PureVPN separates itself from the competition by offering five connection modes to choose from. The names are self-explanatory, so it’s easy to guess which one to pick if you want to use PureVPN for Netflix:
- Internet freedom
- Dedicated IP
Each of the connection modes is a combination of security, anonymity, privacy, and speed. While we understand the creator’s intent – to make things more simple for a basic user, the end result is confusing. Sticking with one default option and tweaking the settings whenever you feel like it might be more straightforward. So for the sake of this PureVPN Netflix test, we kept the “Stream” mode on to maximize the speed at the cost of security.
Before trying to unblock the Netflix library of a particular country, we tested the connection speed on Netflix’s fast.com website. The base speed from our location in Europe was 210 Mbps. To stream HD, the minimum recommended speed is 5 Mbps, and Ultra HD takes 25 Mbps. We’ve tested the US, Canada, Japan, Australia, the UK, Germany, and the Netherlands.
Testing speed and Netflix unblocking with PureVPN
Columbus, United States. Disappointing speeds, some of the worst we witnessed, never reaching more than 15 Mbps. We don’t even have a screenshot for this number as we thought this was a minor, temporary issue, but, as it turns out, this was the maximum PureVPN’s Columbus server offered us. There’s a possible explanation: for some reason, we were directed to the Australian version of fast.com, even though our IP address was clearly in the US. No wonder we got the infamous “Whoops, something went wrong…” error page instead of our Netflix show.
The PureVPN Stream mode has the option to choose not a country but a channel you want to unblock. We were excited to try this feature, so we decided to try it out. We ended up on a New York server. Even though the speed was still slow (less than 9 Mbps), we were able to stream our show in HD.
Toronto, Canada. Surprisingly, the speed jumped to where you would expect it after crossing the Atlantic – a nice 45 Mbps – good enough for UHD. Unfortunately, this PureVPN server again failed to unblock Netflix. We started to get the feeling that the same would happen with the rest of our country selection, and it almost did.
The United Kingdom. It worked and gave us a really good 200 Mbps, which felt just like home. The stream was as smooth as a rose leaf, and jumping from one part of the show to another took less than a couple of seconds.
Australia. Surprisingly enough, after more than a few seconds of waiting for the pitch black screen to change into our show, PureVPN did unlock Netflix in Australia. The speed was 2.5 Mbps tops, so watching it in HD proved to be impossible, though. Skipping the show is ill-advised as it often takes almost ten seconds to buffer – enough for some to start browsing the phone out of boredom.
Japan, the Netherlands, and Germany were too much for PureVPN. So if you want to watch content that is available in these countries only, best look for a better option.
All in all, we can say that PureVPN’s ability to unblock Netflix is slightly below average, mostly because of the issues with the US library, which is the most demanded and demanding one. Strangely, the connection speeds were also a problem, although otherwise, PureVPN is quite fast. Fast.com tests, however, were slow and often not enough even for HD streaming. Having this in mind, we cannot recommend using PureVPN for Netflix, especially if this is your primary concern when getting a VPN.
How to use PureVPN for Netflix?
First, you will need a Netflix subscription, obviously. This can be solved in four easy steps:
- Visit Netflix.com and click “Join FREE for a month”
- Choose one of the four plans: Basic, Standard, Premium, or Ultra. We don’t recommend Basic because, basically, you will be paying for streaming on one screen and only in SD, when adding $3 gives you HD and two simultaneous streaming screens.
- Create an account with a legit email address
- Enter your payment information
Then you will need a PureVPN subscription and client software. There is no free trial, but you have a 31-day money-back guarantee no matter which of the PureVPN plans you decide to choose. By following the on-screen instructions, you should be able to install the PureVPN client in no time.
After logging in, simply select the Stream mode. From there you have to choose a channel (Netflix US), and after a successful connection, your browser will automatically open Netflix.com.
Those who want to access other Netflix libraries will have to choose the desired country from PureVPN’s server location list. Just don’t be too optimistic about it, because as our test results have shown, PureVPN tends to have problems unblocking Netflix and maintaining a decent connection speed. There’s no way to choose a specific city, so when clicking on the US, you might connect to a server on the wrong coast, further hampering the bandwidth.
So that’s about it. Should you encounter any issues streaming Netflix with PureVPN, get in touch with their 24/7 live chat support. If they cannot help you, at least they may try to comfort you.