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VPN Speed Test: Which Is the Fastest?

Author
Janis von Bleichert
Last update
2. Aug 2022

A VPN provider ensures that when surfing the web, you're always safe, regardless of where you physically are. However, the speed of a VPN server plays a big role in determining how useful a VPN provider is. Many VPN tests only assess the speed of a provider once. EXPERTE.com, however, tested every provider several times per day over the course of a year, creating a detailed picture of how each provider's servers perform and stack up against one another.

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1.

Method

  • We connected from a server in Europe (Frankfurt/Main, Germany) and in the US to a VPN provider several times per day, downloading, or uploading standardized test data.

  • The server we connected from has a bandwidth of 1,000 MB/s, making the VPN server we connected to the limiting factor.

  • Using OpenVPN, we connected to various servers in Europe and the US, using UDP as transmission protocols.

2.

Overall Result

The table below shows each VPN provider's average download and upload speeds. Using this table, you can limit results to the last week, month, or even 365 days.

1.
NordVPN
217.7 Mbit/s
Download
41.2 Mbit/s
Upload
2.
Proton VPN
207.6 Mbit/s
Download
36.2 Mbit/s
Upload
3.
IPVanish
217.9 Mbit/s
Download
23.2 Mbit/s
Upload
4.
PrivateVPN
211.5 Mbit/s
Download
15.5 Mbit/s
Upload
5.
Mullvad
206.7 Mbit/s
Download
19.5 Mbit/s
Upload
6.
PureVPN
186.6 Mbit/s
Download
16.4 Mbit/s
Upload
7.
TorGuard
168.6 Mbit/s
Download
17.1 Mbit/s
Upload
8.
ExpressVPN
140.8 Mbit/s
Download
30.8 Mbit/s
Upload
9.
TunnelBear
145.3 Mbit/s
Download
23.2 Mbit/s
Upload
10.
VeePN
132.4 Mbit/s
Download
35.0 Mbit/s
Upload
11.
Private Internet Access
145.7 Mbit/s
Download
18.3 Mbit/s
Upload
12.
hide.me
115.3 Mbit/s
Download
42.0 Mbit/s
Upload
13.
CyberGhost
133.2 Mbit/s
Download
17.7 Mbit/s
Upload
14.
ZenMate
132.7 Mbit/s
Download
17.8 Mbit/s
Upload
15.
Hotspot Shield
91.0 Mbit/s
Download
38.7 Mbit/s
Upload
16.
Windscribe
88.5 Mbit/s
Download
33.6 Mbit/s
Upload
17.
VPN Unlimited
68.6 Mbit/s
Download
28.3 Mbit/s
Upload
18.
VyprVPN
59.4 Mbit/s
Download
13.2 Mbit/s
Upload
3.

Provider Results

The chart below shows how average speed develops from provider-to-provider. To view results for a particular provider, simply select their name from the drop-down list.

MonatDownloadUpload
2/23February 2023
Download: 152.3 Mbit/s
  152.3
Mbit/s
February 2023
Upload: 17.5 Mbit/s
 
3/23March 2023
Download: 144.9 Mbit/s
  144.9
Mbit/s
March 2023
Upload: 18.2 Mbit/s
 
4/23April 2023
Download: 138.5 Mbit/s
  138.5
Mbit/s
April 2023
Upload: 17.9 Mbit/s
 
5/23May 2023
Download: 133.0 Mbit/s
  133.0
Mbit/s
May 2023
Upload: 17.2 Mbit/s
 
6/23June 2023
Download: 135.0 Mbit/s
  135.0
Mbit/s
June 2023
Upload: 17.7 Mbit/s
 
7/23July 2023
Download: 127.9 Mbit/s
  127.9
Mbit/s
July 2023
Upload: 17.8 Mbit/s
 
8/23August 2023
Download: 130.6 Mbit/s
  130.6
Mbit/s
August 2023
Upload: 18.4 Mbit/s
 
9/23September 2023
Download: 126.8 Mbit/s
  126.8
Mbit/s
September 2023
Upload: 17.7 Mbit/s
 
10/23October 2023
Download: 126.0 Mbit/s
  126.0
Mbit/s
October 2023
Upload: 16.8 Mbit/s
 
11/23November 2023
Download: 136.8 Mbit/s
  136.8
Mbit/s
November 2023
Upload: 16.5 Mbit/s
 
12/23December 2023
Download: 131.5 Mbit/s
  131.5
Mbit/s
December 2023
Upload: 18.3 Mbit/s
 
1/24January 2024
Download: 131.7 Mbit/s
  131.7
Mbit/s
January 2024
Upload: 17.4 Mbit/s
 
2/24February 2024
Download: 137.6 Mbit/s
  137.6
Mbit/s
February 2024
Upload: 18.7 Mbit/s
 

More information about the individual providers can be found in our comprehensive VPN evaluation.

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Janis von Bleichert studied business informatics at the TU Munich and computer science at the TU Berlin, Germany. He has been self-employed since 2006 and is the founder of EXPERTE.com. He writes about hosting, software and IT security.
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