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|Price starts from||$2.99||$4.12|
|Devices per license||6||10|
|Privacy and security features||OpenVPN, 256-bit AES encryption||IKEv2, OpenVPN, and L2TP/IPsec VPN protocols|
|Torrenting, Netflix, HBO|
|Money Back Guarantee||30 days||7 days|
|Setup time||4 minutes||11 minutes|
|Number of servers||5,154||1,100+|
|Number of IP Addresses||-||40,000+|
|Does VPN keep logs|
|Usability and Support||24/7 Live Chat, Email, Knowledge base, Video Tutorials||24/7 Email,FAQ, Knowledge Base|
|Best For||Privacy, Travel, Streaming, Sports||Privacy, Travel, Sports|
|Platforms||Windows, Mac, Android, Linux, IOS||Windows, Mac, Android, IOS|
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Both NordVPN and IPVanish are some of the best offers you’ll find on the market. They have many similarities that might make a choice a bit harder (at least, for an inexperienced user). For example, both VPNs are great for streaming, and they’re quite competitive in terms of pricing. But, there are more differences between the two. We’ll talk about every single aspect in details to help you make the right pick.
There can only be one winner, and we’ll figure out which service is better today. At the same time, it is vital to discuss speed, privacy, security, ease of use, and other features to have a clear picture. Now let us move on and see what NordVPN and IPVanish have to offer regarding pricing.
As you can see, IPVanish is much more affordable (we’re talking about the monthly and the yearly plans). However, if you’re ready to commit, NordVPN has some fantastic deals on 2- and 3-year plans. Furthermore, IPVanish only provides a 7-day MBG, which is nothing compared to 30 days by NordVPN and a 100% charge-free 7-day trial.
But, IPVanish can protect up to 10 simultaneous connections, while NordVPN can only secure six devices at once. It is tough to name the winner in this comparison, as it all depends on your needs. If a reasonably priced monthly/yearly plan with protection for ten devices is what you’re looking for, go with IPVanish. And if you’re looking for a 2-/3-year package, more generous MBG and a free plan, then choose NordVPN.
Privacy & Security
NordVPN is known as one of the most secure and private VPNs on the market. The HQ is located in Panama, a very open and privacy-friendly country. Plus, the company follows the zero-logs policy, meaning they don’t keep tabs on the users. With this service, you get AES 256-bit encryption and access to the best protocols (including OpenVPN, IPSec, PPTP, and L2TP).
IPVanish, in turn, is located in the United States. The provider is a member of the Five-Eyes intelligence agency that illegally monitors user activity online. The good news is — they don’t keep any logs. It means there’s nothing to share with the government. However, IPVanish was involved in some scandalous and controversial stories in the past. So, its reputation is not as stellar. Security-wise, it’s just as good as NordVPN.
NordVPN is one of the few Virtual Private Networks that offer Double Encryption which creates an additional layer of security. CyberSec is another exclusive feature, along with Onion-over servers. It blocks malware and ads. Add DNS Leaks Protection and Kill Switch, and you’ll get one of the best packs of special features. That’s not all: obfuscated servers and dedicated IP addresses are also available with NordVPN.
IPVanish comes with Kill Switch as well as DNS Leaks Protection. Also, there is a SOCKS5, the web proxy, a trademark technology. It masks your actual IP. With the proxy on, you can download torrents without ever worrying about your ISP finding it out. This is a handy feature that you’ll find yourself using daily. Still, NordVPN is a better service if you put security features first, and that’s precisely why it is the winner in this category.
Servers Network and Speed
Speed and stability are one of the most critical aspects of a VPN. With NordVPN, you get access to 5100 servers in 62 countries. As we just mentioned, along with standard servers, this provider is also good for Onion-over, Obfuscated and P2P servers (great for torrenting).
IPVanish comes with a more modest set of servers: only up to 1100, but they are also located in 60+ countries. In 2017, NordVPN couldn’t even make it into the top-10 of the fastest VPNs. But, it has improved a lot since then. Our team put both services through a series of tests to see how each performs on European and American servers. We ran the tests from our European office – here are the results:
NordVPN EU Server:
- Download: 74 Mbit/sec
- Upload: 48 Mbit/sec
- Ping: 37ms
NordVPN US server:
- Download: 56 Mbit/sec
- Upload: 29 Mbit/sec
- Ping: 101ms
IPVanish EU Server:
- Download: 83 Mbit/sec
- Upload: 43 Mbit/sec
- Ping: 38ms
NordVPN US server:
- Download: 34 Mbit/sec
- Upload: 43 Mbit/sec
- Ping: 133ms
As you can see, NordVPN is almost on par with IPVanish and even outperforms it on the US servers. IPVanish owns every single server (good for privacy and speed), but, NordVPN has 4000 more to pick from.
Torrenting and Streaming
Both VPNs are excellent picks for torrenting. As we learned earlier, IPVanish makes torrenting with the SOCKS5 web proxy equally fast and hassle-free. NordVPN, in turn, offers an impressive line-up of P2P servers that were explicitly designed for this task. You won’t experience any throttling with either provider; plus, they are almost equal in speed and performance stability.
As for streaming, NordVPN is a better pick, as it’s much easier to unblock geo-restricted content on Netflix, HBO, BBC iPlayer, and Hulu. With IPVanish, you might have some difficulties with getting access to all of the services we just mentioned. Popcorn Time works equally great with both, but, again, thanks to a much wider choice of servers, NordVPN will be a better VPN if you put streaming first.
We’re not saying that IPVanish isn’t capable of unblocking Netflix. It’s just that streaming platforms these days have very strict policies, and many top-10 Virtual Private Networks are failing at “cracking” their code. NordVPN is one of the few ones that are still doing it without causing any inconveniences for the user.
NordVPN vs. IPVanish: Ease of Use
Usability is another essential aspect that we have to discuss. NordVPN has always been among the most user-friendly, straightforward, and intuitive VPNs. The software is fast, reliable, and easy to navigate (that’s true for every single app and client). IPVanish, however, is not as good, and its interface is somewhat awkward. For most users, especially people with no experience, it will be much harder to learn their way around this VPN.
First of all, the interface is more complicated than most of the competition. Mainly, that’s because IPVanish offers more functionality (something that regular users don’t need). Secondly, it’s not well thought-through: you’ll find On/Off and Connect/Disconnect on the main dashboard, and both buttons do the same thing. There’s no telling why the team hasn’t changed the initial concept, as it’s been getting bad reviews for a very long time.
We have to also say that while it’s just as easy to choose a subscription plan, download, and install IPVanish, it takes it 11 minutes to install (while NordVPN only requires 4 minutes for that). Both services work with Win, Mac, iOS, Android, and even Linux. Again, IPVanish is a more feature-packed and functional VPN, but it still leaves a lot to be desired regarding flexibility and ease of use.
In terms of customer support, NordVPN and IPVanish have a lot in common. They both offer extensive Knowledge Bases and FAQ sections; furthermore, you’ll get 24/7 email support. In 2017, NordVPN was a far better choice, as it provided a handy and friendly live chat. Today, IPVanish also has a live chat. It’s available in a tiny window in the bottom right corner.
It takes more time to get an answer through the email ticket system; still, it is available with both services. And what about how fast they respond and the level of professionalism, you might ask? In those regards, NordVPN managed to impress us a bit more than its competitor. IPVanish wasn’t that far behind. It’s just that the NordVPN agents were rapid to respond and had more down-to-Earth, easy-to-understand instructions for the regular users.
Summing up, it is evident that NordVPN is a better choice than IPVanish. It is more private, secure, and easy to use. Plus, NordVPN is excellent for streaming and offers better prices in the long run. Not to mention it’s “generosity” with its MBG and provides a 7-day trial. In terms of customer service, torrenting, performance (speed and stability), and special features, the two are almost on par with each other.
IPVanish should be #1 on your list if you’re looking for a more affordable VPN in the short run (both the monthly and yearly plans are less expensive). Plus, even though NordVPN has more servers (5100 vs. 1100), IPVanish owns every single one of its servers; that gives it an advantage regarding stability and privacy. Still, NordVPN is the winner of this competition, and we recommend it over IPVanish.