Top 8 Best Streaming Devices – September 2020

The best streaming devices available do tend to change from time to time. And that’s why we are here to help you find the best device for you. Whether it’s an Android TV device, Amazon Fire TV, Roku or something else. We’ve used all of these devices in our own home, and know why they are good, or why they aren’t so good.
With many of us having to stay home now due to the Coronavirus or COVID-19, streaming devices are super important. To help keep us sane. These devices all support mostly the same core of apps. Like Disney+, Netflix, Hulu, YouTube TV, Sling TV and STARZ. Which is going to give you plenty of content to watch during this time of uncertainty where we have to stay home with our kids during this pandemic.
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This list includes a number of different options, with different platforms. So you can choose the best one for your needs. Whether you want to use Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Or use Android TV or Roku. There’s something here for everyone. Prices range from as low as $30, to as much as $300. So depending on your budget, we have something for everyone.
 

Cost
Where to buy

Roku Premiere
$39
Amazon

Google Chromecast Ultra
$69
Amazon

Amazon Fire TV Cube
$119
Amazon

Xiaomi Mi TV Stick
$49
Amazon

NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro (2019)
$199
Amazon

Roku Ultra
$79
Amazon

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
$49
Amazon

Best Streaming Device overall
Roku Premiere
Roku Premiere

Price: $39
Buy: Amazon

The Roku Premiere is at the top of our best streaming devices list for one big reason – it supports everything. This includes Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Chromecast, 4K, HDR and much more. So it really does just about everything that you’d need it to do. And you can choose which personal assistant you want to use, which is convenient.
It can stream in 4K HDR quality, giving you a really good looking picture on your TV. Of course, to really take full advantage of this, you’ll need a TV that supports both 4K and HDR.
Now, as far as apps go, Roku supports a number of the big names like Hulu, Netflix, STARZ, ABC News Live, YouTube TV, Sling TV, Disney+, ESPN+ and much more. Roku does usually give out credits to different apps and services. This changes based on when you buy it, so it could be a free month of Starz, some credit towards Sling TV, or something else.
Roku Premiere – Amazon
Best streaming device to keep it simple
Google Chromecast Ultra
Google Chromecast Ultra

Price: $69
Buy: Amazon

If you want something simple, then you can’t go wrong with the Chromecast Ultra. This one also supports 4K and HDR, and allows you to Cast just about anything from your smartphone to the TV. Most apps support Chromecast these days, so there’s no need to wonder if it supports your favorite apps.
Additionally, what makes the Chromecast Ultra the best streaming devices available, is that it is super simple to use. Just plug it in, and you’re good to go.
On top of that, the Chromecast Ultra also supports Stadia. So you can play Stadia games right there on your TV.
Google Chromecast Ultra – Amazon
Best Amazon Fire TV Device
Amazon Fire TV Cube
Amazon Fire TV Cube

Price: $119
Buy: Amazon

The Amazon Fire TV Cube is a really impressive streaming device, to be honest. It is essentially a Fire TV and an Echo built-in one. You see the Fire TV Cube actually has always-listening Alexa. This means that Alexa can completely control your TV. This includes being able to turn it on and off. As well as adjusting the volume, finding something to watch and so forth.
On top of that, the Amazon Fire TV Cube also supports the most popular apps out there. Including Hulu, YouTube TV, Netflix, STARZ, HBO GO, SHOWTIME ANYWHERE, Pluto TV, and much more. So there’s going to be plenty to watch.
Fire TV Cube also has support for 4K and HDR, so you’re going to be able to get a really great looking picture out of this one.
Amazon Fire TV Cube – Amazon
Best Android TV streaming device

Xiaomi Mi TV Stick

Price: $49.95
Buy: Amazon

The Xiaomi Mi TV Stick is the best Android TV streaming device on the market right now. Though there aren’t many competitors to choose from. It doesn’t do 4K though, so if you want 4K, check out the NVIDIA SHIELD TV listed below.
This stick from Xiaomi does the absolute bare minimum for Android TV, and that’s not a bad thing. It’s keeping things simple. As mentioned, it does 1080p only, it has a gigabyte of RAM and 8GB of storage as well. Which should keep it decently speedy.
With Android TV running on the Xiaomi Mi TV Stick, you’re going to be able to watch all of your favorite movies and TV shows here. From apps like YouTube, Sling TV, Fubo TV, Disney+, Hulu, Netflix and much more.
Xiaomi Mi TV Stick – Amazon
Best streaming device for gamers
NVIDIA SHIELD TV PRO
NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro

Price: $199
Buy: Amazon

The NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro is the best streaming device for gamers, because it is also a gaming  console and works with GeForce Now. So you can play your favorite PC games on the big screen.
This runs on Android TV, as you might have expected, and that allows it to run a bunch of great apps. Like Fubo TV, Netflix, YouTube TV, Hulu, Disney+, HBO MAX and much more. There are hundreds of thousands of games available on the NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro.
Of course, with it running on Android TV, you also get the Google Assistant here. So you can control your smart home products from your TV, find something to watch and much more.
NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro – Amazon
Best Roku streaming device
Roku Ultra
Roku Ultra

Price: $79
Buy: Amazon

The Roku Ultra is the best Roku streaming devices without being the overall best. It offers some really cool features, but it’s more of a set-top box, instead of a streaming stick. It does do 4K HDR, and even HDR10. Giving you some really great looking content on your 4K HDR TV.
It does also include a number of great apps, like Hulu, SHOWTIME ANYWHERE, STARZ, Philo, ESPN+, Disney+, Netflix, YouTube TV and much more. There are over half a million TV shows and movies available on the Roku platform. There’s also the Roku Channel, that allows you to watch all sorts of movies and TV shows which are ad-supported.
There is also support for both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. So you can use whichever one you want with the Roku Ultra. On top of that, it also has Google Cast, allowing you to Cast your favorite content to your TV with ease. Which is a really popular feature.
Roku Ultra – Amazon
Best budget Amazon Fire TV device
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

Price: $49.99
Buy: Amazon

If you’re looking for a Fire TV device, but don’t want to spend over $100 on the Fire TV Cube, then the Fire TV Stick 4K is a really good option. This one comes in just a penny shy of $50 normally. Though Prime members can get it on sale quite often for at least $10 less.
This is a streaming stick that you can plug into the back of your TV and access all sorts of apps and games. This includes Netflix, Hulu, YouTube TV, Amazon Prime Video, SHOWTIME ANYWHERE, STARZ, ESPN+, Disney+ and much more. So there is plenty of content to watch on Fire TV. Most of these services do also offer up 4K content, so you can really take advantage of it on your 4K TV.
Speaking of 4K, the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K supports 4K and HDR. There is also Dolby Vision support here, giving you a really great picture quality. Now if your TV does support Dolby Vision, you can have some really impressive picture quality from it.
There is also support for Amazon Alexa, allowing you to use your voice to find something to watch, open apps and so forth. Amazon Alexa can also be used to do things like control your smart home products and even bring up the streams from your security cameras and video doorbells  onto the big screen. Which can be very useful.
It’s pretty crazy that you can get all of this for just $50.
Fire TV Stick 4K – Amazon
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