The 7 Best VPNs for Kodi to Buy in 2018

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The Kodi media player software has become extremely popular in recent years due to its free, open-source nature, vast range of add-ons for streaming and viewing all kinds of audio and video content, and large number of supported platforms. (It runs on everything from laptops, tablets, and phones to smart televisions and tiny servers like Raspberry Pi.) There are several reasons to use a VPN — virtual private network — with Kodi, with the most common being the ability to connect to a server in a different country to view geographically-restricted content, and helping ensure greater security for your devices and privacy for yourself.

Not all VPNs are created equal, though, and those that are good in other areas may not be ideal when used with a media player. We've done the hard work, tracking down the best VPNs for Kodi across many different categories. Whether you're on a strict budget (or have no budget at all), want the fastest speeds, best privacy, or something else, we've got you covered.

Our Top Picks

Best for Streaming High-Definition Video: VyprVPN

VyprVPN

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While having super-fast download speeds isn't so important if you're just using Kodi to listen to music or podcasts, it's a different story when you're streaming high-quality video. A consistently good connection is the difference between endless pauses and buffering, and a smooth, enjoyable viewing experience.

VyprVPN regularly sits at the top of independent speed tests, making it an excellent choice for Kodi users. Owning and running all of its own infrastructures — rather than renting computing power from Amazon or another — gives the company more control over tuning and performance, and it shows.

VyprVPN has over 700 servers in 70+ global location, which means that you'll likely be able to find one near you for extra speed, or that there'll be one in a particular country if you're looking to stream content that's geo-restricted.

Pricing is comparatively expensive when you pay month-by-month, but much more reasonable if you opt for a 12-month plan. VyprVPN has good client software for Windows, MacOS, iOS, and Android, along with various routers and other devices.

Best for Privacy: IPVanish

IPVanish

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Some people use Kodi entirely for legal purposes, while others take a different approach when choosing what to view or listen to. We absolutely don't condone doing anything illegal, of course, but regardless of what you're using your VPN for, there are many reasons to consider the amount of information that's being collected and stored about your online activities.

IPVanish has a strict zero-logging policy, which means it doesn't save or retain details of the traffic passing through its network to and from a particular customer. On top of that, it has some of the fastest speeds we've seen from a commercial VPN provider, with vast global coverage of well over a thousand servers spread across 60+ countries.

Pricing isn't the cheapest, even when you sign up for a year, but it's not unreasonable when you consider the benefits. With client software for Windows, MacOS, Android, and iOS, plus installation instructions for routers and other platforms, it's a good VPN choice for all Kodi users and a great one for those particularly concerned about their privacy.

Best for Wide Device Support: KeepSolid VPN Unlimited

KeepSolid VPN Unlimited

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Since Kodi is available on such a wide variety of platforms, it only makes sense that the VPN service you use with it is equally well supported. That's where VPN Unlimited comes in, with the best device support of any major VPN.

It runs on all the usual suspects — Windows, MacOS, Android, and iOS, but that's just the beginning. As well as alternative desktop and mobile platforms like Linux and Windows Phone, VPN Unlimited supports a wide range of other options. The company also publishes guides for setting up several different types of router, along with streaming devices such as Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and more. No matter what device you're running Kodi on, there'll be a way of using VPN Unlimited with it.

Transfer speeds and latency are better than average, so you're not sacrificing quality of service just to get better compatibility. Standard pricing is in line with the competition, but things get noticeably cheaper if you're prepared to make a long-term commitment — the company offers very substantial discounts on its three-year and lifetime plans.

Best Low-Cost Option: Private Internet Access

Private Internet Access

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If you're on a strict budget but the free VPN services don't offer fast enough speeds or sufficient bandwidth (and it's likely they won't,) Private Internet Access is a good low-cost alternative It has one of the lowest annual costs of any major provider, with even larger discounts if you opt for a two-year commitment.

Month-by-month pricing is also better than most of the competition, but even with those lower prices, you'll still get access to a huge number of servers: over 3000 of them across 30+ countries.

The app design could do with a refresh, but it does the job well enough and runs on all the usual operating systems and browsers. Ping and download speeds are on par with much of the competition, although they aren't the fastest on the market.

While there's no free or trial version of the service, if you test it out and it doesn't meet your needs for any reason, there's a seven-day money back policy. That's not the most generous we've seen, but it's far from the worst and should be enough for most potential customers.

Best for Easy Setup and Use: Tunnelbear

Tunnelbear

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Just want a VPN with decent performance that's easy to set up and use with Kodi? Take a look at Tunnelbear. The design of the company's apps for Windows, MacOS, Android, and iOS are a step up from almost every other VPN provider, and they only take a few seconds to install and set up. Once that's done, you can connect to the nearest server with a single click or tap.

New users get 500MB of data per month to check the service out (you'll get more if you share on social media), and like many other VPN companies, pricing is quite reasonable if you pay for a year up front, but less so if you're on a monthly plan.

Download speeds and latency are similar to competing products, so you're not trading good performance for ease of use. Tunnelbear has servers in 20 countries, including the US, UK, Australia, and several in Europe, which should cover most needs. It is less than some other VPNs offer, though, so double-check the list if you're looking for somewhere specific.

Best for a Generous Refund Policy: Buffered VPN

Buffered VPN

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It's hard to know whether any particular VPN will meet all of your needs ahead of time, and unfortunately many don't have particularly good options for testing them out or they make life difficult if you change your mind. That's not the case with Buffered VPN — it has a particularly good refund policy for customers who ultimately decide they'd rather go somewhere else.

Download speeds are fine without being exceptional, but latencies are typically some of the lowest we've seen. That's important for reliable video streaming, throwing the service right back into the mix for many Kobi users.

Prices are a little on the high side, even when committing for a year, but if you sign up and then decide Buffered VPN doesn't meet your requirements, the company is generous with its refunds. So long as it's less than a month since you purchased your plan, and you haven't used more than 10GB of data or been logged on for more than ten hours during that time, you'll get your money back. 

Best Free Service: Windscribe VPN

Windscribe VPN

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There are plenty of free VPN providers out there, but the majority of them aren't much good for use with Kodi. Since they mostly exist as a way of giving you a taste of the service before needing to pay for it, they tend to come with major limitations: reduced speeds, fewer numbers of servers in limited locations, minimal amounts of data per month, and more.

Windscribe also has its limits — the free version doesn't support Android and cuts the number of server locations down to just ten countries, rather than the 50+ available once you start paying.

Speeds aren't the fastest we've seen, even when you do pay for the full service, but Windscribe has one major advantage: a very generous data cap for free, without time restrictions or any need to enter credit card details. Once you sign up, you'll get 2GB/month to use as you wish. If you're happy to provide an email address, the company will up that to 10GB instead.

While that's probably still not enough if you're planning to watch lots of HD or 4K video, it'll be fine for checking out a few standard-definition shows, or large amounts of audio, without paying a cent. If that sounds like you, take a look at Windscribe VPN.

Our Process 

Our writers spent 18 hours researching the most popular VPNs for Kodi on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 20 different VPNs overall, read over 30 user reviews (both positive and negative), and tested 2 of the VPNs themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.