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5 Fastest VPNs in 2018 - Daily VPN Speed Tests

Connection speeds are vital for data-intensive tasks like streaming in HD or gaming, therefore it's important that your VPN doesn't slow you down. We run daily VPN speed tests, to ensure you get the fastest VPN service on the market.

 fastest VPN speed comparison

Here at BestVPN.com, we understand that testing the speed of 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!

Speedtest Table

Place Provider Weighted Speedtest Result Max Speed / Burst Result Visit Site
1. 77.87 Mbit/s 255.66 Mbit/s Visit Site  
2. 64.66 Mbit/s 259.23 Mbit/s Visit Site  
3. 64.46 Mbit/s 175.89 Mbit/s Visit Site  
4. 60.32 Mbit/s 117.48 Mbit/s Visit Site  
5. 59.36 Mbit/s 146.64 Mbit/s Visit Site  

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.

VPN speed comparison

We have put several VPN services through their paces and recorded the average speeds in Mbit/s over the last 7 days in order to find the fastest VPN services. Take a look at the table below to see our results:

Speedtest List

  • Ivacy (77.87 Mbits/s)
  • Mullvad (64.66 Mbits/s)
  • GOOSE VPN (64.46 Mbits/s)
  • IPVanish (60.32 Mbits/s)
  • Buffered (59.36 Mbits/s)
  • LeVPN (59.03 Mbits/s)
  • ExpressVPN (58.59 Mbits/s)
  • NordVPN (56.86 Mbits/s)
  • SurfShark (56.81 Mbits/s)
  • TorGuard (53.7 Mbits/s)
  • VPNArea (52.84 Mbits/s)
  • ProtonVPN (50.72 Mbits/s)
  • Windscribe (49.91 Mbits/s)
  • VyprVPN (48.25 Mbits/s)
  • TunnelBear (43.73 Mbits/s)
  • ibVPN (40.24 Mbits/s)
  • ProxySH (36.2 Mbits/s)
  • PureVPN (28.78 Mbits/s)
  • CyberGhost (26.46 Mbits/s)
  • VPN Unlimited (14.1 Mbits/s)

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

How does our scientific VPN speed test work?

The process of testing a VPN's speeds begins when we ask the VPN provider to give us .ovpn (OpenVPN config files) for a number of its servers (Hong Kong, Netherlands, UK, and Australia). Once we have those files, the VPN is added to our speed test system by our team of developers. The system then checks the burst speed for the VPN on the VPN's UK server (tested locally to our purposefully implemented UK test server). In addition, our test system takes an average download speed by testing all the servers that we have OpenVPN config files for. 

The overall results for this page are decided by taking an average consisting of:

  • 60% of the average download speed

  • 40% of the burst speed

This gives a fair weighting between the average speeds achieved across all the VPN servers that we test - and the very fastest speeds (local burst) achieved during our tests. The VPN speed tests are performed by our servers three times a day.

Can a VPN slow down my internet?

The answer to this question is yes. All VPNs tend to slow down an internet connection a bit. This because the encryption that the VPN protects your data with - and routing your internet via a VPN server (which means routing it further) - does incur a loss of connection speeds. The "fastest" VPNs are those that have the most minimal effect on your speeds. 

Many VPNs can slow your internet down by anything up to 95%. Our recommended fastest VPNs have been chosen because they will slow your internet connection down by a much more negligible percentage. 

One thing to remember: If your internet is extremely slow to begin with, the extra strain that a VPN (even a fast VPN from this guide) put on your internet may make activities like streaming or gaming very tough. Always check your internet speeds without a VPN first, and then you can approximate how fast your internet will be with the VPN on (assuming a small loss will occur).

Will a VPN speed me up?

While it is true that a VPN can speed up your internet if your VPN is throttling your bandwidth, this is a very specific case. On the whole, a VPN will slightly reduce your internet connection speeds.

It is true, that on extremely rare occasions a VPN can provide slightly better routing that your ISP, on these occasions the VPN may actually speed up your internet. However, this is a very rare occurrence and only the fastest VPNs will ever be able to pull this off.

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Written by: Ray Walsh

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 Comments

  1. Freddy
    on August 13, 2018
    Reply

    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. Ray Walsh replied to Freddy
      on August 17, 2018
      Reply

      I have suggested it to our editorial team.

  2. Tony
    on July 29, 2018
    Reply

    Can I use vpn for trading futures? After I install my platform trading softwares.

    1. Ray Walsh replied to Tony
      on August 2, 2018
      Reply

      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.

  3. Derry
    on July 11, 2018
    Reply

    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.

    1. Douglas Crawford replied to Derry
      on July 11, 2018
      Reply

      Hi Derry, This article is about the fastest VPNs. We also have articles on 5 Most Secure VPNs and 5 Best No Logs VPNs. Our general 5 Best VPN Services article aims to take all these factors into account (plus others such as value for money, features, and whether they can access Netflix) to provide some balanced general-purpose recommendations.

  4. Sigh
    on May 5, 2018
    Reply

    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.

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