hide.me Review 2022

Here we present the review on hide.me and answer the following questions:

  • How quick are VPN download and upload speeds?
  • How well does it work on Netflix?
  • How good is it for torrenting?
  • Are there differences in these options for different regions?

Here we present the results of tests on this VPN operation for different devices, OSs, browser extensions; and finally we contact the customer support.

Our key finding about hide.me

🌍Country of IncorporationMalaysia
🖥️Number of Countries48
🖥️Number of Server Location48
🖥️Number of Servers1800
💰PriceUSD 9.99
⤵️Download Speedavg. 28.85 Mbps
⤴️Upload Speedavg. 18.31 Mbps
🔒Dedicated IPYes
📱 Multiple Devices5
📺NetflixNo
📥TorrentingYes
💻Operation SystemAndroid, iOS, macOS, Linux, Win
🌐Browser extensionChrome, Mozilla, Edge
🇨🇳 Does it work in ChinaNo
🆓Free TrialYes, 30 days of money back
👩‍💼Live Chat Supporte-mail only

Servers and Locations

During the latest update, hide.me has greatly upgraded its VPN service and became one of the premium mid-level VPNs. Its server network now offers more than 1,800 servers in 46 countries. Hide Me does not keep any logs and therefore cannot provide any additional information.

Header Labelhide.meIndustry average
Number of Countries4660
Number of Server Locations46120
Number of Servers18001000

All indicators exceed the industry average ones, therefore potentially this VPN works better than the averaged VPN.

Speed Tests

We observed rather scattered data and no obvious trends. Besides, we managed to get only 20% data for countries.

Download Speed

Here we present the results of our download tests. We managed to obtain data for only 4 countries from 47 for the Americas, 26 from 54 countries for Europe, and 16 from 125 countries for the Asia Pacific.

Header LabelAmericasEuropeAsia Pacific
Number of tested countries42616
Number of countries without test data4328109
Average Download speed33.41 Mbps18.05 Mbps45.26 Mbps
Min Download speed2.94 Mbps (Brazil) 0.8 Mbps
(Turkey)
2.21 Mbps (Australia)
Max Download speed54.87 Mbps
(USA)
90.7 Mbps
(Luxemburg)
74.33 Mbps (Vietnam)
No VPN117.47 Mbps117.47 Mbps117.47 Mbps

The average speeds were as follows: 33.41 Mbps for the Americas, 18.05 Mbps for Europe, and 45.26 Mbps for the Asia Pacific.

The min/max speeds were as follows: 2.94 (Brazil)/ 54.87 (USA) Mbps for the Americas, 0.8 (Turkey)/90.7 (Luxemburg) for Europe, and 2.21 (Australia) /74.33 (Vietnam) for the Asia Pacific.

hide.me Download speed compares to no VPN (for regions)*

Header Labelhide.meNo VPN avgDifference
Quickest74.33 Mbps117.47Mbps1.58 times more
Slowest0.8 Mbps117.47 Mbps14.34 times less
Average (all countries)28.85 Mbps117.47 Mbps4.07 times less

*Note: We’ve tested, reviewed, and ranked dozens of top VPNs and selected the top ten that are worth your money. To do this, we carefully studied their features, market reputation, feedback, and prices.

Upload Speed

Here we present the results of our download tests. We managed to obtain data for only 4 countries from 47 for the Americas, 26 from 54 countries for Europe, and 16 from 125 countries for the Asia Pacific.

Header LabelAmericasEuropeAsia Pacific
Number of tested countries42616
Number of countries without test data4328109
Average Upload speed14.4 Mbps18.83 Mbps18.43 Mbps
Min Upload speed0.28 Mbps (Brazil) 7.76 Mbps
(Norway)
4.11 Mbps (Egypt)
Max Upload speed19.71 Mbps
(Mexico)
21.92Mbps
(Slovakia)
23.28 Mbps (Australia)
No VPN24 Mbps24 Mbps24 Mbps

The average speeds were as follows: 14.4 Mbps for the Americas, 18.83 Mbps for Europe, and 18.43 Mbps for the Asia Pacific.

The min/max speeds were as follows: 0.28 (Brazil)/ 19.71 (USA) Mbps for the Americas, 7.76 (Norway)/21.92 (Slovakia) for Europe, and 4.11 (Egypt) /23.28 (Australia) for the Asia Pacific.

hide.me Upload speed compares to no VPN (for regions)*

Header Labelhide.meNo VPN avgDifference
Quickest23.28 Mbps24 Mbps1.03 times more
Slowest0.28 Mbps24 Mbps85.71 times less
Average (all countries)18.31 Mbps24 Mbps1.31 times less

*Note: We’ve tested, reviewed, and ranked dozens of top VPNs and selected the top ten that are worth your money. To do this, we carefully studied their features, market reputation, feedback, and prices.

Ping out Speed

This is also directly related to the remoteness of the server: the farther it is physically, the greater the delay. Experienced users know that the lower the ping, the better. This indicator is measured in milliseconds (ms) and indicates the time during which one computer or server receives information from another device.

hide.me ping speed, ms

Header LabelAmericasEuropeAsia Pacific
Quickest220 (Canada)193 (Belgium)78 (Japan)
Slowest339 (Brazil)236 (Hungary)320 (Morocco)
Average269.75217.07184.05
No VPN connection161616

hide.me ping speed compared to other VPNs

Header labelCountryPing
QuickestJapan78 ms
SlowestBrazil339 ms
Overall210.3 ms
No VPN connectionAll countries16

hide.me ping speed compared to the industry average

Header Labelhide.meOther VPN avgDifference
Quickest78 (Japan)65.83 ms1.18 times less
Slowest339 (Brazil)65.83 ms5.15 times more
Overall227.3165.83 ms3.45 times more

hide.me is an outsider because the average ping exceeds the other VPNs 3.45 times.

DNS Leak Test

Our DNS leak test was successful with hide.me. NO DNS leaks were detected.

No VPN connectedVPN connectedDNS leak test
172.253.237.3
 (Central, Hong Kong)
195.206.104.214
 (Los Angeles, United States)
Good
172.253.6.1
 (Hong Kong)
172.253.6.2
 (Hong Kong)
173.194.93.11
 (Taipei, Taiwan)
74.125.186.198
 (Taipei, Taiwan)
 
74.125.186.202
(Taipei, Taiwan)

What is DNS Leak?

Checking for DNS leaks – if DNS queries are leaked, then the ISP or DNS server owners can see the user’s browsing history, the websites visited by the user, and all the applications that the user has used. DNS leak testing allows you to evaluate the reliability of a VPN.

Streaming

We carried out our test to check how this VPN works for streaming Unfortunately, we did not manage to unblock Netflix.

Netflix

Header labelLibraryStreaming buffer Streaming quality
Americas
United StatesNO
Europe
United KingdomNO
Asia Pacific
JapanNO
South KoreaNO

Torrenting

When downloading a movie using a torrent, you download it from the computers of other users who downloaded it to the computer earlier. At the same time, you also become a distributor — i.e. if another user decides to download the same file using a torrent, then he can get some parts, including from your computer.

BitTorrent with hide.me

To test this VPN, we completed a file of 3.5 GB. We considered the number of seeders, speed, and time. The table below presents the test results.

BitTorrent with hide.me

Header LabelFile sizeSeedersDownload SpeedTime
hide.me3.5 GB0.383489.1 kBps2 h 28 min
Other VPNs1.85 GB0.8782.1 Mbps11 min

The observed speed essentially exceeded the industry average. It took 2 h 28 min via app.22 min (6.7 times more) to download this file.

uTorrent with hide.me

To test this VPN, we completed a file of 3.5 GB. This file has the same size to provide equal conditions. We considered the same options (the number of seeders, speed, and time). The table below presents the test results.

uTorrent with hide.me

Header LabelFile sizeSeedersDownload SpeedTime
hide.me3.5 GB0.379561.9 kBps2 h 3 min
Other VPNs1.85 GB0.2192.1 Mbps22 min

The observed speed essentially exceeded the industry average. It took 2 h 3 min via app.44 min (2.8 times more) to download this file.

Routers

Best routers for VPNSecurity

  • Asus RT-ACRH13;
  • TP Link AC1300;
  • Netgear AC 1750;
  • Linksys WRT54GL.

This VPN is compliable with AsusWRT-Merlin, DD-WRT, OpenWrt, and
Tomato routers.

Browser extensions

There are browser extensions for Chrome, Edge, and Mozilla Firefox.

TV

This VPN is compatible with the Amazon Fire smart TV.

Devices and Operating Systems

The following OS can be used with this VPN:

  • macOS;
  • Windows;
  • Linux;
  • iOs;
  • Android.

Price

This VPN proposes four subscription plans:

  • 1 month – EUR 9.99;
  • 12 months – EUR 79.95, which is EUR 6.66 per month;
  • 24+2 months – EUR 99.99, which is EUR 3.84 per month.
Planhide.meIndustry AvgDifference
1 monthEUR 9.99USD 9.00+30%
12 monthsEUR 6.66USD 8.00
24+2 monthsEUR 3.84

The monthly price is more than the industry avg of 30%, so this VPN is worth purchasing for 1+ months. Hide Me.

Discount

There are discounts for each plan.

Free Trial

There is a free version.

Customer support

hide.me provides only email support. It means no chat, messages, calls, etc. Unfortunately, even this support was bad.

Header labelhide.meIndustry AVGDifference
Connect to an agencyemail only10 second
Reply speedemail only 15 second
Quality of the answerbadGreat

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