The methodology below explains in more detail our rating system, so you can learn about each testing category and how much it factors into the overall free trial rating.
1. Free Trial Restrictions: 40%
Minimum Requirement: Access to the majority of the VPN’s servers without speed throttling and a comparable security suite.
We Recommend: No restrictions at all. The free trial works the same as the premium version.
We systematically compare and contrast the free trial experience to the premium (paid-for) account and discover what’s been excluded from the trial run.
The fewer the restrictions the higher the rating we award.
Many VPN trials exclude certain features to encourage subscriptions. This can include fewer global connections, the removal of streaming-optimized servers, or inferior security.
We recommend VPNs that offer the fullest free trial experience.
2. Free Trial Duration: 30%
Minimum Requirement: One day.
We Recommend: At least five days.
Free trials can be as short as one day but some can last up to seven days.
For money-back guarantees, you can expect around 30 days as an average, but some go as high as 45 days.
The more time you are given to experience the VPN, the stronger the rating we assign.
3. Payment Info Needed: 20%
Minimum Requirement: Payment details are taken but you are not charged automatically.
We Recommend: No payment details are required at all.
Some free trials require you to insert payment details to access the service.
But we rate highly those that don’t require any payment information at all.
This way, you don’t have to remember to cancel your account.
If you forget to cancel a free trial that requires payment details, you could be charged.
4. Ease of Cancellation: 10%
Minimum Requirement: Cancellation is easy to find on the account page.
We Recommend: Cancellation is automatic.
Free trials should be easy to cancel. We give the highest ratings to VPN free trials that stop automatically.
For VPN free trials that require payment details, we rank higher those that make cancellation options easy to find.
After we sign up and test the free trials, we inspect and judge the process of cancellation.
If the cancellation process is difficult, or has any hidden catches, we punish the VPN service with a lower rating.