Mullvad Review 2022

VPN provides reliable protection: everything you send and receive cannot be intercepted and read. There are a lot of VPNs, what’s the best?

Here we present the review on Mullvad VPN and answer the following questions:

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

We provide you with the answers to all these questions in Mullvad Review 2022.

Our key finding about Mullvad

🌍Country of IncorporationSweden
🖥️Number of Countries38
🖥️Number of Server Location68
🖥️Number of Servers784
💰Price$5.00
⤵️Download Speedavg. 70.36 Mbps
⤴️Upload Speedavg. 25.86 Mbps
🔒Dedicated IPYes
📱 Multiple Devices5
📺NetflixNo
📥TorrentingYes
💻Operation SystemWindows, Mac OS, Linux, Android, iOS
🌐Browser extensionChrome, Mozilla
🇨🇳 Does it work in ChinaNo
🆓Free TrialYes, 10 days money back
👩‍💼Live Chat Supporte-mail only

Servers and Locations

Mullvad has a low number of servers – only 784 located in 68 cities of 38 countries.

Header LabelMullvadIndustry average
Number of Countries3860
Number of Server Locations68120
Number of Servers7841000

The number of servers constitutes only 78.4% of the industry average. It potentially can cause not optimal operation of this VPN.

Speed tests

Here we considered two main options – upload and download speeds.

The download speed affects how quickly sites open and files are downloaded from the Internet. The upload speed is used when transferring data from your computer to the Internet (for example, when uploading photos or files to the cloud).

Download speed test

We tested 226 countries worldwide but managed to obtain test results for only 35. It is 15%. There were only 3 tested countries (USA, Canada, Brazil) for the Americas, 25 for Europe, and 7 for the Asia Pacific.

The test results of downloads are presented below.

Header LabelAmericasEuropeAsia Pacific
Number of tested countries3257
Number of countries without test data4429118
Average Download speed79.45 Mbps66.2 Mbps73.89 Mbps
Min Download speed19.24 Mbps (Canada)7.8 Mbps
(Hungary)
15.12 Mbps
(Australia)
Max Download speed120.18 Mbps
(USA)
122.69 Mbps
(Ireland)
118.01 Mbps (New Zeland)
No VPN165.1 Mbps165.1 Mbps165.1 Mbps

We did not observe scattering in the average speeds for different regions. They were 79.75 Mbps for the Americas, 66.20 Mbps for Europe, and 73.89 Mbps for the Asia Pacific. The average speed for all countries was 70.36 Mbps, it does not essentially differ from regional data.

The minimal download speed for the Americas was 19.24 Mbps (Canada), for Europe 7.8 Mbps (Hungary), and for the Asia Pacific 15.12 Mbps (Australia).

The maximum download speed for the Americas was 120.18 Mbps (USA), for Europe 122.69 Mbps (Ireland), and for the Asia Pacific 118.91 Mbps (New Zealand).

Mullvad Download speed compares to no VPN (for regions)*

Header LabelMullvadNo VPN avgDifference
Quickest122.69 Mbps165.1 Mbps1.34 times less
Slowest7.8 Mbps165.1 Mbps21.17 times less
Average (all countries)70.36 Mbps165.1 Mbps2.35 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 test

We tested 226 countries worldwide but managed to obtain test results for only 35. It is 15%. There were only 3 tested countries (USA, Canada, Brazil) for the Americas, 25 for Europe, and 7 for the Asia Pacific.

The test results of uploads are presented below.

Header LabelAmericasEuropeAsia Pacific
Number of tested countries3257
Number of countries without test data4429118
Average Unload speed21.85 Mbps26.13 Mbps26.61 Mbps
Min Upload speed19.29 Mbps (Canada)10.07 Mbps
(Hungary)
2.48 Mbps
(Australia)
Max Upload speed26.04 Mbps
(USA)
39.94 Mbps
(Latvia)
40.57 Mbps (Israel)
No VPN42.26 Mbps42.26 Mbps42.26 Mbps

We did not observe scattering in the average speeds for different regions. They were close, in particular, it was 21.85 Mbps for the Americas, 26.13 Mbps for Europe, and 26.61 Mbps for the Asia Pacific. The average speed for all countries was 25.86 Mbps, it does not essentially differ from regional data.

The minimal upload speed for the Americas was 19.29 Mbps (Canada), for Europe 10.07 Mbps (Hungary), and for the Asia Pacific 2.48 Mbps (Australia).

The maximum upload speed for the Americas was 26.04 Mbps (USA), for Europe 39.94 Mbps (Ireland), and for the Asia Pacific 40.57 Mbps (Israel).

Mullvad Upload speed compares to no VPN (for regions)*

Header LabelMullvadNo VPN avgDifference
Quickest40.57 Mbps42.26 Mbps1.04 times less
Slowest2.48 Mbps42.26 Mbps17.04 times less
Average (all countries)25.86 Mbps42.26 Mbps1.63 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 test

Ping shows the time (in milliseconds) it takes for a special network packet sent from a client to reach the selected server and receive a response back (the shorter this time, the better).

Mullvad ping speed, ms

Header LabelAmericasEuropeAsia Pacific
Quickest170 (USA)22 (Poland)23 (Hong Kong)
Slowest353 (Brazil)260 (Romania)305 (Uzbekistan)
Average256.33209.08144.57
No VPN connection191919

Mullvad ping speed compared to other VPNs

Header labelCountryPing
QuickestPoland22 ms
SlowestBrazil353 ms
OverallAll countries194.25 ms
No VPN connectionAll countries19

Mullvad ping speed compared to the industry average

Header LabelMullvadOther VPN avgDifference
Quickest22 (Poland)65.83 ms3 times less
Slowest353 (Brazil)65.83 ms5.41 times more
Overall194.24 ms65.83 ms2.98 times more

Mullvad is an outsider because the average ping exceeds the other VPNs 3.3 times.

DNS Leak Test

DNS leaks can pose a threat to your online privacy. The sooner you learn about them, the more chances you have to prevent them. A leak is when DNS requests are sent outside of an encrypted VPN tunnel, or when requests are sent to bypass or ignore the VPN server.

No VPN connectedVPN connected DNS leak test
172.217.42.17
(Taipei, Taiwan)
198.54.128.66
(Los Angeles, United States)
Good
172.253.237.5
(Central, Hong Kong)
172.253.5.1
(Hong Kong)

74.125.179.130
(Hong Kong)

74.125.179.132
(Hong Kong)

74.125.179.133
(Hong Kong)

Our DNS leak test was successful with this VPN. NO DNS leaks were detected.

Streaming

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

Netflix

Header label Mullvad– Library Mullvad– Streaming buffer Mullvad – 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.

Here is the way to measure the speed of your internet channel by downloading a large file. Start downloading a large file from the Internet to your computer and measure the time it will take to download this file.

BitTorrent with Mullvad

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 Mullvad

Header LabelFile sizeSeedersDownload SpeedTime
Mullvad3.5 GB0.825750.4 kBps1 h 24 min
Other VPNs1.85 GB0.8782.1 Mbps11 min

The observed speed essentially exceeded the industry average. It took 1 h 24 min via app.22 min ( 3.8 times more) to download this file.

uTorrent with Mullvad

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 Mullvad

Header LabelFile sizeSeedersDownload SpeedTime
Mullvad3.5 GB0.8251.1 MBps40 min 20 s
Other VPNs1.85 GB0.2192.1 Mbps22 min

The observed speed was close to the industry average. It’s a good result.

Routers

Best routers for Mullvad

Asus MerlinDD-WRT routersAsus and TP-Link
RT-AC86U
RT-AC88U
RT-AC55U
RT-AC56U
RT-AC68U

Browser extentions

There are browser extensions for Chrome and, Mozilla Firefox.

TV

This VPN is compatible with the Android TV smart TV.

Devices and Operating Systems

The following OS can be used with this VPN:

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

Price

The price is fixed. It is $5.00 for a month regardless of all the terms of usage.

PlanMullvadIndustry AvgDifference
1 month$ 5.00$9.00-80%
6 months$ 5.00
12 months$ 5.00$8.00-60%

The monthly price is less than the industry avg of 80%.

Discount

There are discounts for each plan.

Free Trial

There is no free trial at this time. But it offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Customer support

Mullvad provides only email support. It means no chat, messages, calls, etc.

Header labelMullvadIndustry AVGDifference
Connect to an agencyemail only10 second
Reply speedemail only 15 second
Quality of the answerGreat

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