Hotspot Shield VPN Review 2022

Wanna see the performance options of Hotspot Shield? Here we provide you with the answers to the following questions

  • How quick IPVanish download and upload speed?
  • What’s about ping?
  • How well does it work on streaming platforms, i.e. Netflix?
  • How good is it for torrenting?
  • Are there differences in these options for different regions?

Our tests include connection tests, speed tests (download speed, upload speed test, ping), torrenting, streaming. Besides, the review contains information on DNS leaks, routers best for Hotspot, browser extensions, devices and operating systems, TV, prices, and finally – customer support report.

Our key finding about Hotspot Shield

🌍Country of IncorporationUSA
🖥️Number of Countries80+
🖥️Number of Server Locationno information
🖥️Number of Servers3200
💰Price
⤵️Download Speedavg. 16.71
⤴️Upload Speedavg. 18.43
🔒Dedicated IPYes
📱 Multiple Devices5
📺NetflixNo
📥TorrentingYes
💻Operation SystemiOS, Android, Windows, macOS
🌐Browser extensionChrome, Firefox, Edge
🇨🇳 Does it work in ChinaYes
🆓Free TrialYes, full refund within 45 days
👩‍💼Live Chat Support7/24

Servers and Locations

There are 3200 servers in 80+ countries. The company does not present information about servers locations.

Hotspot ShieldIndustry average
Number of Countries8060
Number of Server Locationsno information120
Number of Servers32001000

The number of servers is essentially more than the industry average. As far as there is no information about server locations, it is very difficult to predict decreasing or increasing download and upload speed. But from the other hand, lack of such information means that Hotspot Shield pays much attention to security.

Speed Tests

Any VPN decreases download and upload speeds. So, we compare the test data with speed without VPN usage.

We tested Hotpoint Shields for the Americas (both – North and South), Europe, and the Asia Pacific. This section uncovers test data on download, upload, and ping speeds. The upload and download speeds are measured in Mbps, and ping – in ms.

Download speed

Totally we tested 85 downloads with different countries worldwide. In particular, 15 downloads for the Americas, 40 downloads for Europe, and 30 downloads for the Asia Pacific.

Header LabelAmericasEuropeAsia Pacific
Number of tested countries154030
Failed tests (number of countries)02 (Bulgaria, Estonia)0
Average Download speed7.874 Mbps12.544 Mbps26.42 Mbps
Min Download speed4.21 Mbps (Uruguay)0.78 Mbps (Switzerland)2.41 Mbps (Kazakstan)
Max Download speed18.26 Mbps (Ecuador)114.33 Mbps (Ukraine)105.41 Mbps (Bangladesh)
No VPN128.49 Mbps128.49 Mbps128.49 Mbps

The average speed for the Americas was 7.874 Mbps, for Europe – 112.544 Mbps, and for Asia Pacific – 26.72 Mbps. There was significant variation in these data across countries. In particular, the minimal download speed for the Americas was 4.21 Mbps (Uruguay), for Europe – 0.78 Mbps (Switzerland), and for the Asia Pacific – 2.41 Mbps (Kazakstan). The maximum download speed for the Americas was 18.26 Mbps (Uruguay), for Europe – 114.33 Mbps (Ukraine), and for the Asia Pacific – 105.41 Mbps (Bangladesh).

The quickest connection in the world was 114.33 Mbps (Ukraine). The average download speed for all tested countries was 16.71 Mbps.

Hotpoint Shield Download speed

Header LabelCountryDownload
SlowestSwitzerland, Europa0.78 Mbps
Quickest Ukraine, Europa114.33 Mbps
Average (all countries)20.76 Mbps
No VPN Connected128.49 Mbps

Hotpoint Shield Download speed compares to no VPN (for regions)*.

Header LabelHotpoint ShieldNo VPN avgDifference
Quickest114.33 Mbps
Slowest0.78 Mbps
Average (all countries)16.71 Mbps

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

Upload Speed

Usually the upload speed is less than the download speed. And for streemers this option is crusial.

Totally we tested 85 downloads with different countries worldwide. In particular, 15 downloads for the Americas, 40 downloads for Europe, and 30 downloads for the Asia Pacific.

Header LabelAmericasEuropeAsia Pacific
Number of tested countries152630
Failed tests (number of countries)02 (Bulgaria, Estonia)0
Average Upload speed15.806 Mbps15.65 Mbps23.25 Mbps
Min Upload speed11.49 Mbps (Brazil)3.51 Mbps (Turkey)5.5 Mbps (Malaysia)
Max Upload speed20.64 Mbps (USA)18.7 Mbps (Italy)37.77 Mbps (Nepal)
No VPN31.24 Mbps31.24 Mbps31.24 Mbps

The average upload speed for the Americas was 15.806 Mbps, for Europe – 15.65 Mbps, and for Asia Pacific – 23.25 Mbps. There was no upload speed less than 11.49 Mbps in the Americas. The minimal upload speed for the Americas was 11.49 (Brazil), for Europe – 3.51 Mbps (Turkey), and for the Asia Pacific – 5.5 Mbps (Malaysia). The maximum upload speed in the world was 37.77 Mbps (Nepal, Asia) – bigger than no VPN usage upload speed.

Hotpoint Shield Upload speed

Header LabelCountryDownload
QuickestNepal, Asia37.77 Mbps
SlowestTurkey, Asia Pacific3.51 Mbps
Average (all countries)18.43 Mbps
No VPN Connected31.24Mbps

Hotpoint Shield Upload speed compares to average (for regions)*

Header LabelBetternetNo VPN avgDifference
Quickest37.77 Mbps
Slowest3.51 Mbps
Average (all countries)18.43 Mbps

*Note: We’ve tested, reviewed, and ranked many top VPNs and selected the top ten that are worth your purchase. To do this, we carefully studied their features, market reputation, feedback, and prices. The figures below depict test data in the context of regions and countries.

Ping time out

Ping is the number of milliseconds your server or your device needs to complete one data exchange cycle.

Hotspot Shield ping speed, ms

Header LabelAmericasEuropeAsia Pacific
Quickest200
(USA)
198
(Italy)
34
(Taiwan)
Slowest358
(Uruguay)
263
(Armenia)
380
(South Africa)
Average212.494212.494212.494
No VPN connection222222

Hotspot Shield ping speed compared to other VPNs

Header labelCountryPing
QuickestTaiwan34 ms
SlowestSouth Africa380 ms
AverageAll countries212.494 ms
No VPN connectionAll countries22

Hotspot Shield ping speed compared to the industry average

Header LabelHotspot ShieldOther VPN avgDifference
Quickest34 ms
(Taiwan)
65.83 ms-93%
Slowest380 ms
(South Africa)
65.83 ms+477%
Overall212.494 ms65.83 ms+223%

Hotspot Shield outperforms the other VPNs in ping speed by the quickest of 212.494 ms.

DNS Leak Test

If a DNS leaks, your DNS (Domain Name System) requests are sent outside of the encrypted VPN tunnel. Your device continues to use your ISP’s DNS server.

No VPN connectedVPN connected (Hotspot Shield)DNS leak test
172.217.42.3
(Taipei, Taiwan)
199.87.208.6
(Parker, United States)
Good
74.125.179.131
(Taipei, Taiwan)
74.125.41.2
(Hong Kong)
74.125.41.67
(Taipei, Taiwan)
74.125.41.71
(Taipei, Taiwan)

Our DNS leak test was successful with Hotspot Shield. NO DNS leaks were detected.

Streaming

Unfortunately, Hotspot Shield does not work anywhere (in particular, it does not work in the USA, Japan, and South Korea). 

Netflix

We were not able to unblock the library. This way, the libraries in the Americas (USA), Europe (UK), Asia Pacific (Japan and South Korea) were not unblocked – so our attempts here were not successful.

Hotspot Shield does not work with Netflix.

Torrenting

Here we present the results of our tests on BitTorrent and uTorrent.

Hotspot Shield is supported by all major operating systems, including Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and Linux. 

You can even install the Hotspot Shield app directly on your router!

Besides, Hotspot pays attention to torrents and has the section “Torrenting Anonymously and Safely” on its Help page.

BitTorrent with Hotspot Shield

Here we present data for BitTorrent. To test Hotspot Shield’s torrenting performance, we used Hotspot Shield to download the movie of 3.5 GB. Here we observed the download speed of 263.4 kB/s with only 0.673 seeders. So, the 3.5 GB file was completed within 4h 9 min. It’s a disappointing result.

Header LabelFile sizeSeedersDownload SpeedTime
Hotspot Shield3.5 GB0.219263.4kB/s4h 9 min
Other VPNs1.85 GB0.8782.1 Mbps11 min

uTorrent with Hotspot Shield

To provide the close conditions, we downloaded the file of the same size for 3h 46 min. There were 0.545 seeders, and we observed a download speed of 294.1 kb/s.

uTorrent with Hotspot Shield

File sizeSeedersDownload SpeedTime
3.5 GB0.545294.1 kb/s3h 46min

uTorrent with other VPNs

Header LabelFile sizeSeedersDownload SpeedTime
Hotspot Shield3.5 GB0.545294.1 kb/s3h 46min
Other VPNs1.85 GB0.2192.1 Mbps22 min

Router

Hotspot Shield Router App

Hotspot Shield has no native apps for routers. But routers can be configured manually on selected devices. They are:

The VPN supports the following types of routers:

  • Asus (Asuswrt) router;
  • Asus (Merlin) router;
  • DD-WRT router;
  • FreshTomato router;
  • GL.iNet router;

Besides Hotspot Shield presents an installation guide for each type of router.

Netgeat RoutersLinksys RoutersAsus Routers
Netgear R6700Lynksys WRT 3200 ACMRT-AC 53000
Netgear Nighthawk R7000Linksys AC3200 MU-MIMOAsus Merlin
Netgear Nighthawk AX4Linksys WRT32XAsuswrt

Best Router for Hotspot Shield

The best routers for Hotspot Shield are:

  • Netgeat R6700 – Best Router with Hotspot Shield for medium apartment/ 1-5 Devices;
  • Lynksys WRT 3200 ACM – Best Router with Hotspot Shield for large apartment and/or medium sized homes / 4-9 devices;
  • Asus RT-AC 53000 – Best Router with Hotspot Shield for large homes and small business / 10+ devices.

You can download the configuration site if you live in Australia, Canada, Germany, the UK, Japan, New Zealand, and the USA.

Hotspot Shield Installed Router List

There are no routers with Hotspot Shield preinstalled.

Router Manually setup

Hotspot Shield may be configurator through your browser.

From January 26, 2022, Hotspot Shield is compatible with Linksys, Netgear, TP-link, D-link.

Browser extension

Hotspot Shield maintains extensions for Chrome and Firefox.

Devices and Operating Systems

Hotspot Shield makes its VPN app available in these devices and operating systems including:

  • Windows: Windows 10, 8, 7, XP and Vista;
  • Android: Oreo, Marshmallow, Nougat, Jelly Bean, Kitkat;
  • iOS: iPhone X, 8, 7;
  • Mac: High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite;
  • Linux: Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian and Fedora.

TV

Hotspot Shield is compatible with the following smart TVs:

Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, HBO, BBC iPlayer;

NOT: Amazon Prime Video.

Price

Hotspot Shield offers 3 different subscription plans.

  • basic –  free;
  • premium – $7.99 per month;
  • premium family – $11.99 per month (5 devices), which is $2.39 per 1 device;
PlanHotspot ShieldIndustry AvgDifference
1 monthUS$7.99US$9.00-12%
1 month (family)US$2.39US$8.00-70%

Hotspot Shield price is less than the industry avg. But there are a lot of disadvantages (like no Netflix).

Discount

Hotspot Shield offers a 40% off the regular yearly price! No other website has a lower offer for Hotspot Shield.

Free Trial

Hotspot Shield offers a free basic version at this time.

Customer support

And some words on customer support. Hotspot Shield provides 365/24/7 customer support. The maximum time of our waiting was 7 seconds and the reply speed.

Header labelHotspot ShieldIndustry AVGDifference
Connect to an agency7 second10 second30% Quicker
Reply speed9 second15 second40% Quicker
Quality of the answerGreatGood

Conclusion

In general, service speeds are inconsistent. Online reviews are very mixed. Many services don’t work.

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