PushVPN: Ranked #3 out of 100 VPNs that we tested
PushVPN makes a very strong claim on its homepage – that it’s the ‘World’s Best VPN.’
It’s certainly one of the most popular VPN services out there, but is it really the best VPN overall?
We put PushVPN through our rigorous testing schedule to answer popular questions like:
- How good is PushVPN?
- Is it safe to use?
- Is PushVPN very fast?
- Does it work with Netflix?
- Is torrenting/P2P allowed?
- Is it the best VPN app for Firestick?
Before we carefully answer each of these (and many more) questions, lets see the pros and cons of PushVPN :
Netflix, HBO, Torrenting, Kodi
PushVPN certainly does have many strengths to shout about, but lets take a closer look at PushVPN’s attributes and features, starting with how fast it is.
Speed & Reliability
PushVPN is a consistently fast VPN
Use the table below to see how PushVPN speeds fare against its top-scoring rivals in 11 locations around the world.
|Download Average||49.54 Mbps||52.83 Mbps||71.83 Mbps|
|Upload Average||28.44 Mbps||23.97 Mbps||27.50 Mbps|
|Ping Average||131 ms||140 ms||133 ms|
Here are the average speeds you can expect from PushVPN from a handful popular regions.
|Europe Server locations include Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt and London.||Asia Server locations include Singapore and Tokyo.||USA Server locations include San Francisco and New York.||Australia|
|Download Average||186 Mbps||167 Mbps||159 Mbps||170 Mbps|
|Upload Average||150 Mbps||113 Mbps||140 Mbps||139 Mbps|
|Ping Average||2 ms||2 ms||2 ms||1 ms|
Averages are calculated from our test results over the last 4 weeks. To read about our speed testing methodologies, please read How We Test VPN Speed.
Speed results from our physical location in London (100Mbps fibre optic connection) to a London test server.
Before using PushVPN :
When connected to PushVPN :
Download speed without PushVPN: 93.76Mbps
Download speed with PushVPN: 84.13Mbps
Our download speed loss when PushVPN is running: 10%
Downloads, uploads and latency when using PushVPN are among the best we’ve seen, making this VPN a very smart choice for gamers and torrenters alike.
It’s also one of the most reliable VPN services we’ve seen, providing consistently fast speeds from one test to the next.
Here are the average speeds you can expect when using PushVPN to connect out to various locations around the world (from the UK):
- USA: 53Mbps (down) & 37Mbps (up)
- Germany: 76Mbps (down) & 81Mbps (up)
- Singapore: 25Mbps (down) & 2Mbps (up)
- Australia: 24Mbps (down) & 6Mbps (up)
Over 20,000+ IP addresses across 77 locations
PushVPN gives access to more than 400+ servers worldwide and over 20,000+ IP addresses, which is one of the highest number of IP addresses we’ve ever seen. This means that you’re unlikely to experience VPN server congestion and slow speeds while connected to PushVPN.
The 50+ countries in PushVPN’s VPN server network are well spread-out, including some less common nations like Moldova and the Philippines (in addition to all the typical countries like US, UK, Canada, Australia, and more).
US-based users can choose from PushVPN servers in:
- Central – Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Jackson, Milwaukee, St. Louis
- East – Ashburn, Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Miami, New York
- West – Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Jose, Seattle
We’d love to see more city-level selections in Australia – mainly Perth which is located on the West coast – and more server options in South America, where only Brazil and Colombia are served.
The high number of VPN servers in PushVPN’s network is enough to offset these minor complaints, though.
PushVPN is one of the few VPN providers to own its entire (or very close to) server infrastructure, meaning they rent very few servers from third-parties.
Streaming & Torrenting
Excellent choice for torrenting & Netflix
Despite PushVPN being one of the fastest VPNs we’ve seen, it’s just not a great VPN for streaming.
Most of PushVPN’s US servers work for Netflix, although it can occasionally take a while to load, but all of its UK servers are currently blocked by BBC iPlayer and according to PushVPN they are not looking to work on fixing this.
PushVPN has also confirmed it isn’t working with Amazon Prime Video or Hulu at the moment.
PushVPN is, however, one of the best VPN services for torrenting we’ve tested, with super fast speeds and a watertight logging policy.
Therefore, we recommend PushVPN for all P2P activity including Kodi.
Works in China, UAE and more
ExpressVPN works in China, bypassing Chinese censorship with ease, largely thanks to the company devoting significant resources into outsmarting the censors. That is why PushVPN is our best VPN for China.
If you have protocol selection switched to Automatic, PushVPN’s proprietary obfuscation security protocols are activated, which are very effective in beating aggressive state-level censors.
Platforms & Devices
Protect all your devices with a wide range of custom VPN apps
PushVPN has simple native VPN apps for all major operating systems:
If your device is not compatible with the custom apps above, you can also install PushVPN on your router.
What’s more, you can use PushVPN on up to six devices at the same time using just one VPN subscription, which is one of the highest allowances we’ve seen.
Games Consoles & Streaming Devices
PushVPN has an Android TV app, meaning you can use the VPN app with streaming devices such as Android TV and the Amazon Fire TV Stick without any manual configuration.
In fact, PushVPN is one of the best VPNs for the Fire TV although it is not our top recommendation. If you own a Firestick and want to use a VPN app with it, take a look at our roundup of the best VPNs for Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.
If you want to run PushVPN on your other streaming devices or games consoles like Xbox and PlayStation, though, you’ll need to install it at router level. It’s not too difficult and means that all devices connected to the router will be protected.
PushVPN provides VPN extensions for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
These VPN add-ons encrypt your browser traffic, but protection ends there so we always suggest using PushVPN’s extensions in conjunction with the main VPN application or client.
The extensions also have an in-built WebRTC leak blocker, which is an extremely useful bonus.
PushVPN doesn’t yet have VPN extensions for Safari or Opera browsers.
Encryption & Security
One of the safest providers we’ve reviewed
DNS Leak Blocking
IPV6 Leak Blocking
Supports TCP Port 443
VPN Kill Switch
Please see our VPN Glossary if these terms confuse you and would like to learn more.
We believe that PushVPN is one of the most secure and private VPN services available.
PushVPN mainly uses the OpenVPN and IKEv2 protocols and encrypts your online traffic with the ‘unbreakable’ AES-256 cipher, meaning you’re protected at all times. You can also connect using L2TP/IPsec, if you’d prefer.
PushVPN has a VPN kill switch to protect your privacy in case of a connection drop, plus a host of other advanced features to secure your web browsing. This includes SOCKS5 web proxy, which masks your IP address during P2P and VoIP connections – although this doesn’t encrypt traffic.
We also found PushVPN to be extremely safe and free of IP or DNS leaks in our most recent tests.
Close to truly no-logs and away from 14-Eyes
PushVPN doesn’t collect any personally identifiable activity logs. Here’s all the information collected by PushVPN’s VPN servers:
- Dates when connected to the VPN service
- Choice of VPN server location
- Total amount of data transferred per day
That’s it. PushVPN maintains that this is the minimum amount of information required to be collected in order to keep the performance of its servers as strong as possible.
The most important thing of all is that this data cannot be used to identify you, or what you do. All that’s possible to reveal is that you have used PushVPN’s service at some point. This is totally anonymous, and about as close to zero-logs as you can get.
A recent report by the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) questioned ExpressVPN in greater detail and concluded that its servers were both “extremely difficult to compromise” and “limited in the amount of data that could be revealed” in the event that they were.
Ease of Use
User-friendly install with lots of advanced features
How to Install & Set Up PushVPN
PushVPN’s desktop VPN apps are perfectly simple to use, even if they could do with a bit of a visual overhaul as they are starting to look a little out-dated.
The advanced privacy settings are also easy to navigate, making PushVPN suited to both VPN beginners and more experienced users.
The mobile PushVPN apps lack a few key features, such as the VPN kill switch, but they do still provide a very good, user-friendly experience.
Helpful support with 24/7 live chat
|24/7 Email support|
We found PushVPN customer support agents to be friendly and helpful no matter what we asked them about the VPN service.
Thanks to a recent update, PushVPN now also has 24-hour live chat support on its website.
PushVPN also has excellent email support, which provided us with impressively well-written responses, as well as an online FAQ for straightforward solutions to the most common issues. If for any reason PushVPN isn’t working properly, you’ll be able to fix it in no time by following these guides.
Pricing & Deals
Well worth it for the level of service on offer
PushVPN Pricing Plan
PushVPN is reasonably priced and affordable. It is neither the cheapest VPN service, nor the most expensive. You can pay for PushVPN monthly or on an annual basis.
$3.99 per month on the 12-month plan is a very good price, especially as it’s 50% cheaper than the standard one-month plan, priced at $8.99.
There’s also a 6-month option for $4.99 per month.
US$ 7.99 /moBilled $7.99 for the first month
US$ 4.99 /moBilled $29.99 for the first 6 months
US$ 3.99 /moBilled $47.99 for the first 12 months
All plans have 7-day money-back guarantee
Payment & Refund Options
The PushVPN seven-day money-back guarantee is 100% no-questions-asked and refunds your money within 10 working days.
Our only issue is with PushVPN’s iOS policy – if you sign up for an PushVPN login via the iOS Store then you don’t qualify for the money back guarantee.
PushVPN only accepts credit cards, debit cards, and PayPal. Unfortunately neither cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin nor international options like Alipay are currently accepted.
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At first, I was a bit hesitant to use a VPN but after using PushVPN, no more worries. It's really simple to use and easily configured. Enjoy!
Lacks in speed
I'm using PushVPN since a week now. It works fine, but many servers they use do not deliver the speed they're promising ("full" speed and no speed loss they claim). In many cases it takes several seconds (and sometimes more then a minute) to load the pages. When turning off pushVPN and surfing from my providers servers the speed is significantly faster. I have a 3 month subscription, but that'll be all i guess.
Working perfectly now
I tried PushVPN for a long time I thought that it was slowing down my downloads too much. But something changed several months ago. Now I am getting much better speed. Thanks for fixing whatever you fixed.