Life is made of choices. Some are easy and immediately provide the expected results, while others are much harder and require proper thinking and evaluation of all possible outcomes. The latter is more commonly applied when people are purchasing a certain product as money is precious and can’t be just thrown away without thought. But everything becomes worse if there’s another similar product, as is the case with ZenMate and Windscribe. These are two VPN providers that have more than enough arguments to convince privacy enthusiasts to subscribe, including an extensive device support, good connection speeds and attractive prices. But in the end a choice must be made: which of them will it be?
|Countries||US, UK, FR, RO, DE, NL, SG...||US, UK, CA, HK, FR, DE, LU, NL...|
|# Connected Devices||5||1/ Unlimited|
|Languages||EN,DE, ES, RU, TR, KR||EN|
|Extra Services||Browser add-ons|
|1 Month Plan||$8.99/mo||$9/mo|
|3 Months Plan||n/a|
|6 Months Plan||$7.49/mo ($44.99)|
|1 Year Plan||$4.99/mo ($59.99)||$7.5/mo ($90)|
|Free Trial||7 days||Unlimited|
|Money-Back Guarantee||30 days||3|
Some VPN companies prioritize speed and security, while others make the best effort to deliver a product compatible with a handful of devices. Germany’s ZenMate does all this, and even provides some additional features too. One of these is ZenMate’s auto-reconnect tool EverSecure, which works best when used with the kill switch to almost make the VPN work on its own. The handy browser extensions provide more features, too – more than even the desktop and mobile clients, actually – such as tracking and malware blocking or the ZenMate Identity Shield.
The VPN network is a mixed bag, however. Speeds are above average in most of the 30 worldwide locations, but it’s hard to enjoy a consistent experience. This means that it’s impossible to predict a reliable connection even on the closest servers, not to mention that the service might have DNS leaks when using Smart Locations, a premium feature for browser extensions.
The company’s annual plan costs $59.99 and is the most popular option. But Best Reviews readers get an exclusive 15-month plan for the same price as the standard annual package, meaning three months of free service service or a cheaper monthly fee, depending on the perspective. In addition to this the refund time is doubled to 30 days for a full month of risk-free service and there’s also a forever free limited plan on top of a seven-day free trial.
Windscribe is one of the most recent VPNs on the market, and a good example on how quickly to build a great reputation. There are few arguments to complain about with this Canadian provider as it features great device support for computers, mobile devices, routers, and a long list of compatible browser extensions. All the apps are identical, though those browser extensions also boasts an ad-blocker, the ability to generate a secure link and two of the biggest highlights of Windscribe with Cruise Control and Double Hop. The first automatically choses the best connection available depending on the user’s location, while the second allows them to create a proxy connection via the VPN through to a second server.
Windscribe’s VPN network is composed of 100 cities in 52 countries including some very unusual ones. Overall the speeds are good on most of the servers, though due to the strong security measures – AES-256 encryption and a 4096-bit RSA key – some of these connections can provide results slightly below expectations.
Windscribe offers a free version with some restrictions to P2P support, bandwidth levels and the number of countries available, but can be used without charge forever. To remove these limitations costs $4.08 per month with the best plan, which is billed once a year at $49.
ZenMate and Windscribe share many aspects, including a relatively large server network and support for multiple devices. Likewise, both feature neat browser extensions that add more features to an already extensive set, including some intended to increase privacy and security or provide an overall better VPN experience.
But after putting the two side by side it’s impossible not to consider Windscribe to be the favorite. Even considering that both provide a forever free version the annual subscription of Windscribe is cheaper, though it’s worth pointing out that Best Reviews readers can save money with the exclusive 15-month plan of ZenMate and pay less per month for a longer duration. The VPN network of the Canadian company also comes out on top, as not only are there almost twice as many countries but the consistency of their connections is better than ZenMate’s too.
However, different people have different needs and preferences, and in that sense there’s every reason that ZenMate should remain a valid choice for many customers. If you really still can’t decide, try reading our complete reviews of both solutions to find every last detail that may be crucial in making the right decision in the end.