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IPVanish Review

Simon Migliano
By Simon MiglianoUpdated
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IPVanish: Ranked #3 out of 99 VPNs that we tested

IPVanish is a popular VPN service particularly with Android and Fire TV Stick users, and it makes a very strong claim on its homepage – that it’s the “World’s Best VPN.”

Seen this sort of statement before, right? It’s certainly one of the leading VPN providers out there, but is it really the best VPN overall?

We never take a provider’s word for it, so we decided to put IPVanish to the test – a very extensive one – to see if its claims are to be believed.

We were particularly keen to find out:

  • How good is IPVanish?
  • Is IPVanish safe to use?
  • Is IPVanish fast?
  • Does IPVanish work with Netflix?
  • Is torrenting and P2P allowed on IPVanish?
  • Is IPVanish the best VPN app for Fire TV Stick?

But before we answer each of these (and many more) questions, lets see the pros and cons of IPVanish VPN:

  1. Very impressive speeds
  2. Works with Netflix
  3. Great for torrenting & Kodi
  4. No-logs policy & no IP/DNS/WebRTC leaks
  5. User-friendly apps for PC, Mac, iOS, & Android
  6. Good server network across 50 countries
  1. Won't work with BBC iPlayer, or in China
  2. Short refund period
  3. Based in privacy-unfriendly US
  4. Desktop app could be more user-friendly

Works with

Netflix, HBO, Torrenting, Kodi

Available on

  1. Windows
  2. Mac
  3. Ios
  4. Android
  5. Linux

Price from

$4.87/mo

As you can see IPVanish certainly does have many strengths to shout about.

It’s now time to take a very close look at the attributes and features of each IPVanish app, starting with how fast it is.

Speed & Reliability

IPVanish is a consistently fast VPN

IPVanish is a very fast VPN service, with some of the quickest speeds we’ve seen in our tests.

IPVanish didn’t slow down our connection too much, and it is more than fast enough for HD or 4K streaming.

Speed results from our physical location in London (100Mbps fibre optic connection) to a London test server.

Before using IPVanish:

  1. DownloadMbps

    93.76

  2. UploadMbps

    97.58

  3. Pingms

    2

When connected to IPVanish:

  1. DownloadMbps

    84.13

  2. UploadMbps

    90.33

  3. Pingms

    7

Download speed without IPVanish: 93.76Mbps

Download speed with IPVanish: 84.13Mbps

Our download speed loss when IPVanish is running: 10%

Downloads, uploads and latency when using IPVanish are among the best we’ve seen, making this VPN a very smart choice for gamers and torrenters alike.

It’s also one of the most reliable VPN services we’ve seen, providing consistently fast speeds from one test to the next.

Here are the average speeds you can expect when using IPVanish to connect out to various locations around the world (from the UK):

  • USA: 53Mbps (download) & 37Mbps (upload)
  • Germany: 76Mbps (download) & 81Mbps (upload)
  • Singapore: 25Mbps (download) & 2Mbps (upload)
  • Australia: 24Mbps (download) & 6Mbps (upload)

Server Locations

Over 40,000 IP addresses across 77 locations

Globe with a blue flag50Countries
Image of a city landscape75Cities
Image of a pink marker40,000+IP Addresses

IPVanish VPN gives access to more than 1,300 servers worldwide and over 40,000 IP addresses, which is one of the highest number of IP addresses we’ve ever seen. This means that you’re unlikely to experience VPN server congestion and slow speeds while connected to IPVanish.

The 50 countries in IPVanish’s VPN server network are well spread-out, including some less common nations like Moldova and the Philippines (in addition to all the typical countries like US, UK, Canada, Australia, and more).

List of IPVanish server locations

IPVanish provides its customers with city-level options in the US (19 cities), UK (3), Canada (3) Australia (2) and Brazil (2).

US-based users can choose from IPVanish servers in:

  • Central – Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Jackson, Milwaukee, St. Louis
  • East – Ashburn, Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Miami, New York
  • West – Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Jose, Seattle

We’d love to see more city-level selections in Australia – mainly Perth which is located on the West coast – and more server options in South America, where only Brazil and Colombia are served.

The high number of VPN servers in IPVanish’s network is enough to offset these minor complaints, though.

IPVanish is one of the few VPN providers to own its entire (or very close to) server infrastructure, meaning they rent very few servers from third-parties.

Streaming & Torrenting

Excellent choice for torrenting & Netflix

Despite IPVanish being one of the fastest VPNs we’ve seen, it’s just not a great VPN for streaming.

Most of IPVanish’s US servers work for Netflix, although it can occasionally take a while to load, but all of its UK servers are currently blocked by BBC iPlayer and according to IPVanish they are not looking to work on fixing this.

If streaming BBC iPlayer is important to you, read through our dedicated guide or take a look at our NordVPN or CyberGhost reviews, two VPN services that work well with BBC iPlayer.

IPVanish has also confirmed it isn’t working with Amazon Prime Video or Hulu at the moment.

Torrenting

IPVanish is, however, one of the best VPN services for torrenting we’ve tested, with very fast speeds and a watertight logging policy.

Torrenting is permitted on all of its servers and when we checked for IP/DNS leaks, we found none.

Not to mention that it has a VPN kill switch, but more on this below.

Therefore, we recommend IPVanish VPN for all P2P activity including Kodi for which IPVanish is currently the #1 VPN service.

Bypassing Censorship

No good for China

IPVanish is very upfront in saying that the VPN service won’t work in China, despite being equipped with an array of obfuscation tools.

We really appreciate IPVanish’s honesty on this topic. IPVanish also provides a useful list of other countries the VPN won’t work in: you can find this on the support section of the IPVanish website.

List of IPVanish banned countries

IPVanish states that it is “forbidden to do business in”:

  • Myanmar
  • Cuba
  • Iran
  • North Korea
  • Sudan
  • Syria

IPVanish states that its domain, ipvanish.com, is blocked in:

  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • China
  • Kazakhstan

It’s not just IPVanish’s domain that is blocked in these countries, and many users have reported that IPVanish’s apps don’t work either.

If you live or are travelling to a high censorship country then we suggest you consider using VPN services like ExpressVPN or VyprVPN to bypass aggressive internet censors.

Platforms & Devices

Works with all major platforms & devices

Apps

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

IPVanish has custom VPN apps for all popular mobile and desktop operating systems so you can use them on:

  • PCs
  • Apple Macs
  • iPhones
  • Android devices

You can also setup IPVanish on other devices using manual workarounds (see the ‘Games Consoles & Streaming Devices’ section below).

Games Consoles & Streaming Devices

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

IPVanish is a good VPN to use with gaming consoles and streaming devices.

IPVanish is our number 1 VPN pick for the increasingly popular Amazon Firestick, and it’s super easy to install and use.

You can also use IPVanish on 10 devices at once, which is very generous (the average among the top VPN services is about 5 simultaneous connections).

You can also install IPVanish on your home router so that all your internet traffic at home is protected.

Browser Extensions

Unfortunately IPVanish doesn’t have any VPN browser extensions, which is a shame and one of the very few areas where it seriously lags behind its competitors.

If you want to use a VPN extension with your web browser then take a look at our:

Encryption & Security

One of the safest providers we’ve reviewed

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

Please see our VPN Glossary if these terms confuse you and would like to learn more.

We believe that IPVanish is one of the most secure and private VPN services available.

IPVanish mainly uses the OpenVPN and IKEv2 protocols and encrypts your online traffic with the ‘unbreakable’ AES-256 cipher, meaning you’re protected at all times. You can also connect using L2TP/IPsec, if you’d prefer.

IPVanish has a VPN kill switch to protect your privacy in case of a connection drop, plus a host of other advanced features to secure your web browsing. This includes SOCKS5 web proxy, which masks your IP address during P2P and VoIP connections – although this doesn’t encrypt traffic.

We also found IPVanish to be extremely safe, and free of IP or DNS leaks in our most recent tests:

IPVanish leak test results from browserleaks.com

IPVanish’s leak test results when connected to its Chicago server

Logging Policy

No-logs policy makes up for US jurisdiction

IPVanish doesn’t collect any user data at all, making it a no-logs VPN service.

Considering most VPN logging policies track at least server load or login information for maintenance purposes, this is what makes IPVanish a standout VPN for privacy.

In 2016, when under previous management, IPVanish was however found to be collecting logs when it handed information over to US authorities to aid in the prosecution of a user.

When IPVanish was first handed the non-legally binding summons, it only confirmed that the user’s IP address belonged to them, but when approached a second time, it handed over detailed connection logs that could then be used to identify the suspect.

Since being acquired a number of times since then, however, IPVanish has turned things around and we have no longer concerns about its approach to user privacy.

Jurisdiction

IPVanish VPN was first released in 2012 by its former US-based owner HighWinds Network Group. IPVanish has since been acquired by StackPath and in 2019 by J2 Global which are both US-based companies.

As you can see IPVanish is, and has always been, operated by companies headquartered in the US, which does have very intrusive surveillance laws and is a member of the Five-Eyes data sharing agreement.

IPVanish being based in the US is largely irrelevant though as its no-logs policy means no identifiable information is collected by the VPN provider.

Ease of Use

User-friendly install with lots of advanced features

How to Install & Set Up IPVanish

IPVanish’s desktop VPN apps are perfectly simple to use, even if they could do with a bit of a visual overhaul as they are starting to look a little out-dated.

The advanced privacy settings are also easy to navigate, making IPVanish suited to both VPN beginners and more experienced users.

The mobile IPVanish apps lack a few key features, such as the VPN kill switch, but they do still provide a very good, user-friendly experience.

Customer Support

Helpful support with 24/7 live chat

24/7 Email support
Online Resources

We found IPVanish customer support agents to be friendly and helpful no matter what we asked them about the VPN service.

Thanks to a recent update, IPVanish now also has 24-hour live chat support on its website.

IPVanish also has excellent email support, which provided us with impressively well-written responses, as well as an online FAQ for straightforward solutions to the most common issues.

If for any reason IPVanish isn’t working properly, you should be able to fix it quickly by following these guides.

Pricing & Deals

Well worth it for the level of service

IPVanish Coupon

IPVanish

Get 60% off IPVanish's 12-month plan

  • Tested

IPVanish Pricing Plan

IPVanish is reasonably priced and affordable. It is neither the cheapest VPN service, nor the most expensive. You can pay for IPVanish monthly or on an annual basis.

$4.87 per month on the 12-month plan is a very good price, especially as it’s 60% cheaper than the standard one-month plan, priced at $11.99.

There’s also a 3-month option for $6.75 per month.

The IPVanish seven-day money-back guarantee is 100% no-questions-asked and refunds your money within 10 working days.

Our only issue is with IPVanish’s iOS policy – if you sign up for an IPVanish login via the iOS Store then you don’t qualify for the money back guarantee.

IPVanish only accepts credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal.

Unfortunately neither cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin nor international options like Alipay are currently accepted.

About the Author


  • Simon Migliano Head of Research at Top10VPN

    Simon Migliano

    Simon leads our investigations into VPN safety and internet freedom research. His work has been featured on the BBC, CNet, Wired and The Financial Times. Read full bio

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Best Positive Review
 100% 

Great service, Application is easy.

Verified Customer

Great app on all my devices. Fast VPN service for streaming. Functional use on my router to VPN the whole house. The service does not slow the ability to stream movies and music while I am working and the kids are on the tablets.

Best Critical Review
 40% 

OK but not for BBC

Long term user. Takes long time to load up on and connect on iPad independent of router speed and no good for BBC which recognises all UK servers as outside of UK and blocks access.

Showing 10 out of 168 reviews
  1.  60% 

    Netflix

    IP vanish doesn't work with Netflix. Every time I try to get on Netflix with my VPN running,it stops working and tells me I have to turn my VPN off

    Simon Migliano Head of Research at Top10VPN
    Simon | Top10VPN Expert

    Hi Kevin,

    Thanks for your review!

    We have found IPVanish to work with Netflix, but not on all US VPN servers. In our most recent tests, we found the Dallas server to work with Netflix.

    If you're ever stuck, you can reach out to IPVanish's 24/7 live chat support team who can let you know which servers are currently working with Netflix.

    Hope that helps!

  2.  20% 

    Nightmare to cancel

    I haven't used the product for 3 years but I am still being charged on my credit card. Support team very hard to reach from overseas

  3.  100% 

    IPVanish does what it should and it does it well.

    Verified Customer

    A great service at a great price. Stable and reliable connections with fast speeds. The IPVanish application works and looks great on both Mac and iPhone. The iPhone app has an OnDemand connection feature that ensures you’re always using the service even whilst jumping between WiFi networks or when reconnecting to your service provider. Awesome!

  4.  100% 

    Simple & Effective

    Verified Customer

    Simple, straightforward, and always connects. Although the speed does drop by using a vpn, it doesn't affect the smooth streaming experience. The app could be improved but it's manageable. Recommended!

  5.  100% 

    Amazing Speed & Security For Traders

    Verified Customer

    I use for forex and crypto trading with max security and effectively perfect speeds min to no latency . Great coding guys best VPN yet . Recommended to every security and finance executive. Pls make fonts bigger only criticism x

  6.  80% 

    2 months with IPVanish

    Verified Customer

    Very good connections to the servers and to the internet. The availability of server in Canada is lower than other provider but ping is low compared to other providers. This VPN provider is great for gaming and there is barely no lag. Streaming is done without a single drop of connection.

  7.  100% 

    I really like IPVanish :)

    Verified Customer

    First of all, Greetings from Bulgaria:) I simply like your service, works fine and does not slow my connection a lot (5-10% max), easy to setup , easy to use and since I do not it constantly use, it can be easily configured not to auto start when either my android TV boxes or PC starts. Alan

  8.  100% 

    IP Vanish is what it says it is, strong privacy tool

    Verified Customer

    I found IP Vanish on a blog somewhere and loaded it, and have used it several times since loading and it has met my expectations so far. I have chosen several different IP endpoints and tested with a what-is-my-IP service and it validates. I generally pair the use of IP Vanish with the Tor Browser for best Privacy, but that is not necessary. There is an App on the iPhone App store for my Mac-moobile devices, so I may selectively use t there too, The installation on the Windows platform is a Registered publisher, this is developer-best practice. Excellent overall rating so far for IP Vanish.

  9.  100% 

    Why an user client became confident user

    Verified Customer

    I was unsure about masking my IP address or anything of that nature. I'm not very savy about these things but I wanted to use Kodi and it was recommended I get a service of some sort. So I looked up the best provider Google knew of and IPVaniah came up. I read the reviews, all the special offers, pretty much all the info I could get. I was very pleased because I use pc , Android, Xbox , and Linux .IPVanish covers them all , the download was simple and I was off and running The real test is when I had my server in Hungary or something like that and you Pandora wouldn't play because they don't offer service there and my Google page home screen loaded with some weird local stuff. Pretty impressive to say the least. I tell everyone I know how great the service I and it's fast.

  10.  100% 

    Good all round

    Verified Customer

    Speeds easily keep up with 100mb fibre line. Apps and website really simple to use. Great little on/off button for android home screen is very convenient. Works well with my preferred iptv service. Would definitely recommend this provider.