Hotspot Shield vs OpenVPN Comparison

Should you choose Hotspot Shield or OpenVPN? Which one is better? Our experts tested them both to find out the winner.

Hotspot Shield Test Results

Speed⭐ 8.0 / 10
Servers⭐ 7.6 / 10
Ease of Use⭐ 7.8 / 10
Reliability & Support⭐ 7.6 / 10
Pricing⭐ 7.0 / 10

OpenVPN Test Results

Speed⭐ 6.0 / 10
Servers⭐ 5.0 / 10
Ease of Use⭐ 9.0 / 10
Reliability & Support⭐ 5.0 / 10
Pricing⭐ 10 / 10

Hotspot Shield Basic info

Founded date2005
Kill switch
Does VPN keep logs?Yes
Number of devices per license5
Money Back Guarantee30 days guaranteed
Platformswindows, mac, android, ios
LocationsAustralia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States
Email[email protected]

OpenVPN Basic info

Based in countryUnited States
Founded date2002
Kill switch
Does VPN keep logs?No
Number of devices per license1
Email[email protected]

Hotspot Shield Speed

VPNHotspot Shield
Download speed reduction40% (UK)
Upload speed reduction38% (FRA)
Ping time to Google.com107ms
Average time to connect (seconds)12
Unblock successful forBBC iPlayer, Netflix, Youtube

OpenVPN Speed

Download speed reduction79% (UK)
Upload speed reduction55% (FRA)
Ping time to Google.com381ms
Average time to connect (seconds)20
Unblock successful forYoutube

Hotspot Shield Reliability & Support

VPNHotspot Shield
Email response time9 hours
24/7 support
Live chat
Refund policy
Native English

OpenVPN Reliability & Support

24/7 support
Live chat
Refund policy
Native English