Each time you register for a new domain name, identification and contact information must be sent to a central database called Whois. This database is searchable by anyone in the world. For some businesses, this data is already public, but for personal websites and private organizations, this can be sensitive information. A Whois privacy feature keeps your information private and accessible only with your explicit permission.
All companies reviewed offer some degree of Whois privacy, but most charge a fee. If privacy is important to you, you could think of this fee as part of the standard annual expense of keeping your domain. Name.com charges only $4.99 per year to keep your information private, a lower fee than GoDaddy, IONOS, Domain.com, and Network Solutions. Namecheap, however, offers free WhoisGuard with all registered and transferred domains able to support privacy protection. So you get it free.