WIRED has rounded up the best streaming devices on the market, including options from Roku, Apple, Google, Amazon, and Walmart-owned brands. The publication recommends owning a separate device to make streaming content easier, particularly as smart TVs rarely have good interfaces.
The devices were separated by what they do best, with Roku’s offering earning praise for its wide variety of streaming apps and user-friendly interface. Apple came out on top for its ease of use and integration with other Apple products, while Google’s Chromecast earned points for its inexpensive cost and versatility in streaming from a mobile device. Amazon’s Fire Stick was noted for its integration with Amazon Prime and Alexa capabilities, and a cheap Walmart-owned brand was recommended for those looking for an affordable option.
WIRED also recommends checking out its guides for picking the best Roku, best TVs, best soundbars, and best smart speakers. The article was updated in April 2023, with updated prices and links, and added thoughts on the HD-only Chromecast.
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