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Roku Buyers Guide – Helping You Find The Right Roku


You can find a easy to watch YouTube video at the top of this post.

Here is our guide to buying the right Roku for your TV.

roku-express-1Old SD TVs (Or a TV without an HDMI Port)

Do you have an old TV without an HDMI port that you want to connect a Roku to? You want a Roku Express+ costing just $39.99. This is like the regular Roku Express but it offers an RCA option to connect your Roku to the red, white, and yellow ports on your TV.

You can only find the Roku Express+ at Walmart.

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Do you own an HD TV that does not have 4K? Well there are two players we would recommend: the Roku Express and the Roku Stick 2016. They both offer similar performance but the 2016 Roku Stick is slightly faster and what we would recommend if you have the extra $20.

Both the Roku Stick and Roku Express max out at 1080p but are fast and cost less than $50.

You can find our full side-by-side comparison of the Roku Express and the Roku Stick here:

4K TV Owners

If you have a 4K TV that does not have HDR we highly recommend the Roku Premier. The Premier is just as fast in our testing as the old Roku 4 but it costs just $79.99, which is less expensive than most used Roku 4s.

The only drawback that may make you want to pay the extra $20 is the enhanced point anywhere remote that the Roku Premiere comes with. If having a line of site with your Roku is no issue get the Premiere.

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If you have a new TV with HDR we recommend the Roku Premier+. Not only do you get all the benefits of the Roku Premier but you also get the following:

  • An incredible range of colors including brighter whites and deeper blacks
  • Enhanced point anywhere remote with headphone jack for private listening
  • MicroSD card slot for additional channel storage
  • Ethernet for wired Internet connectivity

This is the box most HDR TV owners need and it costs $99.99, making it the least expensive streaming player with HDR of the top five streaming player manufacturers.

roku-ultraTV Owners with Dolby Digital/Dolby Digital Plus Sound Systems

Are you really into surround sound? Well you want the Roku Ultra. It offers everything the Roku Premier+ does plus a few additional features for anyone with a home theater including the following:

  • An incredible range of colors including brighter whites and deeper blacks
  • Enhanced point anywhere remote with headphone jack for private listening
  • MicroSD card slot for additional channel storage
  • Ethernet for wired Internet connectivity

In our testing there is no great speed difference between the Roku Premier and the Roku Ultra. You are paying for the additional features. For our side-by-side look at the Roku Premier and the Roku Ultra click here:

So that is our quick buyers guide to show you the differences between the new players. Hopefully this has helped you buy the right Roku for your TV without overspending.

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  • vjetti

    The Roku Ultra has extra features but you repeat the same 4 bullet points as the Premier+. The real additional features of the Ultra are:

    Dolby Digital Plus decoding (only reason to get Ultra IMO)
    Optical Audio port (Most 4K/new TVs will have this port, so likely useless for most ppl)
    USB Port (Also on most new TVs)
    Speaker on remote for lost remote finder alerts