Best Media Streamers for 2018

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  • 8.7 Editors' Rating

    • 10 Design
    • 10 Ecosystem
    • 10 Features
    • 9 Performance
    Apple TV 4K

    Best high-end 4K HDR streamer

    With more features and capabilities than you'll ever use, as well as Amazon video (finally!), Dolby Vision capability and overall superb performance and design, the Apple TV 4K is the best streamer on the market for those who want to afford it.

  • 8.2 Editors' Rating

    • 6 Design
    • 9 Ecosystem
    • 5 Features
    • 7 Performance
    Roku Express (2017)

    Best basic streamer

    You expect a streamer this cheap to suck somehow, but the Express does not. It's plenty-fast, packed with apps and unlike Chromecast, actually includes a remote control. All you need to stream, nothing you don't.

  • 8.0 Editors' Rating

    • 6 Design
    • 9 Ecosystem
    • 6 Features
    • 7 Performance
    Roku Express Plus (2017)

    Best streamer for old TVs

    If your TV lacks HDMI inputs, you don't have very many choices in streaming device. The Express+ is the best, delivering Roku's superb app ecosystem, ease of use and even free cables.

  • 7.9 Editors' Rating

    • 8 Design
    • 7 Ecosystem
    • 6 Features
    • 8 Performance
    Google Chromecast (2015)

    Best value for phone-centric users

    If you can watch it on your phone or tablet or computer, the dirt-cheap Chromecast can probably put it on your TV. The downside? There's no separate remote, so you'll need your phone or tablet or computer to use it. Or your Google Home speaker.

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