Best VPN for Netflix 2020 | TESTED & VERIFIED [DAILY]

These are the best VPNs for Netflix

  1. ExpressVPN
  2. NordVPN
  3. CyberGhost VPN
  4. Surfshark
  5. Ivacy

Netflix has well over 5,700 TV shows and movies in its library, but it doesn't make all of this content available to its users around the world. Subscribers in the UK, for example, only get access to 2,967 titles, while those in Germany are limited to 1,785. Many countries across Asia and Africa are limited to just a few hundred titles.

Using a Netflix VPN, you can unlock the full potential of your subscription and increase the amount of content you have available. All you need to do is subscribe to a VPN that works with Netflix, connect to a server in the United States and you can use your current subscription to watch the complete Netflix catalog.

But there is a catch (of course). Netflix actively blocks VPNs and dedicates significant resources to making sure they cannot be used for this purpose. There are only a handful of VPNs willing to enter this perpetual game of cat and mouse. As you can imagine, it's both expensive and time-consuming trying to stay one step ahead of the largest media organization on the planet.

ProPrivacy tests the tech on this list on a daily basis. We use a set of automated tests and our in house team of researchers manually verify the results. Every VPN on our list works with Netflix USA at a minimum and many unlock additional regions such as Japan, Germany and France.

Why are these the best Netflix VPNs:

1. ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN is a reliable VPN that provides excellent stability and connection speeds on its Netflix-ready servers

  • Pricing

    From $6.67 - $12.95
  • Available on

    • Android
    • iOS
    • Windows
    • MacOS
    • Linux
  • Works with

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

Website:ExpressVPN.com
Money-Back Guarantee: 30 days 


ExpressVPN on all devices


ExpressVPN remains one of the best-known names in the industry and always seems to stay one step ahead of Netflix. 


One of the stand out features that makes ExpressVPN a great choice for Netflix users is the built-in speed testing tool. 


The ExpressVPN apps for Windows and Mac allow you to run tests on server locations to check the latency and download speed of each VPN server. The software then ranks them by Speed Index. The higher the number, the better the performance.


This is incredibly useful for Netflix streaming. All you need to do run the Speed Test and choose the US server location with the highest Speed Index.


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Most people simply want access to the largest content library, which is Netflix USA, but ExpressVPN also does a great job at unlocking regional libraries like Netflix UK, Canada, France and Japan. This is useful if you are traveling and want to continue watching content in your home country or simply want to your fix of anime.

2. NordVPN

NordVPN is great for speed thanks to its SmartPlay technology

  • Pricing

    From $3.49 - $11.95
  • Available on

    • Android
    • iOS
    • Windows
    • MacOS
  • Works with

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

Best Overall VPN 2019
Website:NordVPN.com | Money-Back Guarantee: 30 days 


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NordVPN remains one the best VPNs for Netflix USA. One of the biggest issues that people have when using a VPN to access Netflix is buffering. Generally speaking, the further you are away from the VPN server, the slower your connection will be. They sidestep this issue thanks to a special feature called SmartPlay.


SmartPlay is a built-in proxy service that re-routes your requests to stream Netflix through a server located in the USA, regardless of which VPN server you connect to. For example, if you live in Australia, you can connect to a server in Australia and still watch Netflix USA. SmartPlay is implemented by default and can be accessed using all NordVPN apps.


We have tested NordVPN and you can watch Netflix US using ANY server with the exception of those in the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, and Italy. That's because Nord also provides access to these regional Netflix libraries. For people located in these regions that want to access Netflix USA, you will need to connect to a server in a different country (our recommendation is to use a server based as close to your true location as possible i.e. a neighbouring country).


We can also confirm that you can access regional libraries in  United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, and Italy by connecting to any server in that particular region.


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It takes a while to wrap your head around the mechanics of SmartPlay, but once you understand which server you need to connect to, the results are very impressive, with virtually no drops in streaming performance.


NordVPN is affordable, and its VPN apps are available for all platforms. It will also unlock BBC iPlayer and hulu. The NordVPN apps are extremely easy to use and this service features 24/7 live chat support. Try this premium VPN today with its 30-day money-back guarantee.

3. CyberGhost VPN

CyberGhost is the only VPN to guarantee it will work with Netflix US

  • Pricing

    From $2.75 - $12.99
  • Available on

    • Android
    • iOS
    • Windows
    • MacOS
    • Linux
  • Works with

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Hulu

Best Value Award 2019
Website: CyberGhostVPN.com | Money-Back Guarantee: 45 days


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CyberGhost VPN is unique in that it guarantees access to Netflix US when connected to one of its 'streaming optimized servers'. We haven't tested this guarantee out, but that's because it always seems to work.


Unlike some other providers on the list, CyberGhost VPN doesn't offer access to all of the regional libraries. At the moment, it officially supports the United States, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.


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All you need to do is connect to the US streaming server for Netflix and this easy to use service automatically connects you to one of 40+ servers specially reserved for Netflix. This stops you from connecting to a server that is congested. CyberGhosts’s Netflix servers average at 30 Mbps; which is good enough to stream in 4K. You can even try this service for 45 whole days - thanks to CyberGhost’s industry-leading money-back guarantee. 


 

4. Surfshark

SurfShark is a newcomer that balances cost and performance perfectly

  • Pricing

    From $1.99 - $11.95
  • Available on

    • Android
    • iOS
    • Windows
    • MacOS
    • Linux
  • Works with

    • Netflix
    • iPlayer
    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu

Surfshark is new on the VPN scene, but, it has hit the ground running. Based in the British Virgin Islands, Surfshark is a no-logs VPN service with great technical security and superb 24/7 support. At our recent ProPrivacy.com Awards - which have quickly become the industry gold standard for recognizing achievement in the VPN industry- Surfshark won the Best Newcomer award. Read on to find out why Surfhark was crowned Best Newcomer at this year's exclusive Las Vegas event!


Surfshark unblocks a wide selection of streaming services, including Netflix in 16 different countries. Which is quite some achievement. In our tests, it unblocked US Netflix and BBC iPlayer as advertised.

5. Ivacy

IvacyVPN is a fast provider with built-in Netflix channel

  • Pricing

    From $1.50 - $7.50
  • Available on

    • iOS
    • Windows
    • Android
    • Linux
    • MacOS
  • Works with

    • Amazon Prime
    • Hulu
    • Netflix
    • iPlayer

Fastest VPN Award 2019
Website: Ivacy.com | Money-Back Guarantee: 30 days


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Ivacy is one of the few providers to boast being able to access most regional Netflix libraries. The only other provider on our list that manages this feat is PrivateVPN. This makes it a great choice for those that want to access content in specific languages that is not available in the English speaking libraries. 


Ivacy consistently tops the ProPrivacy Speed Tests and won our coveted Fastest VPN Award last year. If you don't have a great deal of bandwidth to play with, Ivacy could be worth a shot.


The provider has done a lot of work to remove the hassle from streaming Netflix by introducing its 'channels' feature. This essentially bridges the gap between a TV guide and a VPN by offering one click access to various streaming services. 


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Open the app, click the Netflix channel and let the magic happen. It also makes it easy to connect to other services - everything from hulu to ABC.


The truth is, this feature isn't doing anything other than removing a few clicks, but if you are new to the world of VPNs or just like the idea of having an 'entertainment control panel' - it's a nice little feature to have.


Its apps are available for all platforms and are really easy to use. It features a 24/7 customer care should you need any help and you can test it using its 30-day money-back guarantee.


 

How to unblock Netflix

Unblocking Netflix to get more content is actually extremely easy. All you need is a compatible VPN and then follow the steps below:

  1. Sign up for one of the Netflix VPNs listed in this guide.

    When choosing who to sign up to, it's important to remember that very few VPNs actually work with Netflix anymore, so your choice is limited. All the providers we cover in this guide have been thoroughly tested and are confirmed to work.

  2. Download the VPN software.

    This step is fairly self-explanatory. Once you have signed up to your chosen VPN service, they will provide you with a link where you can download their VPN client.

  3. Install the VPN client and log in.

    Installation may differ slightly depending on the VPN you are using. But once you have downloaded the client, you should be able to simply follow the installation wizard to get it running.

    Once installation has finished, run the software and log in using the credentials you created when signing up.

    Need help? If you require further help with installation, we offer a number of platform specific installation guides if you get stuck, including: Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android and Smart TV.

  4. Connect to a VPN server.

    In your VPN client, click on the server you would like to connect to. For example, if you wanted to unblock US Netflix, choose a US one.

    Some providers, but not all, list speciality servers that must be used for specific tasks, like unblocking Netflix. If you're unsure which server to connect to, you can ask your VPN provider through live chat on their website.

    Did you know? Although international catalogs like the UK and Canada have surpassed the number of titles in the United States, US Netflix is still the most desired option as quantity doesn't always equal quality.

  5. Log in and start streaming.

    Once you're connected to a compatible server, all you need to do is log in with your credentials and start streaming.

    Please note: There is no need to create a new account to unblock Netflix in other territories.

Other VPNs that work with Netflix

Below is a list of other VPNs that we have confirmed work with Netflix but didn't quite make our top 5 list:

  1. Hotspot Shield

    Hotspot Shield is a well-known VPN that has been downloaded millions of times. But to unlock Netflix, you will need to splash out and get a subscription. The service is very fast thanks to its proprietary Catapult Hydra protocol. Admittedly, there is some risk that comes from trusting closed source software. But if you are after Netflix US - and aren't concerned about much else - Hotspot Shield is an okay option. For strong privacy and Netflix, please look elsewhere.

    Check out our complete review of Hotspot Shield.

  2. Windscribe

    Windscribe is a well established VPN from Canada that has a good reputation. It is a great all-rounder that has servers located in over 50 countries, and it recently won the ProPrivacy Award for Best Free VPN last year in Vegas. However, if you want to access Netflix USA you will need a pro account that costs around $4 per month. If you pay you should have a choice a choice of catalogs from around the world using its specialist Windflix servers.

    You can check out our in-depth analysis of Windscribe here.

  3. Torguard

    Torguard is a VPN based in the US that has servers in over 50 countries. It is primarily aimed at people who want to BitTorrent and it keeps zero logs. It also works with Netflix US. However, it does come at a cost. On top of the premium plan, you will also need to buy a dedicated static US IP address. This makes it one of the more expensive options for accessing Netflix. However, if you love this provider - the option is there.

    Check out our full review of Torguard here.

  4. VyprVPN

    VyprVPN is superb tech from Switzerland that runs on a Tier-1 network of servers owned by its parent company Golden Frog. This lets it provide fast connections that are perfect for streaming. VyprVPN will not let you watch a massive cross-section of catalogs like some other VPNs, but it does work with US Netflix for the time being. However, in the past it has lost access to Netflix from time to time - which is why it isn't considered good enough to make our best 5.

    You can see our complete analysis of VyprVPN here.

VPN providers to avoid

Many well-known services (Avast Secureline, Kaspersky Secure Connection, Private Internet Access, IPVanish, Buffered, and TunnelBear - to name a few) don’t even try to bypass Netflix restrictions.

Below are some of the providers you can write off immediately.


Provider Reason
Buffered Stopped working September 2017
Blockless Stopped working July 2016
CactusVPN Stopped working July 2016
GetFlix Despite their name, they only worked for a few months
HideIPVPN Stopped working July 2016
Hola An untrustworthy service
IronSocket Stopped working July 2016
IPVanish Stopped working January 2017
Overplay Stopped working July 2016
Tunnelbear Never worked with Netflix
Unotelly Stopped working July 2016

FAQs

Written by: Ray Walsh

Digital privacy expert with 5 years experience testing and reviewing VPNs. He's been quoted in The Express, The Times, The Washington Post, The Register, CNET & many more. Ray is currently rated #7 VPN and #7 internet privacy authority by Agilience.com.

19 Comments

Linda
on March 17, 2020
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ZoogVPN should be on that list, works well with US, UK and other Netflix regions. Has Netflix working almost in every country quite impressive for the affordable prices it offers...
Robert Weir
on January 22, 2020
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I am using NordVPN and reside outside the USA. I have setup a US based Server, as your article suggests. When I try to get Netflix it refuses my sign up because I do not have a US Zip Code. Is there a work around for this?
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Douglas Crawford replied to Robert Weir
on January 22, 2020
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Hi Robert. You do not need to sign-up for Netflix from a US address. As long as you are using a VPN which isn't blocked by Netflix, all you need do to access the US Netflix catalog is connect to a US server before visiting Netflix. You can sign-in from an account created anywhere in the world.
Someone
on January 10, 2020
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OpenVPN works 100%!!!!
Emma Ryan
on January 7, 2020
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I use Purevpn German Dedicated IP. But I havent got the subscription of Netflix German. Could you please tell me how to get it. But I have subscription to the other channels of german like ZDF, ARD and its dedicated IP works fine on them.
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Douglas Crawford replied to Emma Ryan
on January 7, 2020
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Hi Emma. Netflix doesn't care where your account is registered. If you have an account for Netflix (from anywhere) and change your IP to a German IP address (assuming you use a service which not blocked by Netflix) then you will see the German Netflix catalog when you login to the service.

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