Best VPN for Netflix

Updated on: 25 November 2019

Netflix – the above and beyond of online movie streaming. You know you want to watch Netflix without having to deal with the ever-so-present geo-blocking. And you want to have access to all of their movie databases which isn’t normally accessible from some countries.

This invokes the need of a VPN service. With it, you will be able to do all that and more. Change your IP to a US one, for instance, and you’ll have access to all of the content that US citizens can enjoy. Even if you’re in Russia, let’s say.

The most important aspects of a VPN used for Netflix are:

  • Top server performance – in other words, the speed of your internet connection with a VPN. You have to be able to watch in 4K and Ultra HD without any freezes or mid-movie buffering
  • Expansive server coverage – the best VPNs for Netflix need to have lots of IP addresses in many different countries. So, if you want to see a movie which is only available in Denmark, you have to have the possibility of connecting to a Denmark IP
  • Last but not least, a good VPN for Netflix has to quickly replace the IP addresses which Netflix bans. Because Netflix does ban IPs that it identifies to be coming from a VPN connection. The rate at which these banned IP addresses are replaced by the VPN provider is directly correspondent to its quality

Top VPN Services

NordVPN

NordVPN

The king of VPN providers in this industry, NordVPN has always been one of the highly-acclaimed services that could guarantee you top privacy and anonymity. Now, it has also specialized on unblocking Netflix.

After digging for a little, we managed to get our hands on the exact server list that NordVPN offers as a way to access Netflix from anywhere in the world:

  • US Netflix – connect to any server in any countries other than the UK, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, and Italy
  • CA Netflix – connect to any server in Canada
  • FR Netflix – connect to any server in France
  • DE Netflix – connect to any server in Germany
  • JP Netflix – connect to any server in Japan
  • IT Netflix – Connect to any server in Italy
  • UK Netflix – Connect to any server in the UK

Basically, any server in any one country has the capability to access Netflix, and that is more than we could have asked for.

Upon testing it for ourselves to see whether this checks out or not, we can officially confirm that NordVPN can access Netflix. These were 3 totally random servers that we picked, one from the US, one from the UK, and one from Germany.

What’s more, NordVPN is also known to react quickly to any banned IPs that are thrown out of Netflix’s network. In most locations, there are multiple IPs associated with a country, so even if the IP that you are currently using is banned, you still have others to switch to.

In other words, this VPN provider based in Panama is one of the best online security services you could use to access Netflix from anywhere on the globe.

Now, let us quickly go over the main points essential to a Netflix VPN.

Server coverage

NordVPN boasts a whole 5717 total servers located in 60 countries (2607 in Europe, 627 in Asia Pacific, 2357 in The Americas, and 117 in Africa, The Middle East, and India).

Clearly, when it comes to server coverage, NordVPN is the best provider in the industry, with the largest number of servers spread around the world. It makes it a cinch to access Netflix.

You also have a couple of specialty servers that you can use to boost your experience:

  • Dedicated IP servers – with this option, you get your own IP address that no one else shares with you
  • Double VPN servers – if you want more security, this feature is for you. You get double the encryption by sending your internet traffic through two VPN servers
  • P2P servers – a list of servers optimized for P2P/torrenting. There are no bandwidth limits either
  • Obfuscated servers – this type of server hides away the activity of the VPN so that you will not get spotted. It’s especially useful if you live in a highly restrictive country that controls the internet
  • Onion over VPN servers – combine the standard VPN servers with the highly-secure encryption of the Onion Router (total anonymity)

Server performance

For the purposes of this section, we have went ahead and tested three NordVPN servers to see how fast they are.

Benchmark:

  • Ping – 4ms
  • Download speed – 88.23 Mbps
  • Upload speed – 85.90 Mbps

US server:

  • Ping – 126ms
  • Download speed – 41.83 Mbps
  • Upload speed – 32.01 Mbps

German server:

  • Ping – 37ms
  • Download speed – 82.55 Mbps
  • Upload speed – 83.12 Mbps

UK server:

  • Ping – 49ms
  • Download speed – 29 Mbps
  • Upload speed – 32.85 Mbps

Keep in mind that these results are highly dependable on the location where you make the tests from. The closer a server is to you, the better results you will get. In our case, the tests were made from Europe, so the US servers were pretty far away, hence the low-to-mid-tier results.

ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN has always been dubbed the fastest VPN in the industry, and we stick to this label. What we said earlier about how distance to a VPN server influences speed results, it almost does not apply in this VPN’s case.

We are going to talk about the few points that ExpressVPN discusses on the official website when it comes to Netflix connectivity.

First of all, in order to connect to the US Netflix, you only need to do three things:

  • Purchase an ExpressVPN subscription. This one is a no-brainer
  • Select any of the US servers and connect to it
  • Log in to Netflix
  • Good job, you can now access the US Netflix

Alright, that was four things but you get the idea.

Moving on, ExpressVPN then addresses the one question that most users ask – How to watch Netflix on a VPN?

First of all, you need to understand that ExpressVPN is relatively specialized on server speed, more precisely on unlocking Netflix and other online streaming services. If you meet with any problem while using any of their servers, simply talk to the customer support and you will get right back on track in a few minutes.

Secondly, ExpressVPN doesn’t give you a Netflix account in the subscription that you’re paying for. It doesn’t have anything to do with Netflix other than offering complete and unrestricted access to its contents. Think of this VPN as an add-on to a video game. It makes everything better.

Then, you need to know what devices you can use to access the US Netflix with ExpressVPN:

  • On desktop computers and laptops, you can connect with Mac, Windows, and Linux
  • On smartphones and tablets, you can connect with iOS and Android
  • On a streaming media console, you can connect with Apple TV or Fire TV Stick

Next, people often ask if a VPN will slow down Netflix streaming. And the answer is yes and no. On the one hand, all VPNs slow down your internet connection but if you remember, we said that ExpressVPN excels in the field of server speed.

Moreover, when it comes to Netflix, your ISP might have been throttling internet traffic, and when you’re using a VPN, you’d bypass that restriction altogether. Which, in turn, makes your speed even higher than before.

If you’re still receiving low speeds on your Netflix streaming, make sure that you connect to the closest server to your location.

ExpressVPN also offers you complete access to all the secret codes that you can use on Netflix to truly enhance your experience.

You’re welcome!

Server coverage

ExpressVPN has more than 3000 servers in 94 countries, over 160 VPN locations that you can use to connect to Netflix.

By the way, the picture above is a realistic highlighting of the server coverage of ExpressVPN.

If Netflix bans some of its IPs, which is inevitable, the aforementioned VPN services will almost immediately replace them. Most of the times, it replaces those banned IP addresses on the same day that Netflix blacklists them.

There is basically no great delay between the time you find out Netflix becomes inaccessible and the time ExpressVPN gives you a new IP address to enjoy even more only streaming.

Server speed

To truly see how ExpressVPN beats the competition by miles, we went ahead and tested not three, not four, but five VPN servers. The results were astounding, to say the least.

Benchmark:

  • Ping – 7ms
  • Download speed – 88.32 Mbps
  • Upload speed – 91.02 Mbps

UK server:

  • Ping – 51ms
  • Download speed – 72.29 Mbps
  • Upload speed – 81.94 Mbps

US server:

  • Ping – 148ms
  • Download speed – 83.56 Mbps
  • Upload speed – 31.07 Mbps

German server:

  • Ping – 54ms
  • Download speed – 86.33 Mbps
  • Upload speed – 84.81 Mbps

Australian server:

  • Ping – 322ms
  • Download speed – 49.55 Mbps
  • Upload speed – 5.99 Mbps

South African server, to really put ExpressVPN against the wall:

  • Ping – 199ms
  • Download speed – 72.84 Mbps
  • Upload speed – 10.16 Mbps

Surfshark

SurfShark

Surfshark is relatively a newcomer in the VPN industry yet it has quickly climbed to the top as being one of the most reliable providers out there. Not surprisingly, it offers access to the US Netflix.

All you have to do is follow these three simple steps:

  • Purchase a subscription to Surfshark
  • Download the VPN app
  • Connect to any server close to your location in order to access the US Netflix

Yeah, you hard that right. You don’t need to connect to a US server to access the US Netflix. Surfshark wanted to make things easier and more performant, to increase the speed of your internet connection, and so it made it possible for any server to access Netflix.

Currently, Surfshark is able to unlock Netflix in these 11 countries:

US, UK, Germany, France, Japan, The Netherlands, Australia, Italy, India, Korea, and Turkey.

There is zero buffering, which means that you won’t ever wait for your movies to load before watching them. Top speeds equals top performance.

Unlimited content at your fingertips – with the Netflix libraries from 11 different countries, you clearly have enough movies to watch for a lifetime. Anime included, of course.

Unlimited devices – with Surfshark, you no longer have a limited number of simultaneous connections like with NordVPN or ExpressVPN. With a single account, you can connect to an infinite number of devices. Therefore, your family can watch Netflix as well.

Server coverage and IP replacement

Surfshark has more than 800 servers in 50+ countries, considerably less than NordVPN or ExpressVPN, so the chances that your internet speed will drop because of the distance is higher.

However, the servers are strategically placed around the world so that, no matter where you are, there isn’t a great enough distance to the nearest server so your speed drops that much.

This means that, wherever you are, you will be able to use Surfshark and connect to the US Netflix.

What’s more, any banned IP addresses that Netflix is responsible for will be replaced in due time by Surfshark. At any given time, there are more IP addresses corresponding to a VPN location so that even if Netflix bans a few of them, you still have several others to switch to.

Server speed

We tested a total of three servers, one in the US, one in Germany, and one in Turkey, to see how Surfshark behaves.

Benchmark:

  • Ping – 14ms
  • Download speed – 91.47 Mbps
  • Upload speed – 93.14 Mbps

US server:

  • Ping – 111ms
  • Download speed – 17.31 Mbps
  • Upload speed – 8.55 Mbps

German server:

  • Ping – 48ms
  • Download speed – 81.93 Mbps
  • Upload speed – 85.02 Mbps

Turkish server:

  • Ping – 179ms
  • Download speed – 28.21 Mbps
  • Upload speed – 10.92 Mbps

Netflix Cheat Codes

Just to show you that we care, we have gathered some of the most popular so-called cheat-codes related to Netflix that we could find. They are little tips and tricks that can make your streaming experience more entertaining or efficient.

Without further ado, here they are:

  • Netflix Party Chrome extension lets you watch a movie or a TV series with your friends even if they live in different cities. It’s simply a chatroom that runs next to your Netflix stream, letting you talk while the movie is ongoing
  • Netflix secret codes let you search for movies much more efficiently – if you want to look for action movies with Sylvester Stallone, for example, you can do that by adding the code 1761 at the end of your Netflix URL
  • You can actually request certain movies or TV series to Netflix if they aren’t streamed on the platform. Go here, and you can suggest three recommendations that you want Netflix to add to their platform
  • Use the Netflix Roulette choose a movie or a TV series for you. Simply specify what genre you want to watch, and the roulette will do the rest
  • Go here, and you’ll find out how you can improve your Netflix buffering

Written by: Bogdan Patru

Author, creative writer, and tech-geek. Bogdan has followed his passion for the digital world ever since he got his hands of his first pc. After years of accumulating knowledge and experience, the good Samaritan in him whispered him one day about the virtue of sharing that knowledge with those who needed it. It was 2014 when that idea would grow into a life-defining passion. One that keeps driving him to this day.