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

Windscribe vs Surfshark VPN
Windscribe vs. Surfshark VPN

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).

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Quick Windscribe vs. Surfshark comparison

FeatureWindscribeSurfshark
Total serversUnknown3200+
Total countries6365
Total top features 👇76
Location test✔️✔️
Wifi speed testD: 51.7 Mbps | U: 17.7 MbpsD: 50.2 Mbps | U: 17.5 Mbps
Mobile data speed testD: 1.6 Mbps | U: 36.8 MbpsD: 52.5 Mbps | U: 24.7 Mbps
DNS leak test✔️✔️
P2P testWifi: ✔️ | Mobile data:  ❌Wifi: ✔️ | Mobile data:  ❌
Encryption256-bit256-bit
Dedicated IP
Static IP✔️✔️
Max number of devicesUnlimitedUnlimited
Free plan✔️
WebsiteWindscribeSurfshark

Platforms

WindscribeSurfshark 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 every network-capable system connected to the router can be protected.

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

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Servers

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

Location test

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

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 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

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. 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

Related: Surfshark VPN vs. ExpressVPN (2021) | The Final Showdown

P2P test

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

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

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Other features

WindscribeSurfshark
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 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.

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 Windscribe custom plan is the option to choose.

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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.

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MultiHope feature first connects to a different server than to the desired server. For example, if you connect to a server in Sydney, the app will connect to a different server and then to the server in Sydney. Does it compromise the speed? Yes, it does. Read more about this feature on 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 the control over which apps should connect on the VPN and which connect directly. The official page can guide you more.

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

The mode protects you from your internet service provide (ISP). 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 desired server. For example, if you connect to a server in Sydney, the app will connect to a different server and then to the server in Sydney. Does it compromise the speed? Yes, it does. Read more about this feature on Surfshark website.