Comparison

Express VPN vs. Ultrasurf review

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

The better choice between ExpressVPN and Ultrasurf is ExpressVPN. Here are all the things which we’ve tested:

  • Privacy: ExpressVPN has better privacy features than Ultrasurf
  • Features: ExpressVPN has more features than Ultrasurf
  • Speed: ExpressVPN is slower than Ultrasurf
  • Countries:  ExpressVPN has more countries available than Ultrasurf
  • Security: ExpressVPN has better security than Ultrasurf
  • Price: ExpressVPN is more expensive than Ultrasurf
  • Compatibility: ExpressVPN supports more platforms than Ultrasurf
  • Support: ExpressVPN has more options to contact support than Ultrasurf

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.

NameExpressVPNUltrasurf
IP addressNoYes
DNSNo Unknown
TrafficNoYes
BandwidthNoUnknown
TimestampsNoYes

ExpressVPN is located in British Virgin Island which is not part of 5 9 14 eyes countries and is not part of enemies of the internet countries while Ultrasurf is located in United States which is 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 ExpressVPN and Ultrasurf 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.

NameExpressVPNUltrasurf
Kill-switchYesNo
Streaming (Netflix)YesNo
P2P traffic - torrentsYesNo

As you can see from the comparison table above, ExpressVPN has kill-switch, supports streaming services, and supports torrenting. On the flipside Ultrasurf doesn't have kill-switch, doesn't support streaming services, and doesn't support 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 ExpressVPN was more on the fast side while Ultrasurf 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 ExpressVPN and Ultrasurf use, what tunnelling protocols are available, and finally we’ll test whether it leaks the IP address or DNS.

NameExpressVPNUltrasurf
EncryptionAES 256-bit256-bit
Tunneling protocolsPPTP, L2TP/IPSec, SSTP and OpenVPNUnknown
IP leaksNoYes
DNS leaksNoUnknown

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. ExpressVPN uses AES 256-bit and PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, SSTP and OpenVPN protocol and Ultrasurf uses 256-bit and es AES 256-bit and Unknown protocols. I’ve tested both VPNs also for IP and DNS leaks and ExpressVPN had no IP leaks and No DNS leaks while Ultrasurf 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 ExpressVPN or Ultrasurf is cheaper.

NameExpressVPNUltrasurf
Price$8.32Free
Trial versionNoYes

6. Compatibility

ExpressVPN supports 5 connections at the same time while it works fine on all the platforms below. You can use Ultrasurf on No devices at the same time with support of all these platforms:

NameExpressVPNUltrasurf
WindowsYesYes
MacOSYesYes
LinuxYes
AndroidYesYes
iOSYesNo

7. Support

Should you have any problems with ExpressVPN or Ultrasurf you can reach out to their support via:

NameExpressVPNUltrasurf
LivechatYesNo
EmailYesYes
PhoneNoNo

Summary

ExpressVPN ranked in our list on 5. position while Ultrasurf. is on 99 position. If you are looking for a better choice, see our rankings here.