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Best streaming boxes and TVs for your grad

Whether you're looking for a simple plug-and-play dongle or a brand-new TV, these are the best streaming devices for your loved one.

Streaming video should be simple, and the latest devices make setup and use a snap. If your grad needs a new TV, one with solid streaming apps built-in is a lot simpler than an external device. From binging Nailed It to a pizza night with a horror flick these are the best streamers and smart TVs for your grad. Here are our favorites at every price level.

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Best cheap video streamer: Roku Express ($30)

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Less than the cost of a decent bouquet, the Express covers the basics beautifully, has quick response times and Roku's dead-simple interface. And if they have an older TV without HDMI inputs, the Express+ is a great choice.

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Best step-up streamer: Roku Streaming Stick Plus ($60 or less)

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The Plus has all the Roku goodness of the Express with the addition of 4K HDR video, as well as a point-anywhere remote with the ability to control TV volume and power. 

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Best cheap bedroom TV for streaming: TCL S325 series ($140 and up)

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Speaking of TV remotes, combining the TV and the streaming apps on one screen, with only one remote required, makes it even easier. TCL's entry-level S325 includes built-in Roku streaming for a really affordable price; even the biggest size costs just $250.

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Cheapest home-theater-worthy big screen: Vizio E series ($300 and up)

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Although it comes as small as 43 inches for $300, Vizio's E series really hits its stride at the 55-inch and bigger sizes, including the 65-inch model seen above for a mere $650. This 4K HDR TV has all the fixin's, in a size suitable for most living rooms.

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Best big 4K HDR TV for the money: TCL 6 series ($530 and up)

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CNET's favorite TV for the money in 2018 is equipped with a better image than the Vizio E and Roku's smart TV system. Prices start at 55 inches for around $500 while the awesome 65-inch size seen here is just $800. And yes, you could even get them the massive 75-inch model for $1,500.

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