Roku has always been CNET’s favorite streaming platform. It doesn’t recommend one streaming service over any other and has the simplest interface along with the best search functionality.
Theis ours mostly because it’s usually cheaper than , which includes Dolby Vision. However, both are only $1 off right now. Meanwhile, the Roku Streambar is a great streamer and soundbar combo that’s perfect for smaller TVs, and it’s only available for $117 right now, making it a decent option if you don’t already have a soundbar.
If you’re looking for a wired Ethernet connection along with Dolby Vision, you might want to check out the flagship Roku Ultra. And if you’re willing to sacrifice a few features, you can pick up the Roku Ultra LT at Walmart for roughly half the price of the regular Ultra.
Roku discounts rarely happen, but you can save a few bucks on a handful of Roku streaming devices right now. Keep reading to see the best Roku deals. We update this story frequently to reflect current prices.
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The Roku Streaming Stick 4K is close to full price at retailers right now, but you can save $1 on Amazon. That makes this streamer $10 more than the Roku Express 4K Plus, which is the usual price comparison. The differences between the two? Along with a stick-like design, Dolby Vision HDR is the main difference between the two, and seemingly the reason why the Streaming Stick 4K is more expensive than its sibling.
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Discounts are tight for our favorite streamer right now. The only price reduction we see is as little as $1 off at Amazon and Walmart, although you can sometimes find it at any retailer for $10 off. We like the Roku OS because it has the most streaming app options, the simplest interface of any streaming platform, and the best search. It’s also content agnostic—it doesn’t push any media streaming service provider like Amazon Prime Video or Apple over another. Express 4K Plus is one of the cheapest options for streaming 4K HDR TV. (Even if your current TV doesn’t support these formats, your next one probably will.) Thanks to the AirPlay update, this Roku device is one of the cheapest ways to connect your iPhone or other Apple device to your TV. Read our Roku Express 4K Plus review.
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The Walmart-exclusive version of the Roku Ultra is nearly identical to the basic Ultra, and features a similar box design, an Ethernet port, and support for 4K HDR with Dolby Vision. It comes with a remote that has a headphone jack for personal listening.
As for the differences between Ultra and Ultra LT? With this cheaper option, you’ll be giving up Dolby Atmos support, the USB port, the remote’s custom keyboard shortcuts, and a (very useful) remote finder feature. At $53, it’s almost half the price of the regular Roku Ultra.
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The Roku Ultra, the company’s flagship standalone streamer, offers more amenities than some of Roku’s other models. It features Dolby Vision video, faster responses, improved Wi-Fi and a wired Ethernet port – especially welcome if your home Wi-Fi is congested. The 2022 model is almost identical to previous versions, but now comes bundled with the excellent Voice Remote Pro. The Ultra is easy to set up and may be worth the upgrade for anyone interested in a fast streaming device with Dolby Vision and a wired Ethernet port. It’s currently on sale at or near full price, but can sometimes be found on Amazon and Roku for $20 off.
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A combined soundbar and 4K HDR streamer, the Roku Streambar is an excellent way to ‘smart’ a bedroom TV with enhanced sound and streaming in one fell swoop. This compact speaker will outperform the sound in almost any TV and is particularly good at elevating difficult-to-understand dialogue. Sometimes it drops to $100, but the most you’ll save right now is $13 on Amazon.
Read our Roku Streambar review.
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The Roku Streaming Stick 4K Plus bundles the exact same Roku Streaming Stick 4K listed above with the new, usually separate, Roku Voice Remote Pro. The Voice Remote Pro, which normally costs $30, largely retains the look and feel of the company’s other remotes, but notably comes with an intermediate microphone for voice control, a headphone jack for personal listening, and a rechargeable battery. Perhaps the best thing about the new remote is that you can simply say “Hey Roku, find my remote” to make the clicker beep from anywhere – a game changer for those who are constantly digging through the couch cushions . And Roku remotes can drain batteries quickly, so using rechargeable ones means you no longer need to keep a stash of AAs on hand.
Roku also has a remote finder that works with any Roku remote with a built-in speaker, but that type of remote isn’t included with the original Streaming Stick 4K. If you’re the type of person who tends to lose TV remotes, upgrading to the Roku Streaming Stick 4K Plus — and the Voice Remote Pro that comes with it — could be totally worth it.
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The Roku Express is compact, streams only in HD, and comes with an HDMI cable, but lacks a power brick to plug it in. You’ll either need to supply your own or plug the Express into your TV’s USB port to get it working. It also doesn’t come with a smart remote, so you won’t be able to control the TV’s power, volume, and input controls with this remote. You’ll need both the original TV remote and a smart speaker or other receiver if you want to use voice controls. That’s a pretty big hassle, so it might make more sense to spend the extra cash on the Roku Streaming Stick 4K.
Read our Roku Express (2019) review.
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