Avast VPN vs NordVPN

Avast VPN vs NordVPN

You’ve likely heard of Avast before; they’re a cybersecurity software company that offers one of the best anti-malware applications on the market. However they have also released a standalone VPN product (also known as Avast Secureline VPN) which we got to spend some time with.

And what better way to test Avast VPN’s capabilities than to put it against one of the best VPN services available: NordVPN. Stick around to witness the tussle.

NordVPN is comfortably the better offering in pretty much every category. That’s not to say that Avast is a poor VPN, it speaks more to the quality of NordVPN.

Avast is limited not only in server location and P2P support, but also their rigid pricing policy.

Avast VPN vs NordVPN - Full Comparison

Speed

To test the performance of Avast VPN and NordVPN, we connected to a local US server and an international UK server (full disclosure; we connected to multiple other countries during testing but for consistency in our review we’ll discuss the US and UK connections). In our local US test, NordVPN scored an average of 67 Mbps, whereas Avast VPN scored an average of 57 Mbps, so it’s safe to say that NordVPN is the superior of the two when it comes to US connections.

Internationally, NordVPN scored an average of 55 Mbps, which is a significant reduction from the U.S average, but that’s to be expected since international connections tend to carry higher latency. Meanwhile Avast also scored an average of 55 Mbps which is highly respectable and obvously matches the speeds we were able to achieve with Nord.

Streaming

The content of streaming services tend to vary from one country to another due to content contracts, and so in order to gain access to certain content, you need a liable VPN solution. Keep in mind that there are streaming services that are available only in certain countries, including Hulu. So what can you expect from Avast VPN and NordVPN when it comes to streaming?

Avast VPN boasts servers that are specifically optimized for streaming (located in the US, UK, and Germany). In our tests, these servers have successfully unblocked Netflix however, when we tried servers located in other countries, we weren’t able to access Netflix, so we can’t say that Avast is completely reliable for streaming.

NordVPN, on the other hand, was able to unlock a wide range of streaming services both locally (US) and internationally. The services you’re probably most interested in that the tests were able to access include Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO, Showtime, BBC iPlayer, and Hulu.

Torrenting

If you engage in P2P file-sharing activity on a regular basis, it’s important to have a VPN service that’s able to cover your internet connection with impenetrable encryption so that your ISP can’t detect your activity. A reliable VPN service will also mark your real IP address so that your activities can’t be traced.

Avast VPN supports P2P activity on 8 servers that are limited to 6 countries. The servers are labeled “P2P” servers. NordVPN, on the contrary, allows P2P activity on numerous servers that are available in 46 countries, so it’s clearly the winner of this round.

Gaming

Speed and security are the two most important factors to consider when selecting a VPN, as a gamer. The faster the connection, the lower the latency and the smoother the gaming experience. If you’re playing on US servers, NordVPN is the way to go since it scored higher on local US servers. For international servers, however, Avast VPN is more suitable.

Security-wise, NordVPN utilizes world-class AES-256 encryption. The service offers OpenVPN with L2TP/IPSec, PPTP, TC/UDP, and SSTP protocols. Furthermore, it prevents DNS leaks and has a kill switch. To add, it helps you get rid of ads and malware.

Avast VPN also flaunts AES-256 encryption, kill switch protection, DNS leak protection, and IPv6 leak protection. Moreover, it utilizes OpenSSL libraries for OpenVPN and IPSec. It looks like a tie between the two services when it comes to gaming.

Free Trial

Both Avast VPN and NordVPN offer a 7-day free trial period. Further, they both offer a 30-day money-back guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with any of them, you’re eligible for a full refund.

Subscription Plans

Previously, Avast VPN offered subscription plans that are device-based. Now, they have three different pricing plans. Their 1-year plan costs $4.99/m, whereas their 2-year and 3-year plans cost $3.99/m. All three plans can be utilized on 5 different devices simultaneously.

NordVPN also offers three pricing plans. Their monthly plan costs $11.95/m, which is pretty costly, but then again, NordVPN is one of the best VPN services today. The 6-month plan and 2-year plan cost $9.99/m and $3.71/m, respectively. The lack of a monthly plan with Avast VPN is the reason why we’re opting for NordVPN. Not to mention that NordVPN offers more value for the money.

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Verdict

Avast VPN might offer strong international connection speeds, but that’s really the only area that it competes at the same level as NordVPN.

NordVPN is a more rounded and capable VPN service than Avast VPN, and we declare it the victor in this comparison.