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February 2017 - Review, Packages & Deals

Our verdict

“ExpressVPN is fast, simple and absolutely outstanding for streaming: it just works”

9.8

RECOMMENDED FOR

  • Streaming
  • Sports
  • Privacy
  • Travel

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Speeds of up to 61Mbps
  • Tested and working with Netflix
  • Incredibly easy to use

Works with

  • Netflix
  • BBC iPlayer
  • HBO
  • Gaming
  • Kodi
  • Torrenting

Top ExpressVPN packages for February 2017

1 Month

$12.95 per month
  • Presence in 78 Countries
  • 30-day Money-back Guarantee
  • Ultra Fast and Secure
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12 Months

$12.95 $8.32 per month save 36%
  • Servers in 78 Countries
  • 30-day Money-back Guarantee
  • Ultra Fast and Secure
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6 Months

$12.95 $9.99 per month save 23%
  • Presence in 78 Countries
  • 30-day Money-back Guarantee
  • Ultra Fast and Secure
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TOP10VPN RATING

Recommended For

  • Streaming

    Blazing speeds and always working with Netflix make it the streamers' choice

  • Sports

    All the server locations you need to stream more live soccer and beat US blackouts

  • Privacy

    Transparent minimal logging policy plus own DNS servers protect user privacy

ExpressVPN Overview

ExpressVPN is an excellent all-rounder VPN with a particular emphasis on high-performance and reliable streaming. It’s not cheap but you get what you pay for: high speeds, a reliable connection to US Netflix and brilliant and responsive customer support.

Server locations span the globe with a range of options in popular locations, particularly the US. The apps are incredibly easy-to-use and are downloaded, installed and connected in minutes. Advanced users might want greater configurability but they’d be missing out on a stunningly effective service that works well in even high-censorship countries.

ExpressVPN also offers more than enough in terms of encryption strength, security protocols and other features – including a kill switch – to also keep those users happy who prioritise privacy and security both on public Wi-Fi networks and at home. The company’s incorporation in the BVI keeps it outside EU data regulations and beyond the reach of US jurisdiction.

What we like
  • Tested and working with Netflix - verified today
  • Incredibly consistent high performance in our tests
  • Rating of 9.8 on Reseller Ratings from over 3,000 reviews
  • Strong on privacy - HQ outside EU/US jurisdiction, own DNS servers, kill switch feature
What we like less
  • Slightly more expensive than other providers
  • Minimal connection metadata collected for service improvements

SPEED & PERFORMANCE
10

ExpressVPN is blazing fast. It beats every other VPN for speed overall in our tests on its most popular US servers, making it perfect for Netflix. It’s also super speedy on the UK and Australian servers.

Critically, ExpressVPN has been incredibly consistent in our speed test results across its global network. Whatever server you choose, you can expect blistering download and upload speeds, and low latency. This makes it an excellent choice not just for streamers but also gamers and users of P2P technology.

Feature ExpressVPNNordVPNHideMyAss
Max Download Speed 61.14 (UK)46.57 (US)21.56 (US)
Max Upload Speed 36.64 (FRA)36.14 (US)15.18 (FRA)
Ping time 5ms5ms5ms
Unlimited Bandwidth TrueTrueTrue
Average time to connect 8s13s9s
Reliability score 9.89.68.7
Tested and working with Netflix, BBC iPlayer, HBO, Gaming, Kodi, TorrentingNetflix, BBC iPlayer, Torrenting, Sling TV, KodiBBC iPlayer, Torrenting, Sling TV, Gaming

Speed breakdown

SERVER LOCATION Download Speed (Mbps) Upload Speed (Mbps)
Australia 46.68 27.02
Brazil 15.41 6.91
France 38.08 36.64
Germany 58.69 34.1
Hong Kong 10.26 6.74
Mexico 4.77 4.15
UK 61.14 27.63
USA 57.88 25.5

How do we test these VPN speeds?

  • We continuously test the performance of all our featured VPN providers to ensure you have all the latest information you need to choose.
  • We use the Ookla Speedtest tool on our fibre-optic line in central London, via our own paid-for VPN accounts to ensure the fairest results.
  • Our normal download speed is around 40Mbps, upload 18Mbps and ping 3ms and results are from London to the most popular global locations.
  • Our tests are intended to give you an idea of the range of connection speeds. The closer the server and faster your connection, the faster your speeds.

LOCATIONS
10

ExpressVPN has a very extensive global network with a huge number of server locations in nearly 100 countries. We love that all continents are well represented, with a growing number in Africa and the Middle East thanks to recent and ongoing expansion.

The Asia Pacific region may lack China (although the service works well in that country to unblock censored sites), but it has some excellent other options not otherwise broadly available, such as Macau, Nepal, Laos and Myanmar, alongside more traditional locations such as Hong Kong, South Korea and Singapore.

The Americas and Europe have the largest selection. The US offers city-level server options with 15 choices providing coast-to-coast coverage while the range of options in South America includes Peru and Uruguay as well as the more typical locations of Brazil and Argentina. There are almost 50 countries available in Europe alone with city-level choices in the UK, Germany and Netherlands.

Feature ExpressVPNNordVPNHideMyAss
Server Locations 14557336
Servers 1,000+790583
IP addresses 20,000+2,000120,000
Dynamic server switching FalseTrueFalse

Server locations

Most popular locations

  • USA

    • Los Angeles
    • Santa Clara
    • San Francisco
    • San Jose
    • Seattle
    • Chicago
    • New York
    • New Jersey
    • Washington DC
    • Miami
    • Tampa
    • Las Vegas
    • Denver
    • Dallas
    • Atlanta
  • UK

    • London
    • Berkshire
    • Chessington
    • Kent
  • Germany

    • Dusseldorf
    • Darmstadt
    • Frankfurt
  • Australia

    • Sydney
    • Melbourne
  • Brazil

  • Canada

    • Montreal
    • Toronto
    • Vancouver
  • France

  • Turkey

  • Netherlands

    • Amsterdam
    • Rotterdam
  • Hong Kong

  • Japan

  • Switzerland

  • Algeria

  • Argentina

  • Armenia

  • Austria

  • Bahamas

  • Chile

  • Colombia

  • Costa Rica

  • Ecuador

  • Guatemala

  • Mexico

  • Panama

  • Peru

  • Uruguay

  • Venezuela

  • New Zealand

  • Cambodia

  • Indonesia

  • Macau

  • Malaysia

  • Mongolia

  • Philippines

  • Singapore

  • South Korea

  • Taiwan

  • Thailand

  • Vietnam

  • Andorra

  • Azerbaijan

  • Belarus

  • Belgium

  • Bosnia & Herzegovina

  • Bulgaria

  • Croatia

  • Cyprus

  • Czech Republic

  • Denmark

  • Estonia

  • Finland

  • Georgia

  • Greece

  • Hungary

  • Iceland

  • Ireland

  • Isle of Man

  • Italy

  • Jersey

  • Latvia

  • Liechtenstein

  • Lithuania

  • Luxembourg

  • Macedonia

  • Malta

  • Moldova

  • Monaco

  • Montenegro

  • Norway

  • Poland

  • Portugal

  • Romania

  • Russia

  • Serbia

  • Slovakia

  • Slovenia

  • Spain

  • Sweden

  • Ukraine

  • Algeria

  • Egypt

  • India

    • Mumbai
    • Chennai
  • Israel

  • Kazakhstan

  • Kenya

  • Kyrgyzstan

  • South Africa

  • Uzbekistan

See all supported locations…

CUSTOMER SUPPORT
10

The ExpressVPN website has outstanding tutorials with videos and screenshots for just about every conceivable issue. ExpressVPN is a clear market leader in this area as the quality of the online documentation makes it a breeze to connect to its network from almost every device you could think of.

Support via Livechat is excellent: friendly, quick and totally effective. Email response time is good given the popularity of the service with personable help that deals with your issues rather than semi-automated canned responses that just go round in circles. We can’t emphasise enough just how much we love the customer support provided by ExpressVPN. Regardless of your tech savvy, you will benefit from their approach.

Feature ExpressVPNNordVPNHideMyAss
Support Quality 109.29.7
Response time 12hrs 19mins46hrs42mins
24/7 support TrueTrueTrue
Live chat TrueTrueTrue
Knowledge base TrueTrueTrue
Video tutorials TrueTrueTrue

EASE OF USE
10

What we like
  • From purchase to connection in mere minutes
  • Just press the button and go
  • Brilliant tutorials help you connect with almost any device
  • Reliably fast and effective with Netflix
What we like less
  • Almost too easy to use! Some more advanced options would be welcome

The biggest selling points for ExpressVPN are sheer speed and that it just works really well. If streaming is your priority, it’s an excellent choice. ExpressVPN is tested and working with Netflix and other streaming services with download speeds approaching 60Mbps in our tests. We’ve never suffered any drops or instability.

ExpressVPN makes a virtue of simplicity. From purchase to connection takes a matter of minutes. On all major platforms, connection is via an app offering a consistent experience, making it incredibly easy to use across devices. Even when connection is manual (greatly extending device compatibility), the tutorials keep everything user-friendly. The main app screen is stripped back to essentials: a big connect button and simple location options. Further options are hidden behind the burger menu (three horizontal lines) top left, however the minimal design means even inexperienced users are unlikely to miss them. A simple but effective speed and latency testing tool is built in to help you pick the best servers.

What ExpressVPN lacks in advanced configurability, it more than makes up for in location options. Critically for sports fans, you can select server locations in a good spread of specific cities in the US, Canada and other popular countries. You can also select security protocols manually. Overall, effective and easy-to-use: a very appealing combination.

Is ExpressVPN compatible with my device?

Feature ExpressVPNNordVPNHideMyAss
Windows TrueTrueTrue
Mac TrueTrueTrue
Linux TrueManual Manual
iOS TrueTrueTrue
Android TrueTrueTrue
Windows Phone Manual Manual Manual
Blackberry TrueFalseFalse
Router TrueManual Manual
Kindle TrueFalseFalse
Games Consoles Manual FalseFalse

PRIVACY
9.4

ExpressVPN offers compelling security features, such as a kill switch and DNS server ownership. Despite its simple app, you can select manually security protocols. Critically, it’s incorporated beyond the reach of data laws. In high-censorship countries, ExpressVPN automatically uses a proprietary blend of protocols to provide users with a layer of additional obfuscation, helping them overcome more rigorous blocks. Their Network Lock feature (i.e. kill switch) also blocks any IPv6 traffic. 

A minimal logging policy allows ExpressVPN to regulate and further improve its servers but no more than that. The connection data collected  is as follows:

  • Dates (not specific times) when connected to the VPN service
  • Choice of VPN server location
  • Total amount of data transferred per day

This is common among VPN services – better even, given the non-specific nature of using dates rather than exact times – and the data above cannot be used to identify you. However, we cannot give ExpressVPN a perfect score as a result.

Feature ExpressVPNNordVPNHideMyAss
Open VPN (Auto) TrueFalseTrue
Open VPN (UDP/TCP) TrueTrueFalse
PPTP TrueTrueTrue
SSTP TrueTrueTrue
L2TP/IPSec TrueTrueTrue
IKEv2 FalseTrueTrue
Proprietary Protocols TrueFalseFalse
Supports TCP Port 443 TrueFalseFalse
Supports Obfsproxy FalseTrueFalse
Supports Multihop FalseTrueFalse
Supports SSH Tunnel FalseFalseFalse
Supports SSL Tunnel FalseTrueFalse
Permits P2P TrueTrueTrue
Strongest Encryption AES-256AES-256AES-256
First party DNS servers TrueTrueFalse
DNS Leak Blocking TrueTrueTrue
Killswitch TrueTrueTrue
Accepts Bitcoin TrueTrueTrue
Accepts Paypal TrueTrueTrue
Anonymous Payment Method TrueTrueFalse
Activity Logging FalseFalseFalse
Connection Logging TrueFalseTrue
Tor over VPN server FalseTrueFalse

VALUE FOR MONEY
9.6

What we like
  • Works seamlessly with Netflix
  • Incredibly fast across server locations
  • Rock solid reliability and very broad compatibility
What we like less
  • Great value but at a relatively high price point
  • Only three simultaneous devices permitted
  • Lacks advanced configuration options

final score
9.8

“ExpressVPN is fast, simple and absolutely outstanding for streaming: it just works”

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