NordVPN vs. CyberGhost Review

Two major VPN providers seem to offer similar capabilities, but one emerges as the true champion.
NordVPN
Monthly price: $11.95/mo.
Number of servers: 5,000+
CyberGhost
Monthly price: $12.99/mo.
Number of servers: 6,300+

It’s always interesting to compare two powerful VPN security apps. With NordVPN and CyberGhost, it’s even more difficult. These two heavyweights offer a similar number of servers for VPN connection, they compare in terms of country connections, and they even come in close for how many devices you can use with one account.

We did rate one VPN service higher overall when we reviewed them. NordVPN scored five stars because it has a smart and consistent interface and a deep and extensive website. It’s technically not as capable as CyberGhost (which has better specifications). But it is our top pick for a virtual private network because it’s incredibly easy to use and makes it easy to create a secure connection with a variety of devices, from smartphones and laptops to smart TVs and routers.

NordVPN vs. CyberGhost: Prices

NordVPN is more affordable compared to CyberGhost.

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NordVPN costs $6.99 per month when you pay annually while CyberGhost offers a unique 18-month plan for $2.75 per month. Neither company offers a free VPN option.

In a cost comparison, the two VPN apps are quite similar. NordVPN is cheaper if you select the normal monthly plan. CyberGhost is technically a bit more affordable if you select the long-term pricing plan and offers more technical capability than NordVPN. In fact, in every comparison we did (VPN servers, country connections, and devices), CyberGhost has more capability, and we do recommend it for many users. It’s a top pick, but NordVPN beats out this worthy competitor in terms of the interface, website, and overall rating.

Prices and plans
BrandPriceNumber of serversNumber of countriesDetails
NordVPN$11.95/mo.5,000+59View Plans
CyberGhost$12.99/mo.6,000+90+View Plans

Data effective 7/22/2020. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.

It’s worth mentioning that the monthly cost comparison is really about even (just a dollar different). CyberGhost offers a plan for 18-months which works out to about $2.75 per month, and we’re not sure if this plan will be around for much longer. (The company website makes it seem like this lower-priced plan is for a limited time.) NordVPN is a superior product, though, and we rated it higher, so even though the cost is a bit more, it’s a better value.

NordVPN vs. CyberGhost: Number of servers

CyberGhost is a more capable VPN in technical terms.

In the first comparison between these two VPN apps, CyberGhost is definitely more capable with over 6,000 servers compared to about 5,200 for NordVPN. As we’ve mentioned, we rated NordVPN higher overall because of the interface, website, and branding, but if you need a VPN with about 1,000 more servers, CyberGhost is more capable and provides a way to connect from almost anywhere and for any purpose.

NordVPN vs. CyberGhost: Number of countries

CyberGhost also offers more countries for your connection.

With CyberGhost’s 90+ countries available, you can almost always find a way to bypass country restrictions if that’s your goal. It’s a bit less likely to always find an encrypted connection in the country you want with NordVPN, it turns out. That means there might be that one pesky streaming media app you really want to use and can’t connect because a VPN server is not available in that country.

NordVPN vs. CyberGhost: Number of devices

CyberGhost offers exactly one extra device connection.

CyberGhost again beats NordVPN in terms of device connections, but it’s not exactly by a huge number. NordVPN offers six device connections per account, whereas CyberGhost offers seven. We don’t feel that’s enough to warrant choosing CyberGhost as the overall champion even if it is a technically superior VPN client.

NordVPN vs. CyberGhost: Which is better?

NordVPN wins because of the clean interface and extensive website and because the feature comparison is still quite close—even if CyberGhost wins out technically.

  • Pricing: NordVPN is a bit more affordable and the better product overall.
  • Number of servers: CyberGhost is technically better with over 6,300 servers.
  • Number of countries: CyberGhost has far more connections in other countries.
  • Number of devices: CyberGhost allows you to connect with up to seven devices.

Additional contributors

Chyelle Dvorak