When it comes to VPN, there are no compromises. A VPN is essential, but getting the best VPN is challenging. The post will take a look at ProtonVPN vs ExpressVPN in 2020. ProtonVPN is from ProtonMail emailing service, which promises the encrypted transfer of emails, while ExpressVPN is famous for its great features.
Starting with platforms, we will go through some essential tests which one must pass to prove itself. So, without wasting your time, let’s jump right into it.
Table of contents
- Speed tests
- Location test
- DNS leak test
- P2P test
- Other features
- Which one is for you?
Not all VPN clients support all the devices. The table below covers the combined platforms and check marks on supported platforms.
|Amazon Fire TV||❌||✔️|
|Samsung Smart TV||❌||✔️|
|Playstation 3 & 4||❌||✔️|
Winner: The winner of this round is ExpressVPN. It supports over 15 platforms. On top of that, you have an option to set up a router which enables VPN on every device connected via that router. Learn how does ExpressVPN router work.
ProtonVPN offers over 1,245 servers in 51 countries, including Australia, UK, USA, Canada, Finland, Hong Kong, India, Iceland, and more. ExpressVPN offers over 3,000 servers in 94 nations, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, UK, USA, Croatia, Ireland, Japan, India, and many more.
Compared to ExpressVPN, which uses IPSec/IKEv2 only on iOS devices, ProtonVPN uses IPSec/IKEv2 on all the platforms. Here is the table covering all the supported states. The blue colour indicates that the competitor isn’t available in that nation.
|Argentina, Australia, Austria|
Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria
Canada, Costa Rica, Czechia
Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy
Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg
Malaysia, Mexico, Moldava
Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway
Romania, Russian Federation
Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa
Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States
|Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Argentina, Armenia|
Australia, Austria, AzerbaijanBahamas, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Bhutan
Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam,
BulgariaCambodia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica
Croatia, Cyprus, CzechiaDenmarkEcuador, Egypt, EstoniaFinland, FranceGeorgia, Germany, Greece, GuatemalaHong Kong, HungaryIceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Isle of Man
Israel, ItalyJapan, Jersey
Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan
Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg
Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova
Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway
Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland
Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa
Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey
Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan
Winner: ExpressVPN | Score: ProtonVPN: 0 and ExpressVPN: 2
ProtonVPN Secure Core
Secure Core is a feature of ProtonVPN which allows extended security by transferring the traffic to one of the servers in Switzerland, Sweden, or Iceland and then sending and receiving the data from the user-selected server. The user will also get the location of the desired server. The feature is available in Plus and Visionary plans.
In the tests, I found that the Secure Core feature slows down the speed as you are connected to two servers. Depending on your region the server location may be far making compromising the speed. I believe people living in Europe are likely to get the best speed on Secure Core.
To find the fastest VPN provider, I took a few speed tests on the same network. How did I choose the servers? Well, both offer an option to connect to the fastest/smart server, so I selected the fastest server. Let’s take a look at the results.
Both perform very well on the optimal server. ExpressVPN went below 40 Mbps, and on average its speed was a little bit lower than ProtonVPN, but on a fast speed network, this should not be an issue.
Location is the most basic requirement, and even a free VPN should be able to pass that. I tested both on four servers in different cities. Here is the comparison table. The table shows ✔️ if the VPN passed the location test.
Winner: Tie | Score: ProtonVPN: 2 and ExpressVPN: 3
DNS leak test
Connecting to a server in Canada showed one IP Address and the server location in ProtonVPN, whereas there were two IP Addresses while testing ExpressVPN. Should you be worried? No, because both the servers are ExpressVPN’s and the location for both was also the same.
Winner: Tie | Score: ProtonVPN: 3 and ExpressVPN: 4
The last test in ProtonVPN vs. ExpressVPN is the peer-to-peer (P2P) test. One of the important topics of VPN is P2P. P2P is a type of technology which is used in torrent downloading. Some VPN clients support, and some don’t. While testing P2P on ProtonVPN, the download started within a fraction of seconds on the Plus servers.
ExpressVPN, on the other hand, was not as excited as ProtonVPN. I had to try a couple of servers to get the downloading started.
Pricing changes everything as at the end, a user looks for cost-effective software. The table compares both and features each plan offers. The mentioned prices are as of 20th Aug 2020. ProtonVPN also comes with a free plan, which provides slow speed and servers in three countries.
Which one is for you?
Overall, I believe I would go with ProtonVPN. While testing, the service was flawless. I encountered a couple of issues with ExpressVPN mentioned in the P2P test section. ProtonVPN is cost-effective, and the plus plan would be the perfect choice for a severe VPN user. In this comparison, the final score is 5 against 4.
Both offer a 7-day free trial. With ProtonVPN, no matter which subscription you select, you will get 7-day free access to all the features.
The comparison of ProtonVPN vs. ExpressVPN covered the basic features of both. If you think something is missing or needs an update, please send me a message or comment down below. Thanks for having a read and have a nice day.