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Intro- Roku Buyer's Guide

Roku’s streaming media players are some of the most popular on the market. With several devices available, though, you might wonder which Roku player is right for you. This Roku Buyer’s Guide will break down the differences and help you decide which Roku player to get!

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What to Know Before You Buy a Roku

Streaming players from Roku make for an easy way to access all your favorite apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Paramount+ on your TV. 

They offer a simple interface that’s great for cord cutters who have gotten rid of a cable subscription. 

Roku devices are accessible to a wide range of people. Kids, adults, seniors, and the less tech-savvy among us can all use Roku players. 

Deal Alert!

Promotional discounts are offered on Roku devices throughout the year. Check the retailer links on this page for the most up-to-date pricing info.

Roku TV vs Roku Streaming Players

Roku makes streaming players that hook up to your TV the same way you would connect a game console or DVD/Blu-Ray player. They also license their software for use in smart TVs. 

Any TV that has built-in software to connect with apps like Netflix or Hulu is considered a “smart TV.” Smart TVs that use Roku's software refer to it as “Roku TV.”

A benefit to a Roku TV is that it gives you the convenience of a Roku built-in. A Roku streaming player, on the other hand, can be faster and have extra features.

It never hurts to have a standalone streaming player, even if you have a smart TV.

Interested in shopping for a Roku TV? Check them out here:


Roku Streaming Players Compared: Roku Buyer's Guide

Roku Express

Roku Buyer's Guide

The Roku Express devices can either sit atop or beside your TV. They connect via an HDMI cable. 

These devices aren’t the fastest or most powerful in Roku’s lineup. They still provide a solid choice, though, if you’re looking to stream on a budget or to use with a secondary TV in your home.

Roku ExpressRoku Express 4K+
Picture QualityHD (1080p)4K @ 60fps
HDR10+
HD (1080p)
Wi-Fi ConnectivityStandard Wi-Fi
802.11 b/g/n
single-band
Faster Wi-Fi
802.11ac
dual-band
Remote*Simple RemoteVoice Remote
RAM512 MB1 GB
AudioDolby AudioDolby Audio
Audio Leveling
Night Mode
Price$29.99$39.99
Buy NowRoku.com
Walmart
Best Buy
Amazon
Roku.com
Walmart
Best Buy
Amazon

*See “Other Roku Products” section below for differences between Roku remote types.

Check latest pricing for the Roku Express & Roku Express 4K+ here:

Roku Streaming Stick

Roku Buyer's Guide

The Roku Streaming Stick plugs directly into your TV– no HDMI cord needed. 

You'll get 4K video streaming and an overall faster device than the Roku Express. The Streaming Stick 4K+ comes with the nifty Voice Remote Pro as well. 

This device balances out features with cost to provide a great choice for most people.

Roku Streaming Stick 4KRoku Streaming Stick 4K+
Picture Quality4K @ 60fps
Dolby Vision
HDR10+
HD (1080p)
4K @ 60fps
Dolby Vision
HDR10+
HD (1080p)
Wi-Fi ConnectivityFast, Long-range Wi-Fi
802.11ac
dual-band
MIMO Wi-Fi
Fast, Long-range Wi-Fi
802.11ac
dual-band
MIMO Wi-Fi
Remote*Voice RemoteVoice Remote Pro
RAM1 GB1 GB
AudioDolby Audio
Volume Leveling
Night Mode
Dolby Audio
Volume Leveling
Night Mode
Other FeaturesFast Channel LaunchFast Channel Launch
Price$49.99$69.99
Buy NowRoku.com
Walmart
Amazon
Best Buy
Roku.com
Walmart
Amazon
Best Buy

*See “Other Roku Products” section below for differences between Roku remote types.

Check latest pricing for Roku Streaming Sticks here:

Roku Ultra

If you’re looking for a fast, powerful device that has a robust set of features, look no further than the Roku Ultra. 

Both the Ultra and the Ultra LT are significantly cheaper than other top-of-the-line streaming players like the Apple TV or the NVIDIA Shield. While it doesn’t have the gaming capabilities of either of those devices, if streaming video is your chief concern this is a great alternative. 

The Roku Ultra plugs into your TV with an HDMI cable. 

Roku Ultra LTRoku Ultra
Picture Quality4K @ 60fps
Dolby Vision
HDR10+
HD (1080p)
4K @ 60fps
Dolby Vision
HDR10+
HD (1080p)
Wi-Fi ConnectivityBest Wi-Fi & Ethernet
802.11ac
dual-band
MIMO Wi-Fi
Ethernet Port
Best Wi-Fi & Ethernet
802.11ac
dual-band
MIMO Wi-Fi
Ethernet Port
Remote*Voice Remote w/
Headphone Jack
Voice Remote Pro
RAM2 GB2 GB
AudioDolby Audio
Volume Leveling
Night Mode
Dolby Atmos
Dolby Audio
Volume Leveling
Night Mode
Other FeaturesBluetooth
Fast Channel Launch
USB Port
Bluetooth
Fast Channel Launch
Price$79.00$99.99
Buy NowWalmartRoku.com
Walmart
Amazon
Best Buy

*See “Other Roku Products” section below for differences between Roku remote types.

Check latest pricing here for Roku Ultra and Roku Ultra LT:

Roku Streambar

Roku Buyer's Guide

For those looking to upgrade your video AND sound, the Streambar combines a Roku streaming player with built-in speakers

It’s simple to set up and fills your room with Dolby Audio. It makes dialogue more clear and automatically lowers the sound of loud commercials. Plus it's compatible with other Bluetooth devices for music streaming.

For a full surround sound experience, you can connect it with Roku Wireless Speakers or the Wireless Subwoofer (more on that below).

Roku StreambarRoku Streambar Pro
Picture Quality4K @ 60fps
HDR10+
HD (1080p)
4K @ 60fps
HDR10+
HD (1080p)
Wi-Fi ConnectivityBest Wi-Fi
802.11ac
dual-band
MIMO Wi-Fi
Best Wi-Fi
802.11ac
dual-band
MIMO Wi-Fi
Remote*Voice RemoteVoice Remote w/
Personal Shortcut Buttons
Headphone Jack
RAM1 GB1 GB
AudioDolby Audio
Volume Leveling
Night Mode
Speech Clarity
Four 1.9″ Speakers
Dolby Audio
Volume Leveling
Night Mode
Speech Clarity
Four 2.5″ Speakers
Other FeaturesUSB Port
Bluetooth
USB Port
Bluetooth
Price$129.99$179.99
Buy NowRoku.com
Walmart
Amazon
Best Buy
Roku.com
Walmart
Amazon
Best Buy

*See “Other Roku Products” section below for differences between Roku remote types.

Check latest pricing for the Roku Streambar and Roku Streambar Pro here:

Other Roku Products: Roku Buyer's Guide

Roku Audio

To help turn your living room into a home theater, Roku offers special audio equipment. This allows you to get surround sound, thunderous bass, and clear audio for both TV and music streaming. 

Take not that the products mentioned require a Roku TV, Roku Streambar, or Roku Streambar Pro.

Roku Wireless Speakers

These premium speakers wirelessly sync with your TV or Streambar to upgrade your audio and give you surround sound.

If you really want to go all-out, you can even combine them with a second set of Wireless Speakers for a full surround sound system.

The Speakers also work with Bluetooth so you can stream music from any Bluetooth-enabled device. 

The normal price for the Roku Wireless Speakers is $149.99.

Buy it now and check latest pricing for Roku Wireless Speakers here:

Roku Wireless Subwoofer

Fill your room with powerful bass with the Roku Wireless Subwoofer. This will make you feel like you’re in a movie theater and help create an immersive experience. 

Like the speakers, it syncs wirelessly with your Roku TV or Soundbar. The Subwoofer can be placed anywhere within 30 feet of your TV. It has 250W peak power/125W RMS.

The normal price for the Roku Wireless Subwoofer is $179.99.

Buy it now and check latest pricing for Roku Wireless Subwoofer here:

Roku Remotes

Roku Buyer's Guide
Roku Buyer's Guide
Roku Buyer's Guide

The Roku Remote is one of the best parts of the Roku product line. It might not look as sleek as the Apple TV’s remote, but it’s loaded with helpful features. 

If you’re curious about the differences between remotes, or want to upgrade your remote, use this guide.

Roku Simple RemoteRoku Voice RemoteRoku Voice Remote Pro
Signal to TVInfrared
(must be pointed
directly at TV)
Wireless Network
(does not
need to be pointed
directly at TV)
Wireless Network
(does not
need to be pointed
directly at TV)
Power3 AAA Batteries2 AA BatteriesRechargeable Battery
Features-Works with most
Roku Devices
-Push-to-talk
voice commands
-TV Controls (power
volume, mute)
-Hands-free
voice commands
-Push-to-talk
voice commands
-TV Controls
-Lost Remote Finder
(beeps when you
call for it)

-Private listening
(w/ headphone jack)
Channel
Shortcut
Buttons
4 Pre-Set Buttons
(can vary but
examples are
Netflix, Hulu, etc.)
4 Pre-Set Buttons-2 Customizable
Shortcut Buttons
-4 Pre-Set Buttons
Standard
Price
$14.99$19.99$29.99
Buy NowRoku.comRoku.com
Walmart
Amazon
Roku.com
Walmart
Best Buy
Amazon

Check out the latest pricing for Roku Remotes here:

Final Thoughts- Roku Buyer's Guide

Have you used any of these Roku players? What did you think? Let us know in the comment section below!


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