NetNut Review

Residential proxies for high-volume use.

NetNut’s residential IPs are fast and perform well. But they work best for experienced users or those who want proxies at scale.

Rating 8.7 / 10

NetNet is a major provider of rotating proxy servers. It’s less popular than something like Smartproxy or Bright Data but still a well-known option among businesses. Since early 2021, when NetNut introduced cheaper entry plans, it’s also become an affordable choice for customers with smaller requirements (one-off web scraping projects, sneaker copping, or social media management).

In this review, I’ll take a close look at NetNut and especially its residential proxy service. We’ll see how it compares with other premium providers and whether NetNut really controls the fastest residential proxy networkas it likes to claim.

Here we go.

General Information

CountryIsrael
Founded2017
Proxy networksDatacenter (rotating)

Residential

ISP (rotating)

Web scrapersUniversal web scraping API
Provider typeGeneral-purpose provider
Price rangePremium
Starting price$20
Pricing modelMonthly/yearly subscription
Payment methodsPayPal, Credit Card
Trial7 days

NetNut is an Israeli proxy provider established in 2017. It belongs to Safe-T Group, which provides cybersec and privacy services. NetNut’s products include rotating datacenter, residential, and ISP proxy networks. There’s also a web scraping API – it comes bundled with the proxy plans if you pay enough. 

NetNut can safely be considered a premium provider with an eye to businesses with big needs. This reflects throughout the whole service: from customer support to pricing. That doesn’t mean NetNut is completely inaccessible to entry-level clients: the plans start from $20. But you’ll get better experience – and much better rates – paying $500 and up. 

Aside from businesses, resellers are another focus. NetNut tries to lure them in with dedicated pools, very elaborate usage statistics, and, of course, functionality like proxy management API and sub-users, which are locked from regular customers. NetNut has been a popular choice among sneaker proxy providers thanks to its large network of ISP proxies.

Speaking of, ISP proxies are (or at least were) NetNut’s highlight. NetNut sources them via DiviNetworks, where the company pays internet service providers for sharing their unused bandwidth. This carries extra benefits compared to other ISP proxy services, namely that the IPs have real browsing history, and you might even use them in parallel with residential users.

The other two proxy networks came relatively recently. We believe that NetNut sources some of the residential IPs via its free VPN, but the provider isn’t very open about this topic. In any case, they balance out the services and make NetNut a viable choice for most web scraping professionals.

NetNut Proxy Networks

DatacenterResidentialISPMobile

(rotating)

(rotating)

NetNut controls three proxy networks: shared datacenter IPs, peer-to-peer residential proxies, and its signature static residential proxies. NetNut also has a proxy-based web scraping API but does very little to advertise it, so neither will we.

As things usually go with these proxy types, datacenter IPs are best for running small-scale projects with unprotected websites. Rotating residential proxies support more locations and are harder to detect. Static residential IPs work well with protected targets when you need a consistent identity.

Rotating datacenterResidentialISP
Proxy pool110,00010 million1 million
TypeShared
CountriesUS150+30+
TargetingCountryCountry

(US only: state & city)

RotationEvery request, indefinite sessionsEvery request, as long as availableEvery request, indefinite sessions
IntegrationGateway address
ConcurrencyUnlimited
ProtocolsHTTP(S)
AuthorizationCredentials, IP whitelisting
Sub-usersAvailable for resellers
Other features99.9% uptime99.9% uptime

Datacenter Proxies

Barebones service for simple web scraping.

NetNut’s most approachable service is its network of datacenter proxies. They rotate automatically and give you full access to the proxy network. With 100k+ IPs, it’s among the largest of its kind, which should allow for some large-scale data collection. However, the only available location is the US, and you can’t filter for states or cities.

ISP Proxies (Static Residential Proxies)

Limited locations, unlimited session time. 

NetNut advertises around 1 million static residential proxies. While their number has actually decreased throughout the years, NetNut remains among the largest vendors of such IPs.

The static residential proxies cover a little over 30 locations, primarily the US and Europe.  This is okay for most use cases, though if you want IPs in Africa or smaller South American countries, we recommend NetNut’s rotating residential proxies. You can target cities and states, but only in the US. Otherwise, you’re left with country-level precision.

The proxies use backconnect gateway servers. Because they’re static, they don’t have to rely on end-users and their devices. Instead, the server can hold the same IP indefinitely. Rotation every request is available, though if you need custom sessions, you’ll have to set them up manually.

If you have a particular target in mind, like Google or sneaker stores, you can ask NetNut for dedicated proxies to use with that website.

Rotating Residential Proxies

Many locations to choose from. 

NetNut’s rotating residential proxy network includes between 10-20 million monthly IPs. We can’t know precisely as such IPs come and go – and because NetNut provides conflicting information in different sources.

In any case, the residential proxies cover more than 150 countries, and we had a chance to verify it ourselves. You can target the countries individually. Identical to the other services, the rotation options are either on every connection request or as long as available. The difference in this case is that residential proxies rely on end users, so they can go offline at any time.

All in all, the service is pretty basic in features and resembles cheaper providers like PacketStream than NetNut’s premium alternatives.

NetNut Pricing

DatacenterResidentialISP
ModelSubscription
FormatTraffic / requests (enterprise plans)
UpsellsDedicated account manager, whitelisted IPs, city selection
Trial7 days
Starting price$20 for 20 GB ($1/GB)$20 for 1 GB ($20/GB)$25 for 1 GB ($25/GB)

NetNut uses a traffic-based pricing model. You can choose from a wide variety of plans, each having a set amount of gigabytes assigned to it. Custom plans are also available if the options on display aren’t enough for you.

Compared to other residential proxy providers, NetNut leans toward the expensive end of the pricing scale. This is especially true for the entry plans, which start from $25 (static) or $20 (rotating) for 1 GB of data. Even Bright Data charges less at this level. That said, the plans do scale well and start getting increasingly attractive from 250 GBs and up.

The datacenter proxies are much more affordable, but only relative to NetNut’s residential proxies. They start from $20 for 20 GBs of traffic ($1/GB) and reach $500 for 1 TB ($0.5/GB). Competitors like Smartproxy and Bright Data offer better rates; the one thing that helps NetNut is a relatively low entry threshold.

Funnily enough, NetNut only shows its smallest plans after you log into the dashboard; on the website, the pricing starts from $300.

netnut's low-volume pricing plans

You won’t find these pricing plans on the website.

The plans differ not only by traffic but also features. For instance, the smallest option won’t give you Skype support, IP whitelisting, or API access. You can unlock them by shelling out more money.

You can also opt to pay by requests. This model targets customers with very big needs, and it starts from $7,500 per month. Paying for successful requests makes the most sense when you’re scraping heavy web pages.

Overall, NetNut’s pricing scheme works in your favor if you have larger needs, but it faces tough competition for smaller projects and tasks. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why the company devotes so much space to resellers on its homepage.

NetNut Performance Benchmarks

We last tested NetNut for 2022 Proxy Market Research. The benchmarks are based on a custom script and target Cloudflare’s Trace webpage. It doesn’t block requests and connects to the nearest Cloudflare data center, making the page ideal for testing proxy infrastructure. Our requests came from a server in Germany.

Unique IPs

ParametersUnique IPs 
Unfiltered gateway1 million requests over 18 days551,049 (55.1%)
United States300,000 requests each over 14 days163,176 (55.3%)
United Kingdom98,499 (35.3%)
Germany38,299 (14.4%)
France16,392 (6.2%)
Russia22,477 (9.9%)
Canada50,000 requests each over 7 days17,888 (40.3%)
Australia2,360 (5.4%)

NetNut has a respectable proxy pool: in the unfiltered gateway, more than every second request returned a unique IP address. Looking at the country gateways, the provider had especially many IPs in the US and Canada. However, locations like France and Australia were modestly populated, raising the question how many IP NetNut controls in less popular countries.

Compared to other residential proxy services, NetNut was among the leaders: while it couldn’t quite catch up to Bright Data or Oxylabs, the provider managed to beat most other providers, even premium companies like GeoSurf.

Pool Composition

Percentage of IPs associated with landline and/or mobile internet services
GlobalUSUKDEFRRUCAAU
86.2%67.3%96.8%92.9%93.7%93.6%97.4%91.4%

The most questionable area was NetNut’s pool composition. An IP database identified nearly 1/3 of the US proxies as non-residential addresses. Our hypothesis is that NetNut mixed in some ISP proxies to make its pool look bigger. Even then, the number of non-residential IPs was higher than it should be.

Success Rate

netnut residential proxy success rate comparison

On average, nearly 93% of our requests reached the target. This would’ve been impressive in 2019 but not in 2022. SOAX, Oxylabs, and Bright Data all top 99% nowadays.

Response Time

netnut residential proxy response time comparison

On the bright side, NetNut’s residential proxies were fast. Their response time nearly reached the top 3 residential proxy providers and significantly outpaced the other options.

Response time comparison connecting via country gateways 
USUKDEFRRUCAAU
NetNut0.86 s1.05 s1.02 s1.35 s2.09 s1.39 s2.08 s
Bright Data1.30 s0.72 s0.74 s0.73 s0.99 s1.45 s1.72 s
Oxylabs1.09 s0.50 s0.50 s0.60 s1.25 s0.93 s1.70 s
Smartproxy1.14 s0.60 s0.60 s0.66 s1.33 s1.67 s1.67 s

Looking at individual locations, NetNut showed great results in North America. It was the speed king in the US (probably due to the mixed in ISP proxies). The other locations were slower compared to top providers but still nippy.

Results with Popular Websites

NetNut’s results with 10 popular websites (1,000 connection requests each, US location)
Success rateErrorsBlocksResponse time
AliExpress94.32%5.68%0%3.77 s
Amazon83.72%10.59%5.69%6.35 s
Bing87.00%13%0%5.70 s
Booking81.85%18.15%0%9.27 s
Craigslist94.91%4.45%0.64%2.62 s
Facebook87.75%12.25%0%4.38 s
Google1.21%98.79%0%2.17 s
Instagram87.34%11.54%1.13%4.99 s
Walmart87.49%12.51%0%3.95 s
Yahoo90.47%9.52%0%5.46 s

In a real-world context, NetNut’s results were just average. Between 5 and 10% of the requests failed due to connection errors, which dragged the success rate down. Google was particularly bad, but we later found out that the provider blocks this target by default.

How to Use NetNut

Registration

To create an account with NetNut, you no longer have to fill in forms and wait to be contacted on Skype. After a recent update, you can simply complete a 3-step process and register by yourself.

In the process, you’ll need to enter your full name, username, email address, password, and use case.

KYC

NetNut imposes a KYC check based on the proxy type. The datacenter IPs have no KYC, meaning that you can start using them almost immediately and without contact. To activate the residential proxies, you’ll have to fill in a form with your use case and some identifying information. This is to prevent abuse and protect the proxy peers.

Dashboard

NetNut’s dashboard is a mixed bag. Some parts are very fleshed out, while others are lacking or missing altogether.

In the dashboard, you’ll be able to track your usage stats, invoices, see active plans and buy new ones. You’ll also be able to set up a proxy server, even if the process is somewhat convoluted and unintuitive. Finally, there are some links to integration instructions, a list of available countries, and a form to contact support.

netnut dashboard home

NetNut dashboard’s home screen.

NetNut seems to pay particular attention to statistics: you’ll find several pages dedicated to tracking your proxy use visually and even an API for programmatic access. They are able to show your proxy use by sub-user, domain, country, and even display the encountered error codes.

NetNut dashboard stats

Would you look at all those stats!

Proxy Setup

The dashboard also includes instructions for proxy setup. They showcase some basic hostname:port configurations and API code samples for popular programming languages. However, the examples are all static, so they’re not very comfortable to use. Some information, like the list of available cities, is missing altogether, making you play a guessing game. NetNut could learn a thing or two from Smartproxy or PacketStream in this regard.

netnut dashboard proxy setup

The proxy setup page isn’t very inspiring.

NetNut’s proxies use backconnect servers. This means that instead of a proxy list, you get one address that accesses the provider’s proxy pool and automatically rotates IPs in the back end. NetNut has special addresses for Google, Instagram, and sneaker sites.

To specify a particular location, you simply add a string to the username with the country code. Sticky sessions have their own string where you assign a session ID. There’s no option to select gateways that would rotate the IPs automatically after some time.

All in all, I found NetNut to be very stingy when it comes to information, and the user experience could really be improved with better documentation. Maybe I’m saying this just because I’m so used to self-service, but I found myself grasping for information more than I would’ve liked to.

Documentation

NetNut has historically had issues with presenting information. Despite the provider’s best efforts, many of them remain unsolved.

That’s not to say that NetNut has no documentation: there is a rather lengthy FAQ and integration guidelines with major tools. However, if you want to find out if non-resellers can create sub-users, how to target cities, the rotation options of the residential IPs, or how the scraping API works, you’ll have to dig deep or give up and write to NetNut directly. At times this can be frustrating.

That said, NetNut seems to have finally started prioritizing user experience, so hopefully things will change soon.

Hands-On Support

Customers with smaller plans can reach NetNut by email only. If you have bought a larger plan, NetNut will give you a dedicated account manager. This way, most of the communication is done via Skype.

When I registered for a free trial, one of NetNut’s managers messaged me after 15 minutes or so. He immediately enabled my test account and provided me with instructions. They usually create a separate chat for active users and respond quite quickly.

However, that’s only during the working hours. I found the email support to be significantly slower: on average, it took them more than an hour to respond. This isn’t ideal for emergencies.

Conclusion

So, what can I say about NetNut? Quite a few positive things, actually.

The little squirrel packs a punch. Its residential proxies are stable and perform well. The speeds, while not quite as fast as advertised, still manage to compete with the market leaders. It’s also one of the larger residential proxy networks we’ve tried – at least when NetNut smuggles in ISP proxies to boost its size.

Proxies aside, improvements are needed. This applies especially to the user experience side of things: documentation is lacking, setup instructions unfriendly, and customer support limited to Skype. That’s not to say the support is bad – quite the opposite, actually. But the whole interaction with NetNut feels like it hasn’t been perfected yet.

Of course, NetNut is still a young provider. It’s only a matter of time until it streamlines things. Even now, it’s a terrific choice for scraping, market research, even social media automation – especially if you use thousands of gigabytes of data. Scale and flexibility are NetNut’s strong points, and they’re not to be underestimated.

All in all, NetNut is not quite the highest tier provider just yet, but it’s surely getting there.

NetNut Alternatives

9.3

Oxylabs

A strong NetNut alternative for web scraping. You get a larger IP pool, better performance, and optional web scraping APIs that take care of proxy management from you.

9.2

Smartproxy

Smartproxy offers two rotating proxy pools, a Google scraping API, and several free tools for data collection and anonymity. A strong performer and overall value choice.

9.1

Bright Data

Bright Data has some of the best infrastructure and tooling on the market. It offers not only proxies, but also proxy-based APIs, no-code web scraper, and complete data sets.

Want more? View the full list of the NetNut alternatives.

9 comments

  1. halo 6 gameplay on December 3, 2018 at 12:03 am

    obviously like your web site but you have to test the spelling on quite a few of your posts.
    Many of them are rife with spelling problems
    and I to find it very bothersome to tell
    the reality thdn again I will surely come back again.

    • Chris Becker on December 3, 2018 at 1:13 pm

      Hi halo, we’ll do that, thanks for your comment. Glad to hear you like our site!

  2. Sebastian on March 18, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    Even if in general netnut looks like pretty decent proxy provider their services really cost more than they should if you compare what they are offering. I believe there are better choices for proxy services like smartproxy for example that offer much more and cost way less.

    • Chris Becker on March 19, 2020 at 4:17 pm

      Hi Sebastian, thank you for the feedback.

    • Arnold on March 30, 2020 at 5:01 pm

      I tried both, and to be honest I got more blocks and downtimes with smartproxy.
      When I looked it up I noticed (and netnut also told me) that the reason is they have such a strong network is because of direct ISP connectivity.

      So bottom line is (for me) that it’s a total “value for money” and I’m happy with their service and great support.

      totally recommend them

  3. Micor on March 19, 2020 at 3:22 pm

    It took a proxy to work with payeer website. It’s long known to everyone, but unfortunately it’s blocked in USA. Picked up netnut.io from the available proxies. Tried to register, at registration I was sent a confirmation email to my email, which never came up. I Skypeed them. To which they started asking a lot of questions:
    “Thanks for coming out.
     
     I’d like to ask a few questions before we move on to our conversation.

     _What are your main 1-3 target sites?
     
    _Have you ever used any other proxy provider? If yes, with whom and what’s your monthly average traffic? 
     
    _Which countries would you like the proxy IP location to be in?
     
    _How did you hear about NetNut? ”

    I said it was for payeer, and then they asked me what the site was. Guys, in the 21st century, they don’t know what kind of website. And they’ve got Google disabled))) Eventually, I explained what and why, and then I was turned down. When asked why rejection is ignored. We can only guess what kind of service it is and how it works. I do not advise you to waste time on this!

    • Chris Becker on March 19, 2020 at 5:59 pm

      Hi Micor, sorry about your experience. It’s not unusual for providers to ask such things. But it sounds like NetNut could have handled the situation better.

      Are you considering any other proxy services instead?

      • Name on March 19, 2020 at 7:37 pm

        Yes, but they could:
        1. Notify me to contact the administration for registration. Instead of waiting for an email that’s never gonna come.
        2. Answer questions, not ignore them. It’s very unprofessional. And it’s worth guessing what happens after you pay…
        Proof: https://prnt.sc/rj755r

  4. Edgar on April 19, 2020 at 7:28 am

    Great review, thanks!

    Exactly what I’ve been thinking for a while now, finally a provider is changing the game with a whole different approach to their proxy network.

    No more P2P networks where you get used IPs that only god knows where/how it was abused.

Submit a comment

Your email address will not be published.