Surfshark vs ExpressVPN (2020) | Tests and Features

Surfshark vs ExpressVPN
Surfshark VPN vs ExpressVPN

The fight between the two VPN clients is always interesting. Surfshark is fairly a new VPN client, and it comes with as many features as you would expect on experienced VPN clients. ExpressVPN, on the other hand, is overall a great VPN tool. The blog post explores both and covers: Surfshark vs ExpressVPN (2020).


Chrome (extension)
Firefox (extension)
FireTV, AppleTV, and other smart TVs
Kindle Fire
Chrome (extension)
Firefox (extension)
FireTV, Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, and other smart TVs
Nintendo Switch

Other than above, both offer the router level VPN connection, while ExpressVPN also provides the manual setup for Roku and Nvidia Shield. Overall, Express VPN supports more platforms than Surfshark.

Winner: ExpressVPN | Score: Surfshark: 0 and ExpressVPN: 1

Locations and servers

Server Comparison of Surfshark and ExpressVPN
Server Comparison of Surfshark and ExpressVPN

Starting with Surfshark, the VPN comes with over 1700 servers in over 63 countries. The server list on their website shows all the nations, servers, and features. The fabulous thing is that the VPN offers IPSec/IKEv2 and P2P optimised servers in all the supported countries. It provides the MultiHop feature, which connects to a different location first and then to the desired location, increasing privacy and security.

ExpressVPN, on the contrary, runs over 3000 servers in 160 locations (not cities) in 94 countries. The full list of the server shows all the locations and which server supports what. ExpressVPN servers compared are more, but many of the servers lack some of the features such as IPSec, IKEv2, P2P, and PPTP.

Winner: Surfshark | Score: Surfshark: 1 and ExpressVPN: 1

Related: ProtonVPN vs ExpressVPN – Honest Comparison (2020)

Location test

The location test is the most basic test, and even the free VPNs will be able to pass. The primary concern is the encryption level. Thank god, both use 256-bit encryption level to ensure that your data alongside your location is different than the actual. Anyway, the test compares the locations of four different servers. Take a look at the results.

Atlanta, US
Frankfurt, Germany
Sydney, Australia

Both changed the device’s location to the location of the connected server.

Winner: Tie| Score: Surfshark: 2 and ExpressVPN:2

Speed test

Speed Test - Surfshark vs ExpressVPN
Speed Test – Surfshark vs ExpressVPN

Although depending on the user’s location, one can perform better than the other, so the test was taken after connecting to the servers in the same city. Compared to the actual download speed, both did compromise the speed, as the server was a bit far from the location, Surfshark showed the positive results in terms of the download speed, while ExpressVPN was faster regarding the upload. Overall, the download speed is more important, but we will tie this round just to be fair.

Winner: Tie | Score: Surfshark: 3 and ExpressVPN: 3

DNS leak test

DNS Leak Test - Surfshark and ExpressVPN
DNS Leak Test – Surfshark and ExpressVPN

What is DNS leak? While using a VPN, DNS leak shows if there is a leak in the traffic travelling from your computer to the VPN server. If a DNS leak happens, hackers and other sources can track your data.

While connecting to a server in Canada, Surfshark successfully passed the test, but ExpressVPN showed two servers with two different IP Addresses. Should you be concerned about that? I don’t believe so, because both servers were from ExpressVPN.

Winner: Tie | Score: Surfshark: 4 and ExpressVPN: 3

P2P test

P2P also called Peer-to-Peer, is a protocol which involves torrenting. Torrenting is one of the primary reasons people use a VPN. As we have already discussed that Surfshark VPN’s all servers support P2P and ExpressVPN offers many P2P optimised servers. But, to test the speed and responsiveness of both, the test downloads a video from a website to see how fast both can download.

Video infoSurfsharkExpressVPN
2014 movie with 9/23 peersMax speed: About 2400 kbps
Downloaded: Yes
Max speed: 1800 kbps
Downloaded: Yes
2019 film with 24/52 peersMax speed: About 2900 kbps
Downloaded: Yes
Max speed: About 2600 kbps
Downloaded: Yes

The only issue while connecting to a P2P friendly server with ExpressVPN is that you need to filter in the app so that the app can only connect to the recommended server.

Winner: Surfshark | Score: Surfshark: 5 and ExpressVPN: 3

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


This round of Surfshark vs ExpressVPN covers the other features which don’t come in the significant rounds.


  • Unlimited devices per account
  • Private DNS on all the servers
  • Offers Whitelister feature
  • Allows watching other nations’ Netflix
  • Uses AES-256-GCM encryption


  • Allows watching US Netflix
  • Uses AES-256 encryption


  • Log free service
  • 30 days money-back guarantee

Winner: Surfshark | Score: Surfshark: 6 and ExpressVPN: 3

Which one should you choose?

Well, looking at the overall comparison, there is no doubt that you should try Surfshark. The service is cheaper 👇 on the 2-year plan, and it offers more features than ExpressVPN. Regarding the score, Surfshark leads by 2 points.

Final choice -> Surfshark VPN


Overall, if you look at the pricing, Surfshark is cost-effective.

Month: $11.95

Annual: $71.88 (50% off | $5.99/m)

2-year plan: $47.76 (81% off | $1.99/m)

Month: $12.95

6-month plan: $59.95 ($9.9/m)

Annual: $99.95 ( 35% off | $8.32/m)




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