May 2024

TV Boxes And Sticks: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of TV boxes and sticks rankings posted by key online experts, as of May 2024.

Summary

On 7 May 2024, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 74 streaming player endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

21 streaming players were endorsed in total, only 16 made it into this month's ranking. (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included)

As of 7 May 2024, Apple TV 4K takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed streaming player with 10 expert endorsements. 3 experts out of 10 recommended it as the '#1 streaming player' this month.

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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking TV boxes and sticks start at $24.65 (TiVo Stream 4K) and go up to $259.99 (Microsoft Xbox Series S). Median streaming player costs $69.99 (Roku Streaming Stick 4K Plus).
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At a glance - May Ranking

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Rank Change Price Streaming Player
Digital Trends
WIRED
TechRadar
TechHive
Business Insider
Reviewed
The Verge
PCMag
IGN
Tom's Guide
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- $180
Apple TV 4K
The Apple TV 4K (2022) has received positive reviews for its content availability, picture and sound quality, setup, and gaming capabilities, making it a versatile streaming device suitable for users who want a comprehensive range of streaming services, impressive picture and sound quality, easy setup, and seamless integration with other Apple devices.
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- $34
Roku Streaming Stick 4K
The Roku Streaming Stick 4K is a versatile streaming device that offers a wide range of content, high-quality picture and sound, easy setup, and the option for casual gaming experiences.
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- $50
Chromecast with Google TV 4K
The Chromecast with Google TV 4K is a versatile streaming device that offers a wide range of content options, impressive picture and sound quality, and convenient features, making it a reliable and user-friendly choice for home entertainment.
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Roku Ultra 2022
The Roku Ultra 2022 is a versatile streaming device that offers a wide range of content, excellent picture and sound quality, easy setup, and some gaming capabilities, making it suitable for various streaming preferences.
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Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max
The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max is a versatile streaming device that offers a wide range of content options, 4K resolution, HDR and Dolby Vision support, fast navigation, and gaming capabilities, making it a recommended choice for users seeking a user-friendly and high-quality streaming experience.
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Nvidia Shield
The Nvidia Shield Streaming Player is a versatile and powerful streaming device that offers a wide range of content, exceptional picture and sound quality, easy setup, and comprehensive gaming capabilities.
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Chromecast with Google TV HD
The Chromecast with Google TV HD is a versatile streaming device that offers a wide range of content availability, excellent picture and sound quality, a user-friendly setup and interface, and decent gaming capabilities, making it suitable for various entertainment needs.
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Amazon Fire TV Cube
The Amazon Fire TV Cube is a versatile streaming device that offers a wide range of content, excellent picture and sound quality, and the ability to control TV and smart home devices, making it a convenient option for users.
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Roku Express 4K Plus
The Roku Express 4K Plus is a versatile streaming device that offers a wide range of content availability, high-quality picture and sound, user-friendly setup, and some gaming capabilities, making it a great choice for users who prioritize access to streaming services and enjoy watching content in 4K HDR.
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Amazon Fire TV Stick
The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a versatile streaming device that offers a wide range of content, impressive picture and sound quality, easy setup, and convenient remote control features, making it a reliable option for seamless streaming and some casual gaming.
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Roku Streaming Stick 4K Plus
The Roku Streaming Stick 4K Plus is a versatile streaming device that offers a wide range of content options, excellent picture and sound quality, easy setup, and a feature-rich remote control, making it suitable for various entertainment needs.
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TiVo Stream 4K
The TiVo Stream 4K is a highly recommended streaming device that offers a wide range of content availability, excellent picture and sound quality, user-friendly setup, and gaming capabilities, making it a versatile option for users who want a comprehensive streaming experience.
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Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite
The Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite is a versatile streaming device that offers a wide range of content availability, high-quality picture and sound, easy setup and navigation, and gaming capabilities, making it suitable for users who want a reliable and affordable streaming device for entertainment and gaming.
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Onn 4K Google TV streaming box
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Amazon Fire TV Stick (3rd Gen)
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Roku Express
The Roku Express is a versatile streaming device that offers a wide range of content availability, good picture and sound quality, and a user-friendly interface, making it suitable for casual streaming users.
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#12 $24.65 TiVo Stream 4K
#14 $27.01 Onn 4K Google TV streaming box
#7 $27.25 Chromecast with Google TV HD
#16 $28.50 Roku Express
#9 $29 Roku Express 4K Plus
#2 $34 Roku Streaming Stick 4K
#15 $39.99 Amazon Fire TV Stick (3rd Gen)
#3 $49.99 Chromecast with Google TV 4K
#11 $69.99 Roku Streaming Stick 4K Plus
#4 $79.99 Roku Ultra 2022
#8 $139.99 Amazon Fire TV Cube
#6 $149.99 Nvidia Shield
#1 $179.95 Apple TV 4K

We ranked Apple TV 4K #1 in May 2024 because:

  • 10 independent experts mentioned it in their “best TV boxes and sticks” rankings.
  • Out of those, 3 experts ranked Apple TV 4K as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 26 Aug 2023)
The Apple TV 4K (2022) has received positive reviews for its content availability, picture and sound quality, setup, and gaming capabilities, making it a versatile streaming device suitable for users who want a comprehensive range of streaming services, impressive picture and sound quality, easy setup, and seamless integration with other Apple devices.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Trends

The best overall streaming device

Lightning quick navigation
Gorgeous Audio and Video output
Feature-packed
Extremely Powerful
Intuitive, uncluttered interface

Several features exclusive to Apple users

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WIRED

For Apple Purists

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TechRadar

The best streaming device for iOS

High-frame-rate HDR support
Redesigned Siri remote

Expensive
Doesn’t work with Android

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TechHive

Best high-end media streamer

Uncluttered, ad-free interface
Performance is speedier than ever
AirPlay, AirPods, and iCloud integration are nice to have

No remote finder function
Dual home screens can be confusing
Remote gesture controls, while useful, might confound some users

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Business Insider

Best high-end

Familiar interface for Apple users
K playback with comprehensive HDR support
can serve as a HomeKit hub
latest model has HDMI 2.1 and a rechargeable remote

Need to buy 128GB model to get Ethernet
pricier than Roku options

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Reviewed

Editors' Choice

Great remote
Has Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos
Works great with Apple gear

Stale design
Pricier than competition

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The Verge

The best overall streaming player

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PCMag

Best for Siri Control

Fast, responsive performance
Deep integration with Apple devices and services
Apple AirPlay 2

Pricey
Confusing overlap of Apple tvOS and Apple TV app features
Using Siri requires speaking into the remote

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IGN

Best 4K Streaming Box for Apple Households

Upgraded performance thanks to the Apple A15 Bionic chip
iPhones automatically calibrate the output video

No ethernet port

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Tom's Guide

Best streaming device for Apple device owners / Editor's Choice

A15 delivers faster app load times
More affordable price (plus more storage)
Excellent Apple ecosystem integration

Still expensive
-No Find My remote feature

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We ranked Roku Streaming Stick 4K #2 in May 2024 because:

  • 8 independent experts mentioned it in their “best TV boxes and sticks” rankings.
  • Out of those, 3 experts ranked Roku Streaming Stick 4K as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 26 Aug 2023)
The Roku Streaming Stick 4K is a versatile streaming device that offers a wide range of content, high-quality picture and sound, easy setup, and the option for casual gaming experiences.
Critic endorsements:
WIRED

Best Overall

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TechRadar

A solid choice for anyone new to TV streaming

Faster boot up speed
Dolby Vision and HDR10+ support
Long-range Wi-Fi

Roku UI is a bit old
Remote pairing problems

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TechHive

Best media streamer for most people

Fast, fluid performance with dependable Wi-Fi connectivity
Easy-to-operate interface with powerful voice control features
Full of nice touches that other cheap streamers lack, such as AirPlay and a Replay button

Discovering and tracking shows could be a lot easier
No Dolby Atmos support or IR control for external sound systems
Only supports wireless connections

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Reviewed

Editors' Choice

Simple and intuitive interface
Dolby Vision and HDR10+
Great remote

No Ethernet option
No onboard storage

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The Verge

The streaming stick that’s easiest to use

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PCMag

Best for Affordable AirPlay

Fast, responsive performance
Sleek, small design
Supports Apple AirPlay and Dolby Vision

Voice features still lag those of Amazon Fire TV and Google TV
No Twitch app available
5GHz Wi-Fi hiccup in testing

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IGN

Best Streaming Stick

Compact stick rather than box
Delivers 4K/60fps and HDR support, including Dolby Vision

Lacks smart home control

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Tom's Guide

Best streaming device overall / Editor's Choice

Relatively affordable
Full 4K HDR capabilities
Finally has Dolby Vision

Dolby Atmos is missing
Amazon offers better live TV integration

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend TV boxes and sticks.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of TV boxes and sticks, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for May 2024 ranking

We ranked Chromecast with Google TV 4K #3 in May 2024 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best TV boxes and sticks” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 26 Aug 2023)
The Chromecast with Google TV 4K is a versatile streaming device that offers a wide range of content options, impressive picture and sound quality, and convenient features, making it a reliable and user-friendly choice for home entertainment.
Critic endorsements:
WIRED

For Google TV or Phone Streaming

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Business Insider

Best for Google users

4K HDR with Dolby Vision and HDR10+
Google Assistant voice remote
built-in interface and casting capabilities

Minor glitches
some lag

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Reviewed

Best Value / Editors' Choice

Affordable
Very good remote
4K/HDR Support

No wired internet
Interface needs work

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The Verge

A great streaming device for less money

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PCMag

Best for Google Assistant / Editors' Choice

Attractive, accessible new Google TV interface
4K with HDR10 and Dolby Vision
Useful Google Assistant and Cast features
Affordable

Live TV tab only supports YouTube TV

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IGN

Best Android TV Streaming Stick

Dedicated remote with built-in interface for media
Smart home features and smart assistant

Some apps may lag

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Tom's Guide

The best streaming device for people in the Google ecosystem / Editor's Choice

Free & live TV integrations
Lots of streaming services
Remote included (finally)

Performance leaves a little to be desired
Continue Watching row doesn't always work right

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We ranked Roku Ultra 2022 #4 in May 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best TV boxes and sticks” rankings.
  • Out of those, 3 experts ranked Roku Ultra 2022 as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 26 Aug 2023)
The Roku Ultra 2022 is a versatile streaming device that offers a wide range of content, excellent picture and sound quality, easy setup, and some gaming capabilities, making it suitable for various streaming preferences.
Critic endorsements:
WIRED

For Late-Night Streamers

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Business Insider

Best overall

4K HDR streaming with Dolby Vision and HDR10+
wireless headphone support with Bluetooth
rechargeable remote with hands-free voice control
simple navigation
Ethernet port
USB input

Some may find Roku's interface to be outdated
remote charges via Micro USB rather than USB-C

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Reviewed

Best Overall / Editors' Choice

Top-notch voice remote pro
4K/HDR and Dolby Vision
Fast, with wired internet

More expensive than streaming sticks

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IGN

Best Streaming Device

Compatible with HDR10/10+, HLG, and Dolby Vision HDR
Voice Remote Pro offers hands-free voice control

Pricer than other Roku offerings with similar features

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We ranked Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max #5 in May 2024 because:

  • 7 independent experts mentioned it in their “best TV boxes and sticks” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 26 Aug 2023)
The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max is a versatile streaming device that offers a wide range of content options, 4K resolution, HDR and Dolby Vision support, fast navigation, and gaming capabilities, making it a recommended choice for users seeking a user-friendly and high-quality streaming experience.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Trends

Also great, but for those who don't want Roku

Same Great Fire TV experience
Double the storage
Improve processor
Faster WI-FI
Price is right

Doesn't include the best Alexa remote
Waiting on some new AI features
Laggy interactions

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WIRED

For Amazon Lovers

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TechRadar

The most powerful Amazon option for Alexa fans

4K HDR streaming
Dolby Vision / Atmos / HDR10+
Voice remote with Alexa

Too many sponsored ads
Search still could be better

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Business Insider

Best streaming stick for speed

4K with support for every major HDR format
Alexa voice control
compact
offers fastest navigation and loading times of any streaming stick we've tested

Fire TV interface is a bit cluttered
not a huge upgrade over previous model

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The Verge

The best streamers for voice commands

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IGN

Best Budget Streaming Device

Runs faster than predecessor and supports WiFi 6E
Support for 4K video at up to 60fps

No Google Cast or Apple AirPlay

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Tom's Guide

Best Amazon streaming device under $100 / Editor's Choice

Faster performance
Neat live TV intergration
All of the apps

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

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We ranked Nvidia Shield #6 in May 2024 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best TV boxes and sticks” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 26 Aug 2023)
The Nvidia Shield Streaming Player is a versatile and powerful streaming device that offers a wide range of content, exceptional picture and sound quality, easy setup, and comprehensive gaming capabilities.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Trends

The next-best streaming device

Great for game streaming
Good variety of apps
Excellent upscaling

Doesn't come with a game controller
No included HDMI cable

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TechRadar

The best 4K streaming device for power and performance

AI Upscaling
Google Assistant built in

No Apple TV app
No USB ports for extra storage

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Business Insider

Best for gamers

Advanced 4K upscaling
support for Android and cloud gaming with a separate controller
powerful processor

Expensive
most buyers don't need the extra power

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The Verge

The best streaming player for gaming

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IGN

Best 4K Streaming Device

Game streaming possible
Built-in AI upscaling

High price tag

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Tom's Guide

Best Android streaming device / Editor's Choice

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

AI upscaling doesn't add that much
Somewhat expensive

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We ranked Chromecast with Google TV HD #7 in May 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best TV boxes and sticks” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 26 Aug 2023)
The Chromecast with Google TV HD is a versatile streaming device that offers a wide range of content availability, excellent picture and sound quality, a user-friendly setup and interface, and decent gaming capabilities, making it suitable for various entertainment needs.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Trends

Everything you want in a Chromecast

Affordable
Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support
Slick UI
Responsive
Integrated Google Assistant

Dolby Vision always on by default
Recommendation algorithm still learning

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TechRadar

The best all-rounder streaming stick

4K HDR with Dolby Vision
Google Assistant built in
Comes with a remote

Slow to load at startup
Google TV UI is uninspired
No Google Stadia support

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PCMag

Best 1080p Media Streamer for Google Users / Editors' Choice

Loads of apps and services on Google TV
Google Assistant
Google Cast
Remote with TV volume control

Limited to 1080p
No Dolby Vision

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Tom's Guide

The best HD streaming device

Same great Chromecast with Google TV... now in HD
One of the best streaming device remotes
Hides easily behind TV
Supports HDR

Continue Watching row continues to confuse
No 4K limits use cases

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We ranked Amazon Fire TV Cube #8 in May 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best TV boxes and sticks” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 26 Aug 2023)
The Amazon Fire TV Cube is a versatile streaming device that offers a wide range of content, excellent picture and sound quality, and the ability to control TV and smart home devices, making it a convenient option for users.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The top streaming option if you love Amazon Alexa

Voice Control
Built-in Alexa

Panders to Amazon Prime
No HDMI cable in the box

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PCMag

Best for Hands-Free Alexa Voice Control / Editors' Choice

Hands-free Alexa voice assistance
HDMI pass-through with Alexa overlay
Supports Wi-Fi 6E
Fast performance

Expensive
Wi-Fi 6E doesn't necessarily offer video benefits

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IGN

Most Powerful Streaming Device

Fast and powerful
4K streaming

Expensive

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Tom's Guide

Best Voice Control in A Streaming Device

Speedy performance
Newly integrated Ethernet and USB-A port
HDMI-IN port lets you connect more devices

$10 more expensive than before
Super Resolution Upscaling doesn't make a notable difference

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We ranked Roku Express 4K Plus #9 in May 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best TV boxes and sticks” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 26 Aug 2023)
The Roku Express 4K Plus is a versatile streaming device that offers a wide range of content availability, high-quality picture and sound, user-friendly setup, and some gaming capabilities, making it a great choice for users who prioritize access to streaming services and enjoy watching content in 4K HDR.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

A good budget choice if you don't want to go with Amazon

Affordable price
4K HDR (and HDR10+) streaming
Comes with a Bluetooth remote

No Dolby Vision support
Short HDMI cable

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Reviewed

Simple interface
Excellent smart home support
AirPlay 2

No Dolby Vision
No headphones jack on remote

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Tom's Guide

The best streaming device under $40 / Best Value

Excellent 4K HDR performance
Decent navigation
Improved remote

Awkward design
No Dolby Vision or Atmos

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We ranked Amazon Fire TV Stick #10 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best TV boxes and sticks” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Amazon Fire TV Stick as #1.
Expert Consensus
(as of 26 Aug 2023)
The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a versatile streaming device that offers a wide range of content, impressive picture and sound quality, easy setup, and convenient remote control features, making it a reliable option for seamless streaming and some casual gaming.
Critic endorsements:
Reviewed

Supports all major streaming services
Excellent remote

Favors Amazon content

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PCMag

Best for Alexa Users / Editors' Choice

Affordable
Fast performance
Wi-Fi 6
Speedier Alexa responses
Plenty of apps and features

No Apple AirPlay or Google Cast for local streaming

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We ranked Roku Streaming Stick 4K Plus #11 in May 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best TV boxes and sticks” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 26 Aug 2023)
The Roku Streaming Stick 4K Plus is a versatile streaming device that offers a wide range of content options, excellent picture and sound quality, easy setup, and a feature-rich remote control, making it suitable for various entertainment needs.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Trends

The best of the inexpensive streaming devices

Affordable
Easy to use
All the features you want

Roku's advertising scheme means tracking

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PCMag

Best Remote

Plenty of apps and services
Hands-free voice control
Headphone jack on remote
Apple AirPlay support

Voice search feature still lags behind Alexa and Google Assistant
No Twitch

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Tom's Guide

For $20 more the best streaming device gets a better remote / Editor's Choice

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

No Dolby Atmos
Not a big upgrade from previous model

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We ranked TiVo Stream 4K #12 in May 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best TV boxes and sticks” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 26 Aug 2023)
The TiVo Stream 4K is a highly recommended streaming device that offers a wide range of content availability, excellent picture and sound quality, user-friendly setup, and gaming capabilities, making it a versatile option for users who want a comprehensive streaming experience.
Critic endorsements:
WIRED

If None of Those Appeal to You

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IGN

Best Ultra Cheap Streaming Device

Budget-friendly
Voice control remote with Google Assistant

Confusing interface

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Tom's Guide

A compelling UHD streamer with Android TV apps

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

Poor recommendations

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We ranked Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite #13 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best TV boxes and sticks” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 26 Aug 2023)
The Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite is a versatile streaming device that offers a wide range of content availability, high-quality picture and sound, easy setup and navigation, and gaming capabilities, making it suitable for users who want a reliable and affordable streaming device for entertainment and gaming.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best budget streaming device

Offers 60fps and HDR
Good Value compared to rivals

Only HD streaming
Persistent ads
No volume controls

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Business Insider

Best budget

Cheap
compact stick design
supports HDR
includes Alexa remote

Doesn't support 4K
no Ethernet
lacks Dolby Atmos decoding

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We ranked Onn 4K Google TV streaming box #14 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best TV boxes and sticks” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechHive

Best budget-priced streamer

Feature-rich remote
Google TV software makes sense of streaming
Super cheap even without sale prices

Performance can drag on occasion
No Dolby Vision or Dolby Atmos support
Google TV guide still has some blind spots

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Tom's Guide

The best cheap streaming device

Cheapest 4K streaming device ever
All the same apps in the Chromecast with Google TV
Decent performance

Awkward, cheap-feeling design
Remote app is inconsistent

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We ranked Amazon Fire TV Stick (3rd Gen) #15 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best TV boxes and sticks” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechHive

best media streamer with voice control

Unparalleled voice control features
Powerful remote; the “Recents” button is a revelation
Super-fast app load times

The home screen is a disaster
Upscaling isn’t a major improvement
Costs more than most other high-end streaming boxes

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PCMag

Best 1080p Media Streamer for Alexa Users / Editors' Choice

Affordable
Faster processor than previous model
Includes remote with microphone, TV controls, and dedicated service buttons

1080p only
Home screen can occasionally stutter

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We ranked Roku Express #16 in May 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best TV boxes and sticks” rankings.
Expert Consensus
(as of 26 Aug 2023)
The Roku Express is a versatile streaming device that offers a wide range of content availability, good picture and sound quality, and a user-friendly interface, making it suitable for casual streaming users.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best streaming stick for good value HD content

Roku TV interface
Great app support
Super cheap

Basic IR remote
Can’t stream 4K HDR content
Super short HDMI cable

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Reviewed

Access to Roku's full platform

Remote lacks voice-control, power/volume buttons
Video maxes at 1080p
Requires HDMI

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