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.
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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