What are the best set-top boxes?

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    #1Chromecast

    Chromecast

    The Google Chromecast is a set-top box to maximize the viewing experience on most devices. It is a plug-and-play device with an HDMI port and works with Chromebook, Mac laptops, and Windows devices. 

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    Janice Stewart
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The solution to this topic is a great solution. I love Chromecast and it will work with what the person in the topic wants to do with it. Chromecast works great with different systems. I love my chromecast and use it often."
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    #2Apple TV

    Apple TV

    Apple TV is a TV box offered by Apple. It sports a 1080p high-definition (HD) picture quality and a Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound. The Apple TV 4K has an A8 chip and a voice search capability.

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    Harold Hudson
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Apple TV is a magnificent addition to your tv. It has everything you need to enhance your tv experience. High quality apps and a wide assortment of apps to please everyone. My favorite is the netflix app, I can browse programs, tv shows, and movies without any hiccups. This is a powerful device with great picture quality. Its a rock solid tv companion. "
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    #3Nexus Player

    Nexus Player

    The Nexus Player is a home media player exclusively created for Android operative system. It allows you to watch movies, play Android games on the big screen, listen to the radio and enjoy your Android apps. It counts with an optional gamepad, but only for playing Android games.

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    Rose Campbell
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "The Nexus player lets you do all kinds of cool stuff with your TV set. It's something like Apple TV, for those of us who aren't indoctrinated into the Apple cult. You can use Netflix or any other streaming service, watch YouTube videos, listen to the radio, and play games. A couple of drawbacks: they don't make and distribute these any more, which is a shame. However, they are still supported by Google. The other thing is that the only games you can play are Android games. Still and all, it's a nice machine that does cool stuff."
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    #4Amazon Fire TV

    Amazon Fire TV
    Amazon Fire TV is a streaming device which includes 4K Ultra HD and HDR support, as well as Alexa Voice Remote. It has a huge selection of TV and movies and can be your option to watch Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, and more. 
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    Brandon Sullivan
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This box does everything that I expect from it. The response time is so quick and I just love streaming with it. I made a great choice here."
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    #5Roku 4

    Roku 4
    Roku 4 is a 4K streaming media player which will give you access to more than 2,500 streaming channels such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and more in high quality. It includes a remote control and a headphone connection. 



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    Ethan Schneider
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Super easy to use interface and very easy to set up as well. You get access to just about any streaming channel you could want, with high quality video and sound. Past Roku's have had issues with occasional software glitches, but I haven't had any with this one. It does run pretty hot, though there are some simple fixes if you search for them."
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    #6Roku Ultra

    Roku Ultra

    The Roku Ultra is a streaming player being offered by Roku. It is capable of streaming media content from HD up to 4K Ultra HD at 60 frames per second (FPS). Roku Ultra also features a quad-core processor.

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    Brandon Meyer
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "I like how the Roku offers 4K resolution. the picture quality and colors are excellent when watching netflix in 4k. My only gripe is that I have to pay extra for netflix to see 4k resolution shows."
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    #7Google Chromecast

    Google Chromecast

    Google Chromecast is a device made by Google that can stream various media content to your television. This supports devices with Android versions not later than 4.1 or iOS 7.0 and up.

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    #8Roku Premiere

    Roku Premiere

    Roku Premiere is a 4K UHD Streaming Media Player offered by Roku. It can access up to 450,000 movies and TV shows from the major streaming platforms. This Roku device also sports a quad-core processor.

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    Scott Chavez
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "This is a simple way to plugin a tv to have Netflix capability. At an affordable price it is hard to beat. It doesn't have advanced features that other devices may have but is a simple and easy way to start streaming your favorite shows"
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    #9Roku Express

    Roku Express

    The Roku Express is the 2017 model that allows users to stream HD content directly to their TV very easily thanks to its 5x more powerful processor. It gives direct access to +500,000 movies and TV episodes.

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    Phillip Brown
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Roku Express is a fast an easy set up to start watching Netflix. You just plug it in and go! The remote for Roku is very simple and easy to understand. You will be watching Netflix in minutes! It was so easy to set up for me. In addition to Netflix, you also get access to so much more with Roku Express! "
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    #10Roku Streaming Stick Plus

    Roku Streaming Stick Plus

    The Roku Streaming Stick Plus streams 4K and HDR video from various streaming platforms, unlike the standard streaming stick from Roku that only streams in HD. This device is also voice-control enabled for volume and TV power control.

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    Edward Bates
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "I just finally got me one of these like 6 months ago, never realized how much I would love this. Plus we Roku offers somethings free"

Summary

Best What are the best set-top boxes
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1ChromecastHousehold Items 7 Paid
2Apple TVElectronics 4 Paid
3Nexus PlayerHousehold Items 3 Paid
4Amazon Fire TVElectronics 2 Paid
5Roku 4Electronics 1 Paid
6Roku UltraElectronics 0 Paid
7Google ChromecastElectronics 0 Paid
8Roku PremiereElectronics 0 Paid
9Roku ExpressElectronics 0 Paid
10Roku Streaming Stick PlusElectronics 0 Paid
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