Best Media Streaming Device For 2021: Fire Stick 4K, Roku, And More

Streaming devices turn your TV into a hub for your favorite streaming services, but which one is right for you? We've rounded up the best streaming devices, from Roku to Fire TV and more.


Though an increasing number of TVs have smart functionality with streaming platforms built in, there are still plenty of people using TVs with minimal or no online features. If you don't have a smart TV, you'll need a media streaming device to access streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and HBO Max directly on your TV. Luckily, there are a bunch of great options when it comes to streaming devices. We've rounded up the best streaming devices available today, from the Fire TV Stick to Roku Streaming Stick+.

Roku and Amazon's Fire TV devices dominate the conversation when it comes to choosing the best streaming device, and you'll see that reflected to some extent in our list. But Apple TV has also come a long way in recent years, so it's not as clear-cut as grabbing the cheapest streaming box you can find and calling it a day. Some streaming devices offer 4K video, provided you have a 4K TV and services that support UHD resolutions. Other devices simplify your entertainment setup and feature excellent voice remote options. And depending on whether you're looking for something to use at home or if you want easy access to your favorite streaming service while traveling, your choice for the best streaming device might change.

You can't really go wrong with any of the following five streaming devices, but our roundup will hopefully help you pick the best one for your needs. After choosing a streaming device, make sure to check out our roundup of the best streaming services. We also have separate lists dedicated to anime streaming services and free streaming services.

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