Want to browse privately using a VPN without signing up for an expensive plan? Here’s a list of the best low-cost and free VPN providers.
It goes without saying that, in the VPN world, you generally get what you pay for. VPNs that are free or inexpensive lack advanced features. Their performance is also usually not as good as that of more costly options. And some of them don’t have especially good privacy polices.
But if you only need basic privacy guarantees, and if you don’t use a VPN all the time, the following companies are good choices as free or low-cost VPNs.
Best Free VPN
(There is also a paid version of HotSpot Shield called HotSpot Shield Elite, which costs about $2.50/month. It has better performance than the free version and no data cap, but we don’t think it’s as good a value overall as the VPNs listed below.)
Best Low-Price VPNs
If you’re willing to pay a little bit for a VPN but don’t want to break the bank, these are good options:
- NordVPN: Pricing starts at $4/month. Performance varies depending on which server you connect to but it’s generally quite fast. The company has a no-logs policy. For a price this low, you get a lot of bang for your buck. (See our complete NordVPN review here.)
- Privatoria: With prices as low as $1.90/month, Privatoria is one of the most affordable paid VPN companies. Performance is not excellent, but it’s better than a free VPN, and there is no data cap. Privatoria is definitely a great option if you want a more reliable VPN than a free service but still want to keep cost to a minimum. (See our complete Privatoria VPN review here.)