When choosing a VPN, you’ve got a lot of choices. In our best VPNs guide and speed test guide, we’ve narrowed down the list from the 50+ branded commercial options out there to our top 10. But once you narrow the list down even more, how do you choose? In this article we’ve compared our top two choices: NordVPN and Surfshark.
Aren’t they the same company?
Before we get into it, let’s discuss the Nord/Surfshark merger. In early February 2022, Nord Security and Surfshark announced they were merging, making Nord Security the owner of both companies. According to SurfShark’s merger blog post, the companies say they will continue to operate as separate companies, with separate VPN infrastructures.
We have no doubt this is true… for now. Merging large infrastructures takes time, and neither player wants to cede performance or position to their competitors due to a botched operational merger.
That said, we don’t expect this to be the case in the long term. The merger is not unexpected given the upward trend of VPN mergers. Plus, these VPN powerhouses would be foolish not to consolidate infrastructures, teams, and technologies — and these players are anything but foolish.
But for now, you’re here choosing between the two separate companies, and our overview content below remains relevant.
Now, let’s dive in.
So how do you decide? Here are a few options that may make that decision easier.
The fastest VPN: NordVPN, Hotspot Shield, and ExpressVPN compared: We don’t just test VPN provider performance in this in-depth analysis. We go out onto the internet, gather performance data from all across the web, and let you know which provider is the best overall.
If price is your top concern, Surfshark will save you about $30 over two years.
If predictably fast download performance is key, then NordVPN is more consistently fast in overall performance.
If your top VPN priority is compatibility for NAS appliance, then NordVPN is your choice.
If you want a VPN for your Xbox or PlayStation instead of a mobile device or mobile apps, choose Surfshark.
If you want a dedicated IP address or more business-oriented features, choose NordVPN.
There you go. Surfshark vs. NordVPN. It’s not a super cut-and-dry answer. One isn’t wildly better than the other. But the decision tree above should help you pick the winner given your own needs. How do these choices fit your needs?
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