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IPVanish Review

Callum Tennent
By Callum TennentUpdated
Our Score9.2
User Rating
 100% 
(402 User Reviews)

Super fast zero-logs VPN. Great for P2P. Lots of extra privacy features.

What we like
  • Fast download speeds - 50Mbps global average
  • Top-class upload speeds and latency
  • Working access to Netflix
  • P2P and torrenting permitted on all servers
  • Connect securely to 61 countries

IPVanish is an excellent zero-logs VPN for torrenting, Kodi and gaming. Not only is it super secure and private, it’s also incredibly fast. Download speeds are terrific in many popular server locations while upload speeds worldwide are best-in-class with low latency.

The one trade-off is limited streaming access – although Netflix is currently working, BBC iPlayer remains blocked.

It offers strong encryption and lots of privacy positives such as first-party DNS servers and a VPN kill switch. It doesn’t even collect basic connection metadata, making it a zero-logs VPN.

Pricing & Deals

IPVanish offers a range of pricing plans and, like most other providers, the longer the subscription you opt for the less you pay on a monthly basis.

The biggest savings can be found on the 12-month plan, which works out at $6.49 per month – decent value for money for the fantastic service offered by IPVanish. Paying month-by-month is the most expensive option at $10.

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IPVanish Pricing & Deals

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12 Months
US$6.49/mo
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Billed $77.99 every 12 months
3 Months
US$8.99/mo
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Billed $26.99 every 3 months
1 Month
US$10.00/mo
$10.00 billed every month
Get IPVanish7-day money-back guarantee

IPVanish offers a seven-day money-back guarantee for those who are not 100% satisfied with the service. This is a genuine no-questions-asked guarantee, with no restrictions or fair usage policies – simply cancel your subscription within the first seven days and you will receive your refund within ten working days.

Bear in mind that if you sign up through the iOS app you don’t qualify for the money-back guarantee, but there is a seven-day free trial for iOS users.

Payment Options

IPVanish accepts a limited range of payment options, including credit/debit cards and PayPal only. Unfortunately, neither cryptocurrencies nor international options (such as Alipay) are currently accepted.

Speed & Reliability

IPVanish has some of the fastest download speeds to date in our tests. Its best servers are absolutely outstanding: if you are near Toronto, San Francisco, Singapore, London or Paris and mainly need to connect locally then IPVanish is very hard to beat.

Globally, it’s more of a mixed bag, with some poorer performing servers dragging down the global average speed to a less spectacular but still respectable 50Mbps, which is more than enough to handle multiple downloads and HD video streams.

Uploads and latency are consistently among the best we’ve seen, making IPVanish a very smart choice for gamers and users of P2P software, such as Kodi or torrent clients.

IPVanish Performance Data

Select location:
  • Download Speed Average:50.06 Mbps
    Upload Speed Average:27.09 Mbps
    Ping Time Average:139 ms
  • Download Speed Average:152.55 Mbps
    Upload Speed Average:116.71 Mbps
    Ping Time Average:2 ms
  • Download Speed Average:121.61 Mbps
    Upload Speed Average:161.37 Mbps
    Ping Time Average:1 ms
  • Download Speed Average:203.65 Mbps
    Upload Speed Average:141.64 Mbps
    Ping Time Average:3 ms
  • Download Speed Average:129.69 Mbps
    Upload Speed Average:117.40 Mbps
    Ping Time Average:2 ms
  • Download Speed Average:350.43 Mbps
    Upload Speed Average:240.58 Mbps
    Ping Time Average:1 ms
  • Download Speed Average:156.02 Mbps
    Upload Speed Average:97.25 Mbps
    Ping Time Average:4 ms
  • Download Speed Average:193.55 Mbps
    Upload Speed Average:140.76 Mbps
    Ping Time Average:3 ms
  • Download Speed Average:152.98 Mbps
    Upload Speed Average:124.47 Mbps
    Ping Time Average:2 ms
  • Download Speed Average:81.93 Mbps
    Upload Speed Average:27.79 Mbps
    Ping Time Average:5 ms
  • Download Speed Average:290.24 Mbps
    Upload Speed Average:195.19 Mbps
    Ping Time Average:1 ms
  • Download Speed Average:66.61 Mbps
    Upload Speed Average:13.47 Mbps
    Ping Time Average:51 ms

IPVanish offers extremely fast downloads on local connections, peaking at a phenomenal average speed of 350Mbps, while other hotspots average 173Mbps. Connections to the US typically approached 27Mbps, nothing to get excited about but enough to handle HD streaming and downloading. If you want to connect out from Australia or Japan most connections to struggle to reach a paltry 14Mbps.

We also logged fantastically low latency of less than 1ms for users in Toronto, Paris and Frankfurt and under 2ms in New York and Amsterdam, making IPVanish a dream for torrenters and gamers.

IPVanish’s upload speeds are the best we have seen from any VPN provider. Average local upload speeds were incredibly fast at 125Mbps, and some individual servers tested significantly higher than that, such as Paris with a phenomenal 241Mbps.

While IPVanish is certainly very fast, it lacks consistency in download speeds. If you only need to connect locally then IPVanish is a fantastic choice. Performance on international connections is much less consistent, though, so carefully consider your locational needs before buying.

To read about our speed testing methodologies, please read How We Review VPNs.

Features

Server Locations

61Countries61Countries
88Cities88Cities
40,000+IP Addresses40,000+IP Addresses

IPVanish’s server network is above average in size, covering the most popular locations across the world. For most users 61 countries will be more than enough to choose from, but should you need more choice then there are other providers that offer more – you get over 190 with HideMyAss!

Where IPVanish really stands out is in its roughly 1,100 individual servers and 40,000-plus IP addresses, which is one of the largest offerings we’ve ever seen. This is great for performance, as you’re unlikely to suffer slowdowns due to server congestion.

The choice of 17 US cities puts IPVanish up there with the best providers for US coverage. Four cities in the UK is also a good amount of choice.

The Asia Pacific region is pretty well covered, and it’s nice to see servers in some countries that are not usually broadly available, such as Malaysia, United Arab Emirates and the Philippines.

You can find the complete list of IPVanish server locations by country and purpose on its website below.

Platforms & Devices

Apps

Windows LogoWindows
Mac LogoMac
iOS LogoiOS
Android LogoAndroid
Linux LogoLinux
Router LogoRouter

IPVanish offers the usual range of native apps for various devices including Microsoft Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and Amazon Fire TV. It also has a range of pre-loaded VPN routers, which allow you to protect every device on your network with zero hassle.

On IPVanish’s website you can also find a series of manual set-up guides for those devices without specific apps, including Linux and Chromebook. They also provide step-by-step instructions to manually configure your existing router to support the software.

Browser Extensions

IPVanish doesn’t offer browser extensions for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari. Most of their rivals offer at least a proxy extension, with ExpressVPN providing full-featured extensions for all popular browsers.

Games Consoles & Streaming Devices

AppleTV LogoAppleTV
Amazon Fire TV LogoAmazon Fire TV
Chromecast LogoChromecast
Nintendo LogoNintendo
PlayStation LogoPlayStation
Roku LogoRoku
Xbox LogoXbox

Only the Amazon Fire TV Stick has its own dedicated solution. In order to use consoles or any other streaming devices you will need to connect via a router with a VPN configuration or piggyback off a VPN connection from another device running the IPVanish app, like a laptop or smartphone.

Streaming & Torrenting

Access to some major streaming sites is very inconsistent. Netflix fans will be pleased to hear that many of the US servers are currently working with the service, but iPlayer is currently blocked on all UK servers following recent crackdowns on VPN traffic by the BBC.

Rather than devote resources to an endless battle with streaming sites, IPVanish has instead diverted its efforts towards becoming the best possible VPN for P2P traffic and being highly competitive on privacy in general.

Kodi fans and heavy torrenters won’t find many better options. Local download speeds are absolutely fantastic, while upload speeds consistently amazed us. P2P traffic is allowed on all servers while a zero-logs policy and a suite of powerful privacy tools keeps all activity protected.

Encryption & Security

IPVanish has a host of great security features that help make it one of our top picks for privacy. The desktop app automatically connects through OpenVPN, the most secure protocol, though there are other protocols available.

Encryption is via AES-256, which is used by the US federal government and considered unbreakable.

The VPN kill switch feature is essential, as it prevents your true IP address from being leaked in case of a connection dropout. IPVanish also operates its own zero-log DNS servers which you can select on the app to prevent your traffic from being routed through third-party servers. You are also protected against DNS and IPv6 leaks.

IPVanish also supports port 443 which is used for secure web traffic over HTTPS, meaning you will appear online as normal web browser traffic rather than a VPN user.

Protocol
  • IKEv2/IPSec
  • L2TP/IPSec
  • OpenVPN (TCP/UDP)
  • PPTP
Encryption
  • AES-256
Security
  • DNS Leak Blocking
  • First-party DNS
  • IPV6 Leak Blocking
  • Supports TCP Port 443
  • VPN Kill Switch
Advanced features
  • SOCKS

Bypassing Censorship

Despite offering a scramble tool that offers an extra layer of obfuscation to OpenVPN, customer support clearly state that it’s unlikely IPVanish will work in China. We like the transparency, but if you need a VPN to get through the Great Firewall take a look at our roundup of the Best VPNs for China.

IPVanish does remain a good choice in other high-censorship countries such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia, though, thanks to the OpenVPN obfuscation tool and its decent choice of server locations.

Privacy

Logging Policy

IPVanish is a zero-logs VPN – it doesn’t collect even basic usage statistics from its users. This means that it doesn’t keep a record of connection timestamps, IP addresses, or server choice.

The privacy policy is clear and concise, stating that the browsing activities of users logged into the VPN service isn’t visible to anyone at all, including IPVanish itself.

IPVanish does monitor general server performance to ensure the best possible speeds, but this doesn’t involve any personally identifiable data and therefore cannot be traced back to individual users of the service.

It’s worth noting that in 2016, while under previous management, IPVanish was found to have handed over the IP address, VPN connection logs, and personal information of a user under investigation by US authorities. While we absolutely condemn the acts committed by the accused in the court case, the fact that a so-called ‘zero-logs’ VPN did in fact supply logs contradicts its claims at the time. You can read the court case papers here.

IPVanish was acquired by StackPath, LLC in February 2017 and, after the court case papers were brought to light in June 2018, it stated in a blog post on the VPN’s website: “IPVanish does not, has not, and will not log or store logs of our users’ activity as a StackPath company. Our commitment to customer privacy is unwavering”.

CEO Lance Crosby also said of the matter: “I can’t speak to what happened on someone else’s watch, and that management team is long gone. But know this – in addition to not logging, StackPath will defend the privacy of our users, regardless of who demands otherwise.”

Jurisdiction

IPVanish is incorporated in the United States, which is a potential red flag. However, its zero-logs policy means that there should be no data on any of its users regardless of any third-party request from the US authorities.

The IPVanish privacy policy states that in these cases it simply informs the agency making the request that it does not keep logs or retain any user data.

Ease of Use

IPVanish may not have the prettiest set of apps we’ve seen, but they do work very well to get you quickly and optimally connected. The desktop app looks a little clunky and outdated, but the main menu is still simple to use.

There’s a settings menu filled with more advanced options nicely organized into tabs to make it easy to navigate.

We like that you can select a specific server to automatically connect to on startup, meaning you don’t even need to remember to connect when you turn on your device.

The mobile apps are very similar to the desktop client in terms of accessibility, making it easy to choose a server and see what protocol you’re using.

The only disappointment is that the VPN kill switch is missing on mobile.

Getting Started

Even if you’re a VPN newbie, installing IPVanish is an incredibly simple process and only takes a few minutes from start to finish. There are set-up guides for most popular devices on their website which are user-friendly and easy to follow.

  • Installing software
  • How to use the app

Customer Support

IPVanish has recently revamped its customer support, which now features 24/7 live chat with friendly and helpful agents. We were also very impressed with the email support on offer, which provided us with well-written and easy-to-understand responses.

The FAQs and knowledge base are comprehensive, covering a wide range of issues and possible solutions.

The Bottom Line

What we like
  • Among the fastest same-country connection speeds
  • Super-quick upload speeds ideal for P2P users
  • Very easy to use. Instant set-up on most devices
  • Good-sized global network - connect securely to 61 countries
  • Strict zero-logs policy
What we like less
  • Custom apps could be more user-friendly
  • Shorter refund period than leading providers (7 days)

IPVanish is one of our top picks, especially for Kodi, torrenting and other P2P, due to its excellent speeds, zero logging, and extensive privacy tools. It may not be the cheapest option but offers good value for money on the annual plan. It’s very fast on same-country connections but less consistent on international connections across a network that’s mid-sized for locations but super-sized for servers and IP addresses.

The desktop apps are not very user-friendly at first but make up for it with a ton of powerful privacy features, including IPv6 leak protection and first-party DNS servers. The Amazon Fire TV Stick native app is a big plus, the lack of browser extensions or dedicated solutions for other streaming devices less so.

It won’t do you much good if you’re in China, and it won’t let you watch BBC iPlayer, but if neither of those issues affect you IPVanish is a superb VPN for both privacy and performance.


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