Kicking off our new monthly feature we’re putting various VPN providers to the test to find out exactly which provider has the fastest server. At the start of each month we’ll test a range of VPN providers UK servers as well as handful of other locations which will be published in separate posts dedicated to other country locations.
While there are plenty of good VPN providers and we generally only lists those of good standards, there can sometimes be a disparity between speeds achievable. So if you’re looking for the fastest UK VPN server, this is a great place to start.
Speed can be based on many factors and is not always an indication of a bad provider but can be caused by route, user base currently utilising the server or network issues plus many other factors. While these tests don’t aim to prove or disprove which provider is essentially better, it does allow a somewhat broad view of the variations in speeds attainable per provider at the time of the test we carried out.
As part of the test the same test file was downloaded from a well known British website. Download was made using a download manager opening concurrent connections to achieve the best possible speed. All providers where possible used their own custom software with OpenVPN 256 bit. If unavailable, OpenVPN was used directly with a 256 bit configuration where possible. The UDP protocol was used for all tests and the test was carried out on Friday 3rd October 2014 @ 21:00.
Standard Connection 15.71Mbps
*LiquidVPN uses a server based in Manchester rather than London unlike the majority of the other providers which is physically closer to our location by 190 miles.
As with September 2014, some varied results. LiquidVPN once again came out on top with the fastest UK VPN server although the slight speed advantage could be down to a physically closer located server, regardless a very impressive speed. The top four positions are once again filled by the same providers with the only difference being IPVanish moving up a place to push IVPN further down.
While IVPN had a generally faster speed than the final recorded one it fluctuated more which lead to declines over the full length of the download.
Although there are wide ranges in the speeds achieved it is true that most world internet users still only have maximum connection speeds of the third and second to lowest providers and so this should be taken in to consideration. Those who have ultra fast connection speeds and wish to maximise on those connections may wish to consider the upper most providers although the speeds achievable from outside the UK will vary and depend on many other factors, as such these speed results should be taken as an indication only and not a guarantee of any particular speed.
To compare providers by other factors take a look at our VPN Comparison Guide.