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Best Amazon Fire TV Devices

Updated March 2024
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Amazon Fire TV Cube
Fire TV Cube
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Powerful Performance
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Exceptional visual fidelity, a nice-looking form factor, and quick loading made this a team favorite after trials.


Has the ability to control smart home devices connected to the TV via Alexa. Features quality built-in speakers. We really love how it streams 4K content with minimal load times thanks to WiFi 6E. Switches between streaming services with minimal lag. Has a nice-looking form factor.


Initial setup presented some issues for our team, such as with Spotify connectivity.

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Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Max
Fire TV Stick 4K Max
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Customer Favorite
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This is one of the most versatile, inexpensive options for watching your favorite movies and TV in 4K.


An affordable unit that's optimized for 4K Ultra HD content. Features voice controls and supports Dolby Atmos. It offers access to millions of titles, and you can control other smart devices in your home. It's easy to set up.


You won't get 4K streaming unless your TV supports it.

Amazon Fire TV Soundbar
Fire TV Soundbar
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Awesome Sound
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You can complete your Fire TV setup and improve the sound quality of your TV with this affordable soundbar by Amazon.


Features dual speakers and Dolby sound technology to take your TV's audio to the next level. Affordable and easy to set up. Reliable Bluetooth connectivity and a trim design. Compatible with other Amazon Fire devices. Low price.


A remote is not included, so you must connect it to your TV to control its functions.

Amazon Fire TV 50" Omni Series 4K UHD Smart TV
Fire TV 50-Inch Omni Series 4K UHD Smart TV
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Solid Performer
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Our testing proved the Fire Omni a solid value TV with useful features and deep Alexa integration.


It has a crisp LED screen with 4K resolution and HDR10 support. Runs Amazon’s Fire OS with comprehensive Alexa integration, which proved impressively useful in our user testing. Plus, the 60Hz refresh rate kept up with casual gaming.


Picture quality is less than competitors in its size class.

Amazon Fire TV Stick (3rd Gen)
Fire TV Stick (3rd Gen)
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For those who don't need or can't use 4K, the latest Fire TV Stick boasts faster performance and the updated Alexa remote.


Includes 3rd-generation Alexa Voice Remote with TV controls including power and volume. Boasts 50% more power for streaming compared to the previous generation. Supports Dolby Atmos for home theater audio. Offers 1080p FHD resolution and HDR.


Lacks 4K support. Some complain about the Fire interface.

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After going through an intensive research process to narrow down our short list of top products in this space, we tested most of our top five to be sure that these products are worth your time. Guided by experts, we spend hours looking into the factors that matter and test to verify manufacturer claims.

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Buying guide for Best Amazon Fire TV devices

We live in an age where binge-watching shows on Netflix or Amazon Prime is standard, and waiting a week to watch the next episode of your favorite show is becoming a relic from the past. Amazon Fire TV devices are designed to reflect these new trends. They allow you to watch shows from all the top streaming services on your TV using WiFi, so there's no need for cable or satellite TV subscriptions.

When picking out the best Amazon Fire TV device for you, there's plenty to consider. First of all, you need to learn more about the different types of devices on offer and which suits your needs. You should also consider its compatibility with Alexa, ease of use, and what apps it supports.

This guide gives you all the information you need to make an informed purchase. When you are ready, take a look at our top five recommendations.

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You'll need WiFi in your home to use your Fire TV device. Some functions may be available without WiFi, but they will be extremely limited.

Key considerations

Fire TV Stick

This is a small dongle-like device that allows you to watch Amazon Prime shows and movies (assuming you have a Prime subscription), plus content from any other streaming service that has an app you can download onto it, including Netflix and Hulu. This is the cheapest option out there and also the most basic.

Fire TV Cube

The Fire TV Cube is like a combination of an Amazon Echo and a Fire Stick. It has all the same streaming functions as the Fire TV Stick, but you can control it using voice commands completely hands-free.


The Recast allows you to watch and record live TV, but you will need to buy a Fire Stick and an HDTV antenna separately.

Fire TV televisions

Some television manufacturers make Fire TV editions of their televisions. These come with Alexa remotes so you can easily use Amazon’s virtual assistant. They also allow you to use all the great features of Fire TV without needing a separate device, such as a Fire TV Stick or Cube. This is a decent choice if you need a new TV anyway, but if you're happy with your set, you're better off sticking with an external Fire TV device.


All Fire TV devices include a special controller with Alexa compatibility. At the press of a button on the remote, it turns your TV into an Alexa device. You can search for shows and movies, play and pause content, find and play music, ask questions, and much more — all using your voice. Of course, this controller has standard buttons should you prefer not to use the voice controls.

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You can download a Fire TV controller app for your phone, which lets you use your phone as a remote control. This is handy if you lose your remote or the batteries run down — or for playing pranks.


Alexa compatibility

We've already mentioned the Alexa functions on the controller, but your Amazon Fire TV device should be compatible with any other Alexa devices in your home, such as the Amazon Echo Dot or Amazon Echo. This means you perform actions such as searching, playing shows, and opening menus completely hands-free. Of course, it doesn't take much effort to hold down the Alexa button on your remote control, but if you already have an Echo or Echo Dot in the same room as your Fire TV device, you might as well make the most of it.

Other considerations

  • Wifi: All Fire TV devices are WiFi compatible. In fact, they need WiFi to run properly, so it's important that you have a decent connection at home.

  • Apps: You can download a huge range of apps onto your Fire TV device, but compatibility can vary from one model to the next. If there are particular apps you hope to use, you should check the compatibility of the Amazon Fire TV device you are considering. The most popular apps are those for other streaming services, such as Netflix, but you can also find a few games to enjoy.

  • Power source. Fire TV devices usually need to be plugged into a power outlet, so be sure to position them somewhere with a free socket.

Amazon Fire TV device prices

Amazon Fire TV devices range in price from around $35 to over $250, depending on their features, storge, and other features.

Inexpensive: Budget options like the Fire TV Stick cost around $35 and are typically easy to set up or take from place to place.

Midrange: For a midrange model with additional features like voice commands, you can expect to pay up to $150.

Expensive: Amazon’s most capable Fire TV devices, like the Recast, cost $250 and above. These models include additional features like the ability to easily record and replay shows.


  • Think about what shows you'd like to watch on your Amazon Fire TV device. Most TV shows are only available on one streaming service, so it's possible that you'll need multiple subscriptions to watch everything you want — though it will still likely cost less than cable.

  • Decide what resolution you want to watch shows and movies in. Is 1080 HD okay for you, or will nothing less than 4K do? There are plenty of 4K options, but don't assume your chosen device will definitely be 4K compatible.

  • Consider what Fire TV device functions you'll make use of. High-end models have more functions, such as hands-free operation or the ability to record live TV, but there's no point spending an extra $100 to $200 if you'll never use these features.

  • Take stock of what you already have when choosing a Fire TV device. For instance, if you already have an Amazon Echo to pair with your new device, the Fire Cube's hands-free controls won't be as much of a draw.

Other products we considered

Since there aren't a huge number of different Amazon Fire TV devices available, the main options are listed in our top five. However, you can find a couple of other choices on the market.

The Amazon Echo Show is an Echo device and Fire TV player all in one. Like other Amazon Echos, you can use it to control other smart home devices, but it also has a 10.1-inch screen on which you can watch Prime Video content and more — it might not be great as a main Fire TV device due to the small screen, but it's great for watching shows while you cook or do dishes, or while tucked up in bed.

There's also the Fire TV Cube Bundle with Cloud Cam. This combines all the excellent features of the Fire Cube with a Cloud Cam. The Cloud Cam can be used for home safety, as a high-tech baby monitor, or anything else you can think of. You can access it remotely on your phone or tablet from anywhere, or you can ask your Fire TV Cube to cast it onto your TV screen.

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An Amazon Prime subscription will give you access to a wide range of movies and TV shows, but not all Amazon video content is available for free with Prime.


Q. Can I watch live TV using my Amazon Fire TV device?

A. For the most part, Amazon Fire TV devices are designed for watching streaming shows but don't give you the option to watch TV live. However, some options, such as the Recast, will let you watch live TV if you have an HD antenna. On Fire TV televisions, you can also watch live TV if hooked up to satellite or cable.

Q. Are there any monthly fees for using an Amazon Fire TV device?

A. Fire TV devices don't have a monthly fee, but you'll have limited access to movies and TV shows without a subscription to streaming services like Prime Video. While there are some apps out there with a small amount of free content, you'll be able to watch many more movies and shows with a subscription to Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, or similar streaming services.

Q. Can I watch YouTube videos on my Amazon Fire device?

A. Depending on which country you're watching from, the YouTube app may or may not be available for your Fire TV device. If you can access the YouTube app, this is the simplest way of watching YouTube videos on your device. If not, there are ways around this problem. You can use a browser app on your Fire TV device to navigate to YouTube and watch videos that way. Plus, some Amazon Fire devices allow you to cast media to your TV, so you can open a YouTube video on your phone or tablet and cast it to the big screen.