NordVPN vs PureVPN vs 2018

After comparing these VPNs, we have a winner!

 
 

Which VPN is better?

Catherine Ablett
Security consultant and online privacy enthusiast
NordVPN and PureVPN are widely considered as two of the most popular VPN providers available to users today. Both providers are located in VPN friendly countries with NordVPN in Panama while PureVPN is located in Hong Kong. Subscribers to NordVPN can make a maximum of six simultaneous connections across several devices while PureVPN only allows for five.
With regards to pricing, NordVPN has better plans whether you choose to go long term or month by month. In addition, NordVPN offers a 30-day money back guarantee while PureVPN only manages to offer a 7-day guarantee. However, PureVPN offers a lot more ways to pay for its subscription than NordVPN.
Finally, both VPNs provide a 24/7 human customer support service that responds in real time. If you’re still split for choice and are wondering which of these VPNs is more suited to your needs, you should read on.
 
Rating
Features
  • 5.0
  • 3.7
Pricing
  • 4.8
  • 4.5
Ease of Use
  • 5.0
  • 4.0
Reliability & Support
  • 5.0
  • 4.0
 

Reviews

Review by our expert

Ariel Hochstadt
Ex-Google, International tech speaker
  • 4.9

NordVPN is surely the most popular VPN provider, but does this mean it is also the best one? What I saw is that they do not have one “killer feature,” but rather a combination of supreme security, careful attention to privacy, and a handy support that’s one click away. For this review, I tried to tackle NordVPN and find flaws in their product, but I’m not sure I succeeded. Sure, I found a few t

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Latest positive user review
Jamie Edwards
  • 5.0
One of the few providers that isn't based in USA I was looking for a vpn service that would be based somewhere outside the USA and glad that Nord crossed my path as they're in panama. If you want to get a vpn mainly for protecting your data - Nord is the right choice. They aren't lying about not keeping any logs and you get additional security features like kill-switch, cybersec..
Latest negative user review
Stephan Zuber
  • 1.0
375 Mbps reduced to 12 Mbps Great in the first 30 days then extreme bandwidth issues after committing to the 2-year plan. Technical support is largely scripted within a 'defer and delay' paradigm. Bandwidth degraded to 12Mbps (of 375Mbps). Same 'troubleshooting' approach on each of my 3 interactions with their 'technical support'. Strict adherence to a 'no problem on our side' mentality. These guys will send you on every fool's errand in their playbook until you accept the bandwidth capping or leave. Switched to ExpressVPN and have not looked back.
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
Jamie Edwards
  • 5.0
One of the few providers that isn't based in USA I was looking for a vpn service that would be based somewhere outside the USA and glad that Nord crossed my path as they're in panama. If you want to get a vpn mainly for protecting your data - Nord is the right choice. They aren't lying about not keeping any logs and you get additional security features like kill-switch, cybersec..
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
Stephan Zuber
  • 1.0
375 Mbps reduced to 12 Mbps Great in the first 30 days then extreme bandwidth issues after committing to the 2-year plan. Technical support is largely scripted within a 'defer and delay' paradigm. Bandwidth degraded to 12Mbps (of 375Mbps). Same 'troubleshooting' approach on each of my 3 interactions with their 'technical support'. Strict adherence to a 'no problem on our side' mentality. These guys will send you on every fool's errand in their playbook until you accept the bandwidth capping or leave. Switched to ExpressVPN and have not looked back.
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 $2.75/ month $3.25/ month
Money Back Guarantee (Days) 30 7
Devices per license 6 5
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Best VPNs by category

Best VPNs Overall width="172" width="172" NordVPN is widely considered by users as the best overall VPN because of its reliability, pricing, and the emphasis it places on security. PureVPN has servers in 140 countries making it one of the most sought-after VPNs in the market.
Best VPNs for Torrents width="172" width="172" PureVPN offers unlimited bandwidth regardless of the plan you choose making torrenting and p2p streaming stress-free. NordVPN offers dedicated servers for downloading torrents making it ideal for BitTorrent users.
Best VPNs for Windows width="172" width="172" NordVPN for windows is easy to install and most importantly straightforward to use. PureVPN, on the other hand, is very intuitive and user-friendly on Windows computers.
Best VPNs for Android width="172" width="172" NordVPN’s Android application provides fast and secure access to over 3000 VPN servers in 60 countries with military grade encryption. Meanwhile, PureVPN offers its users antivirus protection, content/web filtering, app blocker and DNS protection with its Android app.
Best VPNs for MAC width="172" width="172" NordVPN supports a MacOS app designed to benefit Mac Users. Apart from the browser extensions on Firefox and Chrome, PureVPN provides a dedicated app for Apple’s Mac making it highly compatible with their range of Desktops and Notebooks.
Best VPNs for iOS width="172" width="172" NordVPN works seamlessly with all iOS devices and has its double VPN encryption integrated into the app. PureVPN also guarantees data security and an equal level of service as their desktop apps.
Best VPNs for USA width="172" width="172" With 1336 servers (including dedicated IP servers) located in the US, NordVPN is set up to deliver excellent VPN services across the USA. PureVPN, on the other hand, has 750 servers in 140 countries including the U.S.A.
 

 The Bottom Line

Catherine Ablett
Security consultant and online privacy enthusiast

If you’re interested in using a VPN server from one of the countries outside the 60 provided by NordVPN, then PureVPN is the winner. You should also benefit from their superquick support and their servers located in 140 countries.

However, if you’re not willing to pay as much as PureVPN, NordVPN offers very secure servers in 60 countries and allows you connect more devices simultaneously. As long as your desired VPN server location (if any) falls within these 60 countries, NordVPN is the clear winner. More Info