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How to Pick the Best Roku Device (2021): A Guide to Each Model

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Rokus are the most popular TV streaming boxes for good reason: They’re super easy to use and offer a wide array of streaming channels. They’re our favorite, too. However, figuring out which one to buy is not so easy. There are four different Roku streaming devices available now (not including 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 look nearly identical, so it’s not that simple to suss out the differences.

We’re here to help. If you’re like us, you want the best Roku for the least amount of money. We’ve broken down the features on the ones we think you’ll actually want to own, starting with the most basic model. And once you get that Roku, be sure to add WIRED’s channel!

Updated November 2021: We’ve added the new Steaming Stick 4K Plus and Streambar Pro.

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