Best VPNs for Netflix
Netflix is one of the most popular sites in the world; depending on who you ask, it’s either in the top 50 or top 25 of most visited sites. However, unlocking its full potential requires that you punch through one of the strongest geoblocks around, no easy task. However, with our selection of the best VPN for Netflix, the streaming service will be at your feet.
The most water-tight VPN around, Nord VPN supports Netflix in the US, France, the Netherlands, India, and Canada. It runs with powerful, 2048-bit encryption, NDS leak protection, and a wide array of servers to choose from. Oh, and if you’re super privacy-eager, you can rest assured that NorPN will not keep any logs of your activity.
No.2 CyberGhost VPN
This Romanian provider is a surprising new top entry on this list. It costs the same as NordVPN if you go for a triannual plan and it’s pretty fast, but it doesn’t have the same network or speed guarantee of either of the top two entries. It will get you into Netflix U.S. and most European countries, but other countries’ servers only work from time to time.
CyberGhost makes accessing Netflix pretty easy as it has special “profiles,” one of which is geared toward streaming. It also constantly shuffles through IP addresses, so you generally should be able to play whatever you want. It’s biggest downside here are its speeds, which drop dramatically once you cross any serious distance.
Ivacy unblocks US Netflix in a web browser and the app. Not all servers work, though, so you’ll have to contact the provider’s live customer service available on the website to ask which server to connect to and which settings to use. This will likely require you to add a specific server address to the app’s connection settings.
In addition to the usual Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android apps, Ivacy also makes an app for Kodi devices that run on the Linux-based OpenELEC operating system. Unlike most VPNs, Ivacy VPN can be activated from within Kodi. Unfortunately, the Kodi addon didn’t unblock Netflix or other geo-locked services when we tested it.
ExpressVPN is the only one on this list that will get you into almost every Netflix around the world. We’ve tested a great many servers and we managed to start streaming a movie or show almost 80 percent of the time. We were able to watch blockbusters in Thailand, corny comedies in Germany and Hollywood’s latest in Canada. No other service rivals ExpressVPN when it comes to Netflix access (or any other service, for that matter; check out our best VPN for streaming article for more details).
It’s also very, very fast, dropping only 10 to 20 percent on connections near you (e.g. the same continent) and even transoceanic connections are pretty steady. Between its massive network, high speeds and Netflix-busting ability, ExpressVPN is a definite winner.
Really only reliably useful (at the moment) for users outside the US wanting access to American Netflix, VyprVPN says that its service ‘might’ work elsewhere, but you’d be chancing it.
That said, on the flipside, the service is pretty damn fast, with strong download speeds, and multiple protocols supported on the security front, along with a NAT firewall. Your connection times and IP address will be recorded though, so be aware of that if 100% privacy is vital to you. Vypr VPN doesn’t offer refunds, but it will give you a free, three-day trial before you commit to anything.
SaferVPN recently added a “US Streaming” server to its list of locations. When connected to this server, SaferVPN unblocks Netflix in a web browser. In our tests, only desktop web browsers were affected, and SaferVPN could not unblock the Netflix mobile app. If you only watch Netflix in Chrome or Firefox, SaferVPN is a good option thanks to its extremely fast servers.
No.7 Hotspot Shield
While Hotspot Shield doesn’t have a huge amount of server locations to choose from, the provider makes up for it with excellent performance. Both upload and download speeds were marginally higher than our normal rates when we tested the VPN, which is obviously fantastic for streaming. It currently only supports Netflix in the US.
This provider does offer a free plan, but this comes with certain limitations in terms of server selection, bandwidth and so on. Also, you can’t unblock Netflix with the free plan, so you’ll have to pony up some cash for the relatively expensive subscription products.
TorGuard has a special way of dealing with Netflix, but it'll cost you extra.
The problem with VPNs in general is that, for the typical price you're paying, you get an IP address that's shared among many users. Those are easier to detect by Netflix's anti-VPN systems, and thus often get banned.
So TorGuard started offering a dedicated U.S. IP address for users who want to make sure (well, nearly sure) that Netflix won't ban them.
IPVanish once again unblocks Netflix as of September 2018. After a long hiatus, the fastest VPN on the market can finally access Netflix US on both the mobile app and in a web browser. Not all servers will work, but you can easily send a message to IPVanish’s new 24/7 live chat support to ask which location to connect to.
Thanks to IPVanish’s plentiful bandwidth, you’ll be able to stream in HD without buffering, possibly even in UHD. A single plan nets you a whopping 10 simultaneous connections, perfect for family and roommates to share. IPVanish meets all of our security and privacy standards as well. Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android.
HideMyAss recently added a server specifically for users who want to unblock US Netflix. We have tested it and confirmed it works on both desktop browser and Netflix’s mobile app on Android and iOS, however, we found speeds to be frustratingly slow. We recommend you contact HMA’s customer support to ask which server to use and troubleshoot any issues you might have connecting, as you might need to change some other settings on your device as well. The same server also unblocks Hulu. Note that HMA is based in the UK, a country with strict data retention laws for service providers, and it has a history of logging customer browsing data that allegedly resulted in the arrest of one of its users. You can use HideMyAss to unblock Netflix, but privacy-conscious users should look elsewhere.
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