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Windscribe vs. Surfshark (2021) | The Final VPN Showdown

Last updated: 25 Feb 2021 | Reading time: 5.2 minutes | Watching time: 3 minutes

Windscribe vs Surfshark VPN
Windscribe vs. Surfshark VPN

The growing number of VPNs means increased competition, and users get the positive impact of that competition. Two premium VPN tools, 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).

Quick Windscribe vs. Surfshark comparison

Feature Windscribe Surfshark
Total servers Unknown 3200+
Total countries 63 65
Total top features 👇 7 6
Location test ✔️ ✔️
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:  ❌
Encryption 256-bit 256-bit
Dedicated IP
Static IP ✔️ ✔️
Max number of devices Unlimited Unlimited
Free plan ✔️
Website Windscribe Surfshark

Platforms

Windscribe Surfshark VPN
Windows
macOS
Linux
iOS
Android
Chrome
Firefox
FireTV
Router setup
Windows
macOS
Linux
iOS
Android
Chrome
Firefox
FireTV, AppleTV, and other smart TVs
Playstation
Xbox
Router setup

The installation is not limited to the platforms because both offer the router setup, which means both VPNs can protect every network-capable system connected to the router.

Winner: Surfshark | Score: Windscribe: 0 and Surfshark: 1



Servers

It isn’t very reassuring to write that I could not find the official server count for Windscribe VPN, but after counting servers manually in the app, I found 176 servers available to connect on the pro plan.

Surfshark VPN, on the other hand, claims to have 3200+ servers, but to make it a fair comparison, I counted the servers, and the tool comes with 109 normal servers, 32 static IP servers, and 13 MultiHope supported servers.

Winner: Tie | Score: Windscribe: 1 | Surfshark: 2

Location test

The first test in Windscribe vs. Surfshark VPN is the location test. For this test, we connect both to a server in the same city and then check 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

Related: Surfshark vs. ProtonVPN (2021) | The Ultimate Comparison

Speed test

In this round, we will test both tools on wifi and mobile network.

Wifi

I tested both 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 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

Mobile data/4G

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. The above video shows both in action.

Winner: Surfshark | Score: Windscribe: 3 | Surfshark: 4

DNS leak test

What is a DNS leak? A DNS leak a security flaw that 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 a 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, 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

Related: VyprVPN vs. Private Internet Access | A Battle of 6 Tests

P2P test

P2P test is the last test in Windscribe vs. Surfshark comparison. Peer-to-peer (P2P) is a network that 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 shows both in action while downloading the file. The first few seconds are on mobile data, while the rest of the video shows the Wi-Fi download.

Wifi P2P test

Both performed very well. Windscribe was quicker and faster than Surfshark. Windscribe peaked at 5.4 Mbps while Surfshark VPN 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 expected. Just like the normal speed test, Windscribe did not perform well. It peaked at 34 Kbps. Surfshark, on the other hand, also could get closer to the wifi test. It peaked at 60 Kbps. Overall, Surfshark gets this round.

Winner: Surfshark | Score: Windscribe: 5 | Surfshark: 6

Related: ProtonVPN vs. ExpressVPN (2021) | 100% Honest Comparison

Other features

Windscribe Surfshark
R.O.B.E.R.T
Static IPs
Port Forwarding
Split tunneling
Windflix (Netflix)
Delete cookies on tab close
Timezone change
Kill switch
Camouflage Mode
NoBorders mode
Whitelister (like a split tunnel)
CleanWeb
15 Netflix libraries
Common features
Unlimited devices
Double Hop / MultiHope
Ad-blocking
no logs

Winner: Tie | Score: Windscribe: 6 | Surfshark: 7

Pricing

Surfshark does not offer an annual plan, but it renews annually when you purchase the 2-year plan. Windscribe offers the biggest savings on the yearly plan. Both offer a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Windscribe and Surfshark Pricing
Windscribe and Surfshark Pricing

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 the Windscribe custom plan is the option to choose.

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MultiHope feature first connects to a different server than to the selected server. For example, if you connect to a server in Sydney, the app will connect to a different server and then to Sydney. Does it compromise the speed? Yes, it does. Read more about this feature on the Surfshark website.

Allows creating custom block list. For example, if you want to track social networks, but don't want to see the ads on any website, you can do in Windscribe. Read more about this feature here.

You have control over which apps should connect on the VPN server and which don't. Read more about split tunneling on the NordVPN website.

Kill switch is a feature that disconnects the internet if, for any reason, the VPN connection drops.

The mode protects you from your internet service provide (ISP). Your ISP can't tell if you are connected to VPN. Read more about Camouflage mode on the official website.

CleanWeb is a feature which blocks ads & malware before they even load to save data. The feature also helps in protecting from phishing attemps.

MultiHope feature first connects to a different server than to the selected server. For example, if you connect to a server in Sydney, the app will connect to a different server and then to Sydney. Does it compromise the speed? Yes, it does. Read more about this feature on the Surfshark website.