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Best streaming devices in 2022

The Apple TV 4K (2021), one of the best streaming devices
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The best streaming devices have become ever-more essential elements of a proper home entertainment system. Not all TVs have all the top streaming apps, so the best streaming devices are here to make sure you can watch the likes of HBO Max (which isn't on one of our relatively-recent LG sets), as well as niche services such as Shudder and Criterion Channel. Selecting a streaming device can get pretty tricky, though. There are plenty of similar $50 options, but should you splurge for the $99 Roku Ultra or the $179 Apple TV 4K? And what about all those Fire TV sticks? And there is a good sub-$50 streaming device, too.

Our current pick for very best streaming device overall is the Roku Streaming Stick 4K, an update to a previous model that improved performance and added Dolby Vision. It's our top pick for many reasons, and Roku's streamlined app-first OS is one of them. Oh and don't worry about Roku's YouTube problem, it's been settled. 

The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max is one of the latest additions to this list, following the Apple TV 4K (2021). The former's speed improvements make it the first Fire TV Stick we've put on this list, and the latter finally delivered a good remote. And while we used to have the Xbox One S on this list, Microsoft has stopped manufacturing that console, so we've swapped it out for the excellent Xbox Series S.

Some of us at Tom's Guide own multiple entries from this list of the best streaming devices, to see how they evolve over time. Not only do we spend hours and hours watching shows and movies from the top streaming services on these devices, but we compare them against those with similar prices, to help you figure out which is best for your budget.

While Netflix and Hulu are ubiquitous, across all devices, some other apps are only available on Roku, Fire TV or Apple TV. Oh, and if you want the Apple TV shows and services, but don't want the to pay the higher price for their streaming boxes, good news: the Apple TV app just rolled out to Vizio Smart TVs.

Small touches keep the Roku Ultra (2020) on our list, such as its incrementally faster performance, and smoother streaming on Wi-Fi in larger houses (when it's not near the router). Using all of these devices often shows us the benefits of spending more on your streaming device, as the cheaper Fire TV devices control your whole home screen experience, while the Apple TV has no ads and more customization. Here's everything you need to know about the best streaming devices.

What are the best streaming devices?

We love the Roku Streaming Stick 4K, and recommend it as the best streaming device to friends and colleagues, for two simple reasons. The first is that Roku is the best platform when it comes to streaming media. All of the best streaming services are in the Roku Channel Store, meaning you'll probably never say "my favorite show isn't on here!" And it's finally got Dolby Vision, which it was missing when it was just the Streaming Stick Plus. That said, we've recently found a fix to the Roku bug that hides apps and the one Roku setting to turn off right now.

Trust me, as someone who uses at least one device from every streaming platform, if you can limit yourself to just one device, your entertainment cabinet or counter will look a lot nicer (and they can all stream the best Netflix shows — as well as the best Seinfeld episodes). Oh, and you can rearrange the heck out of the Roku home screen, putting all of apps in your order of preference, while the Fire TV just lets you control that top row and makes you go to another screen for the rest. Check out our Fire TV Stick Lite vs Fire TV Stick face-off to see how its more-affordable models stack up.

We also really like the new Chromecast with Google TV. Its remote enables you to put down your phone already and focus on what you're watching. And the new Chromecast also streams in 4K, with HDR and Dolby Vision. On top of that, Android TV app support, via Google TV, means you don't need to worry about missing out on the latest streaming services. It's got 'em all. We just wish the Chromecast with Google TV's home screen were better, as it's a bit congested with stuff and the recommendations for what to watch and how to catch up can improve.

Then there's the new Apple TV 4K (2021), a super-speedy update with a new remote with a clickable direction-pad. It's the best streaming device for people who want an ad-free experience, something you don't see on other devices. We love the Apple TV 4K, but its price is prohibitively costly. Oh, and then there's the latest entry to this list is the new Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max. It's faster than the normal Fire TV Stick 4K, and costs only $5 more.

The best streaming devices you can find today

The Roku Streaming Stick 4K, plugged into a TV, is the best streaming deviceEditor's Choice

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Best streaming device overall

Specifications

Number of Apps: More than 26,000
Size: 3.7 x 0.8 x 0.5 inches
Weight: 0.7 oz

Reasons to buy

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Relatively affordable
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Full 4K HDR capabilities
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Finally has Dolby Vision

Reasons to avoid

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Dolby Atmos is missing
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Amazon offers better live TV integration

The Roku Streaming Stick 4K is a small, but noteworthy, upgrade over the Streaming Stick Plus it replaces. The king stays the king, though, because little changed — and only improvements came with. Most notably, we've finally got Dolby Vision on this Roku stick, so your favorite streaming shows will have the right color balance and contrast (provided your TV supports it, too). Otherwise, the Roku Streaming Stick 4K is a perfect balance of price and performance, costing $50 and providing snappy navigation and smooth streaming. It's got all the apps you could need. 

When we tested the Streaming Stick 4K, we saw content crispness jump to 1080p and then 4K in short amounts of time. We also noticed app loading that's comparable to the Chromecast with Google TV. Roku wins overall though thanks to its perfect streamlined interface, which puts apps above content. And if you need to listen to your shows without disturbing anybody, improved performance on private listening through the Roku app and wireless headphones is a welcome boon. But the Roku Streaming Stick 4's dominance isn't by the widest of margins, as evidenced by our tightly contested Roku Streaming Stick 4K vs. Chromecast with Google TV face-off

Read our full Roku Streaming Stick 4K review.

The Roku Express 4K Plus, is one of the best streaming devices for its priccebest value awards badge

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The best streaming device under $40

Specifications

Size: 3.3 x 1.5 x 0.7 inches
Max Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Ports: None
Remote: Network Voice remote
Device Type: Box

Reasons to buy

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Excellent 4K HDR performance
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Decent navigation
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Improved remote

Reasons to avoid

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Awkward design
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No Dolby Vision or Atmos

So, you want to get 4K streaming at the lowest price possible, but you're worried about cutting too many corners? Check out the new Roku Express 4K Plus, which is the replacement to the flawed Roku Premiere. We like this model a lot mmore because of its improved remote. Previously, you needed a direct line of sight — and to point your remote directly at the Roku — for it to work. This way is a lot better, so you don't need to think when you click the paddle. That, plus UHD image quality and snappy performance means that the Roku Express 4K Plus is the best streaming device for those on a budget. 

We wish it were a little heavier, though, as you may wind up spending a minute fiddling with its HDMI cable to make it sit flat on a surface. The Roku Streaming Stick Plus doesn't have that issue. And if you love A/V standards such as Dolby Vision or Atmos Audio. you may need to look elsewhere.

Read our full Roku Express 4K Plus review.

The Chromecast with Google TV with remote and power cable in the background, is one of the best streaming devices for its valueEditor's Choice

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The best Chromecast streaming device

Specifications

Number of Apps: Over 6,500
Size: 6.4 x 2.4 x 0.5 inches
Ports: HDMI, USB-C
Supported HDR formats: HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision
Supported audio formats: Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby Atmos

Reasons to buy

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Sensible layout
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Lots of streaming services
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Remote included

Reasons to avoid

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General Google searches poorly formatted

The Chromecast with Google TV makes the company's traditional streaming device a whole lot more complete. It starts with 4K UHD streaming with support for HDR and Dolby Vision, for excellent picture quality, and Dolby Atmos for immersive sound. An update has added Dolby Vision support to the Chromecast with Google TV (opens in new tab) for even better picture quality. Also, it's got Google TV, an interface and operating system that supports the over 6,500 Android TV apps. That means you get everything from HBO Max to Disney Plus to Peacock — plus Netflix. Even Peloton's in there. A lot of other streaming devices can't boast as much.  

While it's not the minimalist streaming device that the Chromecast 3 was, the new Chromecast remote could even replace your TV's remote. It's got the power and volume controls you need to turn on your TV, plus a TV Input button for switching to other devices, such as gaming consoles. Also, we really like the feel and build quality of the Chromecast remote, as it fits nicely in the palm of the hand and the buttons have a good click. Also, there are minimal branded app buttons, with just Netflix and YouTube. The Roku and Fire TV remotes offer too many, and should take notes.

On top of that, its $49.99 price makes it more affordable than the Chromecast Ultra, Google's previous 4K streaming device, and there may be an even cheaper model on the way. This is easily one of the best streaming devices available. That said, you can make it a little better on your own, with our tip for the first thing every Chromecast with Google TV owner should do.

Read our full Chromecast with Google TV review

The Nvidia shield tv 2019 is , is one of the best streaming devices for its capabilitiesEditor's Choice

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Best premium streaming device

Specifications

Number of Channels: 5,000
Size: 6.5 x 1.6 x 1.6 inches
Weight: 4.8 oz

Reasons to buy

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Excellent game-streaming
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Quick rendering of UHD content
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Lots of great apps

Reasons to avoid

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AI upscaling doesn't add that much
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Somewhat expensive

The 2019 Nvidia Shield TV doesn't just look unlike any other streaming device we've ever seen (it's more like a mobile power charger), it's also one of the best streaming devices, period. This tube for your tube is great at speedily spitting out UHD 4K content, and its thousands of apps means you're getting practically everything you could watch. And it's so slight in size that it fill fit discretely into the ever-crowded space around your TV.

This Shield TV also includes a remote control, rather than a game controller. We love this remote because it illuminates when you pick it up in the dark, so we're not only relying on remembering where buttons are and what shape they are. You won't miss the lack of a packed in controller, thanks to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One controller support. That all adds up to the best streaming device for those willing to spend more. And while you can game with Google Stadia on the Chromecast Ultra (not the regular Chromecast), the Shield TV supports 4K HDR streaming, making it the best streaming device for those looking to game and watch.

Read our full Nvidia Shield TV 2019 review (opens in new tab).

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max, one of the best streaming devices, plugged horizontally into TVEditor's Choice

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Best Amazon streaming device for most people

Specifications

Number of Channels: More than 12,000
Size: 4.3 x 1.12 x 0.6 inches
Weight: 1.7 oz

Reasons to buy

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Faster performance
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Neat live TV intergration
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All of the apps

Reasons to avoid

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Amazon and ad content abound
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Should just be new 4K Fire Stick

We haven't had a Fire TV Stick on this list in a while, so the Fire TV Stick 4K Max's inclusion is noteworthy in that alone. In our testing we saw that Amazon improved the speed issues that have dogged Amazon's sticks for a while, mostly in every-day navigation and especially in load times for certain apps. It also supports Wi-Fi 6, which is great ... if you have a Wi-Fi 6 router. Also, the Live TV button on the remote makes it easy for you to jump right into the TV Guide for your cord-cutter app of choice.

The Fire TV Stick 4K Max, otherwise, is a very standard streamer. It has all the apps you need, it's a utilitarian matte black dongle and it's got Dolby Atmos sound, Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HDR10+. We just wish it were replacing the existing Fire TV Stick 4K, and at that same price, not $5 more. Still, those who want an Amazon Fire TV streaming device should go with this model. It may cost a little more, but it's worth it.

Read our full Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max review.

The Roku Streaming Stick 4K Plus, plugged into a TV, is one of the best streaming devicesEditor's Choice

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For $20 more the best streaming device gets a better remote

Specifications

Number of Apps: More than 26,000
Size: 3.7 x 0.8 x 0.5 inches
Weight: 0.7 oz

Reasons to buy

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Voice Remote Pro eliminates batteries
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Snappy 4K HDR streaming
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Gains Dolby Vision

Reasons to avoid

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No Dolby Atmos
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Not a big upgrade from previous model

So what if you want the best streaming device with the best remote Roku makes? Then you can save $10 with this bundle, which takes the Roku Streaming Stick 4K and pairs it with the Roku Voice Remote Pro. The remote's big perks include — as its name implies — always-on voice commands, so you can control your TV even if you can't find your remote. It just needs to be within a shout's distance. Also, this remote is rechargeable, reducing the need for batteries. Plus, it's got a headphone jack for private listening over wired headphones, and programmable buttons so you're not stuck with just the four branded app buttons on the remote.

And as we said with the regular Streaming Stick 4K, this is a fantastic streaming device by itself already. You've got Roku's simple, customizable interface, snappy performance and a ton of apps (everything you could ask for, though YouTube TV is buried in YouTube at the moment). The big upgrade on this model is Dolby Vision, which will have your content looking as it should. 

Read our full Roku Streaming Stick 4K Plus review.

The Apple TV 4K (2021) , is one of the best streaming devices for its excellent performance and OS

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Best streaming device for Apple device owners

Specifications

Number of Apps: Thousands
Size: 3.9 x 3.9 x 1.4 inches
Weight: 15.0 oz

Reasons to buy

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New, improved remote
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High frame rate HDR streaming
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No ads, anywhere

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Not noticeably better than first-gen

The new Apple TV 4K (2021) is great and performs like a dream — yet still may not be worth the upgrade if you already have the previous model. On the outside, the 2nd-gen Apple TV 4K looks identical to its predecessor. The upgrades are all on the inside, notably replacing the A10X chip with an A12 Bionic. Performance seems a few hairs better, plus the Apple TV 4K 2nd-gen supports 4K at 60fps with HDR versus 30fps. Not a ton of apps even offer that level of content right now, mostly sports and other fast-paced action, but it will become more prevalent. 

The best thing about the new Apple TV 4K is the redesigned Siri Remote. Many (myself included) hated the old remote and its frustrating touch interface. The new remote retains touch and gestures, but adds actual buttons as well as an intuitive jog wheel that recalls the old iPods of yore. Once again, though, the biggest drawback is the price. That said, don't buy the Apple TV 4K without checking out our story on the first thing every Apple TV owner should do, which will make streaming even easier — hint: it's about the remote.

And unlike the Rokus, Chromecast and Fire TV devices? The Apple TV 4K seemingly has a zero-tolerance rule for ads, only changing its banner at the top to match the app you select. The TV app kinda has ads, but they make sense in that experience.

Read our full Apple TV 4K (2021) review.

The Roku Ultra (2020), is one of the best streaming devices for its performance

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Best streaming device for external media

Specifications

Number of Apps: Thousands
Size: 4.9 x 4.9 x 0.9 inches
Weight: 8.0 oz

Reasons to buy

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Great performance
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Inventive remote control
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Dolby Vision HDR

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Not much has changed since last year's model

The new Roku Ultra is pretty much still the great streaming box it's always been, just with a couple of tweaks — and keeping most of the perks you'd expect for $100 (4K HDR video and fast performance for starters). For example, they've also added Dolby Vision, a must for those streaming high-quality movies and TV shows. Plus, it's still got a USB port which allows for folks to play back their own library of movie files on their TV. Yes, you don't even need to learn what a media server is, or how to set one up. This year's model also offers a faster processor and better wireless streaming. 

The other big boon of this model is that you can program the Roku remote's two customizable buttons to open your favorite channels, in addition to the pre-programmed ones for Netflix, Hulu, Sling TV and Vudu. The included earbud headphones sweeten the deal, as they plug right into the remote control for private listening. This is highly important to those who want to watch TV without disturbing the other person in the room.

Read our full Roku Ultra (2020) review.

the Amazon Fire TV Cube, is one of the best streaming devices for its voice commands and cable integration

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Best voice control in a streaming device

Specifications

Number of Apps: Hundreds
Size: 3.4 x 3.4 x 3.0 inches
Weight: 16.4 oz

Reasons to buy

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Speedier performance
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Alexa's cable box controls are great
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Great 4K HDR picture quality

Reasons to avoid

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Home screen can't be edited, packs ads
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Awkward Ethernet adapter

Did you know Alexa could control your cable box (yes, some of us haven't cut the cord yet)? The Amazon Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen) packs a version of the virtual assistant that offers more entertainment device tricks than most, including switching HDMI inputs and tuning to cable channels. And thanks to a faster processor in this new model, commands happen up to four times as fast. Cutting down the amount of times that voice commands are performed will help people stick with using Alexa commands and stop looking for their (still missing) remote.

This box (it's not technically a cube) streams content in excellent 4K, HDR quality, and its content-first interface seeks to cut down the time it takes for you to hit Play. Trying to master Amazon's cheaper streamer? Check out our how to use the Fire Stick guide.

Read our full Amazon Fire TV Cube (2nd Gen) review (opens in new tab).

The Xbox Series S alongside its controller

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Best game console for streaming

Specifications

Number of Apps: 50+
Size: 10.8 x 5.9 x 2.6 inches
Weight: 68.8 oz

Reasons to buy

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Can stream 4K content
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HDR support for videos and games
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Comfortable controller

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't play games in 4K

The excellent (and actually available) Xbox Series S is $299, and is probably the best console that's also a streaming device (that you can find without dedicating your life to hunting it down). While it can't render games in 4K, it can run streaming media apps such as Netflix, Disney Plus and more. If you know what Kodi is, you'll be happy to know you can put it on the Xbox Series S. The rest of us will be happy to know that it also supports Dolby Atmos, Dolby Vision HDR and Movies Anywhere.

But since the Xbox Series S is the same price as six Chromecast with Google TVs, it's good that it also comes with a fantastic console. Capable of outputting games at 1440p, and running the gamut of all the goodies on Xbox Game Pass, the Xbox Series S is seen as a solid alternative to the much-more expensive Xbox Series X. Its only major drawback aside from not hitting 4K gaming is its 512 GB SSD, which can fill up fast with major games, causing you to uninstall titles often.

Read our full Xbox Series S review.

TiVo Stream 4K remote and dongle

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A compelling UHD streamer with Android TV apps

Specifications

Number of Apps: 5,000+
Size: 3 x 2 x 0.6 inches
Ports: HDMI, USB-C, microUSB

Reasons to buy

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Speedy 4K streaming
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Supports most if not all services and apps
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Remote offers easy access to live TV

Reasons to avoid

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Poor recommendations

A ton of applications? Check. An affordable price? Check. Support for your own media on external storage too? You bet. The Tivo Stream 4K is a great streamer that deserves a place in this hall of the best streaming devices. And unlike some streaming devices, it has HBO and Peacock. Sling users will appreciate its live TV integration, and the Google Assistant is there to follow through on your voice commands. 

We just wish that the Stream 4K had a better interface for its Stream app that aggregates content, and that its recommendations were a little more on the nose. Plus, Hulu with Live TV and Fubo TV don't get the red carpet treatment that Sling and YouTube TV get.

Read our full TiVo Stream 4K review.

the Xfinity Flex, is one of the best streaming devices for comcast subscribers

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Free streaming box for Xfinity internet customers

Specifications

Number of Apps: <50
Size: 5.1 x 5.1 x 0.8 inches
Weight: 8 ounces

Reasons to buy

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It's free!
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Cross-app searches
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Lets you control xFi products

Reasons to avoid

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Stiff buttons on remote
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Limited apps

Free for Comcast Xfinity Internet customers, the Flex is a very cheap way to get access to streaming services such as Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. Plus, the Flex lets you monitor and control other devices connected to your home network. 

However, the Flex has far fewer services than other streaming devices—there's no Disney+, nor is there Spotify, to name a few—which limits its usefulness. But, almost to make up for any gaps, Flex devices get early access to the latest streaming service, as NBC's Peacock is here well before its official nationwide July 15 debut. Yes, Comcast is giving Peacock Premium to Flex devices (it should arrive soon if it hasn't already) for free (a $4.99 value). Still, because it's free, there's no harm in picking one up and waiting for other streaming services to arrive. 

Read our full Xfinity Flex review.

How to choose the best streaming device for you

Figuring the right streaming device for your needs is pretty easy. While everyone should start with the Roku Streaming Stick 4K, your mileage may vary. If your budget is tight, the Google Chromecast can bring a lot of content to your TV without adding the clutter of a remote. 

If you own a lot of digital media that you want to watch on your TV, the Roku Ultra makes that process super easy, so you'll never need to think about what a media server is. But if you're a performance first type, and watch a lot of 4K UHD content, the Nvidia Shield TV is where you should start. 

Lastly, folks who already treat Alexa like a member of the family should consider the 2nd Gen Fire TV Cube, which makes controlling your entertainment as easy as talking. That being said, it's quite expensive, and the Roku Streaming Stick 4K Plus  remote also supports voice commands, you just have to click the microphone button, whereas the Fire TV Cube is hands-free. 

If you like the Amazon ecosystem and want a cheaper device, consider the Fire TV Stick.

How we test streaming devices

We testing streaming players by looking at both the content they can provide (most are very similar at this point) and how they deliver said content. Any streaming player worth its salt can load a HD stream, but only a good one possesses straightforward navigation, robust search features and a wide variety of content to suit all tastes.

The first thing we evaluate is the setup, to see how quick and simple it is. From there, we take the user interface for a spin to see what content gets highlighted, what gets hidden, and how easy it is to navigate to our favorite channels. As live TV service integration becomes a bigger feature in streaming devices, we look at how these sticks and boxes can place your favorites within closer touch.

We'll also watch a few different shows on a variety of channels to gauge the quality of the video and audio, to make sure they look good regardless of if you have one of the best TVs or not. That said? Check out our guide to the best cheap TV deals if you need a discount.

After that, it's onto the extra features, like gaming, voice search and screen mirroring. These factors don't weigh quite as heavily toward the final score, but they're nice to have if they work well, and extremely distracting if they don't.

Henry is a senior editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.

  • jmazz
    With the exception of the "G-Box Midnight MX2," which is outdated right now, what the author does not tell you is that he is not being too specific about these media form factor devices that are on the market right now. That is either because the author is unfamiliar with this, or because he chooses not to be clear about it, or because he thinks that if it is not paid video watching it is not worth it. What he should have called the article is : "The best paid video content media players." There is a whole new market for media streaming boxes that can not only act as second choice desktops but do media streaming and much more as part of their function. These are boxes such as the Probox2 EX, the MINIX Neo X8, the Rikomagic MK902II ,etc. These type of media streamers are much more powerful then this restricted, low functionality, low power boxes in the article. The form factor that I am talking about will become even more powerful once they start using google's new mobile operating system Lollipop.

    What the boxes such as Apple, Roku boxes excel at is streaming paid video and not much more while the media boxes that I mentioned offer you the use of unrestricted applications use, the streaming of media through applications such as XBMC (KODI) ,and a lot more interaction with your media.

    Many of these boxes have quad-core processors and powerful video processors that put Apple and Roku boxes to shame in terms function and even usability.

    So, tech reviewers will soon be forced to make a distinction between specialized video
    watch boxes and real media streaming boxes.
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  • morganfj
    ROKU 3 is problematic to a small degree.. But the worst part of ROKU is that there is NO real CARING Customer support... For example... Failure to play files which are stated as playable (MKV and MP4 both H.264 Audio - NO Other Formats!!!) MKV if set to 5.1 will have no sound and many newer MP4 files will freeze the unit causing reset.... ROKU's answer.. CONVERT the File and to same format and try again... IN FACT Most questions are about failures to operate correctly are answered via FORM LETTER.
    The Problem ROKU is hardwires the decoder.. NO upgradable Codecs are used.. thus any updates to Converter's Coders can not be upgraded to ROKU, and this unit is already years out of date.. Older files may work, but don't count on downloading newer files and having them work... THIS WILL ONLY GET WORST!
    Next Problem: RESETS.. Seems that ROKU will on occasions.. especially in USB mode.. FREEZE and RESET..... This will drive you crazy.. Again.. Primary software is hardwired and very little update capability was put into this old unit...

    BOTTOM LINE.. The ROKU 3 you by today is IDENTICAL to the units built 4 years ago.. Some minor software is updated as is the software in these older units.. but Major changes CAN NOT BE CORRECTED by software due to design. Considering inexpensive microprocessors and min. memory used. RODU could have used a software system that was fully upgradable also a good Upgradable Decoder COULD HAVE BEEN USED along with CODECS instead of limited hardwired Codes.. This would have allowed for ALL formats to be played and upgraded as changes are made...BASICALLY: They saved a buck in this $99 unit at the consumers COST!

    I FEEL THAT PLACING this old unit at the top of the list is irresponsible of this site.. SIMPLE SELLS NuMBERS does not make the Better Product....
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  • Daniel Muvdi
    you don't mentioned Fire Tv that its completly wrong in my opinion is one of the best so far.
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  • davesr1980
    This review is for this media players that they are calling the best are the most basic and waste of money unit the more you use them the more you wish they could do and most of the unit listed can do half of what a good player can do for instance kdlink hd700 hd700 or a200 is listed and the are most definitely in the top 10 so I assuming top ten units you can pick up in Walmart or best buy
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  • lost_n_austin
    Good grief, nothing whatsoever here about devices optimized for file playback.

    Move along... move along...
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  • KADIEMAC
    I cut the satellite cord a month ago and went with the ROKU3. I am loving it !! The only problem that I have encountered was I could only get a fragmented lined homepage a few days ago. I unplugged it from the power source and it reset. We had a power outage in my area that night. I'm not sure if that played a part but I've had no issues since. I'm glad I am no longer under Directv's thumb!!
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  • Dave4321
    Any android player with a decent processor can stream any game with the Limelight/Moonlight app as long as you have an Nvidia graphics card. I can stream any game with my Fire TV.
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  • mca10spro
    you don't mentioned Fire Tv that its completly wrong in my opinion is one of the best so far.
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  • mca10spro
    I agree. I am looking at the Fire TV. It looks pretty good. Also, just today I saw a samsung device.
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  • svexec
    what's TOTALLY missing from the market is a simple web browser url locator to view ANYTHING so I can surf the net on my TV without a laptop and view hulu free version!!! Remember the good old days of WebTV?
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