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5 Best Smart DNS Providers

By Paul Nash Email | 08 November 2014 at 12:00 pm CET | No Comments

Sometimes the Smart DNS option is better than using a VPN when the main concern is to access and stream content that is geographically restricted such as Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime. Using a Smart DNS service over a VPN has more advantages, specially when streaming online videos.


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Since a VPN network uses encryption methods to make the connections secure, the Internet speed tends to deteriorate. Streaming videos while connected to a VPN becomes slower and the poorer the VPN service, the more you will feel it on your speeds.

However, what a VPN compromises in speed, it makes up with securing and anonymizing your browsing habits which Smart DNS services don’t offer. Smart DNS services allow users to unblock geographically restricted websites while maintaining your ISP speed.

Choosing the Right Smart DNS Service Providers

To unlock and bypass regional restrictions being imposed by popular streaming services, users need a reliable Smart DNS service. Look for a Smart DNS service provider that unblocks the channels or websites you are trying to access.

With the rise of Smart DNS services, even VPN service providers are now creating their own Smart DNS services. Some VPN companies offer their Smart DNS services for free or it comes with the VPN package, while others charge separately for a VPN and Smart DNS service.

Remember that not all Smart DNS services offer the same things. Always check what the Smart DNS service provider support in terms of channels or websites and even device compatibility. Before subscribing to a Smart DNS service, check its supported channels first.

5 Best Smart DNS Service Provider

After testing the Smart DNS providers on our list, we are confident to recommend this five Smart DNS companies for those looking to bypass restricted websites all over the world.

OverPlay Smart DNS

OverPlay SmartDNS Review

OverPlay is known for providing quality VPN connections and it also does not disappoint with its very own Smart DNS service. OverPlay offers its Smart DNS service as a freebie with its VPN offering that costs $9.95 per month. For the price of both Smart DNS and VPN, OverPlay’s offer is a good deal. It is also offering a separate Smart DNS package (without the VPN) for only $4.95 per month. OverPlay promises to unblock BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Vudu, Pandora and many more.

Find out what we think about OverPlay in our Smart DNS Service review.

IronSocket Smart DNS

IronSocket Smart DNS Proxy

IronSocket is another VPN service provider offering its own version of a Smart DNS service. This Hong Kong-based VPN company promises to unblock streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and 180+ more channels. It offers its Smart DNS service together with its VPN offerings in one package. The Smart DNS and VPN package costs $6.99 per month.

Check out this IronSocket review to learn more about the company’s Smart DNS services.



StrongDNS is StrongVPN’s Smart DNS offering. The company offers a VPN+DNS bundle package and a separate StrongDNS plan that costs $5 per month. StrongDNS provides unblocked access to Netflix, Hulu, ABC and many more. If you have tried StrongVPN and you are pleased with your experience with it, we can say with certainly that you will also find StrongDNS a top-notch Smart DNS service.

Here’s our take on StrongVPN’s StrongDNS service.


Unlocator   Unblock Websites the Easy Way

Unlocator is offering its Smart DNS services for $4.95 per month. Unlocator claims to provide access to over 132 channels including ABC, CNBC, Amazon Video, AMC, Netflix and BBC iPlayer. Unlocator offer pure Smart DNS services and it does not have a VPN offering.

Here’s our short Unlocator review.



SmartyDNS unblocks geo-restricted websites all over the world. It mainly bypasses channels available to the US, UK and Poland. Some of the channels or websites that SmartyDNS claims to be able to unblock from any location are Spotify, Pandora, Netflix, Hulu and Fox. The service costs $4.99 per month.

Find out more about this Smart DNS provider on our SmartyDNS review.

In your opinion, which Smart DNS service offers the best DNS solutions and user experience? Leave a comment below.

Check out our full list of Smart DNS providers and reviews.

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Paul Nash


Paul Nash

Paul earned his degree in Electronics Engineering in Manila, Philippines. Reporting from one of Asia’s fastest growing megacities, he has a first-hand perspective on technology development and how it influences and enables people to live better lives. Paul has been writing for VPN Creative since 2012 and is covering subjects related to Internet security, online privacy. In his own words, he is young, ambitious and weird (in the best possible way!).

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