Private Internet Access ticks a lot of boxes. It has a huge network of servers, unblocks a variety of streaming services and has good privacy credentials including an audited no-logs policy.
The only snags, and the reason why PIA (as its users fondly call it) doesn’t rank higher on this list, are that speeds aren’t the best and it’s based in the US.
The location isn’t ideal because the US is far from privacy friendly, though the audit certainly adds much reassurance.
When we last tested PIA, some servers offered great speeds, such as 660Mbps from the local Silicon Valley server. But switching to London chopped that speed to only 80Mbps, and we got a miserable 25Mbps when connected to the server in Japan. Those are using WireGuard, and we know rivals do a lot better with the same protocol.
If you pay extra, there’s also the option of a dedicated IP address.
The highlight, though, is that PureVPN has servers in 141 countries, which is more than its rivals. Sure, some are virtual locations (and not physically present in those countries) but they behave as if they were, which is really all you need.
Plus, if you sign up for two years, PIA is one of the cheapest options here, and it lets you connect 10 devices at the same time.