12 Best VPNs in 2019

1. ExpressVPN

What we like:
+ Very fast speed

+ Netflix and other streaming services
+ Unrestricted torrenting
+ A lot of servers
+ Based in the British Virgin Islands
+ Works in China

What we don’t like:
– Could be cheaper

ExpressVPN is the leading VPN provider and also the winner of our VPN tests. It has been around since 2009 and is located in a privacy heaven of the British Virgin Islands. It is a great all-rounder, although a bit pricey.

ExpressVPN has a stellar privacy record. It does not record any activities of its users as was proved during the seizing of their server by Turkish authorities in 2017,

We recommend ExpressVPN for its high speeds. Its large number of strategically placed servers provides excellent Netflix and P2P connections.

The only drawback with their service we could find is the price. But you do get a lot of value for your money and peace of mind.

or read our ExpressVPN review

2. CyberGhost VPN

What we like:
+ Fast speed

+ Netflix streaming
+ No logs policy
+ A lot of servers and locations
+ Romanian jurisdiction
+ Price

What we don’t like:
Quick Connect feature sometimes picks doesn’t pick the closest server

CyberGhost is a Romanian company with a large team of professionals. They have been around since 2011.

CyberGhost has all the important features covered  – it hides your IP, anonymizes and encrypts all your internet activity, allows you to access geo-restricted content. They have one of the best systems available to countermeasure geo-restrictions of Netflix.

The whole point of a VPN service is to leave no logs and CyberGhost looks to implement the no-logs policy to the fullest.

CyberGhost VPN service is definitely something you buy for a long term and $2.75 per month is as low as you can get for a quality VPN

or read our CyberGhost VPN review

3. NordVPN

What we like:
+ Many servers

+ Multi-platform support
+ Panama jurisdiction
+ No logs policy
+ Netflix USA, P2P works
+ Price

What we don’t like:
– Map interface is clumsy to navigate

– Quick Connect

NordVPN is probably the most well-known VPN provider out there. Partly, because it offers competitive rates, partly because their service is outstanding. They are based in Panama, which is great! NordVPN does not any user data nor traffic logs. They take privacy seriously.

NordVPN could easily take the first place of our VPN top list. It is just that we hate the Quick Connect option as it rarely gives us the fastest server to connect to.

We did like CyberSec feature though. It automatically blocks suspicious websites protecting you from malware. This is a great add-on that helps you keep from browser session hijackings as the implications could be damaging.

NordVPN is our top choice. We are recommending them if you are looking for a reputable and reasonably priced VPN provider

or read our NordVPN review

4. Private Internet Access

What we like:
+ Privacy Focused

+ 3,300 servers
+ Multiple platform support
+ Open source desktop client
+ Diverse payment options
+ All servers 2p2 optimized

What we don’t like:
– No free version

– Browser extensions are not updated in time

Private Internet Access VPN is the best for technically proficient, power users. If you’re the kind of geek who won’t shy away from personally compiling an application and want to support a company that’s constantly setting the bar higher in terms of transparency and security, look no further than Private Internet Access.

Plenty of servers around the world and a competitive pricing plan makes it a top choice. It fully supports torrents and Netflix if this is what is most important for you and although it’s based in US Private Internet Access is extremely transparent in how they handle user privacy and even disclose how many data requests they get and how many they deny from government agencies.

The speed tests showed nice and consistent speeds on par with what you would expect. The time to connect to servers was noticeably fast – even for servers across the world which was really nice to see. The Auto Connect feature chose the nearest possible server in Finland and the speeds had just a tiny drop of 8 and 4 percent for downloads and uploads. We have seen better results from just a few other VPNs (like NordVPN).

or read our Private Internet Access review

5. ProtonVPN

What we like:
+ Switzerland jurisdiction

+ Outstanding “Free” tier
+ Secure Core servers
+ No log policy
+ Speed
+ Price

What we don’t like:
– No 24/7 chat support

– Relatively low number of servers

ProtonVPN is a Swiss-based VPN provider that offers probably the best privacy and security features. The guys behind this great VPN have also brought to you ProtonMail – privacy-focused e-mail service.

We especially liked ProtonVPN’s Secure Core server technology where traffic is routed through their own servers in countries with privacy-friendly laws (Switzerland, Iceland and Sweden). Though servers are housed in underground data centers and even in a former military base!

The speed of ProtonVPN’s network receives also high marks. In our tests we the VPNs decreased our speeds 4%-30% which is very good!

or read our ProtonVPN review

6. HideMyAss! VPN

What we like:
+ Decent speeds

+ 280 locations
+ Device and router support
+ Easy to use

What we don’t like:
– UK jurisdiction
– Stores some data
– Shorter plans are expensive

HideMyAss! VPN has been on a market the longest of our top list. They have been providing privacy service since 2005. There are over 400 million users globally!

HideMyAss! is based in the UK which is not the most ideal location for a VPN service. The UK has one of the worst privacy laws which HMA! has to comply with. Because of that, this VPN should not be your first pick if privacy is your concern.

It should probably be your first pick if you value ease of use or you need to routinely check how pages look from different locations or need to bypass internet censorship under oppressive regimes.

HideMyAss! is the most user-friendly VPN we have tested. It has decent server speeds and is a great all-rounder. If privacy is not your highest concern then we can highly recommend HideMyAss!

or read our HideMyAss! VPN review

7. Hotspot Shield VPN

What we like:
+ 5 simultaneous connections

+ Servers in over 70 countries
+ 7-day free trial
+ Excellent speeds

What we don’t like:
– US based
– Single month plan is expensive

Hotspot Shield VPN is a public Virtual Private Network operated by a company known as AnchorFree, Inc. The service was initially released back in 2005. As one of the oldest providers on the market, it has created a massive user base, it works on multiple operating systems, and it is available in as many as 13 languages.

In its 14 years of service, Hotspot Shield was downloaded 650 million times. According to statistics from its own website, it has around 1.07 million downloads from Google Play Store, 53.5k downloads from Apple’s App Store, and 13.9k downloads from Microsoft Store. The rest are likely to direct downloads from the service’s website.

or read our Hotspot Shield review

8. IPVanish

What we like:
+ Tons of servers

+ High speeds
+ Best gamer VPN
+ Torrenting

+ Ease of use

What we don’t like:
– US jurisdiction
– Netflix support
– automated support

IPVanish is a US-based VPN provider with a reputation as one of the services for low-latency gaming. They have servers in over 60 countries.

IPVanish excels in torrenting. The bandwidth is unlimited and the speeds are not throttled any way. Using it for the purpose of getting around geo-restricted content is problematic. It’s a hit and miss with finding a server that hasn’t yet been blacklisted by Netflix US.

Considering it is reasonably priced and that it is built for speed and privacy IPVanish comes as highly recommended. 

or read our IPVanish VPN review

9. TunnelBear

What we like:
+ Decent speeds

+ Browser extensions
+ Free plan
+ Torrenting
+ Privacy features

What we don’t like:
– Canada jurisdiction
– Limited number of countries
– No Netflix access

Just behind TunnelBear’s cute and cuddly facade, you will find a very capable VPN that has all the bells and whistles you need and some you don’t even know you need.

The FREE option is very interesting if you need a VPN service for a few days or weeks and don’t want to sign up for a paid plan. The 500MB will suffice for some browsing, but definitely not for watching Netflix.

Although TunnelBear can’t fully compete with the top players, we find the Free plan attractive and the paid plans are cheap. It is an easy to use product which keeps you safe most days.

or read our TunnelBear review

10. Surfshark

What we like:
+ Very competitive pricing options
+ 24/7 live chat support
+ Strict no-logs policy

What we don’t like:
– Anomalies in connection locations
– Slow email support
– Inconsistent speeds
– Medium sized network of servers

If you are looking to save money, Surfshark has incredibly low prices for the two-year plan that you can’t easily find. The connection speeds are pretty much on par with the competition and the time to connect to different servers is definitely impressive. The one thing that makes us a bit apprehensive is the fact that the quick connect feature claimed to connect us to one location but instead connected to a different country. All manual server connections seemed to work perfectly but this one thing can ruin the pot of honey.

11. TorGuard VPN

What we like:
+ Plenty of flexible plans

+ A la carte add-ons
+ Specialized business option

What we don’t like:
– Complicated onboarding
– Varied results in speed tests
– No 24/7 chat support

In its March 2019 review, Australian PCMag website called TorGuard “a solid VPN service with better than average performance”. TorGuard owner company was incorporated in 2012 in Nevis, a small Caribbean island. Right off the bat TorGuard stand out with its a la carte options. When you buy any plan (month, year, three years) you can pick extra options most suited for your needs – want a dedicated Bulgarian IP? That’s $15.98 a month. How about a Latvian, Luxembourg or Ireland IP?

It’s clear TorGuard has tried to focus on making money by prioritizing people wanting to build an online source of income. There are features for gamers, streamers and torrent users too, but they’re just an afterthought.

If you’re trying to make a secure business empire online, TorGuard is your choice. For everything else, there’s a better VPN provider out there that`s more user-friendly and suited for your everyday needs.

12. Perfect Privacy VPN

Perfect Privacy is one of the most privacy-concerned VPNs we have ever tested. They currently have 58 servers running in 26 countries. Perfect Privacy mainly caters to people who want solid privacy features, but care less for unblocking geo-restricted content

Perfect Privacy surprised us with fast torrent speeds. At times it worked faster than our direct connection(!).

We recommend this VPN for its privacy and encryption features. If you are choosing VPN purely for watching geo-restricted content then there are better products on the market.