Choosing a right residential proxy provider takes time, so to help you decide, we’ve put two popular providers to the test to see which performs better. This time, it’s Geosurf and Luminati.
In this in-depth comparison examining Geosurf and Luminati, we’ve compared various crucial aspects of both proxy services. This allows us to show which areas they excel in, and hopefully, by the time we’re done going through this comparison, you’ll know which provider is the best choice for you.
Geosurf vs. Luminati: a Side-by-Side Feature Comparison
Geosurf 8.9 vs Luminati 8.5
|Pool size||2M residential IPs||35M residential IPs|
|Authorization method||Whitelisted IPs||Credentials and whitelisted IPs|
|Number of users||x||Depends|
|Protocols||HTTP||HTTP, HTTPS, SOCKS5|
As you can see, Luminati has a bigger proxy pool and offers more locations. However, as we mentioned in their full review, Luminati claims that they cover 223 countries, which is odd, as with a quick Google search you can see that there are only 195 countries in the world.
Both proxy providers have whitelisted IPs as an authorization method; however, with Luminati, you can also use credentials.
Both Geosurf and Luminati offer session control feature. With Geosurf, you can choose between 1, 10 and 30 min session times. Whereas with Luminati if you add a session parameter to your username with a randomly generated ID, you will be able to use that IP until you use the same ID (or if that IP is available).
Geosurf doesn’t allow you to have any additional users, whereas Luminati has a more complicated system. You can create zones with them, and creating zones (plans) serves the same purpose as sub-users because you get a different part for your username and a separate traffic count.
As for protocols, Geosurf supports only HTTP, whereas Luminati has not only both HTTP and HTTPS but also SOCKS5.
Geosurf offers proxy filtering only by location, so Luminati is a clear winner here allowing to filter proxies by location, proxy type, and ASN/Provider/Carrier. Also, we were pleased with Luminati’s dashboard. With it, you can not only check your usage statistics and renew plans but also open a support ticket, change credentials or whitelisted IPs.
When it comes to dashboards, Geosurf doesn’t look bad either. You can renew your proxy plan, see usage statistics, and whitelist IPs directly in their dashboard.
We gave the overall rating of 8.9 to Geosurf and 8.5 to Luminati. However, this feature comparison gives only a broad overview of the two proxy providers, so if you want to learn more, you can check out the full Geosurf review and Luminati review. But before you do that, let’s see how both services performed when we put their proxies on a big load.
Geosurf vs. Luminati: Performance Comparison
As you can see, Geosurf has a much higher success rate than Luminati. You can also see a big difference with blocks – Luminati has almost three times more blocked IPs than Geosurf. However, Luminati is doing better with connection errors. They barely have any of them, whereas Geosurf’s connection error rate is 5.41%. Both providers have quite a similar rate of timeouts.
Comparing Geosurf and Luminati to Other Proxy Providers
|Geosurf||Luminati||Other Proxy Providers|
When it comes to comparing Geosurf and Luminati with other proxy providers, they both are doing better than most providers out there. Only with blocked IPs Luminati falls below industry’s average.
Requests to the Most Popular Targets
Now, let’s take a closer look at the success rates.
|Target||Geosurf||Luminati||Other Proxy Providers|
As you can see, Geosurf is doing slightly better than Luminati, especially with Google and Yandex. Geosurf Google success rate is 68.05% whereas Luminati has only 31.28% which is worse than the industry’s average. When it comes to Yandex, the industry’s average is 52.27%, but Luminati doesn’t reach this level and has only a 38.80% success rate. However, Geosurf goes down with Wayfair, having a success rate of 67.53%.
With all other targets, both Geosurf and Luminati performed better than other proxy providers. They have some excellent numbers, so it’s safe to say that you’ll do fine by choosing any of these two providers.
Performance by Concurrent Connections
During the concurrent connection test, we gradually increased the number of concurrent connections and put the proxies on a huge load. You can find the full concurrent connection tables at the full Geosurf and Luminati reviews, but in the graph below you can clearly see that Geosurf does a bit better job than Luminati.
Geosurf residential proxies performed really well with an average success rate of 84.68%. No matter how much we increased the concurrent connections, the success rate stayed the same. Whereas Luminati residential proxies started to drop right from the beginning.
In some cases, the proxy’s speed can be critical. Luckily, both Geosurf and Luminati have pretty fast proxies.
|Geosurf||Luminati||Other Proxy Providers|
|Avg. response time||6.61 s||6.82 s||7.78 s|
As we’ve already mentioned in other comparisons, Luminati has a messy pricing system. You need to choose from different plans by country and by plan depending on the amount of data you require. Also, their cheapest plan costs $500 a month which is quite steep.
When it comes to pricing plans, Geosurf has an easy and clear system. You’ll be paying per GB with price depending on how much traffic you’re using. The cheapest Geosurf pricing plan costs $300 a month.
Why Geosurf is Better Than Luminati?
Both Geosurf and Luminati are on the better list of proxy providers, but in this comparison, Geosurf is a winner with better performing proxies. We were pleased with the concurrent connections test results where Geosurf proxies proved to be extremely reliable and stable. Geosurf also has a higher success rate, and their residential proxies are rarely blocked.
Luminati is still a strong contender with a large IP pool and a great dashboard, but in the end, it all boils down to proxies. Thanks to their great performance, Geosurf proxies takes the prize as the better choice. You can read the full Geosurf review here.