The VPN industry is growing by the day as new providers enter the market with their unique offerings. IPVanish and PureVPN are two of the longest-running providers in the industry and well-known by veteran users.
In this article, we’re going to compare these two VPNs to determine which one is the better option, either PureVPN or IPVanish?
Privacy issues are increasing everywhere in the world, the need for VPNs among common users also grows. But it can be difficult to make the right choice for your needs from the vast pool of available VPNs in the market.
Setting up a Fight: PureVPN vs. IPVanish
To test which VPN performs the best, I have performed a side-by-side comparison between PureVPN and IPVanish, to which one takes the lead. These VPNs have competed on the following criteria:
Quick Comparison of PureVPN and IPVanish
Here is a quick VPN comparison of PureVPN and IPVanish.
|Logging Policy||No logs||No logs|
|Speed||26.01 Mbps||24.86 Mbps|
|Server Network||6,500+ servers|
|Customer Support||Live chat||Live chat|
PureVPN – It’s a Hong Kong-based VPN service known for its privacy-focused logging policy, server diversity, and unblocking power. It caters to users’ privacy and unblocking needs exceptionally well with its unique set of features and top-notch performance capabilities.
IPVanish – It’s a US-based VPN service that distinguishes itself from the competition by offering some excellent features that can boost your online privacy and web security. The IPVanish apps are well-designed and perform outstandingly for all devices they are compatible with.
Moreover, you can find detailed information about IPVanish and PureVPN in our IPVanish review articles and PureVPN Review.
1. Pricing Plans: PureVPN vs. IPVanish
|1-month plan: $10.95/mo||1-month plan: $3.49/mo|
|2-year plan: $3.33/mo||1-year plan: $2.62/mo|
|Get PureVPN||Get IPVanish|
PureVPN – It is considered one of the most affordable VPN services out there. It offers two plans, i.e., a 1-month plan at $10.95/mo and a 2-year plan at $3.33/mo. Out of all the plans offered by PureVPN, its 2-year plan costing $3.33/mo offers the best value for money. Also, as a bonus, PureVPN offers a 7-day trial for $0.99 only.
IPVanish – IPVanish is more affordable than PureVPN, coming at a low price of $2.62/ mo for its 1-year plan. It also offers two options for the users: VPN or VPN+Storage. You can either opt for the VPN-only plan or get VPN plus cloud storage plan. It doesn’t offer a free trial like PureVPN.
Payment method and Refund policy
A Money-back guarantee is a great benefit for new users skeptical about these VPNs and wants to try them out before committing to the subscription fully. If you’re unsatisfied with the VPNs for any reason, you can claim your refund within a month.
PureVPN is better than IPVanish in terms of payment options.
|Credit cards||Credit cards|
|Union Pay||Not accepted|
IPVanish Payment Options & Refund– It only accepts PayPal and Credit Cards, while PureVPN offers more payment options. There no option to currently buy a subscription via crypto.
It does offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. However, it comes with an exception, “monthly customers do not qualify.” PureVPN, on the other hand, does not have this exception as the refund is available for all subscriptions.
PureVPN Payment Options & Refund– PureVPN offers a 31-day refund window. It also accepts cryptocurrencies, which is great for users that want to make anonymous payments. However, payment through crypto is non-refundable.
(Five Eyes – Unsafe)
It is important to look up the background and jurisdiction of service whilst selecting a VPN. The background tells us how trustworthy a service really is, while the jurisdiction affects a VPN’s data retention policy. Ideally, VPNs that don’t operate under the jurisdiction of 5-Eyes are safer than VPNs that are subject to strict surveillance laws.
PureVPN Jurisdiction – It began its operations in 2007 as a venture of Hong Kong-based GZ Systems. Hong Kong doesn’t have any data retention laws, making it a good place for any VPN to be located in.
IPVanish Jurisdiction – It is owned by StackPath, a company based in the US. Although there are no data retention laws in the US, the US is still a part of the Five Eyes alliance. Therefore, the presence of domestic spying and intelligence gathering activities makes the US a less-than-ideal jurisdiction for a VPN.
Jurisdiction is a very crucial aspect when selecting a VPN provider. If the jurisdiction is located in a country such as the US, where any law enforcement authority can ask for user logs and data then it completely defeats the VPN purpose. Therefore, trusting IPVanish with your personal data wouldn’t be a smart decision. So using a provider like PureVPN, which supports user and privacy-friendly jurisdiction is the best decision. Also, we recently pitted PureVPN against a top-tier VPN provider and you can learn more about their brawl in ExpressVPN and PUREVPN comparison.
Along with Jurisdiction, the identity of the parent company of your VPN provider is also necessary. For example, you wouldn’t want to associate yourself with a provider like CyberGhost, whose parent company “Kape Technologies” is known for infecting users’ devices with malware in the past. While this is clearly a setback for CyberGhost, when it comes to protecting your online security and privacy, it is second to no one. We recently compared it with ExpressVPN and it gave a tough time to one of the top-tier VPN providers. Check out the clash in ExpressVPN vs CyberGhost.
3. Logging Policy
Almost all premium VPNs claim to have a “strict no-logs policy.” However, when you dig deeper, you are more likely than not to find that the VPN actually does log some of your information. Let’s see how these two VPNs fare in this regard.
|Does not store user logs||No traffic logs, but the overall policy unclear|
Does IPVanish keep logs? – IPVanish only mentions their stance on traffic logs, and it’s unclear what other logs they are storing, such as IP addresses, DNS, timestamps. While traffic logs tend to be the most revealing, metadata collection can also hurt users’ privacy. Despite having been located in the United States, IPVanish does not keep usage logs, but it does keep connection logs.
As of yet, there’s nothing conclusive about IPVanish’s logging policy when it comes to metadata.
4. Speed Results: PureVPN vs. IPVanish
|US: 29.07 Mbps||US: 24.46 Mbps|
|UK: 29.34 Mbps||UK: 24.91 Mbps|
|Germany: 20.85 Mbps||Germany: 25.4 Mbps|
|Australia: 24.79 Mbps||Australia: 24.86 Mbps|
|Avg. Download: 26.01 Mbps||Avg. Download: 24.86 Mbps|
To test the speed of both services, we used SpeedTest.net. A base internet connection of 30 Mbps was used to test the speed from 4 different server locations for each provider, including the US, UK, Germany, and Australia.
The good thing to note here is that both providers perform exceptionally when it comes to speed. PureVPN almost reaches the full 30 Mbps on US and UK servers but drops down a few levels for farther located regions such as Germany and Australia. This was also the case in the Private Internet Access vs PureVPN comparison.
On the other hand, IPVanish is remarkably consistent and delivers fast performance across all the servers tested, reaching as high as 24.91 Mbps on its UK server.
In our test, the average speed of PureVPN is 26.01 Mbps, and the average speed of IPVanish is 24.86 Mbps.
Although IPVanish and PureVPN are two of the fastest VPNs in the industry, PureVPN is even faster in comparison, as the results above show.
5. Servers in Countries: PureVPN vs. IPVanish
The server network plays an important part in the overall performance and capabilities of a VPN. A large server network will ensure fast speeds and zero disconnections. Let’s find out which provider offers a better server network.
|6500+ servers (140+ countries)||1600+ servers (75 locations)|
PureVPN Server Network – PureVPN owns one of the most geographically diverse networks, offering 6500+ servers across 140+ countries. The geographical diversity of PureVPN’s network is one of its USPs. Almost every country on the globe is available in PureVPN’s network.
IPVanish Server Network – IPVanish, on the other hand, has 1600+ servers in 75+ locations. Although the server size is pretty good in both cases, IPVanish covers a lot fewer countries in its network as compared to PureVPN. IPVanish in no way has a small server list. However, the numbers tell the story when you put it against PureVPN.
6. Device Compatibility: PureVPN vs. IPVanish
Device compatibility is an important factor when it comes to VPNs. Although both services offer compatibility across a wide range of devices, let’s find out which one is better.
PureVPN – PureVPN offers dedicated apps for all commonly used platforms and operating systems. You can get these apps for Windows, iOS, MacOS, Android, Fire TV, and more. Also, PureVPN offers browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox.
IPVanish – IPVanish’s apps are nicely designed and can be set up easily on common platforms as well, including Linux, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Fire TV, and more. However, it lacks extensions/add-ons for any browser. IPVanish does not offer dedicated apps for Windows Phone, Linux, Chromebook, or Routers. You will need to set it up manually.
Both VPNs are also compatible with Kodi and also offer dedicated Kodi add-ons. IPVanish on Kodi is one of the service’s USPs, and many loyal fans use IPVanish exclusively for its excellent Kodi compatibility.
Performance and Reliability
PureVPN has outstanding performance with a wide server network in 140+ locations all across the world. It also offers unlimited bandwidth, speed, and P2P. With one PureVPN account, you can connect up to 10 devices simultaneously.
IPVanish offers similar features to PureVPN, but it has a smaller server coverage. It’s also not as strong as PureVPN when it comes to unblocking and bypassing firewalls. The only positive is that with one IPVanish account, you can connect unlimited devices simultaneously. You can also check out the detailed VPN comparison chart to get in-depth information on PureVPN and IPVanish’s performance.
7. Customer Support: IPVanish vs. PureVPN:
|Live chat||Live chat|
|Email ticketing||Email ticketing|
PureVPN – It has a strong customer support center which they primarily provide through live chat. They also have detailed tutorials to assist installation and configuration of their VPN apps for various devices. As a test, I asked them about the best server to use for watching U.S. Netflix, and they immediately got back to me with a solution.
IPVanish – It also offers live chat support in addition to telephonic support. The support articles are also quite useful and contain instructions and guides for installation and other general VPN-related queries. Every time I tried to contact them through live chat, I got the desired response promptly as their response was not automated.
8. Torrenting/P2P: PureVPN vs. IPVanish
|Supports torrenting on various PureVPN servers||Supports torrenting on all IPVanish servers|
Torrenting and p2p activities are some of the major reasons why people use VPNs. Many internet users apply VPNs for safe torrenting, so some providers even offer dedicated optimized servers for torrenting.
PureVPN – It supports torrenting on many of its servers. However, you won’t be able to perform p2p activities on server locations with strict anti-torrenting laws such as UK and US. The security and privacy features ensure that none of your secret activities get leaked, keeping you safe from receiving legal notices from authorities.
IPVanish – It also supports torrenting on certain servers and is quite decent when it comes to unblocking torrent websites. You can download torrents by using the SOCKS5 proxy server that supports HTTP traffic and P2P BitTorrent client. With its excellent privacy features and fast speeds, you can easily enhance your torrent experience’s safety and gain access to blocked torrent channels with ease. Other P2P-friendly VPNs include NordVPN and Surfshark.
Note: We do not encourage either condone the use of torrenting to acquire copyrighted material illegally.
9. PureVPN vs. IPVanish: Unblocking Strength
|Amazon Prime Video||Yes||No|
Streaming services are making it harder for VPNs to bypass their firewalls and filters. As such, many VPNs today are unable to access streaming services that were previously easy to access.
The ability to unblock different Netflix regions, especially the US, is getting rarer among VPNs. Many services which used to work perfectly well with Netflix in the past are now blocked for the streaming platform.
PureVPN Unblocking Test: The good news is PureVPN is still one of the last remaining VPNs that can get you access to US Netflix. That said, you can encounter the Netflix proxy error at least once or twice on the U.S. library of Netflix. But after switching to a different U.S server, you should be able to unblock the U.S Netflix successfully.
The VPN also works well for some other popular streaming platforms, including the BBC iPlayer and Sky Go. I was also able to test PureVPN with Disney Plus, Hulu, Plex, and Amazon Prime Video and found its performance great.
IPVanih Unblocking Test: IPVanish does unblock US Netflix from abroad. To verify its Netflix unblocking feature, I tried unblocking “Rememory” using a US server, and it worked like a charm.
Unfortunately, IPVanish faces unblocking popular streaming sites like Hulu, BBC iPlayer, and Amazon Prime Video. In the case of Hulu and BBC iPlayer, it wasn’t able to unblock them. As a result, IPVanish is not a reliable choice for streaming. This was also the case in PIA vs IPVanish, where IPVanish managed to unblock Netflix US on most of its servers but it failed to unblock the British streaming site – BBC iPlayer.
10. Security Features: PureVPN vs. IPVanish
|PPTP, L2TP, SSTP, IKEv2, OpenVPN||PPTP, L2TP, SSTP, IKEv2, OpenVPN|
|NAT Firewall||Does not offer NAT Firewall|
|DDoS Protection||Does not have DDoS Protection|
|Does not offer SOCKS5 proxy||SOCKS5 proxy|
|Split-tunneling||Split-tunneling (Android only)|
|Kill switch||Kill switch|
|10 simultaneous connections||Unlimited simultaneous connections|
To evaluate the security level provided by a VPN, the standard is to analyze their protocols and encryption. Therefore, I have done the same in this PureVPN vs. IPVanish comparison. You can say that both PureVPN and IPVanish are well-rounded when it comes to security features.
PureVPN Kill Switch
The highest encryption level offered by these services is AES 256-bit encryption. This is the same encryption used by banks and government institutions. Hence, hackers and vigilant agencies will not be snooping around your personal information any time soon with PureVPN and IPVanish.
As for the tunneling protocols, IPVanish supports OpenVPN, PPTP, IKEv2, and L2TP/IPSec. PureVPN offers Stealth protocol in addition to the ones provided by IPVanish.
IPVanish Kill Switch
Overall, both providers offer valuable features for encryption, tunneling, and extra mechanisms for boosting privacy.
Final Verdict: PureVPN is the winner!
PureVPN wins this contest against IPVanish due to a larger server network, faster speeds, lower cost, and logging policy.
Based on the factors discussed above, PureVPN provides an excellent value for money. IPVanish, for its part, is a well-respected VPN brand itself and offers a lot of valuable features. Unfortunately, it falls short of the standard that PureVPN sets in the world of VPNs.
Therefore, while both of these VPNs are excellent in their own right, if you want better value for money, PureVPN is a the better choice on paper.