With hundreds of free and premium VPN services on the market, picking one for Kodi can be tantalizing. When compiling my roundup of the best Kodi VPNs, I have scrutinized VPNs through extensive testing, careful analysis of providers’ privacy policies, my interaction with providers’ customer support, and user feedback.
I’ve also narrowed down my search based on the following criteria crucial for a Kodi VPN:
- VPN compatibility with various Kodi devices
- VPN compatibility with OpenVPN for Kodi and Zomboided (in case you want to run it as a Kodi addon)
- Availability of VPN setup guides for Kodi on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, and Fire TV Stick
- Speed and performance apt for streaming and torrenting
- Server network coverage for unlocking geo-restricted content
- Availability of SmartDNS and proxy features on top of the robust OpenVPN protocol and military-grade encryption
Tip: it might be a good idea to zero in on a couple of VPNs and test their usability, speeds, performance, user feedback, and privacy policies before committing.
Kodi VPNs to Avoid
Proper research is necessary when choosing a VPN. Some of the VPNs you see as top recommendations on many websites are downright dangerous. Some claim to have zero-logs policy while not only logging customer data but handing it over to law enforcement. Some deploy weak or no encryption and leak your IP address and location. Others have seemingly superb security specs while a closer look at their background suggests they might as well be FBI honeypots. Not helping is an avalanche of paid reviews and free VPNs that spread malware or sell your data. With that in mind, you might want to steer clear of free VPNs like Hola, ZPN.im, Betternet, Onavo Protect, and Faceless.me. HideMyAss and Hotspot Shield have lost credibility while Cryptostorm could be an FBI honeypot.
IPVanish supports all the operating systems you could be using for Kodi streaming, and you can also set it up with Zomboided in Kodi. Top that off with an extensive server network in 60 locations worldwide and five simultaneous connections, and you get a pretty good deal in a long-term subscription. It’s ideal for Kodi if you are looking to bypass streaming geo-blocks since its speeds are superior. But it might be somewhat overpriced if all you need is encryption to keep your Kodi streaming away from your nosy ISP.
ExpressVPN is great for intense Kodi streaming and torrenting. It supports many platforms from Windows and Mac to mobile, Linux, Fire TV Stick, Xbox One, PlayStation, Apple TV, and routers. You can unlock pretty much any geo-restricted streaming service with its extensive network of servers across 94 countries. There are no free plans, and it only allows three simultaneous connections, but its speeds are superior.
I like CyberGhost for Kodi because it’s a no-logs company based in Romania, one of the few EU countries with pro-privacy laws. It’s also reasonably priced considering its top-notch features – fast servers and excellent worldwide coverage topped by an ad blocker, DNS leak protection, NAT Firewall, anti-malware protection, and a kill switch. A 7-day free trial lets you test the speeds, compatibility, and usability while long-term plans offer savings opportunities.
Switzerland-based VyprVPN owns its network, which is a great benefit performance- and security-wise. It’s one of the best VPNs for Kodi streaming since it provides excellent speeds and supports a wide range of devices. I also like it because it combines top-tier features with wallet-friendly subscriptions and transparent privacy policies (they delete connections logs every month and do not allow P2P).
NordVPN is an all-around solid choice if you want a reasonable mix of security, performance, and price. It offers double-hop configurations, an ad blocker, Tor-over-VPN, and six simultaneous connections. Its speeds may lag during peak hours, but considering its network consists of 2800 servers across 59 locations, you can always find a reasonably speedy connection.
Windscribe just might make the cut if you need a free VPN for occasional Kodi streaming because it offers 10GB/mo for free. Pair it with a cross-platform client, ad blocking, firewall, and encryption, and you can make do with a free account. You can’t connect several devices simultaneously, but its premium plans offer servers in 100 locations, lightning-fast speed, and multiple simultaneous connections.
7. TunnelBear VPN
TunnelBear has a zero-logs policy and runs a network of 900 servers in 20 countries. It is ideal for novice Kodi VPN users because its free plan (500MB per month) can be expanded by up to 5GB if you post links to TunnelBear on your social media.