ExpressVPN vs PureVPN Comparison 2021

Last Updated on October 18, 2021 by HowToPioneer

Let’s battle out ExpressVPN vs PureVPN!

Both PureVPN and ExpressVPN are large, well known names in the VPN world. I have worked with both VPN clients and reviewed them honestly.

Here is a compraison between PureVPN and ExpressVPN that highlights the main findings:

PureVPN is cheaper than ExpressVPN offers on the oder hand more performance.

In terms of security, ExpressVPN and PureVPN both offer a kill switch and DNS leak protection, thereby keeping your data secure.

ExpressVPN vs PureVPN Video

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ExpressVPN Overview

Named Editors’ Choice by TechRadar in 2018, ExpressVPN claims to be the fastest in the business.

We put those claims to the test, and this is what we found.

ExpressVPN Key Features

  • Based in the British Virgin Islands
  • 3000+ remote servers in 94 countries
  • 3 devices
  • No logs policy
  • High speed
  • Passed all privacy tests
  • 30-day money back guarantee
  • Multi-platform support
  • $8.32 (with 1-year sign-up)

ExpressVPN Streaming

ExpressVPN works well when streaming Netflix, despite location, and if you encounter any issues, their chat support will recommend a server to use instead, so you’re rarely caught out.

ExpressVPN does Work with Netflix!

PureVPN Overview


Self-certified as the ‘fastest’ service in the market, PureVPN was founded in 2006 by their parent company, GZ Systems. They are one of the oldest and largest VPN providers, with over 2000 servers in 140+ countries.

We put it to the test against its giant competitor, ExpressVPN, and this is what we found.

PureVPN Key Features

  • Based in Hong Kong
  • 2000+ servers in 140+ countries
  • P2P sharing
  • Split tunnelling
  • Unrestricted torrenting
  • Zero logs policy
  • 5 devices
  • 31-day money back guarantee
  • $3.29 per month (with 1-year plan)
  • 24/7 live chat support

PureVPN Streaming

Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get Netflix working with any of our tests, so this is an obvious win for ExpressVPN. However, PureVPN will unlock Netflix if you use the browser extension.

PureVPN Works with Netflix!

ExpressVPN Cost

ExpressVPN is the most expensive VPN we’ve tested, with the cheapest package costing $6.67 using our discount code here. Without the code, it costs $8.32 (with 1-year sign-up).

ExpressVPN is more expensive than NordVPN!

PureVPN Cost

The cheapest version of PureVPN costs $3.29 per month (with their 1-year plan), which makes sense considering the array of features they offer. They also offer more simultaneous connections to ExpressVPN, meaning you’re less likely to leave a device unprotected to use a service on a different one.

PureVPN is cheaper!

ExpressVPN Ease of Use

ExpressVPN comes with one of the easiest interfaces to use and works as a great app across all major platforms.

ExpressVPN is easy to use!

PureVPN Ease of Use

We found PureVPN’s usability easy and slick, with little to no issues when connecting. However, in comparison to ExpressVPN, it wasn’t as user-friendly and didn’t offer the same app interfaces we know and love.

PureVPN is also easy to use.

ExpressVPN Speedtest

Living up to its namesake, ExpressVPN offers great speed across all of its servers, which is probably why they’re the most expensive VPN we’ve tested so far.

LocationExpressVPN Upload (Mbps)ExpressVPN Download (Mbps)
New York20.023.5
Los Angeles18.920.1

Also other server in other countries had a great speed.

ExpressVPN offers top speed! On all server

PureVPN Speedtest

Unfortunately, PureVPN didn’t hold up against ExpressVPN, which was much faster in testing. That said, PureVPN has a Smart DNS app named MediaStreamer that lets you unblock geo-restricted services without encrypting your traffic, increasing speeds at the cost of security.

LocationNordVPN Upload (Mbps)NordVPN Download (Mbps)
New York18.021.3
Los Angeles17.920.2

Also other servers where not as fast. But NordVPN has a lot of server that you can switch between.

PureVPN has not bad speed but is not as fast as ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN Server & Location

ExpressVPN offers 3000+ remote servers in 94 countries, which is one of the largest on the market.

They’re based in a good privacy jurisdiction, which is not part of the five eyes surveillance alliances, so you can sleep well knowing your data isn’t secretly being stored anywhere.

ExpressVPN offers more countries/locations but less server

PureVPN Server & Location

With over 2000+ servers in 140+ countries, PureVPN has a wider geographic, however ExpressVPN still benefits from having more servers overall.

PureVPN offers more server but less locations/countries

ExpressVPN Security & Privacy

ExpressVPN uses an array of leading-edge security and privacy encryptions:

  • AES 256-bit cipherwith a 4096-bit RSA key and SHA-512 HMAC authentication. This is the highest level of encryption that is currently considered unbreakable, whilst still offering good speed.
  • Supports Perfect Forward Secrecy negotiated through Diffie-Hellman key exchange.
  • Offers several VPN protocols.

ExpressVPN offers high standard when it comes to security and privacy

PureVPN Security & Privacy

PureVPN uses:

  • AES-256 encryption, using OpenVPN with TCP/UDP, L2TP, PPTP and IKEv2 protocols. However, they lack the IPSec and SSTP protocols provided by their competitors.

PureVPN is not made for advanced users


ExpressVPN is a superior competitor, with excellent performance, speed and reliability throughout its network. It works well with Netflix and other streaming platforms and has a large number of apps that are user friendly and well designed.

Although PureVPN is a cheaper alternative and offers more simultaneous connections, plus a rare Kodi app, it just doesn’t live up to ExpressVPN’s impressive credentials.