ExpressVPN and VyprVPN are two of the stronger VPN services on the market today. Either one of them would probably come out ahead of most other providers (but not all). So which one comes out on top in head-to-head testing?
In this ExpressVPN vs VyprVPN comparison, we examined each VPN in eight different categories. Note that some of these categories, like Security and encryption, have sub-categories. We rate each sub-category, then combine those results to get the overall category winner.
Here are the categories we examined:
- Background check and jurisdiction
- Speed tests
- Streaming and torrenting
- Security and encryption
- Price and refund policy
Let’s get right to it by reviewing the background and jurisdiction of each VPN.
1. Background and jurisdiction: ExpressVPN vs VyprVPN
If we are going to trust our online privacy and security to a VPN service, we need to have faith in the company behind the technology. That’s because, if your VPN does its job, the only people in the world who might be able to spy on your connection work for the VPN service.
PureVPN is just one “no logs” VPN that shared information with the FBI during a 2017 investigation. It appears that their no-logs claim wasn’t exactly honest. Another example is with the IPVanish logging case.
Clearly, having a VPN you can trust is important. A company’s background is a good indication of how trustworthy they are. And with that in mind, let’s put VyprVPN and ExpressVPN through a background check.
ExpressVPN background and jurisdiction
ExpressVPN might have the best reputation of any VPN provider. They are a premium VPN service that has never (to our knowledge) violated user privacy or security. They even have independent audits of their security and no-logs policy that verify their marketing claims, as we’ll examine further below.
Additionally, the company is based in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), which is a great jurisdiction for a privacy-focused VPN. The BVI is legally and politically independent, has no mandatory data retention laws, and is not a member of any international spy alliances. And it is also home to some other VPNs, as we noted in our Surfshark vs ExpressVPN comparison.
VyprVPN background and jurisdiction
Golden Frog GmbH, a Swiss company, owns VyprVPN. Fortunately, Switzerland is another good privacy jurisdiction. Swiss privacy laws are strong, and may be better than those of the EU.
Golden Frog puts a lot of effort into making their VPN competitive. It is now officially a no-logs VPN. And like ExpressVPN, VyprVPN also has passed a third-party audit that verified their no-logs claims.
Both of these VPNs have solid backgrounds and are based in good jurisdictions. This category ends in a tie.
Company background and jurisdiction winner: Tie
2. VyprVPN vs ExpressVPN speed tests
Any VPN will slow down your connection somewhat. The question is how much. Some VPNs have a minimal impact on your connection speed. Others are like a giant anchor tied to each and every message your device sends through the VPN tunnel.
We test every VPN we write about using the 500 Mbps connection in our US lab.
North American servers
First we tested them with VPN servers located in North America. We took advantage of the fact that both these VPNs support advanced VPN protocols. ExpressVPN now offers the Lightway protocol, while VyprVPN supports the WireGuard protocol.
VyprVPN with a Seattle server: 301 Mbps
At over 300 Mbps, this is a very fast speed test result from VyprVPN.
ExpressVPN with a Seattle server: 136 Mbps.
We can see that VyprVPN is faster than ExpressVPN by about 165 Mbps with the Seattle server location.
Next we tested servers in Los Angeles, California.
VyprVPN with a Los Angeles server: 235 Mbps.
Even though this is not as fast as the Seattle server, 235 Mbps is still a pretty good speed test result. Can ExpressVPN do better?
ExpressVPN with a Los Angeles server: 209 Mbps.
This is a definite improvement, and close to the speed of VyprVPN. But again, VyprVPN was faster than ExpressVPN for this location by about 25 Mbps.
UK Speed Tests
We also tested UK servers, with VPNs being a popular tool in the United Kingdom.
VyprVPN with a UK server: 223 Mbps.
At over 200 Mbps for a long-distance server, this is another good speed test result from VyprVPN.
ExpressVPN with a UK server: 235 Mbps.
Here we see that ExpressVPN came out on top, beating VyprVPN by about 12 Mbps.
So to summarize our VPN speed tests, VyprVPN was the winner in two locations and ExpressVPN was the winner in one location. Ultimately both VPNs are fast, but VyprVPN had a slight edge in our speed test results.
Speed test winner: VyprVPN
Note: While VyprVPN is fast, we found that NordVPN is even faster. See the NordVPN vs VyprVPN comparison for more details.
3. Features: ExpressVPN vs VyprVPN
From unblocking websites from anywhere in the world, to protecting you against snoops and spies of all sorts, both of these VPNs are good choices. Here are their key features (at least those that aren’t covered elsewhere in this article).
When we ran updated tests for the full VyprVPN review, we were impressed by their new apps. They are good looking without a lot of extraneous ornamentation. They also are nice and secure with a kill switch, DNS protection, and no leaks that we could find.
VyprVPN offers apps for Windows, Mac OS, Android, and iOS devices. They also support some routers. All their apps support OpenVPN, while WireGuard is available on desktop and mobile apps, but not on routers. (See our WireGuard vs OpenVPN report to see how these two protocols compare.)
Connections: VyprVPN gives users five simultaneous connections. This is about average, but some VPNs offer an unlimited number of connections, as we covered in our Surfshark review.
VyprVPN can of course hide your IP address. But if you need strong censorship resistance, you’ll like their proprietary Chameleon protocol. It makes your VPN traffic look like standard HTTPS encryption. This allows you to easily get around VPN blocks, which makes VyprVPN a great choice if you need a VPN for China, or anywhere else that blocks VPN connections.
ExpressVPN also has user-friendly apps for most operating systems and many additional hardware devices, including routers. Their clients now support the company’s new Lightway protocol as well as OpenVPN. Their Network Lock (kill switch) is excellent, protecting against IPv4 leaks, IPv6 leaks, and also DNS leaks. Here is the ExpressVPN client we tested out for the ExpressVPN review:
Just like VyprVPN, ExpressVPN also offers clean and minimal applications that secure traffic with a kill switch. Neither of these apps are cluttered with too many features or options, which makes them user-friendly and simple.
ExpressVPN also offers a split tunneling feature. This lets you control which apps use the VPN tunnel and which go directly to the internet. This gives you great flexibility to protect most of your traffic, while still being able to go direct with other apps or websites as necessary.
The ExpressVPN obfuscation feature is like the Chameleon protocol in that it makes your VPN traffic look like plain old HTTPS helping you to avoid online censorship. And like VyprVPN, this also makes it a great VPN for UAE and other locations with restricted networks.
This was another close competition, but we are going to give it to ExpressVPN based on their wider range of high-quality apps and the extra features.
Features winner: ExpressVPN
4. VyprVPN vs ExpressVPN for streaming and torrenting
Streaming and torrenting may be the most-wanted VPN capabilities (after protecting your privacy, of course). Let’s see how these two VPNs do in these areas, starting with streaming.
The streaming experience with ExpressVPN and VyprVPN
We look for three key characteristics any great streaming VPN needs:
- Being able to unblock geo-blocked content. This is content such as the Netflix regional libraries and other streaming services. In fact, people specifically search for a VPN to watch Netflix, as well as services such as Hulu, Disney Plus, and others. With no end in sight for the global lockdowns, this can only become more important over time.
- Access to many VPN servers in the geographic regions that contain streaming servers.
- Sufficient speed to stream full HD content, without buffering, stuttering, or other problems.
Our testing has shown ExpressVPN to be one of the best VPNs for streaming. They consistently unblock numerous Netflix libraries, including Netflix US, UK, Canada, Australia, France, Italy, Japan, and Germany. Below I’m streaming US Netflix with an ExpressVPN server in Washington, DC.
In comparison to ExpressVPN, VyprVPN only unblocks three Netflix regions: US, UK, Germany, and Canada. Therefore ExpressVPN comes out on top with Netflix streaming.
Aside from Netflix, ExpressVPN also unblocks many other services. It is a good VPN for Disney Plus, Hulu, and also Amazon Prime.
VyprVPN also unblocks a range of other services – but again, not as many as ExpressVPN. With a larger global server network, ExpressVPN is able to offer access to more streaming content than VyprVPN.
Streaming winner: ExpressVPN
Torrenting with VyprVPN and ExpressVPN
Torrenting is a common way to transfer large files. There are many perfectly legal uses for torrenting. But torrenting can also be a grey area in terms of copyright issues, depending on where you live and the content you are torrenting.
Under these circumstances, the most important characteristic of a torrenting VPN is protecting your privacy. That means excellent security, and no leaks. How do these services fare for torrenting?
ExpressVPN is fast, keeps no logs, and provides excellent leak protection. As a matter of fact, we rate it as one of the best VPNs for torrenting.
VyprVPN also keeps no logs, provides good leak protection, and offers great performance. In the past, torrenting was not allowed with VyprVPN. Today, however, they allow torrenting on their network, while also keeping no logs. There are some privacy issues we noted with VyprVPN, however, such as requiring a full legal name for registration.
And unlike with ExpressVPN, VyprVPN does not support any cryptocurrency payments, which is another privacy drawback.
Streaming and Torrenting winner: ExpressVPN
5. Encryption and security: ExpressVPN vs VyprVPN
Uncrackable encryption and bulletproof security are what we expect from our VPNs. That calls for strong encryption algorithms, and secure, fast VPN protocols. Both of these products score high here, but there’s also an overall winner.
VPN encryption and protocols
VyprVPN: Their clients primarily use the OpenVPN and WireGuard protocols, along with the proprietary Chameleon protocol. VyprVPN encryption algorithms include AES-256-GCM and SHA384 and ChaCha20 ciphers for WireGuard.
And as we already covered above, VyprVPN passed all of our VPN tests without any leaks, bugs, or failures.
ExpressVPN: The ExpressVPN clients primarily use the OpenVPN protocol as well as the company’s new Lightway protocol. Their encryption algorithms include AES-256, SHA-512 HMAC authentication, and a 4096-bit RSA key.
Like VyprVPN, ExpressVPN passed all of our VPN tests without leaks, bugs, or failures.
Overall, both of these VPNs provide you with secure encryption together with reliable VPN protocols.
ExpressVPN: ExpressVPN has undergone two separate third-party audits. One, by Cure53, audited their browser extensions. Another reviewed ExpressVPN’s privacy protection systems and no-logs policies. This audit was done by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
VyprVPN: Leviathan Security Group, Inc. conducted a No Log Assessment of VyprVPN back in 2018. But we haven’t been able to turn up anything more recent than that.
It is excellent that both VPNs have been audited. Most VPNs still have not, leaving you to take their word for the privacy and security they provide. Still, we have to give this sub-category to ExpressVPN due to having more (and more recent) audits.
Security audits winner: ExpressVPN
VPN server security
It is important to protect the servers in a VPN. Most VPN services do a good job of protecting their servers from internet-based attacks. Our two contenders do an excellent job of this. They have strong encryption and no logs policies that leave no user data lying around for hackers to steal or authorities to demand.
More and more, the frontier of server security is the physical world. Preventing physical access to servers is smart. So is designing your servers to mitigate the risk of data loss even when someone gets physical access to the server.
ExpressVPN: In 2019, ExpressVPN completed its move to the next level of server security when they officially launched the TrustedServer feature. TrustedServer entailed converting their entire server network to RAM-disk operation (instead of using hard drives). The server software gets loaded whenever a server is started, and it disappears the instant the server loses power.
Because the server contains no hard drives, there is no place for user data to linger for the authorities or other nefarious operators to seize. Seizing a server to get at the data on its drives is impossible when the server has no drives.
No data can be stored on ExpressVPN servers, which means server data cannot be seized by third parties.
VyprVPN: VyprVPN owns all of their own servers. This is a security plus, as they have complete control over those servers. Unlike ExpressVPN, however, VyprVPN does not rum RAM-disk servers.
Note: Most of the leading VPNs have already transitioned to RAM-disk servers, as we discussed in our Surfshark vs NordVPN guide.
VPN server security winner: ExpressVPN
To summarize this category, we have ExpressVPN coming out on top with server security, and also audits, with VPN protocols being tied. Therefore ExpressVPN is the overall winner in the security category.
Encryption and security winner: ExpressVPN
6. Privacy: Vypr vs Express
How do our two contenders compare in the area of privacy?
ExpressVPN – ExpressVPN is a great privacy option. This service is one of the few no logs VPNs that has been tested, verified, and audited by an independent third party. The trend toward outside verification has also been picked up by NordVPN and PIA.
VyprVPN – VyprVPN is another strong privacy option. Like ExpressVPN, they have been audited by an independent third party. The only concern we have here is that we don’t know how VyprVPN protects your privacy when using the WireGuard protocol, which has some inherent privacy drawbacks.
WireGuard is fast and secure, but does log a user’s IP address while they are connected. VPNs such as NordVPN take special steps to ensure user privacy while using WireGuard, as we discussed in the NordVPN review.
VyprVPN states that their WireGuard implementation protects your privacy, but we have yet to see an explanation of how this is done. Additionally, there has not been another no-logs audit since WireGuard was launched, leaving us wondering what’s going on behind the curtain.
Another privacy drawback with VyprVPN is that it requires a full name for registration. ExpressVPN does not do that.
Privacy winner: ExpressVPN
7. Prices and refund policies with ExpressVPN and VyprVPN
Now that you know all the basics, let’s talk about prices and refund policies.
VyprVPN offers three pricing options: a 1-month plan, 12-month plan, and 24-month plan. The two year (24 month) plan is pretty cheap in comparison to the others.
As is common, the longer the term, the better the discount. Giving you a 2-year plan for only $2.50 per month puts this service into the running for the best cheap VPN service.
Your subscription automatically renews for the same term and price, which is great.
VyprVPN offers a 30 day money-back guarantee on all plans, which we also see with ExpressVPN.
ExpressVPN offers 1 month, 6 month, and 12 month (with 3 free months) plans. While the 1 month plan is priced the same as that of VyprVPN, the longer plans are also more expensive than those of VyprVPN.
Discounted price: With ExpressVPN you can actually get a coupon to drop the price. This is the three-months free coupon here.
When you use the coupon above, prices drop down to what you see below:
ExpressVPN gives you a 30 day money-back guarantee, as well.
With equivalent refund policies, and better long-term pricing, VyprVPN wins this one.
Price and refund policy winner: VyprVPN
8. Does ExpressVPN or VyprVPN offer the best value?
Deciding which of these VPNs offers a better value could be tough.
Let’s look at these four general areas:
- Security: Both VPNs are secure, but ExpressVPN is the overall winner here
- Privacy: Both VPNs do well here as well, but ExpressVPN has undergone more audits and is the winner
- Speed: While both VPNs are fast, VyprVPN with the WireGuard protocol comes out slightly ahead of ExpressVPN
- Features: ExpressVPN is a bit stronger on features
Based on all of our tests and analysis, ExpressVPN delivers more VPN, although it is also more expensive than VyprVPN. Conversely, VyprVPN won fewer categories, but it is about half as expensive as ExpressVPN. Therefore we will call the value category a tie.
Value winner: Tie
Conclusion: ExpressVPN wins
Let’s summarize our test results. Here are the winners for each category:
- Background and jurisdiction: Tie
- Speed tests: VyprVPN
- Features: ExpressVPN
- Streaming and torrenting: ExpressVPN
- Security and encryption: ExpressVPN
- Privacy: ExpressVPN
- Price and refund policy: VyprVPN
- Value: Tie
These are some pretty close results, unlike most of our other VPN comparisons. We can see that ExpressVPN is the overall winner here, having won four categories, with VyprVPN winning two categories, with another two categories tied.
Similarly, ExpressVPN also comes out strong in our best VPN rankings.
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That concludes our VyprVPN vs ExpressVPN comparison report. We hope this has helped you find the best VPN for your needs.
Do you have experience using VyprVPN or ExpressVPN? We would love to hear about your experiences with either of them. Feel free to share your personal review about ExpressVPN or VyprVPN in the comments section below.