If you can swing the price and want the best streamer available today, get the Apple TV 4K.
The 2019 Roku Ultra (2019) is a very good 4K streaming box that puts convenience at the fore, but lack of Dolby Vision and a high price compared to other Rokus hold it back.
With its simple design and focus on features you'll actually use, Roku's affordable 4K HDR streamer is one you should get.
It flogs Amazon content too much to beat Roku, but for Alexa fans or 4K HDR TV owners who insist on Dolby Vision, the Fire TV 4K Stick is a great value.
Quick, simple and less expensive than the competition, the Roku Express is the perfect basic streamer.
Roku's affordable 4K HDR streamer is a superb buy, but it's worth another $10 to get the superior Wi-Fi of the Streaming Stick Plus.
The Amazon Fire TV Cube's well-designed voice controls make it a superb alternative to a standard universal remote, especially for simpler systems.
The newest version of Google Chromecast is basically identical to the old one and falls short of the budget competition from Amazon and Roku.
If you own a 4K TV and an AV receiver or sound bar that doesn't pass 4K HDR signals, the Roku Ultra is a great 4K streaming choice.
Amazon's cheap Alexa-powered stick is better than ever with a TV-control remote, but Roku's simple menus make it a better choice.
The price includes 50-odd live TV channels and full access to Hulu's vast on-demand library, but to skip commercials you'll have to pay extra.
Google's $35 Chromecast stick is a cheap and easy way to add streaming video and music to your TV, but it still isn't as fully featured as similarly priced Roku boxes.
The 2017 Nvidia Shield is better than ever, and the addition of Amazon finally makes it a viable high-end alternative to Roku.
For buyers who don't care about 4K or HDR streaming, the Roku Streaming Stick is the best player on the market.
While it's a step behind the Roku and less cutting-edge than the 2015 Apple box, the older Apple TV remains an excellent streaming box, especially for those invested in Apple hardware and the iTunes ecosystem.
If you want to stream video to an old TV, your best (and pretty much only) option is the Roku Express Plus.
Although Roku's 4K stick is slightly better overall, the Fire TV wins with Alexa devotees who own 4K HDR TVs.
With its household name, slick hardware design and affordable pricing structures the TiVo Bolt OTA offers one of the best alternatives to the still-fledgling world of streaming TV services.