Editors' Choice

We review hundreds of products in a wide range of categories each year. Here's the best of the best in media streamers.

Roku Streaming Stick (2016) review

Compact, nimble, and powerful, the new Roku Streaming stick is the Porsche Boxster of streaming media players. See Full Review »

Our Score 9

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Google Chromecast Audio Review

  • Highly stable streaming
  • Sounds better than Bluetooth
  • Brilliantly simple setup
  • Extremely affordable
  • Multiroom audio support
  • Won’t stream iTunes or Apple Music from iOS…
  • Third-party app required to stream audio from a…
  • Included audio cable is relatively useless
Our Score 8

Google Chromecast (2015) Review

  • New design fits any port
  • Slightly faster load speeds
  • New app is a huge improvement
  • Cross-platform search at this price is impressive
  • Search could use a bit of work
  • Still can't control playback from main app
  • What's On could stand some more personalization
Our Score 8

Amazon Fire TV (2015) Review

  • Fast, powerful hardware
  • Huge selection of top-quality apps
  • 4K Ultra HD capable
  • Advanced voice-assisted search
  • Fun games
  • Won’t work with all 4K Ultra HD TVs
  • Heavily favors Prime subscribers
Our Score 8

TiVo Bolt Unified Entertainment System Review

  • Best-in-class user interface
  • Best content search on the market
  • SkipMode is a game changer
  • Refreshing design
  • No Amazon 4K UHD streaming at launch
  • QuickMode takes getting used to
  • No out of home streaming at launch
Our Score 9

Red Rhino Entertainment Rhino Box Review

  • Good design and solid build
  • Plenty of ports to work with
  • 4K-enabled
  • Kodi runs smoothly
  • Games run without issue
  • Kodi customization somewhat limited
  • Tricky navigation for Android apps
  • Magic Wand sold separately
  • Expensive
Our Score 7

Amazon Fire TV Stick Review

  • Super-fast navigation
  • Intuitive home-screen layout
  • Instant access to Amazon content
  • Wide selection of apps and games
  • No Ethernet connection
  • Search limited to Amazon content
  • Gaming accessories cost as much as the stick
Our Score 8

Google Nexus Player by Asus Review

  • Competitive hardware under the hood
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi capable
  • Smooth gameplay
  • Zippy navigation
  • Cast capable
  • Limited app selection at launch
  • Limited connection options (no Ethernet!)
  • No universal search (Google Play results only)
Our Score 6

D-Link Wi-Fi Audio Extender Review

  • Quick and easy setup
  • Portable and flexible installation
  • Solid and consistent audio streaming performance
  • Wi-Fi range extension is hit or miss
  • Noticeable lag in executing actions while…
  • No Ethernet port for travel router purposes
  • Does not support Bluetooth
Our Score 7.5