Friday 8 January 2016

Which VPN Review Sites Can You Trust?

Many people don't know how cutthroat the VPN industry is. VPN providers often DDOS each other, compete (steal) over customers, and seek to acquire each other on a weekly basis.  In a sense, it's like any competitive industry out there that makes tons of money in that VPN providers (some more than others) purposely make it hard for consumers to decide which VPN is good. VPN providers do this by selling their VPN as the fastest, the most secure, and the most reliable service around. But how can consumers tell the difference between a good VPN and a shit VPN, besides buying each one and testing them out themselves?

VPN review sites seek to answer that complicated question--but make no mistake, some do it better than others. We've compiled the five best VPN review sites (both the pros and cons of each) you can use this as a resource to make smart purchasing decisions. launched in late 2015 with a small amount of superb content that makes it stand out from older competitors. While the site lacks niche providers (not as many reviews as some other sites), Best10VPN has covered all the main providers, and it seems like they are making decent progress going through each respective VPN with laser focus.

Each review on the site is written with a precise amount of detail explaining each VPN's features and processes. Whether the site's author is describing inadequate support, return policies, or just unreliable performance--everything feels brutally honest and to the point. Not only that, but the site isn't afraid to critique VPN providers openly by listing out possible improvements and giving them realistic ratings to make it easier for users to decide which VPN is right for them.

The site even lets users add their ratings to the site to compile a "user" rating similar to Metacritic. While the site seems focused on aggregating a lot of reviews, it does contain tutorials, comparisons, and blog posts outlining guides on VPN use. Our favorite thing about is that they seem to want to foster unbiased and honest discussion about VPNs in their forums and interactive website.

BestVPN has only been around for three or so years, but it's already made a significant impact on the VPN review market. The site contains over 100 reviews of the most popular VPN providers, and they also have tons of tutorials and articles to help users understand VPN terminology (like protocols, security measures, and other tips and tricks). But just because there's an enormous wealth of content on the site doesn't mean that it's all GOOD content.

The site is very obviously sponsored by certain VPNs, which makes their reviews and content suffer. Reviews missing necessary critical information that would make favorite VPNs look bad is relatively common (for example their review of ExpressVPN--also their best ranked VPN, contains no information about missing encryption options or security application features like DNS leak protection or kill switch)--or VPNs are rated highly while lower rated VPNs have obviously been the subject of much higher scrutiny. On the flipside, good VPNs might not get the best evaluation if the VPN provider doesn't have as deep of a pocket to boost the review on the site.

While BestVPN might be the unfortunate victim of a little too much sponsorship, it does have well-written readable articles and reviews. It's also an invaluable resource since you can find so much information on and through their site.

BestVPNService is a rather dull looking VPN site. Most of the content feels sprawled out framed by a green VPN discount offer in the small header menu. BestVPNservice seems to have all of the basics of content with a lot of information on offers, reviews, and country-specific VPNs--but none of this material feels compelling, readable, or organized in an easily readable fashion. The reviews seem to be fairly accurate and reliable even if PureVPN has somehow managed to be at the forefront of the site (a definite sponsor).

Top10BestVPN is another simple site that tries to push particular VPN providers forward while attempting to balance content at the same time. In more ways than one, the site almost feels like one giant landing page--or a page dedicated to providing support for VPNs. In its feature comparison chart, it compares 5 chosen VPNs, and its main page contains mainly the same selection. Reviews here are unfortunately too short and lacking details to feel really significant. However, while exceedingly long, the website does provide a massive FAQ sheet with enough information about VPNs.

When you look at, you see a perfect example of how to make a generic VPN review site. You get tons of ideas for landing pages that help people chose a VPN for something specific, plenty of reviews, tutorials, and then you proceed to write them in semi-broken English--that, while informative, just feels sloppy after awhile. Take this sentence for example: "One of the best systems to bypass blocks in place is the make use of a Virtual Private Network, also known as a VPN." VPNcompare isn't a bad site for VPN reviews by any means--as it did make this list--but it's more because of how much content the site and how many niches it strikes for. Not only that but its reviews also feel decently fair and reliable.