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, 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 these areas worldwide:
- The USA
- South Africa
- 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
Tests done last 7 days
Tests done last 30 days
- 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
Which VPNs Do We Test?
We test the following VPN services, and their average speeds over the last 7 days are shown in (brackets):
- NordVPN (64.676 Mbits/s)
- Ivacy (63.68 Mbits/s)
- ExpressVPN (63.05 Mbits/s)
- ProtonVPN (62.816 Mbits/s)
- PureVPN (61.806 Mbits/s)
- Surfshark (61.534 Mbits/s)
- StrongVPN (53.13 Mbits/s)
- CyberGhost VPN (50.62 Mbits/s)
- HMA (50.01 Mbits/s)
- GOOSE VPN (49.802 Mbits/s)
- PrivateVPN (49.004 Mbits/s)
- IPVanish (48.266 Mbits/s)
- Astrill VPN (46.71 Mbits/s)
- Hide.me (45.25 Mbits/s)
- ZoogVPN (43.548 Mbits/s)
- OVPN (43.45 Mbits/s)
- Private Internet Access (43.09 Mbits/s)
- Mullvad (41.742 Mbits/s)
- TunnelBear (41.668 Mbits/s)
- VyprVPN (37.698 Mbits/s)
- AirVPN (37.398 Mbits/s)
- CactusVPN (36.15 Mbits/s)
- RusVPN (34.712 Mbits/s)
- ZenMate VPN (30.52 Mbits/s)
- VeepN (24.74 Mbits/s)
- AzireVPN (24.66 Mbits/s)
- VPNArea (21.368 Mbits/s)
- SaferVPN (13.998 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 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 to stream US Netflix, speed is important.