Best VPN for Netflix - Comparing 22 Providers

Martin Gschwentner

Have you browsed through all that Netflix has to offer without finding anything good? It might be time to go on a virtual trip around the world since Netflix content differs from country to country. Maybe, you'll be able to find something appealing abroad. All you need to get started is a VPN.

VPNs don't only beef up your security and privacy, they also help to bypass geo-blocking and access content on servers elsewhere. After logging in to Netflix while using a VPN, you'll be able to access content limited to users in that country.

Of course, streaming platforms oppose this, staying hot on the heels of VPN providers to close off access to foreign content. To help you find the right VPN for accessing foreign content, we looked at which providers from our sample can be used to access content from abroad on Netflix. Since US Netflix content is particularly popular, we evaluated US servers, however, the results should be representative for most regions.

Netflix offers different content in every country where it's active.

From the 22 providers in our sample, 17 were capable of accessing US Netflix content. Here are our Top 5:

1.

NordVPN

Best Overall 2021
NordVPN Test
NordVPN
(728,033)
5400+ servers, 60 countries
Excellent performance
No logs
6 devices simultaneously
Inexpensive 2-year package
NordVPN combines speed, user-friendliness and functionality into a coherent overall package that is also fairly affordable.
Data volume
unlimited
Devices
6
Protocols
5
Contract Period
1 - 24 months
+3 months
Summer Deal
NordVPN 2-year plan
$3.30
monthly price
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30 days money-back guarantee
Best Overall
4.7 / 5
excellent

It doesn't take a lot to figure out why NordVPN secured first place in our evaluation: The provider combines user-friendliness, security, and performance into one of the best overall VPN packages on the market. And the best part? NordVPN is priced right, especially if booking a 2-year subscription.

During testing, we were able to access Netflix content without any problem. NordVPN also took first place in our speed test, meaning that when streaming Netflix content, you won't have to worry about lagging or buffering.

And not only Netflix: The service worked equally well with Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and the BBC's iPlayer.

Enables access to foreign Netflix content as well as that of other streaming platforms

Secured first place in EXPERTE.com's evaluation

Fastest VPN from our speed test

Has limited protocol options

Review Score
4.7 / 5
04/2021
excellent
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Performance
5.0 / 5
Customer Support
4.7 / 5
Installation and Features
4.7 / 5
Security and Privacy
4.7 / 5
Server Network
4.3 / 5
2.

ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN Test
ExpressVPN
(404,846)
3000+ Server
160 cities in 94 countries
Excellent performance
Saves no logs
30-day money-back guarantee
ExpressVPN impresses with strong performance, a huge server network and excellently designed applications, but this quality also comes at a higher price.
Data volume
unlimited
Devices
3
Protocols
7
Contract Period
1 - 12 months
ExpressVPN 12 Months
$8.33
monthly price
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30 days money-back guarantee
Review Score
4.7 / 5
excellent

ExpressVPN doesn't only follow NordVPN in this list, it also came in second behind the Panama-based service in our overall evaluation. There's little between the two, with both performing equally well (for specifics, check out our head-to-head comparison), however, NordVPN edges out ExpressVPN owing to its much lower price.

So far as streaming is concerned though, ExpressVPN allows users to access Netflix content as well as NordVPN does, with high speeds owing to its 3,000 strong server network spread across 94 countries.

You won't need to limit yourself to Netflix either, as ExpressVPN granted us access to the other three streaming services we evaluated as well.

Unlocks foreign content from Netflix and other streaming services

Performs excellently

Features an intuitive app

Pricy

Review Score
4.7 / 5
04/2021
excellent
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Performance
5.0 / 5
Customer Support
4.7 / 5
Server Network
4.7 / 5
Security and Privacy
4.7 / 5
Installation and Features
4.3 / 5
3.

Surfshark

Surfshark VPN Test
Surfshark VPN
(79,079)
3200+ servers in 65 countries
Unlimited number of devices
Many apps (Linux, FireTV, ...)
Saves no logs
Very cheap on the 24-month plan
Surfshark is one of the cheapest providers on the market, but besides the price also impresses with strong protection, many features and a great support with 24/7 live chat.
Data volume
unlimited
Devices
unlimited
Protocols
3
Contract Period
1 - 24 months
Surfshark 24 months
$2.49
monthly price
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Get 83% Discount
Review Score
4.4 / 5
good

We get it, you're already paying for a Netflix subscription, so why pay on top of that to access additional content? Unfortunately, most free VPNs don't allow users to stream video content without a paid subscription, but we've got the next best thing: Our price-performance pick, Surfshark. Even though the provider is fairly new to the VPN market, it puts up a good fight against its more established competitors, not least owing to its impressive second place in our speed test.

Thanks to its high speeds, your night of 'Netflix and chill' won't be an evening of 'buffering and loading'. Surfshark also makes it possible to access the other three streaming platforms we tested it on. As such, our price-performance winner is a solid choice for your digital jet-setting.

Enables access to Netflix and other streaming platforms

Affordably priced

Provides top speeds

Server network could be larger

Review Score
4.4 / 5
04/2021
good
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Performance
5.0 / 5
Installation and Features
4.7 / 5
Customer Support
4.3 / 5
Server Network
4.0 / 5
Security and Privacy
4.0 / 5
4.

ProtonVPN

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ProtonVPN
(30,248)
Strong focus on security
1200+ servers in 55 countries
Headquarters in Switzerland
Solid performance
Open Source & external audits
Data volume
unlimited
Devices
1 - 10
Protocols
3
Contract Period
0 - 24 months
ProtonVPN Free
$0.00
monthly price
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30 days money-back guarantee
Review Score
4.3 / 5
good

ProtonVPN offers the top free VPN from our sample, owing to its unlimited data. Unfortunately, free users are restricted to three server locations and cannot stream content from abroad. This is common to all free VPNs we looked at, so it's not that big of a deal.

Paying subscribers can access US Netflix content, as well as Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and the BBC's iPlayer without problems.

Enables access to Netflix and other streaming platforms

Open-source software with security guaranteed by external audits

User-friendly applications

Limited direct support channels

Review Score
4.3 / 5
04/2021
good
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Installation and Features
5.0 / 5
Security and Privacy
5.0 / 5
Performance
4.3 / 5
Customer Support
3.7 / 5
Server Network
3.7 / 5
5.

hide.me

hide.me VPN Test
hide.me VPN
(22,861)
1900+ servers
75+ locations in 47+ countries
Saves no logs
14-day money-back guarantee
with free plan
Data volume
10 - ∞
Devices
1 - 10
Protocols
7
Contract Period
0 - 24 months
hide.me Free
$0.00
monthly price
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30 days money-back guarantee
Review Score
4.2 / 5
good

We didn't find many things to take hide.me to task for: Across all of the six aspects we assessed providers on, it scored "good" or " very good". We particularly liked its VPN client which, although loaded with features, doesn't make any sacrifices in terms of user-friendliness.

This also applies to how hide.me handled streaming: We were able to access Netflix and other streaming content from abroad without a problem.

Unfortunately, we did experience a few connection issues which might impact its suitability for streaming. Of course, these problems were relatively minor.

Enables access to Netflix and other streaming platforms

User-friendly applications loaded with features

Good speeds

Relatively expensive

Occasional connection issues

Review Score
4.2 / 5
04/2021
good
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Bedienung & Features
5.0 / 5
Customer Support
4.3 / 5
Performance
4.0 / 5
Server Network
4.0 / 5
Sicherheit & Privatsphäre
3.7 / 5

Alternatives

All providers in our Top 5 performed well in our comprehensive evaluation, enabling users to access Netflix content and stream from abroad. With that said, the number of providers from our sample capable of unblocking Netflix content is much longer.

Below, you can find a list of programs we evaluated capable of providing access to US Netflix content:

Private Internet Access Test
Private Internet Access
(134,895)
34,000+ servers in 75 countries
Very good VPN client
Wide range of features
No independent security audit
Weak performance in speed test
Data volume
unlimited
Devices
10
Protocols
2
Contract Period
1 - 24 months
Private Internet Access Two Years
$2.91
monthly price
Visit Website »
Review Score
4.1 / 5
good
CyberGhost VPN Test
CyberGhost VPN
(181,497)
6400+ server
90 countries
Saves no logs
45 days money-back guarantee
Reliable Streaming
Data volume
unlimited
Devices
7
Protocols
6
Contract Period
1 - 36 months
CyberGhost 3 Years
$2.25
monthly price
Visit Website »
45 days money-back guarantee
Review Score
3.9 / 5
good
Windscribe VPN Test
Windscribe VPN
(90,529)
500+ servers in 60+ countries
Free version with 10 GB limit
Connect unlimited devices
Good for video streaming
Headquarters in Canada
Data volume
10 - ∞
Devices
unlimited
Protocols
2
Contract Period
0 - 18 months
Windscribe Free
$0.00
monthly price
Visit Website »
Download for free
Review Score
3.9 / 5
good
PureVPN Test
PureVPN
(51,411)
Huge network (6500+ server)
140+ countries
good performance
31 days money-back guarantee
Saved connection data
Data volume
unlimited
Devices
5 - 10
Protocols
6
Contract Period
1 - 24 months
PureVPN 2 years
$2.91
monthly price
Visit Website »
7-day trial
Review Score
3.9 / 5
good
VyprVPN Test
VyprVPN
(68,803)
700+ servers in 70 countries
Saves no logs (Audited)
Company location in Switzerland
Premium: own VPN protocol
Data volume
unlimited
Devices
5
Protocols
6
Contract Period
1 - 36 months
VyprVPN 36 months
$1.67
monthly price
Visit Website »
30 days money-back guarantee
Review Score
3.8 / 5
good
Hotspot Shield VPN Test
Hotspot Shield VPN
(1,636,353)
3200+ Server
70+ countries
Offers free plan
Below-average performance
Headquarters in the USA
Data volume
0.5 - ∞
Devices
1 - 25
Protocols
5
Contract Period
0 - 12 months
Hotspot Shield Free
$0.00
monthly price
Visit Website »
Review Score
3.7 / 5
good
IPVanish VPN Test
IPVanish VPN
(175,283)
1600+ servers with 40,000+ IPs
55+ countries
10 simultaneous connections
Solid performance
Headquarters in the USA
Data volume
unlimited
Devices
unlimited
Protocols
7
Contract Period
1 - 12 months
IPVanish Yearly
$3.75
monthly price
Visit Website »
30 days money-back guarantee
Review Score
3.7 / 5
good
VPN Unlimited Test
VPN Unlimited
(38,799)
500+ servers in 50 countries
Static IPs available
Offers lifetime plan
Few features
Data protection questions
Data volume
unlimited
Devices
5
Protocols
6
Contract Period
0 - 12 months
VPN Unlimited 1 Year
$5.00
monthly price
Visit Website »
Review Score
3.7 / 5
good
PrivateVPN Test
PrivateVPN
(9,336)
Good Performance
Simple user interface
Well suited for streaming
Only 100 servers
No external audit
Data volume
unlimited
Devices
6
Protocols
5
Contract Period
1 - 24 months
PrivateVPN 24 Months
$2.50
monthly price
Visit Website »
Review Score
3.6 / 5
good
TunnelBear VPN Test
TunnelBear VPN
(307,222)
Offers free plan
Independent security audit
Low price
Small server network
Headquarters in Canada
Data volume
0.5 - ∞
Devices
1 - 5
Protocols
2
Contract Period
0 - 36 months
TunnelBear Free
$0.00
monthly price
Visit Website »
Review Score
3.5 / 5
good
ZenMate VPN Test
ZenMate VPN
(71,613)
3000+ IP addresses
78 countries
30 days money-back guarantee
Fragezeichen bei Datenschutz
Data volume
unlimited
Devices
unlimited
Protocols
6
Contract Period
1 - 36 months
ZenMate 3 years
$1.64
monthly price
Visit Website »
Review Score
3.5 / 5
satisfactory
Avast SecureLine VPN Test
Avast SecureLine VPN
(6,738,116)
700 servers in 34 countries
Very easy to use
Good performance
Small server network
Small set of features
Data volume
unlimited
Devices
10
Protocols
2
Contract Period
12 - 24 months
Avast 2 years
$3.99
monthly price
Visit Website »
Review Score
3.4 / 5
satisfactory

How We Tested

To test all 22 services from our sample, we purchased a subscription to each, evaluating their clients and apps thoroughly. Each review is divided into six main areas, five of which were scored and relate to the most important facets of a VPN:

Installation and Features

Which features does each provider offer? How easy are they to use? Which operating systems are supported? We attempted to answer all of these questions rewarding providers who combined intuitive use with plenty of settings and options.

Server Network

In terms of networks, we looked at how many servers each offers, and the number of countries these are spread across. Should you want to access VPN content from a specific region or country, it's advisable to pay attention to whether a provider has solid (or any) infrastructure there.

Performance

We constantly compare the performance of all providers from our sample as part of our VPN speed test. In addition, we also tested each service for a day, to see how they worked for surfing and streaming.

The table below shows which providers from our sample are capable of unlocking US Netflix content:

ProviderNetflix USAProviderNetflix USA

Avast VPN

Perfect Privacy

Avira VPN

Private Internet Access

Cyberghost

PrivateVPN

ExpressVPN

ProtonVPN

hide.me

PureVPN

HideMyAss!

Surfshark

Hotspot Shield

TorGuard

IPVanish

TunnelBear

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited

VyprVPN

Mullvad

Windscribe

NordVPN

ZenMate

Security and Privacy

VPN providers like to promise everything in terms of privacy. We stopped taking providers at their word, ignoring their "No-Logs" promises or guarantees. Instead, we read between the lines of their privacy policies, and check whether a provider has submitted to external security audits. Finally, we conduct VPN leak tests and broadly assess each service's general security practices.

Customer Support

We value simple, direct contact methods, preferably via live chat or email support. For the latter or support tickets, we expect answers within 24 hours. Beyond that, VPN services should possess a comprehensive and readily searchable help center with support articles and FAQs.

Conclusion

The content you can stream on Netflix varies from country to country. It would be unfortunate if, as a paying subscriber, you couldn't peruse their entire catalog. Thankfully, with the right VPN by your side, you won't have to and can access content from anywhere.

Streaming services have taken note and do everything they can to clamp down whenever a VPN makes it possible to access their content from abroad. However, as a number of VPN providers advertise their ability to unlock specific streaming platforms, their staffers work just as hard to maintain or replace these capabilities.

FAQ

Which VPNs work with Netflix?
From the 22 providers in our sample, 17 make it possible to access Netflix content from abroad. Many of these also allow other streaming platforms, like Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, or the BBC's iPlayer to be accessed.

What VPN is the best for Netflix?
NordVPN took top spot in our overall evaluation, offering the best VPN package at an unbeatable price. Since NordVPN also performs well in terms of streaming, enabling access to a number of other streaming platforms, we view it as the best VPN for Netflix, followed closely by ExpressVPN and Surfshark.

Is it legal to access Netflix with a VPN?
It isn't illegal, even if it clashes with Netflix's terms of use. Streaming services like Netflix go after VPNs because of the issue it creates with licensing and their exercise of due diligence. If they didn't, these platforms would incur fees and face legal repercussions for violating their licensing agreements. Theoretically, your account could be suspended, however, we're not aware of any such cases. We're confident that you don't need to fear any legal consequences.

Which country has the best Netflix content?
As of 2021, Ireland offers the largest Netflix catalog, followed by Malaysia and Indonesia. Determining which is the best depends, to a significant extent, on what kind of series and films you'd like to watch. With Netflix UK and Ireland, you can find classics like The Office, one of the most-watched series in the US, however, you won't find it in the US or German catalogs. Some online portals, like uNoGS, list what content is available by region.

Author (German Version): Martin Gschwentner
Martin Gschwentner majored in American Studies and Media Studies in Germany, the USA and France and works as a freelance editor in Paris. He is a doctoral student at the Institute for English and American Studies at the University of Paris Diderot, where he is researching the influence of money on US politics. On EXPERTE.com he writes about IT security, data protection and software for the self-employed and small businesses.
Translator & Editor: D Bare
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