Express VPN vs IP Vanish
- 1 Express VPN vs IP Vanish
- 1.1 Comparison Video
- 1.2 Customer Service
- 1.3 Pricing
- 1.4 Payment
- 1.5 Privacy
- 1.6 Speed Tests
- 1.7 IP Locations
- 1.8 Platform’s Supported
- 1.9 DNS Locations
- 1.10 Conclusion
- 1.11 Recommendation
|Express VPN||IP Vanish|
|Customer Service||Round the clock chat support||Email Support / Q and A forums|
|Pricing||Monthly – $12.95
Six Months – $9.99 Monthly Rate Billed $59.95 every six months
Annual – $8.32 Monthly Rate
Billed Annually – $99.95/year.
30 Day Money Back Guarantee
|Monthly – $10.00
Three Months – $8.49 Monthly Rate Billed $26.99 every three months
Annual – $6.49 Monthly Rate
Billed Annually – $77.99/year.
7 Day Money Back Guarantee
And 16 others
And 15 others
|Privacy||Servers Locations – 136
Countries – 87
Protocols – PPTP, OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec and SSTP
Encryption – 256 bit AES
|Servers Locations – 700
Countries – 60
Protocols – PPTP, OpenVPN and L2TP/IPSec
Encryption – 256 bit AES
|Speed||Average Download Speed – 5.28Mb/sec
Average Upload Speed – 0.72Mb/sec
|Average Download Speed – 6.28Mb/sec
Average Upload Speed – 1.10Mb/sec
|IP Locations||Hid original IP, but some servers showed multiple locations||Hid original IP, but one server showed multiple locations|
|DNS Leak Test||3 different websites tested one website showed a leak.||3 different websites tested no leaks found.|
Express VPN is truly leading the way in customer service. Their chat option offers the real time help that I have found so far. They are awesome. IP Vanish offers a help option, but theirs pales in comparison to Express VPN. I sent them off a couple of requests and both of them took between 2-3 hours for me to receive a response. Which is much longer wait time than I find acceptable. With all of that being said though, IP Vanish’s customer service did answer all of my questions. So they provided good feedback when I received their email. So far as for as customer service is concerned Express VPN is the clear winner here.
IP Vanish is 29.5% cheaper on a monthly basis that Express VPN. IP Vanish doesn’t offer a 6 month pricing plan so, I just took their 3 month pricing plan and doubled it to come to the same time frame as Express VPN’s six month plan. IP Vanish is 11.1% cheaper than Express VPN on a six month basis and on an annual basis IP Vanish is 25.0% cheaper than Express VPN. IP Vanish’s prices reflect their baseline prices, but they have a section on the website dedicated to coupon’s so if you acquire some of there coupons the price drops even further creating an even larger discount to Express VPN. The one area where Express VPN beats out IP Vanish is their 30 day money-back guarantee. So you have plenty of time to help to test out Express VPN and their VPN services. IP Vanish’s money-back guarantee is only for seven days. Even though IP Vanish has a much shorter money-back guarantee their lower prices give them the advantage over Express VPN here.
Express VPN and IP Vanish both offer similar services when it comes to payment. They both take all of the major credit cards (MasterCard, VISA, American Express), PayPal, Bitcoin and other alternative payment options. So neither one of them wins outright on this. This one is a draw.
Here both services outperform in one area over the other. IP Vanish and copious amounts of server locations that they have available for use, but they offer few unique countries than Express VPN. Express VPN also offers an additional protocol that IP Vanish doesn’t. These two fair very close here, but with Express VPN offering more countries to chose from and an additional protocol to select they have a slight edge against IP Vanish which has more servers to select from.
Below we have a side by side comparison of Express VPN and IP Vanish’s speed tests that were completed.
Before VPN Activation
The download speeds before the either of the VPN services were turned on were comparable with only a 0.15Mb/s difference between them which is negligible. The upload speeds were a bit different on the day I tested IP Vanish, it was 0.28Mb/s faster which is a large difference because the upload speeds are much less than the download speeds. I am not sure why there was such a big difference between the upload speeds on the days that I tested them.
After VPN Activation
Express VPN’s download speed slowed down considerably when compared to IP Vanish. Its speed was reduced 1.55Mb/s where as in comparison IP Vanish’s was only reduced by 0.40Mb/s. The upload speeds were reduced by a much smaller margin. Express VPN dropped by 0.17Mb/s and IP Vanish dropped 0.03Mb/s.
IP Vanish comes out ahead with a distinct advantage over Express VPN here. Once the VPN’s are activated IP Vanish’s much faster download and upload speeds make it a more desirable option over Express VPN.
At first glance IP Vanish outperformed Express VPN in hiding the true location. I ran the test doing four different locations for both IP Vanish and Express VPN. In the initial test IP Vanish consistently showed that the IP location broadcast was from the same locale as I had selected, whereas Express VPN had one location that showed that the server was broadcasting from multiple places. But after I had posted a video (https://youtu.be/QRtE0kdbgJc) one of the viewers pointed out that the Seoul, South Korea server was broadcasting from both Seoul and the US in multiple locations. So, I did some more research and confirmed that this was indeed the case. So, in light of this, both IP Vanish and Express VPN come out the same. Both are hiding the true location, but in from some server’s they show multiple locations being broadcast.
Express VPN and IP Vanish both support the same platform’s so there is no advantage given to either service. I used them on my PC using Windows and I did not a notice any difference between them and how they affected my computer.
Below I have a side by side comparison of Express VPN and IP Vanish’s speed DNS leak tests that were completed. I used three websites different sites to see how much of a leak occurred before the VPN’s were turned on and after they were turned on.
Before VPN Activation
Here, I tested both Express VPN and IP Vanish to establish if they were leaking and if so, how many servers were being shown. Both services showed that they were leaking with similar results.
After VPN Activation
IP Vanish showed that they did not have a DNS leak after the VPN was activated, with one caveat. Dnsleak.com is flashed up showing that they might be leaking but as I reviewed the results only one server was showing, so I have determined that they were indeed not leaking. Express VPN on the other hand showed that they had one of the three sights showing a leak.
IP Vanish had no leaks this gives them an edge over Express VPN.
Express VPN strongest performance comes with their customer service and it’s immediate response time and accurate and pertinent answers. They also outperform in privacy with more countries and additional VPN protocols. IP Vanish strengths come with it lower prices and discount codes that offer even cheaper prices, their less impeded download and upload speeds and their better performance in the DNS Leak test. Payment options, IP Locations and Platform’s supports offered no signif
icant differences between the two services.