Best streaming device of 2020: Roku, Apple TV, Fire Stick, Nvidia Shield and more compared

Plenty of hardware options exist for streaming Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon and the rest. Here are our picks for the best. Read more: Best TVs and streaming devices for Father's Day 2020   Best streamer overall Roku Streaming Stick Plus Sarah Tew/CNET Oct 2019 Roku is our favorite streaming system, with the most streaming app options, the simplest interface and the best search. It also has a content-agnostic platform that doesn't push any one media streaming provider, like Amazon Prime Video or iTunes, over another. The Plus is one of the cheapest streaming TV options with 4K HDR, and even if your current TV doesn't support those formats, your next one probably will support Roku TV. Its accent on practical features, including a remote that can control your TV's volume and power, seals the deal for this Roku device. Read our Roku Streaming Stick Plus review. $55 at Crutchfield $50 at Best Buy $49 at Walmart Read more: Best live TV streaming services for cord cutters in 2020 Best high-end streamer Apple TV 4K Jul 2019 The perfect foil to the Roku Streaming Stick Plus, the Apple TV costs over $100 more but is the better choice for people who can appreciate its advantages. Those include compatibility with Dolby Vision HDR, flexible upconversion, superior voice command features, a better remote control and a smoother, slicker user interface. The Apple TV 4K is so good for media streaming, this Apple device even makes sense to be your TV streaming device if you're not an "Apple person." Read our Apple TV 4K review. $179 at Apple $180 at Crutchfield $180 at Best Buy Read more: Dolby Atmos audio: Why it's cool and how to get it Best for gamers Nvidia Shield TV Sarah Tew/CNET Sure, it's an expensive media streamer at $150 -- and that's before adding a game controller -- but if you want a Jack-of-all-t

Best streaming device of 2020: Roku, Apple TV, Fire Stick, Nvidia Shield and more compared
Plenty of hardware options exist for streaming Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon and the rest. Here are our picks for the best. Read more: Best TVs and streaming devices for Father's Day 2020   Best streamer overall Roku Streaming Stick Plus Sarah Tew/CNET Oct 2019 Roku is our favorite streaming system, with the most streaming app options, the simplest interface and the best search. It also has a content-agnostic platform that doesn't push any one media streaming provider, like Amazon Prime Video or iTunes, over another. The Plus is one of the cheapest streaming TV options with 4K HDR, and even if your current TV doesn't support those formats, your next one probably will support Roku TV. Its accent on practical features, including a remote that can control your TV's volume and power, seals the deal for this Roku device. Read our Roku Streaming Stick Plus review. $55 at Crutchfield $50 at Best Buy $49 at Walmart Read more: Best live TV streaming services for cord cutters in 2020 Best high-end streamer Apple TV 4K Jul 2019 The perfect foil to the Roku Streaming Stick Plus, the Apple TV costs over $100 more but is the better choice for people who can appreciate its advantages. Those include compatibility with Dolby Vision HDR, flexible upconversion, superior voice command features, a better remote control and a smoother, slicker user interface. The Apple TV 4K is so good for media streaming, this Apple device even makes sense to be your TV streaming device if you're not an "Apple person." Read our Apple TV 4K review. $179 at Apple $180 at Crutchfield $180 at Best Buy Read more: Dolby Atmos audio: Why it's cool and how to get it Best for gamers Nvidia Shield TV Sarah Tew/CNET Sure, it's an expensive media streamer at $150 -- and that's before adding a game controller -- but if you want a Jack-of-all-trades video streaming player, the Shield is it. In addition to a streaming media player with 4K streaming and HDR, it offers a robust library of games, both console-level and Android, Steam Link, built-in Google Assistant complete with smart home control, NAS access, Plex server capability, HDHomeRun integration and much more. Read our Nvidia Shield TV review. $150 at Amazon $150 at Best Buy $150 at Walmart Read more: Best Dolby Atmos soundbar of 2020 Best for Amazon fans Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Sarah Tew/CNET With Alexa, Amazon has done more than any other company to integrate voice commands into the ways we consume media. Amazon's Fire TV Stick 4K bakes Alexa right into the remote control, and you can use voice control to search for Amazon video content such as Gremlins or turn on your Christmas tree. Or both at the same time. Throw in a massive selection of Amazon content with an easy-to-use menu and the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K represents excellent value for money when it comes to streaming media. Read our Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K review. $50 at Amazon $50 at Best Buy $60 at HSN Best budget streamer Roku Express Sarah Tew/CNET For the price of a Blu-ray movie disc, you can get a whole media streamer, which comes with plenty of free content. Roku Express delivers all of the goodness of Roku's platform, and it includes a remote, an HDMI port and Micro USB port, an HDMI cable, and a little sticker to keep it in place. Read our Roku Express (2019) review. $29 at Amazon $29 at Walmart Best for Android and Google Assistant users Google Chromecast Sarah Tew/CNET The Chromecast is one of the cheapest ways to get video to stream on your TV. And it's about half the price of Google Chromecast Ultra. But unlike the other streamers here it doesn't come with a remote. Instead it works in combination with a phone or the Google Assistant for voice control and voice search. The latter method is great for calling up TV episodes on Netflix, Hulu or Disney Plus. Read our Google Chromecast 2018 review. $30 at Best Buy $30 at Adorama $50 at HSN Best soundbar-streaming combo Roku Smart Soundbar Sarah Tew/CNET Soundbars with streaming onboard may be a relatively recent development, but Roku's Smart Soundbar came fully formed out of the gate. With excellent sound, the Roku interface users know and love and an affordable price, this a great option for a media streamer in a bedroom or holiday house. Read our Roku Smart Soundbar review. $180 at Roku Best convenience features Roku Ultra Sarah Tew/CNET At $100, this is the most expensive Roku, but if you must have it all, the Roku Ultra has a lot to offer. While the image quality and operating system are indistinguishable from the Streaming Stick Plus, the Ultra is especially handy for the forgetful among us. The Ultra offers both a remote finder and two extra customizable shortcut buttons for your favorite services. Read our Roku Ultra (2019) review. $79 at Amazon $100 at Crutchfield $80 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET More home entertainment recommendations Best universal remotes of 2020 YouTube TV vs. Sling TV: Which live TV streaming service is best for you? This is the best cheap live-TV streaming service for cord cutters Best AV receivers of 2020 Google reportedly working on new Chromecast Ultra The best Google Assistant and Google Home devices of 2020