Choosing the right VPN for your needs can be a hard task, there are now hundreds of providers from small time to big companies. Some are located in countries like your own and others are considered off-shore. Your intended use can dictate greatly to which provider is most suitable for your needs and choose the wrong VPN provider can not only cause headache but also financial loss. Different providers allow different types of actions to be carried out over their service and taking for example torrent access if you end up signing up with a provider who disallows it completely but you fail to notice this then it could lead to the suspension of your account without refund. If you had signed up for a full year and got cut off within the first few weeks this could be a costly mistake.
Another factor that most people consider is speed. Some poor providers have abysmal speeds to the point it makes the service unusable or troubling at best. When trying to surf basic websites with a poor provider who has slow speeds it is a huge obstacle and something I’ve found myself to be a massive pain. Knowing which provider is going to offer decent speeds and which aren’t is very hard to decipher before you sign up. There are plenty of good reviews on sites like our own but there will even be times when a service has been good for ourselves but slightly slower for you due to the different in location or the connecting networks between you and the VPN.
So the best way to test things for yourself is look for VPN providers that offer trials and then you can see for yourself it that provider is going to be suitable for the purpose you intend to use it for. Unfortunately not all providers offer free trials and more tend to offer money back guarantees. While these are good, some less scrupulous providers will do everything in their power to avoid handing any money back without exploring every avenue first to get out of honouring that guarantee. That said the providers listed on our main page comparison table are all honest and well renowned in the VPN industry so are very unlikely to not grant you a refund without good reason.
So providers who offer free trials include VyprVPN who allow you to trial their VPN services for 3 days without payment. You have to enter your payment details up front but there are no restrictions to the use of the account for the full 3 days (aside from their usual T&C) so it can be used in the same manner as if it was a paid for account, if you’re unhappy or find it isn’t what you expected then you can cancel before the 3 days are up without incurring any charges at all. If you like the account then you have to do nothing more and will be billed after the 3 days.
NordVPN offer both a 3 day trial which can be arranged by contacting their support email address or an automatic 3 hour trial which can be activated by downloading their desktop client and activating the offer from within the software. A nice set of choices to get you started.
VPN.ac offer a trial account but it isn’t a trial in the sense it is without payment. It is a one week test account that will set you back $2 and lasts 7 days. While it isn’t exactly free it is an extremely cheap way to test the service and quite a good service length as a test period, if you don’t like what you see then you’ve only lost the minimal test fee, worth considering if you fancied testing their services.
Like VPN.ac, PureVPN are another provider who although don’t offer a free trial they do offer a trial account which costs $2.5 but runs for a little less than VPN.ac and gives you 3 days, still plenty of time to find out if the service is right for you.
While there aren’t many providers who offer a completely free trial the four given above should be a good starting point and the cheapest or “free-ist” way to test some VPN providers with very little loss to yourself. If you’re still after trialling other providers then take a look through our comparison guide on the front page as most providers offer a money back guarantee within 3, 7 or some even 30 days.