Who Wins the VPN Battle Royale? What is the Best VPN?

Who Wins the VPN Battle Royale? What is the Best VPN?

VPNs are not created equal. Some VPNs at the end of the day, are just better than other VPNs out there. Don’t want to hear that? Well, I’m sorry!

VPNs can be differentiated by a few things, and I try to highlight that in my reviews. When picking a VPN you need to consider things like pricing, software, speeds, reputation, privacy, customer support as well as other smaller categories. Think of these categories like a battle royale contestant’s qualities, strength, intelligence, speed, and so on.

So have you picked the right VPN to win the VPN battle royale? Well, at the end of the day, only one VPN can win the battle royale after all.

In this list, I’ve compiled some of the most popular and most used VPNs around to compete in the VPN battle royale. I can’t mention EVERY VPN to be entered in this list, but I’ve picked the ones I think are worth noting. If your favorite VPN is not on this list of contestants, chances are that it’s not that good. Sorry!

There will be 15 rounds of of the VPN Battle royale. Remember, only one VPN can win all 15 rounds. Who will win? Or maybe, the VPN battle royale will be too intense and everyone will die? (Spoilers there is 1 victor).

VPN Battle Royale Contestants:

  • TorGuard VPN
  • Private Internet Access
  • IPVanish
  • Windscribe
  • Ivacy VPN
  • VPN Unlimited
  • AirVPN
  • Tunnelbear
  • ExpressVPN
  • VyprVPN
  • NordVPN
  • Hotspot Shield
  • Cyberghost
  • PureVPN

#1 Best VPN that is Cheaper than $10?

If your VPN is more than $10 a month for the 1 month package, or more than $60 for a one year subscription, then you’ve already made a mistake. You might not agree with me on this, but if a $10 has all of the same features as a $13 one, which would you pick? The $10 one right? So let’s continue!

If you’re paying too much, time to find a new VPN. Here are some VPNs that are more expensive that didn’t make the cut, and that you should already eliminate from use. If you are using these VPNs, STOP! You are paying more than you should.

Don’t use these popular VPNs that are more than $10 a month starting out:

  • ExpressVPN ($12.95)
  • VyprVPN ($12.95)
  • NordVPN ($11.95)
  • Hotspot Shield ($12.99)
  • Cyberghost ($11.99)
  • PureVPN ($11)

Here are some VPNs that are Cheaper or are $10:

  • TorGuard VPN ($9.99 a month)
  • Private Internet Access ($6.95 a month)
  • IPVanish ($9.99 a month)
  • Windscribe ($9 a month)
  • Ivacy VPN ($9.95)
  • VPN Unlimited ($9.99 a month)
  • AirVPN ($8 a month)
  • Tunnelbear ($9.99 a month)

If you have one of these VPNs that are under $10, then good, you are winning the first round of VPN battle royale.

#2 Best VPN That Allows you to Pay with Most Cryptocurrencies?

Now we got to eliminate the VPNs that don’t support cryptocurrencies. For the purposes of this round, I will rank the VPNs in order of who allows the most cryptocurrency payment options, and the VPNs at the bottom, will be the ones that lose.

  • IvacyVPN (43 supported cryptocurrencies via CoinPayments)
  • Private Internet Access (38 supported cryptocurrencies via Shapeshift)
  • TorGuard (34 supported cryptocurrencies via CoinPayments)
  • AirVPN (22 supported cryptocurrencies via CoinPayments)
  • Windscribe (18 supported cryptocurrencies via CoinPayments)
  • VPN Unlimited (1 Only Bitcoin)
  • Tunnelbear (1 Only Bitcoin)
  • IPVanish (0 no longer supports Crypto?)

From this round, IPVanish gets eliminated since it supports 0 cryptocurrencies now. While it’s a currently a top rated VPN on this site, it can’t win the battle royale as the best VPN.

#3 Best VPN that Includes 5 Simultaneous Connections and Features?

VPNs should come with some core features included. It can be argued which features these are, but I am going to include just some basics for now. I think a VPN should have a minimum of 5 simultaneous connections available or 5 simultaneous device logins.

A VPN’s basic plan should also include the best speeds, no bandwidth restrictions, or limitations or really incentives to go up to the next expensive tier. We’ve already eliminated some VPNs already, like not including Astrill VPN (a $15 vpn that charges more for addons) as well as some options like VyprVPN which charges more to increase from 3 to 5 simultaneous connections.

Every VPN in the running up can support 5 simultaneous connections and has basic VPN features already implemented in the core pricing model (unlimited speed, bandwidth, included features).

VPNs still alive in VPN Battle Royale:

  • IvacyVPN
  • Private Internet Access
  • TorGuard
  • AirVPN
  • Windscribe
  • VPN Unlimited
  • Tunnelbear

#4 Best VPN with a Good App?

Does your VPN have an application that works almost 100% of the time? If not, you might have picked the wrong VPN. In this VPN battle royal, most of these VPNs have good applications. The qualifications for a basic good app will be as follows:

  • Kill switch support
  • AES-256 encryption, SHA-512 hashrate
  • Easy to connect, reliable useability

In this round, no one gets eliminated either. All of these VPNs that “decent” applications that should suit most purposes with some applications from options like TorGuard, Private Internet Access, and AirVPN having a bit more options.

VPNs that have 5 simultaneous connections or more:

  • IvacyVPN
  • Private Internet Access
  • TorGuard
  • AirVPN
  • Windscribe
  • Tunnelbear
  • VPN Unlimited

#5 Best VPN with a Mobile App?

This round should be interesting. Having a mobile app for iOS and PC is essential in todays world of mobile online communication. If your VPN doesn’t have a mobile app, you shouldn’t use it! (Unless you like using the OpenVPN app on the app store, but if your VPN is too lazy to make their own app, why bother?).

VPNs that have a mobile app:

VPNs that don’t have a mobile app:

  • AirVPN

AirVPN gets axed this round for not having a mobile app. Bummer dude!

#6 Best VPN with a No Log Policy?

Does your VPN have a zero logs policy? If not, you shouldn’t use it! Why use a VPN that keeps your data if the point is to be anonymous in the first place? This is sure to be a bloody round folks!

VPNs that have  a no log policy on this list:

VPNs that Keep Logs:

Wow, just like that, two VPNs are left, and the rest are axed. We still have plenty of rounds to go, however!

#7 Best VPN with a Good Reputation?

Does your VPN have a sketchy location? Does the management seem questionable? Well, let’s investigate the two remaining VPN options.

TorGuard is a well respected VPN on the internet. On Trustpilot, they have an aggregate rating of 8.3. From my research, there doesn’t seem to be any dirt on this company. Every user on Reddit, or on the forums on their site, seem to be very happy with the service. There haven’t been any service degradation, any data leaks, questionable management decisions, or anything that raises my eyebrows.

Private Internet Access is one of the world’s most popular VPN providers. On Trustpilot, they have a rating of 7.8. Most people admit that PIA is the cheapest VPN and has good features and speeds, however, PIA’s management has become questionable. Roger Ver–the creator of Bcash (one of the world’s most controversial cryptocurrencies) is on the managment board. Not only that, but the CEO of PIA hired Mark Karpeles (who cause the Mt. Gox BTC scandal). PIA also pulled out of Russia, has had several issues with customer service, and they’ve even shut down their forums. Suffice to say, while the app is pretty good and the pricing is cheap, Private Internet Access doesn’t exactly have a “spotless” reputation.

VPNs that have good reputation:

TorGuard

VPNs that don’t have good reputation:

Private Internet Access:

#8 Best VPN that Allows Torrenting?

Well, that was quick. We are down to only one VPN provider. Between some VPNs being priced out, and those caught with logging policies, and those with bad reputation, or not supporting cryptocurrencies, or not having a mobile app, we only have one contestant left! In a normal battle royale, the last contestant wins right?

So you can stop right now and just say TorGuard has won, or we can continue to the center of the map, away from the blue circle, and see if TorGuard can continue with the impending challenges.

Fortunately, TorGuard does work with torrenting, so they pass this round.

#9 Best VPN that has good Speeds for Torrenting, Streaming, Gaming, Browsing, ETC?

TorGuard has given me excellent speeds for torrenting, streaming, gaming, and browsing. In fact, they rank the highest for torrent speeds. One thing that really helps TorGuard maintain high speeds as well is their ability to customize your cipher and hashrate to give you optimal speeds. AES-128 is pretty secure, and a bit faster than their AES-256 option. Most other VPNs don’t give you this option (besides Private Internet Access and a few others).

#10 Best VPN that Works with Netflix?

TorGuard does work with Netflix. The small caveat is that you have to purchase a dedicated IP for a bit extra. In a way, they could be eliminated from this round for charging extra. However, they are one of the only services to provide this option. Since TorGuard is so generous with discount codes as well, the code “best10VPN” for 50% lasts forever, which means you can score a dedicated IP + the basic VPN sub for only $9 starting out for one month, which is cheaper than any other VPN for Netflix. So TorGuard might have been shot in the leg, but they have used a bandwidth and some pain pills and they are plugging forward to the center of the map to evade the blue gas.

#11 Does your VPN Bypass Strict Firewalls?

TorGuard provides Stealth VPN options to bypass strict firewalls. They have what is called “Stealth VPN” which we did an article on. A few other VPNs do this, like Astrill VPN, and a few others that offer small Stealth VPN checkbox features, but TorGuard provides the most out of any VPN with Openconnect and Stunnel as well as Stealth Proxy options. TorGuard has now just gotten into a jeep and is making good speed now to the center of the battle royale map.

#12 Does your VPN have Live Chat?

TorGuard does indeed have live chat, perhaps the best in the industry. Some other VPNs only have live chat during EU or just NA hours, while TorGuard seems to have live chat 24/7 with a rotating chat staff. A few other options on this list also have live chat, but they died out too early to be considered.

#13 Does your VPN have a Forum Community?

TorGuard also has a forum community. It’s one of the few VPNs that does, alongside some options like AirVPN and formerly Private Internet Access.

#14 Does your VPN Have a Lot of Servers and Countries Supported?

TorGuard has 3000+ servers in 50+ countries according to their site. This places them in high ranking alone with only a few options like PIA, and NordVPN having a bit more. But they didn’t make it this far. Both respectively died out early due to being slaughtered early on.

#15 Does your VPN Have Good Updates?

TorGuard does have good updates! They’ve introduced new protocol options, revamped their visual update, revamped their website interface, adding more cryptocurrency options, and even added OpenVPN options for their TorGuard iOS app.


BATTLE ROYALE WINNER

Who Wins the VPN Battle Royale? What is the Best VPN?

Well, the circle is done, and the winner is here. TorGuard passed all 15 stages of the battle royale. In round 9, the only competition was eliminated. Some of the biggest players in the industry got eliminated early on for being too expensive and overpriced, whereas some others got eliminated for having logging policies.

Congratulations TorGuard, the winner of the first ever VPN Battle Royale!

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