The Best Kodi VPN in 2019
If you’re looking to add a VPN to your Kodi box, you’ve come to the right place! For those not familiar with Kodi, it’s one of the most, if not the most popular media players around thanks to its excellent interface, not to mention the fact that it’s free and open source – and boasts some impressive capabilities when it comes to add-ons which support various streaming services.
Some of those add-ons are perfectly legal, and others – not so much. Naturally, we, at TechRadar, we don’t endorse any form of piracy or illegally viewing copyrighted material.
The best Kodi VPN in 2019
NordVPN offers an impressive level of overall server coverage, being one of the largest VPN networks around. Its performance is far from shabby, too, providing consistently fast connections throughout much of that expansive network.
The provider has a Kodi specific page on their website, if you need more information about unblocking Kodi. That being said, NordVPN does a good job support-wise, with their guides being right on point without being too technical so even newbies won’t have any trouble understanding. The great example of that is this blog post, which shows you how to watch movies on Kodi.
This provider also has user-friendly applications for all major operating systems (there is also a dedicated app for Android TV). These are packed with useful features, along with plenty of beef on the security front. There’s Double VPN (double encryption) for maximum privacy, Onion over VPN, a CyberSec feature for blocking intrusive adverts and malicious online threats, an automatic kill switch, and more besides. NordVPN has a clear ‘no logs’ policy, too.
There is a free 3-day trial to take this VPN for a test spin, but it’s rather hidden away on the website. With the monthly billing being rather pricey, the cheap 3-year subscription provides the best value for your money. The packages available are:
- Works well with Kodi and can unblock most popular streaming sites
- Great value with good streaming speeds
- Offers secure, encrypted connections at all times
- Strict no-logs policy ideal for privacy-conscious users
ExpressVPN is a great all-around choice for Kodi users, promising fast speeds and reliable service. A Linux version of the app with a command-line interface is available, although we haven’t yet tested this with OpenELEC. A Fire TV-optimized version is available on Amazon’s app store. One downside for users with Android-based Kodi devices is they can’t easily download the APK from the website without first authorizing their account. That means devices that lack Google Play and a traditional web browser will have to sideload the app from a second Android device. ExpressVPN also has a tutorial for getting set up with Nvidia Shield on its website.
ExpressVPN is a reliable unblocker of geo-locked services, including BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now and HBO Go. It boasts best-in-class security standards, 256-bit AES encryption and perfect forward secrecy among them.
Apps are available for Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, Linux (command-line), and certain wifi routers. If your Kodi device doesn’t support VPNs at all, ExpressVPN’s pre-flashed wifi routers with the company’s bespoke firmware might be just what you’re looking for.
- A good all-rounder for Kodi users with dedicated apps
- Fantastic speeds for downloading and streaming
- Top-class security and privacy protection features
- Unblocks all major streaming services
- 24-hour live chat support, 7 days a week
IPVanish provides superb performance levels complemented with a wide range of server locations. In testing, our download speeds improved by around 15% compared to our normal rates. The provider supports a whopping 10 simultaneous connections on multiple devices. This is ideal for larger families or family/friend gatherings, as there will be plenty of free slots available for other internet activities, even if several people are streaming content.
The service offers native clients for Windows and Mac, along with Android and iOS, plus it has setup instructions for other platforms. The native Windows client, in particular, is a sterling effort with an intuitive interface and a bundle of advanced features (although on the downside, we found it could potentially be susceptible to more network issues than rival VPN software).
IPVanish has a strict no logs policy and all the necessary security in place for a smooth and carefree VPN experience. If there’s one thing that somewhat spoils the fun, it’s the cost of the service as it’s a bit on the pricey side. There is no free trial available, but the three plans include a 7-day money-back guarantee. The 1-year subscription is the best and most affordable option. The packages available are:
- Best performer for Android-based Kodi devices in our testing
- Provides APK file for direct installation those without access to Google Play
- Custom Fire TV version app
- 1200+ servers can unblock most popular streaming content
- Speeds are great fro HD streaming on most servers
- top notch security and privacy considerations
Performance is always a priority when streaming content and PureVPN delivered. In our testing, the provider achieved good speeds, although, on long distance servers, performance suffered, but that’s nothing unusual. Combine the solid performance with a large number of servers and you shouldn’t have trouble finding a good connection.
The provider offers many clients for desktop and mobile users, as well as an add-on for Kodi. If you need any help configuring Kodi with PureVPN, you can find many helpful tutorials and guides for both desktop and mobile platforms.
Although the provider doesn’t offer a free trial, you do get a 31-money back guarantee and the yearly plans are quite cheap. Speaking of cheap, the limited 5-year plan is one of the most affordable plans you can find anywhere and it offers the best value by far. The packages available are:
PIA can be installed on most of Kodi devices (including Android, iOS, Mac and Windows), but can also be manually installed PIA on your router in case your Kodi device isn’t directly compatible.
Streaming videos on Kodi with PIA is quite fast experience. The speed test demonstrated a relatively low ping and fairly quick download speeds. The fastest clocked in at an 81 Mbps download speed.
While we are not very impressed with PIA being located in the US (a 5 Eyes country), they are still one of the most reliable VPN service providers when it comes to privacy and security. They provide different levels of encryption. You can opt for their “All Speed No Safety” option for a faster Internet connection experience with little security or their “Maximum Protection” option for complete security.
Their no logs policy has been tried and proven in a real-world case, involving the FBI no less: when the FBI came knocking at PIA’s doors for information, they had absolutely nothing to offer since they kept no user information.
- Favoured by Kodi users with Linux for dedicated app and support
- Budget provider that can unblock a good range of streaming content
- Be prepared for troubleshooting in community forums
Last, but not least – Avoid Free VPNs
You might be thinking, “There are free VPNs out there, why should I pay for any of these?”
We get it. But it’d be a massive mistake.
You really do get what you pay for here. Most free VPNs will literally sell your data to the highest bidder.
Not to mention, a lot of free VPNs place limitations on bandwidth. That means you could be streaming along and suddenly hit your monthly quota. Once that happens, the VPN shuts itself down completely or, more infuriatingly, throttles your internet usage.
Free VPNs are also less safe.
And for the last, their speeds are usually very slow.