VPN Speed Test: The Fastest VPN

Ruin My Search HistoryWe, at Ruin Your Search History Blog, have been covering the best VPN providers for a while now. We relied on aggregation of readily available information from across the internet to create comprehensive reviews of VPNs like HideMyAss or Express VPN, or create a short-list of the best VPN apps but now we have taken up a notch and compiled a detailed comparison between 10 leading VPNs trying to determine which is the fastest VPN service, and how do VPN services’ speed compares to one another. Ultimately, people are looking for a VPN that simply doesn’t slow them down (too much).

So, without further ado, here is our VPN speed test:

Table of Contents

  1. TL;DR Which is the fastest VPN in the world for 2018
  2. The Fastest VPN for browsing (by ping) – Comparison of 10 VPN services
      1. Data
      2. Methodology
      3. What does this test signify to us?
      4. Fastest VPN for browsing – conclusion and winners
  3. The Fastest VPN for downloading and streaming – Comparison of 10 VPN services
    1. Data
    2. Methodology
    3. What does this test signify to us?
    4. Fastest VPN for downloading and streaming – conclusion and winners
  4. Can a VPN be as fast as a direct non-VPN connection?

TL;DR Which is the fastest VPN service in the World for 2018

France Score UK Score USA Score Ping Score Download Score Grand Score
VyprVPN 3.4 3 3 4.6 1.9 3.2
NordVPN 3.2 4.1 2 3.9 2.2 3.1
HideMyAss VPN (HMA!) 4.2 4.9 3.8 4.2 3.5 4.4
Express VPN 4.4 4.5 5 5 4.1 4.8
VPN Area 4.6 5 5 4 5 4.7
GooseVPN 4.1 3.1 3.2 4.6 2.4 3.5
Safervpn 3.7 3.5 2.6 4.6 2.1 3.3
Tunnelbear 4 3.7 3.6 4.6 2.9 3.9
AltVPN 2.7 3.1 1.7 4.2 1.2 2.5
PrivateVPN 5 4.9 3.6 4.3 4.2 4.2

As you can see, Express VPN, VPN Area, Hide My Ass VPN and PrivateVPN as the fastest VPN services overall as per our vpn speed test.

#1: HideMyAss VPN (HMA!)

100,000 IP Addresses – Vast Global Offering

Strong User Interface

Probably the most recognizable VPN provider

No IP Leaks

Multiple Connections at the same time for one license

Fastest Download Speed

Available for: Linux, PC, Mac, Android, iPhone

Read HideMyAss Review

#2: Express VPN

94 Countries

256 bit Encryption

Online support by Chat 24-7

Money Back Guarantee After 30 Days

Clients praise Express VPN

Fastest Ping Results

Available for: Linux, PC, Mac, Android, iPhone

Read ExpressVPN Review

#3: VPN Area

47 Countries

No Logs, DNS Leak Protected

Extra Layers of Security

VPN Area reviews online are highly positive

Available for: Linux, PC, Mac, Android, iPhone

Read VPN Area Review

What do those numbers mean, though? Let’s review the raw statistics below:

Fastest VPN to browse the internet (by ping)

 

Chart 1:

Name Units  VyprVPN  NordVPN  HideMyAss VPN (HMA!)  Express VPN VPN Area GooseVPN
France – Ping ms 57 58 64 66 63 59
UK – Ping ms 60 64 56 59 94 61
USA – Ping ms 123 204 49 140 137 208
France – Ping Google ms 57 119 64 64 85 66
UK – Ping Google ms 61 64 56 60 76 61
USA – Ping Google ms 129 239 49 119 194 124

Chart 2- Continued:

Name Units safervpn Tunnelbear AltVPN PrivateVPN Without VPN Without VPN test 2
France – Ping ms 59 58 68 55 56 57
UK – Ping ms 61 64 39 56 38 48
USA – Ping ms 124 128 209 142 38 40
France – Ping Google ms 58 57 59 77 25 22
UK – Ping Google ms 92 64 100 194 25 22
USA – Ping Google ms 124 166 207 148 25 22

Methodology:

We used these 10 VPN providers on the same desktop using a computer located in Eastern Europe. We chose the fastest possible connection available for us in a French IP, UK IP and a USA IP, and for each we tested the connection speed to:

  1. A major local website (normally the biggest newspaper)
  2. The local variation of google (google.com, google.co.uk, or google.fr)

We measured that in milliseconds, using CMD ping command.

What does this test tells us?

This test is useful to determine which is the fastest VPN for normal browsing. It’s only half of the equation, though. If you want to browse the internet quickly you want to not only great ping (which is in layman’s words, the initial connection between you and the remote server), you would also need a fast-download VPN, which will be our next test.

Fastest VPN by ping – conclusions

Conclusive Data:

Name Units  VyprVPN  NordVPN  HideMyAss VPN (HMA!)  Express VPN VPN Area GooseVPN
Avg France ms 57 88.5 64 65 74 62.5
Avg UK ms 60.5 64 56 59.5 85 61
Avg USA ms 126 221.5 49 129.5 165.5 166
Avg Total ms 81.16667 124.6667 56.33333 84.66667 108.1667 96.5
Name Units safervpn Tunnelbear AltVPN PrivateVPN Without VPN Without VPN test 2
Avg France ms 58.5 57.5 63.5 66 40.5 39.5
Avg UK ms 76.5 64 69.5 125 31.5 35
Avg USA ms 124 147 208 145 31.5 31
Avg Total ms 86.33333 89.5 113.6667 112 34.5 35.16667

The fastest VPN for connectivity (ping) would be HideMyAss, followed by VyprVPN and Express VPN. You could say that these VPNs won’t slow down your internet too much.


Fastest VPN by download rate (for downloading and streaming)

Chart 1:

Name Units VyprVPN NordVPN HideMyAss VPN (HMA!) Express VPN  VPN Area GooseVPN
Download Nero from USA MB/s 1.6 0.89 1.9 3.1 3.7 2.6
Download Nero from UK MB/s 1.3 2.3 3.5 3.1 4.1 1.5
Download Nero from France MB/s 1.7 2.3 3.1 3.1 3.8 2.8
France Download MB/s 1.7 2.3 3.1 3.1 3.8 2.8
UK download MB/s 1.3 2.3 3.5 3.1 4.1 1.5
USA Download MB/s 1.5 0.905 1.9 3.2 3.7 1.555

Chart 2:

Name Units safervpn Tunnelbear AltVPN PrivateVPN Without VPN Without VPN test 2
Download Nero from USA MB/s 0.74 2 0.56 3.7 3.9 3.5
Download Nero from UK MB/s 2.2 2.4 1.3 4.1 3.9 3.5
Download Nero from France MB/s 2.2 2.5 1 4.1 3.9 3.5
France Download MB/s 2.2 2.5 1 4.1 3.9 3.5
UK download MB/s 2.2 2.4 1.3 4.1 3.9 3.5
USA Download MB/s 0.86 2 0.56 2.03 3.9 3.5

Methodology:

We used these 10 VPN companies’ products on the same PC located in Eastern Europe to download files and measured the speed. We chose the fastest connections available to us with each of the providers. We chose credible local websites to download files from locally for one test, as well as download from a torrent site.

What does this test tells us?

The test above can give a definite answer to which VPN allows the best download rate, or in other worst the best and fastest VPN for download and streaming. It also gives a good indication on the best and fastest VPN for gaming although we haven’t measured upload speed to to lack of reliability in the tests we have conducted.

Fastest VPN to download – conclusions

Conclusive data – chart 1:

Name Units  VyprVPN  NordVPN  HideMyAss VPN (HMA!)  Express VPN  VPN Area
Download Nero from USA MB/s 1.6 0.89 1.9 3.1 3.7
Download Nero from UK MB/s 1.3 2.3 3.5 3.1 4.1
Download Nero from France MB/s 1.7 2.3 3.1 3.1 3.8
France Download MB/s 1.7 2.3 3.1 3.1 3.8
UK download MB/s 1.3 2.3 3.5 3.1 4.1
USA Download MB/s 1.5 0.905 1.9 3.2 3.7
AVG USA MB/s 1.55 0.8975 1.9 3.15 3.7
AVG UK MB/s 1.425 1.59875 2.7 3.125 3.9
AVG France MB/s 1.5625 1.949375 2.9 3.1125 3.85
Average Speed MB/s 1.5125 1.481875 2.5 3.1291667 3.8166667

Conclusive data – chart 2:

Name GooseVPN safervpn Tunnelbear AltVPN PrivateVPN Without VPN Without VPN test 2
Download Nero from USA 2.6 0.74 2 0.56 3.7 3.9 3.5
Download Nero from UK 1.5 2.2 2.4 1.3 4.1 3.9 3.5
Download Nero from France 2.8 2.2 2.5 1 4.1 3.9 3.5
France Download 2.8 2.2 2.5 1 4.1 3.9 3.5
UK download 1.5 2.2 2.4 1.3 4.1 3.9 3.5
USA Download 1.555 0.86 2 0.56 2.03 3.9 3.5
AVG USA 2.0775 0.8 2 0.56 2.865 3.9 3.5
AVG UK 1.78875 1.5 2.2 0.93 3.4825 3.9 3.5
AVG France 2.294375 1.85 2.35 0.965 3.79125 3.9 3.5
Average Speed 2.0535417 1.3833333 2.1833333 0.8183333 3.3795833 3.9 3.5

The fastest VPN for connectivity (ping) would be VPNArea, followed by PrivateVPN and Express VPN.

 

Can a VPN be fast for browsing and download so it would be as quick as a direct connection?

A lot of VPN first-time users are often surprised with the fact their VPN software is slowing them down. If you have come to this page with the hope of finding the fastest VPN in the world that would as quick or QUICKER somehow than your own direct internet connection you are up for a disappointment. A VPN will ALWAYS be slower than a direct connection because of the way it works. There is an extra layer of communication that will slow down the connection in terms of ping and download, the question is of course to which extent will it slow it down.

For example, if you look at the VPN providers we have measured on the download aspect, you can see they have an average of 2.26 MB/s while direct downloads have a download speed of 3.7 MB/s, meaning you will lose on average 30%+ of your speed using a VPN, and these are all good VPNs with multiple locations and IPs!

 

Summary of VPN Speed Comparison

There are many high-speed VPN services across the globe, and we have selected some of the fastest VPNs for our VPN speed test to begin with. Out of these 10 quick VPNs, we have reached a conclusion that 4 / 10 are significantly faster than their peers. Wheter you are trying to find the fastest VPN software for gaming, streaming, downloading or simply browsing, we have compiled a comprehensive answer for your needs.

 

2 Comments VPN Speed Test: The Fastest VPN

  1. SemiSoma

    Wow that’s elaborate comparison, would love to see you including Surfshark, it’s a new VPN I’m using and would like to see someone analyze it. First I was a bit disappointed by the number of servers they have, but so far the speed was really decent and enough to handle all the traffic I need. They’re growing so from time to time you can get a discount, just double check online. And thanks for the article.

    Reply
    1. Ruin My Search History

      Thank you for those encouraging words. The article just went up, I suspect you are one of the first readers. Surfshark looks good, I definitely like to test it next time we come around to those comparisons. Thanks again!

      Reply

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