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PureVPN or IPVanish? Which VPN is better?

PureVPN is the better VPN than IPVanish, but only by a small margin.

To learn about what separates these two VPNs, this PureVPN vs IPVanish review will evaluate each on 10 different factors. Here’s a quick-look view to the whole comparison:

FactorsPureVPNIPVanish
JurisdictionHong KongUSA
Logging PolicyNo logsNo logs
Pricing $1.65/mo $6.49/mo
Speed26.01 Mbps24.86 Mbps
Server Network2,000+ servers
141+ countries
1,300+ servers
75+ Locations
Customer SupportLive chatLive chat
TorrentingSupportedSupported
Netflix UnblockingSupportedInconsistent
SecurityStrongStrong
WebsitePureVPN.comIPVanish.com

 

Here is the complete VPN comparison which lists top 60 providers and compares between their features and other aspects.

To know more about IPVanish and PureVPN in detail, you can explore our articles on IPVanish review and PureVPN Review.

 

Jurisdiction

Result: PureVPN is located in a safer country as compared to IPVanish.

PureVPNIPVanish
Hong Kong
(Safe)
United States
(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 effects a VPN’s data retention policy.

From what I have learned, PureVPN began its operations in 2007 as a venture of Hong Kong-based GZ Systems. Meanwhile, StackPath, a company based in the US, owns IPVanish.

If we compare PureVPN vs IPVanish with regards to their jurisdiction, the former has an advantage over the later. This is because the United States has regulated mandatory data retention while Hong Kong has no such law in place.

 

Logging Policy – Some Grey Areas

Result: PureVPN is located in a safer country as compared to IPVanish.

PureVPNIPVanish
Does not store user logsNo traffic logs, but overall policy unclear

PureVPN’s privacy policy is quite reassuring. The provider clearly mentions that they refrain from logging any identifiable information such as IP address, DNS requests, or user traffic.

IPVanish only mentions their stance on traffic logs, and it’s unclear what other logs they are storing.

Putting this aside, IPVanish is also a cause of worry as it is based in the US. The US being a part of Five Eyes alliance is not an ideal place for VPN to be based in, because of mandatory data retention laws.

Thankfully, there is no such worry with PureVPN.

 

Pricing, Payment Options, & Refund Policy

Result: PureVPN is located in a safer country as compared to IPVanish.

PureVPNIPVanish
1-month plan: $10.95/mo1-month plan: $10.00/mo
3-month plan: None3-month: $8.99/mo
1-year plan: $5.81/mo1-year plan: $6.49/mo
5-year plan: $1.65/mo 5-year plan: None

Compared to PureVPN, IPVanish costs considerably more. PureVPN’s 5 year plan costs only $1.65/month, making it way cheaper than IPVanish.

PureVPN does a better job at providing various payment option as well.

IPVanish only accepts PayPal and Credit Cards while PureVPN offers more payment options such as BlueSnap and PaymentWall.

 

PureVPNIPVanish
PayPalPayPal
Credit cardsCredit cards
BlueSnapNot accepted
PaymentWallNot accepted
AlipayNot accepted

Finally, all PureVPN packages offer 31-day refund period, as compared to IPVanish’s 7-day money back policy.

 

Servers Coverage: PureVPN vs IPVanish

Result: PureVPN has 53.84% more servers than IPVanish

PureVPNIPVanish
2000+ servers (140 countries)1300+ servers (75 locations)

PureVPN owns one of the most geographically diverse networks, offering 2000+ servers across 140+ countries. IPVanish, on the other hand, has 1300+ servers in 75+ locations.

Hence, comparing PureVPN vs IPVanish for servers, the winner is quite obviously PureVPN.

IPVanish in no way has a small server list. However, the numbers tell the story when you put it against PureVPN.

 

PureVPN vs IPVanish Speed Review

Result: PureVPN is 4.63% faster than IPVanish

PureVPNIPVanish
US: 29.07 MbpsUS: 24.63 Mbps
UK: 29.34 MbpsUK: 24.69 Mbps
Germany: 20.85 MbpsGermany: 25.16 Mbps
Australia: 24.79 MbpsAustralia: 24.96 Mbps
Avg. Download: 26.01 MbpsAvg. Download: 24.86 Mbps

Upon testing the speed of these services, I came to realize that both of these services could be dubbed as fast. The speed for both VPNs was tested on a base Internet connection of 30 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.

 

Compatibility: PureVPN vs IPVanish

Result: PureVPN has apps for a larger variety of platforms than IPVanish

PureVPNIPVanish
Windows, Mac, iOS, Android and LinuxWindows, Mac, iOS, Android and Linux
Browser extension for Chrome and FirefoxNo Browser Extensions

You can use both of these services on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux and various other devices. Hence, both IPVanish and PureVPN are equally matched when it comes to compatibility.

The one advantage PureVPN has over IPVanish is that it provides extensions for both Chrome and Firefox.

 

IPVanish vs PureVPN: Customer Support

Result: Both providers offer equally good customer support

PureVPNIPVanish
Live chatLive chat
Email ticketingEmail ticketing
Knowlegebase/TutorialsKnowlegebase/Tutorials
NoneTelephone

PureVPN has a strong customer support center which they primarily provide through live chat. Other than that, they also have detailed tutorials to assist installation and configuration of their VPN apps for various devices.

IPVanish also offers live chat support in addition to telephonic support. Both providers are therefore equally matched when it comes to the quality of customer support.

 

Torrenting/P2P

Result: Both providers are equally good for torrenting

PureVPNIPVanish
Supports torrenting on various PureVPN serversSupports torrenting on all IPVanish servers

PureVPN limits torrenting on some servers with strict anti-piracy laws such as UK, US, Canada etc. IPVanish offers torrenting functionality on all servers and also uses SOCKS5 proxy to provide a secure torrenting session.

 

Netflix Support: IPVanish vs NordVPN

Result: PureVPN is more reliable for Netflix streaming

PureVPNIPVanish
Supports torrenting on various PureVPN serversSupports torrenting on all IPVanish servers

The ability to unblock different Netflix regions, especially 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.

The good news is PureVPN is still one of the last remaining VPNs that can get you access to US Netflix. IPVanish, on the other hand, has lost the ability to penetrate Netflix’s VPN block and only works occasionally for this purpose.

As such, between the two, PureVPN is more reliable for Netflix streaming.

 

PureVPN vs IPVanish: Security

Result: Both providers offer strong security features

PureVPNIPVanish
PPTP, L2TP, SSTP, IKEv2, OpenVPNPPTP, L2TP, SSTP, IKEv2, OpenVPN
NAT FirewallDoes not offer NAT Firewall
DDoS ProtectionDoes not have DDoS Protection
Does not offer SOCKS5 proxySOCKS5 proxy
Split-tunnelingSplit-tunneling (Android only)
Kill switchKill switch
5 simultaneous connections10 simultaneous connections

To evaluate the level of security provided by a VPN, the standard is to analyze their protocols and encryption. Therefore, I have done the same in this PureVPN vs IPVanish review.

You can say that both PureVPN and IPVanish are well rounded when it comes to security features.

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.

There is not much difference in the protocol and encryption options offered by both these services, as well as extra features. As such, both are equally capable in term of security.

 

PureVPN vs IPVanish Kodi Review

Result: IPVanish is widely regarded by users as the best VPN for Kodi

PureVPNIPVanish
Compatible with KodiWidely regarded as the best for Kodi

Kodi is a service that allows you to stream movies, documentaries and other entertaining content. That sound good and all but there is a catch.

This service has geo-blocks that can be only be avoided through a VPN service.

Many VPNs are compatible with Kodi and luckily, both PureVPN and IPVanish are among them. However, IPVanish has built a reputation exclusively as the VPN of choice for many Kodi users.

For more details about how to install IPVanish on kodi, you can read our detailed guide.

 

Final Verdict

PureVPN wins this contest against IPVanish due to larger server network, faster speeds, significantly lower cost, and logging policy.

Based on the factors discussed above, PureVPN is an excellent value for money. IPVanish, for its part, is a well-respected VPN brand itself and offers a lot of valuable features.

However, on a head-to-head comparison, PureVPN has proven to be a stronger service than IPVanish.

 

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