Avast VPN vs ExpressVPN

Avast VPN vs ExpressVPN

Avast Secureline is an intuitive VPN service that can protect you from pesky ISPs and all sorts of digital threats. Not to mention being a reasonably priced piece of software. But how does Avast VPN (known =better for their anti-virus products) perform against an industry leader like ExpressVPN? Let’s test them and find out.

Unfortunately for Avast, it just doesn’t really stand up to ExpressVPN in any department. ExpressVPN has one of the best reputations in the industry for a reason and in our testing, it came out on top every time.

But in this case, quality comes at a price. Avast VPN offers a much more affordable solution compared to the notoriously highly priced ExpressVPN.

Avast VPN vs ExpressVPN - Full Comparison

Speed

Without the ability to maintain high connection speeds, a VPN service is as good as useless, no matter how secure and private it is. To find out which VPN service is faster, we predominantly tested them on local US servers and their (international) UK servers (amongst others).

Note: As well as in-app testing, we typically use Speedtest to get an independent gauge of speed.

When connected to the US, Avast VPN’s average connection speed was around 80Mbps, whereas ExpressVPN’s average connection speed was 95Mbps.

In the UK meanwhile, Avast VPN was able to muster up 66Mbps, but ExpressVPN took it home by reaching 86Mbps. Clearly, ExpressVPN outmuscles Avast in this department.

Streaming

Everyone is subscribed to some sort of streaming service nowadays. Sadly, not all streaming services are available worldwide. Depending on your location, some content might be blocked. With the aid of a reliable VPN provider, however, you can view geo-blocked content with ease.

Avast VPN has a few servers that are optimized specifically for streaming. We tried some of these servers to try and access Netflix, and we were successful. However, when we tried to access streaming services using Avast VPN’s standard servers, we were turned away.

ExpressVPN, on the other hand, seems to be one of the most capable VPNs for unblocking streaming services. It can unblock popular services such as Netflix, Disney+, BBC iPlayer, Hulu, HBO, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube, Spotify, and more.

Torrenting

P2P activity is pretty much the norm for file sharing nowadays. It enables you to download everything from movies and video games to music and other sorts of media in bulk.

Utilizing a reliable VPN service, P2P activities can be masked completely.

Avast VPN supports P2P activity using only 8 servers in 6 specific geo zones. The platform does an excellent job of highlighting P2P servers so that you don’t waste time searching for them. ExpressVPN, on the other hand, supports P2P activity on all of its servers. Moreover, data capping and connection throttling aren’t part of ExpressVPN’s operation, so you get to enjoy ultra-fast speeds while engaging in P2P activity.

Gaming

Throughout our tests, ExpressVPN displayed considerably lower latency than Avast VPN, which makes it the better VPN for gaming since lower latency equates to smooth online gaming. This doesn’t come as a surprise considering it’s the faster of the two.

It’s also worth noting that ExpressVPN has over 3,000 servers in 94 countries, which makes it easier for you to access global gaming servers anywhere in the world. Avast VPN, on the other hand, has servers in only 34 countries, and so some global gaming servers are likely to be blocked.

Free Trial

Avast VPN offers a 7-day free trial period, whereas ExpressVPN doesn’t offer a free trial. Keep in mind, however, that both services have a 30-day money-back guarantee, meaning you have the ability to try ExpressVPN without any financial commitments. If it doesn’t suffice, you’ll get a full refund.

Subscription Plans

Avast VPN’s subscription plans were a bit cumbersome a while ago, as they were device-based.

They revisited this recently and now the service has three straightforward pricing plans. The 1-year plan will set you back $4.99/m. Both the 2-year and 3-year plans are priced at $3.99/m. No matter the plan you opt for, you can Avast VPN on 5 different devices simultaneously.

ExpressVPN, on the other hand, is a bit pricier than Avast, but you get what you pay for. The 1-month plan costs $12.95. The 6-month plan costs $9.99/m. And lastly, the 1-year plan will set you back $6.67/m.

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Verdict

ExpressVPN is a very tough competitor to come up against – heralded by many as one of the best options available on the current market, it’s only downfall is it’s higher pricing structure compared to others. Yet many are happy to pay for it’s high quality VPN product.

Avast VPN can carry it’s head high – it is very  much the right VPN for some people but compared with ExpressVPN then it comes up short in many different areas.