Netflix has lots of binge-worthy original content, plus many more TV shows and movies besides. But if you find that a show you really want to watch is only available if you subscribe in a different region (say the US, Japan or Brazil), then a VPN service will enable you to watch it.
The bad news: it’s against Netflix’s terms and conditions to do so. Netflix does not want you to use a VPN to access region-blocked content, and because of that it actively blocks VPN servers. It has become a cat-and-mouse game that even the best of VPNs can have trouble keeping up with.
So, while we’re about to share the best VPN services you can use to access Netflix, we would like to remind you that you should do so at your own risk, and that there will be times when some of the VPNs we recommend have trouble connecting due to a new wave of Netflix bans.
But such issues are usually temporary, and a good VPN service's tech support team should be able to help you get streaming quickly.
VPNs that work with Netflix
One of the best VPNs for Netflix is NordVPN. It’s simple and easy to use, and in our experience it always works with Netflix. That’s because it has more than 5,000 servers across 62 countries, which is absolutely huge. So, if a server you’ve been using does get blocked by Netflix, there’ll be others to try, and Nord's support team is on hand to help via live chat if you're really stuck.
If you’re not too worried about protecting your entire internet usage via a VPN, or like to switch server locations depending on what you’re up to, you can take advantage of NordVPN’s browser extensions for Chrome and Firefox.
Mobile apps for iOS and Android are available as part of the package too.
You can currently get NordVPN for as little as £2.68 / $3.49 per month thanks to a great three-year deal that gets you 70% off. Alternatively, there are two-year, one-year and one-month plans available if you don't want to be tied in for that long.
Read our full NordVPN review here.
Also a great choice is ExpressVPN. It’s simple but speedy, and offers a range of features that presents value for money despite the slightly higher price tag.
Plus, there’s currently a deal that’ll get you three extra months for free when you sign up for a 12-month deal, and you’ll have a 30-day money-back guarantee too.
We’ve found ExpressVPN to be reliable, with quick and efficient customer support should you ever get stuck. That includes a speedy resolution any time you have trouble connecting to Netflix.
There are ExpressVPN apps and extensions for your browser and mobile devices, too.
ExpressVPN starts at $6.67/£5.05 per month when you sign up to the yearly deal (with an extra 3 months included at no extra cost).
Sign up for ExpressVPN here or find out more in our full ExpressVPN review.
If you need to unblock some of the more unusual Netflix regions, take a look at Surfshark. It works with 15 regions including Japan, Brazil, India and Turkey.
Of course, it also support US and UK, so you can watch the shows you need to wherever you are.
Surfshark is also very affordable: you can get this great two-year deal for just £1.49 / $1.99 per month.
There are apps for many different devices, including Amazon Fire TV, so it should work on whichever device you normally watch Netflix.
Read our full Surfshark review here for more details on the service.
Read our full Surfshark review
With more than 2,000 servers across 141 countries, connecting to Netflix is easy. It’s easy to install and is full of handy features such as mobile apps and a kill switch.
You can sign up to PureVPN on its website.
VPN services which direct you to choose a server or location on the basis of what you're trying to do are few and far between these days.
But Ivacy's apps do exactly that. So if you want to stream video you pick that option and then choose the service you want to watch - including Netflix of course. Ivacy supports a wide variety of streaming services, so is a solid choice if your priority when choosing a VPN is to watch videos from around the world.
Ivacy's subscription prices are very low if you don't mind signing up for five years. At the time of writing, you could get 86% off, which works out at just $1.50 / £1.15 per month.
Read our full Ivacy review
Great for those new to the idea of a VPN, CyberGhost is cheap and cheerful, with a range of pre-configured modes that’ll help you connect to Netflix in no time.
With more than 2,700 servers across 60 countries, you can choose the Unblock Streaming mode to find a server that works with Netflix. A kill switch adds extra privacy protection, and there are mobile apps available for all of your devices.
You can pay for CyberGhost monthly for £8.65/$11.99 per month, three months for £7.30/£9.99 or a year for just £2.15/£2.75 at the time of writing.
Another good option for beginners is IPVanish. It’s easy to install and includes a visual tutorial to guide you. Speedy technical support means you’ll be able to find a server that will allow you to connect to Netflix. There are more than 1,100 servers available across over 60 countries.
You can get IPVanish for $4.87/£3.75 per month if you opt for the yearly plan at time of writing. Alternative options include the 3 month plan or the monthly plan.