IPVanish vs. Surfshark VPN Review

Two heavyweights in the VPN service market, but the ultimate winner is just a bit more affordable
Monthly price: $10.00/mo.
Number of servers: 1,400+
Monthly price: $11.95/mo.
Number of servers: 1,700+

No other VPN providers we’ve tested match up so closely in terms of features and price. Both IPVanish and Surfshark provide a similar number of servers and countries for your secure connection, they let you connect using an unlimited number of gadgets you own per VPN account, and they even compare nicely on price.

IPVanish vs. Surfshark: Prices

IPVanish sneaks by with the win because of the slightly lower monthly price.

The comparisons start to match up quickly when you analyze the most important spec of all: the price. Both products are about the same cost per month, even if you decide to pay by the year. That makes it harder to pick a clear winner.

IPVanish vs. Surfshark prices and plans
BrandPrice (1 mo.)Price (12 mo.)Details
IPVanish $10.00/mo.$6.49/mo.View Plans
Surfshark$11.95/mo.$5.99/mo.View Plans

Data effective 7/15/2020. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.

Overall, IPVanish is more affordable. It is about two bucks cheaper if you pay by the month. If you want to buy a year upfront, Surfshark offers a lower price, but only by a couple quarters. Pocket change isn’t enough to sway our vote, but if it affects yours, check out our review of the cheapest VPNs.

IPVanish vs. Surfshark: Number of servers

A technical win for Surfshark, but does it matter?

Surfshark technically offers more servers than IPVanish, but it’s really too close to call. The difference is only 300 servers, which means you have a few more to pick from if you use Surfshark, but this likely won’t impact your security and privacy that much. The reason is that many of us tend to use the same servers as long as it’s fast and reliable.

IPVanish vs. Surfshark: Number of countries

IPVanish sneaks away with the win in terms of countries available.

If Surfshark has a few more servers available, then IPVanish beats out the competition when it comes to the countries available—but only by a nose. In the long run, it won’t matter when all you need to do is watch Netflix in peace.

The biggest reason to choose IPVanish is if you travel frequently or there’s a specific country that runs a streaming site you need to access.

IPVanish vs. Surfshark: Number of devices

Both providers allow unlimited devices.

In July, IPVanish switched to an unrestricted access model, so you can connect with as many devices as you want. Surfshark already used that policy, and it’s incredibly rare. Most VPN clients only allow about five connections.

So there is no clear winner here in terms of simultaneous connections from your laptops, smartphones, smart television, router, and other devices like tablets and e-book readers.

Recap: Which is better, IPVanish or Surfshark?

In the end, IPVanish wins out. Not because of superior features, but simply because it is a bit more affordable. Overall, the two products are quite similar.

  • Pricing: IPVanish is the cheaper option when you pay by the month. If you want to grab a contract, Surfshark has a better discount.
  • Number of servers: Surfshark gets a slight edge for total number of servers.
  • Number of countries: IPVanish has a small advantage here, which might matter if you like to travel.
  • Number of devices: Both providers support unlimited devices.

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Additional contributors

Chyelle Dvorak