Our Automated VPN Speed Tests
We have test servers set up in 11 cities spread across the world, with 15 of the most popular VPNs running on them.
Our test servers send data to one another 24/7, to create an accurate, long-term picture of how fast each VPN truly is.
We’ve capped connection speeds at 100Mbps to reproduce what a typical internet user would experience on a home fiber optic broadband connection.
Moreover, the data transfer has been designed to function as consistently as possible.
The data we send is regulated, without compression, and free of any additional protocols or ports slowing it down.
We run 121 tests every six hours per VPN and create an average, making sure to get rid of any glaring errors.
The data you see on the graphs above is a daily average of all those tests. It’s not perfect, but we think it’s the best tool on the internet for seeing how VPNs actually perform.
We use average speed loss as our go-to statistic as it’s the most informative piece of data for VPN users at home.
You may have different internet speeds at home compared to our 100Mbps servers. If that’s the case, all you have to do is take the speed loss percentage for the VPN you’re interested in and apply it to your own internet speeds.
For example, if a VPN takes 20% off our server’s speeds, you can presume that your home internet speeds of 50Mbps without VPN will reduce to 40Mbps while using it.
Having a very fast VPN is critical, because all internet activity while connected to your VPN is affected.
Online gaming, video streaming and torrenting will be affected the most. However, even everyday tasks like social media browsing or sending large email attachments can be affected, too.
Which VPN Services Do We Test?
Our tool tests the speeds of the following 15 VPN services:
- HideMyAss! (HMA VPN)
- Hotspot Shield
- Private Internet Access
- Proton VPN
We selected these VPN providers based on their large customer bases, popularity, and service quality.
It’s by no means a comprehensive list, and we’re always looking to add more VPN services.
Currently, we’re mostly restricted to VPNs that have the right setup (as well as the OpenVPN protocol) for us to add them to our testing infrastructure.
Where Are Our Speed Test Servers Located?
We have speed test servers located in 11 cities around the world:
- Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Frankfurt, Germany
- London, UK
- New York, US
- Paris, France
- San Francisco, US
- Sydney, Australia
- Tokyo, Japan
- Toronto, Canada
- Vancouver, Canada
While your city may not be on this list, we hope the global spread is wide enough for you to estimate what your own speeds may be like.
Additional Information: When we review VPNs, we also run manual speed tests, as outlined in our VPN review process.
There can be some differences between the fastest VPNs based on our manual speed tests, and the quickest displayed by our automated tool.