The first and only VPN speed testing tool on the market that monitors providers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide you with real-time speed data.
We know that the number one issue that people care about with regards to VPNs is speed, every VPN user wants the fastest VPN.
Unfortunately, most VPN comparison sites don't test speed in a scientific way. Testing a VPN from home or an office, over Wi-Fi, 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 the USA and South Africa, and 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
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3741Tests done last 7 days
15803Tests done last 30 days
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- 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 Wi-Fi connections, internet connections, or speed test websites affecting the results – which they do, massively.
We only test OpenVPN encryption
There are heaps of protocols to choose from, but that doesn't mean they're all safe! We only test OpenVPN encryption because it is, by far, the most secure. Some providers offer their own proprietary protocols which can be faster, but they may not be as secure/battle-hardened as OpenVPN. For this reason, the speeds you see here may differ from the speeds other providers claim to achieve.
The Results – The Five Fastest VPNs* Other provider's speeds are shown lower down on the page
Place Provider Average Speed Max Speed Visit Site 1. Astrill VPN 89.32 Mbit/s 159.88 Mbit/s Visit Site 2. Ivacy 69.26 Mbit/s 92.84 Mbit/s Visit Site 3. PureVPN 64.47 Mbit/s 86.18 Mbit/s Visit Site 4. NordVPN 62.63 Mbit/s 88.23 Mbit/s Visit Site 5. Hide.me 62.12 Mbit/s 90.98 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):
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 UK server to a UK server, for example. This gives a max speed indication for nearby traffic. This is not an indication 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. If you are using a VPN for torrenting or using a VPN to stream, speed is important.