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5 Best VPNs With a Free Trial – Try a VPN Service Today Risk Free

Ryan Burgess

Ryan Burgess

February 22, 2018

Free is everyone’s favorite price. You get to try something without having to worry about wasting money. This is true of VPN services. Many offer free trials that allow you to get a feel for how the service will work.

A VPN free trial is useful because we all want a VPN for different reasons. Many people use a VPN to help keep their internet usage private. Others use a VPN to help bypass geo-blocked services such as Netflix and Amazon Video. We have reviewed over 150 VPNs in the last 5 years and these are the 5 Best free trial VPNs.

For free VPNs see our 5 Free VPN Services article.

Best VPNs with a Free Trial: Summary

BestVPN Editor's Choice Award


VyprVPN Homepage
  • Three-day free trial
  • Servers in 64 countries
  • Proprietary cloaking technology
  • Kill switch
  • Automatic WiFi protection
  • Basic plan doesn't include Chameleon

VyprVPN offers a three-day free trial. This service is one of the few VPNs that can get through the Great Firewall of China. The VPN's success at dodging detection by the Chinese authorities is down to the proprietary cloaking methodology that it uses. This system, called Chameleon, scrambles up the encrypted packets so they don't contain telltale signs of VPN activity. This detection avoidance system also works well to get through the VPN blocking software used by streaming services, such as Netflix.

You don't get Chameleon with the Basic plan, so focus on the Premium package. It is this Premium package to which the free trial gives you access. Security features of this VPN include a kill switch to stop programs on your computer from connecting to the internet when the VPN is not engaged. You also get automatic WiFi protection.

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2nd Place


PrivateVPN Homepage
  • Best value for your money
  • 7 day free trial
  • 6 simultaneous connections
  • Great customer service
  • High streaming speeds
  • Strong encryption
  • DNS must be configured manually

Sweden-based VPN provider, PrivateVPN, is an excellent choice for VPNs with a free trial, especially after winning BestVPN.com’s “Best Value VPN” of 2018. Not only do you get a full service VPN at an affordable price (or a risk-free 7-day trial), but you get 54 server locations, excellent customer service, super fast streaming speeds, and great encryption.

PrivateVPN is particularly ideal for getting into Netflix; supporting 16 different Netflix regions! PrivateVPN also offers six simultaneous connections, WiFi protection, and a 30-day money-back guarantee for unsatisfied customers.

3rd Place


CactusVPN Homepage
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • One-day free trial
  • Good speeds
  • Peer-to-peer (P2P) downloading allowed
  • Gets into Netflix
  • Small server network

CactusVPN CactusVPN is another VPN provider that offers a free trial service with no need for credit card information. They offer 24 hours completely free, with absolutely no restrictions. CactusVPN is based in the small European country of Moldova, but it isn’t part of the European Union. This means it is free from influence from various internet freedom restrictions. As such, CactusVPN keeps absolutely no logs.

CactusVPN doesn’t have as much to offer as NordVPN, but this is reflected in the price. CactusVPN is more geared towards those that value privacy and security over geo-blocking capabilities. Nor do they have many server locations, but every server location they do have works perfectly.

CactusVPN, very publicly announced that they had lost their fight against the likes of Netflix. This means that you can’t access the service using CactusVPN.

4th Place


SaferVPN Homepage
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • 24-hour free trial
  • Servers in 33 countries
  • Apps for Windows, Mac OS X, Android, and iPhone devices
  • Browser extension for Chrome
  • Can't get into Netflix

SaferVPNSaferVPN is another VPN service that allows you a completely unrestricted 24-hour free trial with no need for payment details.

SaferVPN is based in Israel. This may set off alarms, but Israel, in fact, has some very strict privacy laws. Even if this continues to worry you, SaferVPN keeps no logs whatsoever, so there is no need to panic.

SaferVPN has a dedicated US streaming server to unblock the likes of Netflix US. It should be noted though, that this only works with desktop versions of Netflix, mobile apps will not function correctly. If you are someone that uses Netflix only through a regular browser, SaferVPN is worth a try.

SaferVPN also offers a lot in terms of security. They use AES-256 encryption and offer the most secure protocols such as IKEv2, and OpenVPN. SaferVPN is a very competent VPN service that has a lot to offer no matter what you use a VPN for. The free trial is simply the icing on the cake. One of the best VPN free trials available.SaferVPN review.

5th Place


ibVPN Homepage
  • 15-day money-back guarantee
  • 24-hour free trial
  • Gets around regional restrictions
  • Browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera
  • Smart DNS options
  • Takes time to discover all of the features

ibVPN ibVPN is another VPN service that offers a 24-hour free trial, with no restrictions. There is no credit card required, just a name and an email address. ibVPN is based in Romania, a country that seems to take the privacy of its users seriously. Romania may be in the EU, but ibVPN keep absolutely no logs, so they have no information to hand over should any authorities come knocking.

One of the issues with ibVPN is that the performance isn’t fantastic. This makes the free trial essential to make sure you don’t end up disappointed. ibVPN is another VPN provider that fell to Netflix’s VPN blocking tactics, and as such does not work. So, for those want to bypass geo-blocking, ibVPN is not a great choice.

ibVPN does offer a very secure service, though there is no support for IKEv2. You have access to the likes of OpenVPN, SSTP, and SoftEther. ibVPN also supports Double VPN, for those that want the utmost security possible. ibVPN also offer TOR over VPN, which makes it a good choice for those that use TOR on a regular basis.

ibVPN’s performance is a bit hit-and-miss, this makes the free trial something you should take advantage of. The fact you can try the service without the need for payment details makes it worth at least a try.

Money Back Guarantees are not Free Trials

It is important to note that whilst many VPN providers offer a money back guarantee, they are not truly free trials and will require you to provide credit card details before you can trial the service. Free trials are quite rare for (quality) VPN services, and providers that have one should be applauded for their customer-centric approach.

Money back guarantees are the next best thing and it is understandable that most VPN services go for this option. It can be quite easy to take advantage of free trials, so it is understandable that VPNs would avoid this. NordVPN and CactusVPN are examples of VPN services that provide not only a free trial, but substantial money back guarantees also.

Many VPN services try to blur the line between free trials and money back guarantees. It would be a positive move for the industry if VPN providers simply stated money-back guarantee, rather than to confuse the matter with the use the word trial.

The Tricky Subject of Free VPNs

There are many free services out there, but, many of those providers collect and sell your data. That is how free VPNs create an income stream. Sadly, it means that they are not truly protecting you.

Some other big VPN providers offer free plans as well, but they are often unusable for the everyday. Speed or data restrictions mean they can only be used for highly limited purposes. They can be useful if the service doesn’t offer a free trial, as a free plan lets you see how the service works. However, it isn’t a 100% accurate representation, and can sometimes lead to confusion over how good the VPN really is.

Many stories have surfaced about free VPNs selling user data to the highest bidder. Hola VPN went one further and was selling bandwidth, essentially turning its VPN into a giant botnet.

If you want to use a free VPN, it is vital that you read the privacy policies. VPNs often sneak nefarious things in as no one really reads them. As a general rule stay away from them, and stick to recommended services like the ones in this article.


Free trials are a fantastic way to see if the VPN you want to use is blacklisted when using a particular VPN. No one wants to have to input their card details just to make sure the restricted service of their choice can actually be unblocked by the VPN.

Free trials are pretty vital nowadays because VPN services are quickly being blocked out by media services. Nobody ever considered the extent to which Netflix would go just to block VPN services. Under pressure from business partners, expect similar services to adopt a similar approach if they haven’t already.

Free VPNs have their work cut-out. With the likes of Netflix taking specific measures to cull VPN traffic, free services simply don’t have the resources to fight back. Even popular paid services such as CactusVPN and ibVPN couldn’t deal with it.

Anyone looking to use a free VPN for anything other than occasional use will probably find themselves bitterly disappointed. However, the good news is that many premium services make it their mission to keep providing access to those services and we have lists here at BestVPN.com for all of them.

VPN Free Trial Conclusion

Free trial VPNs are a rare beast. When a VPN provider offers a free trial service, they open themselves up to abuse. Thankfully, the VPNs featured on this list understand the need for users to try a service before they part with their hard-earned cash.

The usability of VPNs is constantly changing, especially with firms fighting back against VPNs ability to bypass geo-restrictions. The option to try a VPN service unrestricted for free is useful. However, in reality, it remains a rarity. The ability to use a VPN service to make sure it does what you wish – without having to part with any money – is certainly a boon to customers.

The NordVPN free trial is a particularly welcome sight. NordVPN is one of the biggest VPN services in the industry, and to offer three whole days of unrestricted access is really outstanding. We think there is a VPN free trial here for everyone, so why not try them all out? After all, you have nothing to stop you!

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Ryan Burgess
March 14th, 2018

I have been writing about VPNs for over four years now and know a lot about the industry, both inside and out. You can follow me and my work on twitter @Burgess_101

18 responses to “5 Best VPNs With a Free Trial – Try a VPN Service Today Risk Free

  1. Michael says:

    Nord vpn have a free trail that I’m using now, it’s pretty good and fast. They have me sold after 30 minutes, I’m buying it when trail is over.

  2. Jenn Pawloski says:

    Great list but I think you’re missing an important contender! JackRabbit VPN offers a free trial without asking for any card details or info. Just verify your email address and get your first hour free.
    If you’ve not heard about JackRabbit, it’s a disruptor in the VPN market – offering pay-by-the-hour VPN service with no monthly subscription at all! $0.10 per VPN per hour for those casual VPN’ers like myself!

    1. D.David says:

      too bad the don’t explain how to use the ovpn file they force you to download, not for the non geek

      1. Douglas Crawford says:

        Hi D,

        For what its worth, we have a guide on how to use .ovpn files in Windows available here.

  3. steve bird says:

    you state cactus is $6.99 but its in fact $4.99 think you should change the price you have on your site

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi steve,

      There does appear to have been an error, so thanks for pointing it out. In fact, we usually quote the annual price per month , so that makes CactusVPN (Liberty Plan) just $3.25 per month (if paid annually). I have updated our database accordingly.

  4. Indigo says:

    Douglas Crawford, while I have not individually checked each of the five suggested vpn trials, it appears that none offer a non-“invasive”, TRULY risk free trial. The author of the article emphasized, “Some decent VPN services see the value in not scaring you off by demanding your credit card details before they’ve proved their worth. These are the companies that offer free trials.”

    Because of the above statement, I was expecting that each of the 5 companies actually lived up to the hype, offering the rare but existent free trial option that doesn’t demand credit card information prior to the limited time exploratory use.

    A bit disappointing. Had the author not mentioned the material quoted above, then I would have expected that these free trial options were of the standard-payment info upfront type that, in my opinion are never 100% risk free despite what a companies claims.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Indigo,

      I do agree with your point, and will pass it on for discussion by our team.

      1. Douglas Crawford says:

        Hi Indigo,

        I have just checked with Stephen, and all these VPNs do offer a genuinely free trial (not just money back guarantee, although some also offer that). “Vypr is the only exception in that they don’t offer a moneyback guarantee as well and they expect your payment details before you get the free trial. However, it is a free trial because they don’t charge you for those three days. With a moneyback guarantee you have to pay and then claim back, which is not the case in any of the VPNs listed in this article. With Safer VPN it is a permanently free version, which I am still using.”

      2. Douglas Crawford says:

        Hi Indigo,

        I have just checked with Stephen, and all these VPNs do offer a genuinely free trial (not just money back guarantee, although some also offer that). “Vypr is the only exception in that they don’t offer a moneyback guarantee as well and they expect your payment details before you get the free trial. However, it is a free trial because they don’t charge you for those three days. With a moneyback guarantee you have to pay and then claim back, which is not the case in any of the VPNs listed in this article. With Safer VPN it is a permanently free version, which I am still using.”

  5. watson says:

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  6. Annon says:

    How can you possibly name a VPN that keeps logged the best VPN? Getting paid by them much?

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi Annon,

      VyprVPN does indeed keep some logs (as we mention), but it may surprise you to learn that most VPN users simply don’t care about this. In all other ways VyprVPN is an excellent service. If you prefer to use a VPN that doesn’t keep logs, we have clearly marked them (e.g. no 2. – NordVPN).

  7. JohnnyRebel says:

    These don’t have free trials. No such thing on these. What a nice way to scam people to bump your traffic up.

    1. Douglas Crawford says:

      Hi JohnnyRebel,

      Um. So… I did not write this article, but have just been through the list and checked on thier respective websites. Every provider on this list does indeed offer the free trials indicated in this article! I am very confused as to why you claim otherwise!

      1. maleficusdeus says:

        I think Johnny is referring to the fact that you have to commit to a paid plan in order to receive these ‘free trials’. Something along the lines of ‘3 days free + 1 month paid’ isn’t a free trial, it is just 3 free days.

        1. Douglas Crawford says:

          Hi maleficusdeus,

          Thanks for the clarification. Some of these providers (such as VyprVPN) do ask you to sign-up and provide payment details in order to take advantage of the free trial. Your card is not charged, however, until the free trial period is over (3 days in VyprVPN’s case). If you cancel the subscription before the free trial is over, the card is not charged. So it is a free trial (albeit one that is, admittedly, a bit of a pain in the ass to take advantage of).

  8. Connie Wilson says:

    Watch VyprVPN when you sign up for the “risk free” 3 day trial. This is the only one of the 5 that requires you to fill in billing info and then without warning they charge you a $1 for the risk free trial. This adds up for them and then if you cancel the trial they put you through “required” questions before you are finally allowed to cancel. I finally refused to give any reason and told them I am not under any duty of requirement to them. I consider this fraud and I told them they are not trust worthy for business with this behavior.
    IPVanish is no where in this five and I tested all five and believe me IPVanish is by far the best there is out there. It is rated #1 in all recommendations in the U.S. for every country. Their server choices are much better as well as their mapping.
    Evidently you didn’t look at them and you should.

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