Roku vs Fire TV vs Google TV vs Apple TV? What Is the Best Streaming Player for Cord Cutting?





So, you want a new streaming player? Not sure what to get so you can stream your favorite shows and movies? Last year we asked more than 1,000 of our readers which is the best streaming player for cord cutting. Read on to see the winners.

According to our readers, Roku is the best streaming player for cord cutting by a wide margin. More than 51% of our readers chose Roku. Amazon’s Fire TV came in second with 20.1%, Google TV/Android TV came in third at 13.2%, and the Apple TV came in fourth at 11.7%.

This means Roku is more popular with our readers than the Fire TV, Google TV, Android TV, and the Apple TV combined.

Now none of that means anything if what is right for you is different than what is right for me. Here are some highlights of each streaming player.


The easy-to-use interface and low price of Roku have helped them gain market share especially with our readers.

These inexpensive but powerful streaming players gained popularity by offering one of the easiest to understand and use remotes, user interfaces, and designs. This makes it a great option for anyone worried about getting into cord cutting.

Google TV

Google has recently been making a strong push into streaming with Google TV and its older Android TV player. Through partnerships with TV manufacturers and inexpensive streaming players, like Walmart’s new sub $20 4K Google TV device, has helped Google become the third most popular streaming player according to our readers.

Google TV is a great option for anyone who uses Google for most of their devices. If you are an Android phone user, you will be surprised how easy it is for you to quickly access your content on a Google TV device.

Fire TV

Do you do most of your shopping on Amazon? Already an Amazon Prime member? You may want to think about the Fire TV. With the Fire TV you can quickly sync your account from Amazon to the Fire TV.

Fire TVs are inexpensive and powerful. This is the perfect option for anyone who heavily uses Amazon.

Apple TV

If you are a fan of Apple, you may want to think about switching over to an Apple TV. Quickly access your content on your TV with an Apple TV and sync your accounts between your phone and TV.

Apple TV players are some of the most powerful streaming players out there right now.

Final Thoughts

There is no wrong answer here. Most major streaming services are on all these devices. You just need to pick the one that is right for you.

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