The growing number of VPN clients means increased competition, and users get the positive impact of that competition. Two premium VPN clients, Windscribe and Surfshark VPN are well known, but of course, you would not use both. So, which one would win the battle? The blog post explores the two and covers Windscribe vs. Surfshark VPN (2021).
Table of contents
- Quick comparison
- Location test
- Speed test
- DNS leak test
- P2P test
- Other features
- Which one is the winner?
Quick Windscribe vs. Surfshark comparison
|Total top features 👇||7||6|
|Wifi speed test||D: 51.7 Mbps | U: 17.7 Mbps||D: 50.2 Mbps | U: 17.5 Mbps|
|Mobile data speed test||D: 1.6 Mbps | U: 36.8 Mbps||D: 52.5 Mbps | U: 24.7 Mbps|
|DNS leak test||✔️||✔️|
|P2P test||Wifi: ✔️ | Mobile data: ❌||Wifi: ✔️ | Mobile data: ❌|
|Max number of devices||Unlimited||Unlimited|
FireTV, AppleTV, and other smart TVs
The installation is not limited to the platforms because both offer the router setup, which means every network-capable system connected to the router can be protected.
Winner: Surfshark | Score: Windscribe: 0 and Surfshark: 1
It’s sad to write that I could not find the official server count for Windscribe VPN, but after counting servers manually in the Android app, I found that there are 176 servers available to connect on the pro plan.
Surfshark, on the other hand, claims to have 3200+ servers, but to make it a fair comparison, I counted the servers in the Android app. The Surfshark Android app comes with 109 normal servers, 32 static IP servers, and 13 MultiHope supported servers.
Winner: Tie | Score: Windscribe: 1 | Surfshark: 2
The first test in Windscribe vs. Surfshark VPN is the location test. For this test, we are connecting both to a server in the same city and then checking the IP Address and location. I used the tool called What is my IP Address to perform the test.
Result: Both VPNs successfully connected to a server in Rome (above video). I also tested both by connecting to servers in Sydney and Helsinki, and both showed positive results.
Winner: Tie | Score: Windscribe: 2 | Surfshark: 3
I tested both for a few times before diving into the final test, and every time both were pretty close. But, like in the video, Windscribe was slightly better than Surfshark most of the times.
In the final test, Winderscribe topped at 51.7 Mbps download, and 17.7 Mbps upload speed. Surfshark, on the other hand, peaked at 50.2 Mbps download and 17.5 Mbps upload speed.
Winner: Windscribe | Score: Windscribe: 3 | Surfshark: 3
On mobile data, I found something odd about Windscribe. The download speed was always less than 5 Mbps. I tried a couple of different tools, but the speed wasn’t promising.
In the final test, the download speed of Windscribe was 1.6 Mbps, and the upload speed was 36.8 Mbps, while for Surfshark, it was 52.5 and 24.7 Mbps. Watch the above video to see both in action.
Winner: Surfshark | Score: Windscribe: 3 | Surfshark: 4
DNS leak test
What is DNS leak? DNS leak a security flaw which can allow hackers to track your activity while moving from and to the server. VPN must offer good systems to make the connection free of the leak.
In this test, we are using the DNS Leak Test tool. The tool will test the traffic with IP Addresses. If we find a different IP with a random name, then our VPN is not doing a good job.
Fortunately, both VPN passed the test after connecting to a server in Dublin, Ireland. Both showed one IP Address.
Winner: Tie| Score: Windscribe: 4 | Surfshark: 5
P2P test is the last test in Windscribe vs. Surfshark comparison. Peer-to-peer (P2P) is a network which is responsible for torrent downloading. I connected both to the closest server (server in my city) and then started downloading the same file.
The video below shows both in action while downloading the file. The first few seconds are on mobile data, while the rest of the video is showing the download over the wifi.
Wifi P2P test
Both performed very well. Windscribe was quicker and faster than Surfshark. Windscribe peaked to 5.4 Mbps while Surfshaked rose to 4.9 Mbps.
Winner: Windscribe | Score: Windscribe: 5 | Surfshark: 5
Mobile data P2P test
In the mobile data test, both could not get to the speed I wanted to see. Just like the normal speed test, Windscribe did not perform well. It peaked to 34 Kbps. Surfshark, on the other hand, also could get to that point. It peaked to 60 Kbps. Overall, Surfshark gets this round.
Winner: Surfshark | Score: Windscribe: 5 | Surfshark: 6
| R.O.B.E.R.T |
Delete cookies on tab close
| Kill switch |
Whitelister (like a split tunnel)
15 Netflix libraries
Double Hop / MultiHope
Winner: Tie | Score: Windscribe: 6 | Surfshark: 7
Surfshark does not offer the annual plan, but when you purchase the 2-year plan, it renews annually. Windscribe offers the biggest savings on the yearly plan. Both offer a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Which one is the winner?
Overall, looking at all the test, we can conclude that Windscribe is better than Surfshark on the Wifi connection, while Surfshark is better than Windscribe on mobile data, but it is slightly slower than Windscribe on the Wifi. The final score in this battle is Windscribe: 5 and Surfshark: 6.
The decision comes to the pricing and the time period. If you want the VPN for two years, then Surfshark is the best option. With some extra money, you will get a whole extra year. If you want a couple of servers, then Windscribe custom plan is the option to choose.
The article Windscribe vs. Surfshark VPN covered the essential features both. I hope the article helped. Thanks for reading, and please let me know what you think of both in the comments, and subscribe to the newsletter for future updates.