The 6 Best Amazon Fire Devices of 2019

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The Rundown

  • Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, "Gives viewers a choice of over 500,000 movies and TV episodes, along with millions of songs."
  • Fire TV Cube, "Has eight microphones and far-field voice recognition so it can hear you from anywhere in the room."
  • Amazon Fire HD 8, "Offers enough storage space so you can take your shows, books, and games on the go."
  • Fire HD 8 Kids Tablet, "The durable case is lightweight and easy to hold but can handle plenty of spills and tumbles."
  • Fire TV Recast, "Lets you watch and record over-the-air TV either on your TV or on a mobile device."
  • Amazon Fire TV (2017), "Unobtrusive, the Amazon Fire TV is small and plugs into the back of your TV."

Our Top Picks

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

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The Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K optimizes your entertainment experience, delivering content from some of your favorite services, such as Netflix, Prime Video, and Hulu, and pairing it with stunning visuals and audio. Dolby Atmos Audio and Dolby Vision, HDR 10, HLG, and HDR10+ make scenes dynamic and life-like. With 8 GB of storage, the stick gives viewers a choice of over 500,000 movies and TV episodes, along with millions of songs from providers such as Apple Music, Spotify, and Amazon Music.

Evolving from a model of simplicity—plug a small stick into your TV and have access to many of your favorite TV shows, movies, and apps—this version includes Amazon Alexa, allowing you to browse a variety of offerings using just voice commands. Alexa can also be used to help control compatible smart home devices, including lights, thermostats, and cameras. 

Read more on how to set up and use the Amazon fire TV.

Fire TV Cube

With the Fire TV Cube, the TV remote is at risk of becoming obsolete. Using just your voice and with the help of Alexa, you can turn on the TV, stream your favorite movies or series, and change the volume. The TV Cube gives you access to over 500,000 movies and TV episodes from providers like Netflix, HBO, Youtube, and more. Colors, contrast, and visuals are enhanced by 4K Ultra HD and HDR, and Dolby Atmos offers dynamic sound quality.

The Fire TV Cube offers more than just an entertainment experience: without needing to turn the TV on, you can do everything from check the weather to control other smart home devices. The device has eight microphones and far-field voice recognition so it can hear you from anywhere in the room if you want to pause, fast-forward, or search without pressing a button. It works with compatible TVs, soundbars, and A/V receivers.

Amazon Fire HD 8

Portable, powerful, and versatile, the Amazon Fire HD 8 is making a name for itself among tablets — and its low price doesn’t hurt, either. With either 16 GB or 32 GB of storage, along with an additional 400 GB with a microSD card, the device offers enough storage space so you can take your shows, books, and games on the go.

The crisp 1280 x 800-pixel, high-definition, IPS LCD display has a 189 ppi for a dynamic picture and reduces glare while enhancing brightness for better visuals. Book lovers will benefit from Blue Shade, which automatically adjusts the backlight for the optimal reading experience at nighttime. With a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and over 10 hours of battery life, the tablet guarantees a high performance without worrying about charging it during the day. The tablet can be enjoyed by the whole family thanks to Amazon FreeTime, which lets parents control time limits and content accessibility for their kids.

The tablet is also available in a 10-inch model, for those seeking a slightly larger screen.

Fire HD 8 Kids Tablet

Available in a variety of vibrant colors, the Fire HD 8 Kids Tablet offers a child-friendly version of the popular device. But just because it’s built for kids doesn’t mean the tablet is a toy: It is powered with the same 1.3 GHz quad-core processor as its full-grown counterpart and includes 32GB of internal storage. The durable case is lightweight and easy to hold but can handle plenty of spills and tumbles.

Amazon FreeTime gives parents control over how their kids use the tablet, including by setting timers, blocking certain content, and preventing children from making in-app purchases without parental approval. Parents can also use a passcode to switch back to adult profiles to change settings, access different apps, and use Alexa.

Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, a subscription service, gives children over 20,000 books, games, educational apps, and TV shows. It also includes Spanish-language titles so kids can stay engaged, entertained, and educated.

Check out our guide to the best Amazon Kindles you can buy today. 

Fire TV Recast

Never miss a show or game again with the Amazon Fire TV Recast, Amazon’s foray into DVR that lets you watch and record over-the-air TV either on your TV or on a mobile device. The device has two tuners so you can record two shows simultaneously, and storage that accommodates up to 75 hours of HD programming. The HD antenna lets you record shows from available channels like ABC, NBC, and the CW. It receives resolutions including 1080i and 720p, and can stream at resolutions of up to 1440 x 720 pixels.

The device can be paired with all compatible devices, two of which can be used to watch live or recorded programs at the same time. For more recording opportunities and storage, the 4-tuner Fire TV Recast records up to four shows at once. 

Amazon Fire TV (2017)

The Amazon Fire TV device along with remote control
Amazon offers viewing restrictions for its video content as well as some third-party providers.

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Though a few year’s old, the Amazon Fire TV remains a popular entertainment and streaming option. Paired with any compatible 4K Ultra HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) TV, the device lets you enjoy 500,000 movies and TV shows with dynamic visuals, access to live TV, apps like Netflix and YouTube, and millions of songs available through services like Spotify, Pandora, and Prime Music.

Unobtrusive, the Amazon Fire TV is small and plugs into the back of your TV. It offers speed and power thanks to a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor. With built-in Alexa, the device lets you browse without having to reach for a remote, and also allows you to manage compatible smart home devices, hear the news, or even just check the forecast before leaving for the day. 

Interested in reading more reviews? Take a look at our selection of the best Amazon devices.

Our Process 

Our writers spent 3 hours researching the most popular Amazon Fire devices on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 10 different Amazon Fire devices overall and read over 20 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.