Rokus are the the most popular TV streaming boxes for a good reason – they’re super easy to use and offer a wide range of streaming channels. Figuring out which one to buy, well, it’s not that easy. There are four different Roku streaming devices available now (not counting TVs and soundbars), and you’ll find a ton of older models floating around on Amazon and other sellers. Rokus also tend to have similar names and seem almost identical, so it’s not that easy to point out their differences.
We are here to help you. If you’re like me, you want the best Roku for the least amount of money. We’ve broken down the features to the ones we think you’ll actually want to own, starting with the most basic model. And once you get this Roku make sure to add WIRED string!
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Update December 2020: We added the compact Roku Streambar and the 2020 update to the Ultra. Parker Hall contributed to this guide.