Surfshark vs ProtonVPN | Tests, Features, & Ultimate Winner!

Two new VPN tools, Surfshark and ProtonVPN offer more features than half of the VPN clients out there. But, what if you want to compare those two? What features are the same and what’s missing? The blog post explores Surfshark vs ProtonVPN (2020).


FireTV, AppleTV, and other smart TVs

Apart from that, Surfshark provides the router level VPN connection. Altogether, Surfshark VPN is supported on more platforms than ProtonVPN.

Winner: Surfshark VPN | Score: Surfshark: 1 and ProtonVPN: 0

Locations and servers

In terms of locations and servers, Surfshark gets the win. The tool offers 1700+ servers in 63 countries as of writing this blog post. ProtonVPN contrarily supports around 785 servers in 48 countries. Both offer servers in countries, including the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Finland, and India.

Surfshark provides a server list which shows the cities and the features of each server. Moreover, all the servers support P2P, private DNS, Camouflage Mode, Open VPN, kill switch, and IPSec / IKEv2.

ProtonVPN, on the other hand, also offers the server list, which shows all the servers and load on each server. Like Surfshark VPN, the company uses IPSec / IKEv2 and kill switch technology. One extra feature ProtonVPN offers is Tor over VPN.

Winner: Surfshark VPN | Score: Surfshark: 3 and ProtonVPN: 1

Related: Surfshark VPN vs ExpressVPN | Tests and Features (2020)

Location test

The location test was conducted by connecting both to four servers in different countries. The above video shows both in action after connecting to a server.

LocationSurfshark VPNProtonVPN
Berlin, Germany
Helsinki, Finland
Sydney, Australia

Winner: Tie | Score: Surfshark: 4 and ProtonVPN: 2

Speed test

Speed Test - Surfshark VPN vs ProtonVPN
Speed Test – Surfshark VPN vs ProtonVPN

Regarding speed, it’s a tie. The speed test was taken by connecting to the server in the same city. The screenshot in the middle shows the speed without the VPN. It’s astonishing that both VPN showed better speed than without a VPN. Surfshark VPN download speed was 2 Mbps faster than ProtonVPN, while the results were opposite for the upload speed.

Winner: Tie | Score: Surfshark: 5 and ProtonVPN: 3

DNS leak test

DNS Leak Test - Surfshark VPN and ProtonVPN
DNS Leak Test – Surfshark VPN and ProtonVPN

While using a VPN, DNS leak shows if there is a leak in the traffic flowing from your device to the VPN server. If a DNS leak happens, the sources can track your data. The test was conducted on DNSLeakTest website, and it showed no leaks after connecting to a server in Canada. In the results, as you can see that there is only one IP Address on both sides of the image.

Winner: Tie | Score: Surfshark: 6 and ProtonVPN: 4

P2P test

The protocol is responsible for torrent downloading. Peer-to-Peer (P2P) optimised servers allow torrent downloading. As it has already been discussed above that all the servers, Surfshark offers are P2P friendly, and on the tests, the downloading speed was fast every time.

ProtonVPN website does not give any information on P2P for each server, but it displays that the VPN supports P2P. Anyway, after connecting to a few, the app could download the videos. I believe if not all, then most of the ProtonVPN servers are P2P optimised.

Winner: Tie | Score: Surfshark: 7 and ProtonVPN: 5


The last round in Surfshark vs ProtonVPN explores some of the unique features of both.


  • Both use 256-Bit encryption, which is an advanced encryption level.
  • You get a strict log-free service.
  • Both allow watching other nations’ Netflix.
  • Both offer a multi-region connection. Surfshark calls the feature MultiHop and ProtonVPN calls it Secure Core. Both features connect to a different server first and then to the desired server, increasing privacy and security.
  • You can see the load on each server while connecting.


  • The service supports unlimited devices per account.
  • It offers Whitelister feature alongside the ad-block feature.
  • You get a 30 days money-back guarantee.


  • Tor over VPN is a unique feature.
  • Compared to Surfshark, ProtonVPN connects quickly, and it always connects.
  • The service is Swiss-based, and Switzerland has some of the strict user laws in the world.

Winner: Tie | Score: Surfshark: 8 and ProtonVPN: 6

Related: 8 Best VPNs for Popcorn Time in 2020 – Free and Paid


Surfshark and ProtonVPN Pricing
Surfshark and ProtonVPN Pricing

Seeing the prices, Surfshark is cost-effective, but ProtonVPN offers s free plan to enjoy the medium speed and connect to a few servers in three countries. You can’t download torrent stuff though. The visionary plan of ProtonVPN is expensive because it also offers the ProtonMail Visionary subscription. The prices are as of 20th of April 2020. Check out the full price list on Surfshark and ProtonVPN websites.

Which one should you choose?

Overall, both offer satisfaction. The only thing you will miss on ProtonVPN is the fewer numbers servers, and it is supported on fewer platforms. In Surfshark VPN vs ProtonVPN, most of the rounds were a tie. Surfshark VPN does not offer any trial, which is a bit of the problem, as you would want to test the service before spending any money.

Overall, if you don’t use the VPN for P2P and just want to change your location and encrypt your data, then a free VPN such as ProtonVPN free plan would do the job. Of course, the speed won’t be enough. If you have thought of getting a premium and cost-effective, then Surfshark VPN would be the final choice.

Final Choice:- Surfshark VPN



Surfshark vs ProtonVPN covered the most important features. Thanks for reading. I hope the blog post was helpful. What do you think of both? Which VPN do you use? Please share your views in the comments below so everyone can choose the right VPN client. You can also subscribe to the newsletter ☝ for updates.

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