Easy to use VPNs

Reviewed by Jayden Andrews
December 12, 2019

According to an industry study, 90% of users will stop using an app because of poor performance. And those users will most likely look for an alternative app with a better performance. This is true for VPNs.

As much as possible, VPN users want an app that is simple, easy to use, quick to navigate, and loads fast. If the VPN client looks or works complicated, the users might have a hard time locating the menu and maximizing the features the VPN service has to offer.

So, one of the important factors to consider when selecting a VPN is its usability. Does the interface look good? Is it easy to use? Are the features easily accessible? These are some of the questions we asked ourselves when coming up with this guide for easy to use VPNs.

Factors come to play when looking for the best VPNs for Netflix.

#1 CyberGhost

TOP Rank 9.4

CyberGhost is great to use for streaming, browsing, and other ordinary online activities because of its fast connection speed. With an average speed drop of 8.47%, it is second only to NordVPN’s 5.83% average speed drop. However, CyberGhost performs really slow when used for torrenting, with an 83.52% torrent speed drop. In terms of usability, CyberGhost scored a perfect 5 in our UX and design tests.

Security is also one of the strongest suits of CyberGhost. With its AES-256 encryption standards and IKEv2, L2TP, and OpenVPN protocols, users can go about their online activities with peace of mind. Its wide network of more than 4 800 servers located in 58 countries ensures that users have a lot of servers to choose from.

CyberGhost is compatible with most major platforms, including Chrome, Firefox, Amazon FireStick, and Android TV. You can connect up to seven devices using different platforms simultaneously using one CyberGhost account. If you get the 1-year subscription plan, you only have to pay $2.75 per month for the VPN service.

Price from: $2.75/mo
Refunds: 45 days
9.4
Design and UX: 5/5
Connection speed Excellent
Simultaneous connections: 7
Encryption: AES-256
4 800+ servers
Pros
AES-256-CBC military grade encryption
Over 4000 servers to choose from
Fully optimized for watching Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Hulu, + Disney.
7 Simultaneous connection on all plans
Available on multiple platforms i.e. Android, Windows, MacOS, TV, router, and browser add-ons
Cons
Poor customer service
Streaming error on Netflix
The payment system was problematic
The app takes too long to connect
Price from: $2.75/mo
Refunds: 45 days
9.4
Design and UX: 5/5
Connection speed Excellent
Simultaneous connections: 7
Encryption: AES-256
4 800+ servers

#2 NordVPN

TOP Rank 9.8

When it comes to speed and usability, NordVPN is one of the best VPN options out there. It performs exceptionally well, even if the server is located thousands of miles away from the user. With a 5.83% average drop in speed, using NordVPN feels like you’re not using a VPN at all. In fact, you’ll see no speed drop when torrenting, which is an amazing feat for a VPN.

In terms of user interface and design, NordVPN scored perfect in our usability tests. The app is simple, easy to use, and fast-loading. You can easily connect to any of NordVPN’s 5100 servers located in 59 countries.

It uses the most secure encryption technology in the industry today, the AES-256 encryption standard. It also uses the modern and fast protocols, OpenVPN and IKEv2 to connect to its servers. Other security features include Double VPN, Obfuscated servers, CyberSec, Kill Switch, and No Log Policy.

NordVPN has an app for Сhrome, Android TV, and Firefox. You can connect up to six devices simultaneously for only $3.49 per month if you get the 3-year plan.

Price from: $3.49/mo
Refunds: 30 days
9.8
Design and UX: 5/5
Connection speed Excellent
Simultaneous connections: 6
Encryption: AES-256
5100+ servers
Pros
Over 5000 super-fast servers to choose from
Military-grade encryption and no-logs policy protect your privacy perfectly
Optimized for torrenting and streaming
Supports up to 6 simultaneous device connections: Desktop, Mobile, Smart TV, etc.
30-day money-back guarantee – get your money back if not satisfied, no questions asked
Cons
Pricy subscription plans
No phone line for customer support
Price from: $3.49/mo
Refunds: 30 days
9.8
Design and UX: 5/5
Connection speed Excellent
Simultaneous connections: 6
Encryption: AES-256
5100+ servers

#3 Surfshark

TOP Rank 9.6

With its fast connection speeds and easy to navigate interface, Surfshark deserves to be on the number two spot. Its average speed drop, 28.67%, is a lot better compared to other “fastest VPNs” out there. And based on our UX and design tests, Surfshark scored a perfect 5. This means that Surfshark has one of the most user-friendly interfaces among VPNs in the market today.

Surfshark offers strong security because it uses the military-grade AES-256 encryption protocol and relies on OpenVPN, IKEv2, and IPSec protocols to create secure connections. It introduced the concept of split-tunneling technology where you can exclude specific apps or websites from using your VPN connection. Other security features include MultiHop, Kill Switch, and NoBorders Mode.

Surfshark has more than 1040 secure servers spread across 61 countries. It has a dedicated app for major platforms, including Chrome, Firefox, Apple TV, and routers. One of the best things about Surfshark is that you can connect an unlimited number of devices using one account, for only $1.91 per month for their two-year plan.

Price from: $1.99/mo
Refunds: 30 days
9.6
Design and UX: 5/5
Connection speed Good
Simultaneous connections: Unlimited
Encryption: AES-256
1040+ servers
Pros
1040+ fast servers across 61 countries
Unlimited device connections
Beautiful desktop and mobile interfaces
Strict no-logs policy
Special security features: 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
Design and UX: 5/5
Connection speed Good
Simultaneous connections: Unlimited
Encryption: AES-256
1040+ servers

#4 IPVanish

TOP Rank 9.2

IP Vanish may not be one of the fastest VPNs out there, but it makes up for its performance in terms of security and usability. Average speed drop tests showed a 49.43% speed drop when using IP Vanish, which is around the industry average. IP Vanish also scored a 4 in our UX and design tests, which means that it is one of the easiest VPNs to work with today.

IP Vanish provides a high level of security for its users by using AES-256 encryption standards and PPTP, IPSec, OpenVPN, and IKEv2 protocols. It has more than 1300 servers located across 75 countries, providing users with a lot of server options.

IP Vanish is available for Chrome, Fire TV, Android TV, and routers, and you can connect up to 10 devices at the same time using a single account. If you get the 12-month plan, you’ll enjoy the benefits of the VPN service for only $3.25 per month.

Price from: $3.25/mo
Refunds: 7 days
9.2
Design and UX: 4/5
Connection speed Bad
Simultaneous connections: 10
Encryption: AES-256
1300+ servers
Pros
Military-grade encryption
Error-free streaming on Netflix
10 simultaneous connections
Outstanding customer care service
Compatibility on multiple platforms
Cons
Seven day money back guarantee
70+ locations to choose from
Price from: $3.25/mo
Refunds: 7 days
9.2
Design and UX: 4/5
Connection speed Bad
Simultaneous connections: 10
Encryption: AES-256
1300+ servers

#5 Private Internet Access

TOP Rank 8.9

The last entry on this list is PrivateInternetAccess. This VPN combines good connection speed and good UX and design to provide users with a smooth VPN experience. PrivateInternetAccess has an average speed drop of 16.15%, which is relatively better compared to other VPNs in the market today. Unfortunately, torrenting speed drop is 41.51%, so you might need to choose another VPN for your torrenting activities.

In terms of usability, PrivateInternetAccess has a score of 4, which means that it is easy to use and the features and settings are readily accessible. When it comes to security, PrivateInternetAccess relies on AES-256, which is the most secure encryption technology in the industry today. It also uses modern protocols, including PPTP, IPSec, and OpenVPN, to connect to its network of 3300+ servers.

PrivateInternetAccess is based in the UK, which is famous for its GDPR law and a member of the 5 Eyes alliance. However, PrivateInternetAccess implements a strict no logging policy so no user data is retained.

You can connect up to 10 devices using one PrivateInternetAccess account on major platforms, such as Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and routers. If you subscribe to the 12-month plan, you’ll enjoy the benefits of PrivateInternetAccess for only $2.91 per month.

Price from: $2.91/mo
Refunds: 7 days
8.9
Design and UX: 4/5
Connection speed Good
Simultaneous connections: 10
Encryption: AES-256
3300+ servers
Pros
Strong security-military-grade encryptions
Lots of servers in prime locations (Western Europe, Japan, Australia...)
Strict no logs policy
10 simultaneous connections
Reasonably priced
Cons
Sticky desktop interface
Streaming error on Netflix
Very few locations (32 countries)
Price from: $2.91/mo
Refunds: 7 days
8.9
Design and UX: 4/5
Connection speed Good
Simultaneous connections: 10
Encryption: AES-256
3300+ servers