPVanish VPN vs NordVPN vs 2017

After comparing these VPNs, we have a winner!

 
 

Which VPN is better?

Security consultant and online privacy enthusiast
Separating these two providers is far from easy, at least on the surface. Both are based in countries that are VPN friendly, with NordVPN coming out of Panama, and IPVanish calling the British Virgin Islands home. Both providers offer multiple simultaneous connections with NordVPN coming out on top by offering 6; one more than IPVanish. They have similar amounts of coverage in terms of the number of countries, but IPVanish has more servers (2nd only to HideMyAss). One area where NordVPN races ahead is customer service. While 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; not to mention that IPVanish is of no use to those looking for a safe way to enjoy Netflix.
 
Rating
Features
  • 4.6
  • 4.9
Pricing
  • 4.7
  • 5.0
Ease of Use
  • 4.9
  • 5.0
Reliability & Support
  • 4.9
  • 4.9
 

Reviews

Expert Review

Guy Fawkes
Various tips from anonymous experts
  • 4.8

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
Anonymously
  • 1.0
Excellent service but too expensive I found the service worked well but ended up being double billed; one $10 bill per month for my pc and another $9.99 bill per month for my iPhone. When I brought this to the attention of John in their customer service which is only available by email (support@ipvanish.com) they ended up blowing me off. So after having canceled my service with them I purchased a lifetime service with VPN Unlimited for $48. These days I'm more than discussed by unethical business practices that put profits over taking good care of their customers.
Expert Review

Daniel Krohn
Technical writer, ex-robot manual creator gone privacy enthusiast/VPN expert
  • 4.9

It’s no big secret that NordVPN is reputed as the best VPN out there. It has excellent reviews nicely propped on the homepage from very happy customers, as well as links to articles by big wig industry publications like PC Mag, Forbes etc. You get the point. I wanted to figure out what all the fuss was about, so I took it upon myself to do my own audit: NordVPN really speaks to its users. It

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Latest positive user review
James
  • 5.0
I got Nordvpn for Netflix and it proved well I tried some of the vpns friends told me they have, but non used them for Netflix. If streaming is what you want, a fast VPN is a must. Now, it wasn't as easy as I would have wanted, I had to contact support, cause the first server I tried didn't really stream anything. It seems like Netflix are marking the IPs very quickly, so support gave me a new server and this one worked well. Overall the app is simple to use, and I can get Netflix from Europe, where I'm traveling at the moment. what's more to ask? (well.... Hulu, and that one works as well :))
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
James
  • 5.0
I got Nordvpn for Netflix and it proved well I tried some of the vpns friends told me they have, but non used them for Netflix. If streaming is what you want, a fast VPN is a must. Now, it wasn't as easy as I would have wanted, I had to contact support, cause the first server I tried didn't really stream anything. It seems like Netflix are marking the IPs very quickly, so support gave me a new server and this one worked well. Overall the app is simple to use, and I can get Netflix from Europe, where I'm traveling at the moment. what's more to ask? (well.... Hulu, and that one works as well :))
Latest negative user review
Anonymously
  • 1.0
Excellent service but too expensive I found the service worked well but ended up being double billed; one $10 bill per month for my pc and another $9.99 bill per month for my iPhone. When I brought this to the attention of John in their customer service which is only available by email (support@ipvanish.com) they ended up blowing me off. So after having canceled my service with them I purchased a lifetime service with VPN Unlimited for $48. These days I'm more than discussed by unethical business practices that put profits over taking good care of their customers.
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 $3.29/ month
Money Back Guarantee (Days) 7 30
Devices per license 5 6
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 The Bottom Line

Catherine Ablett
Security consultant and online privacy enthusiast

There are definite merits to both companies, but NordVPN just comes out in front. Both work in China, but NordVPN is less likely to encounter problems, and it just edges in front in overall terms of speed, reliability and ease of use. Both companies understand that safety is paramount and include kill switches. It is NordVPN’s approach to customer service and much longer 30-day refund policy, compared to IPVanish’s 7 days, that again 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