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Amazon Device Guide: Which Is the Best Fire TV Player?

Understanding the differences between Amazon’s devices makes it easier to decide which is the best Fire TV player for you.

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For those new to streaming, Amazon Fire TV is one of the best platforms to go with. However, with different players to choose from, picking the best Fire TV player for you is crucial to getting the most out of the experience, at the best possible price.

There’s a number of reasons why you should choose Amazon’s streaming players over Android TV or Roku players. Although the main reason is Amazon’s ecosystem in general. If you’re already invested in Amazon then with a feature-rich interface, and access to Prime Video, Amazon’s streaming players offer great value.

Here are the current Fire TV players:

  • Fire TV Stick
  • Fire TV Stick 4K
  • Fire TV Cube
  • Fire TV Recast

It is worth taking a moment to point out that there are more options to access Fire TV other than Amazon’s products. While first-party players are often the best and cheapest route, Fire TV can also be found in many third-party products.

Popular Fire TV third-party devices:

  • Nebula Soundbar
  • Insignia Fire TV Edition smart TV (multiple models)
  • Toshiba Fire TV Edition smart TV (multiple models)

Which Fire TV player should you buy?

Buying the right Fire TV player for your individual needs is super important. Not only will it ensure you get the features you need, but it is likely to save you money in the process. While many might assume the best player overall is the best for them, that’s only true if you need all the features those premium products offer. Otherwise, you could just be paying more for nothing.

In this guide, we’ll take a closer look at each of the main first-party Amazon Fire TV devices to highlight what makes them good and who they are best-suited to. Hopefully, this information will help make the difference between the various Fire TV players clearer, so you can determine which Fire TV device is best for you.

Fire TV Cube – Best Fire TV overall

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Amazon Fire TV Cube

If you just want the best experience possible, then the Fire TV Cube is going to be the one you should go for. It is also an expensive device, but that’s the point. The Fire TV Cube is designed to be Amazon’s main and most powerful streaming player. If you want the very best, the Fire TV Cube is your best bet.

What makes Cube so good

Put simply, the Fire TV Cube is designed to be the best Fire TV device. Amazon has specifically filled it with the best specs and internals to ensure an overall premium Fire TV experience. This includes 16GB RAM and a hexa-core processor. As well as a built-in speaker for listening to audio or responses from Alexa, and far-field microphone support for Fire TV and other connected devices.

Why Amazon says you should buy Fire TV Cube

  • The fastest, most powerful Fire TV.
  • From across the room, just ask Alexa to turn on the TV, dim the lights, and play your show.
  • Control compatible soundbar and A/V receiver, and change live cable or satellite channels with your voice.
  • With the built-in speaker, ask Alexa to check the weather, turn off the lights, and more – even when the TV is off.
  • Instant access to 4K ultra HD content, plus support for Dolby Vision and HDR, HDR10+.
  • Watch favorites from Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Disney+, Apple TV, HBO, and more. Stream for free with Pluto, IMDB TV, and more.
  • Designed to protect your privacy. Press the microphone on/off button to disconnect the microphones.
  • With Prime, watch TV episodes and movies such as “Hanna”.
  • Use the power and volume buttons on your Alexa Voice Remote to control your TV without making a sound.

Cube Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Best overallExpensive
4KNot suitable for everyone
Built-in speakerOptimized for Amazon ecosystem
Smart home compatible
Hexa-core processor

Who’s Cube for?

The Fire TV Cube is for those who want the ultimate Amazon streaming player. It comes with all the benefits of Fire TV combined with additional smart home and voice assistant support. Essentially, it is a one-stop Fire TV device and the more invested you already are in Amazon’s ecosystem, the better this device will be for you.

How much does Cube cost?

The Fire TV Cube costs $119.99 in the US, making it an expensive streaming player and one that’s comparable on price to the NVIDIA SHIELD and Apple TV. However, Amazon does routinely include the Fire TV Cube in its various annual sales and so there are opportunities to get it for less.

Fire TV Stick 4K – Best Fire TV for most people

Fire Stick
Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

While the Fire TV Cube is the best Amazon streaming player overall, the Fire TV Stick 4K is likely to be the best option for most consumers. It is the one that balances features and price the best, making it a great choice for everyone.

What makes Fire TV Stick 4K so good

The Fire TV Stick 4K brings the full Fire TV experience but in a form factor that’s small and compact enough to be added to a home entertainment setup without being noticed. This is a dongle-based device which means it plugs directly into the TV instead of having a cable that connects the device and the TV.

Why Amazon says you should buy Fire TV Stick 4K

  • The most powerful 4K streaming media stick.
  • Watch favorites from Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Disney+, Apple TV, HBO, and more. Stream for free with Pluto, IMDB TV, and more.
  • Launch and control content with the Alexa Voice Remote.
  • Enjoy brilliant pictures with access to 4K Ultra HD, Dolby Vision, HDR, and HDR10+.
  • Choose from 500,000 movies and TV episodes.
  • More storage for apps and games than any other streaming media stick.
  • Experience tens of thousands of channels, apps, and Alexa skills.
  • Alexa on Fire TV provides the most comprehensive voice experience of any streaming media player.
  • Amazon Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of movies and TV episodes.

Fire TV Stick 4K Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Reasonably pricedCheaper option available
4KBetter player available
CompactQuad-core processor
HDR10/Dolby Atmos

Who’s Fire TV Stick 4K for?

The Fire TV Stick 4K is pretty much for anyone and everyone. It is an ideal way to add a Fire TV-based streaming experience to any TV. While those looking for a more premium solution can opt for the Fire TV Cube, the Fire TV Stick 4K will be a great addition for families, for additional rooms in the home, as well as second homes.

How much does Fire TV Stick 4K cost?

The Fire TV Stick 4K costs $49.99 in the US, making it a reasonably priced streaming player and comparable in price to the Xiaomi Mi Box S and Roku streaming sticks. Similar to the Fire TV Cube, the Fire TV Stick 4K is often included in Amazon’s annual sales for those who are willing to wait.

Fire TV Stick – Cheapest Fire TV

Amazon streaming Stick
Amazon Fire TV stick

The Fire TV Stick is an even cheaper way to get the same benefits as the Fire TV Stick 4K, but without the 4K support. Making it an even better option for those looking to save even more while still getting access to Amazon’s streaming experience.

What makes the Fire TV Stick so good

Put simply, it is the price. This is not the best Fire TV device and even at the price, most consumers will be better off paying the small additional cost to opt for the 4K version. However, if price is the ultimate concern, then the Fire TV Stick is a great solution. In fact, it is currently Amazon’s cheapest Fire TV streaming player.

Why Amazon says you should buy Fire TV Stick

  • #1 best-selling streaming media player – Our latest release comes with Alexa Voice Remote (2019).
  • Press and ask Alexa – Control content, plus power, volume, and inputs on compatible TVs, soundbars, and receivers.
  • Tens of thousands of channels, Alexa skills, and apps – Including Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Disney+, Apple TV, and HBO.
  • Endless entertainment – 500,000+ movies and TV shows, with thousands included in your Prime membership.
  • Do more with your voice – Alexa on Fire TV lets you check weather, order a pizza, view live camera feeds, and more.
  • Live TV and sports – Watch live with subscriptions to Hulu, Sling, YouTube TV, and others.
  • 8 GB of storage – More space for apps and games than any other streaming media stick.

Fire TV Stick Pros and Cons

ProsCons
CheapLimited to 1080p
CompactNo Dolby Atmos
Easy to useQuad-core processor

Who’s Fire TV Stick for?

The Fire TV Stick is designed for those who don’t want to spend any more than they need to on a streaming player. While it doesn’t come with as many features, its low price makes it ideal for those switching to streaming for the first time. Alternatively, for kids rooms, additional rooms in the home in general, or for use in a secondary location.

How much does Fire TV Stick cost?

The Fire TV Stick costs $39.99 making it the cheapest Fire TV streaming player you can currently buy. What’s more, this device is very often discounted even further and sometimes to as low as $19.99, making it a real bargain and a super cheap way to start streaming.

Fire TV Recast – Best Fire TV for free TV

Fire TV free TV
Amazon Fire TV Recast

The Fire TV Recast is not technically a Fire TV player in the sense that you get all of the main benefits from the Fire TV experience. Instead, it is more designed to work with a Fire TV device, making it more of an accessory than anything else.

What makes Recast so good

The Fire TV Recast is a DVR device purposely designed to work with Fire TV players. Once set up, users will be able to stream local over-the-air live TV for free. In addition, they can also record local live TV as well and access it back on any compatible device. All of which makes it a great solution for cord cutters.

Why Amazon says you should buy Recast

  • Fire TV Recast is a DVR that lets you watch and record over-the-air TV at home with Fire TV or Echo Show, or on-the-go with a compatible mobile device—with no monthly fees.
  • Enjoy live sports, local news, late night shows, and other can’t miss TV from channels available through an HD antenna (sold separately).
  • Record up to 2 shows at once. Plus, store up to 75 hours of HD programming.
  • With a compatible Alexa-enabled device, use your voice to search for shows, control the channel guide, and manage recordings.
  • The most reliable video streams over Wi-Fi of any over-the-air DVR.

Recast Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Free OTA TVExpensive
DVRRequires additional purchases
Alexa supportRequires separate Fire TV device
Wide Amazon device support

Who’s Recast for?

The Fire TV Recast is not for everyone. For starters, you already need a Fire TV player to really take advantage of the Recast’s main benefits. In addition, if you already have a live TV streaming service, then you probably will find this less useful. However, if you do have Amazon devices already, and are looking for local live TV access, then this is purpose designed for you.

How much does Recast cost?

The Fire TV Recast costs $229.99 making it the most expensive first-party Fire TV device you can currently buy. What’s more, it typically requires additional hardware including an antenna and a Fire TV device. These are all additional costs that will need to be added to the Fire TV Recast price.

The bottom line

Hopefully now the difference between the various Fire TV players is clearer. As a recap, here’s the simplest way to decide which is the best Fire TV device for you.

Best Fire TV player summary:

ReasonFire TV
CheapestFire TV Stick
Cheapest with 4KFire TV Stick 4K
Best OverallFire TV Cube
Best for OTA TVFire TV Recast
John Finn

By John Finn

John is the founder of Streaming Clarity and has been writing about smartphones and TV-related services and devices since 2014. John streams everything and genuinely believes the best streaming approach is to bounce between streaming services as needed. Contact John via email at john@streamingclarity.com or on Twitter

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