NordVPN vs IP Vanish
- 1 NordVPN vs IP Vanish
- 1.1 Summary Video
- 1.2 Comparison Table
- 1.3 Customer Service
- 1.4 Pricing
- 1.5 Payment
- 1.6 Privacy
- 1.7 Speed Tests
- 1.8 IP Locations
- 1.9 Platforms Supported
- 1.10 DNS Leak Test
- 1.11 Conclusion
- 1.12 Recommendation
|Customer Service||Live Chat, Email,Q and A Forums Facebook, Twitter||Email Support / Q and A forums|
|Pricing||Monthly – $11.95
Six Months – $7.00 Monthly
Rate Billed $42.00 every six months
Annual – $5.75 Monthly Rate
Billed Annually – $69.00
Bi-Annuallly – $4.00 Monthly Rate
Billed Bi-Annually – $96.00
30 Day Money-back Guarantee
3 Day Free Trial
|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 8 others
And 15 others
|Privacy||Server Locations – 951
Countries – 57
Protocols – PPTP, OpenVPN, L2TP, IPSec and IKEv2/IPsec
Encryption – 256 bit AES
Server Types – Double VPN, Onion Over VPN, Ultra Fast TV, Anti-DDOS, Dedicated IP Servers, Standard Servers, P2P
|Servers Locations – 750
Countries – 60
Protocols – PPTP, OpenVPN, L2TP/IPSec and SSTP
Encryption – 256 bit AES
|Speed||Average Download Speed – 7.73Mb/sec
Average Upload Speed – 1.20Mb/sec
|Average Download Speed – 6.28Mb/sec
Average Upload Speed – 1.10Mb/sec
|IP Locations||Hid Original IP, But one server showed multiple locations||Hid original IP, but one server showed multiple locations|
|DNS Leak Test||3 different websites tested no leaks found.||3 different websites tested no leaks found.|
NordVPN customer service is great. They offer real-time chat, Q and A forums, a ticket and email system and two social media options in Facebook and Twitter. IP Vanish offers a help option but theirs pales in comparison to NordVPN. I sent them a couple of requests and both of them took between two to three hours to send a response, 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, so they provided good feedback when I received their email. So as far as customer service is concerned, NordVPN is the clear winner here.
NordVPN and IP Vanish pricing is a little convoluted but I will try and simplify and explain it here. A lot of this has to do with IP Vanish’s coupons. This reduces the price of IP Vanish’s service for the first billing cycle. So if you purchase on the monthly plan, the first month is cheaper then it reverts back to the full price. Same thing for the six month or annual plans. IP Vanish’s coupon codes can be found here.
Nord VPN’s monthly price is 19.5% more expensive than IP Vanish’s regular price and 70.7% more expensive than its discounted price. NordVPN’s semi-annual price is 17.6% cheaper than IP Vanish’s regular price but 11.3% more expensive than the discounted price. And finally, NordVPN’s annual price is 11.4% cheaper than IP Vanish’s regular price but 26.7% more expensive than IP Vanish’s discounted price. NordVPN does offer a bi-annual subscription which is cheaper than IP Vanish’s annual subscription by 38.4% on its regular subscription and 11.9% on the discounted subscription.
I have summarized all this information in the table below. Hopefully this will help to clarify the muddy waters a bit.
I am going to give an ever-so-slight edge to IP Vanish on pricing because you save more money immediately than NordVPN and I am a big fan of saving money right away. But if you’re looking at this from the longer term (say two years out or longer), NordVPN gives IP Vanish a run for its money.
NordVPN 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. When using NordVPN you can use different gift cards from retail stores — Subway for example. NordVPN only offers about eight alternative options to credit cards, PayPal or Bitcoin whereas IP Vanish offers about 16 different alternative payment options. Because of the difference in payment options, IP Vanish edges out NordVPN here.
NordVPN and IP Vanish offer a similar number of servers and countries to pick from. NordVPN has 951 server locations in 57 countries versus IP Vanish’s 750 server locations in 60 countries. So here there is no real differentiation between the two services.
Both services offer 256-bit AES encryption using the following protocols: PPTP, OpenVPN, L2TP and IPSec. NordVPN uses the IKEv2/IPsec protocol which IP Vanish doesn’t use and in turn IP Vanish uses the SSTP which NordVPN doesn’t use. Here IP Vanish and NordVPN do not offer anything that separates them from each other.
Where the real distinction lies between the two services is with NordVPN’s multiple different server types, including Double VPN, Onion over VPN, Ultra Fast TV, Anti-DDOS, Dedicated IP Servers, Standard Servers and P2P. This gives the consumer a whole host of different options when it comes to how they want to protect their privacy or what they want to use the VPN service for. All this gives NordVPN the upper hand when it comes to a privacy comparison.
Below we have a side-by-side comparison of NordVPN and IP Vanish’s speed tests.
There is a large difference in the actual download speeds between NordVPN and IP Vanish. I am not certain why that is. But since this is something I cannot control I will not be looking at this. I am going to be looking at the differences between download and upload speeds before and after the two VPN services were launched.
Before VPN Activation
NordVPN and IP Vanish were both compared using the following three websites: www.speedtest.org, www.speedtest.net and www.speakeasy.net/speedtest. NordVPN had an average download speed of 7.73Mb/s and average upload speed of 1.20Mb/s where as IP Vanish had an average download speed of 6.68Mb/s and an average upload speed of 1.13Mb/s.
After VPN Activation
NordVPN’s average download speed decreased to 7.51Mb/s and average upload speed decreased to 1.19Mb/s. NordVPN had a download speed difference of 0.22Mb/s and an upload speed difference of 0.01Mb/s. IP Vanish’s average download speed was reduced to 6.28Mb/s and its upload speed was reduced to 1.10Mb/s. IP Vanish here had a download speed differential of 0.40Mb/s and an upload speed difference of 0.03Mb/s.
NordVPN comes out with a slight advantage here over IP Vanish. NordVPN’s download speed reduction was marginally less than IP Vanish’s and both of them compared similarly when the upload speed reduction was compared, with a negligible difference between the two. So a slight advantage is given here to NordVPN.
NordVPN and IP Vanish both hid my original IP location well. They masked my surfing location. They were tested around the globe at various points and mostly showed consistency, with the selected servers broadcasting from where they said they were. But with both servers there was an issue with one of the servers across the globe showing a different server location than from where I had selected on the VPN service. When NordVPN’s Australian server was selected it showed one server coming in from the United Kingdom and when IP Vanish’s South Korean server was selected it showed a few different server locations in the United States. So, since both VPN servers showed a different server location than what was selected, there is no difference here and no one gaining a clear advantage.
IP Vanish and NordVPN support the main platforms. They both support Windows, iOS, Linux, Android and MacOS. Where they differ is IP Vanish supports Chromebook and has router software, whereas NordVPN supports Blackberry. So there is a slight difference here on some minor OS systems but not enough to give either one an obvious advantage over the other.
DNS Leak Test
Below we have a side-by-side comparison of NordVPN 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. I used the following three sites: www.dnsleaktest.com, www.dnsleak.com and www.dns-leak.com.
Before VPN Activation
Before either IP Vanish or Nord VPN was launched they both showed a DNS leak occurring. www.dnsleak.com showed five servers showing for NordVPN and only two showing for IP Vanish, so a difference was noted here but both still showed DNS leaks regardless. The other two sites showed the same number of servers being displayed.
After VPN Activation
IP Vanish had one minor difference where it showed a leak but only one server was present on the website so I treated this as a non-leak. The rest of the sites showed there were no leaks for either IP Vanish or NordVPN.
There was no difference here. Both IP Vanish and NordVPN showed only one server being broadcast. So this one here is a tie. Neither one performed better than the other.
In summary, I have found NordVPN handily outperforms IP Vanish in customer service and privacy with a slight edge over IP Vanish in the speed test. IP Vanish has a very slight edge in terms of pricing and payment options. The two services fare about the same in the remaining categories: IP Locations, Platforms Supported and the DNS Leak Test. All of this points to NordVPN as our recommendation over IP Vanish.