Tested: Surfshark with Netflix US & 13 Other Countries – Updated in 2020Last Updated by Bethany Chester on October 01, 2020
Surfshark is an affordable VPN provider which claims to unblock Netflix libraries in 14 different countries, including the US, the UK, Japan, and France. My Surfshark review found that the service has fast speeds which allow you to watch Netflix and other streaming sites without buffering.
To confirm that Surfshark really can unblock 14 Netflix libraries, I tested servers in every country listed on the company’s website. I also checked the speed of each connection. Read on to see how using Netflix with Surfshark allows you to unblock content in multiple countries without buffering or lowering streaming quality.
Unblock Netflix with Surfshark in 3 Easy Steps
It’s simple to access geo-blocked content by using Netflix with Surfshark. There are just three steps involved:
- Go to the Surfshark website and buy a subscription. Download the Surfshark app for your browser or operating system.
- Open the app, log in, and connect to a server in the country whose Netflix library you want to access.
- Go to the Netflix app or website and log in (or refresh the page if it’s already open). You can now start streaming your favorite shows and movies.
Which Netflix Libraries Can Surfshark Access?
I contacted Surfshark’s customer support team and confirmed that the service can access 14 Netflix libraries. These are:
I tested servers in all these countries to check if they could unblock Netflix. Using unogs.com, I found content which was available in the countries I was testing but not in the UK, where I was testing from. I then streamed Netflix with Surfshark, connecting to a server in each target country and confirming I was able to access unique content that’s unavailable on Netflix UK.
I also tested the speed of each connection to see if it was fast enough to stream Netflix. All tests were carried out on Windows 10 using a 100 Mbps fiber broadband connection. These were the results.
I got a generic error message (not the Netflix proxy error) the first time I tried to log in to Netflix with Surfshark connected. I tried servers in three US locations and got the same result. However, when I tried again later that day it worked perfectly, so it seems this was a temporary glitch.
The connection speed was good, though not on par with higher-end VPN services like ExpressVPN.
US server speed test
Since I was running tests from the UK, I was already able to access British Netflix content. However, by testing a British Surfshark server, I was able to confirm that Netflix couldn’t tell I was using a VPN.
Server speeds were very good, as would be expected given that the server was in the same country.
UK server speed test
Unlike Netflix US, I didn’t see any error messages when watching Netflix Canada.
Watching Netflix Canada
Speeds were excellent — in fact, they were even better than the UK server.
The Japanese server worked well. I experienced some very brief buffering when skipping ahead, but this was minimal.
Watching Netflix Japan
Speeds were much better than expected given the distances involved.
Japanese server speed test
When I streamed French Netflix with Surfshark, it worked well and there were no connection issues or buffering.
Watching Netflix France
Speeds were very good, though surprisingly not as fast as some of the more distant locations.
French server speed test
I experienced no buffering or connection issues when using a German server.
Watching Netflix Germany
The connection speed was excellent.
German server speed test
When I connected to one of Surfshark’s Amsterdam servers, there was some buffering when skipping a long way ahead, but it was minimal.
Watching Netflix The Netherlands
Speeds were very good.
Dutch server speed test
When I attempted to watch Netflix India, the video took a few seconds to load but then played without issue. However, when I tried to skip ahead, there was considerable buffering and it took at least a minute for the video to continue playing.
Watching Netflix India
This made sense when I ran a speed test and discovered that the connection speed was very slow.
Indian server speed test
I was able to access South Korean Netflix and had no issues connecting to the server or streaming content.
Watching Netflix South Korea
The connection speed was good. It’s worth noting that Surfshark’s South Korean servers are virtual locations, so they’re not actually based in the country. This could affect their speed, as their actual location may be closer or further away than you realize.
The Italian server worked without any buffering or connection issues.
Watching Netflix Italy
As with the other European servers I tested, its speed was very good.
Italian server speed test
Like some of the other more distant locations I tested, I experienced some brief buffering when skipping ahead on Netflix Australia. But this didn’t have any real impact on user experience.
Watching Netflix Australia
Speeds were very reasonable given that the server was on the other side of the world.
Australian server speed test
I had no notable issues with any of the European servers I tested, and Turkey was no exception — it worked perfectly.
Watching Netflix Turkey
This was reflected in the connection speed.
Turkish server speed test
Though Netflix Brazil didn’t buffer, the resolution was lower than usual.
Watching Netflix Brazil
The speed of the Brazilian server was very low compared to most of the other countries I tested, which would explain why the resolution was so poor.
Brazilian server speed test
There were no connection issues with the Singaporean server, and no playback issues other than some slight buffering when skipping ahead.
Watching Netflix Singapore
Speeds were very reasonable.
Singaporean server speed test
Is Surfshark Fast Enough to Watch Netflix?
According to Netflix, the speed requirements for streaming content are:
- 0.5 Megabits per second – Required broadband connection speed
- 1.5 Megabits per second – Recommended broadband connection speed
- 3.0 Megabits per second – Recommended for SD quality
- 5.0 Megabits per second – Recommended for HD quality
- 25 Megabits per second – Recommended for Ultra HD quality
My speed tests showed that servers in all countries except Brazil met the recommended connection speed of 1.5 Mbps. All the others except India achieved the 3 Mbps required for streaming in SD quality. Server speeds in many countries were close to — or even above — the 25 Mbps required to watch Netflix in Ultra HD.
More importantly, speeds were fast enough to allow me to stream without buffering in the vast majority of cases. I never had to wait more than a few seconds for a show or movie to load, even when the server was on the other side of the world. The only time I experienced significant buffering was when I tried to skip forward a long way on Netflix India. But even then, there were no problems when I watched normally instead of skipping ahead.
Resolution was also very good in most cases. It was only Netflix Brazil which had noticeably worse resolution than average, which makes sense as the connection speed was lower than Netflix recommends. But the drop in quality wasn’t significant enough to make it unwatchable.
Access Much More Netflix Content with Surfshark
The US has the biggest Netflix library of any country. If you’re elsewhere, there are probably many shows which aren’t available in your country. Using Surfshark means you can unblock Netflix content in all the countries with the largest libraries.
Even if there is a lot of content available in your country, using Netflix with Surfshark allows you to access more niche content which would otherwise be blocked. For example, you could connect to a Japanese server to watch anime.
Ready to start using Surfshark? You can get it for $1.99 per month.
What If Surfshark Stops Working with Netflix?
If you can’t unblock Netflix with Surfshark, there are a few potential solutions. Here are some suggestions.
- Try connecting to a different server in your desired country. This often solves the problem.
- Find another country where the show you want to watch is available and connect to a server there. The website unogs.com tells you which shows are available where.
- Contact Surfshark’s customer support team via email or the live chat service on the website. They may have a specific server you can use.
- Try using a different protocol, such as IKEv2. You can find this option under Advanced Settings in the Surfshark app. Make sure you restart your browser or the Netflix app before trying to stream content again.
- Restart your router. This will clear its cache, which may allow you to access websites you couldn’t previously.
One Account, 14 Libraries
My test results suggest that you’ll have no trouble bypassing the Netflix proxy error with Surfshark. This is in contrast to VPNs such as HMA and IPVanish, which are blocked by Netflix. Not only that, but Surfshark’s speeds are generally excellent, so you won’t have to deal with buffering and slow loading times. For these reasons, I would definitely recommend using Surfshark to unblock Netflix.
The best part? The content you see is based on where Netflix thinks you are, and one account will allow you to watch Netflix in any country. So if you’re in the UK and want to stream US Netflix, all you need to do is use Surfshark to connect to an American server — you won’t need a separate US Netflix account.