Comparison

PureVPN vs. Zenmate review

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

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

  • Privacy: PureVPN has better privacy features than Zenmate
  • Features: PureVPN has more features than Zenmate
  • Speed: PureVPN is slower than Zenmate
  • Countries:  PureVPN has more countries available than Zenmate
  • Security: PureVPN has better security than Zenmate
  • Price: PureVPN is cheaper than Zenmate
  • Compatibility: Same price
  • Support: PureVPN has more options to contact support than Zenmate

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.

NamePureVPNZenmate
IP addressNoNo
DNSNo No
TrafficNoNo
BandwidthNoNo
TimestampsNoNo

PureVPN is located in British Virgin Islands which is not part of 5 9 14 eyes countries and is not part of enemies of the internet countries while Zenmate is located in Germany 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 PureVPN and Zenmate 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.

NamePureVPNZenmate
Kill-switchYesYes
Streaming (Netflix)YesYes
P2P traffic - torrentsYesYes

As you can see from the comparison table above, PureVPN has kill-switch, supports streaming services, and supports torrenting. On the flipside Zenmate has kill-switch, supports 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 PureVPN was more on the average side while Zenmate had 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 PureVPN and Zenmate use, what tunnelling protocols are available, and finally we’ll test whether it leaks the IP address or DNS.

NamePureVPNZenmate
Encryption256-bit256-bit
Tunneling protocolsOpenVPN, L2TP/IPsec, SSTP, PPTP and IKEv2OpenVPN, IPSec, IKEv2 and L2TP
IP leaksNoNo
DNS leaksNoNo

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. PureVPN uses 256-bit and OpenVPN, L2TP/IPsec, SSTP, PPTP and IKEv2 protocol and Zenmate uses 256-bit and es 256-bit and OpenVPN, IPSec, IKEv2 and L2TP protocols. I’ve tested both VPNs also for IP and DNS leaks and PureVPN had no IP leaks and No DNS leaks while Zenmate had Yes IP leaks and Yes 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 PureVPN or Zenmate is cheaper.

NamePureVPNZenmate
Price$1.99$1.51
Trial versionNoYes

6. Compatibility

PureVPN supports 10 connections at the same time while it works fine on all the platforms below. You can use Zenmate on unlimited devices at the same time with support of all these platforms:

NamePureVPNZenmate
WindowsYesYes
MacOSYesYes
LinuxYes
AndroidYesYes
iOSYesYes

7. Support

Should you have any problems with PureVPN or Zenmate you can reach out to their support via:

NamePureVPNZenmate
LivechatYesYes
EmailYesYes
PhoneNoNo

Summary

PureVPN ranked in our list on 3. position while Zenmate. is on 77 position. If you are looking for a better choice, see our rankings here.