Choosing the best streaming devices is not an easy task today. There are plenty of low quality products available in the market that will just waste your money.
Today buying a streaming device is a lot cheaper than to buy a new TV. Modern TV also does not support all newer channels. Then in that case having a perfect streaming device with your current TV is a perfect choice.
I have selected 15 best streaming devices 2021 that will fulfill your streaming needs. All of these devices are available on amazon.
15 Best Streaming Devices 2021
Roku streaming stick+
If you want unlimited apps, more than 5,000 channel services and possible quality at a very affordable price that I suggest you pick Roku streaming stick+. It costs about $50. You can access more than 5k channels including subtle Amazon Video.
Unfortunately, a well known service HBO is missing in this streaming device. It is even not available on Amazon Fire TV.
The Roku stick+ remote has TV volume and power control. You can also buy a remote with wireless earbuds. It almost fits with all your streaming needs except HBO.
Whenever there is competition between the best streaming devices in the market, Roku Ultra always wins the battle. The Roku Ultra is one of the latest streaming of Roku series.
In $100 Roku Ultra has everything the stick+ and has much more features like HD quality.
Due to USB port features you can playback your own favorite file anytime. Roku Ultra has 4k, HDR and also supports Dolby vision. You can also watch your favorite serials using earbuds without disturbing your fellows. It is good for individuals you wish to watch TV without disturbing other roommates.
Roku Ultra supports 802.11ac for high speed Wi-Fi connection. You also support wired connection if you prefer the security of your network connection.
Remote has two buttons to control your channels while others are available for Netflix, Hulu, and Vudu etc.
Xfinity Flex – Best For Comcast Xfinity Internet clients
Xfinity Flex is another finest streaming device in our list. It not only provides streaming service but also allows you to monitor and control your home gadgets.
Unfortunately, it does not access many channels like Disney+ and Spotify. As it is free for Comcast Xfinity Internet clients, you can try it if you belong to one of them.
Chromecast with Google TV
Google Chromecast is a well-known brand in the streaming world. Google launched its streaming device named google Chromecast in 2013. After that, Google upgraded it every year and released its new version continuously. New versions are faster than previous ones.
Chromecast is very easy to install. You just need to plug it into an HDMI input and then start watching your favorite serials. This streaming device can be adjusted anywhere even behind your small TV.
Chromecast is one of the cheap streaming devices in this list. Many people believe that cheap things have cheap quality. But in the case of google Chromecast, it is not true. As google adds new and new features in Chromecast every year, it is able to stand against giant streaming devices in the market. Chromecast supports more than 6,500 apps.
But before buying it is fair that you should be aware about everything. Unfortunately, Chromecast does not support Amazon Instant Video. If you want to play games on this streaming device, there are not many games available in the market that support Chromecast.
If you do not want amazon instant video and games on your streaming device, then google Chromecast is perfect for you.
Google Chromecast Ultra
Google Chromecast Ultra is an improved version of Chromecast. It has all features of Chromecast plus much more. This device look like a premium model and is capable to support 4k streaming with HDR.
Another extra feature is that Google Chromecast has Ethernet cable, So you can easily connect your internet with Chromecast. It is completely integrated with google home.
Like Chromecast, Google Chromecast Ultra also does not support Amazon Instant Video. Most of the worst thing, it does not have any remote control. Means you need to control the entire device by using google home app.
Apple TV 4K
Apple TV 4k supports 4k with HDR which makes it the perfect device in the market. It supports more than thousands apps. It is the best streaming device specially for apple products lovers. You can stream many applications and play games. You can even control your home smart gadgets from a Siri-empowered far off.
You can also search your favorite channels using voice search. This streaming device gives you an option to choose Apple’s own content providers. If you don’t like it don’t worry. You can always choose other services like Netflix, HBO and Hulu etc. Remember that you need to pay in order to use these services separately.
You can also listen to audio music at Apple TV 4k through Apple music. Apple TV does not have a remote. You need to control it using your mobile Bluetooth.
Apple has its own apps and it also supports third party apps.
Nvidia Shield TV 2017
Nvidia is a well known brand in the field of graphic processing units. In 2017 nvidia also launched its streaming device name nvidia shield tv 2017. It is a little expensive but it has many brilliant features and it is really awesome.
First of all the most amazing feature is that it supports almost every streaming service. Another advantage is that it supports 4k with HDR.
It is not just a streaming device. It also serves as a gaming platform and has a hardware and a gaming controller. You can control this device using a voice search, gaming controller, remote or Bluetooth device. It also supports google assistant service.
After knowing its features I don’t think that its price really matters. The Nvidia Shield is a perfect choice if you want to invest all in one products. It also supports Kodi and has capabilities for Plex servers.
As we know nothing is perfect in this world. Nvidia is an awesome streaming device but its price may be out of budget for some users. There is not much content to stream freely. So you need to pay extra in order to use other streaming services.
Roku is a well known brand in the market of streaming devices. In the list of top 10 best streaming devices, you will always see Roku streaming devices. Roku was started in 2002. Roku is a Japanese word which means 6th. It was the 6th company started by the CEO of Roku.
Roku media partners provide excellent content for many years. People love to buy their devices. It is like a king in the streaming world.
Roku Premiere+ allows their viewers to access 4k and HDR content. The amount of Roku content is much more than other streaming devices content.
Roku Premiere+ has full support for Amazon Videos and it comes with fully controlled remote control. Many high end devices do not have their own control.
The best thing is that it has its own interface and offers a higher amount of content and apps than its competitor streaming devices.
The only one disadvantage I found in Roku Premier+ is that the apps weren’t as polished as compared to the other counterparts.
Amazon Fire TV
I don’t think there is any need to introduce amazon. Everyone knows that amazon is a world leading ecommerce company. It also produces some of its own products like Amazon Fire TV, another best streaming device of 2021. Amazon introduced its streaming device quite a few years ago. But its quality and features make it able to stand within top 15 streaming devices in the market.
But keep in mind since Amazon Fire TV launched in the market almost all of its content is provided by Amazon. And it is a disadvantage of Amazon Fire TV.So if you are a lover of Amazon Instant Video it is best for you.
If you have an older TV, then don’t worry about streaming. Roku Express is here for you. It is a small streaming device that also allows you to connect with your older – non digital TV as well as modern TV.
It has easy installation and comes with some apps that are ready to run any time. It is a perfect device specially for those users who are not interested in spending a lot on a streaming device.
If you use Netflix on this streaming device, it may slow down a little bit. While with other apps it works fine.
Xbox One S
Xbox one S is another streaming device that I think should be listed in the top 15 streaming devices for 2021. It cost $289 and has 50+ applications. It provides 4k streaming and also supports HDR content. Dolby vision will also be supported soon in future.
It is a perfect streaming device if you want a gaming console with a streaming device. Xbox is a well known company in the field of games and gaming console. Its inner breaking point has 2TB capability. So you can download and store unlimited games here.
Google Chromecast Audio
Like Roku and other streaming devices, Google also launched a series of its streaming devices. Each of these devices has different advantages and disadvantages. Some devices are costly but provide awesome features, while some of them are pretty good and affordable.
Almost everyone knows that streaming is not only limited to videos. You can stream audio too. And many people also like it even in 2021. That’swhy Google launched its streaming device just for audio purposes only.
You can stream any kind of audio files on google Chromecast audio. You can stream both android as well as iOS files on this device.
Google Chromecast Audio does not have its own audio output so you need to connect your own speakers with google Chromecast Audio. You can also connect analog devices.
In some cases, I hear some complaints from non-android users. But if you are an Android user feel free to use it in any way for audio streaming purposes.
If youwish to choose a streaming device with zero downstairs, it is impossible.Everything has some disadvantages. I listed the devices that have leastdisadvantages and are best for different purposes. Some are best for audiousers, while others for video and gaming users. Before picking one, keep I mindyour streaming needs. If you do not want a streaming device for videos and gamingpurposes then Xbox one S or NVidia shield is best chosen for you. But if youneed just for audio, go with Google Chromecast audio.
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