Streaming devices make it easier to watch all your favorite TV shows and movies from the comfort of your couch, but they’re not all created equal. Some, like the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, are ideal if you’re a big fan of Amazon Prime Video and run most of your channel subscriptions through it. Because Fire TV streaming models are compatible with Alexa and support voice search, you can quickly browse thousands of titles across any streaming platform to find what you really want to watch. And now for a limited time on Amazon, you can get all of these models on sale for some pretty steep discounts.
Starting at just $20, the Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite is the most affordable option in the line-up. It usually retails for $30 and once you plug it in behind your TV and connect it to your internet service, you'll get quick and easy access to Netflix, Hulu, Peacock, and other popular platforms. Like every other Fire TV model, it supports 1080-pixel high-definition (HD) streaming, but that's about it as far as special features go. If you're looking for a no-frills device for your guest bedroom or a gadget that'll be foolproof for recent grads, this is a good investment.
For just $5 more, you can upgrade to the Fire TV Stick, which comes with an Alexa-enabled voice remote. This 4.7-star-rated unit, on sale for $15 off, has more than 208,000 reviews on Amazon and most users say it's a solid mid-level option. It's virtually identical to the Fire TV Stick Lite in what it offers, except it'll support Dolby Atmos audio on select titles, so it'll be a nice treat for audiophiles. It also has preset app buttons for Prime Video, Disney+, and other major platforms, so tracking down content is even simpler.
The one downside to the Fire TV Stick with the Alexa voice remote? It doesn't support 4K streaming. Fortunately, however, the Fire TV Stick 4K does, and it's on sale for $35, down from the usual $50 price tag. Of all the models on sale right now, this is probably your best bet overall, as it offers all the high-powered search functionality you'd get with the other two, but some nifty extras, like cinematic-level 4K streaming quality with Dolby Vision built in (so you can expect sharp picture quality with lots of contrast). The remote that comes with this is particularly excellent, allowing you to search for and cue up content via voice recognition. If you're big on smart tech, you can use the remote to dim your lights, set timers, and more. It also has a near-perfect rating on Amazon and more than 101,000 reviews on the site, with many shoppers raving about how seamless it is to set up and use, and how much faster it is than previous entries in the Amazon Fire TV fleet.
If you really want the ultimate at-home streaming experience, invest in the Fire TV Stick 4K Max, which is similar to the 4K stick, except Amazon claims it performs 40 percent faster, meaning you'll have less lag time between searches and starting up new shows and movies. Another major innovation is that it'll support next-generation Wi-Fi 6, which is ideal if you're trying to stream across multiple Wi-Fi 6 devices. It's also the only stick-type unit that'll give you live view and picture-in-picture access, and many users say it works well with Luna, Amazon's cloud gaming service, and delivers fast-rendering graphics, so gamers might really prefer this one. Instead of shelling out $55, you can get it for $45, saving you $10.
A version of this article originally ran in 2021 and has been updated to reflect current prices.