NordVPN vs PureVPN vs 2017

After comparing these VPNs, we have a winner!

 
 

Which VPN is better?

Security consultant and online privacy enthusiast
At first glance there is little difference between these two providers. Both originate in VPN friendly countries, with NordVPN being based in Panama and PureVPN coming originally from Hong Kong. The providers offer a similar number of simultaneous connections with NordVPN offering 6, one more than PureVPN. While both have good coverage, it is PureVPN that comes out on top with a greater number of countries with connections and a greater number of servers. They are even relatively evenly matched when it comes to customer service, with both offering 24/7 live support. Even in terms of ways to pay there is little to separate them; both even embrace payment through gift cards. The differences begin to show in terms of speed, reliability and ease of use, all areas where NordVPN comes out on top.
 
Rating
Features
  • 4.9
  • 4.1
Pricing
  • 5.0
  • 4.3
Ease of Use
  • 5.0
  • 4.7
Reliability & Support
  • 4.9
  • 4.6
 

Reviews

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
Jason
  • 5.0
Good speeds Speeds for my usual activities are pretty good, I get about 50Mbps. Of course sometimes I have to search for server which are not overcrowded, but it's not a big issue for me. Nord's Sports Hub is awesome. I was able to watch Spurs vs Warriors without restrictions. After some improvements it will be the greatest tool to watch sports
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.
Expert Review

Alex (Shurf) Frenkel
Ex-Hacker, left the dark side and teaches young padawans to use the force
  • 4.1

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
John
  • 5.0
Fntastic service It worked really really well, and the company was quick and efficient at processing pmt and answering all my questions. It was a pleasurable experience to obtain a great service and awesome customer service.
Latest negative user review
Litsam
  • 1.0
Tevez was very helpful when dealing with my query, and was quite patience. . Have always found them helpful and prompt in dealing with queries. Live chat is responds quickly to queries and doesn't try to hurry you through, making sure all aspects of query are dealt with. Happy to continue to use their service. Score 4/5.
Latest positive user review
Jason
  • 5.0
Good speeds Speeds for my usual activities are pretty good, I get about 50Mbps. Of course sometimes I have to search for server which are not overcrowded, but it's not a big issue for me. Nord's Sports Hub is awesome. I was able to watch Spurs vs Warriors without restrictions. After some improvements it will be the greatest tool to watch sports
John
  • 5.0
Fntastic service It worked really really well, and the company was quick and efficient at processing pmt and answering all my questions. It was a pleasurable experience to obtain a great service and awesome customer service.
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.
Litsam
  • 1.0
Tevez was very helpful when dealing with my query, and was quite patience. . Have always found them helpful and prompt in dealing with queries. Live chat is responds quickly to queries and doesn't try to hurry you through, making sure all aspects of query are dealt with. Happy to continue to use their service. Score 4/5.
 

Pricing

Starting price $2.75/ month $3.25/ month
Money Back Guarantee (Days) 30 7
Devices per license 6 5
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 The Bottom Line

Catherine Ablett
Security consultant and online privacy enthusiast

Both companies have many merits, but NordVPN definitely comes out on top. Both work in China, and both allow access to Netflix for users. Similarly, both provide DNS leak protection and kill switches, but NordVPN is always just one step ahead. PureVPN is highly customizable, making it easy to make mistakes during set up and leaving the user open to attacks. This is not something users of NordVPN need be concerned with. NordVPN is also better equipped for those looking for Torrents and has the longer 30-day refund policy, compared to PureVPN’s 7 days. In addition, Nord’s superior reliability, speed and customer friendly approach put it ahead. More Info