NordVPN vs TorGuard vs 2017

After comparing these VPNs, we have a winner!

 
 

Which VPN is better?

Daniel Krohn
Technical writer, ex-robot manual creator gone privacy enthusiast/VPN expert
When looking at VPN services, you need to consider what your priorities are. Is anonymous payment important to you? Are simultaneous connections a high priority? Is a live chat feature critical to your choice? NordVPN would satisfy some of these needs, while TorGuard will satisfy others. If you want to watch Netflix from outside of the US, Nord is the only one of the two who can slip under the radar. One of the drawbacks to TorGuard is the application of their kill switch, which is available but must be done manually, whereas Nord’s is very easy to implement. Both services do allow anonymous payment, as well as the use of Bitcoin. Both allow you to connect using your desired protocol and cost-wise, they are similar. Nord also runs out of Panama, giving users the confidence that they are safe from the prying eyes of the government. Finally, NordVPN offers users 30 days to request a refund, whereas Torguard only allows for 7 days.
 
Rating
Features
  • 4.9
  • 4.3
Pricing
  • 5.0
  • 4.2
Ease of Use
  • 5.0
  • 4.5
Reliability & Support
  • 4.9
  • 4.5
 

Reviews

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.
Expert Review

Ariel Hochstadt
Ex-Google, International tech speaker
  • 4.2

TorGuard is one of the most renowned online privacy providers. With over 1200 servers in 43 different locations, it guarantees service for users from all around the world including countries with restrictions. The network is spread out across various countries, which includes the US, China, UAE, Egypt and Australia. Once connected, you are allowed to select any server of your choice, all offeri

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Latest positive user review
Justin
  • 5.0
No major complaints Their support is probably the best I've ever received, with responses within a few minutes. Their android app however needs some improvement with more frequent updates need, but the windows version seems to have no issues. Their recent anyconnect vpn service addition seems to work much faster than openvpn at its highest cypher setting.
Latest negative user review
James
  • 1.0
Don't use if you want BBC I stopped using TorGuard after receiving this after signing up in June 2017.... "Thank you for contacting us. At the moment all of our shared servers have been blocked by BBC." Great set-up, easy interface and good speeds, but the above is a complete killer for me so no good.
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.
Justin
  • 5.0
No major complaints Their support is probably the best I've ever received, with responses within a few minutes. Their android app however needs some improvement with more frequent updates need, but the windows version seems to have no issues. Their recent anyconnect vpn service addition seems to work much faster than openvpn at its highest cypher setting.
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.
James
  • 1.0
Don't use if you want BBC I stopped using TorGuard after receiving this after signing up in June 2017.... "Thank you for contacting us. At the moment all of our shared servers have been blocked by BBC." Great set-up, easy interface and good speeds, but the above is a complete killer for me so no good.
 

Pricing

Starting price $2.75/ month $5.00/ month
Money Back Guarantee (Days) 30 30
Devices per license 6 1
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 The Bottom Line

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

Considering everything, NordVPN is the leader in our review. It is easily configurable (or able to be more extensively configured depending on your needs and/or skills), fast and stable. If you are using a VPN in a country like China, either service is a great choice for different reasons. Both offer live chat support, and both offer Linux support. One thing to consider is that TorGuard does not offer a free trial period. When it comes down to it, NordVPN is the winner; they have the right balance of the right features at a good price, especially with a coupon. More Info