Comparison

Surfshark review vs. Celo VPN review

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

The better choice between Surfshark and Celo VPN is Surfshark. Here are all the things which we’ve tested:

  • Privacy: Surfshark has better privacy features than Celo VPN
  • Features: Surfshark has more features than Celo VPN
  • Speed: Same quality
  • Countries:  Surfshark has more countries available than Celo VPN
  • Security: Surfshark has worse security than Celo VPN
  • Price: Surfshark is cheaper than Celo VPN
  • Compatibility: Same price
  • 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.

NameSurfsharkCelo VPN
IP addressNoNo
DNSNo No
TrafficNoNo
BandwidthNoNo
TimestampsNoNo

Surfshark 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 Celo VPN is located in Australia 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 Surfshark and Celo VPN 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.

NameSurfsharkCelo VPN
Kill-switchYesYes
Streaming (Netflix)YesYes
P2P traffic - torrentsYesYes

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

NameSurfsharkCelo VPN
Encryption256-bit256-bit
Tunneling protocolsOpenVPN and IKEv2OpenVPN, SSTP and L2TP/IPSec
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. Surfshark uses 256-bit and OpenVPN and IKEv2 protocol and Celo VPN uses 256-bit and es 256-bit and OpenVPN, SSTP and L2TP/IPSec protocols. I’ve tested both VPNs also for IP and DNS leaks and Surfshark had no IP leaks and No DNS leaks while Celo VPN 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 Surfshark or Celo VPN is cheaper.

NameSurfsharkCelo VPN
Price$1.99$5.50
Trial versionYesYes

6. Compatibility

Surfshark supports unlimited connections at the same time while it works fine on all the platforms below. You can use Celo VPN on 6 devices at the same time with support of all these platforms:

NameSurfsharkCelo VPN
WindowsYesYes
MacOSYesYes
Linux
AndroidYesYes
iOSYesYes

7. Support

Should you have any problems with Surfshark or Celo VPN you can reach out to their support via:

NameSurfsharkCelo VPN
LivechatYesYes
EmailYesYes
PhoneNoNo

Summary

Surfshark ranked in our list on 2. position while Celo VPN. is on 36 position. If you are looking for a better choice, see our rankings here.