Every VPN we review for Kodi is subject to the same rigorous scientific testing process. We do this to ensure fair, unbiased rankings and comparisons.
When we test VPNs for Kodi, we measure the following:
- Lots of P2P-friendly servers
- Reliably fast speeds
- No user logs or IP leaks
- Kill switch to always hide your IP
- Includes multiple apps, including Firestick
Below is a more detailed breakdown of our testing and rating methodology:
1. Logging Policy: 20%
Minimum Requirement: A minimal logging policy and a record of following it.
We Recommend: Zero-logs policy with no record of breaking it.
We read VPN privacy policies and research their history in order to check whether (and how) the service stores your usage and account data.
The best VPNs operate a no-logs policy. They don’t keep any records of your activity, not even anonymous time-stamps or metadata.
We also research torrenting policies, to make sure providers have no record of forwarding DMCA requests to users.
2. Device Compatibility & Apps: 30%
Minimum Requirement: Native app for Amazon Fire TV.
We Recommend: User-friendly app designed well for a smart TV.
It’s very important you can easily use your VPN with Kodi. In other words, installing a VPN on your device(s) needs to be as hassle-free as possible.
We download and test Kodi on several Kodi compatible devices and platforms including:
- FireTV Stick
Since Kodi is very popular on Fire TV Stick, whether or not a VPN has a good Fire OS app is a key aspect of this rating criteria.
We expect to see native Firestick VPN apps designed for easy use. Finding and connecting to servers using a remote needs to be straightforward.
3. P2P Servers: 30%
Minimum Requirement: At least one P2P server in every region.
We Recommend: P2P servers in every country.
If you want to torrent or use certain add-ons with Kodi, you’ll need to connect to a server which allows P2P traffic.
Some VPNs allow P2P traffic on every server in the network, but most restrict you to dedicated “P2P servers”.
For the best speeds, you need a VPN with multiple P2P servers in your country or region.
4. Speed: 20%
Minimum Requirement: 60Mbps local download speed & 5MiB/s P2P speed.
We Recommend: 80Mbps local download speed & 10MiB/s P2P speed.
If you plan to use Kodi to stream or torrent, then speed is a really important part of finding the best VPN. A fast VPN is vital for buffer-free streaming.
Local download speed is the most relevant to streaming, so we use it as a benchmark to judge performance on Kodi.
We regularly measure the local download speeds of all VPNS on a standard 100Mbps connection.
Unlike many other speed ratings, for this ranking criteria also factors in P2P speed, as many Kodi add-ons require a P2P connection.
5. Kill Switch: 10%
Minimum Requirement: Includes a working kill switch.
We Recommend: Kill switch on all platforms.
A kill switch cuts your internet connection when the VPN loses connection. This maintains your anonymity on P2P connections.
This is a somewhat binary category: either a VPN has a functioning kill switch or it doesn’t. It’s an absolute must have for Kodi, though, so it is worth 10% of the total rating.
Some VPNs don’t offer a kill switch on every platform, so they have had marks taken away.