TorGuard vs ExpressVPN

Comparison & Test Results 2018

TorGuard

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TorGuard offers reasonable pricing, good connection speeds, 5 simultaneous connections and better-than-average global server coverage.

TorGuard

TorGuard makes a good choice for users looking to keep expenses down while still reaping a high level of service.


ExpressVPN is an attractive choice for any users who are in need of a reliable VPN provider that supplies fast connection speeds, excellent global server coverage, optimal customer support and comprehensive privacy protections.

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The provider offers reliable international access to the Netflix streaming service, making it the top choice for movie lovers who want to open their content horizons.


How to Choose a VPN

In this article, I’ll be taking a look at ExpressVPN and TorGuard, comparing their features head-to-head in an effort to help you make an informed decision about which VPN best fits your needs.

In the following sections, I’ll take a look at 10 critical features to consider. I’ll explain why each feature is important, share how well both providers perform in that category and declare a “winner” in each individual category. At the end of the article, I will declare an overall “champion” between the two providers.

By the end of the article, you should have enough information at the ready to be able to make a well-informed VPN-buying decision.

Connection Speed

In today’s always-connected world, a fast internet connection is vital. This goes especially for users who engage in online video and audio streaming, as well as online gaming. A VPN shouldn’t slow down your connection more than it has to.

When testing VPN connection speeds, I first check my ISP-only connection speeds. I then connect to each VPN provider and once again test the speed of that connection. I test both providers one after the other for measurement consistency. I use a gigabit fiber internet connection, so your results may vary.

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Local Connection Speeds (U.S.)

The “Local Connection Speeds” test is intended to represent how a VPN will perform when users are connected to a VPN server in their own country (in my case, the U.S.).

Connection Speed Winner (U.S.):  ExpressVPN


Provider

VPN DL Speed

Link

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102 Mbps

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TorGuard

60.9 Mbps

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

The “International Connection Speeds” test is designed to represent how well a VPN provider will perform when the user is connected to a server located in another country. For my testing, I use a server in the United Kingdom

Connection Speed Winner (U.K.): ExpressVPN


Provider

VPN DL Speed

Link

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102 Mbps

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TorGuard

48.5 Mbps

Privacy

The internet is a dangerous place. Hackers are looking to steal your information, and your Internet Service Provider sells your browsing habits to advertisers. Credit card information breaches are a regular occurance, making privacy protections more important than they’ve ever been.

I consider these factors when researching a provider’s privacy protections:

  • Is the provider located in a privacy-friendly country?
  • Does the provider keep logs of their customers’ online activities?
  • Are privacy-friendly payment methods, such as Bitcoin or merchant gift card balances, available?

ExpressVPN makes its home in the British Virgin Islands, which puts no data retention requirements on VPNs. That means the provider keeps no logs of any kind related to their users’ online activities. Bitcoin is available as a payment option.

TorGuard is located in the U.S., where there are currently no requirements for VPNs to keep logs. TorGuard keeps no user activity logs of any kind. The provider accepts Bitcoin and gift card balances as payment for their services.

Privacy Winner: It’s a Tie!

Provider

Privacy Ranking

Link

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TorGuard

Pricing

Here, we see one provider that sits at the low end of the VPN pricing range, while the other rests much closer to the top. TorGuard’s price is one of the lowest around, while ExpressVPN is priced closer to the premium end of the pricing spectrum.

TorGuard asks $9.99 per month when you opt for monthly payments, sliding to $5.00 per month (payable at $59.99 per year) when you pay annually.

ExpressVPN’s monthly fee is $12.95, falling to $8.32 per month when you opt for the $99.95 annual option. You’ll get three extra months free if you purchase an ExpressVPN subscription by clicking on our link.

Pricing Winner: TorGuard

Provider

Monthly Price

(Annual Subscription)

Month-to-Month Price

Money-Back Guarantee Period

Link

TorGuard

$5.00

$9.99

7 Days

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$8.32

$12.95

30 Days

Global Server Coverage

Movie fans will want to take advantage of a VPN’s ability to unblock Netflix and other types of content. Comprehensive global server coverage is key to this ability.

ExpressVPN currently offers 2,000 servers in 94 countries around the globe.

TorGuard’s server coverage is 1,250+ servers in 43+ countries worldwide.

Global Server Coverage Winner: ExpressVPN


Provider

Server Count

Countries

Link

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2,000+

94

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TorGuard

1,250+

43+

 Multi-Platform Support

It seems like everything we own these days is connected to the internet (even your oven). This makes multi-platform support an important factor when deciding on a VPN provider.

ExpressVPN offers apps for the Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, Linux, Amazon Fire TV and BlackBerry platforms. Extensions for the Chrome, Firefox and Safari browser platforms are also available. The provider also offers support for popular routers.

TorGuard’s app support covers Windows, macOS, Linux, Android and iOS devices, as well as many brands of routers. Firefox and Chrome browser extensions are also available.

Multi-Platform Support Winner: ExpressVPN


Provider

# Platforms Supported

Browser Extensions?

Link

1

ExpressVPN Logo

9

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2

TorGuard

6

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Netflix Access

Do you honestly know anyone who doesn’t have a Netflix subscription? Even my 70-something in-laws have it, even if all they use it for is to watch Longmire reruns.

Netflix’s content licensing agreements with film studios and television networks requires it to limit the regions where each country’s content is available. That makes the ability to unblock Netflix content in other countries a priceless feature.

ExpressVPN offers the most reliable Netflix access of any VPN provider I have used. The service provides comprehensive global server coverage and quickly replaces servers that have been blocked by Netflix.

TorGuard also provides access to Netflix. However, reliable access to the service requires a $7.99 per month “dedicated streaming IP” add-on. While I was able to connect to Netflix without the add-on service, access to Netflix was hit-or-miss.

Netflix Access Winner: ExpressVPN (due to its ability to reliably unblock Netflix without the need for an add-on service)


Provider

Netflix Access?

Link

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ExpressVPN Logo
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TorGuard
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Customer Support

Both of the providers in this head-to-head competition offer reliable, easy-to-use services and apps. However, you’ll likely have a support question from time to time.

ExpressVPN offers 24/7 support in the form of always-available live support chat. It also offers a trouble ticket tracking system and a searchable support library for less-critical issues.

TorGuard also offers 24/7 live support chat, a trouble ticket submission system and a searchable knowledge base when you feel like looking for an answer on your own.

Customer Support Winner: It’s a Tie!

Provider

Customer Support Star Rating

Link

ExpressVPN Logo
TorGuard

Encryption

In order to protect a VPN user’s internet connection from monitoring by outsiders, VPN providers encrypt the connection. This keeps a user’s activities encased in an encrypted tunnel.

TorGuard uses AES-256 encryption and uses OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, PPTP, L2TP/IPsec, SSTP and iKEV2 protocols.

ExpressVPN also offers AES-256 encryption for its connections, using OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, PPTP, SSTP and L2TP/IPSec protocols. The provider lacks TorGuard’s iKEV2 encryption.

Encryption Winner: TorGuard


Provider

Encryption Methods

Link

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TorGuard

AES-256 encryption, using OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, PPTP, SSTP, L2TP/IPsec and iKEV2

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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 head of a family, the ability to use a VPN service on multiple devices simultaneously is required.

ExpressVPN limits users to 3 devices at once, while TorGuard allows 5 users at once

Simultaneous Connections Winner: TorGuard


Provider

# of Simultaneous Connections Allowed

Link

1

TorGuard

5

2

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3

BitTorrent Support

BitTorrent/P2P file sharing is one of the most popular ways for users to share information. However, many ISPs - and even some VPN services - frown on this activity. Plus, depending on the content you’re sharing, you could face legal or financial penalties for sharing files.

ExpressVPN allows file sharing on all of its servers. It even offers information designed to improve your BitTorrenting experience.

TorGuard also allows P2P activity on all of its servers.

BitTorrenting Winner: ExpressVPN (due to its better server coverage)


Provider

# of Countries Where VPN Allows BitTorrent Access

Link

1

ExpressVPN Logo

94 (All Countries)

2

TorGuard

43+ (All Countries)

Final Score


Provider

# of Categories Won

Ties

Link

1

ExpressVPN Logo

5

2

2

TorGuard

3

2

Winner: ExpressVPN!

The battle was a close one, but ExpressVPN proves to be the overall winner in this one-on-one VPN faceoff.

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ExpressVPN scored best in the connection speed, global server coverage, multi-platform support, Netflix access and BitTorrent support categories.