You probably stream most, if not all, of your content. A good streaming device makes that process easier. If you’ve purchased a new TV recently, it likely has its own streaming interface. Some of these are fine, but a stand-alone streaming device can offer a better experience. We’ve tried them all—from Roku, Apple, Google, Amazon, and even a cheap Walmart-owned brand—so you don’t have to, and we’ve separated each of our favorites by what they do best.

To test streaming devices, I note how easy or complicated setup was, from first plug-in to finishing signing in to all our favorite streaming services, and then I watch TV! I stream a lot of content in general even when I’m not testing a new device, but for at least a week, I watch a few hours of movies, TV shows, and YouTube videos every day, installing and deleting apps, and playing around with any additional features within the device itself or on the remote.

Be sure to check out all our guides, especially the Best Roku Devices and the Best Streaming Services, as well as the Best TVs, Best Soundbars, and Best Smart Speakers.

Updated June 2024: We’ve added Walmart’s newest 4K Pro Onn device and Roku’s Plus Series TV. We’ve also updated prices and links throughout.

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