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NordVPN and IPVanish are two of the biggest VPN brands in the industry. But which one performs better?

NordVPN is the winner in this comparison with IPVanish in terms of speed, server network, logging policy, Netflix support and more.

Here’s a quick summary of the key features of NordVPN vs IPVanish:

FactorsNordVPNIPVanish
JurisdictionPanamaUSA
Logging PolicyNo logsNo traffic logs
Pricing $3.49/mo $3.25/mo
Speed24.91 Mbps24.86 Mbps
Server Network5,500+ servers
60 countries
1300+ servers
75+ Locations
Customer SupportLive ChatLive Chat
TorrentingSupportedSupported
Netflix UnblockingSupportedInconsistent
SecurityStrongStrong
WebsiteNORDVPNIPVanish

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Pricing, payment options and refund policy

IPVanish is slightly more affordable than NordVPN, but offers a smaller money-back guarantee. Currently, the 1-year plan of IPVanish costs $3.25/month. However, the provider offers a money-back guarantee for only 7 days.

NordVPNIPVanish
Regular Plans1-month: $11.95/mo

1-year: $6.99/mo

2-year: $4.99/mo

3-year: $3.49/mo

1-month: $5.00/mo

1-year: $3.25/mo

2-years: $4.50/mo

Cheapest Plan3-year deal2-year deal
Special Offers3 months free on 3 year planNo Special Offers
Money-back Guarantee30 days7 days
Payment methodsCredit cards, Alipay, cryptocurrenciesCredit cards, PayPal

NordVPN has gotten more expensive lately. Its 3 year plan now costs $3.49/month. It follows a 30-day refund-period policy, which is longer than that offered by IPVanish.

In terms of payment options, it is disappointing that IPVanish doesn’t accept cryptocurrencies. NordVPN doesn’t accept PayPal but cryptocurrencies are accepted. 

Therefore, this round is a tie as both providers offer similar pricing and both lack in some areas that are provided for by the other. 

 

Privacy & Data Logging

NordVPN has the better logging policy and the advantage of a safer jurisdiction as compared to IPVanish. 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.

NordVPN does not retain user information such as IP addresses and connection timestamps. Your activity remains completely logless while using NordVPN. In addition, the provider is located in Panama which is a country having no association with surveillance groups like the Five Eyes and the privacy-friendly laws of the country allow the provider to operate without storing any logs.

NordVPNIPVanish
HeadquarterPanama (safe)USA (unsafe)
Activity LogsNoneNone
Connection LogsNoneUnspecified
Anonymous PaymentYesNo

IPVanish does not store traffic logs, but the overall policy of the company is a little vague. Considering the fact that IPVanish is based in the US, there are some concerns as to the ability of this VPN to keep their users secure from privacy scandals, especially since they assisted Homeland Security with a user’s logs.
Therefore, NordVPN is the safer choice as far as privacy and logging policy is concerned.

 

Server Network

NordVPN offers 5,500+ servers in 59 countries  whereas IPVanish has a network of 1,300+ servers in 60+ countries. As far as the server spread is concerned, both providers cover almost the same amount of regions in the world. However, NordVPN’s total number of servers is significantly larger than IPVanish’s.

NordVPNIPVanish
Locations5960+
Servers5,500+1,300+

The smaller server size of IPVanish isn’t that big of a problem because the provider still covers most of the regions that most VPN users would normally connect to.

Check following table to spot server availability from IPVanish and NordVPN in your desired country.

CountryNordVPNIPVanish
AfghanistanNoNo
AlbaniaYesYes
AndorraNoNo
AngolaNoNo
ArgentinaYesYes
ArmeniaNoNo
ArubaNoNo
AustraliaYesYes
AustriaYesYes
AzerbaijanNoNo
BahamasNoNo
BahrainNoNo
BangladeshNoNo
BarbadosNoNo
BelarusNoNo
BelgiumYesYes
BelizeNoNo
BermudaNoNo
BhutanNoNo
BoliviaNoNo
Bosnia & HerzegovinaYesNo
BrazilYesYes
British Virgin IslandsNoNo
Brunei DarussalamNoNo
BulgariaYesYes
CambodiaNoNo
CanadaYesYes
Cape VerdeNoNo
Cayman IslandsNoNo
ChileYesYes
ChinaNoNo
ColombiaNoYes
Costa RicaYesYes
CroatiaYesYes
CyprusYesYes
Czech RepublicYesYes
DenmarkYesYes
DominicaNoNo
Dominican RepublicNoNo
EcuadorNoNo
EgyptNoNo
El SalvadorNoNo
EstoniaYesNo
EthiopiaNoNo
FinlandYesYes
FranceYesYes
GeorgiaYesNo
GermanyYesYes
GhanaNoNo
GreeceYesYes
GrenadaNoNo
GuatemalaNoNo
GuyanaNoNo
HaitiNoNo
HondurasNoNo
Hong KongYesYes
HungaryYesYes
IcelandYesYes
IndiaYesYes
IndonesiaYesNo
IrelandYesYes
Isle of ManNoNo
IsraelYesYes
ItalyYesYes
JamaicaNoNo
JapanYesYes
JerseyNoNo
JordanNoNo
KazakhstanNoNo
KenyaNoNo
KuwaitNoNo
KyrgyzstanNoNo
LaosNoNo
LatviaYesYes
LiechtensteinNoNo
LithuaniaNoNo
LuxembourgYesYes
MacauNoNo
MacedoniaYesNo
MadagascarNoNo
MalaysiaYesYes
MaltaNoNo
MauritaniaNoNo
MauritiusNoNo
MexicoYesYes
MoldovaYesYes
MonacoNoNo
MongoliaNoNo
MontenegroNoNo
MontserratNoNo
MoroccoNoNo
MyanmarNoNo
NepalNoNo
NetherlandsYesYes
New ZealandYesYes
NigerNoNo
NigeriaNoYes
NorwayYesYes
OmanNoNo
PakistanNoNo
PanamaNoNo
Papua New GuineaNoNo
ParaguayNoNo
PeruNoNo
PhilippinesNoYes
PolandYesYes
PortugalYesYes
Puerto RicoNoNo
QatarNoNo
RomaniaYesYes
RussiaNoNo
Saudi ArabiaNoNo
SenegalNoNo
SerbiaYesYes
SeychellesNoNo
SingaporeYesYes
SlovakiaYesYes
SloveniaYesYes
South AfricaYesYes
South KoreaYesYes
SpainYesYes
Sri LankaNoNo
St LuciaNoNo
SurinameNoNo
SwedenYesYes
SwitzerlandYesYes
TaiwanYesYes
TajikistanNoNo
TanzaniaNoNo
ThailandYesNo
Trinidad and TobagoNoNo
TunisiaNoNo
TurkeyYesNo
TurkmenistanNoNo
Turks and Caicos IslandNoNo
UkraineYesYes
United Arab EmiratesYesYes
United KingdomYesYes
United StatesYesYes
UzbekistanNoNo
VenezuelaNoNo
VietnamYesNo

Nonetheless, on the basis of sheer count alone, NordVPN is winner in this round.

 

Speed

NordVPN is slightly faster than IPVanish on average. The speeds for both providers on a 30 Mbps connection on four different server locations. NordVPN’s average download speed is 24.91 Mbps as compared to IPVanish which managed to reach 24.86 Mbps.

NordVPNIPVanish
US: 25.46 MbpsUS: 24.63 Mbps
UK: 25.09 MbpsUK: 24.69 Mbps
Germany: 24.29 MbpsGermany: 25.16 Mbps
Australia: 24. 81 MbpsAustralia: 24.96 Mbps
Avg. Download: 24.91 MbpsAvg. Download: 24.86 Mbps

The difference is hardly significant between the two providers IPVanish is one of the few providers that delivers consistently good speeds along with NordVPN, which takes a prominent place in this list of fastest VPNs of 2020.

Therefore, this round is a tie.

 

Security

Both providers offer impressively strong security features. The VPN protocols that NordVPN supports include only OpenVPN and IKEv2, whereas IPVanish includes these two protocols in addition to L2TP and PPTP.

CountryNordVPNIPVanish
EncryptionAES-256AES-256
Protocols SupportedOpenVPN, IKEv2OpenVPN, L2TP, PPTP, IKEv2
RSA KeysRSA-4096RSA-2048
App SecurityKillswitchKillswitch

Both IPVanish and NordVPN use AES-256 encryption which is one of the strongest encryption technology in existence. For authentication, NordVPN uses stronger RSA keys (RSA-4096) as compared to IPVanish (RSA-2048). Nonetheless, RSA-2048 is still ridiculously strong and virtually unbreakable in practice.

As an insurance policy against accidental identity leaks, both providers offer killswitch in their apps which instantly cuts of your internet connection in case of a VPN connection drop.

Thus, this round is a tie.

nordvpn-settings

IPVanish-settings

 

App Usability and Interface

NordVPN and IPVanish both offer appealing and usable mobile and desktop-friendly apps. 

NordVPNIPVanish
One click installation setupWindows, MacOS, Linux, iOS, AndroidWindows, MacOS, Android, iOS
Configurable settingsYesYes
Overall usabilityEasyEasy
Browser ExtensionsYesNo

NordVPN’s home menu consists of a list of server locations to choose from as well as a world map showing all the available server locations that you can directly connect to. Users can also configure some setting such as VPN protocols by clicking the Settings tab.

IPVanish has an appealing desktop app which allows users to select a server from a country, city, and the specific server itself. This is a nice feature that gives a good amount of control to the user. Users can simply choose a server country if they’re not interested in picking any specific server within a given location. It also has a settings tab.

Both providers offer great mobile apps. NordVPN retains most of the functionality of the desktop app in its mobile version. The homescreen allows you to do most of the interaction, which makes it very simple to use.

Similarly, IPVanish has a simple-to-use mobile app with most of the features on its desktop version intact. However, you can only use OpenVPN protocol with IPVanish on mobile.

Therefore, both providers are equally matched as wall as app interfaces and functionality is concerned.

 

Features & Compatibility

Both providers offer great features and compatibility but NordVPN has an edge over IPVanish.

NordVPNIPVanish
KillswitchYesYes
Split TunnelingNoAndroid only
Simultaneous Connections610
Extra FeaturesAd and malware blockingNone
Browser ExtensionsChrome and FirefoxNone
OS SupportWindows, Linux, MacOS, iOS, Android, Fire TVWindows, MacOS. Android, iOS, Fire TV

NordVPN is equipped with killswitch and a wide range of advanced features including Onion over VPN, DoubleVPN, CyberSec, and obfuscated servers. IPVanish lacks features similar to these but does offer split-tunneling on its Android app.

In addition, IPVanish supports 10 multi-logins whereas NordVPN supports 6. As such, if you’re looking for privacy protection on multiple devices, IPVanish might be the better option.

In terms of compatibility, NordVPN fares better. For instance, it offers a command line-based installer which IPVanish lacks. Both providers have dedicated apps for the Amazon Fire TV (2nd generation).

As such, while both providers deliver good range of functions, NordVPN’s advanced features trump IPVanish’s.

 

Unblocking Strength

NordVPN has more powerful when it comes to unblocking VoD streaming services like Netflix. 

NordVPNIPVanish
NetflixUS, UK, Australia, Canada,
Japan, Netherlands
No
HuluUS, JapanNo
BBC iPlayerYesNo
Amazon Prime VideoUS, UKNo
Sky GoYesYes
CBSYesYes

NordVPN is one of the best services for removing geo-restrictions on popular streaming services. It works well for unblocking multiple libraries of Netflix and also works with Hulu, BBC iPlayer, and Amazon Prime Video. All of these services have some of the strongest geo-restriction mechanisms in place, so it speaks volumes about the strength of NordVPN.

IPVanish has deteriorated over the years when it comes to unblocking streaming services. The service used to work well with Netflix, but it is no longer supported after Netflix detected its IP addresses. Similarly, the service is unable to bypass geo-restrictions on BBC iPlayer, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. However, it does work with most regional sports streaming channels like bEIN Sports, ESPN etc.

Thus, NordVPN is the winner in this round.

 

Customer Support

Both NordVPN and IPVanish offer live chat support 24/7 for answering general, billing, as well as technical queries.

NordVPNIPVanish
Live ChatYesYes
Email SupportYesYes
Tutorials/Setup GuidesYesYes

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):

NordVPN-customer-support

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.

IPVanish-customer-support

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.

Other than live chat, both of the VPNs provide support through tutorials, emails, and live chats, making it a comprehensive support provider.

Therefore, both providers are equally matched in terms of customer support.

 

Availability in China

Both providers are unreliable within China.

China is the most challenging country for VPN providers to offer their service in. The country blocks VPN traffic with sophisticated technologies and it takes extraordinary measures and resources to ensure VPN functionality in China.

Nonetheless, NordVPN does manage to work occasionally in some regions of China, it is very inconsistent. IPVanish, on the other hand, is almost always blocked and unavailable for use in China.

Therefore, NordVPN is slightly better for use in China.

 

Torrenting Support

NordVPN is more secure and reliable for torrenting than IPVanish. Since NordVPN is beyond the reach of DMCA notices and has no obligation to retain logs of user activity, it is quite safe to use this VPN for p2p activities. 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.

Therefore, NordVPN is the better choice for downloading torrents.

Disclaimer: We do not encourage neither condone the use of torrenting to illegally acquire copyrighted material.

 

Final Verdict: NordVPN is the winner!

The winner in this comparison is NordVPN which has bested IPVanish owing to faster speeds, larger servers, stronger privacy, unblocking strength and more!

IPVanish is a very capable service in its own right and actually excels in some aspects where in NordVPN lacks. For instance, it offers 10 simultaneous connections and supports split-tunneling on Android. Unfortunately, its major weakness lies in its slightly vague logging policy and lack of support for popular streaming services.

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 in a head-to-head comparison of raw power and sheer ability, NordVPN is the better choice as compared to IPVanish.

To find out more about each of these VPNs, you can see IPVanish review along with NordVPN review.

 

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