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Best Overall: Kinivo 550BN at Amazon
"Though there's an included infrared (IR) remote to swap between HDMI inputs, the 501BN can switch automatically."
Best for Power Users: Zettaguard 4K at Amazon
"A cheap, utilitarian HDMI switcher that can handle just about anything you throw at it."
Best Splurge: Smartooo 23031 at Amazon
"Capable of supporting HDCP 2.2, Full HD, as well as all popular HDMI resolutions, including 4K."
Best Budget: Fosmon HD at Amazon
"Advanced picture-in-picture feature that allows you to output two sources on a single screen."
Best Picture-in-Picture: Orei HD-201P 2 X 1 High Speed at Amazon
"This switcher is praised for its ease of setup and use."
Best for Video Games: USBNOVEL 3 Port 3 x 1 at Amazon
"Offers support for 4K and 1080p input, as well as audio support for DTS-HD, Dolby-TrueHD, and LPCM7.1."
Best for 4K: SGEYR 5x1 Selector Switch at Amazon
"This switcher has five inputs that support 4K UHD playback with HDR support"
Runner-Up Best for 4K: Rocketfish 4 Port HDMI Switch Box at Amazon
"The Rocketfish four-port HDMI switch box is a close second when it comes to 4K home theater set-ups."
Best for Home Theater: Insignia 3 Port HDMI Switch at Best Buy
"If you're an audiophile, this unit has both support for Dolby DTS audio and passthrough for Dolby Atmos-enabled devices"
Runner-up Best Budget: Techole 4K HDMI Splitter at Amazon
"This unit has a price tag that sits under $10, so it fits all but the absolute tightest of budgets."
Five HDMI inputs
4K 60fps support
Infrared remote included
No picture-in-picture mode
The Kinivo 550BN is the king of affordable (and reliable) HDMI switchers. With five high-speed HDMI ports, one output, and a compact, utilitarian design, it's easy to see why it's so attractive. While earlier iterations of this unobtrusive, competitively-priced switcher didn't feature 4K support, the latest version is a significant upgrade, offering 4K video at a crisp 30 or 60 frames per second (FPS). That makes it ideal for both video game consoles and physical media players, especially if you’re looking for something to use for a Blu-ray player that supports 4K discs.
Though there's an included infrared (IR) remote to swap between HDMI inputs, the 550BN can also switch automatically to an active input, which removes one potentially confusing element from the equation: Which input refers to what? There's no need to memorize arbitrary HDMI numbers with the 550BN. Thanks to its wide array of features, excellent visual fidelity, and auto-switching abilities, the 550BN is one of the best options for power users and beginners alike.
Four HDMI inputs
No integrated splitter
Another smartly-priced option, the Zettaguard True 4K 4x1 is best for those craving an easy swap between devices. At less than an inch thick and less than five inches wide, it's small enough to tuck away out of sight and its design is restrained enough to blend into predominantly dark entertainment hubs. On the back, you'll see four separate inputs, as well as one output; on the front, lighting above each port indicates which one is currently in use. To swap between inputs, you can use the included wireless infrared remote, which also lets you alter PIP options on the fly, all from the comfort of your sofa.
One intriguing facet of the Zettaguard is its picture-in-picture (PIP) mode, which allows you to not only view another HDMI source on a tiny window in the corner of your screen but also seamlessly toggle between the two. For practiced multitaskers, this comes in handy. With 4K, 2K, and 3D video output support, this particular hub is a cheap, utilitarian HDMI switcher that can handle just about anything you throw at it.
4K and 1080p at 60 Hz supported
Dolby Audio compatible
With support for three HDMI 2.0 ports via its premium chipset, the Smartooo 4K-ready HDMI switcher offers extensive support with a slightly higher price tag. It's capable of supporting HDCP 2.2, Full HD, as well as all popular HDMI resolutions, including 4K at 60Hz and 1080p at 60HZ for ultra-high-definition output. Additionally, the Smartooo is compatible with the most common audio formats, including Dolby Atmos, DTS, Dolby True HD and more. Released in late 2016, the Smartooo is 6.3 x 4.7 x 2.2 inches and weighs just 1.2 pounds, so it's easy to hide in an entertainment center.
Full 1080p HD support
3D picture support
No 4K support
Released in 2012, the Fosmon HD intelligent five-port HDMI switcher remains Amazon’s No. 1 best-seller years later. Capable of connecting all of its ports into a single HDTV, it doesn't have 4K support, but it does work with Full HD 1080p televisions. Additionally, there’s support for 3D, as well as a full spread of video game systems, Blu-ray players and streaming devices. The included infrared remote allows you to quickly and easily change HDMI inputs while sitting comfortably on your couch.
At 6.4 x 2 x 4.3 inches and weighing in at 6.4 ounces, the Fosmon offers 24-karat gold-plated ports to prevent any rust from ruining the connection. The Fosmon supports multiple audio formats, including DTS-HD, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital AC3 and LPCM7.1. No power adapter is required to make the Fosmon connect and work, but, for devices that might not have their own power source (think streaming devices), there’s an included AC adapter for an extra kick of juice.
Auto signal source detection
Four screen sizes for second picture
The Orei HD-201P 2 x1 High-Speed HDMI Switcher delivers professional quality picture and sound with no signal loss. It automatically detects and switches to the active signal making it convenient to use, and it supports multiple video types including 1080i, 1080p, 720p, 1024x768, 1360x768, Audio format PCM2, 5.1, 7.1 CH, Dolby 5.1 and DTS 5.1. But, the real advantage of this HDMI switcher is its advanced picture-in-picture (PIP) feature that allows you to output two sources on a single screen.
Unlike many other HDMI switchers, this 2.8 x 5.5 x 1-inch model gives you the option to choose from four different screen sizes for the second picture. Choose anything from a half-and-half screen with two widescreen images displayed side-by-side to a small image that can be tucked into any corner. With no lag or delay in the PIP output, the HDMI switcher allows you to keep up with two games at once or follow exciting political races while still watching your favorite show.
4K support, compact
Metal casing for heat dissipation
Only three HDMI inputs
This USBNOVEL device connects up to three HDMI inputs to a single HDMI display for seamless transitions between all your gaming devices. Like a few others on this list, it also comes with an IR remote control, so there’s no need to get up from the couch to change inputs. It supports 4Kx2K,1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i resolutions and measures 4.3 x 3 x 1 inches, so it can subtly sit next to your set-top box or gaming console. It has a unique iron box design that helps to keep it cool during extended gaming marathons.
This switcher is praised for its ease of setup and use. Not to mention, an 18-month warranty and promise that customer service will respond within 12 hours should quell any doubts you have.
Durable metal body
One input on side rather than back
If your home theater is built around media with 4K resolution, the Sgeyr HDMI selector switch is a great accessory to have. This switcher has five inputs that support 4K UHD playback with HDR support as well as full 3D images and 1080p HD. Each input has been plated in 24 carat gold to ensure a fast, stable connection and durability. The body of the switcher is made of metal not only for long-lasting durability, but to help dissipate heat during long watch parties or gaming sessions.
The front of the unit features LED indicator lights to let you know which port and device is in use. It comes packaged with an easy to use remote for fast input selection and power on or off; there is also a port selection button on the front of the unit. The switcher also has automatic signal detection and port selection capabilities to ensure that your entertainment is never interrupted.
One year warranty
No auto switch
No Dolby DTS support
The Rocketfish four-port HDMI switch box is a close second when it comes to 4K home theater set-ups. This switch box supports 4K UHD media playback at up to 60fps for great picture clarity and features HDR support for better contrast, color, and detailing. The compact design means that you can tuck it away in the back of a TV stand, media center, or table for a more neat and clean looking home theater setup.
The front of the unit features indicator lights to let you know which port is in use or which devices are powered on. It comes packaged with a remote control for easy, hands-free control over the base unit. With four HDMI inputs, you can connect everything from Blu-ray players, game consoles, and external streaming devices without a fuss. Rocketfish backs this unit with a one year warranty that covers manufacturing defects and DOA units.
"Knowing exactly how many media playback devices or game consoles you need to connect to your TV is the perfect place to start when choosing an HDMI switch box. Nothing takes the fun out of movie night or a game night with friends like having to fumble with cables and connectors." — Taylor Clemons, Product Tester
4K UHD and 3D picture support
Dolby Atmos passthrough
No auto detect
No remote control
For anyone who has the basics of a home theater set-up, the Insignia three-port HDMI switch box is the ideal choice. With three HDMI inputs, you can connect your cable or satellite box, streaming device, Blu-ray player, or DVD player without having a tangled mess of cables running to your TV. It has full support for both 1080p HD and 4K UHD resolution movies and shows; it even supports 3D movies for a more immersive viewing experience.
The top of the unit features a single, large selector button to make choosing the correct input a breeze. The front has LED indicator lights to let you know which port is in use. If you're an audiophile, this unit has both support for Dolby DTS audio and passthrough for Dolby Atmos-enabled devices so you always get crystal clear and clean audio. The compact design lets you tuck the switch box out of sight to keep your set-up looking neat. Insignia backs this model with a one year warranty to cover manufacturing defects and DOA units.
3D picture and 4K UHD support
Aluminum alloy input ports
Only two input ports
If you don't have many media devices or game consoles to connect to your TV and you don't want to spend a fortune for a great HDMI switch, check out the Techole 4K HDMI Splitter. This unit has a price tag that sits under $10, so it fits all but the absolute tightest of budgets. You can connect two devices via the HDMI inputs for an easy way to switch back and forth between them. The inputs are made of an aluminum alloy for durability and to support data transfer speeds up to 10.2Gbps so you get a great picture and sound time after time.
The top of the unit features a single push button to let you quickly and easily select the input you'd like to use. This switch box supports 3D picture, 4K UHD resolution, 2K resolution, and HD audio so you can be sure it will work with almost all of your favorite devices and game consoles. With plug-and-play functionality, you won't have to worry about software updates or downloading any extra drivers to use the switch box.
A great switcher with some caveats.
For $45, the Kinivo five input 4K/60Hz switch is a solid purchase. If you only need three or four inputs, however, it is worth looking at the competition, which is often cheaper and in some cases more fully featured. For those that do prize the five inputs, the Kinivo switch performs cleanly and reliably, but it may cause some cable management headaches.
Taylor Clemons has been reviewing and writing about consumer electronics for over three years. She has also worked in e-commerce product management, so she has the knowledge of what makes a solid HDMI switch box for home entertainment.
Compatibility - If an HDMI switch isn’t compatible with all your devices, it won’t do you a whole lot of good. The easiest way to tell if everything is compatible is to make sure the switcher and your devices support the same version of HDMI. It’s also a good idea to choose a switcher that has a solid track record for compatibility.
4K and HDR - If you have an older television that doesn’t support 4K, then you don’t need to worry about this. However, if you have a 4K television and any 4K video sources such as a UHD Blu-ray player, PlayStation 4 Pro, or Xbox One S, then choose an HDMI switcher that supports 4K video and HDR.
Auto-switching - This is a fantastic feature if you have a lot of HDMI devices. When you turn on a compatible device, such as a Blu-ray player, the HDMI switcher automatically swaps to that input.