Recently, VPNs are becoming increasingly popular because they can ensure your security and privacy when browsing the web. Another reason is that they can get you access to other regions content on video streaming services such as Netflix. After news that Netflix is once again raising its subscription prices in the United States, getting a VPN to watch US Netflix has never been more worth it.
VPNs give you the ability to access Netflix content that you wouldn’t be able to otherwise due to your location. You can make the most out of your Netflix subscription and get access to more great movies and TV shows by simply editing your IP address to be of other regions via any of the VPN services down below. All the VPNs in IGN’s hand-picked list to pass through Netflix’s firewall and are all super affordable.
How to Watch US Netflix from the UK
To unblock, stream and watch US Netflix content in the UK, open up your choice of VPN, select a US server in order to spoof your IP to a US address (this makes Netflix think you’re in the US when you’re actually in the UK), then head over to Netflix.com and login.
What to Look for When Choosing a Netflix VPN
IGN’s top pick for the best Netflix VPN is PureVPN. PureVPN’s streaming-friendly interface, security and speed put them above the other VPNs on this list. The other VPNs are also great at tackling the tricky area that is unblocking streaming services, hence why security is one of the most important traits when choosing what VPN to use for Netflix; VPNs with no-log policies are preferred so that there is no way to trace your activity. Speed is also important as video streaming is an intensive activity, especially in 4K, while also taking into account that using a VPN to connect to another country could potentially affect your download speed resulting in longer buffering times. With that in mind, let’s take a look at IGN’s list of the best VPNs for Netflix in 2019.
TL;DR – These are the Best Netflix VPNs
Best all-round Netflix VPN for security, speed and unblocking
This IGN exclusive VPN deal makes PureVPN one of the cheapest VPNs on the market that can unblock both Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
We realise that being committed to a two year or three year VPN plan is undesirable, which is why IGN have reached out to PureVPN in order to offer readers an exclusive 1 year plan, so that you have the freedom to stop using a VPN after just one year, if you wish.
At just ~£1.00 per month (on top of your current Netflix monthly payments), you can get PureVPN and watch US Netflix content in the UK. You can also use PureVPN to watch US Amazon Prime Video content, but you must have an Amazon Prime membership. I personally use PureVPN to watch US Netflix content, and it has worked with no problems so far; there’s even a ‘streaming mode’ tab where you can scroll down and choose ‘Netflix US’ (or any other streaming service you want to unblock), and it will automatically connect you to Netflix US if you’re already logged in on Netflix or have auto log in enabled.
When you think about all the extra content you’re getting by just paying an extra ~£1.00 per month on top of your current monthly payments towards Netflix, it suddenly seems worth getting a VPN. That’s not to mention all the other benefits you’re getting from a VPN, such as remaining anonymous online. PureVPN also allows its users to utilize a single account on up to 5 devices simultaneously from the same country.
2. CyberGhost VPN
Best Netflix VPN for new users
Get a three year VPN subscription with CyberGhost VPN, and you’ll get one of the best VPNs on the market available right now for just £2.10 per month. Of course, the drawback here is that you’ll be committed to a three year subscription rather than IGN’s exclusive one year plan with PureVPN, but you’ll be getting real value for money on an extremely reliable VPN. CyberGhost VPN is ranked number two on PCMag’s best VPN for 2019 roundup, and has an extremely user friendly interface, making it a great pick for those of you looking to get a VPN for the first time.
Most secure, trusted VPN for unblocking streaming services
Get a three year subscription with NordVPN and pay an incredibly low price of £2.82 per month. With NordVPN you can ensure that your data is fully protected, and it also boasts some of the fastest speeds from a VPN provider. NordVPN is ranked number 1 on PCMag’s best VPN for 2019 roundup and has a PCMag’s Editors choice award. NordVPN boasts access to over 5,800 servers worldwide in 60 different locations, and has a no logs policy.
- NordVPN 3 Year Plan – £2.82 per month or £33.84 billed annually (70% off). 30-day money back guarantee included.
The fastest VPN for Netflix with a great customer service
High speed, ultra secure, and easy to use – Express VPN offer 3 months free when you pay for a years membership. It may a bit more expensive than the other VPNs on this list, but naturally you’ll be provided with an excellent experience and great customer service for Netflix users – a thirty day money back guarantee is also available.
- ExpressVPN 15 Month Plan – ~£5.38 per month or £64.56 billed annually (49% off). 30-day money back guarantee included.
Offers native Fire TV apps which many people use to stream Netflix
They’ve also launched new apps for all devices that takes up less memory on devices thus allowing for faster speeds. Also on offer is a Smart DNS Service which can be used for geo-unblocking and doesn’t impact speed; customers get a VPN and Smart DNS for the price of one. StrongVPN offers a 30-day money back guarantee and is known for their white glove customer support and 24/7 live chat.
- StrongVPN 1 Year Plan – ~£4.79 per month or £57.48 billed annually (43% off). 30-day money back guarantee included.
Editor’s Note: These VPN services worked with Netflix at the time we tested them. Netflix functionality is subject to change at a moment’s notice.
Editor’s Note: StrongVPN is owned by J2 Global, the parent company of Ziff Davis, IGN’s publisher. Any J2 products featured on IGN are covered independently by our content team.
Editor’s Note: NordVPN has announced that it suffered a breach in March 2018 when a hacker exploited an insecure remote management system at a Finnish data centre from which the company was renting servers. Fortunately, this isolated attack affected just one NordVPN server — and thanks to its strict no-logging policy, no user activity was compromised in the incident. Click here to learn more.