VPNArea: Ranked #9 out of 99 VPNs that we tested
Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Sky, Now TV, HBO, SlingTV, Torrenting, Kodi
Speed & Reliability
Speeds of almost 70Mbps locally
Speed results from our physical location in London (100Mbps fibre optic connection) to a London test server.
Before using VPNArea:
When connected to VPNArea:
Download speed without VPNArea: 101Mbps
Download speed with VPNArea: 69Mbps
Our download speed loss when VPNArea is running: 32%
VPNArea offers solid speeds on local connections, but isn’t quite as reliable over longer distances. Connecting locally will provide you with download rates more than quick enough for streaming on multiple devices, though.
Overall we were pretty impressed with VPNArea – even if you’re going to be connecting internationally on a regular basis, it should still do the job very well.
Over 120 cities spread over 70 countries
VPNArea has one of the larger server networks we’ve seen in our testing, and is present in 70 countries around the world.
A choice of 42 VPNArea servers spread over 11 different US cities is great for users that need to drill down to a specific state. There’s also city-level choice in a handful of other popular locations.
Europe and North America have the best coverage, however there’s a lot of choice outside of these regions too, which is refreshing to see.
We were disappointed by VPNArea’s total number of servers – just 200 – but while one shared IP address per server can mean bad news for performance, it’s excellent for privacy.
Streaming & Torrenting
Works with Netflix & BBC iPlayer, as well as torrenting
Thanks to VPNArea’s optimized streaming servers, we had no problems at all watching Netflix through both the US and UK servers.
VPNArea also offers a dedicated UK server for watching BBC iPlayer, but this is very unreliable and access varies from one week to the next. Unfortunately, VPNArea wasn’t working with BBC iPlayer in our most recent streaming tests.
Highly recommended for China
We highly recommend VPNArea to users in China. It offers X-Stunnel servers for loads of different locations, which will disguise your connection as normal HTTPS traffic and allow you to access blocked content.
Platforms & Devices
Can be used with tons of different devices, including routers
You can also set up VPNArea manually on a handful of other platforms, including routers – if you don’t fancy getting your hands dirty, you also have the option of buying a pre-configured router.
Games Consoles & Streaming Devices
VPNArea can be used with loads of different games consoles and streaming devices by connecting them to a router running the VPN software, as this will automatically protect all of the internet-connected devices in your home.
Encryption & Security
Strong privacy features will protect you online
DNS Leak Blocking
IPV6 Leak Blocking
Supports TCP Port 443
VPN Kill Switch
WebRTC Leak Blocking
Please see our VPN Glossary if these terms confuse you and would like to learn more.
As well as the essential VPN kill switch feature, you’re also protected against DNS, IPv6 and WebRTC leaks. VPNArea also operates its own zero-log DNS servers.
Additionally, VPNArea operates Double VPN servers, providing you with an extra layer of privacy. There’s also a built-in ad blocker and malware protection.
VPNArea is one of the few VPN providers on the current market that is genuinely zero-logs. It does not monitor, record or store “any login dates, timestamps, incoming and outgoing IP addresses, bandwidth statistics or any other identifiable data of any VPN users.”
VPNArea has its headquarters in Varna, Bulgaria, which could be a red flag for some as this makes it subject to intrusive EU surveillance and intelligence-sharing laws.
However, a strict zero-logs policy means this is nothing to be concerned about, as even if a third party requested your personal information, VPNArea would not be able to hand it over.
Ease of Use
Cluttered apps with some usability flaws
How to Install & Set Up VPNArea
VPNArea’s desktop app has some excellent features but also a few annoying quirks that ruined the experience for us a little. There’s no main screen as such, so you’re just redirected to the server list on login.
The server list is split up into useful tabs such as torrenting, streaming and obfuscated – you can suit them by distance, speed or load too. The settings all come with simple on/off toggles and we particularly like the contextual information that’s provided.
24/7 live chat makes up for limited resources
|24/7 Live chat support|
VPNArea’s customer support is decent enough for a provider of this size but we don’t like that some of the resources (such as setup guides) are limited to paying customers only.
On the website, there are loads of in-depth FAQs covering a variety of topics from encryption to the security of different VPN protocols.
We were pleasantly surprised that VPNArea offers a genuinely 24/7 live chat feature with friendly, helpful agents. We always received a response within a matter of minutes, too.
Pricing & Deals
Longest plan is excellent value for money
Get an extra 15% off any VPNArea plan
VPNArea Pricing Plan
Paying for a single month of VPNArea is the most expensive option at $9.90, but you can drop this right down to $2.99 on the three-year plan, saving you 70%. There’s also an annual plan at $4.92, a reduction of 50%.
US$9.90/moBilled $9.90 every month
US$4.92/moBilled $59.00 every 12 months
US$2.99/moBilled $107.64 every 3 years
All plans have 7-day money-back guarantee
VPNArea offers a seven-day money-back guarantee in place of a free trial, which seems a little stingy in comparison to the 45 days offered by rival provider CyberGhost. It does appear to be no questions asked, though, which is good.
VPNArea offers loads of different payment options, including all major credit and debit cards, PayPal and Bitcoin. You can also pay using a ton of international methods, such as WebMoney, Alipay and Hipercard, which is great for those living abroad.
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Switched to VPNArea in 2016 when Netflix started blocking my VPN. VPNArea has been super dependable and I haven't missed a day of NF access. Apps have went a long way and now with their new Canadian Netflix server I didn't need more reasons to renew for 3y