Selecting between VPNs can be quite a tricky stuff, especially if you are a newbie or don’t know the intricacies on what makes one VPN better than the other. But, don’t worry as we’ve made it all much easier for you through our comprehensive series of Best VPN comparisons!
Today we are pitting two of the topmost services in the VPN industry right now against each other i.e. PureVPN and IPVanish, to find out as to which one amongst them is better for users on all metrics!
This comparison will provide analysis on some of the most important characteristics of both of these services including their prices, server counts, locations, speed performance and more!
So without much more ado, lets begin our PureVPN vs IPVanish Comparison Review 2018:
As both of these services are among the top VPN providers in the industry, they will both have powerful features and robust performance. The differences between the different aspects of their services would be marginal, and for that we would need to review each aspect one by one, but first, here is brief overview of PureVPN vs IPVanish:
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When we compared both of these services for pricing, PureVPN emerged as the clear leader and it came as no surprise to us. This is because PureVPN has always been renowned in the industry for its budget-friendly pricing and for being the standalone “Cheap VPN” service in the top tier world of Best VPNs.
PureVPN’s best plan is its 2-year plan that costs the users a paltry $2.88/month and this comes along with a 31 day refund period. On the other hand, IPVanish doesn’t offer a two-year plan, and its best plan is its one year deal that costs the user $4.87/month. It does offer IPVanish also offers a refund period of just 7 days, so we can be rest assured that if you are opting for a budget-friendly service, then PureVPN is the best candidate among the two for your needs.
According to this metric, PureVPN is leading the way by a big distance and that’s because, despite being one of the Top VPN services, IPVanish’s feature offering is pretty basic when compared to PureVPN.
The only feature that is better at IPVanish is the number of simultaneous connections it offers. IPVanish offers 10 multi-logins while PureVPN offers half of that number at 5 multi logins.
But apart from this, PureVPN has a lot more features that are missing at IPVanish. PureVPN offers split tunneling, DDoS Protection, Dedicated IPs among others.
However, this doesn’t mean to say that IPVanish’s features are not good. They are one of the finest you will find in the whole industry, but when pitted against PureVPN, IPVanish is definitely trailing behind.
The total number of servers offered along with the functionality of these servers is crucial towards making or breaking a VPN service’s performance standards. What we usually look for in a VPN isn’t just a high number of servers or more locations but more “Evolved” features like dedicated servers for Netflix US unblocking, Torrenting etc.
PureVPN definitely offers more servers at 2000 than IPVanish, but PureVPN takes the edge in its capability to unblock Netflix US in particular. Netflix US unblocking is like the biggest hot cake feature in the VPN industry right now, and if one VPN is able to accomplish it while the other isn’t, we can definitely take a clear winner!
IPVanish’s 1100 servers do unblock major streaming sites, but on Netflix, we don’t know why, its performance is a bit patchy at best because 6 out of 10 times, we got a Proxy error message while using the service.
However, both of the VPNs are equally good for Torrenting, but IPVanish’s speeds were marginally better than Pure’s, so if you want one for Torrenting, we would recommend you to go to IPVanish.
Despite being good in all parameters in this review thus far, PureVPN’s speeds were a bit slow as compared to IPVanish, which was a bit disappointing. We believe that this has been PureVPN’s Achilles heel for a very long time now and this is the main reason as to why it hasn’t been able to usurp other services like ExpressVPN, NordVPN and even IPVanish among others till now.
IPVanish just made us experience a loss of 24% on average while we connected to servers in the London UK, Tokyo Japan & Sydney Australia. While the speed losses were greater in locations like Tokyo and almost touched the 30% mark, we still believe that this service performed well overall as compared to PureVPN.
On the other hand, we held very similar speed tests for PureVPN and the locations chosen for the servers remained the same. But the speed loss was significant. The loss of speed on enabling the VPN connection on average was near 31% on average while in regions like Tokyo, the speed loss touched a whopping 38%, which is too much even if you account for all the things and densities that weigh in on a VPN connection.
IPVanish is definitely recommended if you are looking for a VPN that offers faster speeds.
Once again, PureVPN has worked extra hard on this metric to ensure that nearly all types of users don’t have to experience much fuss in using their service. From the usual Android, iOS, Windows and Mac clients to niche apps like those for Firestick and a Kodi repo, PureVPN is one of the top VPN services in the market when we talk about powering compatibility. It even offers compatible browser extensions for Firefox and Chrome.
But that doesn’t mean that IPVanish is far behind as it also offers all popular client apps like those for Windows, Mac, Android and iOS and even one for Firestick, making it one of the few services that offer such a diverse repertoire.
However, PureVPN’s Kodi repo along with its browser extensions are something that give it a big boost and it ends up ahead of IPVanish in this regard.
If you are a user who like to hop around between devices and want security on all of them, then PureVPN is the perfect fit for you!
We seriously do not like IPVanish’s website because it has almost zero navigability! We wanted to check out its overall server locations and for that, we needed to go back to Google, search for “IPVanish Servers” and then get a page link to IPVanish’s website where those servers are listed, which is incredibly disappointing to begin with!
PureVPN’s website, on the other hand, is much more user friendly as you can go anywhere on the site from anywhere as the funneling has been done with extra care to facilitate the users. And although we don’t like all those flashy neon signs and the spaceman them, PureVPN’s website is much better than IPVanish’s.
As far as the client app from both providers are concerned, we believe that there isn’t much of difference as these client apps often have a very limited set of features and you use them mostly to just flip between the servers. One thing that might be of value in these apps is their fluidity which was missing on both of these provider’s client apps, so we can say that both of them were equal in the part of the metric.
Overall, PureVPN has the edge here due to its much more easier websites. We recommend IPVanish to at least put some effort and introduce some better navigability in to their website, because it looked just awful to us.
While both of these providers offers live chat support which also have quite reasonable support agents with enough technical knowledge to help users out with their queries, there is an additional step in the live chat support of IPVanish which felt quite annoying to us.
Live chat is supposed to be a one click feature! Simple, fast and efficient. IPVanish missed the bus here as its chat support feature requires you to enter your name, email address and then select the department from which you want an assistant to talk to you, before you can actually talk to the chat support executives.
This is nuisance really and we seriously don’t like it, so we are giving PureVPN the thumbs up here, because it has kept a live chat support feature exactly as how it should be i.e. easy to use!
IPVanish is a good service undoubtedly and is one of the better providers that you can sign up with in this industry that now contains more frauds than ever, but still, it is lacking on a lot of fronts as is evident from our comparison above. We seriously feel IPVanish needs to not just add more features, but work hard towards improving their service from all quartets.
For now, PureVPN is clearly leading the way, and if you can compromise on your speeds just a bit, then provider is definitely the better one amongst the two!
Most knowledgeable users will complain that this comparison didn’t reflect on the more technical sides of what actually makes a VPN worth choosing. These technical aspects include things DNS leaks, IPv4 leak tests among others, but we are of the opinion that you can find those boring, elongated reviews on the web by the dozen.
We are now concentrating on educating people who are new to this domain and would lose interest almost instantly if bombarded with info that sounds too rhetorical or jargon induced.
This comparison will allow more people to choose much more easily if they are currently confused between these two providers.
But, as ever, we would always love to hear from you, especially the disagreements you have with us on how our comparison is done, so don’t forget to enlighten us with your opinion by commenting in the thread below!
Obaid Chawla's Biography :
Obaid Chawla is a innovation buff with a propensity to debate hard. He has a deep interest in how humans can push things forward in the fourth and final Industrial Revolution and loves covering every single development that takes place! He's also freelancing in making new friends and communities!