So you’ve decided that you need a vpn service. You’ve done your research and reduced your list of possible candidates down to a select group. But you’re still not 100% sure which one to go with. One method to help you decide is to consider a vpn service provider that offers a Free Trial or a Money Back Guarantee. That way you can trial their vpn service (for a limited time) and compare speed/functionality/security/etc against their competitors. You’re then in a good position to make an informed buying decision on your next vpn purchase.
But not all offers are created equal! Below is our ranking of reputable vpn service providers that offer a money back guarantee:
|Free Trial||Money Back Guarantee|
|1||NordVPN||Yes – 3 days||Yes – 30 days||visit NordVPN|
|2||ExpressVPN||No||Yes – 30 days||visit ExpressVPN|
|3||IPVanish||No||Yes – 7 days||visit: IPVanish|
|4||TunnelBear||Yes – 500 Mb||No||visit: TunnelBear|
|5||VyprVPN||Yes – 3 days||No||visit VyperVPN|
|6||Buffered||No||Yes – 30 days *||visit: Buffered|
|7||HideMyAss||No||Yes – 30 days *||visit: HideMyAss|
NordVPN is our clear #1 choice because it offers both a 3 Day Free Trial … as well as a fully functional 30 Day Money Back Guarantee. We confirmed both of this with their Customer Support online chat feature just today:
Below is a copy from the NordVPN website which clearly explains how it works:
“What is your money back policy? – We have a 30-day money back guarantee policy for accounts in good standing. If you would like to test our service before you purchase it, you can always sign up for a free 3-day trial. Users who purchased our services through Apple App Store or Google Play Store cannot be refunded.
Do you offer a free trial? – Yes, we do offer a 3-day free trial. For 3 days surf the web in full security and privacy. No credit card required, no questions asked. Simply enter your email address and get started with your free NordVPN trial.”
ExpressVPN is our #2 choice. They do not currently offer a Free Trial. They do however, offer a fully functional 30 Day Money Back Guarantee. Below is a copy fro the ExpressVPN website which clearly explains how it works:
“ExpressVPN is confident you will enjoy the world’s fastest and most reliable VPN. If for any reason you’re unhappy with your experience, you have a full 30 days to get reimbursed on any ExpressVPN plan you choose. Just get in touch with the ExpressVPN support team.
Your payment method will still be charged at time of purchase, but with the option to get a full refund within 30 days, the ExpressVPN guarantee is 100% risk-free.
Most “free trial” programs offer a demo version of the product with limited functionality for only one device. This guarantee lets you use the full-featured version of ExpressVPN for all your devices, with unlimited bandwidth, 24/7 customer support, and 145 secure VPN server locations to choose from.
Your payment method will still be charged at time of purchase, but with the option to get a full refund within 30 days, the ExpressVPN guarantee is 100% risk-free.”
IPVanish offers a 7-day Money Back Guarantee on their vpn service. (They also do offer a Free Trial in certain circumstances – please see below). Below is text from the IPVanish website which outlines their Money Back Guarantee policy:
“We offer a 7-day money back guarantee to all new customers who choose to cancel before the end of the 7th day of their subscription and who have used a refundable payment method. When you cancel from the website, the refund is automatically processed. All eligible refunds should be processed within 10 business days.
Disclaimer: iOS customers who sign up in the iOS app receive a free trial and do not qualify for the 7-day money back guarantee. Customers who sign up using a non-refundable payment method will not qualify. Please see our Terms of Service for further details.”visit: IPVanish
TunnelBear offers a (limited) Free Trial. They do not currently offer a Money Back Guarantee. Below is copy from the TunnelBear website stating what their policy is:
“Free users start off with 500MB per month. Your data will renew monthly on the same day you last signed in or signed up. Data that is not used in the previous month does not roll over to the next month. You can see how much data you’ve used within the TunnelBear application, or when you log into your account.”visit: TunnelBear
VyprVPN offers a fully functional 3 Day Free Trial. They do not currently offer a Money Back Guarantee. Below is text from their website explaining their terms and conditions on this:
“Free Trial – From time to time, we may offer trials of Golden Frog services for a specified period of time without requiring a payment (a “Free Trial”). We reserve the right, in our absolute discretion, to determine your eligibility for a Free Trial, and to withdraw or to modify a Free Trial at any time without prior notice and with no liability.
For a Free Trial, we’ll require you to provide your payment details in order to start the Free Trial. At the end of the Free Trial, we will automatically start to charge you for the subscribed Golden Frog service on a recurring monthly or annual basis depending on your subscription type. By providing your payment details in conjunction with the Free Trial, you agree to this charge. If you decide that you do not want to become a paying user of the Golden Frog service, prior to the end of the Free Trial period you must terminate the service using our online Control Panel located at http://www.goldenfrog.com/.”
Below is confirmation from their support staff on this topic. It is important to note that you WILL need to provide payment details in order to take advantage of their 3 Day Free Trial offer.
Buffered does not offer a Free Trial. They do offer a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee, which whilst it is fully functional, it does have some limitations on usage. Below is text from the Buffered website which outlines their terms and conditions in this regard:
“Buffered doesn’t offer a free trial. However, we make sure every one of our users can enjoy Buffered to its fullest, and we offer a 30-day money-back guarantee too.
To get a full refund, make sure you make the request within the first 30 days of use, and that your usage doesn’t exceed:
- 100 sessions
- 10 GB of bandwidth
- 10 hours of sessions during this period”
HideMyAss do not offer a Free Trial. They do offer a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee, which whilst it is fully functional, it does have some limitations on usage. Below is text from the HideMyAss website which outlines their terms and conditions in this regard:
“If you would like to apply for a refund, please make sure that you have read our refund policy. To cancel further renewals, please read: How can I cancel my subscription? We have a 30-day money back guarantee policy and all new orders are covered with it. You are entitled to a full refund if the following apply:
- it is the first order made on your account (e.g. renewals do not qualify);
- you claim your refund within 30 days of your order date;
- you have used less than 10GB of bandwidth (data transfer – total of upload and download activity through the VPN);
- you have not exceeded 100 sessions (the number of times you have connected to our service);
- you fill out the form I want to request a refund
If you have exceeded the 10GB bandwidth limit but your original order is for more than one month, we may charge you based on your usage and issue a partial refund to you. Such partial refunds are made at our sole discretion. Please be aware that HMA! doesn’t offer refunds for subscriptions purchased from our authorized resellers (e.g. BitMyAss, StackCommerce) or giftcards (PayGarden); these purchases are regulated by their terms of service and refund policies.”visit: HideMyAss