Most of us stream a majority of our content, if we haven’t abandoned cable altogether. Smart TVs rarely have good interfaces, so owning a separate device will make things a whole lot easier (more on that at the end of this guide).
We’ve tried them all—you can get options from Roku, Apple, Google, Amazon, and even a cheap Walmart-owned brand—so you don’t have to go through a bunch to figure out what works for you, and separated each of our favorites by what they do best.
Be sure to check out all our guides, especially for picking the best Roku, as well as the best TVs, best soundbars, and best smart speakers we’ve seen.
Updated December 2021: We’ve added Roku’s newest Streaming Stick 4K Plus, as well as the new Fire TV Stick 4K Max for Amazon fans. We’ve also replaced Roku’s no-longer-available Smart Soundbar with the Streambar and Streambar Pro, and the Ultra with the latest model.
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