Best VPN for Netflix

To find a VPN for Netflix, we tested 67 VPN services (paid and free) using 4 random locations from their server network, including US, Canada and UK.

 

8 Netflix VPNs That 100% Unblock Netflix

Last tested: July 2018

Whether you need them to unblock VPN or just bypass geo-restrictions, you can’t go wrong with the following.

Below are VPNs that still unblock Netflix through their streaming servers:

1. ExpressVPN – Six Servers Unblocking Netflix

ExpressVPN homepage
ExpressVPN servers unblocking Netflix:

  • Toronto, Canada
  • United Kingdom (2 servers)
  • United States (2 servers)
  • Netherlands

ExpressVPN has a Netflix page on their site detailing why using a VPN is the best choice for accessing Netflix (over a DNS or a proxy) — and it’s time-stamped 2018.

It’s clear that ExpressVPN still counts themselves among the VPN providers able to circumvent Netflix’s 2016 ban. They’re not wrong.

Read our full ExpressVPN review.

 

2. NordVPN – Six Servers Unblocking Netflix

NordVPN homepage
NordVPN servers unblocking Netflix:

  • United States (3)
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

Panama-based NordVPN was launched in 2008 and quickly became one of the most highly rated, often-featured VPNs in rating sites. Located in an independent country with nearly 4,000 servers spread across 62 countries, NordVPN has a lot to offer — including Netflix.

The company’s website features an article that keeps a running tab of which of their servers are working for Netflix. Currently, the countries with working Netflix servers are the United States, France, the UK, and the Netherlands.

All three of the United States servers worked in our testing, although the connections were somewhat slow — possibly because NordVPN is one of the more reliable VPN providers for unblocking Netflix, and so has a lot of users.

The U.K. server also worked, but we found it to be slow as well. Our best recommendation is the Netherlands server, which was quick and unblocked the streaming site.

Read our full NordVPN review.

 

3. GooseVPN – 4 Servers Unblocking Netflix

GooseVPN homepage
GooseVPN servers unblocking Netflix:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

Netherlands-based GooseVPN doesn’t mention anything on their homepage about streaming access, but a closer look at their blog reveals a post titled Binge Watch Anywhere in The World, which specifically mentions Netflix and is dated April 2018.

In our testing, we were able to access the site from all four of the servers tested, although we were connected to a special streaming server for all except Canada.

Read our full GooseVPN review.

 

4. LiquidVPN – 5 Servers Unblocking Netflix

LiquidVPN homepage
LiquidVPN servers unblocking Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: Chicago
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

Wyoming-based LiquidVPN makes its stance on Netflix clear; its very first feature in the homepage reads “Unblock Facebook, Twitter, Google, Netflix, and websites that are only available in specific regions from wherever you are in the world.”

The website also includes an article on how to unblock Netflix using the VPN, and, unlike other providers who shy away from admitting that they’re attempting to circumvent the Netflix block, old support tickets demonstrate that the VPN provider is actively trying to bypass the ban. We were able to access the site on every server we tried.

Read our full LiquidVPN review.

 

5. PrivateVPN – 5 Servers Unblocking Netflix

PrivateVPN
PrivateVPN servers unblocking Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: Los Angeles
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

Stockholm-based PrivateVPN has a custom-built VPN specific for Netflix. According to the provider, the VPN is built specifically to allow access to the entire U.S. catalogue of titles.

In addition to the special Netflix server, PrivateVPN has a guide on how to unlock Netflix from your native account, which includes a list of servers which might allow you to access the streaming service — suggesting that while they keep the list update, it’s possible that it could change from any time. We were able to access Netflix from several of the servers on the list, including two in the U.S.

Read our full PrivateVPN review.

 

6. StrongVPN – 5 Servers Working

StrongVPN
StrongVPN servers unblocking Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: Chicago
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • Netherlands

Originally a PC selling company from South Lake Tahoe, California, today StrongVPN operates one of the most comprehensive VPN provider networks in the industry, with over 660 global servers and customers in 24 countries. Two of the U.S. servers we tried — New York and Chicago — had no trouble accessing Netflix. We were also able to bypass the proxy error in servers in the U.K., Canada and the Netherlands.

Read our full StrongVPN review.

 

7. VPN.ht – 5 Servers Unblocking Netflix

VPN.ht
VPN.ht servers connecting to Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: California
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

VPN.ht, a Hong-Kong based provider, is largely focused on protecting privacy and allowing access to blocked content. It’s no surprise, then, that the company calls out the ability to access Netflix specifically on their homepage. And it worked — in our testing, VPN.ht was able to access Netflix from six servers in five countries.

Read our full VPN.ht review.

20 VPNs that didn’t Work with Netflix

  1. TunnelBear (4/4 servers blocked)
  2. VPN.ac (4/4 servers blocked)
  3. Private Tunnel (5/5 servers blocked)
  4. Kaspersky Secure Connection (4/4 servers blocked)
  5. Avast Secureline VPN (5/5 servers blocked)
  6. F-Secure Freedome (5/5 servers blocked)
  7. Hoxx VPN (3/3 servers blocked)
  8. Anonymous VPN (4/4 servers blocked)
  9. CactusVPN (5/5 servers blocked)
  10. Celo VPN (5/5 servers blocked)
  11. Hide My IP (5/5 servers blocked)
  12. Hide.me (5/5 servers blocked)
  13. Ivacy (4/4 servers blocked)
  14. iVPN (5/5 servers blocked)
  15. OneVPN (5/5 servers blocked)
  16. PersonalVPN (5/5 servers blocked)
  17. ProXPN (5/5 servers blocked)
  18. PureVPN (4/4 servers blocked)
  19. Ra4w VPN (4/4 servers blocked)
  20. SecureVPN (4/4 servers blocked)
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1. TunnelBear

TunnelBear servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

TunnelBear, a VPN provider located in Ontario with the stated goal of bringing “the benefits of privacy to everyone,” wasn’t able to provide a connection to Netflix from their U.S., Canada, U.K. or Netherlands servers.

Read our full TunnelBear review.

 

2. VPN.ac

VPN.ac servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States
  • Canada (2)

Unlike many providers, Romanian-based VPN.ac makes no mention of content unblocking or content access on their features page.

In a blog post published after Netflix’s 2016 announcement, the company said they had “seen [the block] coming” following Netflix’s global expansion, and that they found the lack of Netflix transparency around their regional content offerings to amount to “false-advertising.”

A further statement notes that the reason Netflix blocked VPNs in the first place — and the behest of the content owners — was an “archaic entertainment distribution model.”

 

3. Private Tunnel

Private Tunnel servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: Chicago
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom: London
  • Netherlands

Private Tunnel, a California-based VPN provider, wasn’t able to connect to any of the Netflix servers we tested — a limitation the company knows about and isn’t attempting to fix.

Read our full Private Tunnel review.

 

4. Kaspersky Secure Connection

Kaspersky servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom: London
  • Netherlands

Kaspersky Secure Connection VPN is powerhouse antivirus company Kaspersky’s first foray into the VPN space. Users of the VPN service have put in support tickets related to Netflix last year, suggesting that the service may have once worked to unblock streaming; it currently doesn’t.

Read our full Kaspersky review.

 

5. Avast SecureLine

Avast SecureLine servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: Washington
  • United States: New York
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

Founded in 1988 and headquartered in the Czech Republic, Avast is a multinational cybersecurity software company that manufactures everything from VPNs to antivirus protection.

Their VPN, Avast SecureLine, boasts the ability to unblock content — specifically, their website notes that, with SecureLine, you can “Enjoy your favorite TV shows as you choose.” However, we found that Netflix was blocked on all the servers we tried.

Read our full Avast SecureLine review.

 

6. F-Secure Freedome

F-Secure Freedome servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: East Coast
  • United States: West Coast
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

The tagline for F-Secure, noted directly on their homepage, is “Protect your privacy. Access blocked content.” which makes it somewhat surprising that all the servers we tried — five in total — were blocked.

Digging deeper, we found that the site issued a statement from 2016, following the ban, which they still reference in support forums today, noting that they have limited ways to prevent third party blocking, and expect customers to respect third-party terms.

Read our full F-Secure Freedome review.

 

7. Hoxx VPN

Hoxx VPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United Kingdom: London
  • Netherlands

Germany-based Hoxx VPN mentioned the ability to bypass blocked websites, and makes reference to “geo-based content,” but doesn’t mention streaming specifically, and we were unable to access Netflix using it.

Read our full Hoxx VPN review.

 

8. Anonymous VPN

Anonymous VPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom: London
  • Netherlands

Seychelles-based Anonymous VPN is relatively new to the space; the lesser-known service was founded in 2015. Although it has certain features its more well-known counterparts lack, like a kill switch and jurisdiction outside the fourteen eyes countries, it currently doesn’t work with Netflix.

Read our full Anonymous review.

 

9. CactusVPN

CactusVPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: Chicago
  • United States: California
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom: London
  • Netherlands

Moldova-based CactusVPN, which has been around since 2011, is a smaller VPN provider founded by just three people less than a decade ago, so it’s perhaps unsurprising that the company doesn’t have the resources to unblock Netflix. None of the servers we tested worked, but then again, we didn’t expect them to after reading the statement on their website.

Read our full CactusVPN review.

 

10. Celo VPN

Celo VPN servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States (2)
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

We found Netflix blocked on all the servers we tried for Celo, a small tech company based out of New South Wales, Australia. However, it’s something the company is working on: an announcement from March 31, 2018 notes that the company has “a working US and UK Netflix/TV streaming solution in place” and encourages the user to log a support ticket to learn more.

Read our full Celo VPN review.

 

11. Hide My IP

Hide My IP servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: New York
  • United States: Chicago
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom: London
  • Netherlands

U.S.-based Hide My IP pitches itself as a VPN dedicated to anonymous browsing, with a nod toward its ability to let users access blocked websites (although not Netflix specifically). Although the company wrote about its compatibility with Netflix before the block, such posts stopped after its implementation in 2016.

 

12. Hide.me

Hide.me servers blocked by Netflix:

  • United States: East Coast
  • United States: West Coast
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Netherlands

Hide.me, which touts itself as “the world’s fastest VPN,” doesn’t have a statement on their website regarding the VPN’s ability to connect to Netflix specifically, but does note that the service enables the user to “access any website, app or channel safely.”

The site also features a blog post noting the ability of VPNs to unblock Netflix, but it’s time stamped 2015 — a full year before the Netflix crackdown. We were unable to access Netflix on the following Hide.me servers.

Read our full Hide.me review.

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Conclusion

The war between Netflix and VPN providers following the ban hasn’t been pretty, with VPN users declaring that they’re cancelling their Netflix subscriptions as a result of the ban to VPN providers desperately trying to find workarounds only to be blocked again.

But, until the licensing model changes — or until Netflix can find a way to make all of their content globally available, the goal they mentioned in their 2016 statement announcing the ban — it’s a war that will continue to rage.Netflix VPN crackdown

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3 thoughts on “Best VPN for Netflix

  1. Nordvpn does a job well. They keep adding servers on a daily bases. Last time I checked, it was over 4000 servers. I believe it’s hard for Netflix to track them down ( a cat and a mouse chase)

  2. About Express VPN, you can see what’s on US and UK Netflix, but you can’t view the content. It’s July 6, and I just tried. Close, but no dice. Just being able to see the content list doesn’t meant it works.

    1. Hi Penny,

      You should test different servers. When we used ExpressVPN during our Netflix test, we also made sure we can actually stream the video. I recommend trying again and changing servers. Express should definitely work with Netflix 🙂

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