How does the promising new VPN provider Surfshark stack up against NordVPN, one of the most trusted veterans on the scene? These two services actually have a lot in common. From secure 256-bit encryption, very fast speeds, and support for the OpenVPN and IKEv2 protocols, to responsive 24/7 live chat support and feature-packed apps, both VPNs offer great value for your money. Surfshark’s CleanWeb protects you from malware and annoying ads, much as NordVPN’s CyberSec suite does. You’ll also find a kill switch and private DNS settings in either VPN’s desktop apps, so you won’t have to worry about any sensitive data leaks. That said, NordVPN has some clear advantages when it comes to server access. You’ll have close to 5,300 of them available with this Panama-based provider, whereas the British Virgin Islands-based Surfshark offers you just over 500. What’s more, NordVPN offers useful specialty servers, including Double VPN, P2P, and Obfuscated options. Surfshark also gives you specialized servers, but they aren’t as easily accessible, despite a great overall user interface. Both VPNs are currently able to unblock the US Netflix catalog. Thanks to its server variety, NordVPN also works with many other regional Netflix versions. It’s also the better VPN for China, getting past the Great Firewall without an issue. To find our winner, we’ll need to go deeper. Scroll down to read how Surfshark and NordVPN performed in our category tests.