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The best Roku streaming players: What are your options? (May 2020)

Here are the best Roku streaming players you can buy right now!

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The best Roku straming players are affordable, yet provide access to a slew of media streaming services. Whether it’s YouTube, Sling TV, Hulu, Netflix, or Google Play Movies, Roku has you covered for your streaming needs. Let’s take a look at our favorite options!

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The best Roku streaming players:

  1. Roku Ultra
  2. Roku Streaming Stick Plus Headphone Edition
  3. Roku Premiere
  4. Roku Express Plus
  5. Roku Smart TV

Editor’s note: We will update our list of the best Roku streaming players as new devices launch.


1. Roku Ultra

Roku Ultra Roku streaming player

The Roku Ultra supports Full HD, 4K UHD, and HDR streaming. While it’s not the only Roku streaming player to support such resolutions, this is the top-of-the-line and best Roku streaming player you can buy.

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The Ultra is the only Roku streaming player with an Ethernet port. It’s also the only option with storage expansion through a microSD card slot or full-size USB port. Even the remote is unique, since it features personal shortcut buttons, a remote finder, buttons for TV power, volume, mute, and a headphone jack for private listening. On that note, you’ll also be happy to learn it comes with some nice JBL headphones.


2. Roku Streaming Stick Plus Headphone Edition

Roku Streaming Stick Plus Headphone Edition

The Roku Streaming Stick Plus is great, but for $10 we think you will like the Best Buy-exclusive Roku Streaming Stick Plus Headphone Edition. It’s just as great as the regular version, but it comes with a headphone-capable remote, as well as a pair of earbuds.

There’s still 4K HDR streaming support, a remote with voice support and buttons for TV power and volume, and 802.11ac dual-band MIMO support. Also, the ultra-portable form factor lets you quickly remove the Roku Streaming player and take it anywhere.


3. Roku Premiere

Roku Premiere Streaming Player

The Roku Premiere shouldn’t be as featured packed as it is, seeing how it costs less than $40. The remote doesn’t have voice support and there’s only 802.11b/g/n single-band Wi-Fi.

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However, the Premiere still supports 4K HDR streaming. Also, you can stick the Premiere underneath your TV with the included adhesive strip. It’s an option if you know you’re not constantly switching TVs.


4. Roku Express Plus

Roku Express Plus streaming player

The Roku Express is a great affordable option, but the Roku Express Plus is better. This is a Walmart-exclusive Roku streaming player, and what makes it special is the addition of a voice remote with TV controls. The rest is as simple as it gets. There’s Full HD streaming and 802.11b/g/n single-band Wi-Fi. The unit also has an adhesive strip, in case you want to attach it to your TV.


5. Roku Smart TV

TCL Roku Smart TV

If you are sure you want to stick with Roku as your streaming platform, you might consider going all in and getting a Roku Smart TV. These come with Roku integrated and need no extra accessories, therefore clearing up your entertainment area. Having fewer things to worry about is always a good thing!

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There are some pretty affordable Roku Smart TVs, too. TCL’s Roku Smart TV units start at around $230 for the 43-inch version. It’s a basic TV, yet still features 4K definition, HDR, and Roku functionality.