Best streaming stick overall
Roku Streaming Stick (2014)
Roku's Streaming Stick offers tons of apps, a real remote, and a compact design for just $50, making it the best streaming stick and an outstanding value.
Best streamer for Amazon content
Amazon Fire TV Stick
While it doesn't match the app selection or search capabilities of Roku, Amazon's Fire TV Stick's solid performance and mastery of Amazon content make it easily worth the $40 price.
Best for casual games, voice search
Amazon Fire TV
A worse value than the Stick, the Fire TV box is still a solid choice for the Amazon faithful who value its extra features.
Best for playing local files
Western Digital WD TV Media Player (2014)
While not for everyone, the WD TV's adroit playback of video and music files makes it the perfect living room box for people with large digital media collections.