AzireVPN excels in most areas but lacks a few key features that prevent us from giving it a higher score. A strict zero-logs policy and zippy worldwide speeds are offset by the tiny server network and omission of a VPN kill switch.
The stripped back apps are another downside, with some usability flaws that make the experience unpleasant at times. If you’re looking for a secure, click-and-forget VPN for streaming, though, it’ll more than do the job.
Pricing & Deals
AzireVPN offers four different pricing plans – they vary in length but include exactly the same features. The longer you sign up for, the less you pay each month.
Get 35% off AzireVPN's 2-year plan
AzireVPN Pricing & Deals
Even a single month isn’t overly expensive, coming in at approximately $5.67 – AzireVPN only displays prices in Euros, but we’ve converted them to USD.
The biggest savings can be found on the 2-year plan, which works out at just under $3.70 per month, saving you 35%. There’s also a 12-month subscription that’ll set you back $4.25 each month.
When it comes to payment methods, AzireVPN offers loads of options. You can pay via credit/debit card or PayPal, but there’s also an option to send cash directly to the company if you’re looking for the closest thing to online anonymity.
There’s also a long list of cryptocurrencies you can use as payment, including Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum and many more - you can find all accepted types on AzireVPN’s website.
Speed & Reliability
We weren’t expecting AzireVPN to perform anywhere near as well as it did – by far one of the quickest, most reliable providers we’ve seen at this price point.
Not only are downloads on local connections incredibly fast, peaking at almost 80Mbps in the UK, but you can also expect phenomenal speeds of over 40Mbps connecting out to the US from Europe. This is more than quick enough to do almost anything you want online, whether that be streaming in HD or downloading multiple large files.
The one thing that lets AzireVPN down is latency – high ping times could lead to issues for gamers. If that isn’t your priority, though, don’t let that put you off this great all-round performer.
To read about our speed testing methodologies, please read How We Review VPNs.
AzireVPN’s server network is the smallest we’ve seen from a paid provider, covering only five countries – the US, UK, Canada, Spain, and Sweden. If you live in or around these locations, you shouldn’t have any performance issues, but those located elsewhere in the world could struggle, especially at peak times.
Currently AzireVPN operates 22 individual VPN servers – nine in Stockholm, four in Miami and London, and two apiece in Malaga and Toronto. It’s not possible to connect to any other cities, which could be particularly problematic for users on the West Coast of the US, as it means they’re forced to connect to a server on the other side of the country.
We’re not sure why AzireVPN hasn’t expanded its server network to include countries in Asia, Africa or South America, and it doesn’t look like this is on the agenda anytime soon. If you live on one of these continents, there are much better options out there for you – our top pick is HideMyAss!, with servers in over 190 countries.
Platforms & Devices
AzireVPN offers custom apps for Microsoft Windows, MacOS and Linux devices that you can download directly from its website. It’s also compatible with iOS and Android, but this requires a small element of manual configuration to use WireGuard or OpenVPN.
You can install AzireVPN at router level if you wish, but it’s currently only compatible with OpenWrt, DD-WRT and pfSense routers – there are detailed setup instructions on the site.
Streaming & Torrenting
AzireVPN is by no means our top choice for hassle-free streaming but it’ll do the job if you’re just looking to watch the occasional show on UK Netflix – it doesn’t unblock US Netflix, though. Fans of BBC iPlayer will be disappointed that access to the service currently blocked. If you need near-constant access to sites such as these, we’d recommend opting for a provider with dedicated streaming servers, such as PrivateVPN.
The good news for torrenters is that P2P activity is permitted on all of AzireVPN’s servers. The FAQs explicitly state that file-sharing traffic is “treated equally to any other traffic on all of [its] servers”, which is great to hear.
Encryption & Security
AzireVPN markets itself as a “privacy-minded VPN service”, which becomes very apparent looking at its approach to security. Not only does it use top-rate encryption, it’s also one of the pioneers of WireGuard, a new VPN protocol that’s thought to be even more secure than OpenVPN.
We really like the fact that AzireVPN also owns and operates its own zero-log VPN servers, so you can rest assured your confidential data isn’t being routed through less-secure servers owned by a third party, or in some cases, your ISP. Each of these servers runs in ‘Blind Operator’ mode, meaning that there’s no way the traffic could possibly be monitored.
We’re disappointed that there’s no kill switch feature, as this means that if the VPN connection were to drop, your true IP address would be exposed. We were impressed to see no DNS or IPv6 leaks, though, as these are worryingly common – even among well-established providers.
- OpenVPN (TCP/UDP)
- First-party DNS
- Supports TCP Port 443
While there’s no explicit mention of China or other high-censorship countries on AzireVPN’s website, a lack of obfuscation tools means the apps are unlikely to work. Following the Chinese government’s recent crackdown on VPN providers, it’s near-impossible to bypass the Great Firewall unless you mask the fact you’re connecting using a VPN – censors will simply detect and block your traffic.
This is likely to be the case in other countries with high levels of internet censorship too, and AzireVPN’s tiny server network won’t help matters, either. If you’re looking for a reliable provider for China, you should consider Astrill.
AzireVPN is strictly zero-logs, not even collecting anonymous connection metadata. This means there is no way anything you do while connected to the VPN can be traced back to your individual IP address, so your browsing history remains completely private.
Even better, AzireVPN publishes a monthly transparency report so you can be totally sure it’s not disclosing any personal information to law enforcement agencies or other third parties. You can find this on its blog.
AzireVPN is based in Stockholm, Sweden, where there are no data retention laws that apply to VPN companies, allowing it to maintain its status as a zero-logs provider. This means that even if anyone were to request your data, AzireVPN would have nothing to give them.
Ease of Use
AzireVPN’s desktop apps could do with a lot of improvement, as right now they’re nothing more than system tray icons that let you know if you’re connected or not. There’s no real ‘main screen’ as such, as once you’ve entered your username and password it disappears.
One thing we found incredibly frustrating was that you have to input your login details every time you want to switch server, and if you forget to select the country before you connect you have to log out and do it all again.
There’s no settings menu at all, but that’s hardly necessary seeing as the only configurable option is your selected port and VPN protocol – you control these from the drop-down list below the server locations. We would have appreciated some extra info here, as VPN newbies are unlikely to know which one to select for the best experience.
If you’re using AzireVPN on desktop, it’s as simple as going to the website and downloading the custom client to your device. If you’re a mobile user, it’s slightly more complex and will require an element of manual configuration on your end.
AzireVPN offers detailed setup guides on its site for all devices which walk you through the process from start to finish.
AzireVPN’s customer support is excellent overall but really let down by the lack of live chat feature. The website packs in tons of useful stuff, from setup tutorials to detailed FAQs covering the most common queries.
There’s also loads of general information regarding AzireVPN’s servers and security protocols, which we really like. The one minor downside is that you’re only able to contact a member of the support team via email, meaning you might have to wait a few hours for a response.
The Bottom Line
- Excellent local and international performance
- Currently works with UK Netflix
- Compatible with all major platforms
- Strict zero-logs policy
- P2P permitted on all servers
- Apps could do with improvement
- Very small server network
- No live chat feature
- Lacks VPN kill switch
AzireVPN is a privacy-focused VPN that needs a few small tweaks before we’d wholeheartedly recommend it. Excellent performance and a watertight zero-logs policy are let down by unpolished apps and a server network that’s in desperate need of expansion.
Access to UK Netflix is a welcome bonus, as is the fact that torrenting is permitted on all servers, but there’s no access to US Netflix or BBC iPlayer. It’s a real shame that AzireVPN appears to have sacrificed some essential security features, such as a VPN kill switch, for no particular reason. Customer support needs some work too.