PureVPN Review

A powerful VPN with an incredibly low annual plan.

PureVPN
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
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    High number of countries (140) use PureVPN servers
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    Incredibly low price for the seven-day trial
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    Includes innovative “mode” settings
John Brandon
Editorial Lead, TV, Streaming, & VPN
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Reviewed By Chyelle Dvorak
Published on September 09, 2020
3 min read

Some VPN clients rise above the rest. PureVPN is professionally-designed and powerful, offers a high number of servers (around 2,000) in over 140 countries, and is offering a seven-day trial that costs .99 cents during the test period.

The first thing you will notice about this VPN is that it’s easy to use and understand. After downloading the VPN service, you can select the country you want for the connection and use a clearly labeled dashboard for tweaking other settings. A unique “mode” option in the dashboard, for example, allows you to select the primary reason you will use the VPN, such as streaming Netflix, privacy, or file-sharing.

In our PureVPN review, we decided to but the app through a few stress tests. We started by checking whether the app caused any slowdowns by testing for upload speed and download speed using the VPN. We tested a few virtual server locations including several outside of the United States. We checked to make sure our IP address stayed hidden. (That's a very common method advertisers and others use to determine your location.)

Of course, we also tested the BBC iPlayer and Netflix streaming platforms—and not just because we like the cohesion of watching both the original Wallander series (on the BBC) and the new Young Wallander show (on Netflix). Streaming is one of the primary and critical reasons to use a VPN app in the first place. With a VPN connection, your Netflix movie watching is more secure.

Our PureVPN review wasn't complete until we looked for a DNS leak, enabled any unusual VPN protocol options, and even tested the VPN app on a Smart TV. One goal was to make sure the VPN app beat a simple proxy server for an internet connection. Netflix app, iOS app, Android app—check, check and check. In our PureVPN review we wanted to see how using a remote VPN server helped us stay safe online.

Lots of servers in lots of countries
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You can choose a server in one of over 140 countries, which is one of the highest available country-based servers we’ve seen.

Pros
  • High number of countries (140) use PureVPN servers
  • Incredibly low price for the seven-day trial
  • Includes innovative “mode” settings
Cons
  • You must pay for the seven day trial in order to test PureVPN

PureVPN prices and plans

Seven-day trial for .99 cents

PureVPN is powerful but also affordable if you want to test it out for seven days. At the time of this review, the trial costs only .99 cents during the test period. Many other VPN clients offer a 30-day trial, but you have to pay up front for the month.

PureVPN prices and plans overview
Plan
Price
Detail

One month

$10.95/mo.

Seven-day trial

$5.82/mo. (after trial)

Six months

$8.33/mo.

Data effective 5/14/2020. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.

After the trial period, the cost is a more common $5.82 per month—about what you would expect from other powerful VPN services but not as low as the annual plan for Private Internet Access, which works out to only $2.85 per month.

Compare PureVPN to other top VPNs
Provider
Monthly price
VPN Standout feature
Details

PureVPN

$10.95/mo.

High number of countries use PureVPN servers

ExpressVPN

$12.95/mo.

Extra installers for games and smart TVs

NordVPN

$11.95/mo.

5,600 servers available

Private Internet Access

$9.95/mo.

Includes access on up to 10 devices

Data effective 5/14/2020. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.

High number of countries use PureVPN servers

PureVPN runs and maintains servers in over 140 countries.

There is one major distinction to make with PureVPN. While other VPN providers offer more servers—ExpressVPN offers over 2,000—PureVPN claims to run all of their servers (about 2,000 total) and maintain them. More importantly, they have servers available in over 140 countries, which is about the highest we have seen from any VPN.

Incredibly low price for the seven-day trial.

A seven-day trial is only .99 cents for the test period.

Many VPN services offer a trial version, but you have to register and pay for the whole month, which is typically around $9.99 per month or more. If you decide to cancel the trial, you don’t have to pay anything, but you still have to enter your credit card info.

With PureVPN, a unique trial version costs only .99 cents for seven days, so you can test out all of the high-end features and interface, and connect to a bunch of servers. If the VPN app runs quickly and works for your needs, then you continue with the normal premium paid plan.

Innovative “mode” settings

You can pick a mode for streaming Netflix, file sharing, or extra privacy.

Another unique feature has to do with the modes available. Using the dashboard, you can select an option to tweak the settings for streaming Netflix and other media, privacy, or file-sharing. This means you don’t have to wade into the more advanced settings—with one click you tune the VPN app to run the way you want it to run.

The best PureVPN plan: Low-cost trial version

Who it’s best for: Those who want to test out the unique “mode features before committing to a monthly payment. Why we recommend it: You can see if the interface and features meet your needs.

PureVPN plan pricing details
Plan
Price
Standout feature
Detail

Seven-day trial

$5.82/mo. (after trial)

140 countries use PureVPN servers

Data effective 5/14/2020. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.

Recap: Is PureVPN good?

PureVPN deserves extra credit for offering a low-cost seven-day trial version for only .99 cents. The different “modes” available for streaming or file-sharing make it easy to tweak the VPN service for your needs. And, the VPN app offers a high number of servers (over 140).

PureVPN prices and plans:

  • One month - $10.95/mo.
  • Seven-day trial - $5.82/mo.
  • Six month - $8.33/mo.

PureVPN standout features:

  • High number of countries (140) use PureVPN servers
  • Incredibly low price for the seven-day trial
  • Includes innovative “mode” settings

FAQs

Why do the number of countries matter for a VPN?

Having access to servers in over 140 countries gives you the flexibility to connect from almost anywhere if you travel but also to use a server that meets your file-sharing and streaming media needs.

John Brandon
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John Brandon
John Brandon is an Editorial Lead at Reviews.org covering TV apps, services, and devices. He also covers the VPN market currently. He has a long history as a journalist and author. His articles have appeared in many magazines including Wired, Popular Mechanics, FoxNews.com, Inc. Magazine, Forbes, Entrepreneur, and Relevant Magazine. His hobbies include disc golf, reading books, and watching obscure Netflix documentaries. Contact him at john.brandon@reviews.org

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