Choosing a torrenting client can be overwhelming — there are so many out there, each with its benefits and drawbacks. Even some of the most popular clients aren’t safe bets as they have a history of injecting malware and displaying inappropriate ads.

Testing various programs is the best way to figure out which offers the right mix of features, but that takes a lot of effort. To save you the frustration, I spent some time carefully comparing qBittorrent and uTorrent, two of the most downloaded torrent clients.

To find out which is better, I carefully tested their speed, usability, safety, and features. Let’s compare the two clients in detail so you can determine which one is a better fit for you.

Warning: Even if torrenting is legal in your country, you could get into trouble for accidentally downloading copyrighted material — unless you use a reliable VPN. A VPN protects you from legal trouble by hiding your IP address and allowing you to access files from qBittorrent or uTorrent securely and privately.

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Quick Overview: qBittorrent vs. uTorrent

Of all the BitTorrent clients out there, qBittorrent and uTorrent are among the most popular. While they share lots of settings and similarities, including embedded trackers, DHT, PEX, NAT-PMP, UPnP, LPD, IPv6 protection, and RSS support, they’ve also got their differences.

qBittorrent — Compatible with Windows/Mac/Linux

qBittorrent is a free, open source BitTorrent client with a clean interface and fast speeds. It doesn’t display ads, supports sequential downloading so you can stream while downloading, can automatically add torrents, preloads metadata, and allows you to set several limits to control things like how much bandwidth you use and the hours the client can operate.

uTorrent — Compatible with Windows/Mac/Linux/Android

uTorrent is also free, but it’s proprietary software that’s ad-supported, so you’ll have to deal with banner ads unless you pay to upgrade or use a VPN to hide them. You also don’t have any access to its code to see for yourself that it’s safe. On the plus side, it has a built-in search engine, uses little RAM so you can keep using your computer for other things, supports file prioritization, allows for super-seeding, and has an Android app. There’s also uTorrent Web for torrenting straight from your favorite browser.

qBittorrent uTorrent
Free Yes Yes

(but with limited features)

Fast torrenting speeds Yes Yes
Easy to use Yes Yes
Simplified GUI Yes Yes
Ads No Yes

(upgrade to remove ads or use a VPN)

IP filtering Yes Yes
Port forwarding Yes Yes
Cross-platform Yes

(Windows, Mac, Linux)

Yes

(Windows, Mac, Linux, Android)

CLI Yes Yes
Manage torrents remotely Yes Yes
Supports bandwidth scheduling Yes Yes
RSS (Broadcatching) Yes Yes
Plugin support Yes No
Embedded tracker Yes Yes
Proxy server http, https, SOCKS4, SOCKS5 http, https, SOCKS4, SOCKS5

Speed – qBittorrent Outperforms Every Time

I conducted several tests with video and audio files, and while each client offered similar download times, qBittorrent came out with faster speeds each time.

Your download speeds are determined by your internet connection speed, the number of seeds a torrent has, and any speed limits imposed by the client.

There are also some things you can do to speed up your downloads:

  • Enabling port forwarding improves torrenting performance by allowing you to connect to more seeds. Rather than just connecting with peers that your client finds, you can also connect with peers that find you. Both qBittorrent and uTorrent support port forwarding, so I activated it before starting my speed tests.
  • Some ISPs throttle your speeds, especially when they see that you’re doing high-data activities like torrenting. You can get around this by using a VPN — these programs encrypt your connection so that your ISP can’t see what you’re doing. I use NordVPN because it’s the fastest and safest VPN I’ve tested.

I conducted one of my speed tests by downloading the same 163 MB AVI video file using each client. For context, my internet download speed was 49.5 Mbps, and I ran each program separately so that the apps could have full use of my computer’s resources.

You can see the download on qBittorrent here:

Screenshot of a file download on qBittorrent

With an average download speed of 1.4 MiB/s, qBittorrent downloaded this file faster

There were 3 seeds available at the time of download, and qBittorrent downloaded the file in 1 minute and 53 seconds, with an average download speed of 1.4 MiB/s. Considering how few sources were available, this download completed faster than I expected.

You can see the download on uTorrent here:

Screenshot of a file download on uTorrent

uTorrent’s average download speed of 859.9 kB/s was noticeably slower

There were 4 seeds for a short while at the beginning of the download before one dropped off. Despite this, uTorrent took 3 minutes and 2 seconds to download the same file, with an average download speed of 859.9 kB/s. While this download was also relatively fast, it still took more than a minute longer than qBittorrent.

You can see the download on uTorrent Web here:

Screenshot showing the download progress of a torrent file on uTorrent Web

uTorrent Web doesn’t provide file stats, but it did finish the download in about 2 minutes

uTorrent Web doesn’t provide as many details as its desktop version does, so there’s no way to tell what its average download speed was during my test. However, I watched it, and I saw it reach speeds of up to 1.9 MiB/s, so it definitely was downloading as fast as qBittorrent. The fact that it took a total of 2 minutes and 10 seconds to download the file also supports this. This was faster than I expected, but still not quite as fast as qBittorrent.

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Ease – qBittorrent Wins

When it comes to ease of use, qBittorrent is the clear winner. I ran into a little runaround with its download link, but after that, qBittorrent’s installation process was straightforward, whereas I felt like uTorrent tried to trick me into agreeing to bloatware I didn’t need. I also found that qBittorrent’s interface was much easier to work with.

Downloading qBittorrent and uTorrent

Both clients faced issued with the downloading process, but qBittorrent’s weren’t as severe.

I was a bit surprised to see a rather dated-looking page when I arrived at qBittorrent’s website. However, the page was clean and easy to navigate, with the download link prominently displayed at the top.

Screenshot showing the somewhat outdated appearance of qBittorent's homepage

This page doesn’t look modern, but it’s easy to follow

On the downloads page, you’ll find information about the client’s public key, followed by download links for various operating systems. It’s compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, and a few smaller operating systems like Haiku OS and FreeBSD. I liked that there were also mirror links available; this helps ensure there’s always a valid download link available.

Screenshot highlighting download links on qBittorrent's download page

You’ll have no trouble finding the right download link for your platform

As I’m a Windows user, I clicked the first link, which I thought would automatically download the right version for my computer. Instead, I was taken to another download page where I had to choose my download once again — this was repetitive and unnecessary.

Screenshot showing another page of download links from qBittorrent

It’s frustrating that you have to go through two pages before real download links appear

Hint: If you’re a Windows user and don’t know which version to download, type “about” in the Windows search bar and select “about your PC”. You’ll see your system type displayed with other info about your machine.

I found uTorrent’s website to be much more modern-looking than qBittorrent’s. I was immediately presented with a button to download uTorrent Web, followed by uTorrent Classic.

Screenshot showing the modern look of uTorrent's homepage

I like uTorrent’s modern-looking homepage much better than qBittorrent’s

I clicked uTorrent Classic, and instead of heading to a download page, I had to choose which version I wanted. There were three paid versions offering things from no ads to premium support, but I went with the free, basic version.

Screenshot showing uTorrent's free and paid subscription options

I don’t see enough value in uTorrent’s paid options

As the next page promised that my download would start automatically, I thought it was going to be smooth sailing. However, I ran into a huge problem: The download would not start. I tried several times, but it seems that uTorrent’s server was down. I had to try again the next day to finally download the file. This was an instance where it would have been nice to have access to mirror download links, but uTorrent had none.

On the plus side, uTorrent automatically downloaded the right installation file for my operating system (it’s compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux), so I didn’t have to choose myself.

Installing qBittorrent and uTorrent

qBittorrent is the obvious winner for its streamlined installation process. It took only a couple of minutes, and there were no devious tactics. Utorrent, on the other hand, took longer to install and tried to install bloatware.

Installing qBittorrent was very straightforward. After choosing my installation language, I had the option to choose what components to install. Everything on the list was standard, and I didn’t see anything sneaky that I had to uncheck.

Actually, I found it nice that qBittorrent had already unchecked the two options I would have done myself: creating a desktop icon that will clog up my home screen and starting the program on Windows startup (I prefer to launch these types of programs only when I need them and only when I’m protected by a VPN).

Screenshot showing the components selection section of the qBittorrent installation process

All of these components are exactly what I expected to see

From there, I only needed to choose my install location. The program requires just 137 MB of space and took about 15 seconds to finish the installation process. When it was done, I could click to immediately launch the app.

After uTorrent’s shaky download start, I was hoping for a smoother installation. Unfortunately, the client didn’t come through.

The first screen was a warning about scammers charging for the company’s free torrenting client. I’m not sure how this warning was supposed to help me, as I would have already paid for the free version had I downloaded the client elsewhere.

Screenshot of a warning from uTorrent about scammers selling the free version of the program

This warning would be more helpful on the uTorrent homepage

The next two screens prompted me to agree to uTorrent’s terms and conditions. This was normal and expected, but the next screens weren’t. I was dismayed to see uTorrent trying to sneak in bloatware under the guise of an optional companion.

Screenshot showing Adaware Web Companion bloatware that uTorrent tries to include with installation

It was very disappointed to see bloatware bundled with this installation

As if that wasn’t bad enough, uTorrent then tried to push a new browser on me. Worse, it appeared I only had the option to go back to the previous bloatware screen or accept the browser. I really had to look to find the tiny checkbox to opt out of the new software.

Screenshot showing how to avoid installing Opera browser during uTorrent installation

uTorrent tried to make it more difficult to bypass this installation

At this point, I felt that the installation process had already taken too long, so I was not happy to see further installation options broken up into two screens. Nonetheless, these options were safe, and the installation was finally complete 20 seconds later.

Screenshot showing the last two steps in the uTorrent installation process

Thankfully, the rest of the installation process was straight-forward

Hint: If you’re not in the habit of always having a VPN running, be sure to disable the “start uTorrent when Windows starts up” option during this part of the installation process. This will allow you to start the program only after activating your VPN. If you don’t already have a VPN, I suggest trying NordVPN — it’s safe and affordable, and you can try it risk-free with its money-back guarantee.

Using qBittorrent and uTorrent

Both clients offered clean interfaces and loads of features, but qBittorrent was better because it was ad-free. uTorrent’s GUI was clogged with ads, and it tried to make me pay to remove them.

I was pleased to see that qBittorrent has a lightweight and minimalistic interface. If you’re new to P2P sharing, you’re not going to be overwhelmed by too many buttons or commands.

Screenshot of the qBittorrent interface

I really like how clean and uncluttered qBittorrent’s interface is

At the top of the window, you’ll find a control bar to add, delete, play, pause, and prioritize torrents. On the left side, you can quickly locate and sort torrents using the status, categories, tags, and trackers menu. The center of the screen is where you’ll find your torrents list. When you click one, you’ll see stats populate in the area below it. This is helpful for seeing how large a torrent is, how fast it’s downloading, and how much longer it will take to complete.

I found uTorrent to have a similar clean feel, and it also had a handy control bar and various menus. However, it was hard to ignore that uTorrent also had two large ads at the top and side of the screen.

Screenshot highlighting the ads on uTorrent's interface

It’s hard to miss the large ads on uTorrent’s interface

Aside from being unsightly, ads can be dangerous because hackers can easily inject them with malicious programs that download in the background without your knowledge. While you can disable ads by upgrading to a paid plan, I have a better solution: Use a VPN with an ad blocker. I connected to NordVPN with its CyberSec security suite enabled, and it blocked every ad — I couldn’t even click on them.

Screenshot demonstrating how NordVPN blocked all ads on uTorrent's interface

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In addition to the ads, uTorrent further reminds you that it has paid options with a link nestled into its menu on the left. If you’re wondering whether a paid version is worth it, take a look at what you’ll get:

Ad-Free

  • No ads
  • Less bandwidth usage
  • Premium support

Pro offers the above and:

  • Security against viruses and other malware
  • Play files while they’re downloading

Pro + VPN offers the above and:

  • CyberGhost VPN subscription

Personally, I’d suggest that you stick with the free Basic plan and purchase your own VPN. You won’t enjoy instant streaming, but do you need it if the torrents download in minutes? (Also qBittorrent includes this feature for free; I discuss it in the Features section). And a VPN like NordVPN or ExpressVPN will give you ad blocking and malware protection, plus advanced privacy features.

When it came to adding torrents and monitoring their progress, I found that each client offered a similar experience. Neither was laggy, but I felt that qBittorrent was easier to use since its functions were more prominently displayed and the interface looked cleaner without ads.

In terms of settings, both clients offer plenty. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced with P2P, you’ll find lots of ways to customize the clients to your needs. You can have the clients launch when you start your computer, have updates automatically install, and set bandwidth limits. You’ll find qBittorrent’s full list of settings by clicking Tools > Options (or clicking the cog icon on the control bar), while uTorrent’s can be found by clicking Options > Preferences (or clicking the cog at the far end of the control bar).

Screenshots of the settings menus for qBittorrent and uTorrent

A nice feature you’ll find with qBittorrent that its competitor lacks: email alerts when torrents finish. This is helpful for tracking torrent progress when you’re away from your computer.

One place where uTorrent comes out on top is its inclusion of a tutorial button for torrenting newbies and a link to its forums under the Help menu. Forums are an easy and convenient way to get help and interact with other users. qBittorrent has its own forums, too, but you won’t find a link for them in its client.

Safety – qBittorrent is More Trustworthy Overall

qBittorrent wins again when it comes to security and safety. Both clients have a lot going for them, but in the end, qBittorrent’s lack of ads and open source code offers enormous transparency.

Software license — qBittorrent wins with its open source code

qBittorrent easily comes out in front of uTorrent here — all of its code is open source, so anyone can review it to make sure it only offers what the company promises. This means you don’t have to worry about qBittorrent embedding malware, trackers, or other dangerous code.

uTorrent is proprietary software; this means it doesn’t share its code with the public. The problem with this is that it’s impossible to verify which privacy and security features it uses and whether it’s hiding any malicious code.

Ads — qBittorrent wins because it has no ads

qBittorrent is clearly the superior client when it comes to ads because it doesn’t have any.

As explained earlier, ads aren’t just intrusive, they can also be dangerous because they may contain trackers or malware. They can also be inappropriate, as many uTorrent users have pointed out over the years — they sometimes advertise dating sites and other adult-oriented services.

uTorrent gives you the option to remove ads, but you have to pay for it. Rather than pay the company for its bad behavior, consider using a VPN instead. During my tests, NordVPN removed all of uTorrent’s annoying ads.

Software updates — both stay up to date

BitTorrent clients aren’t renowned for their safety. However, I found that both clients provide regular updates to patch security flaws, implement new features, and ensure you’re using the best possible version of the program. I dug through release reports and can confirm that each client updates several times a year, and sometimes as often as every month.

Security protocols — both offer equal protection

Both apps use PE and MSE protocols, extensions that enhance confidentiality and privacy by making it difficult to identify your BitTorrent traffic. When an ISP can’t tell you’re torrenting, it’s less likely it will throttle your speed and bandwidth.

qBittorrent and uTorrent also both have an encryption setting. When you enable it, you’ll only connect to peers who have also enabled the setting.

While it’s called encryption, what it actually does is obfuscate — it makes your torrenting traffic look like regular web traffic so that your ISP won’t throttle your speeds. If your ISP cares to individually review your traffic, it will see what you’re actually doing.

If you truly want to keep third parties like ISPs, movie studios, and even the government from seeing what you’re doing, you need the real encryption that’s provided by a VPN. Top VPNs like NordVPN offer military-grade encryption that even the world’s fastest supercomputers can’t break, so your online data, personal details, and location are always a secret.

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Security breaches — both resolved their issues

When it comes to security breaches, I was happy to see that there have not been any significant problems reported with either client. However, each company has had small problems that do not appear to have been widely exploited because they were fixed in time.

qBittorrent had a minor bug in 2017 concerning its WebUI function. In a security report, developers noted that users of qBittorrent v3.3.12 or lower could be susceptible to CSRF attacks where hackers could make changes to a user’s tasks, including adding downloads or uploads to the task list. This issue was immediately resolved by updating to a newer version of the software, and torrenters who didn’t use the optional WebUI functionality were not affected at all.

In 2018, uTorrent’s Classic and Web apps experienced a similar problem. A security researcher found a flaw that could allow third parties to control a torrenter’s system through the same interface that allows users to access their apps remotely. If a hacker had been able to breach a system, he could have executed malicious code. uTorrent created a patch and urged users to upgrade to its newest version soon after learning about the exploit.

Proxy servers — both support this feature

You can set up proxy servers on qBittorrent and uTorrent. The setup process is similar for both and easy, and they both support http, https, SOCKS4, and SOCK5.

Proxy servers allow you to hide your IP address so that third parties can’t figure out where you are. This is helpful for keeping other users from tracking you down and avoiding infringement notices if you accidentally download copyrighted content.

But remember that a proxy only works with the site or app you’re using. Your internet connection itself isn’t protected, so your ISP can still see and track your online activity. To protect your connection from start to finish, no matter what you do online, you have to use a VPN. My top recommendation is NordVPN — it’s fast and secure, and you can try it out risk-free for 30 days with its money-back guarantee.

Trackers — both have embedded trackers, but private trackers are out

Both qBittorrent and uTorrent have an embedded tracker for seeding your own torrents.

However, when it comes to using private trackers, you’ll find that most are banning both clients. There are two primary reasons for this: the private trackers fear that these clients may leak their private passkeys or expose their users’ IP information.

Many people tout the benefits of private trackers, including access to more content and especially rare media, but most private trackers have strict rules for their use that make them impractical for many torrenters. In addition to dictating which BitTorrent clients you may use, private trackers require you to maintain a high seed-to-leech ratio and use your own IP address. The latter is of great concern because anyone who sees your IP address can track your activity, pinpoint to your location, and even figure out who you are. It is much safer to use public trackers, as well as encrypt your connection and hide your IP address with a VPN

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IP Filters — both have them, but they’re not useful

qBittorrent and uTorrent both have an IP filter setting. The purpose of this setting is to block the IP addresses of users you don’t wish to engage with. This may include users who maliciously upload corrupt files or who report other torrenters for possible copyright infringement.

However, with the advent of proxy servers and VPNs, anyone can mask their IP addresses, including the people you may want to avoid. A much better alternative to IP filtering is to use a VPN yourself — no one will be able to see your IP address and all your online activities will be kept private.

Features – qBittorrent Wins Again

qBittorrent and uTorrent share a lot of features, including file prioritization, NAT traversal, selective downloading, and sequential downloading, but in the end, qBittorrent edged out its competition thanks to better implementation of its features and the fact that it’s 100% free.

Below, I’ll discuss some of the more convenient features that all beneficial to all torrent users, no matter your skill or usage level.

Bandwidth Limits and Scheduling

Both clients allow you to set bandwidth limits and schedule when those limits are enforced. These features help ensure that your downloads don’t cause your internet to slow down at inopportune times.

Screenshots showing the torrent scheduling options for qBittorrent and uTorrent

Scheduling lets you control each client’s bandwidth usage throughout the day

During my tests, I set each client to limit the amount of downloading that would occur during the day when I was using the internet for work and allowed for unlimited downloading at night when everyone was asleep. These settings worked flawlessly.

Immediate Playback

uTorrent offers this option with its paid Pro option, but qBittorrent includes it for free. With immediate playback, you can start watching your content while it’s still torrenting.  I tried the feature with qBittorrent on a couple of movies, and it worked with no issues. While I didn’t find this feature very useful because most of my downloads completed quickly, I can see the benefit for people who may have slower internet connections.

Remote Management

Both qBittorrent and uTorrent offer remote management, with qBittorrent calling it WebUI and uTorrent calling it Remote. Remote torrent management allows you to add, cancel, and pause your torrents from anywhere you have an internet connection. This lets you control your downloads and set new priorities, even when you’re away from your computer.

Setting up remote management with each client was a straightforward process, and I was able to start and stop torrents as promised. Between the two clients, I was happier with uTorrent because it also offered mobile apps in addition to its web access. Its Android app was clean and simple, and I could view and manage my torrents with just a few taps.

RSS Feed

qBittorrent and uTorrent both include this helpful feature and make it easily accessible within their respective clients. You do have to do a little work to set up rules for downloading, but after that, the clients take care of everything else.

With RSS feed support, you can automatically download torrents that have been added to your favorite sites. As soon as a new title is added to your RSS feed, your BitTorrent client will add it to your torrents list.

Torrent Creation Tools

With qBittorrent and uTorrent’s torrent creation tools, you can create a torrent file in just a couple of minutes.

While many people use BitTorrent clients to download files, you might find yourself in a situation where you want to share a file instead. After creating mine with each client, I uploaded them to The Pirate Bay, added them to the index, and had some colleagues try downloading them — we were successful with both clients’ output.

Search Function

qBittorrent and uTorrent both have search features built into their respective clients, but they each work a little differently. Having the ability to search for torrents from within a BitTorrent client saves time and reduces your exposure to torrent search engines that might be plagued by ads.

qBittorrent requires that you install Python to use its built-in search engine. Once you do this, you can choose which search engines you’ll comb whenever you conduct a search. If you want to add more, you can install additional plugs. Right now, qBittorrent has more than 40 plugins for various popular torrenting search engines.

uTorrent doesn’t require any additional installations to use its built-in search feature, but the search engine isn’t great without some configuration. That’s because its default setting relies on Google to return results. This means you may receive lots of irrelevant results, such as the IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes listings I got when I searched for a recent blockbuster movie. Under advanced features, you can change the settings to use your favorite torrent search engines instead.

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Web Interface

Between the two clients, only uTorrent offers a web interface that allows you to download and play torrents right from your browser.

Downloading uTorrent Web is a simple process, but installation is plagued with the same bloatware issues as the traditional client. Once you’ve completed the installation process, you’ll see uTorrent Web operating in your system tray. When you double-click it, the app will launch in your default browser. It’s compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer, and Edge.

The interface is rather simple. If you’re a new user, you’ll see a search field and a button to add torrents at the center of the page; links to torrent activity, BitTorrent Speed, and TronTV on the left, and a huge video player (ads) at the bottom of the page.

Screenshot of the uTorrent Web interface

uTorrent Web is extremely stripped-down and lightweight

When you add a torrent, the center of the page changes to your torrents list. Like qBittorrent’s and uTorrent’s traditional apps, you can add torrents to uTorrent Web by clicking a button or simply dragging and dropping the torrent files from your download bar.

Screenshot showing active torrents on uTorrent Web

All your active torrents appear on your activity list

One of uTorrent’s most touted features is that it lets you play your torrented files before they’ve finished downloading. I was unable to play my first two torrents (AVI and MP4 files), even after they were finished downloading. Instead, I received a message that “this file type cannot be played”.

Screenshot showing uTorrent Web's playback error message

I constantly saw this error message, and it took several tries to get around it

On my third try, I was able to play an AVC file, but only after 56% of the file downloaded (I received the same annoying error message about the file type when I tried any earlier). I deleted the torrent and tried again, and it let me play starting at 8% this time. Unfortunately, this inconsistency with playback means uTorrent Web is not a solid choice for instant watching.

When it came to speed, I also found uTorrent Web to be somewhat disappointing. It took about 14 minutes to download a 2GB file that had over 850 seeds. It took qBittorrent about 5 minutes and uTorrent about 8 minutes to download the same file. During another test, uTorrent Web downloaded faster than uTorrent, but qBittorrent was still faster.

In all, I found that using uTorrent Web was not a satisfactory experience. Instant playback might be beneficial for some, but uTorrent’s consistency in operation and speed was lacking.

And the Overall Winner is… qBittorrent

After a thorough review of each client’s speeds, ease of use, safety, and features, I find that qBittorrent offers a better overall experience.

  • Speed: Neither client limits speeds, but qBittorrent was faster every time.
  • Ease of use: Both clients were easy enough to use, but qBittorrent was more straightforward during download and installation (and it didn’t try to sneak in bloatware).
  • Safety: Both clients offer several security options, but qBittorrent’s open source code offers complete transparency.
  • Features: Both clients have a range of features, but qBittorrent comes out on top for its better (and free) offerings.

For all of its benefits, qBittorrent does have a few drawbacks. Its website was offputting at first because it seemed so outdated, and downloading the program also took longer than necessary due to repetitive pages. I also had to do a little work to determine which version to choose. If it invested in some web design here, I’m sure the process could be greatly improved.

At the same time, I can’t say that uTorrent was bad. It’s very similar and just as reliable as qBittorrent. But limiting its features on the free version and displaying ads were uTorrent’s most significant letdowns. It frustrated me that I couldn’t improve my security without paying, and I think it’s unfair that it holds users’ security over them by trying to get them to upgrade to the paid version.

qBittorrent Advantages uTorrent Advantages
Fast, easy download and setup More remote management solutions
Faster download speeds More help for new torrent users
Transparent open source code uTorrent Web for torrenting in your browser
Better search options via plugins Android app available
qBittorrent Disadvantages uTorrent Disadvantages
Dated-looking website Tries to add bloatware during installation
No web-based interface Ads on the free version
No mobile apps Must upgrade to unlock all features
Proprietary software, so no open source code

How a VPN Can Improve Torrenting

BitTorrent clients are not generally safe, but one way to make these apps safer is by using a VPN.

When your IP address is revealed, you face many risks. All of your internet traffic can be monitored by your internet service provider (ISP), who may be compelled to work with copyright holders if you accidentally download copyrighted material. If you’re caught, you could face fines or worse. A VPN protects you by encrypting your internet connection and routing you through a new server. This keeps anyone from spying on your online activity and assigns a new IP address so that no one can track you down.

VPNs can also help you defeat website blocks. This is something that some ISPs do to keep you from accessing torrents. They do it because torrenting uses up a lot of data, and they want to control how much you use. When you use a VPN, your ISP can’t see what you’re doing, so it can’t stop you from accessing sites you want.

Another way ISPs can affect your torrenting is by throttling your speed. When they see that you’re doing something that uses a lot of data, they can restrict your connection. This results in big slowdowns. A VPN helps you defeat speed and data throttling by hiding your activity — your ISP won’t know what you’re doing when you go online. Many VPNs also provide access to P2P-optimized servers for even better performance.

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1. NordVPN — Fast Speeds and Strong Security for Torrenting

Small assortment of technological devices compatible with NordVPN.

  • Lightning-fast speeds so you can download torrents quickly
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  • Automatic kill switch and no DNS leaks to keep your privacy secure while you torrent
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  • Works with: Deluge, Vuze, uTorrent, qBittorrent, and BitTorrent
  • Compatible with: Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Linux, routers, Apple TV, and more

NordVPN has hundreds of servers around the world and fast speeds that allow you to download torrents quickly. When I tested NordVPN’s speeds, I was impressed. I connected to 4 of its P2P servers, and my download speeds averaged 48.3 Mbps; that was barely a drop from my starting speed. What was also nice was that every time I clicked the P2P menu, NordVPN automatically connected me to the fastest-performing server.

To see what NordVPN’s speeds meant in terms of torrenting, I tested how long it took to download a 500 MB file with 20 seeds. It took about 1 minute and 30 seconds for me to download the file through qBittorrent and 2 minutes and 10 seconds through uTorrent — very impressive.

One of NordVPN’s strongest security features is its military-grade encryption. When you connect to the VPN, your data is scrambled and sent through a secure tunnel. Even if hackers or other third parties could get their hands on your data, they couldn’t do anything with it — even the world’s fastest supercomputers would take hundreds of years to crack NordVPN’s code. This means it’s impossible for anyone to see what you’re downloading or uploading.

Another huge feature is NordVPN’s CyberSec security suite. It helps protect you from malware by blocking sites that are known to host viruses (and a lot of shady torrent sites do this.) It also has a built-in ad blocker that did a phenomenal job with uTorrent’s annoying advertisements. When I activated the ad blocker and went back to uTorrent, all the ads were gone.

Screenshots showng how NordVPN blocked ads on uTorrent

All I had to do was activate CyberSec, and the ads were gone

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The only issue I had with NordVPN was that it didn’t accept PayPal in my country. It only accepts PayPal in countries like Japan, Germany, and France. But that was no big deal because it accepts credit card payments, Google Pay, and even cryptocurrencies.

If you’re a bargain hunter like me, you’ll be just as excited as I am that you can save 0% off your total subscription. You can even try it out for free for a limited time with its 30-day money-back guarantee if you aren’t ready to commit just yet. I wanted to test this policy, so I canceled on day 24 of my subscription. After the live chat team asked me a couple of questions, my money was refunded after 3 business days.

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2. ExpressVPN — Military-Level Security to Protect You While Torrenting

Small assortment of technological devices compatible with ExpressVPN.

  • Super-fast speeds on P2P-optimized servers
  • Network Lock and AES 256-bit encryption ensures maximum security when torrenting
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Works with: Deluge, Vuze, uTorrent, qBittorrent, and BitTorrent
  • Compatible with: Windows, macOS, iOS, Android, Linux, routers, and more

ExpressVPN’s latest deal April 2021: Get 3 months completely free on your annual subscription with this current offer! It’s not for certain when this deal will end so it’s best to check the deals page to see if it’s still available.

ExpressVPN’s security features protect your online activity. With its DNS leak protection, you bypass your ISP’s servers, preventing it from seeing what you’re doing online. Instead, you connect to ExpressVPN’s private network. This protects your identity and keeps your ISP from throttling your speed and bandwidth because you’re torrenting. My tests easily supported this: I connected to several ExpressVPN servers and torrented through qBittorrent and uTorrent throughout the day for several days. My speeds never slowed, even during peak times.

ExpressVPN’s kill switch shuts down your internet traffic if you lose your VPN connection. This ensures your personal information doesn’t travel over an unencrypted connection and prevents you from being exposed to your ISP, torrent peers, advertisers, movie studios and other third parties. Once your VPN connection is restored, your data flow resumes through an AES-256 bit encrypted tunnel, rending your personal information unreadable.

When it comes to using ExpressVPN for torrenting, things couldn’t be simpler: All of the VPN’s servers support P2P traffic, and they’re really fast. During my speed tests, I connected to 7 different servers in the US, UK, and Australia. My average download speed was 46 Mbps, and I downloaded the same 500 MB file as before. It took about 1 minute and 45 seconds to download 500 MB with qBittorrent and 2 minutes and 15 seconds to download through uTorrent.

The minor catch with ExpressVPN is that it’s slightly expensive. However, if you love saving money like me, you’ll be excited to know you can get 49% off your entire subscription.

You can even try ExpressVPN to see if it’s right for you. If it’s not, you can request a refund per its 30-day money-back guarantee. To see if my money would really be returned, I asked for my subscription to be canceled on day 23. When speaking to the customer support team, I was asked a couple of questions, and then my refund was processed. My money was returned after 4 business days.

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3. Surfshark — Bypasses Censorship to Unblock Torrent Sites From Anywhere

Small assortment of technological devices compatible with Surfshark.

  • NoBorders and Camouflage modes let you bypass censorship to download torrents
  • Unlimited simultaneous connections so you can download on all your devices
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Works with: Deluge, Vuze, uTorrent, qBittorrent, and BitTorrent
  • Compatible with Mac, Windows, Linux, Android, iOS, Roku, and more

Surfshark has reliable servers and special features to guarantee that you stay undetected in countries that have strict digital restrictions, like China and Russia. Its Camouflage mode hides the fact that you’re torrenting and makes your traffic look like regular browsing so you won’t be blocked. Its NoBorders mode activates to give you access to special servers when it detects restrictions on your network. A colleague of mine put these features to the test by torrenting from China. She was able to use both qBittorrent and uTorrent with no issues.

During my speed tests, my download speeds with Surfshark averaged 35 Mbps. This is incredibly fast, but the service is clearly slower than some of its competitors. When I switched to one of its P2P-optimized servers (just search “P2P” at the top of the app and connect to one of its specialty servers), my speeds increased slightly. Thankfully, my torrenting experiences weren’t affected too much by the slower speeds. When I downloaded my 500 MB test file on qBittorrent, it took just over 4 minutes to complete. On uTorrent, the file took 4 minutes and 45 seconds. As I was able to download the file in under 5 minutes each time, I say that Surfshark is still a worthy contender.

I was pleased to find that Surfshark allows unlimited simultaneous device connections under one subscription, so you can torrent at home, on-the-go, or at the same time as your friends and family. I was concerned that the trade-off might be bandwidth or speed throttling, but I tested several devices with both qBittorrent and uTorrent, and I didn’t notice any drops in performance.

If you’re big on saving money like me, you’ll be pleased to know you can get NAN% off your Surfshark subscription. If you need to see if it’s right for you first, you can test it out for free with its 30-day money-back guarantee. I canceled my trial by speaking to the live chat team, who only asked me one question. After assuring me that my money will be refunded, I got my money back in 5 days.

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FAQs on qBittorrent and uTorrent

Is qBittorrent better than uTorrent?

qBittorrent is better than uTorrent because of its superior features.

Unlike uTorrent, qBittorrent doesn’t display ads on its interface, and it uses open source code, meaning anyone can see how it’s built. It also has multiple search engine plugins for finding and download torrents without having to go to a torrent site.

Which has the fastest download speeds, qBittorrent or uTorrent?

During my tests, qBittorrent consistently offered faster download speeds.

While uTorrent often had similar speeds (which means it wasn’t imposing limits), qBittorrent downloads always finished first.

If your downloads are taking too long, you can try to increase your torrenting speeds by using a VPN. It will keep your online activity hidden from your ISP to prevent it from throttling your internet connection.

Is qBittorrent or uTorrent better for Mac?

qBittorrent is better than uTorrent for Mac because it’s compatible with a larger number of macOS systems.

While qBittorrent is compatible with all macOS versions, uTorrent is not compatible with macOS Catalina and Big Sur. You’ll need to use uTorrent Web or switch to another BitTorrent client for these systems.

Does Reddit prefer qBittorrent or uTorrent?

At first glance, Reddit seems to prefer qBittorrent over uTorrent. While there are arguments for both sides on Reddit, there’is overwhelming praise for qBittorrent. The most popular thread that compares these two is titled “uTorrrent free is garbage, here’s a much better alternative (qBittorrent),” which has a high approval rating. Most of these comments favor qBittorrent as well.

Rather than reading Reddit, the best way to make an informed decision about VPNs is to read trusted sources that have researched which client is best — like I did above!

Do I need to use a VPN with my torrent client?

It’s highly recommended that you use a VPN with your torrent client.

A VPN will hide your real location and protect your identity so that you can remain hidden from third parties. It’ll also protect you from malware and DDoS attacks by encrypting your internet traffic. Staying private, safe, and secure online is essential when torrenting, and a VPN makes sure of this.

Pick a Client and a VPN to Start Torrenting Safely Today

qBittorrent and uTorrent are two of the most popular BitTorrent clients out there, and both are capable of downloading torrents quickly and without hassle. However, when comparing the two, qBittorrent is better and safer. Its open source code proves there’s no malicious malware installed, and it not having any ads makes for a pleasant experience.

However, remember that torrenting comes with risks. To ensure your safety and security, always use a VPN. A VPN will encrypt your connection and mask your true identity and location. It’ll also prevent your ISP from throttling your bandwidth, so you can download and share torrents quickly. I recommend NordVPN for its quality security features and fast download speeds. You can even try it without risk with its 30-day money-back guarantee.

To summarize, the best VPNs for qBittorrent and uTorrent in 2021 are

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