By using a VPN on your Mac, you'll be able to hide your location and identity online, get protection when using public Wi-Fi, and access websites that are ordinarily blocked in your country.

While Macs are generally considered to be more secure, VPNs apply just as much to Mac users as Windows and Android because it affects the connection between your Mac and the internet.

A VPN has three main uses, but many people's primary reason for wanting a VPN is to watch shows on BBC iPlayer's streaming services while outside of the UK, or to access US Netflix from the UK in order to watch more shows.

Our current favourite service is NordVPN, which is a well priced all-rounder. We also recommend ExpressVPN along with eight more great options listed below, but have reviewed many more. Here we've selected the very best ten VPN services for Mac.

You'll find the latest prices for the services right here, but do check out our roundup of the best VPN for Mac deals which are usually time-limited and might save you extra money.

Best VPN for Mac

Most of these will cost less than £4/$6 per month, with some less than £2/$2. There are free VPNs available, but beware that some severely restrict which servers (and therefore countries) you can connect to and the amount of data you can download through those servers.

It's also important to read the terms and conditions before using a free VPN, as in rare cases they sell your data to third parties to offset the cost of you using it without paying.

VPN apps are mostly very easy to install and use, but for a step-by-step guide, read how to set up a VPN on a Mac.

All of these VPNs will also work on your iPhone and iPad as well, but you might want to check out our separate guides to the best VPNs for iPhone and best VPNs for iPad.

Best VPN for Mac reviews

1. NordVPN

NordVPN for Mac
  • Rating: *****

NordVPN is one of the biggest and best-known VPN services and is good value.

There are more than 5,000 servers available across 59 countries, but you won't be overwhelmed by choice thanks to its handy SmartPlay feature that picks the server best suited to your needs.

Connections are fast and reliable, and it will unblock popular streaming services around the world including Netflix and BBC iPlayer. You can connect with up to six devices simultaniously.

Recently it has added support for the faster Wireguard protocol.

  • 6 simultaneous connections
  • 24/7 tech support
  • Kill Switch
  • Works with Netflix & other streaming services
  • Zero-logs policy

You can get 68% off the usual monthly price if you take advantage of the two-year plan. If that's too long to commit, an alternative option is a six-month plan, but this works out significantly more expensive per month.

Find out more in our full NordVPN review.

2. ExpressVPN

ExpressVPN
  • Rating: *****

Don't overlook ExpressVPN because of its higher monthly price. It is an excellent VPN service which offers security through its TrustedServer tech and top-notch speeds besides.

It runs more than 3,000 servers across 94 countries (that's more countries than NordVPN offers) and prides itself on continuously improving its service. It's currently trialling its proprietary protocol, Lightway, which should increase speeds further.

ExpressVPN can unblock streaming services such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer.

  • Kill switch (Network Lock)
  • 5 simultaneous connections
  • 24/7 customer service
  • Works with Netflix & other streaming services
  • Zero-logs policy

As for the cost, there is a 15-month deal which gives you three months free. You can use it across five devices simultaneously and in addition to the Mac app there are mobile apps and support for various other devices you might own.

You can find out more in our full ExpressVPN review, or see the ExpressVPN subscription options.

3. Surfshark

Surfshark
  • Rating: *****

Surfshark is a beginner-friendly VPN that works with Netflix and BBC iPlayer and has recently upgraded all its servers so they run entirely in RAM, just like ExpressVPN.

It has also improved its service by adding new features regularly as well as new servers: there are almost twice as many now as when we first tested out the service.

The other reason it's so interesting is because it undercuts almost all of its rivals on price, yet doesn't place any limit on the number of devices you can use simultaneously.

So you can install and use it across many devices including your Mac, PC, Android and iOS devices, as well as browsers.

There's a kill switch, a strict no-logs policy and a Multi-Hop feature to help with privacy concerns.

  • 1700+ RAM-based servers
  • Multi-Hop connections
  • Unlimited simultaneous connections
  • 24/7 customer service
  • Two-factor authentication
  • Zero-logs policy

Sign up to Surfshark or read more in our Surfshark review.

4. CyberGhost

CyberGhost for Mac
  • Rating: *****

CyberGhost is perhaps the biggest name in the VPN industry. It's affordable and user friendly, so is perfect for anyone using a VPN on their Mac for the first time.

Like certain rivals, it is constantly adding new servers and the current tally of over 6500 in 90 countries means you should always be able to get a fast connection. And in our tests, we've always seen great speeds from CyberGhost.

It works with phones, tablets, browsers and of course your Mac. There's also an ad-blocker included to de-clutter the web.

  • 6500 servers
  • NoSpy servers
  • 7 simultaneous connections
  • 24/7 customer service
  • Kill switch

It can cost as little as £2.15/$2.80 per month if you sign up for the 18-month deal, which was running at the time of writing.

You can find our more in our full CyberGhost review.

5. Private Internet Access

Private Internet Access
  • Rating: *****

Private Internet Access offers over 3,300 servers spread across 48 countries.

You're allowed to use your account on five devices simultaneously, including iOS and MacOS.

It doesn't log anything, so even though it is based in the US, there's no data to hand over should the authorities order PIA to do so.

Adding to the security is the Kill Switch feature and you can also pay anonymously.

  • Kill switch
  • Mobile apps & browser extensions
  • 5 simultaneous connections
  • Works with Netflix & other streaming services
  • Zero-logs policy

Find out more in our full Private Internet Access review, or subscribe to PIA here.

6. VyprVPN

VyprVPN
  • Rating: *****

VyprVPN has more than 700 servers across 70 countries, all owned and operated by the company itself - a major boon for privacy and security buffs.

It has a strict no-logs policy, and is a great one to add to your shortlist if privacy is your top priority.

  • Kill switch in macOS app
  • Wireguard & Chameleon protocols
  • 5 simultaneous connections
  • Works with Netflix & other streaming services
  • Zero-logs policy

It's speedy and reliable, and pretty affordable as well, especially if you don't mind subscribing for two years.

You can subscribe to VyprVPN here, or find out more in our review here.

7. PureVPN

PureVPN
  • Rating: *****

PureVPN is a service to consider if you need to connect to one or more of the countries which aren't covered by its rivals.

There are more than 2,000 servers available across 141 countries (the most of all services listed here).

Now, some of those are achieved using 'virtual server locations' which simply means the server is not physically located in the country it purports to be. But they will still unblock content as you'd expect.

  • Kill switch in macOS app
  • 140+ countries covered
  • 5 simultaneous connections
  • 24/7 customer service
  • Works with Netflix & other streaming services
  • Zero-logs policy

PureVPN used to log session information but these days operates a strict no-logs policy.

Standard monthly pricing isn't that attractive for any VPN service, but like its rivals PureVPN always offers great deals if you're happy to sign up for multiple years.

You can find out more in our full PureVPN review, and see PureVPN offers here.

8. Ivacy

Ivacy
  • Rating: *****

Ivacy is a well-established VPN service which offers apps for macOS, iOS alongside other devices you may own. Its network isn't the largest, but still offers servers in all the countries you are likely to want to pretend to be located in.

  • Singapore headquarters
  • Over 1000 servers
  • 5 simultaneous connections
  • Support for P2P / Torrenting on some servers
  • Works with all 7 Netflix regions + BBC iPlayer

Speeds are decent, and support is responsive via 24/7 live chat. And with competitive prices, it's a solid choice.

In fact, there's a brilliant five-year deal which costs just $0.99 (around 74p) per month which is seriously good value.

Find out more in our full Ivacy review.

9. Hide.me

hide.me VPN
  • Rating: *****

Hide.me is another VPN service which has improved considerably over the past year or two.

As well as offering a completely free version (which none of its rivals here do), it has also added Wireguard, which should be faster than the protocols previously available.

It can now unblock Netflix and has doubled the number of devices you can connect to the service simultaneously, from five to 10.

  • 1700+ servers in 45 countries
  • 24/7 live chat
  • 10 simultaneous connections
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Free version

See our Hide.me VPN review for more.

10. IPVanish

IPVanish
  • Rating: *****

IPVanish has improved its offering recently, now providing 24/7 live chat support, a 30-day money-back guarantee and 250GB of free cloud storage.

It's based in the US, which might be a turn-off for those worried about online privacy, but since it doesn't keep any logs at all no data would be available to share with authorities anyway.

There are 1,400 servers across 75 countries, and now no limit on the number of devices you can use at the same time.

IPVanish owns and operates a good chunk of its network, which means it has more control over who has access to that kit.

  • Kill switch for macOS
  • 24/7 live chat
  • Unlimited simultaneous connections
  • 250GB cloud storage

Like ExpressVPN, IPVanish is one of the more expensive options even when you factor in the discounts for subscribing for longer. At the time of writing, the best deal was for a 12-month plan which works out at $4.16 per month (around £3.15).

Find out more in our full IPVanish review.