Our expert VPN reviews test every aspect of a VPN.
Our reviews and recommendations are impartial and completely free from outside influence. We never accept financial compensation in exchange for a good review, and VPN services never have a say in how we rate the products we test.
Every VPN we recommend has been tested for the following criteria:
- Privacy-friendly logging policy
- Strong encryption and security features
- Fast and consistent connection speeds
- Reliably unblocks multiple Netflix libraries
- Support for other streaming services
- Professional and responsive customer support
- High-quality apps for popular devices
- VPN servers in desirable locations
- Free trial or money-back guarantee
As well as regularly updating our speed test results, we run frequent tests with streaming platforms like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, BBC iPlayer, and Disney+.
Every VPN is reviewed on Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS and Fire OS devices. We also run every application on Linux, Apple TV, PlayStation, Xbox, and routers.
We check for live chat support and consider extra features like a kill switch, ad-blocker, and split tunnelling. These additional tools can add real value to a VPN.
Specific procedures are also in place to determine which VPNs work in high-censorship countries. For China, we have a dedicated Shanghai server, which we use weekly to test VPN access.
After we’ve tested a VPN for all of these factors, we rate the VPN service according to six main criteria. This includes speed, security, streaming, censorship, customer support, and ease of use.
For a VPN to score highly, it needs to perform well in every single area.
We do all of this to help make your decision as easy as possible. Our reviews will always be honest, transparent, and open.
For an overview of our exact testing criteria, read our 10-step VPN review process.