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 Platforms 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. Its chat option offers real-time help. 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 two to three hours to respond, which is a 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 and provided good feedback when I received their email. As far as customer service is concerned, Express VPN is the clear winner here.
IP Vanish is 29.5% cheaper on a monthly basis than Express VPN. IP Vanish doesn’t offer a six-month pricing plan so I just took its three-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. On an annual basis IP Vanish is 25% cheaper than Express VPN. IP Vanish’s prices reflect its baseline prices but it has a section on the website dedicated to coupons, so if you acquire some of its 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 its 30-day money-back guarantee, so you have plenty of time to test out Express VPN and its VPN services. IP Vanish’s money-back guarantee is only for seven days. Even though IP Vanish has a much shorter money-back guarantee, its 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. Neither one of them wins outright on this — this one is a draw.
Both services outperform in one area over the other. IP Vanish has copious numbers of server locations available for use but offers fewer unique countries than Express VPN. Express VPN also offers an additional protocol that IP Vanish does not. These two fare very close here, but with Express VPN offering more countries to choose from and an additional protocol to select, it has a slight edge over IP Vanish, which has more servers from which to select.
Below we have a side-by-side comparison of Express VPN and IP Vanish’s speed tests.
Before VPN Activation
The download speeds before either of the VPN services were turned on were comparable, with only a negligible 0.15Mb/s difference between them. The upload speeds were a bit different on the day I tested IP Vanish — 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 whereas 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. Once the VPNs 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 using four different locations for both IP Vanish and Express VPN. In the initial test IP Vanish consistently showed the IP location broadcast from the same locale as I had selected, whereas Express VPN had one location that showed 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 U.S. in multiple locations. I did some more research and confirmed that this was indeed the case. In light of this, both IP Vanish and Express VPN come out the same. Both are hiding the true location, but from some servers they show multiple locations being broadcast.
Express VPN and IP Vanish both support the same platforms so there is no advantage given to either service. I used them on my PC using Windows and I did not 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. I used three different websites to see how much of a leak occurred before the VPNs 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 they were leaking with similar results.
After VPN Activation
IP Vanish showed it did not have a DNS leak after the VPN was activated, with one caveat. Dnsleak.com flashed up showing it might be leaking, but as I reviewed the results only one server was showing so I have determined that it was indeed not leaking. Express VPN, on the other hand, showed a leak on one of the three sites.
IP Vanish had no leaks. This gives it an edge over Express VPN.
Express VPN’s strongest performance comes with its customer service and their immediate response time and accurate and pertinent answers. It also outperforms in privacy with more countries and additional VPN protocols. IP Vanish’s strengths come with lower prices and discount codes that offer even cheaper prices, less impeded download and upload speeds and its better performance in the DNS leak test. Payment options, IP locations and platforms supported offered no significant differences between the two services.