Astrill VPN vs ExpressVPN

Comparison & Test Results 2018

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Astrill VPN provides excellent connection speeds, top-notch privacy protection, outstanding customer support (phone support!), limited Netflix access and 5 simultaneous connections.

Astrill VPN

The provider will make for an attractive option for users looking for fast connections that will keep their online activities hidden away.


ExpressVPN provides reliable VPN service with top-notch Netflix access, excellent global server coverage, global access to P2P file sharing and much more.

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This provider is the best choice I’ve found for film lovers, gamers and those users looking to keep their connections well-protected.


How to Choose a VPN

In this article, I’ll provide a head-to-head overview of Astrill VPN and ExpressVPN. By the end, you should end up with enough information to make an informed decision as to which provider is the right one for you.

I’ll take a look at 10 critical features that any user should consider before buying a VPN. I will explain why each feature is critical, explain how well both providers performed in the service category and declare a winner.

At the end, I’ll tally up the scores and declare an overall head-to-head victor.

Connection Speed

On today’s internet, speed is everything. That means users should look for a VPN service that slows down your internet connection as little as possible.

When testing VPN connection speeds, I first test the download speed of my ISP connection. I then connect to each VPN and test the speed again. I test the VPN providers within minutes of each other, to provide consistency for the speed measurements. My internet connection is a gigabit fiber connection, so be aware that your mileage may vary.

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Local Connection Speeds (U.S.)

This test is designed to represent the type of performance you’re likely to see when connecting to a VPN server inside your own country. (I use U.S. servers)

Connection Speed Winner (U.S.): Astrill VPN


Provider

ISP DL Speed

VPN DL Speed

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Astrill VPN

140.65 Mbps

104.1 Mbps

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140.65 Mb

86.5 Mbps

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International Connection Speeds (U.S. to U.K.)

This test is designed to represent the type of performance you’ll likely see when connecting to a VPN server in another country. (I use a U.K. server.)

Connection Speed Winner (U.S. to U.K.): Astrill VPN


Provider

ISP DL Speed

VPN DL Speed

Link

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Astrill VPN

140.65 Mbps

80.9 Mbps

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140.65 Mbps

75.1 Mbps

Privacy

If you’re using the internet, someone is attempting to monitor your activities. It’s just that simple. Whether it’s your ISP looking to sell your online activities to advertisers or a hacker trying to steal your banking info, someone is watching. That’s why optimal privacy protection is so critical.

Consider the following when mulling over a provider’s privacy protections:

  • Is the provider located in a privacy-copacetic country?
  • Do they keep any logs of their users’ online travels?
  • Are Bitcoin or merchant gift card balances available as payment options?

British Virgin Islands-based ExpressVPN takes advantage of their government’s lack of data retention requirements, recording no information about their users’ online antics. Bitcoin is happily accepted here.

Astrill VPN is based in the country Seychelles, which has no data retention requirements. Astrill keeps no logs of any kind related to customers’ online activities. Bitcoin is available as a payment option.

Privacy Winner: It’s a Tie!

Provider

Privacy Ranking

Link

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Pricing

Both of these providers carry a premium price.

ExpressVPN asks a $12.95 tariff if you pay month-to-month, which goes down to $8.32 per month if you opt for their $99.95 annual plan. If you click our link to ExpressVPN you’ll get 3 free month added on to your annual subscription.

Astrill VPN will take a $15.90 chunk out of your billfold if you pay monthly, or $8.33 per month if you pay for a year in advance ($99.96).

Pricing Winner: ExpressVPN (By a Literal Penny)

Provider

Monthly Price

(Annual Subscription)

Month-to-Month Price

Money-Back Guarantee Period

Link

ExpressVPN Logo

$8.32

$12.95

30 Days

Astrill VPN

$8.33

$15.90

7 Days or a 7-Day Free Trial

Global Server Coverage

Comprehensive global server coverage is vital if you’re looking to use your VPN to unlock streaming or gaming content located in other parts of the world. The more server locations, the better.

ExpressVPN has placed 2,000+ servers in 94 countries around the world.

Astrill has 342 VPN servers in 52 countries.

Global Server Coverage Winner: ExpressVPN


Provider

Server Count

Countries

Link

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2,000+

94

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Astrill VPN

342

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 Multi-Platform Support

Computers, tablets, smartphones, toasters - they’re all connected to the internet. That means optimal multi-platform support from your VPN provider is vital.

ExpressVPN offers app support for the Windows, macOS, Android, Linux, iOS, BlackBerry and Amazon Fire TV platforms. Browser extensions are available for the Safari, Firefox and Chrome platforms. Support for various brands of browsers is also available.

Astrill VPN offers native apps for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS devices. Support for DD-WRT and ASUS Merlin routers is available. No browser extensions are offered.

Multi-Platform Support Winner: ExpressVPN


Provider

# Platforms Supported

Browser Extensions?

Link

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9

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Astrill VPN

6

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Netflix Access

I’d venture to say that the vast majority of my readers subscribe to Netflix. You may have noticed that Netflix content in other countries isn’t the same as what’s available in yours.

Netflix makes content agreements with film studios and television networks, which require availability of the content to be restricted to the borders of the licensed country. Netflix monitors connections coming into their servers to ensure that only viewers inside the licensing area are accessing the content.

That’s why a VPN’s ability to break through these blockades is so valuable.

ExpressVPN offers the best access to international content of any VPN provider I’ve tried. The provider has the globe well-covered with servers, and they respond quickly when one of their servers is blocked by the streaming service.

An Astrill VPN support agent told me the service provides access to U.S. Netflix servers, and every U.S.-based server I tried provided access to the content. The provider doesn’t guarantee reliable access to other countries’ content.

Netflix Access Winner: ExpressVPN


Provider

Netflix Access?

Link

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Astrill VPN
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Customer Support

Both providers offer reliable service and simple-to-use apps. However, you are likely to need occasional assistance, and that’s when you’ll appreciate a quick, informed answer.

Astrill VPN’s support options include 24/7 phone support (!), 24/7 live support chat, email support, FAQs and setup manuals.  

ExpressVPN provides 24/7 support to its users via a live support chat function. Support options also include a trouble ticket tracking system and a searchable support library.

Customer Support Winner: Astrill VPN (Phone Support!)


Provider

Customer Support Star Rating

Link

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Astrill VPN

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Encryption

A VPN’s encryption applies a protective layer to a user’s internet connection, keeping the user’s online activities safe from prying eyes.

Astrill VPN provides AES-256 encryption with OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, StealthVPN, OpenWeb, L2TP, IPSec and SSTP protocols.

ExpressVPN’s provides AES-256 encryption and offers OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, PPTP, SSTP and L2TP/IPSec protocols. ExpressVPN lacks Astrill’s StealthVPN and OpenWeb protocols.

Encryption Winner: Astrill VPN


Provider

Encryption Methods

Link

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Astrill VPN

AES-256 encryption, OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, StealthVPN, OpenWeb, L2TP, IPSec and SSTP

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AES-256 encryption, using OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, PPTP, SSTP and L2TP/IPSec

 Simultaneous Connections

If you’re the owner of a small business or the parent of a large family, finding a provider that allows multiple devices to be connected simultaneously definitely adds to the value of your VPN provider.

Astrill VPN allows up to 5 connections at once, while ExpressVPN limits users to 3 devices at once.

Simultaneous Connections Winner: Astrill VPN


Provider

# of Simultaneous Connections Allowed

Link

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Astrill VPN

5

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BitTorrent Support

P2P/BitTorrent file sharing is a popular, if shadowy, activity among internet users. While there are many legal reasons to share files, some users share copyrighted materials, which leads to blocking by ISPs.

ExpressVPN allows file sharing on all of its servers and even offers tips on how to improve your P2P sharing.

Astrill VPN allows file sharing on servers located in 15 countries. (They’re designated in the app’s server list by a yellow star.)

BitTorrenting Winner: ExpressVPN


Provider

# of Countries Where VPN Allows BitTorrent Access

Link

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94 (All Countries)

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Astrill VPN

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Final Score


Provider

# of Categories Won

Ties

Link

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5

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Astrill VPN

4

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Winner: ExpressVPN!

It was a photo finish.

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Both providers performed equally in the privacy category.

ExpressVPN performed best in the pricing, global server coverage, multi-platform support, Netflix access and BitTorrent support categories.

Astrill VPN was tops in the connection speed, customer support, encryption and simultaneous connections head-to-head battles.

It was a close one, but ExpressVPN edged out Astrill VPN at the finish line. However, depending on your personal needs, Astrill VPN may turn out to be the better option for you.