There is no arguing VPN speed matters. Whether you’re using one for extra security, online privacy, or to stream your favorite shows from abroad, you probably won’t get very far with a slow connection.

How do you know which VPNs are fast and will serve you well? You speed test them all and compare. Or, better yet, you let me do that for you.

To that effect, below are the speed test results for all popular providers in the market – including ones whose performance wasn’t good enough to make my fastest VPN list.

CyberGhost Speed Test

Best D/L: 103.1 MbpsAvg D/L: 82.0 Mbps
Best U/L: 59.6 MbpsAvg U/L: 33.6 Mbps
Best Ping: 25 msAvg Ping: 87 ms

CyberGhost has not necessarily had a good past reputation in the performance department. But, speed tests don’t lie and it looks like they finally turned things around.


ExpressVPN Speed Test

Best D/L: 68.6 MbpsAvg D/L: 48.1 Mbps
Best U/L: 44.5 MbpsAvg U/L: 35.7 Mbps
Best Ping: 7 msAvg Ping: 102 ms

With frequent claims of being “high speed” and “ultra-fast”, is ExpressVPN being a little cocky? With one small exception or two, they’re not that far off.


HideMyAss! Speed Test

Best D/L: 66.2 MbpsAvg D/L: 44.0 Mbps
Best U/L: 63.4 MbpsAvg U/L: 37.8 Mbps
Best Ping: 24 msAvg Ping: 103 ms

HideMyAss has a massive number of VPN servers and locations, we know that. But, what good is a huge network if it’s not backed up by decent performance.


Invisible Browsing VPN Speed Test

Best D/L: 79.9 MbpsAvg D/L: 63.0 Mbps
Best U/L: 65.5 MbpsAvg U/L: 26.7 Mbps
Best Ping: 3 msAvg Ping: 100 ms

ibVPN is not the largest VPN provider around by an means. But, despite their size and presumably limited resources, their speed test numbers do impress.


NordVPN Speed Test

Best D/L: 91.4 MbpsAvg D/L: 69.1 Mbps
Best U/L: 51.4 MbpsAvg U/L: 48.6 Mbps
Best Ping: 13 msAvg Ping: 98 ms

Like many other VPN providers, NordVPN also claims amazing server speeds. And, from as big of a provider as they are, I would not expect anything less.


Private Internet Access Speed Test

Best D/L: 72.8 MbpsAvg D/L: 51.9 Mbps
Best U/L: 68.2 MbpsAvg U/L: 50.7 Mbps
Best Ping: 28 msAvg Ping: 99 ms

PIA’s speed test results definitely took me by surprise. In a good way. It just goes to show you should never make assumptions and instead, actually try things out.


ProtonVPN Speed Test

Best D/L: 86.1 MbpsAvg D/L: 67.2 Mbps
Best U/L: 58.7 MbpsAvg U/L: 45.1 Mbps
Best Ping: 20 msAvg Ping: 87 ms

Despite being a privacy and security centric provider, ProtonVPN’s speeds impress. They’re a great example of how to pull of performance and safety at the same time.


PureVPN Speed Test

Best D/L: 112.6 MbpsAvg D/L: 93.6 Mbps
Best U/L: 46.7 MbpsAvg U/L: 37.8 Mbps
Best Ping: 21 msAvg Ping: 92 ms

After recent major upgrades to their network, PureVPN is now one of the fastest providers in the market. Only a handful of others can better their numbers.


Surfshark Speed Test

Best D/L: 86.8 MbpsAvg D/L: 64.3 Mbps
Best U/L: 76.4 MbpsAvg U/L: 30.5 Mbps
Best Ping: 3 msAvg Ping: 83 ms

Surfshark came out of the gate swinging with very impressive speed test results. We’re talking speeds some much more established VPNs don’t come close to.


TunnelBear Speed Test

Best D/L: 66.3 MbpsAvg D/L: 51.7 Mbps
Best U/L: 14.4 MbpsAvg U/L: 10.7 Mbps
Best Ping: 23 msAvg Ping: 91 ms

TunnelBear’s server speeds didn’t always have the best reputation. And, while there has been some improvement, they’re still not as fast as many competitors.


VyprVPN Speed Test

Best D/L: 58.3 MbpsAvg D/L: 47.1 Mbps
Best U/L: 48.3 MbpsAvg U/L: 35.1 Mbps
Best Ping: 29 msAvg Ping: 101 ms

There can only be one fastest VPN service, and unfortunately for VyprVPN, my speed tests says it’s not them. But, not being number one doesn’t automatically make you bad.


ZenMate Speed Test

Best D/L: 81.7 MbpsAvg D/L: 56.8 Mbps
Best U/L: 63.6 MbpsAvg U/L: 53.3 Mbps
Best Ping: 26 msAvg Ping: 97 ms

Not only are ZenMate’s speed test results rather decent. They also deliver a level of performance consistency across most locations that is hard to come by.