Generally speaking, you pay for what you get when it comes to VPN services. However, it can still be useful to compare VPNs based on price alone. We’ve curated the cheapest VPN providers that still provide great service below.
We have excluded free VPN providers because there simply isn’t a good reason to use them – you might as well not use a VPN altogether. Your data will be compromised and sold to third parties, because the VPN has to monetize off of you somehow to recoup their costs.
Alongside cost, we factored in reliability, connection speed, security, customer support, and other beneficial features. Note that in order to get the best price for these VPN providers, you’ll have to subscribe for the 12-month plan as the providers offer discounts the longer you subscribe.
The good thing is that the VPNs listed offer free trials or money back guarantees. So don’t just take our word, give them a shot yourself before committing.
Best Cheap VPNs
Invisible Browsing VPN (ibVPN) is one of the cheapest reputable VPNs currently and is largely flying under the radar. To be honest, I’d say they’re extremely underrated. Most people probably don’t give them a shot because they equate low prices to mean poor service, but it’s safe to say that ibVPN outperforms many more “premium” providers.
They’re offering a great discount price of only $1.54/month (2-year subscription) for the Holiday season with a 15-day money back guarantee. They also offer SmartDNS subscription plans to unblock Netflix, Hulu, and other geo-restricted streaming sites.
- Free 6-hour trial!
- Rarely any connection drops; 100+ servers from 43 countries worldwide
- Supports Windows, Mac OS, iOS, Android
- OpenVPN extremely fast speeds, close to 10 mbps
- 24/7 Live Chat support
- 256 bit encryption secures your data
- Easy to use client that includes a Kill Switch and auto-reconnect option
- PPTP, L2TP, OpenVPN and SSTP protocols supported
- No logs are kept
- Should be easier to choose between TCP or UDP
- Should be easier to choose which port you’d like to connect to on each server
- More technical live chat support staff. They can sometimes defer tougher technical questions to their email support
LimeVPN is one of the absolute cheapest VPN providers out there right now that doesn’t compromise your data and does the job. Right now they’re actually offering a 50% discount on their already low prices, bringing their monthly cost to just $1.49/month.
They’re a fairly new company headquartered in Hong Kong, so they’re still relatively unknown. But while they’re not a top-notch VPN just yet, they are more than capable for the price they charge.
- Great for torrenting, unlimited P2P on any servers based in Netherlands, Russia, and Singapore.
- Easy setup in less than 10 minutes.
- Good speeds, up to 10 mbps
- Supports Windows, Mac, iOS and Android OS
- Unlimited bandwidth
- 15 different payment options
- Over 6,000 IP addresses available
- Connects up to two devices simultaneously
- 7-day free trial, no questions asked refund policy
- Doesn’t have the best support. Live chat is enabled 24/7, but it can sometimes take a while for someone to get to you. This is likely because they’re a small company and don’t have as many resources as a company like ExpressVPN does.
- Does not support Linux
- Lack of dedicated app for mobile devices
Private Internet Access (PIA) is one of the affordable and widely used VPN providers out there. They have 3200+ servers in 24 countries and are headquartered in the US. They have great security: no logs, a built-in kill switch, and shared IPs. While they aren’t without some faults, like the fact that their iOS app isn’t great and they default to L2TP protocol instead of OpenVPN, at only $3.33/month they’re a very viable VPN option.
- Starts up on boot, only appears in Menu bar
- Fast connection speeds
- Allows five simultaneous connections
- No logs
- Accepts Bitcoin payments
- Has a kill switch option
- PPTP, L2TP and OpenVPN supported
- 7-day money back guarantee
- Lack of transparency around the number of servers in specific locations and number of IP addresses offered. If there are too many users trying to connect to the same servers, there may not be enough IP addresses to serve everyone. If this happens, you’ll be frequently asked by websites to confirm you’re not a robot
- Lackluster performance on common routers. PIA works best on flashed routers that use DD-WRT or Tomato
- Defaults to L2TP instead of OpenVPN (L2TP is generally slower and less secure). OpenVPN requires extra setup time
- iOS app lacks features
ibVPN, LimeVPN, and PIA are our top 3 picks for the best cheap VPNs of 2017. All three get the job done and give more expensive options a run for their money. As always, be sure to give them all a trial run or take advantage of the provider’s money back guarantee period to ensure you get the service you need.