Roku’s 2016 stick proves the best devices come in small, cheap packages. With speedy access to Roku’s unrivaled collection of apps and the simplest interface around, it’s all the streamer most people need.
Best streaming device for the money. Roku’s 2016 stick proves the best devices come in small, cheap packages. With speedy access to Roku’s unrivaled collection of apps and the simplest interface around, it’s all the streamer most people need.
Best for gamers and tech nerds. This expensive niche product that earns massive geek cred for its best-in-class gaming chops, ability to stream 4K with HDR, and most of all its proficiency with file-friendly apps like Plex and Kodi.
Best for streaming in 4K and HDR. There isn’t much streaming content in 4K yet, and even less in HDR, but the Premiere+ can get to almost all of it. If you have a 4K HDR TV and want to pair it with the beat in high-quality streaming, this is your box.
Apple TV (2015)
Best streaming device for Apple users. If you’ve already invested in iTunes TV shows, movies and music, not to mention games on your iPhone or iPad, the updated Apple TV is worth the extra money. Siri voice commands and a best-in-class remote seal the deal.
Amazon Fire TV Stick With Alexa Voice Remote
Best budget streamer with voice. Want to talk to your TV, and have your TV talk back? Amazon’s latest (and least-expensive) conduit for Alexa has lots of app access, plenty of vocal tricks and more speed than its predecessor.
Best streamer for old TVs. If your TV lacks HDMI inputs, you don’t have very many choices in streaming device. The Express+ is the best, delivering Roku’s superb app ecosystem, ease of use and even free cables.
Google Chromecast (2015)
Best value for phone-centric users. If you can watch it on your phone or tablet or computer, the dirt-cheap Chromecast can probably put it on your TV. The downside? There’s no separate remote, so you’ll need your phone or tablet or computer to use it.
Amazon Fire TV (2015)
Best Amazon streamer with Ethernet. Fire TV devices push Amazon stuff pretty hard, but maybe that’s OK with you, or you like the games, or you want a cheap 4K streamer, or your Wi-Fi isn’t great. Here’s your box.
Best content selection for cheap. The $30 Express delivers Roku’s best-in-class app selection, search and interface for the lowest price yet, but unless you’re really strapped for cash, it’s worth paying another $20 to get the faster Roku Streaming Stick.