When it comes to speed, security and unblocking capabilities, ExpressVPN is tough to beat. Though we saw its overall speed performance drop in our most recent round of tests, you shouldn’t have any issues achieving enough speeds for a smooth streaming experience whether you’re streaming in 720p or 4K UHD.
And ExpressVPN has servers in 94 countries around the world — so basically any geographic region you’d want access to is available in its extensive global network of VPN servers.
In terms of security, ExpressVPN uses AES-256 bit encryption to secure your connection — the same level of encryption used by banks and the military. If it’s good enough to secure financial accounts and top-secret military communications, it’s good enough to hide from your ISP what you watched on Netflix last week.
But what truly sets Express apart from the rest is its router support and easy setup. Setting a VPN up on a router isn’t necessarily the easiest thing in the world, but ExpressVPN makes it seem that way. ExpressVPN’s custom router firmware is easy to set up and its interface is smooth sailing, even if you’re not a tech expert. You can even purchase a pre-configured VPN router from Express if you don’t want to set it up yourself. Either way, once you’ve got your router set up, just connect your smart TV to it and you’re all set.
With ExpressVPN’s custom router app, you can also enable its split-tunneling feature to run certain devices (like your smart TV) through the VPN and others through your regular network connection. The Network Lock killswitch feature is also available on the router app, which will protect your privacy by killing your internet connection should the VPN disconnect for any reason.
ExpressVPN’s included Media Streamer smart DNS feature is also simple to set up on any smart TV. Just keep in mind that while smart DNS can help you unblock geo-restricted content, your connection won’t be encrypted, so you won’t have the same privacy protections as you would via your VPN connection. But if you’re a casual user and streaming is your only objective here, then Media Streamer could be a good option for you.
If you ever run into any trouble, you can count on ExpressVPN’s 24/7 live chat support to have your back. The customer support staff is accessible, friendly and pretty knowledgeable. But if you’d rather find the answer to your question yourself, ExpressVPN’s support knowledge base is vast and filled with helpful tutorials and videos for basically any type of setup you have.
All this comes at a price, however. ExpressVPN may be the best VPN for smart TVs, but it is also one of the most expensive at $8.32 per month for its yearly plan — though you may be able to find it discounted to $6.67 per month with 3 months free for the first year of service. If you’re looking for a VPN that’s a little easier on your wallet, you may want to check out our other picks below. Read our ExpressVPN review.