VyprVPN vs ExpressVPN
Comparison & Test Results 2018
VyprVPN offers a reasonable price, some Netflix access, reasonably speedy connections, top-notch customer support and above-average global server coverage.
The provider makes a great choice for users who are looking for a good selection of features and protection for a low price.
ExpressVPN is an excellent choice for users looking for a provider that offers fast connection speeds and comprehensive global server coverage, as well as top-notch customer support and privacy protections.
The provider’s reliability when it comes to keeping the lines open to international Netflix content makes it the perfect VPN provider for movie lovers who don’t like having their content choices restricted.
How to Choose a VPN
In this article, I’ll be taking a head-to-head look at VyprVPN and ExpressVPN. The purpose of this comparison is to help possible Virtual Private Network (VPN) users to make an informed decision as to which provider is right for their needs.
When considering providers, there are 10 critical factors to consider. In the sections below, I’ll cover each category, explain its importance, provide a look at how well each provider performs in the category, and then declare a “victor” for each category. Finally, I’ll declare an overall “winner” of the “competition.”
By the time you finish reading this article, you should have enough information on hand to make an informed VPN-buying decision.
It’s an always-connected world out there, and no one wants to have to wait for an update. Fast connection speeds have never been more critical. This is especially true for fans of streaming video, or those who love to battle in the online gaming arena. This makes it vitally important to find a VPN provider that slows your connection as little as possible.
I test connection speeds by first measuring my usual ISP-only speeds, then connecting to each VPN provider and once again testing the connection speed. Both VPNs are tested within minutes of each other to provide consistency in the measurements. (I use a gigabit fiber internet connection, so your speeds may be different.)
Local Connection Speeds (U.S.)
This speed test is designed to give readers a good idea of the type of connection speeds they see when they’re connected to a VPN in their own country.
International Connection Speeds (U.S. to U.K.)
The international speed test is designed to offer an idea of the performance you’d see with each provider when connecting to a VPN server located in another country. I use the United Kingdom for testing purposes.
These days, it seems as if danger lurks around every corner of the internet.
Besides hackers that are looking to steal your personal information, your Internet Service Provider can sell records of your online activities to the highest bidder. Plus, credit card information is also vulnerable to theft by hackers. That makes privacy protection more important than ever.
When ranking a provider’s privacy protections, I consider 3 things:
British Virgin Islands-based ExpressVPN benefits from their home country’s lack of data retention laws, which allows the provider to follow a strict “no logs” policy when it comes to customer activities. The provider also accepts Bitcoin as payment.
Although VyprVPN is based in the privacy-friendly confines of Switzerland, where VPNs are not required to keep user logs, the provider does keep some logs for up to 30 days.
While none of their users’ online activities are saved, the logs do contain the user’s real IP address, the IP assigned during a session, start and stop times of sessions, and the amount of data used during a session.
VyprVPN also does not accept any forms of privacy-protecting payments.
In the pricing department, we find two providers sitting at both ends of the VPN pricing range. VyprVPN is one of the most reasonably priced providers available today, while ExpressVPN is one of the most expensive providers around.
VyprVPN’s fee is $9.95 when you pay month-to-month, dropping to $5.00 per month ($60.00 per year) when you opt for an annual subscription.
ExpressVPN’s month-to-month price of entry is $12.95, which is reduced to $8.32 per month when you sign up for their $99.95 annual option. You’ll get 3 free months of service when you buy an annual subscription through our link.
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Global Server Coverage
A VPN provider’s global server coverage numbers directly relate to how much streaming and gaming content you’ll be able to unblock around the world. More equals better.
ExpressVPN currently has 2,000 servers, well-scattered among 94 countries around the world.
VyprVPN’s server coverage consists of 700+ servers located in 65 countries, which still packs a darned good bit of unblocking punch.
If you’re like me, it seems like everything you own is connected to the internet. This makes multi-platform support a critical consideration when searching for the right VPN service.
ExpressVPN offers native 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, and the provider delivers support for popular routers.
VyprVPN’s native app support covers Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Linux devices, as well as a native app for the Android TV platform, and certain routers and Network Attached Server units. No VyprVPN browser extensions are currently available.
I don’t know about you, but I actually can’t think of anyone I know that doesn’t subscribe to the Netflix video streaming service. Unfortunately, Netflix’s content licensing contracts limit the countries where certain content is available. This makes the ability to access Netflix content in other countries a particularly important consideration.
ExpressVPN offers the best Netflix access that I have seen of any VPN provider I’ve tested. Its wide global server coverage and 24-hour support, as well as it being quick to replace VPN servers that have been blocked by the streaming giant, makes it my top choice for use with Netflix.
As of January 2018, VyprVPN saw a significant increase in Netflix’s blocking of its IP addresses. While some users have reported success in logging off of the VPN provider and reconnecting to get a new IP address, access to Netflix appears to be a hit-or-miss situation.
Both of the providers we’re taking a look at today provide easy-to-use apps and reliable services. However, most users will have a support-related question from time to time, and when that time comes, you’ll want fast and reliable answers.
ExpressVPN offers around-the-clock support via a 24/7 live support chat option, a trouble ticket submission system and an easy-to-use support library. I’ve always received great support from this provider, with prompt, knowledgeable answers as the norm.
VyprVPN also offers live support chat, a trouble ticket system and a searchable knowledge base. Quick replies with helpful information has always been the rule in my support experience with the provider.
Customer Support Winner: It’s a Tie!
All VPN services provide encrypted connections to their users, as it keeps a user’s online activities hidden away from those who are looking to monitor their activities, or steal personal or business-related information.
ExpressVPN’s connections offer AES-256 encryption. VPN protocols used include OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, PPTP, SSTP and L2TP/IPSec.
VyprVPN’s connections are encrypted using AES-256 and use the PPTP, OpenVPN and L2TP/IPsec protocols. The provider also offers a “Chameleon” protocol that “scrambles” data for an extra fee. While VyprVPN is missing ExpressVPN’s PPTP and SSTP protocols, “Chameleon” could bear extra consideration for users looking to better hide their VPN usage.
AES-256 encryption, using OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, PPTP, SSTP and L2TP/IPSec
PPTP, OpenVPN, L2TP/IPsec and Chameleon
If you have a family or own a small business, you’ll likely have more than one person using your VPN account. That’s what makes the ability to have simultaneous users accessing the account a critical feature.
ExpressVPN and VyprVPN both limit users to 3 devices at once.
Simultaneous Connections Winner: It’s a Tie!
BitTorrent/P2P file sharing is popular with online users of all ages. However, depending on the type of files you’re sharing and where you’re sharing them from, there could be legal or financial penalties involved.
ExpressVPN allows file sharing in every country it serves. The provider also offers helpful information on how to best use their VPN service for the activity.
VyprVPN allows P2P/BitTorrent connections, via all of their servers, in every country served.
# of Countries Where VPN Allows BitTorrent Access
94 (All Countries)
65 (All Countries)
While it was a close battle, ExpressVPN is the overall victor in this head-to-head VPN challenge.
ExpressVPN not only offers top-notch privacy protection, but also offers the fastest connection speeds, best global server coverage, most reliable Netflix support and widest BitTorrent coverage.
VyprVPN scored highest in multiple categories, faring best in pricing and multi-platform support. It scored a tie with ExpressVPN in the customer support and simultaneous connections categories.
While both providers are valid choices as a VPN provider, ExpressVPN provides more return on investment, especially for heavy Netflix users, online gamers and P2P file sharing users. That makes ExpressVPN the victor of this competition.