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Best Roku in 2020

Roku Ultra

Roku Ultra is the best Roku you can buy.

Roku has too many streaming products. OK, probably not too many for the company. These things run the gamut from $25 to $99. (Or sometimes even less when things are on sale.) But that doesn't change the fact that there essentially are four Roku (Rokus? Roki?) from which you need to choose. Five if you throw a whole TV into the mix.

The question is which Roku is right for you.

Here are the best Roku devices in 2020:

Best Rokus in 2020:

  • 1. Roku Ultra — Best overall
  • 2. Roku Streaming Stick+ — Best streaming stick
  • 3. Roku Premiere — Best 4K for less
  • 4. Roku TV — Best All-in-one
  • 5. Roku Wireless Speakers — Best for sound
  • 6. Best on a budget — Roku Express

As a general rule, I say this: Spend a little more on hardware than you want to. Don't put yourself in debt, but the bottom line is you get what you pay for when it comes to tech stuff. A cheap streaming stick simply isn't as powerful as a more expensive, larger box. That said, Roku announced that its biggest sellers for 2018 came in at less than $50 .

The good news is that none of Roku's products breaks the bank, even at the top end. So let's take a look. Here are the quick links to what we recommend: 

  1. New Roku Ultra ($99): This is the best Roku box you can buy, and it was updated in late 2019. It's got 4K support, Wifi 5 (aka 802.11ac), expandable storage and an Ethernet port.
  2. Roku Streaming Stick+ ($59): With this one you get 4K support and Wifi 5, but no Ethernet or expandable storage.
  3. Roku Premiere ($39): This gets you 4K resolution at a low, low price, but it only has Wifi 4. (That's 802.11n.)
  4. New Roku Express ($29): Completely redesigned in late 2019, this is a great entry-level device.
  5. Roku TV (price varies): You can get some excellent (and inexpensive) TVs with the Roku operating system built in.
  6. Roku Wireless Speakers ($199): These wireless speakers work with Roku TV (only) and make setup a breeze.

How to find the best Black Friday deals on Roku

The holidays are here already. (Yes, they get here sooner every year.) And that means that we're all looking for deals on all the things. And that especially applies to Roku, both on the streaming player side of things as well as with Roku TVs.

So should you expect Black Friday deals on Roku? Most definitely. Roku has announced its official list of Black Friday Deals, and we'll see the new Roku Ultra on sale for a ridiculous price, as well as deep discounts on the Roku Streaming Stick+ and the new Roku Smart Soundbar. Check out the full list of Roku Black Friday Deals here .

And then there's the matter of Roku TVs. We'd absolutely expect to see them on sale for Black Friday, with the possibility of taking a hundred dollars (or more, if we're lucky) off models like the TCL 6-Series, and maybe even the outstanding new TCL 8-Series.

Stay tuned. Black Friday is coming.