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ExpressVPN vs VPN Unlimited
August 20, 2021
Selecting a VPN service doesn’t have to be difficult. There are lots of services vying for your hard-earned money, but we’re here to compare them side by side and help you make the call. Here, we’re looking at ExpressVPN and KeepSolid VPN Unlimited.
An ExpressVPN subscription is one of our top recommendations; you could make the case it’s the best VPN on the market. But VPN Unlimited is no slouch, and there are a few things about it that impressed us in our review. Which of these services is right for you? Let’s find out.
When you pit ExpressVPN’s servers against VPN Unlimited’s servers, it’s tough to deny ExpressVPN has the edge. It simply offers more servers in more places, touting an impressive 3,000 servers in 94 countries. VPN Unlimited, meanwhile, can lay claim to only about 500 servers, and it’s careful to say those servers are in 80-plus “locations,” rather than countries. So you could, for example, see multiple places in the same country counted as server locations.
Both services are neck and neck for streaming. ExpressVPN and KeepSolid VPN Unlimited are both pretty happy to let you know you can watch Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and just about any other streaming service using them. We confirmed ExpressVPN’s claims when we tested the service for our review, and we did the same for VPN Unlimited’s claims in our KeepSolid VPN Unlimited review. If you have to travel out of the United States but you’re still hoping to catch all the new Netflix movies coming out each week, you should be able to watch them using either VPN service.
Security is another category where ExpressVPN excels. ExpressVPN supports several VPN protocols, including L2TP, OpenVPN, IKEv2, and its own ExpressVPN-backed protocol, Lightway. A look at VPN Unlimited, meanwhile, reveals that it supports only OpenVPN and WireGuard. That means fewer choices for users, but it’s not necessarily a security concern — both are among the best VPN protocols.
Next we ask: How protected is your data? How seriously do these VPN services take privacy? ExpressVPN has a strict no-logs policy, and it’s located in the British Virgin Islands, where user data is far better protected from government entities. VPN Unlimited also has a no-logs policy, but it’s headquartered in the United States, which raises the possibility that the U.S. government could set its prying eyes on your data.
Some VPN providers occasionally hit your internet speeds with what I call the “VPN penalty.” It may seem reasonable since you’re sending internet traffic back and forth between an online middleman of sorts, which can’t happen without a drop in speed. That doesn’t mean you have to accept serious slowdowns though. The best VPNs keep things as speedy as possible, even with the extra step.
Some VPNs operate on your device without affecting your speed too much. When some VPNs can be almost invisible while others sap your bandwidth, how can you do anything but blame the VPN providers?
When we put its speed to the test in our ExpressVPN review, we found that the service did a great job protecting our connection speed. You may see a tiny drop in your internet speed, but you should be able to do all the things you did without a VPN. With VPN Unlimited, however, your speeds may be pretty unpredictable. In our VPN Unlimited review, we saw a huge drop in speed and discovered that connecting to a French server thousands of miles away gave us better speeds than a Colorado server a few hundred miles away. You’ll have to test this for yourself though.
Our money is on ExpressVPN to provide a more satisfactory experience in the end.
It seems as though a lot of VPN companies are trying to trim the fat on features. They’re more interested in nailing the core VPN functions and less concerned about tacking on a bunch of extras. In that regard, ExpressVPN and VPN Unlimited are pretty similar. Neither service offers any add-ons or bundled doodads to speak of. You launch the app, you connect to a VPN server, and you’re off to the races.
That may be why both ExpressVPN and VPN Unlimited are fairly easy to use. You’ll find both services on multiple platforms, and all the apps for both providers offer consistent experiences with short learning curves. There’s something to be said for streamlining the process and making it as simple as possible to get connected and protected.
Both ExpressVPN and VPN Unlimited offer very competitive prices, and both get even cheaper when you choose a long-term deal. VPN Unlimited has arguably the most enticing deal offered by either service: a lifetime subscription for about $100. KeepSolid’s VPN service has its flaws, but it’s hard to turn down having your VPN needs covered for the rest of your life with just one payment.
There has to be a winner when you get to the end, and ExpressVPN has earned the victory. For most people, ExpressVPN’s heftier server count, wider coverage around the world, and increased focus on security make it the prime choice. It beats VPN Unlimited by doing the core VPN functions better.
Typically, that would be the end of the story, but there’s still price to keep in mind. VPN Unlimited has something ExpressVPN does not — something that could be incredibly useful if you aren’t worried about coverage and security and you just want to use a VPN service occasionally. That’s a lifetime price. You can pay VPN Unlimited $99 once, never get billed again, and have a VPN service to use for the rest of your life. That’s a deal ExpressVPN isn’t even trying to touch.
You’ll have to figure out which camp you fall in. Do you put a lot of stock in security? Do you absolutely need a provider with thousands of servers spread across the globe? If so, ExpressVPN is probably for you. If you just want to pay as little as possible to have a VPN you can use when you need it — and not the kind you’d be relying on heavily — you may find VPN Unlimited can meet your needs.
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