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VPN speed test

We know that the number one issue that people care about with regards to VPNs is speed.

Unfortunately, most VPN comparison sites don’t test speed in a scientific way. Testing a VPN from home or an office, via Wifi, via a speed testing website doesn't give accurate and repeatable scientific data. So what’s the solution?

ProPrivacy.com’s testing methodology:

We have testing servers in four areas worldwide: 

  • The USA
  • Australia 
  • Hong Kong
  • The United Kingdom

These servers test all VPN company speeds every eight hours (three times a day).

  • We test various locations across the VPN companies
  • We average these out to give a speed score to each VPN

Speedtest Counter

5453

Tests done last 7 days

23115

Tests done last 30 days

381191

Total tests done

  • We test downloading the same amount of data in the same way across VPNs, so the measurement is scientific.
  • We store all historic data and make the last seven days' figures available to the public.

This method means that all speed tests are done in exactly the same way for every VPN, without WiFi connections, internet connections, or speed test websites affecting the results - which they do, massively.

The Results - The Five Fastest VPNs

* Other provider's speeds are shown lower down on the page

Place Provider Weighted Speedtest Result Max Speed / Burst Result Visit Site
1. 79.22 Mbit/s 219.36 Mbit/s Visit Site
2. 77.76 Mbit/s 208.33 Mbit/s Visit Site
3. 69.24 Mbit/s 202.73 Mbit/s Visit Site
4. 66.09 Mbit/s 139.96 Mbit/s Visit Site
5. 60.36 Mbit/s 175.64 Mbit/s Visit Site

Which VPNs Do We Test?

We test the following VPN services, and their average speeds over the last 7 days are shown in (brackets):

Speedtest List

  • ExpressVPN (79.22 Mbits/s)
  • Ivacy (77.76 Mbits/s)
  • StrongVPN (69.24 Mbits/s)
  • IPVanish (66.09 Mbits/s)
  • Buffered (60.36 Mbits/s)
  • TorGuard (60.18 Mbits/s)
  • Surfshark (59.15 Mbits/s)
  • NordVPN (58 Mbits/s)
  • PrivateVPN (55.39 Mbits/s)
  • CyberGhost (53.89 Mbits/s)
  • VPNArea (53.86 Mbits/s)
  • PrivateInternetAccess (53.22 Mbits/s)
  • Hide.me (52.77 Mbits/s)
  • Windscribe (51.02 Mbits/s)
  • VyprVPN (50.03 Mbits/s)
  • ibVPN (48.62 Mbits/s)
  • TunnelBear (47.42 Mbits/s)
  • GOOSE VPN (38.21 Mbits/s)

If you would like us to test a VPN that isn't on the list, send us a message.

What Are Average Speed and Max Speed/Burst?

Weighted Speedtest Result is the average of all speed tests across countries, weighted towards local connections, as we've found slightly more people use VPNs within their own country. It is a great indication of performance, as it contains hundreds of readings from across the globe. These readings push VPNs as fast as they go, so the results are not restricted by the speeds of our  servers, which all use ultra-fast 1Gbit/s connections. Basically, this means we push the VPNs as fast as they will go!

For those who are curious, our weighing calculation is as follows: 60% of the speed measurement is cross continent and 40% is local connections (same country), since our research suggests that's how most people use a VPN. 

Max Speed/Burst is a local download via a content distribution network (CDN), so a download from a Hong Kong server to a Hong Kong server, for example. This gives a max speed indication for nearby traffic. This is not as indicative of quality performance across the board, but it's still interesting to see.

A thought on VPNs

Speed is important when picking a VPN, but many other factors should also be taken into account, such as your location, the devices you are using or what you want a VPN for. For more specific information, check out these articles:

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Written by: Pete Zaborszky

Founder of ProPrivacy.com and privacy advocate even before Edward Snowden's revelations. Computing graduate from Imperial College London. Speaker at cybersecurity conferences e.g. IPExpo and regularly speaks on tech podcasts.

64 Comments

  1. Nick

    on March 24, 2019
    Reply

    Just FYI, Mullvad replaced their expired root certificate on 22 March. That’s probably why it just took a dive in the performance list. Also, will there be (or are there) any tests using WireGuard? Reservations aside, it seems to be “the” protocol for performance.

  2. Chris Edward Maslak

    on January 15, 2019
    Reply

    Is there a reason HMA (HideMyAss) VPN was not tested?

  3. Dave

    on August 29, 2018
    Reply

    Is it similar to VPNify.me

  4. Paul

    on August 10, 2018
    Reply

    Please test CactusVPN, Zenmate and Smart DNS Proxy VPN. Thanks.

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