Comparison

Betternet review vs. Hide.me review

⏳ Short on time? Here’s the overall winner.

The better choice between Betternet and Hide.me is Hide.me. Here are all the things which we’ve tested:

  • Privacy: Betternet has better privacy features than Hide.me
  • Features: Same quality
  • Speed: Betternet is slower than Hide.me
  • Countries:  Betternet has less countries available than Hide.me
  • Security: Betternet has worse security than Hide.me
  • Price: Betternet is cheaper than Hide.me
  • Compatibility: Betternet supports less platforms than Hide.me
  • Support: Same support

1. Privacy

I’ll start with a comparison of the most important aspect of any VPN - privacy. During review I will consider whether VPN logs anything (IP address, traffic, DNS logs, bandwidth, or any type of timestamps) and the jurisdiction of VPN’s country of origin.

NameBetternetHide.me
IP addressNoYes
DNSNo Yes
TrafficNoNo
BandwidthNoYes
TimestampsNoYes

Betternet is located in Canada which is part of 5 9 14 eyes countries and is not part of enemies of the internet countries while Hide.me is located in Malaysia which is not part of 5 9 14 eyes countries and is not part of enemies of the internet countries.

It’s important to note that If you are like me and you will be using VPN only to unblock GEO-restricted content, privacy will not be that important factor but it’s still essential for any VPN.

2. Features

The next category I want to compare are features of Betternet and Hide.me such as kill-switch, unblocking of streaming, support of P2P traffic (torrenting). I am a heavy user of various streaming platforms so for me it’s important whether VPN unblocks major streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, HBO or BBC. I don’t do much torrenting but it’s always good to use a VPN while doing so. If this is an important factor for you, definitely look for a VPN which supports P2P traffic.

NameBetternetHide.me
Kill-switchNoYes
Streaming (Netflix)YesNo
P2P traffic - torrentsYesYes

As you can see from the comparison table above, Betternet doesn't have kill-switch, supports streaming services, and supports torrenting. On the flipside Hide.me has kill-switch, doesn't support streaming services, and supports torrenting.

3. Speed

Being hidden behind VPN shouldn’t limit the speed of your connection. I’ve measured the speed of each VPN against a 100mbps connection - which should be sufficient for any activities including heavy streaming in 4K or downloading large files.

In my test Betternet was more on the average side while Hide.me had below average speed. If there were no limits in speed on a 100mbps connection, I consider VPN a “fast” one. If the speed is limited somehow but still achieving decent values, I categorize it as “average”. The “slow” is usually used for VPNs which limit your bandwidth significantly.

4. Security

I will start by comparing the type of encryption Betternet and Hide.me use, what tunnelling protocols are available, and finally we’ll test whether it leaks the IP address or DNS.

NameBetternetHide.me
Encryption256-bit256-bit
Tunneling protocolsOpenVPN and IPsecOpenVPN, SoftEther, IKEv2, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP and SSTP
IP leaksNoYes
DNS leaksNoYes

The most important factor of a VPN service is a strong encryption of the traffic which is forwarded through the VPN servers. The most common encryption types in cryptography are SHA encryption or AES encryption which are not really comparable against each other. There might be different lengths of encryptions (eg. 128-bit, 256-bit, 2048-bit) and while usually the higher is the better, for most use cases you will be fine with any encryption. Watch-out if there is no encryption at all. Betternet uses 256-bit and OpenVPN and IPsec protocol and Hide.me uses 256-bit and es 256-bit and OpenVPN, SoftEther, IKEv2, L2TP/IPSec, PPTP and SSTP protocols. I’ve tested both VPNs also for IP and DNS leaks and Betternet had no IP leaks and No DNS leaks while Hide.me had No IP leaks and No DNS leaks. 

5. Price

Probably one of the most important decision factor for the majority of users will be price. Shocking? Not really. We all love to compare things and I am not different. It’s always good to get the best value for your hard-earned money, isn’t it? So let’s see whether Betternet or Hide.me is cheaper.

NameBetternetHide.me
Price$2.99$5.99
Trial versionYesYes

6. Compatibility

Betternet supports 5 connections at the same time while it works fine on all the platforms below. You can use Hide.me on 5 devices at the same time with support of all these platforms:

NameBetternetHide.me
WindowsYesYes
MacOSNoYes
Linux
AndroidYesYes
iOSYesYes

7. Support

Should you have any problems with Betternet or Hide.me you can reach out to their support via:

NameBetternetHide.me
LivechatNoNo
EmailYesYes
PhoneNoNo

Summary

Betternet ranked in our list on 68. position while Hide.me. is on 53 position. If you are looking for a better choice, see our rankings here.