We must all recognize that “Netflix” is a verb now – that’s how big it’s gotten. There’s no getting around the fact that they couldn’t have done it without the rest of the world. Thus, it’s sad to see the company upscale their efforts to block VPN servers in the US. Successfully, we might add.
Questions like “how to watch Netflix with a VPN?” hadn’t been relevant until recently – it just worked, period. Unfortunately, copyright concerns seem to have broken the company, so now there is a robust Netflix VPN ban. Of the hundreds of tools that had previously allowed users to watch Netflix, only a few remain.
As a matter of fact, our “Best VPN for Netflix” list is very short.
Which VPN is the best for Netflix?
It so happens that the Top VPNs overall are the best at more or less everything. Case in point: NordVPN. While we consider ExpressVPN to be slightly superior, Netflix users might inclined to save some money, especially if they don’t need a VPN for anything else.
NordVPN is excellent in every area – super strong security, decent speeds, servers optimized for various purposes, and so forth. You will also be able to use it in restricted countries, such as China, with no trouble whatsoever.
But we’re here to talk about Netflix, right? Well, NordVPN can get around Netflix VPN block and, as far as we know, has never had issues with that. We checked. It will also grant you access to other streaming platforms like the notoriously problematic BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc.
And all this is yours for a price as low as $11.95 a month, $5.75 a month billed annually, or $3.29 a month billed every two years. The subscription also gets you 6 simultaneous connections, but there is one drawback. NordVPN doesn’t have a custom Router app, making it slightly more of a hassle to get it working on your TV.
Read our full NordVPN Review
Here’s another all-around awesome VPN. We can repeat here what we said about NordVPN: it’s got impenetrable security, and great speed (actually better than Nord’s), 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.
Netflix. Yeap, stream all you want, ExpressVPN is a great Netflix VPN. They’ve had no issues with geo-blocking measures. We don’t foresee that changing any time soon – ExpressVPN’s server count is constantly growing. Additionally, they have proven resourceful enough to deal with all kinds of obstacles in their path.
Naturally, the same goes for other streaming platforms – BBC iPlayer, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc.
The reason we consider ExpressVPN only the #2 choice for Netflix is the cost: $12.95 a month, $9.99 a month billed every 6 months, or $6.67 a month billed annually. This only gets you 3 simultaneous connections, but on the plus side, ExpressVPN has a Router app. Running it on your router is probably the easiest way of getting your TV traffic covered.
Read our full ExpressVPN Review
It might be surprising, but #3 on the list is a VPN that’s very different from the others. PrivateVPN’s network makes up a tiny fraction of the thousand-server behemoths run by Nord or Express. Regardless, Private is a very formidable Netflix VPN.
Here we have a truly small VPN that nevertheless offers robust security, functional speeds, and very good features. PrivateVPN won’t try to stop you from torrenting, but, if you’re based in China, you might want to choose either of the above services.
Weirdly, PrivateVPN will get you watching Netflix in no time. Perhaps they’re just too small for Netflix to notice?… Maybe, but we think it’s more likely this is the result of having a smart and technologically-gifted team.
There’s no router app for PrivateVPN, so you’ll have to do more work to get it running on your TV, but it has other benefits. Just look at these obscene prices: $7.12 a month, $4.50 a month billed every 3 months, or $2.73 a month billed every 19 months. Any of these subscriptions also let you simultaneously use PrivateVPN on 6 devices.
Read our full PrivateVPN Review
It’s likely that CyberGhost would have placed higher if it weren’t for issues it’s had in the past. This VPN is a lot more similar to Express and Nord than it is to PrivateVPN: CyberGhost is pretty big and well placed (Romania) to provide a secure service.
And indeed, CyberGhost will protect almost any user from the pitfalls of the contemporary online experience. It has impenetrable encryption and brings some awesome features to the table outside of the usual kill switch, etc. With that said, its security credentials are not without issue. Reports state that CyberGhost has leaking issues, which is troubling. We do, however, believe this is a temporary problem.
For a while, Netflix didn’t work with CyberGhost. Because of this, we can’t in good conscience place the VPN in our Top 3. The good news is the issues seem to have been solved – “Ghosties” can now watch US Netflix.
The price also works in CyberGhost’s favor: $11.99 a month, $4.99 a month billed annually, $3.79 a month billed every two years, or $2.75 a month billed every three years. This includes the ability to use multiple devices – 7, to be precise. CyberGhost has a router app, which is the easiest way to get VPN running on your TV.
Read our full CyberGhost Review
The last on this list is a real VPN juggernaut – TorGuard VPN. We’re torn about how high this one should really be. TorGuard is probably more reliable for streamers than either PrivateVPN or CyberGhost and the reason we decided to rank it lower is you’ll have to pay a little bit extra for that capability.
TorGuard does everything very well. it has tough AES-256 encryption, doesn’t leak personally identifiable data, reliably works in China, and has some of the best performance on the market. That last point is a direct consequence of TorGuard VPN’s huge server list, which consists of 3,000+ servers spread out over 50+ countries.
Here’s the catch with TorGuard and Netflix (as well as other streaming platforms). They offer dedicated streaming IPs – unique IP addresses that are very unlikely to ever be blocked. This makes TorGuard very reliable for streaming. However, to get the IP you’ll have to pay a few extra dollars.
You can get TorGuard for $9.99 a month, $4.99 a month billed quarterly, $4.99 a month billed every six months, $4.99 a month billed annually, or $4.15 a month billed every two years. A dedicated USA IP is $7.99 a month.
Read our full TorGuard Review
At the moment, fans of Netflix don’t have much to choose from, but that’s hardly a tragedy. All VPNs on this list are decent choices and all have 30-day money-back guarantees, except TorGuard, which has a 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 list
Naturally, the most important factor deciding appearances on this list is the VPN’s ability to bypass Netflix’ restrictions. Beyond that, however:
- Versatility scores higher 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.