Ray Walsh

Ray Walsh

August 20, 2018

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Many people agree that connection speeds are the most important part of a VPN service; especially for data-intensive tasks like streaming in HD or gaming.

Here at BestVPN.com, we understand that testing the speed on a VPN isn’t easy. That is why we have invested in the world’s most advanced VPN speed testing tool. Our method is unique and no other comparison site provides such accurate results.

Our robust method gives us an up-to-date picture of the weighted and burst speeds of a VPN connection. With results showing anything up to 242.37 Mbit/s in burst speed, it is these stats we use to automatically update this article in real time!

VPN Speed Comparison Table

Why do I need a VPN?

A VPN is a technology that allows you to:

  • Hide what you get up to on the internet from others.
  • Get around blocks and other forms of censorship.
  • Appear to be in another country to access services such as US Netflix and BBC iPlayer.
  • Download and file share safely.
  • Use public WiFi hotspots safely and securely.

The VPN server acts as an intermediary between you and the internet, so if you connect to a VPN server in another location you look like you are in that location. This is great for accessing services that are restricted to just one country.

This is only a very high-level explanation of what a VPN is and what you can do with one. If you’re new to the world of VPNs and would like more information, check out our VPNs for beginners guide.

Which VPNs Do We Speed Test?

We have put the following VPN services through their paces and recorded the average speeds in Mbit/s over the last 7 days:

  • Mullvad (68.3 Mbit/s)
  • IPVanish (64.92 Mbit/s)
  • ExpressVPN (62.42 Mbit/s)
  • HideMyAss (60.89 Mbit/s)
  • goosevpn (59.6 Mbit/s)
  • CyberGhost (59.39 Mbit/s)
  • VyprVPN (57.92 Mbit/s)
  • Buffered (57.46 Mbit/s)
  • NordVPN (55.24 Mbit/s)
  • SaferVPN (53.49 Mbit/s)
  • VPNArea (52.67 Mbit/s)
  • PrivateVPN (51.58 Mbit/s)
  • PrivateInternetAccess (48.45 Mbit/s)
  • ProtonVPN (48.32 Mbit/s)
  • hideme (47.37 Mbit/s)
  • TunnelBear (42.28 Mbit/s)
  • ProxySH (39.99 Mbit/s)
  • PureVPN (34.13 Mbit/s)
  • ibVPN (26.92 Mbit/s)
  • vpnunlimited (12.25 Mbit/s)

For more information about the world’s best VPN speed testing system, head over to the official BestVPN.com SpeedTest page.

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Ray Walsh
August 20th, 2018

Ray Walsh is one of BestVPN's resident VPN experts. Ray is currently ranked #1 VPN authority in the world by agilience.com. During his time at BestVPN.com Ray has reviewed some of the world's foremost VPNs. Ray is an advocate for digital privacy, with vast experience writing about the political and social aspects of infosec, cybersec, and data privacy. Find him @newsglug on Twitter.

8 responses to “5 Fastest VPNs in 2018 – Daily VPN Speed Tests

  1. Hi everyone,

    Ray Walsh, I would highly recommend you to review speed of Surf Shark too as it is performing quite good coz this provider is quite new and its servers are not cluttered with users yet. What is more, I’ve been in China two weeks ago. Everything worked well, as servers are not blocked yet.

    1. I wouldn’t recommend it because a VPN will slow down your internet a bit. The fastest VPNs slow your connection down the least possible they don’t speed it up, and when trading you don’t want any lag at all which is why traders connect via ethernet to their router etc.

  2. This article is somewhat useless due to the fact that few providers that appear at the top are least secure. So if someone was to follow your article he/she should give up security over speed which would be quite ridiculous as we are talking about VPN here. I would always choose security over speed. If I need both for something that truly requires the best speed and still proper protection then I use smaller trustworthy VPN such as Surfshark that I have on the side. My main one is solely expected to exceed at protecting my devices and data even if the speed drops lower than I prefer sometimes.

  3. I will never consider Express VPN or recommend it to anyone. Want a comparison, get fed ad after ad after ad pushing your shitty VPN service.

  4. Ray, thanks for your reviews. I see you were featuring speed. It’s interesting that in Pure’s Con column you noted “many complaints.”

    Before I installed ExpressVPN and IPVanish, I carefully read all reviews. IPV has been responsive by email and after a bad start for 2017, they’ve fixed their software and IPV has been running with high-speed and rock solid reliability at least till now, Feb-2018.

    ExpressVPN has 24/7 customer response, sometimes by chat and always by email. They have been very good is correcting a problem I was having. They fixed my issue completely in a very quick way. ExpressVPN is also rock solid and highly reliable. I have zero complaints about IPV or ExpressVPN. Two good proven companies I’ve subscribed to for over a year.

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