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Best Roku devices 2022

The best Roku devices continue to provide some of the best streaming experiences, especially for those who don’t want to break the bank. Not only does Roku hold the top slot in our best streaming device rankings with the $50 Roku Streaming Stick 4K (and there’s a 4K Plus model too), but Roku’s settled its issues with Google and YouTube so we can recommend it more enthusiastically than before.

Latest Roku News (updated March 3)

• Roku’s just killed off the Private Channels feature that allowed people to add unapproved content to their Roku, which was apparently used for pornography by some.
• Amidst the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, Roku has removed the Russia-backed news channel RT from the Roku Channel in all markets.
• Remember the Roku LE that was supposed to be a $15 limited edition for Black Friday? Well, only the price was limited: it’s still around for $23.68.

And while Roku makes our favorite streaming device, the runner-up comes close. Check out our Roku Streaming Stick 4K vs. Chromecast with Google TV face-off to see how narrow Roku’s win is.

Roku was one of the first big brands to develop a stand-alone streaming player, and now it’s the top streaming platform in the industry, with Amazon Fire TV nipping at its heels. But, like any other product with a decade-plus history, Roku’s lineup has gotten a little tangled, and has maybe one too many devices. We also just reviewed Roku’s new Express 4K Plus, which made it to this list as the best Roku device under $40.

Roku’s elegant menu system puts apps (and not ads) first, and offer everything from inexpensive Full HD streaming, to premium 4K picture quality coming straight out of a soundbar. As long as you pick one of the best Roku sticks or players, you will get snappy streaming at a competitive price. They are reliable too, though even they aren’t perfect — you may find your Roku not working at some point. Fortunately, problems are easy to fix!

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1. Roku Streaming Stick 4K

The best Roku device overall

Specifications

Size: 3.7 x 0.8 x 0.5 inches

Max Resolution: Up to 4K UHD at 60 fps

Ports: HDMI, USB

Remote: Voice Remote

Device Type: Stick

Reasons to buy
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Excellent 4K HDR quality

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Dolby Vision, finally

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Snappy perfomance

Reasons to avoid

No Dolby Atmos

Amazon offers better live TV

The Roku Streaming Stick 4K replaces our previous pick for the best Roku device, the Streaming Stick+. While it’s not a huge leap over that model, it keeps everything we loved and fixes one of the biggest flaws of its predecessor by adding Dolby Vision. Roku has also added a new quad-core processor in the Roku Streaming Stick 4K, for what it claims provide 30% faster app boot times. That’s a bit hard to measure, but the Roku Streaming Stick 4K felt snappy and fast enough. Major apps opened within 11 seconds. 

Now that the stick supports Dolby Vision (along with HDR10/+), you can stream all your shows and movies just as beautifully as anything else. The picture plays in crisp UHD image quality. However, the device is lacking on audio standards, missing the spatially-focused Dolby Atmos sound technology. The standard remote works fine, but if you want the superior Voice Remote Pro, check out our write-up of the Roku Streaming Stick 4K+ below. 

Great news: The new stick is on sale! Check out the best Black Friday Roku deals

Read our full Roku Streaming Stick 4K review.

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2. Roku Express 4K Plus

The best Roku device under $40

Specifications

Size: 3.3 x 1.5 x 0.7 inches

Max Resolution: 3840 x 2160

Ports: None

Remote: Network Voice remote

Device Type: Box

Reasons to buy
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Excellent 4K HDR performance

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Decent navigation

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Improved remote

Reasons to avoid

Awkward design

No Dolby Vision or Atmos

Getting crisp 4K streaming at under $40 is rare, and always comes with a caveat or two. The new Roku Express 4K Plus fixes one of the big annoyances of the Roku Premiere it replaces, by giving you a better remote. This remote doesn’t require a direct line of sight, so you can point it in whichever direction you please. That upgrade, plus fast performance and UHD streaming makes the Roku Express 4K Plus a great option for those trying to get a 4K Roku (and all the apps that it comes with)  at the lowest price.

That said, we still have two reasons to consider paying a little more. Its design is a little too light, so you might spend a minute fiddling with it to have it lie flat on a surface — making the Streaming Stick Plus’ easy-to-use design even better by comparison. Also, there’s no Dolby Vision or Atmos Audio, but some might not see that as worthy of going higher up the price-chain. We’ve recently raised this unit in our rankings, as it’s continued to impress more TG staffers with its value proposition.

Read our full Roku Express 4K Plus review.

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3. Roku Ultra (2020)

The best premium Roku device

Specifications

Size: 4.9 x 4.9 x 0.9 inches

Max Resolution: 3840 x 2160

Ports: Ethernet, USB

Remote: Enhanced voice remote

Device Type: Box

Reasons to buy
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Great performance

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Inventive remote control

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USB port

Reasons to avoid

Expensive

Almost nothing new from last year’s model

The Roku Ultra is expensive, but true to its name, it will give you the most comprehensive Roku experience that money can buy. As with other high-end Roku devices, you get thousands of channels, full 4K resolution and extremely fast navigation. But with the Ultra, you also get an Ethernet port for a steadier Internet connection, as well as a USB port to provide your own videos and music. 

Also, the 2020 Roku Ultra is a bit faster in places (though you might not notice it all the time) and offers improved wireless streaming range. The voice-enabled remote includes two programmable buttons, as well as a headphone jack for private listening, and a handy “remote-finder” feature if it gets lost in the couch cushions.

Maybe a bit too expensive for most, the Roku Ultra is a great gift, but not for everyone.

Read our full Roku Ultra (2020) review.

Roku Streaming Stick 4K+ components

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4. Roku Streaming Stick 4K Plus

The best Roku device packaged with the best remote

Specifications

Size: 3.7 x 0.8 x 0.5 inches

Max Resolution: Up to 4K UHD at 60 fps

Ports: HDMI, USB

Remote: Voice Remote Pro

Device Type: Stick

Reasons to buy
+

Dolby Vision

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Voice Remote Pro is a great upgrade

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Speedy performance

Reasons to avoid

Lacks Dolby Atmos

Not a big upgrade from previous model

The Roku Streaming Stick 4K Plus is slightly faster and more powerful, is finally capable of playing high-quality Dolby Vision and comes with the excellent Voice Remote Pro. It has everything we loved about the previous model, the Streaming Stick Plus, with a bit more juice and features.

The Roku Streaming Stick 4K Plus delivers all the ultra-HD streaming, video quality and speed that anyone could need, along with a wonderfully simple OS, and at a very reasonable price. And it comes with the excellent Voice Remote Pro. It’s got a rechargeable battery, an optional always-listening function and two customizable buttons. 

Read our full Roku Streaming Stick 4K Plus review.

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5. Roku Express

The best cheap Roku device

Specifications

Size: 3.0 x 1.5 x 0.8 inches

Max Resolution: 1920 x 1080

Ports: None

Remote: Standard IR remote

Device Type: Box

Reasons to buy
+

Improved design

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Good performance

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Customizable interface

Reasons to avoid

Too light to sit still

Imprecise remote

The Roku Express has come a long way since its first iteration in 2016. Back then, the device was underpowered and inconveniently designed. Now, the Express is a worthwhile investment for 1080p TV owners who want the simplest streaming solution. At $30, the Roku Express is the cheapest streaming player from a major manufacturer, and you get plenty of features for that price. In addition to thousands of streaming channels and a highly customizable interface, you can access voice search and private listening through a smartphone app. The only big downside is the standard IR remote, which doesn’t always always work as well as it should.
Read our full Roku Express review.

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6. Roku Streambar

The best Roku device that’s also a speaker

Specifications

Size: 14.0 x 4.2 x 2.4 inches

Max Resolution: 3840 x 2160

Ports: Optical audio, HDMI, USB

Remote: Voice remote with TV volume and power controls

Device Type: Soundbar

Reasons to buy
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4K streaming

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Clear, loud sound

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Compact design

Reasons to avoid

Bass could be stronger

Lacks Ethernet port

When you want the excellence of the Roku platform, but your TV doesn’t have the strong sound you want? Well, the Roku Streambar is a great solution that’s often on sale. It’s design won’t take up too much space on your counter top or entertainment center, but also provides quality sound with both loudness and clarity. Its bass leaves something to be asked for, though, but that’s not a problem for most TV. And this way, you can combine your streaming device and soundbar into the same package, and save more space.

Read our full Roku Streambar review.