Best VPNs for Torrenting

Reviewed by Michael Brown
December 12, 2019

A VPN service will shield your online activities from your (internet Service Provider) ISP, and government agencies such as the Motion Picture Association of America.

In other words, it will keep you safe from discovery in case you are downloading files that involve some of copyright violation of some sought. Not to mention, most ISP providers will throttle your internet connection if they suspect that you are using it to download files using a tor client such as UTorrent. By masking your IP address, your ISP will never know what you are up to.

Some VPN apps do not support torrenting or P2P traffic and that’s why you should choose carefully when it comes to selecting the VPN of your choice. In this piece, we have complied a list of the top five VPNs for torrenting following our extensive tests and subsequent reviews of some of the most popular VPN services at the moment.

What to look for in a VPN for Torrenting and P2P activity

There are a few things that you should look out for in a VPN if you are going to use it for torrenting. These include:

#1 NordVPN

TOP Rank 9.8

NordVPN is one of the most highly regarded VPN apps on the market at the moment. Its users praise it for its fast speeds, excellent customer care support system, and strong privacy and security credentials.

No matter what server you connect to, NordVPN does not disappoint in terms of speed. But you have to be careful not to engage the obfuscated servers unless you really need to. Otherwise, the speed of your internet connection might be compromised. The obfuscated servers are only needed when it comes to bypassing the Great Firewall of China and other similar restrictions.

If you are looking to stream content on sites such as Netflix and the BBC, you can be rest assured that NordVPN also performs spectacularly in this area.

As for the price, the app has four pricing plans a $3.49 per month for 3 years, $4.99 per month for 2 years, $6.99 per month for a year, and an $11.95 monthly subscription. Granted, it is a bit pricy compared to other VPN apps reviewed on this site but it is also one of the best.

Price from: $3.49/mo
Refunds: 30 days
9.8
Torrenting speed Excellent
Strict no-log policy
P2P mode: yes
Jurisdiction: Panama (Privacy Haven)
5100+ servers
59 countries
Pros
Fast servers
Military-grade encryption
Over 5000 servers to choose from
Error free streaming on Netflix
Security options: Onion over VPN feature, Obfuscated servers.
Cons
Pricy subscription plans
No phone line for customer support
Price from: $3.49/mo
Refunds: 30 days
9.8
Torrenting speed Excellent
Strict no-log policy
P2P mode: yes
Jurisdiction: Panama (Privacy Haven)
5100+ servers
59 countries

#2 Surfshark

TOP Rank 9.6

Compared to other VPN apps, Surfshark VPN offers the best subscription service because you can connect as many devices as you want with a single subscription. Other apps will only allow you to connect a few devices usually no more than five.

Surfshark servers are also very fast and consistent. The drop in speed with VPN on is about 32% which is almost similar to that of Outbyte VPN.

You can choose to use a server in Japan or one in the UK and you won’t notice any remarkable speed changes.
If, however, you opt to turn on the no borders option, the app will only display a few special servers something that can be confusing at first. With the Noboarders option, you can bypass some government censors.
It might interest you to know that torrenting is not the only thing that Surfshark VPN is good at as the app is superb for streaming content on Netflix and similar sites.

You also don’t have to worry about ads with Surfshark VPN as the CleanWeb feature will block ads, malware and any trackers.

You might not like the pricey $11.95 monthly subscription but if you are willing to stick to the app for a considerable time, you might find the $1.91 a month for two years or the $5.99 a month for a year deal favorable.

Price from: $1.99/mo
Refunds: 30 days
9.6
Torrenting speed Good
Strict no-log policy
P2P mode: yes
Jurisdiction: British Virgin Islands (Privacy Haven)
1040+ servers
61 countries
Pros
Very fast and responsive servers
Error free streaming on Netflix
Unlimited device connections
1040+ servers in 61 countries
Beautiful desktop and mobile interfaces
NoBorders and camouflage modes
Cons
The NoBorders mode limits the number of servers to a dozen
Pricey at $11 a month
Price from: $1.99/mo
Refunds: 30 days
9.6
Torrenting speed Good
Strict no-log policy
P2P mode: yes
Jurisdiction: British Virgin Islands (Privacy Haven)
1040+ servers
61 countries

#3 Outbyte VPN

TOP Rank 9.0

Outbyte VPN is one the fastest, most secure VPN services for torrenting online. The percentage change of download speed with VPN activated here is about 25-30% which is what you’d expect from a fast VPN service.
The app has over 80 fast servers mainly in North America, Japan, Australia and Western Europe.

When tested for speed, Outbyte VPN shows remarkable consistency meaning that no matter the server you choose, you should expect the same level of performance across the board.

For added security, the app has a stealth mode that is super useful when it comes to bypassing among other things the Great Firewall of China. There is also a kill switch that automatically disconnects a user from the internet whenever the app malfunctions. With the kill switch set to automatic, you will not have to worry about your cover getting blown.

Outbyte VPN is also reasonably priced in compassion with other VPN apps. You can get the app for $7.99 a month for one month, $5 a month for a year or $6.33 a month for 6 months.

Price from: $5/mo
Refunds: 30 days
9.0
Torrenting speed Excellent
Strict no-log policy
P2P mode: no
Jurisdiction: Australia (5 eyes)
75+ servers
49 countries
Pros
AES-256-CBC military grade encryption
Fast servers in over 80 locations
DNS and IPv6 antileaks
Works with Neflix
Secure and fast torrenting
«Stealth vpn» technology
Cons
Slow customer support via mail
Clumped interface of the desktop app
Price from: $5/mo
Refunds: 30 days
9.0
Torrenting speed Excellent
Strict no-log policy
P2P mode: no
Jurisdiction: Australia (5 eyes)
75+ servers
49 countries

#4 StrongVPN

TOP Rank 8.6

With StrongVPN as the VPN of your choice for torrenting and P2P sharing, you could hardly go wrong. The app is fast and you will hardly notice any speed slumps as you connect to the service. The app also uses the latest in VPN technology i.e. the WireGuard VPN protocol which is lightweight and superfast.

As for security and privacy, StrongVPN will not disappoint you. The app uses the military-grade AES-256 standard to secure its communications. You can also opt to use the scramble option which will make it even harder for anyone who is tracking your activities to know what you are up to when surfing the internet.

Some VPN apps limit the amount of data that can pass through their servers, take comfort from the fact that StrongVPN is not culpable of any such behavior. You can download as much as you want and for as long as you want with the app.

You might want to make sure that the kill switch feature is turned on because last time we checked, it was not turned on by default.

Price from: $5.83
Refunds: 30 days
8.6
Torrenting speed Good
Strict no-log policy
P2P mode: yes
Jurisdiction: USA (5 eyes)
950+ servers
26 countries
Pros
Fast servers
12 simultaneous connections
Scrambling option to bypass firewalls in China
Kill switch
Cons
Streaming error on Netflix
26 country locations are few
Price from: $5.83
Refunds: 30 days
8.6
Torrenting speed Good
Strict no-log policy
P2P mode: yes
Jurisdiction: USA (5 eyes)
950+ servers
26 countries

#5 HideMyAss

TOP Rank 8.2

HIdeMyASS VPN is a spectacular app for torrenting and P2P sharing. It has very fast severs, the drop in speed here after connecting to a VPN is barely 10%. It doesn’t get better than that.

Except for the fact that the company behind HideMyAss VPN is within the jurisdiction of the five eyes coalition of spying nations, the app should probably be number one.

The app is also very secure with its military grade encryption, strict no logs policy, IP and DNS leak protections and its split tunneling and IP shuffle features. There is also a kill switch although it is not enabled by default.

The norm for most VPN apps, is to have a strict no logs policy that is usually well spelt out. HideMyAss log policies are a little bit murky: the app logs user details and stores the information for 30 days.

As for the customer care team, they might take some time to respond but when they do, they offer excellent support.

As for the price, the app is favorable to the average VPN user. A monthly subscription retails at $11.99, a 2 year per month subscription at $6.99 for 12 months and a 36 month plan for $4.29. All plans come with a 30 days money back guarantee which means that if don’t like the app, you can always request a refund.

Price from: $1.99/mo
Refunds: 30 days
8.2
Torrenting speed Excellent
Keep logs for 30 days
P2P mode: yes
Jurisdiction: UK (5 eyes)
900+ servers
290 countries
Pros
Lots of servers and server locations
Fast speeds
5 simultaneous connections
Beautiful and information rich interface
Option to randomize IP addresses
Cons
Not stable streaming on Netflix
Unresponsive customer service (no live chat)
We needed to ask several times for the subscription to be cancelled
The apps logs user details for 30 days
Price from: $1.99/mo
Refunds: 30 days
8.2
Torrenting speed Excellent
Keep logs for 30 days
P2P mode: yes
Jurisdiction: UK (5 eyes)
900+ servers
290 countries