My understanding is that Tor is a more private/anonymous/secure way to browse the internet in comparison to using a VPN. If I understand correctly, this is because with a VPN, the VPN provider has access to both your IP and your destination's IP and can therefor link the two while this information is spread out over 3 nodes in Tor. I was comfortable with this idea until I read a Tor vs VPN article which suggests that a VPN is actually superior in terms of security.
The site claims the only real disadvantage of VPN is the cost and that "If you just want to surf the web anonymously, then Tor may be sufficient". This is quite contrary to my understanding of Tor.
Just to be clear, I am comparing Tor to VPN when using SSL/TLS. I am aware that using Tor to visit a plaintext site is insecure because your traffic is not encrypted out of the exit node.
My question is simply if my understanding prior to reading this article was correct and if so, why does the article conclude a VPN to be superior to Tor?
Thanks for the help