Netflix is great, but it isn’t available everywhere. Even when it’s available, the content is different from country to country. Fortunately, using a VPN solves both these issues: by connecting through a server in your chosen country, you unblock Netflix anywhere in the world.

Yet not all VPNs are equal when it comes to unblocking Netflix, so we came up with this list of the best ones.

No time to read? Here are our best VPNs for Netflix:

1. NordVPN

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  • Location: Panama
  • Pricing: starts at $3.49/month
  • Features: great security, speeds, server list, torrenting and support

NordVPN can do so much more than unblock Netflix. It knocks it out of the park not only by its ability to overcome geo-restrictions but also with the overall package:

  • it’s based in a privacy-friendly location – Panama
  • its pricing is justified considering what you get for the price
  • the list of features is expanding on a monthly basis

This service is excellent in every area – you will also be able to use it in restricted countries, such as China, with no trouble whatsoever. NordVPN gets around the Netflix VPN block and, as far as we know, has never had issues with that. We checked multiple US servers and had no problems streaming our show successfully.

2. Surfshark VPN

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  • Location: British Virgin Islands
  • Pricing: starts at $1.99/month
  • Features: great price and security features, unlimited simultaneous connections, top speeds

Anything you throw at Surfshark VPN, you can be sure that it will do very well. Most importantly for Netflix fans, this service reliably unblocks Netflix US and Netflix Japan and does so without compromising performance. Surfshark’s SmartDNS feature (which can be activated via the account settings) is a great feature for streaming because it doesn’t affect connection speeds.

3. PrivateVPN

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  • Location: Sweden
  • Pricing: starts at $1.89/month
  • Features: great price, good speeds, allows torrenting

PrivateVPN is rightfully among the best VPNs for Netflix. It offers robust security, great speeds, and very good features. PrivateVPN won’t try to stop you from torrenting, either, and it’s a decent choice even in countries like China.

The speed should be enough to stream in HD or even UHD (4K) unless you’re connecting to a remote server on another continent. In addition to Netflix, PrivateVPN will allow you to enjoy BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime content. Kodi users will be pleased as well.

4. ExpressVPN

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  • Location: British Virgin Islands
  • Pricing: starts at $6.67/month
  • Features: great security, speeds, server list, torrenting and support

ExpressVPN is among the best providers for Netflix. It has got impenetrable security and great speed, nice features, etc. The Great Firewall of China is also no match for this VPN, and neither are those annoying copyright warriors who would mess with your torrents.

ExpressVPN is a great Netflix VPN. They’ve had no issues with geo-blocking measures whichever country we’ve tested – the US, Canada, Australia, the UK, Japan, Germany or the Netherlands.

5. CyberGhost

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  • Location: Romania
  • Pricing: starts at $2.75/month
  • Features: great security, server list, torrenting and support

CyberGhost has impenetrable encryption and brings some awesome features to the table outside of the usual kill switch, etc.

With that said, CyberGhost’s strongest aspects are ease of use and entertainment. “Ghosties” can watch US Netflix, as well as unlock the libraries of other countries. The VPN has spent the latter year enlarging its server list, which now includes well over 6200 servers across 90+ countries. This makes it great both for streaming and torrenting.

6. Hotspot Shield

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  • Location: USA
  • Pricing: starts at $2.99/month
  • Features: great security, speeds and one of the longest money-back guarantees

Hotspot Shield bypasses the geo-blocking of Netflix using US servers and others. The only notable exception to this rule is Japan, so you should forego Hotspot Shield if that’s the content you’re after. While the service has no dedicated apps for Smart TVs, Hotspot Shield can be set up on virtually any other device you may have. This includes Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android platforms.

Are there other VPNs that unblock Netflix?

At the moment, fans of Netflix don’t have much to choose from, but that’s hardly a tragedy. All the VPNs on this list are decent choices, and all have 30-day or even 45-day money-back guarantees, except TorGuard, which has a measly 7-day money-back guarantee.

There are other aspects you might want to consider before buying; if so, we urge you to read our full reviews of these (and other) VPNs.

If you want to learn more about this topic, read Why Does Netflix Block My VPN?

How we made this best VPN for Netflix list

Naturally, the most crucial factor deciding appearances on this list is the VPN’s ability to bypass the Netflix restrictions. Beyond that, however:

  • Versatility scores are more important than most other factors. VPNs have the potential to perform a plethora of functions. Some do, others merely promise to. Whenever a function is not available, that’s less value for money in our mind.
  • Price is the final deciding factor between similar services.
  • The list is not final and will see constant updates.

Netflix VPN FAQ

1. Is it legal to unblock Netflix with a VPN?

Absolutely. Using a VPN for Netflix won’t get you into any legal trouble whatsoever.

2. Can Netflix ban my account if I use a VPN?

No. To date, there have been no cases that we know of where Netflix banned anyone just for using a VPN. For now, the rather annoying Netflix proxy error message is your only slap on the wrist.

3. Can Netflix detect VPNs?

Yes. In fact, the Netflix VPN detection system seems to be quite advanced and capable of sniffing our the vast majority of VPN services. Even VPNs that can unblock Netflix won’t do so a 100% of the time.

4. Do free VPNs unblock Netflix?

Some free VPNs may unblock Netflix. That said, there are several problems with trying to unblock Netflix for free:

  • Most free VPNs collect and sell your data & browsing history to third parties
  • Free VPN services considerably slow down your connection
  • Some free VPNs have a data limit, which is not ideal for streaming
  • Certain free VPNs can inject malware into your device

With that in mind, paying a few dollars a month for a fast, secure, and unlimited premium VPN service no longer seems like such a bad deal.

5. Why is Netflix content different in other countries?

According to Netflix, the reason for this difference is copyright law, which can significantly vary across different countries. Plus, the rights holders for each particular film can limit the rights to show their product to as many (or as few) countries as they wish.

This means that Netflix is forced to comply with these requirements, resulting in content differences across its regional libraries, as well as the subsequent Netflix VPN ban.

6. Which Netflix region has the largest content library?

Unsurprisingly, the fact that Netflix is based in the US means that Americans have access to the second-largest but most sought-after content library that includes a whopping 5,600+ titles overall and 1,600+ TV shows in particular.

For a fuller comparison of the different Netflix content libraries, be sure to check out our in-depth guide to beating the Netflix VPN ban.

7. Is there a difference between the Netflix app and Netflix in a web browser?

Theoretically, yes. Some VPNs that can unblock Netflix in your web browser won’t be able to do the same for the Netflix app installed on other devices like smartphones, tablets, or smart TVs. This is because the Netflix app can force DNS requests to be sent to public DNS name servers. This can alert Netflix that you’re not using your actual IP address and are trying to fool the streaming company with a proxy or VPN.

That said, all of the top VPNs we listed in this guide have no issues with unblocking Netflix both in the dedicated app and your web browser.

These popular VPNs can’t unblock Netflix:

1. Tunnelbear

TunnelBear is a top-quality VPN that also offers a limited free version, but unfortunately no longer unblocks Netflix. All of its locations, including the US, CA, and UK servers, have been blocked by the streaming giant.

2. Private Internet Access

While Private Internet Access is an otherwise highly-rated VPN service, it officially no longer supports unblocking geo-locked content, Netflix included.

3. IPVanish

IPVanish no longer promotes itself as a Netflix-capable VPN, which means that most (if not all) of its servers are blocked. And our tests show as much. If you’re looking for a VPN that reliably works with Netflix, IPVanish isn’t it.

4. Opera VPN

While Opera VPN has a “VPN” in its name, in reality, it’s just glorified a proxy. Even though you may be able to access a couple of libraries outside your country, getting into the coveted US Netflix server with Opera is not an option.