The Best VPNs for ESPN+

Get your game on with our list of best VPNs for ESPN+.

By
&
Aliza Vigderman
Gabe TurnerChief Editor
Last Updated on Jun 9, 2021
By Aliza Vigderman & Gabe Turner on Jun 9, 2021
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No one wants to watch the big game the day after it happens. That means that a good VPN might be more valuable for accessing ESPN+ than any other streaming service. Because no matter where the game is happening in the world or where you might be, you don’t want to miss it. In order to watch ESPN+, you need to be in the U.S., or at least make ESPN+ think that you’re in the U.S. That’s where VPNs come in. With dozens of servers in U.S., these are the best VPNs to get your game on with ESPN+.

Requirements for Best VPNs for ESPN+

U.S. servers Yes
Fast download speeds Yes
Kill switch Yes
Flexible subscription length Yes
Our Top Picks

Best VPN for ESPN+ Overall

ExpressVPN

Editor's Rating
9.5
/10
Editor's Rating
9.5
/10
ExpressVPN’s mix of encryption methods and rotating IP addresses means that we can watch ESPN+ without worrying about our online security or privacy.

Best VPN for ESPN+ for Macs

CyberGhost

Editor's Rating
9.1
/10
CyberGhost-Logo-Header
Editor's Rating
9.1
/10
CyberGhost offers blazing speeds, especially for Macs, meaning streaming ESPN+ is always in sync and crystal clear.

Comparison of Best VPNs for ESPN+

System
ExpressVPN
CyberGhost
ProtonVPN
VyprVPN
FastestVPN
Ranking 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Ratings 9.1/10 8.5/10 8.5/10 8.3/10
Monthly Plan Cost Range $2.25 - $12.99 $0.00 - $8.00 $2.50 - $12.95 $1.11 - $10.00
Contract Length One - 36 months One month One - 24 months One - 36 months
Split Tunneling Yes Yes On Mac and Android devices Yes
Netflix Yes, but prerequisites for some countries Yes Available in the U.S., U.K., Germany, and Canada Yes
Torrenting Yes Yes Yes Yes
IP Addresses Static, shared Shared Dynamic Static, shared
Five Eyes, Nine Eyes, and 14 Eyes Member No No No No
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Summary of the Best VPNs for ESPN+

Detailed List of the Best VPNs for ESPN+

  • 1. ExpressVPN - Best VPN for ESPN+

    Editor's Rating
    9.5
    /10

    We’re fans of ExpressVPN, as evident from the fact that they regularly appear at the top of our list of the best VPNs. They offer thousands of servers in dozens of countries, rotating IP addresses, and split tunneling. Because they’re based in the British Virgin Islands, they aren’t subject to any of the surveillance alliances. They also utilize military-grade AES-256 encryption to keep our data secure. It’s no wonder, then, that they’re also our pick for best VPN for accessing ESPN+.

    What We Like
    • Outside surveillance alliances
    • Split tunneling
    • 3.000 servers in 148 countries
    • Rotating IP addresses
    What We Don’t Like
    • No multi-hop
    • No phone support
    • Only five simultaneous connections
    • Slow speeds on Macs

    Headquartered in the British Virgin Islands

    ExpressVPN is based in the British Virgin Islands, which we hear is quite exotic. More importantly, it’s a great place to maintain privacy. The courts in the country are vigorous in protecting privacy rights, particularly when it comes to online activity. Even better, the British Virgin Islands aren’t members of the Five Eyes, Nine Eyes, or 14 Eyes surveillance alliances, groups of countries led by the U.S. who have agreed to recognize one another’s data warrants. That means that we can rest assured knowing that with ExpressVPN, we don’t have to worry about anyone getting their hands on our IP addresses or our browsing habits.

    ExpressVPN Kill Switch
    ExpressVPN Kill Switch

    Rotating IP Addresses

    ExpressVPN uses rotating IP addresses. That provided us with an extra level of privacy. Basically, it meant that every time we signed on, we were issued a new address, which made it hard for anyone who might be snooping to associate our online activity with any one single address. Will anyone out there come looking for us if they find out we’re accessing ESPN+ from Madagascar? Who can say? But we don’t have to worry about it with ExpressVPN.

    3,000 Servers in 148 Countries

    ExpressVPN has a healthy 3,000 servers scattered through 165 different countries. That means that almost anywhere that we may find ourselves, we would be near a fast, secure connection. Argentina? Yes. Bulgaria? Check. Mongolia? You bet. Need we go on?

  • 2. CyberGhost - Best VPN for ESPN+ for Macs

    Editor's Rating
    9.1
    /10

    We’ve always trusted CyberGhost to keep us safe and secure and provide great privacy for our internet surfing. After all, they were founded in 2011 on the belief that privacy is a “basic human right.”1 And they put their money where their mouth is, with strict logging policies, torrenting support, split tunneling and some of the fastest speeds in the industry. Their low latency means smooth streaming whether you’re watching World Cup soccer or Game of Thrones.

    What We Like
    • Great customer service
    • Split tunneling
    • Fast speeds on Macs
    • Torrenting support
    What We Don’t Like
    • No multi-hop technology
    • Logs IP addresses
    • Static IP addresses
    • High price for single-month subscriptions

    Split Tunneling

    One thing we like about Cyberghost is that they offer split-tunneling. For those who might not be in the know, split tunneling means we can maintain a connection to the regular Internet at the same time we’re running our VPN. In simple terms, we can utilize two separate “tunnels” at once. What difference does this make? Well, when we’re at the corner cafe sipping our chai latte, we can use a VPN to keep our work files nice and protected but run Spotify through the cafe’s Wi-Fi. That saves us valuable bandwidth and keeps our computer running smoothly.

    CyberGhost App
    CyberGhost App

    Smart Access

    In addition to their split tunneling feature, CyberGhost offers something they call Smart Access. Basically, Smart Access automates the split tunneling process for us. With Smart Access, we didn’t have to constantly choose which programs and websites we wanted to associate with the VPN and which ones we wanted to route through normal Wi-Fi channels. We simply set up our preferences once and never had to worry about them again. Of course, that’s convenient since it saves us a step when we’re working. But it also helps to keep us safe, since it means we don’t always have to remember to sign on to the VPN when we watch the big game.

    Great for Macs

    CyberGhost features low latency as well as fast upload and download speeds. This is especially true for Macs, as you’ll find if you check out our best VPNs for Macs. Every VPN slows a device down a little when it’s running, but the difference between our MacBook latency with and without CyberGhost connected was only 14 percent. Download speeds were similarly efficient, which made torrenting a breeze. And with lightning-quick upload speeds, our ESPN+ never froze or disconnected.

  • 3. ProtonVPN - Best VPN for ESPN+ for Security

    Editor's Rating
    8.5
    /10

    ProtonVPN is a unique service in many ways, whether we’re talking about their association with the CERN laboratories in Geneva, Switzerland or their free VPN. Nevertheless, they offer all the things you’d expect from a high-quality VPN: split-tunneling, multi-hop technology, support for a number of different streaming services including ESPN+, and a strict logging policy.

    What We Like
    • Split tunneling
    • Support for streaming services including ESPN+, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, and Disney+
    • Outside surveillance alliances
    • Multi-hop technology
    What We Don’t Like
    • Static IP addresses
    • Only 568 servers
    • Unusual pricing structure
    • Weak customer support

    Based In Geneva, Switzerland

    Like many of the VPNs on this list, ProtonVPN chose its headquarters location carefully. Switzerland is another country that operates outside the Five Eyes, Nine Eyes, and 14 Eyes surveillance alliances. It’s also a country that takes personal privacy quite seriously. The city of Geneva in particular, though, is associated with the CERN laboratories, home of the world’s largest particle accelerator where the World Wide Web actually originated. ProtonVPN likes to point out that it began as a crowdfunded effort to protect journalists and protestors working in the area, and it remains active in the larger privacy community as an advocate for more privacy laws. That kind of commitment suggests we can certainly trust ProtonVPN when we’re streaming golf.

    ProtonVPN App on iPhone
    ProtonVPN App on iPhone

    Free VPN

    One of the unique features about ProtonVPN is that they offer a free version of their VPN (for a more complete rundown, see our list of the best free VPNs out there). This isn’t a free trial, but rather an honest-to-goodness free VPN. Of course, as we would expect with something free, the service comes with limited options: we could connect to servers in only three countries, we had access to only “medium” speeds, and there was no support for torrenting. Even so, we’d say it offers an excellent option for those who only use a VPN occasionally. ProtonVPN’s price structure also includes a $4.00 per month plan, with higher speeds, torrenting, and two simultaneous connections. And while they don’t offer any discounted long-term contracts, their full plan with their highest speeds and access to blocked websites, is reasonably priced at just $8.00 a month.

    Multi-hop

    One reason we like ProtonVPN so well is that they offer multi-hop technology. Sometimes called “double VPN,” multi-hop means our signal is routed through not just one but at least two encrypted servers. Of course, two encrypted servers means we are twice as protected as if we were routed through one. And frankly, with AES-256 encryption, we were actually pretty darn safe with just one. In short, we feel a lot more confident when we log on to ProtonVPN that our data is safe from any nasty hackers.

    FYI: ESPN+ is only produced in America, and it’s the same in all locations, so using a VPN can’t unblock additional ESPN+ libraries. However, it can allow you to bypass local blackouts and access the service when you’re outside of the U.S.

  • 4. VyprVPN - Best VPN for ESPN+ and Torrenting

    Editor's Rating
    8.5
    /10

    Another company based in the ultra-private Switzerland, VyprVPN has a privacy policy and encryption tools that give us confidence that our online activities are both secure and private. In addition, they provide dynamic IP addresses which make it harder for hackers to access our data. All that makes VyprVPN a go-to option, especially when we’re looking to do some torrenting.

    What We Like
    • Strong mobile apps
    • Dynamic IP addresses
    • Torrenting support
    • Outside surveillance alliances
    What We Don’t Like
    • Streaming only available from certain countries
    • Only five simultaneous connections
    • No multi-hop technology
    • Split tunneling only on Macs and Android

    Encryption

    VyprVPN uses Wireguard for its encryption and OpenVPN as its internet protocol. Because it uses a Linux-based kernel, Wireguard is known for its high speeds. OpenVPN is fast as well, in part because it bypasses firewalls in establishing security. Best of all, though, both Wireguard and OpenVPN are open-source programs. This means that computer scientists from across the internet have contributed to its development and testing. It also means they aren’t subject to tampering by any government agencies. Simply put, VyprVPN utilizes the tools to make sure our data is safe, secure, and private.

    Privacy Policy

    VyprVPN not only has the right encryption tools to keep us safe, though. They also have a privacy policy that lays out exactly what information they do and don’t log. Of course, all VPNs must keep some of our information. Otherwise, they’d have trouble billing us. However, VyprVPN makes clear that they collect no information regarding our use of the VPN itself. That means they don’t log timestamps for when we use the service, they don’t keep track of our local IP address or the IP addresses they assign us, and they never record what sites we visit.

    Pro Tip: A VPN can help you avoid monthly throttling by your ISP since it conceals how much data you are receiving from the apps you use and the sites you visit. Find out more about VPNs and data at our guide to VPN data consumption.

    Torrenting

    We love ESPN+ and all our other streaming services. However, we’re not always in range of a Wi-Fi signal, so we like to keep some downloaded content on hand as well. One reason we like VyprVPN is because they support torrenting. Not only do they offer fast download speeds, but their commitment to ensuring our privacy means we can grab whole seasons of our favorite shows and know we’re doing it with complete anonymity. Whether we’re streaming ESPN+ or torrenting, we’re covered with VyprVPN.

  • 5. FastestVPN - Best VPN for ESPN+ for Families

    Editor's Rating
    8.3
    /10

    FastestVPN is among the most affordable VPNs on this list, especially for long-term contracts. According to FastestVPN’s price list, they offer a three-year plan for just $1.11 a month, and even their single-month subscription is reasonably priced at $10.00. This doesn’t mean, though, that they don’t deliver on what we want from a VPN. With ten simultaneous connections on ten devices and access to ESPN+ as well as streaming services like Prime Video and Crackle, FastestVPN is an especially good choice for families.

    What We Like
    • 10 simultaneous connections available
    • Several customer support options
    • Strict logging policy
    • Torrenting support
    What We Don’t Like
    • Only 100 servers
    • No multi-hop technology
    • Static IP addresses
    • Split-tunneling not available on Windows or Mac

    Lots of Streaming

    FastestVPN allowed us to access ESPN+ from anywhere in the world, but they also allowed us to unblock a number of other streaming services including Prime Video, HBO Go, and BBC’s iPlayer. For many of these services, we had access to content libraries from other countries besides the U.S. As a result, we were never at a loss for something to watch.

    FastestVPN App
    FastestVPN App

    10 Simultaneous Connections

    FastestVPN is one of the more family-friendly VPNs on this list. Not only do they provide enough streaming content to satisfy everyone, but with ten simultaneous connections available on ten different devices, they also make it easy for everyone to watch what they want at the same time. We don’t have children ourselves, but we’ve been told that multiple simultaneous connections are a must for families hoping to survive long layovers.

    Customer Service

    When we have a problem or a question, we like having lots of different ways to find an answer. FastestVPN has an online support center which allowed us to find information for ourselves when we needed it. However, they also feature email support and a 24/7 live chat messenger on their support page where we asked our more complicated questions. We were a little disappointed they didn’t offer phone service, but a polite customer service representative had no trouble explaining the company’s privacy policy to us when we had questions.

Methodology

In evaluating the VPNs that make up this list, we carefully consider multiple criteria including security, privacy, speed, available features, and pricing. All of these factors play a role in our final decisions. However, for this particular list, the bottom line was just how well a particular VPN works with ESPN+.

Speed

Obviously, a VPN must be fast if it’s going to deliver quality streaming. So we start by using a simple speed test developed by Ookla to check each one out. This gives us complete information on latency, upload speeds, and download speeds. Those raw numbers are useful, but we also contextualize them to get a sense of how a VPN will affect any given machine. We run the numbers with a device that isn’t using the VPN, and then the same device when it is using it. That tells us precisely, in terms of percentage, just how much the VPN will change a machine’s speed.

Streaming Capabilities

Speed tells us how well a VPN can stream content. However, it doesn’t tell us whether a specific VPN has been set up to work well with a particular streaming service. In general, streaming services do what they can to block VPNs. A good VPN, though, with the right IP addresses, allows users to get around such blocks. Each of the selections on this list was carefully tested to make sure it worked flawlessly with ESPN+.

Privacy and Security

Whether we’re streaming, torrenting, or just browsing, we want to know that our VPN is keeping our activity private and secure. This begins with the company itself. Do they take our personal information seriously or are they looking to sell it to the highest bidder?

To answer questions like this we start with the company’s privacy policy, the fine print that most people probably skip. While lots of VPNs make claims on their website that they do “zero-logging”, so far, we have yet to come across a VPN that has actually lived up to that claim. After all, how would a VPN bill us if it didn’t have some information about us? What they actually log, however, is spelled out in their privacy policy. What we want to hear is that they don’t log any information about our use of the VPN itself. That means they don’t keep any timestamps, they don’t record any IP addresses, and they don’t maintain any history of what apps we used and what sites we visited.

Strict privacy policies are a good start, but a company must also have the tools to enforce that policy. We like companies based in countries outside the Five Eyes, Nine Eyes, and 14 Eyes alliances since they aren’t subject to spying by U.S. government agencies. We prefer VPNs that rely on cutting-edge technology like AES-256 encryption and OpenVPN protocols to safeguard our data. In addition, we look for VPNs that use multi-hop technology, offer dynamic rather than static IP addresses, and come equipped with kill switches.

Finally, though, we test each VPN for leaks to be certain our information isn’t vulnerable at any point in the encryption process. We run each VPN through a program at DNSLeakTest.com to check for DNS leaks and we use a tool created by ExpressVPN to check for WebRTC leaks as well. Only VPNs that pass both tests are good enough to go on a list like this one.

Features

The most important features for any VPN are those that help to ensure security and privacy (see above). However, it’s nice to have additional perks as well. We particularly like VPNs, for instance, that offer split tunneling. In addition, we pay close attention to the quality of the company’s apps, and we take into consideration what sort of response we get from customer service.

Pricing

Finally, we’re especially interested in just how much value a VPN delivers for its money. In general, we prefer plans that cost $10.00 a month or less and that offer discounts for long-term contracts. However, we’re always on the lookout for companies that offer interesting pricing options, such as low single-month contracts or even week-long contracts. There are also some completely free VPN options out there as well as VPNs with free trials, though typically they come with limits on the number of connections they allow, the amount of data per month, etc. Still, we’re always fans of having options to choose from.

FAQs

Citations
  1. CyberGhost. (2021). About Us.
    cyberghostvpn.com/en_US/about