Surfshark’s features and performance put it in a tier with the top VPNs and so far the company ignored the headlines about rampant inflation because the cheapest plan averages out to $2.49/mo or less.
I’ll spare you the cost-of-a-cup-of-coffee comparison (let me know if you find a good one for less than $2.50) and get to the good stuff. Most VPNs limit the number of devices that can be connected at the same time, which can be a problem depending on how many people you’re splitting rent with. But Surfshark rejects that artificial restriction with unlimited simultaneous connections. That alone could make it the right deal for a good number of people.
I found Surfshark performed just a tick lower than its sister VPN (NordVPN, which it merged with this year), but it checks all the boxes you need — it’s secure, fast, and reliable.
SurfShark VPN Specifications
|Price||From $2.49/mo with a 2-year plan|
|Free Trial||7 days, 30-day money-back guarantee|
|Platforms||Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Linux, Amazon FireTV. Android TV|
|DNS leak||No leaks|
|Features||Split tunneling, kill switch, MultiHop connection, ad and tracker blocker|
Surfshark currently has over 3,200 servers in 65+ countries, although a number of these are virtual servers that are clearly identified on the apps. I didn’t notice any difference in performance or speed between the virtual and physical servers.
Unlike many of the top VPNs, Surfshark allows unlimited simultaneous connections, making it a great option for larger households. Regardless of what devices you own, you should be able to run Surkshark VPN, and it works with all of the major platforms, including:
- Android TV
- Amazon FireTV
There are also Surfshark VPN browser extensions available for Chrome, Edge, and Firefox.
If you’re looking for a VPN to use while streaming, Surfshark can fit the bill. I was able to stream Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+ on mobile and desktop. I did have to chat with support to access Hulu through a browser while I was running Surfshark. I ended up having to disconnect from Surfshark, log in to Hulu, and then reconnect to the VPN. Once I was logged in on the browser, I had no issues streaming Hulu while connected to Surfshark VPN.
Surfshark has a kill switch to protect your information if your VPN connection drops. This feature prevents accidental exposure of your activity by cutting off your internet connection if your VPN connection is disrupted. You’ll also be able to use a built-in blocker for ads, trackers, and malware, and a customizable split-tunneling tool to route connections from specific apps or websites through or around your VPN. If you’re an Apple user, the split-tunneling feature isn’t available for macOS or iOS.
Through Surfshark’s MultiHop you can set up your VPN connection through two servers. This will impact your connection speed, but give you an added layer of security. While there is no dedicated IP option, you can access a static IP address on a few dozen servers in six different countries.
Android users have access to GPS override with Surfshark. If you’ve enabled this feature, when you’re connected to the VPN your location will be set to the location of the VPN server. But before you’re relying on this to unlock location-specific features for an app or game, you’ll want to test it out for yourself. I’ve seen several reviews saying this feature is a good option for Pokémon Go players but I wasn’t able to get GPS override to work with the game.
ExpressVPN came in as our top VPN for 2022. If you’re looking for an exceptionally fast and reliable VPN that works on just about any platform or device you could imagine, look no further. This service does come at a cost, the cheapest introductory offer currently averages out to $6.67 a month for the first 15 months, nearly triple the cost of Surfshark.
NordVPN and Surfshark entered into a merger agreement earlier this year but still operate as separate companies. Although Surfshark costs less, if you’re looking for slightly more consistent and reliable performance, then you may want to give NordVPN a test run.
Atlas VPN currently sits at the top of our list of best cheap VPNs, and right now you can get 26 months of the service for only $49.19 an average of $1.89/mo.