PureVPN vs. IPVanish
Comparison & Test Results 2018
PureVPN provides top-notch connection speeds, a low price and comprehensive global server coverage.
In addition, the provider offers comprehensive privacy protections, U.S. Netflix and optimal customer support.
IPVanish is a valid Virtual Private Network option for users looking for worldwide BitTorrent access and comprehensive multi-platform support.
International users will appreciate the provider’s fast connections and generous allotment of simultaneous connections.
How to Choose a VPN
In this, the latest round of your favorite one-on-one VPN faceoff, we’ll see PureVPN go up against IPVanish. (Okay, not as thrilling as MTV’s Celebrity Deathmatch, but you’re going to learn something - stay tuned.)
In this article, I’ll offer a look at the top 10 most important categories any user should research when considering which VPN provider is right for their needs. Then:
- I’ll explain why each category is critical.
- I’ll reveal how well both providers perform in each category.
- I’ll crown a victor in each, awarding them 1 point.
- At the end, I’ll tally the scores and name an overall winner.
By the end of this article, readers should have more than enough information to make an educated decision as to which provider is the best fit for their needs.
Note: while each service category is worth 1 point, keep in mind that since the connection speed category is split into domestic and international speed rankings, each speed test is worth 0.5 points.
Connection speed may not be the most important feature of a VPN provider, but it’s definitely near the top of the list. Your laptop, smartphone, Smart TV, gaming console - they’re all connected to the internet.
Here’s how I test VPN connection speeds: First, I connect to one VPN and test both a domestic server and an international server, one after the other, using the Speedtest.net website to measure the connection speeds. I then repeat the process with the second VPN.
Domestic Connection Speeds (U.S.)
The domestic connection speed test is intended to provide an estimation of the connection speeds a user will see from both providers when connecting to a VPN server inside their own borders. (I use a VPN server located in the U.S. for this test.)
International Connection Speeds (U.S. to U.K.)
The international connection speed test is designed to offer an idea of the connection performance a user can expect when connecting to a VPN server that’s located in another country. (I perform the test using a server located in the U.K.)
Trust me when I say that, if you’re connected to the internet, then someone is monitoring your online travels.
Whether it’s your ISP collecting information about your online antics to sell to advertisers, or hackers looking to snag a login (or five), someone is watching.
Ask the following 3 questions when researching any VPN provider’s privacy protections:
PureVPN is based in Hong Kong, where, despite being a Chinese possession, they respect an online user’s privacy. The provider also protects your payment information by accepting cryptocurrency as payment.
Despite being based in the less-than-privacy-friendly country called the United States, IPVanish keeps no logs of any kind related to their customers’ online antics. Sadly, however, they do not accept Bitcoin or other forms of private payment.
When ranking our contenders in the pricing competition, we use the annual subscription rate.
PureVPN is just $4.95 per month (payable at $59.40 per year) when you opt for the annual payment plan. The price goes up to $10.95 for their monthly payment option. Please note that this provider runs special deals on a regular basis, so be sure to visit their website to check whether or not there’s a current discount you can grab.
IPVanish offers an annual subscription for $6.49 per month (payable at $77.99 per year). The monthly plan carries a $10.00 monthly tariff.
Money-Back Guarantee Period
Global Server Coverage
Comprehensive global server coverage is the VPN tool that allows users to access content that might normally be blocked from their current location.
PureVPN has over 2,000 servers spread out among 140+ countries.
IPVanish has 1,000+ servers located in 60+ countries.
For those of us that have multiple internet-connected devices, multi-platform support is an important consideration. The ability to protect all of your devices is an attractive ability for anyone.
IPVanish provides native app support for Windows, macOS, Android, iOS and Amazon Fire TV platforms. The VPN can also be set up for use on Windows Phones, Linux and Chromebook computers, and various routers, equaling 9 supported platforms. No browser extensions are available.
PureVPN also offers top-notch multi-platform support, with native apps for the macOS, Windows, iOS, Android, Android TV and Amazon Fire TV platforms. A PureVPN applet is available for Kodi and DD-WRT routers. Chrome and Firefox browser extensions are also available.
I decide which provider wins based on the number of platforms they support. So, despite the fact that PureVPN offers browser extensions and IPVanish does not, IPVanish still wins thanks to their superior platform support.
No matter how much I enjoy world travel, there are still times when I’d give anything for a burger from my local greasy spoon or a binge session with my favorite Netflix series. While a VPN can’t help me with the burger issue, it certainly can help me access Netflix.
PureVPN offers Netflix access, but it is limited to U.S.-based content. Sure, that’s limited access, but it still beats IPVanish, which doesn’t offer any access to Netflix content at all.
Customer support is a VPN service that no one wants to use, but when they do need to, they’re glad it’s there.
PureVPN offers well-rounded customer support, providing 24/7 live support chat, a trouble ticket tracking system and a searchable knowledge base.
IPVanish’s customer support consists of email support and a searchable knowledge base, but no live support chat.
Encryption is that all-important VPN feature that protects your internet connection from being tracked by your ISP, the government or any other interested parties.
PureVPN uses AES-256 encryption, using OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, L2TP, PPTP and IKEv2 protocols.
IPVanish also offers AES-256 encryption, using OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, L2TP, IPSec and IKEv2 protocols.
AES-256 encryption, using OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, L2TP, IPSec and IKEv2
AES-256 encryption, using OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, L2TP, PPTP and IKEv2
Owners of small businesses and the heads of Brady Bunch-sized families will be particularly appreciative of VPN providers that offer a large number of simultaneous connections on a single login.
IPVanish allows 10 simultaneous connections. That means Carol, Mike, Marcia, Jan, Cindy, Greg, Peter, Bobby and Alice can all use the VPN at the same time. Heck, there’s even an extra one for Tiger, if that dog ever finds his way back home.
PureVPN offers half of what IPVanish offers: only 5 simultaneous connections.
File sharing is legal.
Well, so long as the files you’re sharing aren’t copyrighted.
However, sharing of copyrighted files is so popular that many ISPs block all file sharing activity on their network, no matter what users are actually sharing.
PureVPN support P2P file sharing in over 80 countries.
IPVanish allows torrenting on all of their servers, which adds up to 60+ countries.
# of Countries Where VPN Allows BitTorrent Access
60+ (All Countries)
PureVPN jumped out of the gate and kept the lead the whole time. While IPVanish offers good service all around, PureVPN was able to outperform them in nearly every category.
PureVPN scored best in the connection speed, privacy, pricing, global server coverage, Netflix access, customer support and BitTorrent categories.
Meanwhile, IPVanish scored best in the simultaneous connections and multi-platform support categories. It managed a tie in the encryption category.
PureVPN was the big winner this go-round, offering a competent Virtual Private Network service that’s available at a reasonable price.