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A streaming device, also called IPTV box, allows you to access online content on your TV. It plugs straight in via USB or HDMI  and lets you sync up with all the giant UK streaming providers, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, BBC iPlayer, YouTube and Disney+.


Finding the right TV stick or streaming device for your home can be confusing, that's why we’ve put together this guide. Ranking the 10 best streaming devices, check out the comparison chart for info at a glance on 4K, wireless streaming, ethernet connection and much more!

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  • Last updated: 16-02-2022
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Compare the Best Streaming Devices

For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:


  1. Roku - Streaming Stick+ for £41.65
  2. Amazon - Fire TV Stick 4K Max for £44.99
  3. NVIDIA - Shield TV Pro for £178.99
  4. Amazon - Fire TV Cube for £109.99
  5. Roku - Streambar for £88.64


For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of streaming devices available and understand how our ranking was determined.

This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.

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Roku Streaming Stick+ 1

Roku

2
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max 1

Amazon

3
NVIDIA Shield TV Pro 1

NVIDIA

4
Amazon Fire TV Cube 1

Amazon

5
Roku Streambar 1

Roku

6
Google Chromecast With Google TV & Remote 1

Google

7
Amazon Fire TV Stick 1

Amazon

8
Google Chromecast 1

Google

9
Apple Apple TV 4K  1

Apple

10
NOW TV Smart Stick  1

NOW TV

Name

Streaming Stick+

Fire TV Stick 4K Max

Shield TV Pro

Fire TV Cube

Streambar

Chromecast With Google TV & Remote

Fire TV Stick

Chromecast

Apple TV 4K

Smart Stick

Features

Affordable TV Stick With a Highly Intuitive Interface

Amazon TV Fire Stick With 4K Resolution

Ethernet Connection and Plenty of Apps

Voice Command Compatible TV Cube for Hands-Free Control

4K TV Streaming Device With Built-in Soundbar

Updated Chromecast With Google Assistant

Budget-Friendly TV Stick for Netflix, Disney+ and More

The Original Device for Streaming to Your TV

Access Critically Acclaimed Original Movies and Shows With Apple TV

Access Sky Entertainment With Standard HD Resolution

Price£41.65£44.99£178.99£109.99£88.64£59.99£24.99£30.00£169.00£49.99
Smart Box / TV StickStickStickBoxBoxBoxStickStickStickBoxStick
WiFi ConnectivityYesYesYesNoYesYesYesYesYesYes
Ethernet PortNoNoYesYesYesYesNoNoNoNo
Connection TypeHDMIHDMIHDMI or USB HDMI (cable required)HDMI (cable required)HDMIHDMI HDMIHDMIHDMI
Image Quality4K4K4K4K 4K 4K HDHD4KHD
MarketplaceRoku Channel StoreFire TV OSAndroid TVFire TV OSRoku Channel StoreAndroid TVFire TV OSAndroid TVApp StoreNow TV
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How to Choose a Streaming Device in the UK

Key Points to Consider

  1. Choose a Streaming Box for Better Image Quality, or a TV Stick for Quick Set Up and Portability
  2. Check Whether It Needs to Be Connected via HDMI or USB Port
  3. Opt For a Streaming Device That Supports 4K if You Have a 4K TV
  4. Make Sure It Supports Popular Streaming Services and Apps Like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+

1. Choose a Streaming Box for Better Image Quality, or a TV Stick for Quick Set Up and Portability

1. Choose a Streaming Box for Better Image Quality, or a TV Stick for Quick Set Up and Portability

Streaming Boxes Require Ethernet Connection, but Provide Better Image Quality up to 4K

If you’re looking for top-notch image quality like 4K resolution, then a streaming box might be the most reliable option. Since these tend to come with an ethernet port, they can be plugged straight into your router - so you won't have to worry about buffering or a shaky Wi-Fi connection!


However, as boxes tend to be quite large, one of these will take up space on your TV stand. Some also require an additional cable, which is sold separately, to connect them to your TV. These factors make boxes less portable. In addition, they're generally more expensive than stick devices.

TV Sticks Connect Easily and Can Be Used Anywhere With a WiFi Connection

The great thing about streaming sticks is their portability - they’re about the size and weight of a lighter! This means you can pop one in your pocket and take it with you wherever you go, whether you want to sneakily watch Netflix at the office or chill out with a movie in your hotel room. 


They’re also very easy to connect and tend to be cheaper than a box. The downside is that sticks rely on Wi-Fi and don't directly connect to your router, so streaming won't always be smooth. They can be a little slow when loading apps too, which you might find frustrating.

Maintain high-speed connection when streaming with the latest Wi-Fi routers and extenders.

2. Check Whether It Needs to Be Connected via HDMI or USB Port

 2. Check Whether It Needs to Be Connected via HDMI or USB Port

Another key factor that you should consider is the type of connection that's available on your TV, as this will determine which kind of device you can use. Both boxes and sticks can usually be connected via a HDMI or USB port at the back of the TV. 


If your TV doesn't have a USB port though, you may need to buy an external USB plug for your stick device - but this isn't something that'll work with a box! So, definitely check which kind of slots your TV has before you start browsing.

Peek at our offerings of the best USB hubs while you're here.

3. Opt For a Streaming Device That Supports 4K if You Have a 4K TV

3. Opt For a Streaming Device That Supports 4K if You Have a 4K TV

We're sure you'll agree that image quality is one of the most crucial elements when it comes to watching media on your TV. Luckily, all streaming devices deliver at least HD picture quality, which is the standard option for most TVs.


However, if you’ve forked out for a 4K TV then you’re naturally going to want to be able to access content with a 4K resolution. Even if you don't have a 4K TV just yet, you might invest in one later on, so we'd say it's worth picking up a device with this capability anyway if it's within your budget.

Thinking of investing in a 4K TV under £500?

4. Make Sure It Supports Popular Streaming Services and Apps Like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+

4. Make Sure It Supports Popular Streaming Services and Apps Like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+

Lastly, think about which apps you'll want to use on your device. While major streaming platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney+ should be accessible on most devices, those like the BFI (British Film Institute) Player or certain sports channel apps might not be available. 


To avoid disappointment, make sure you choose a device with the right marketplace that will allow you to use your favourite apps. We'll put this info in the spec table below each product review, so you can easily check which apps each gadget will provide access to.

10 Best Streaming Devices in the UK

This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.

1
Smart Box / TV StickStick
WiFi ConnectivityYes
Ethernet PortNo
Connection TypeHDMI
Image Quality4K
MarketplaceRoku Channel Store
2

AmazonFire TV Stick 4K Max

£44.99

Smart Box / TV StickStick
WiFi ConnectivityYes
Ethernet PortNo
Connection TypeHDMI
Image Quality4K
MarketplaceFire TV OS
3

NVIDIAShield TV Pro

£178.99

Smart Box / TV StickBox
WiFi ConnectivityYes
Ethernet PortYes
Connection TypeHDMI or USB
Image Quality4K
MarketplaceAndroid TV
4

AmazonFire TV Cube

£109.99

Smart Box / TV StickBox
WiFi ConnectivityNo
Ethernet PortYes
Connection TypeHDMI (cable required)
Image Quality4K
MarketplaceFire TV OS
5
Smart Box / TV StickBox
WiFi ConnectivityYes
Ethernet PortYes
Connection TypeHDMI (cable required)
Image Quality4K
MarketplaceRoku Channel Store
6

GoogleChromecast With Google TV & Remote

£59.99

Smart Box / TV StickStick
WiFi ConnectivityYes
Ethernet PortYes
Connection TypeHDMI
Image Quality4K
MarketplaceAndroid TV
7
Smart Box / TV StickStick
WiFi ConnectivityYes
Ethernet PortNo
Connection TypeHDMI
Image QualityHD
MarketplaceFire TV OS
8
Smart Box / TV StickStick
WiFi ConnectivityYes
Ethernet PortNo
Connection TypeHDMI
Image QualityHD
MarketplaceAndroid TV
9
Smart Box / TV StickBox
WiFi ConnectivityYes
Ethernet PortNo
Connection TypeHDMI
Image Quality4K
MarketplaceApp Store
10
Smart Box / TV StickStick
WiFi ConnectivityYes
Ethernet PortNo
Connection TypeHDMI
Image QualityHD
MarketplaceNow TV

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