NordVPN vs TorGuard vs 2018

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
  • 5.0
  • 4.4
Pricing
  • 4.8
  • 3.7
Ease of Use
  • 5.0
  • 4.4
Reliability & Support
  • 5.0
  • 4.5
 

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

Ariel Hochstadt
Ex-Google, International tech speaker
  • 4.4

TorGuard might be considered a little pricey compared to other VPN services in the market, however, the level of security and the countless features it provides makes it worth the money. Starting off with its security standards, TorGuard uses military-grade encryption (BF CBC, AES 128-bit, AES 256-bit) to secure its entire network of servers. It supports multiple security protocols including O

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Latest positive user review
Julio
  • 5.0
Amazing speed for me High speed, fast support, lightweight software, what else do you need? I'm amazed by the speed they provide, the support was being helpful too. pssst, you can get 50% off for lifetime.
Latest negative user review
Clint
  • 1.0
Dedicated IP Service Terrible I unfortunately purchased their service and paid a year in advance and got the dedicated IP a year in advance. Although it did work for Netflix, The downloads over their dedicated ip service were incredibly slow. So much so that I only got 1/4 of my internet speed most of the day (I was connecting to the vpn using my router). I tried all their other servers (non dedicated ip ones) and they all went as fast as my internet connection could support (15 megabit). I worked with their technical team for days and they couldn't do a damn thin. this is a copy and paste of what one of their team members told me "These are the only networks close to you in the USA that supports streaming - it may be a routing issue between your ISP and these networks, the streaming IP's speed are restricted but optimised for streaming." They also told they don't allow torrenting on their dedicated IP which is mentioned nowhere on their website which I think people would want to know. MONEY BACK GUARANTEE B.S. they only refunded 34.00 US of the 69 I was charged initially, they claim they DO NOT refund any of the money for the dedicated IP's because they have to completely delete them from their system once you have used it (I WOULD BE OK WITH THE EXPLANATION BUT I SERIOUSLY DOUBT THE COMPANY THEY GET THE DEDICATED IP FROM CHARGES THEM A YEAR IN ADVANCE AS WELL CONSIDERING YOU CAN PAY ON A MONTHLY BASIS FOR ONE BUT THEY CHOSE NOT TO REFUND ME ANY OF THE MONEY FOR THE DEDICATED IP, "Ok I now see that on your account, however, dedicated IPs are non-refundable once assigned I'm afraid. The IP is considered 'used' once paid for and released so we would be unable to re-use it. Kind regards")
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..
Julio
  • 5.0
Amazing speed for me High speed, fast support, lightweight software, what else do you need? I'm amazed by the speed they provide, the support was being helpful too. pssst, you can get 50% off for lifetime.
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.
Clint
  • 1.0
Dedicated IP Service Terrible I unfortunately purchased their service and paid a year in advance and got the dedicated IP a year in advance. Although it did work for Netflix, The downloads over their dedicated ip service were incredibly slow. So much so that I only got 1/4 of my internet speed most of the day (I was connecting to the vpn using my router). I tried all their other servers (non dedicated ip ones) and they all went as fast as my internet connection could support (15 megabit). I worked with their technical team for days and they couldn't do a damn thin. this is a copy and paste of what one of their team members told me "These are the only networks close to you in the USA that supports streaming - it may be a routing issue between your ISP and these networks, the streaming IP's speed are restricted but optimised for streaming." They also told they don't allow torrenting on their dedicated IP which is mentioned nowhere on their website which I think people would want to know. MONEY BACK GUARANTEE B.S. they only refunded 34.00 US of the 69 I was charged initially, they claim they DO NOT refund any of the money for the dedicated IP's because they have to completely delete them from their system once you have used it (I WOULD BE OK WITH THE EXPLANATION BUT I SERIOUSLY DOUBT THE COMPANY THEY GET THE DEDICATED IP FROM CHARGES THEM A YEAR IN ADVANCE AS WELL CONSIDERING YOU CAN PAY ON A MONTHLY BASIS FOR ONE BUT THEY CHOSE NOT TO REFUND ME ANY OF THE MONEY FOR THE DEDICATED IP, "Ok I now see that on your account, however, dedicated IPs are non-refundable once assigned I'm afraid. The IP is considered 'used' once paid for and released so we would be unable to re-use it. Kind regards")
 

Pricing

Starting price $2.75/ month $5.00/ month
Money Back Guarantee (Days) 30 30
Devices per license 6 5
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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