Best Streaming Sticks for 2020
Firestick? Roku? Chromecast?
Is it possible to figure out which streaming stick is the best? I think so!
We all have different preference on what we do and do not like when it comes to streaming services and devices, it can get confusing to pick the right one! Check out my comprehensive guide to the best on the market so that you can make a smart buying decision.
Chromecast is one of the most popular streaming sticks, but to be honest I just don’t love this one.
The base level Chromecast product does not come with a remote, which can be inconvenient. The functions are controlled using an app, which is manageable but can quickly become a hassle.
Speaking of base level products, the base level Roku is one of my personal favorites!
Roku’s baseline product is consistently named as the best beginner product to cut the cord, and for good reason! This is an affordable unit at just around $39, and it is easy to use and comes with a no-nonsense remote.
There is a downside though, the Roku remote comes with shortcut buttons already made and branded. This is great for anyone who uses Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ or Sling; but if you don’t use one of those systems, you end up with wasted buttons.
While Roku has a great base product for the cord-cutting beginner, a mid-level consumer might want a little more from their streaming stick.
Thats where the Fire TV Stick 4K comes in! This product is a step up from the basic Firestick, typically costing $49, but sometimes dropping in price during promotions!
This edition of the Fire TV Stick comes equipped with ultra HD streaming, Dolby Vision and an Alexa capable remote. These features mean a better video quality for you, an improved gaming experience and a much faster processing speed.
The extra bonus that the Fire TV Stick provides is of course the easy access to Prime Video. What a lot of people don’t know is that they can subscribe to their favorite channels through Prime Video as well, which is a lot easier than a cable or satellite plan!
This Android streaming stick is the best option for gaming functions, in my opinion.
This option has awesome HD display, tons of memory and moves at fast speeds which makes it perfect for a gamer. The stick also comes equipped with Google Assistant and Alexa!
This is an awesome, high end, streaming stick platform. The remote is straight forward without extra buttons, but I will say it can be a little tough to adjust to.
If you’re someone who does a lot of screen sharing or presenting from your Apple phone or iPad, this is a great product for you. The Apple TV 4K box makes device communication so easy.
The platform is easy to use and high quality, but I think Apple is over charging a bit for their product.
When it comes to high end streaming sticks, this is a much better bang for your buck than the Apple TV 4K.
The cube has a hands free Echo built into it, which means you have the Alexa enabled remote just like the other Fire TV options, but you also have a hands free Echo available at all times.
In addition to the Echo functions, the Cube has incredible HD 4K display, fast speeds and provides some additional support.
In my opinion, this option is the best overall streaming device.
In addition to the awesome functionality, this stick comes with premium headphones and a headphone jack right in the remote, so you can stream without disturbing anyone!
This remote comes with the same branded buttons that its more basic counterpart does, but it is also capable of voice activation and has two customizable shortcut buttons. This is a more personalized experience that I love!
So there you have it! You can find a streaming stick to meet your needs for anywhere between $29 and $179; it really just comes down to the bells and whistles you want to have!
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