NordVPN or IPVanish – which provider is better?
NordVPN is 129.78%* better than IPVanish on the basis of 12 comparison factors evaluated in this article.
These providers are two of the strongest rivals in the VPN industry having excellent features to offer for the user.
As such, a contest between the two providers has long been in the cards to determine which service has better overall value for the modern privacy-conscious user.
The following table summarizes the main features of NordVPN vs IPVanish and how they compare against one another:
|Logging Policy||No logs||No logs|
|Speed||27.91 Mbps||24.86 Mbps|
|Server Network||5500+ servers|
|Customer Support||Live Chat||Live Chat|
Now let’s take these two VPNs apart.
NordVPN is a well-reputed VPN provider known for its huge network of servers. The service started in 2012 and is based in Panama which makes it an ideal place for privacy-seeking users.
See our NordVPN review for a thorough evaluation of the provider.
- Privacy friendly jurisdiction (Panama)
- No Logs policy
- 6 simultaneous connections
- 5,500+ servers in 60 countries
- 24/7/365 Live Chat
- CyberSec, Multihop, DNS Leak Protection, Kill Switch
- Works with Netflix
- No free trial
- Does not support split-tunneling
- Does not accept PayPal
IPVanish is US-headquartered VPN service that was founded the same year as NordVPN (2012). The provider is among the leading brands in the VPN industry courtesy of impressive service features.
For more details, see our IPVanish review.
- 10 simultaneous connections
- 24/7/365 Live Chat
- Kill switch, split-tunneling, obfuscation
- 1300+ servers in 75+ locations
- No free trial
- Inconsistent with Netflix
1. Jurisdiction: NordVPN vs. IPVanish
Result: NordVPN is located in the safer jurisdiction of Panama in contrast to IPVanish (USA)
The factor of jurisdiction that a VPN is under has increased ever since Snowden disclosed the spying exploits of the Five, Nine, and Fourteen Eyes.
Let’s see which of our two contenders are bound by friendlier online privacy laws of their country.
(Five Eyes – Unsafe)
NordVPN Jurisdiction: Panama – If US is one end of the online surveillance and privacy spectrum, then Panama is on the exact opposite end. There are no data retention laws or surveillance programs in Panama and the country has laws that protect privacy of all users.
The provider takes full advantage of these laws of the country, which allows it to refrain from invasive logging practices while also being far from the reach of agencies hungry for your data.
IPVanish Jurisdiction: United States – IPVanish gets off to a bad start courtesy of its jurisdiction, which is the US. Everyone knows that US jurisdiction is quite hostile to online privacy, with all the surveillance programs that agencies like NSA are always covertly conducting on citizens. This happens to be one of the worst aspects of IPVanish as a VPN service.
2. Logging Policy: NordVPN vs. IPVanish
Result: NordVPN has a more transparent no-logs policy than IPVanish (which is more vague)
Most VPN providers falsely advertise themselves as being a “no-logs” service. Therefore, a good test of the trustworthiness of a VPN is to dig through their privacy and terms of service pages (which is not a very fun task).
|Strict zero-logs stance||No traffic logs, but overall policy is vague|
NordVPN: No Logs Whatsoever – The service has a clear record when it comes to issues such as agencies being able to track users with logging information.
This policy combined with the privacy-friendly jurisdiction of the VPN take the credibility of NordVPN to a level that encourages user trust.
IPVanish VPN: A Gray Area in Logging Policy – IPVanish does not really discuss its logging policies in detail. It only mentions that it doesn’t keep any traffic logs. There’s no way of knowing if they keep IP, DNS, timestamp and other forms of logs.
So, should we give them the benefit of doubt? Unfortunately, no.
Just last year, the news about IPVanish aiding US agencies broke, which reported the VPN providing information about a suspected hacker who supposedly used their service.
The company’s owner, however, gave a response in the issue and asserted the commitment of the company to maintaining user privacy. Notably, he mentioned that this scandal took place under a different management that was running IPVanish until February 2017.
The new management, according to the current CEO, will make it a point that such incidents don’t repeat.
Here’s the statement from new CEO:
If we were to be fair, the sins of the previous owners should not be basis to doubt the credibility of the current management. IPVanish deserves some benefit of doubt slack based on these recent developments, but we still wouldn’t place 100% trust on them, especially when more credible alternatives are available.
3. Pricing, Payment Options and Refunds Policy
Result: NordVPN is 53.93% cheaper than IPVanish
Pricing plans of VPN services carry great power to influence the decision-making of consumers.
Let’s see the pricing comparison of the both.
|1-month plan: $11.95/mo||1 Month: $10.00/mo|
|3-months plan: None||3 Months: $8.99/mo|
|1-year plan: $6.99/mo||1 Year: $6.49/mo|
|2-year plan: $3.99/mo||2 Years: None|
|3-year plan: $2.99/mo||3 Years: None|
NordVPN Pricing – Generally, this is a VPN on the higher side of pricing. However, it is quite generous with promotional offers and discounts, and its best deals are pretty cheap.
Currently, the 3-year plan can be availed for $2.99/mo. This is a pretty good offer, and NordVPN beats its contestant in this round for this reason.
Users interested in purchasing Nord VPN can resort to different payment options which are as follows.
They refund money of customers within 30 days of purchase.
The good thing is that the provider also accepts bitcoins and a few other crypto-currencies. This a great feature for users that want to make anonymous payments.
IPVanish Pricing – IPVanish is another VPN that offers affordable deals. Its cheapest package, which is valid for 1 year, is available for $6.49/mo.
The service provides a number of different payment options including credit/debit card, American Express, and Paypal.
They have a user-friendly refund policy as they refund all payments speedily within 7 days.
Result: NordVPN is 12.35% faster than IPVanish
The download speed that a VPN can support is one of the primary considerations for users. After all, no one wants a VPN that drops their internet connection to a crawl.
We performed speed tests for both VPNs on an Internet connection of 30 Mbps.
|US: 28.45 Mbps||US: 24.63 Mbps|
|UK: 26.07 Mbps||UK: 24.69 Mbps|
|Germany: 28.73 Mbps||Germany: 25.16 Mbps|
|Australia: 28.41 Mbps||Australia: 24.96 Mbps|
|Avg. Download: 27.91 Mbps||Avg. Download: 24.86 Mbps|
NordVPN Speed – The service is widely recognized as being one of the fastest VPNs when we tested 15 providers for their speeds. The following speed test proves it as such:
On US server, the provider offered an speed of 28.45 Mbps whereas it’s average download speed was 27.91 Mbps.
IPVanish Speed – IPVanish is rated as one of the fastest VPN services in the industry and for good reason. On our 30 Mbps, connection, the VPN recorded a speed of 24.63 Mbps when connected US, New York server.
Also, the provider has an average download speed of 24.86 Mbps.
Needless to say, this is a very good speed performance.
5. Server Network: IPVanish vs NordVPN
Result: NordVPN has 323.07% more servers than IPVanish
|5500+ Servers in 60 Countries||1300+ Servers in 75+ Locations|
NordVPN Servers – Nord VPN has a large number of servers, reaching up to 5,500+ of them in 60 countries around the world.
The number of it’s UK servers alone is 678, which is higher than any other provider.
IPVanish Servers – IPVanish, on the other hand, has a smaller number of servers (1,300+) distributed in 75+ locations.
The number of UK servers in the network of IPVanish is 100.
A network of over 1,300 servers is not bad by any means. However, when the difference between the servers of the two VPNs is more than 4,000, then the victor in this case is clear.
Result: Both IPVanish and NordVPN offer good compatibility with a variety of devices/platforms
Both of these providers support most popular platforms including desktop, PCs, and mobile devices. For the common platforms such as Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android, while you’ll need to manually setup these VPNs on routers.
|Windows||Windows, Windows Phone|
|macOS||Mac OS X|
|iOS, iPhone, iPad||iOS|
Support for FireStick – Amazon FireStick is an amazing device for streaming enthusiasts. It allows users to stream their favorite channels by simply plugging the device into your TV.
NordVPN supports FireStick and offers a dedicated app that you can directly download and install on Firestick. The same is true for IPVanish which has a dedicated free downloadable app for Firestick.
This is why both providers are neck-to-neck when it comes to device compatibility and apps.
7. Performance and Reliability
Result: NordVPN has better designed apps than IPVanish and offers good connectivity
|Simple and Interactive GUI||Appealing GUI|
|Well-functioning App||Smooth App Functionality|
|Good Connectivity||Average Connectivity|
NordVPN Performance – The VPN client for PC and other platforms boasts a nice interactive GUI. It connects to VPN servers in a single attempt and takes only a few seconds to establish a sustainable connection.
IPVanish Performance – IPVanish provides apps for almost every major platform. The app has a nice black and green theme which is visually pleasant to look at. However, it certainly needs improvements in the app.
The Windows 10 app of IPVanish happens to freeze every now and then. There are times when it may take you a minute upwards to establish connection with a VPN server.
That’s not a mark of top-level performance and is an area needing improvement.
Thus, NordVPN’s apps have better performance and reliability.
8. Customer Support: IPVanish VPN vs. NordVPN
Result: NordVPN provided a quicker liver chat response by 30 seconds as compared to IPVanish (90 seconds)
|Live Chat Support||Live Chat Support|
|Email Support||Email Support|
|No Telephone Support||Telephone Support Provided|
|Troubleshooting Guides||Troubleshooting Guides|
|Setup Guides||Setup Guides|
Both NordVPN and IPVanish offer live chat support 24/7 for answering general, billing, as well as technical queries.
We tested the response time of both providers by asking a question. NordVPN responded to our question through live chat within 30 seconds (we actually measured this with Google’s stopwatch):
Doing the same for IPVanish, the response time a minute longer (1.5 minutes).
But to be fair, the customer queue was also longer for IPVanish, whereas when I approached NordVPN, the queue length was only 1 compared to IPVanish’s 5.
The response time is a highly variable measure and it is a function of time of day, queue length etc.
As such, just because the recorded response time of a provider is a few seconds longer than the other, it doesn’t mean that their customer support is inferior.
But for the purposes of the current comparison, NordVPN got the better of IPVanish by 60 seconds.
Other than live chat, both of the VPNs provide support through tutorials, emails, and live chats, making it a comprehensive support provider.
9. Torrenting Support
Result: NordVPN is more secure than IPVanish for torrenting due to better jurisdiction and logging policy
Fast and secure torrenting on the web requires a solid Internet connection. This means that a VPN for torrenting has to be located in a jurisdiction with no retention laws, support good speeds, and security features such as kill switch to prevent the VPN leaks.
|Supported on P2P optimized servers||Supported on all IPVanish servers|
NordVPN lives beyond the reach of DMCA notices and has no obligation to retain logs of user activity. Fast speeds and secure tunnels with a strong kill switch further establish the provider’s suitability as the right choice for torrenting.
IPVanish is capable of good speeds and its support for protocols like SOCKS5, obfuscation, and kill switch make it a good choice for torrenting. Unfortunately, the jurisdiction doesn’t work in its favor and can be a deal breaker. So, if you’re looking for ultra foolproof security for torrenting, IPVanish may not be the best choice in spite of its other strengths.
Note: We do not encourage neither condone the use of torrenting to illegally acquire copyrighted material.
10. Netflix Support: IPVanish vs NordVPN
Result: NordVPN has better efficiency for Netflix
Many VPN services have succumbed to Netflix’s proxy detection feature. However, these two services are still able to unblock the Netflix VPN ban.
Here’s how the two VPNs fare when it comes to unblocking Netflix.
|Supports good quality streaming on US, UK, and many other servers||Works with poor consistency|
NordVPN has always been known for its ability to access Netflix.
We tested this by streaming the show “Person of Interest” after connecting to its US server (since the show is only available on American Netflix).
We were able to stream the show on HD quality, with no hiccups during the session. Nonetheless, users have complained about problems getting past Netflix’s VPN detection features, but this problem seems to come and go on its own.
IPVanish is a bit of a hit-or-miss service as far as streaming Netflix is concerned, as users have reported experiencing problems accessing American Netflix through it.
We tried to access the movie Coco after connected to the US server of IPVanish and was met with success on first go:
However, the provider has come under fire from a lot of users for its inconsistency with Netflix. As such, NordVPN is the more reliable option as far as Netflix unblocking is concerned.
11. Security and Features
Result: Both providers offer excellent security and other extra features
NordVPN and IPVanish are both worth their salt in terms of security. Both providers passed the IP/DNS leak test easily (See our VPN leak test guide for more results).
Here’s NordVPN’s leak test result:
IPVanish’s leak test result went just as reliably:
Both providers offer the following common features:
- OpenVPN, IKEv2 tunneling protocols
- AES-256 encryption
- Obfuscated servers
- DNS/IP leak protection
- Support for torrenting
However, the features offered by both VPNs start diverging from this point.
For instance, NordVPN has the following unique features:
- CyberSec – An ad, tracker, and online malware blocking tool (learn more here)
- DoubleVPN – The VPN chaining technology to route user data from two VPN servers for added security (learn more here)
- Onion over VPN – Combination of VPN + TOR technology for extra security (learn more here)
- Dedicated IP addresses
- 6 simultaneous connections
At the same time, IPVanish has some interesting unique features of its own that NordVPN lacks:
- 10 simultaneous connections
There’s no doubt that IPVanish overall is a feature-rich VPN service, but NordVPN is too good on its own in this regard.
12. Transparency: Nord vs IPVanish
Result: NordVPN has superior transparency as compared to IPVanish
NordVPN – Owned by Tefincom S.A, the provider has recently taken good initiatives to improve transparency. These steps include the introduction of a warrant canary as well as a the successful completion of an independent audit.
As such, the provider is clearly working to come across as a transparent VPN that users can trust.
Our article on VPN transparency elaborates this factor in detail.
The verdict of actual users on Reddit carries a lot of weight.
So, what can we gather from Reddit about the two services?
NordVPN happens to be one of the most popular VPNs within Reddit communities as you can see in the following thread:
IPVanish doesn’t enjoy the same reception from the user community on Reddit as NordVPN:
Final Verdict: NordVPN vs IPVanish VPN
The winner in this comparison is NordVPN which is 129.78% better than IPVanish owing to tons of excellent features and capabilities.
- Which of the two is in safer jurisdiction?– NordVPN
- Which one has better logging policy?– NordVPN
- Which VPN is cheaper?– NordVPN
- Which VPN is faster?– NordVPN
- Which of the two has better server network?– NordVPN
- Which one is better in performance?– NordVPN
- Which VPN has better customer support?– NordVPN
- Which one is more efficient for torrenting?– Tie
- Which one is better for Netflix?– NordVPN
It bears mention that this comparison shouldn’t be used to judge IPVanish in a bad light. IPVanish is a very good VPN service on its own and stands tall among its competitors for its excellent overall performance, range of features, and speed.
But if we had to pick out concluding this comparison, NordVPN clearly stands out.