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Best VPN for Firestick

Simon Migliano
Simon MiglianoUpdated

Ever since the Amazon Fire TV Stick was released, it’s become an increasingly popular method of streaming media content directly from your TV. Just like all other internet-connected devices, unless you use a VPN, everything you do is visible to your ISP. Choosing the right provider can be a challenge though, as most services claim to be compatible, however some work much better than others. We test them all out and tell you the most reliable options to try and make your decision easier.

Our top picks all have a native app for Amazon Fire TV and allow you to stream securely, free from unwanted surveillance by your ISP or other potential snoopers. Our proprietary speed testing tool allows us to monitor VPN performance across a range of server locations worldwide, meaning you can rely on our choices to be more than capable of buffer-free HD streaming. Hands-on testing reveals which services have the best apps and compatibility for this device plus Kodi add-ons.

The 5 Best VPN Services for Firestick
  1. IPVanish
  2. CyberGhost
  3. PrivateVPN
  4. ExpressVPN
  5. NordVPN
Read on for our detailed analysis of each VPN.
Our pick for Firestick
IPVanish

Super fast zero-logs VPN. Great for P2P. Lots of extra privacy features.

Best price
$6.49 per month
Special deal
46% off with 12-month plan
Money-back guarantee
7 Days
Customer Support
24/7 live chat support
No. of Server Locations
61 Countries
Simultaneous Connections
10
What we like
  • Amazon Fire TV Stick app
  • Fast download speeds - 48Mbps global average
  • Currently working with Netflix
  • Simple set-up on popular devices
  • P2P and torrenting permitted on all servers
  • Connect securely to 61 countries
What we like less
  • Short refund period (7 days)
  • Apps aren't designed for beginners
Bottom Line

IPVanish is a P2P-specialist VPN with a dedicated Fire TV Stick app making it our top pick, especially if you like to use Kodi on the Amazon streaming device or have a heavy torrenting habit.

It’s ultra fast on local connections (often over 157Mbps) with very low latency even if less consistent internationally (to the US in particular). Its server network is mid-sized when it comes to locations but super-sized when it comes to servers and IP addresses. This means no slowdown at peak times.

The Amazon Fire TV Stick native app and Kodi add-on compatibility are massive pluses for convenience while customer support is improving with the introduction of live chat. The app is simple to use while maintaining some of the advanced features included in the desktop apps, like split tunneling, to satisfy more experienced users. It’s also a strictly zero-logs VPN with strong privacy features.

IPVanish isn’t cheap but it only requires a 12-month commitment to slash the monthly price by 46% to a reasonable $6.49. It’s worth every cent though for heavy P2P users who favor the Kodi/Firestick combo.


Read our full IPVanish review

2
CyberGhost

Super fast zero-logs VPN with native Fire TV app and access to popular streaming sites.

Best price
$3.50 per month
Special deal
73% off with 18-month plan
Money-back guarantee
45 Days
Customer Support
24/7 live chat support
No. of Server Locations
60 Countries
Simultaneous Connections
7
What we like
  • Speedy downloads - 64Mbps global average
  • Native app for Amazon Fire TV Stick
  • Easy access to Netflix & other streaming sites
  • Optimized servers for torrenting & P2P activity
  • Quick & easy setup on most popular devices
  • Connect securely to 60 countries
What we like less
  • Access to iPlayer intermittent
  • Torrenting not permitted on US servers
  • Server network could be bigger
Bottom Line

CyberGhost is one of the latest providers to introduce a dedicated Amazon Fire TV Stick app. With excellent local download speeds of up to 417Mbps and one-click access to Netflix, Hulu, and other popular streaming sites, it’s a great all-round performer.

CyberGhost’s Amazon Fire TV app is slick, user-friendly and follows the same innovative design as the desktop apps with a section dedicated to streaming-friendly servers. It’s also great for those who wish to torrent using the Fire TV Stick, with optimized P2P servers and a manual setup guide for Kodi. Note that, unlike IPVanish, there isn’t currently a Kodi add-on and torrenting isn’t permitted on US servers. Still, its zero-logs policy and a host of privacy extras, such as a VPN kill switch and protection against IPv6 and DNS leaks, ensure the highest levels of online privacy.

We’re also very impressed by CyberGhost’s level of customer support, which includes friendly and helpful 24/7 live chat support and some great online resources. For just $3.50 a month on the 18-month plan, CyberGhost is an ideal choice for Fire TV Stick owners and heavy streamers in general.


Read our full CyberGhost review

3
PrivateVPN

Incredibly fast zero-logs VPN for P2P, streaming & gaming.

Best price
$3.60 per month
Special deal
67% off with 17-month plan
Money-back guarantee
30 Days
Customer Support
Live chat Support
No. of Server Locations
57 Countries
Simultaneous Connections
6
What we like
  • Dedicated Amazon Fire TV Stick app
  • Fast, reliable downloads - 66Mbps global average
  • Local downloads often over 209Mbps
  • Quick, easy access to Netflix, iPlayer and more
  • P2P and torrenting permitted on all servers
  • Fast uploads - 118Mbps
What we like less
  • Live chat availability is inconsistent
  • Small number of individual servers
  • No browser extensions available
Bottom Line

With its user-friendly and full-featured Fire TV app, PrivateVPN is a cheaper alternative to more established services like IPVanish. It places lower than the providers above it due to its much smaller, untested network and a lack of instant customer support.

The dedicated app means instant setup while compatibility with Kodi add-ons means no headaches. It’s very fast on local connections (typically around 209Mbps but even faster in certain locations) and equally impressive on distant servers. Netflix and BBC iPlayer access is rock solid and dedicated streaming servers make watching your favorite shows super easy.

We love that the Fire TV app includes many of the advanced privacy features found on the desktop app. Torrenters should note that a strict zero logs policy and first-party DNS servers means that no data exists with which to identify you – even with it being based in privacy-unfriendly Sweden.

It’s not guaranteed that PrivateVPN can maintain this excellent performance without collecting so much as basic usage stats but, for now, it’s well worth a look, especially at $3.60 on the 17-month plan.


Read our full PrivateVPN review

4
ExpressVPN

Incredibly fast and ultra secure. HD streaming. 24/7 live chat support.

Best price
$6.67 per month
Special deal
49% off 15-month plan
Money-back guarantee
30 Days
Customer Support
24/7 live chat support
No. of Server Locations
94 Countries
Simultaneous Connections
3
What we like
  • Amazon Fire TV Stick custom app
  • Uninterrupted access to Netflix & iPlayer
  • Very fast speeds, average of 64Mbps globally
  • Super easy to use. Instant set-up on all devices
  • Connect securely to 94 countries
  • Chrome, Firefox and Safari browser extensions
What we like less
  • Price could be lower on shorter plans
  • Three simultaneous connections only
  • Fire TV app buggy at times
Bottom Line

ExpressVPN is an excellent all-round VPN that’s also a smart pick for the Amazon Fire TV Stick thanks to its dedicated app, Kodi add-ons, consistently high speeds across its huge network and reliable access to big streaming services like Netflix and BBC iPlayer. The Fire TV Stick app can be a little buggy at times, though, and the absence of dedicated streaming servers push it lower down our list.

Downloads on local connections are reliably at around 131Mbps with low latency, so no unexpected slowdowns while streaming. Distant connections are also impressive. Other services may be faster on specific servers but ExpressVPN is by far the most consistent.

The dedicated app means instant setup and it’s pretty easy to use, with 24/7 live chat if you need it. The three simultaneous connection limit could be more generous, but it’s fine if you just want to protect your Fire TV Stick and a couple of other devices.

It’s not the cheapest, but you can bring the monthly fee down to $6.67 on a 15-month plan. That’s great value for such a great all-round performer that’s both strong on privacy and easy enough to use with your Fire TV Stick – even if it is a little glitchy at times.


Read our full ExpressVPN review

5
NordVPN

Very fast zero-logs VPN. HD streaming & extra privacy features.

Best price
$2.99 per month
Special deal
75% off with 3-year plan
Money-back guarantee
30 Days
Customer Support
24/7 live chat support
No. of Server Locations
62 Countries
Simultaneous Connections
6
What we like
  • Fast speeds - 69Mbps global average
  • Custom app for Amazon Fire TV Stick
  • Access to Netflix, iPlayer and more
  • P2P and torrenting permitted on many servers
  • Connect securely to 62 countries
  • Specialty servers optimized for individual needs
What we like less
  • Extra protocols require manual config
  • Slow email support
  • Browser extensions are proxies
  • Access to Netflix not as easy on Fire TV app
Bottom Line

If you want a cheap VPN for the Amazon Fire TV Stick and don’t mind a bit of trial and error when accessing popular streaming services, NordVPN is a great choice.

The dedicated Fire TV app is simple enough to use, if not as slick as some others, and performance is very fast, coming in at around 194Mbps or more. It has very reliable access to both Netflix and BBC iPlayer but, unlike the desktop app, you have to connect to specific servers to access these services. To save you from testing out loads, friendly live chat support agents are available 24/7 to help you out.

A strict zero-logs policy and P2P-optimized servers also make it a great choice for those who like to torrent on their Fire TV. NordVPN doesn’t currently offer a Kodi add-on, but simple setup instructions are available on its website.

On a three-year subscription it works out at incredible $2.99 per month, which for some will be absolutely worth the trade-offs – especially given the speed, streaming access and how well it works on more mainstream devices.


Read our full NordVPN review

How we picked the best VPN for Firestick for 2018

Our top picks have a dedicated Amazon Fire TV app and the best compatibility with Kodi add-ons. They work with Netflix, reliably delivered the fastest speeds for streaming in our global speed tests and have the strongest privacy features. Their logging policies are the most transparent, fair and privacy-focused. Their software is high quality, simple to install and above all, easy to use. The highest-rated VPNs also offer friendly user support to help you should you ever need it.

We constantly test all the VPNs on our site to keep our reviews and recommendations as up-to-date as possible. We regularly update our reviews with the latest VPN speed test results so you can be confident about performance. We check every aspect of the VPN apps manually, even putting customer support to the test.

How to use a VPN with a Firestick

Unless you have VPN already set up on your router that protects all devices on the network then you’ll need to install a VPN directly onto the Firestick or other Fire TV device. The best VPN services offer dedicated apps for download from the Amazon app store. You can also sideload any Android VPN app from another Google Play-connected device.

If you want to use Kodi, you’ll need to install that as well on your device. There’s a few different methods depending on the generation of your Fire TV device. Before starting streaming with whichever Fire TV app you’re using, choose the most relevant VPN server location and connect.

We’ve published a couple of guides which could come in helpful here – one on how to install a VPN on your Firestick or Fire TV, and another showing you how to use Kodi with your devices.

How to choose a VPN for Firestick: 8 Tips

  • Does it have a dedicated app on the Amazon store?

    Some VPN providers offer dedicated Fire TV apps for download from the Amazon store. This is by far the easiest way to use a VPN on a Firestick as you don’t have to worry about installing a VPN on your router or sharing an internet connection with another device.

  • Check which generation device you have

    If you have a 1st generation Firestick then your options are more limited than with newer devices. You need to have 2nd gen or newer to be able to take advantage of the custom apps.

  • Do you plan to use it with Kodi?

    If youre concerned about your privacy, make sure you look for a VPN that’s as close as possible to zero logs. While no VPN logs your activity, most will log some degree of usage stats in order to maintain performance on huge, busy networks. Ideally they won’t log your IP addresses at all, nor that of the VPN server you connect to and any timestamps will be limited to dates only rather than the specific times.

  • How fast is the VPN in your favorite locations?

    You need reliably fast download speeds and low ping to watch silky smooth ultra HD video streams via your Firestick. Check our detailed speed test results for the location / server combinations that you’ll be using the most to pick the fastest and most reliable option.

  • Does the VPN service have servers in every location you need?

    The nearer the VPN server to your physical location, the better the performance. More servers tends to mean less congestion and improved speeds but this is not always the case. Beware, free plans often limit available server locations.

  • What other devices will you use?

    Most VPN services will allow you to protect multiple devices at once. What other devices would you like to protect? Almost all VPN software will work on Windows, Mac and Linux machines, along with iOS and Android mobile devices. Some VPN services are also compatible with other internet-connected items, such as routers, games consoles and other streaming devices.

  • Will it work with your favorite app?

    Do you watch Netflix or BBC iPlayer? Not every VPN will work with these apps. We continuously test whether each VPN is working with Netflix and other apps and share the results in our VPN reviews.

  • Finally, check the price and money-back guarantee

    Even the most expensive VPN plans are very affordable but you will likely have a budget in mind. 12-month plans typically offer the best value and you can reduce the risk of buyer’s remorse by choosing a VPN with a long refund period, preferably 30 days and with no questions asked. These guarantees are much more common than traditional free trials but are essentially the same thing.