In the previous post, we discussed kodi in a beginner-friendly manner and if you are reading this post then you must be familiar with Kodi, but for those who aren’t, here’s what kodi is:
Kodi is one of the best go-streaming software which can be installed on almost every device. You can do a lot of things in it like watching movies, sports, TV series and more. You can even customize your Kodi for a better experience by adding right add-ons, skins and builds to it.
Kodi has become so much popular these days that people are shifting to it for a better experience. One of the best thing about kodi is that it can be installed on every device. However, it’s better to buy a kodi box so you don’t have to connect and disconnect devices whenever you want to use Kodi.
In this post, we will be discussing about the best Kodi boxes, but before that lets first see what actually a kodi box is and what to look for before buying one.
What is a Kodi Box?
A Kodi Box is a stand-alone streaming device with Kodi installed in it. Basically, it is a set-top box or an HDMI stick which allows us to use its capabilities of plug and play. There are many kodi boxes available in the market. Some of them have kodi pre-installed while in others we have to perform a manual installation.
If we can install kodi on any device then what is the need of a Kodi box?
I know a lot of people would be having this question in mind, even I had when I was new to the topic. If you don’t have a kodi box then you have to download kodi to your every device. For android users, it’s easy as kodi is available for free in play store but for iOS users, they have to first jailbreak their device in order to download kodi.
The best thing about kodi box is that the software is pre-installed so you just have to plug and play.
And although, kodi can be downloaded on every device but it is really convenient to run it on a stand-alone device, so that you can stream anytime you want.
Please note that there are a large number of cheap Chinese kodi boxes available in the market that indeed work, but have a lot of issues. Some of them come with “fully loaded” illegal add-ons and I would request you to stay away from such Kodi boxes. Here, I shall be covering only legitimate Kodi boxes.
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What makes up the best Kodi Box?
Here are some of the important factors one must consider before buying a kodi box.
You don’t want someone who sells you a kodi box and then disappears. A good care of you must be taken even after the sale. Sale should just be the initial part of your relationship with the seller.
The Kodi Box should have a warranty period.
There should be an active forum network with both company representatives and end-users who will gladly help you out in case of issues.
Regular Firmware Upgrades
You should buy a kodi box which gets regular firmware upgrades.
Updates may add some support to new streaming services and bring some additional bug fixes. So, when you’re out to buy a Kodi box, check the manufacturer’s history of providing firmware upgrades.
You should definitely compare the kodi devices with different prices. You must know if a kodi box prices higher than other then there must be some good reason for it. Always buy a quality product.
6 Best Kodi Boxes to buy
Here is the list of some of the best kodi boxes you can buy. I have given an Amazon link below every kodi box so that you can directly compare and buy them at Amazon.
1.) NVIDIA Sheild Android TV
The Nvidia Sheild Android TV is one of the most powerful Kodi Box available in the market. It comes with a 1.9GHz quad-core Tegra X1 processor with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It supports WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet and runs on the latest version of Android, Android 7.0 Nougat.
This Kodi Box is extremely powerful and is designed in such a way to fulfill your every desire of 4K entertainment. Moreover, with Nvidia Sheild, you can even play premium Android Games.
The only negative point with Nvidia Sheild Android TV is that it’s too expensive and that is all because of its gaming part. I suggest you to go for it only if you are interested in gaming otherwise buying it just for kodi will not worth it.
- 4K HDR Streaming
- Gaming controller feels good
- A good gaming experience
- Google Assistant
- Price is quite high
- Basically, it’s more like a gaming console
- GeForce Now requires a subscription and additional charges for additional purchases
Price – $199
2.) Amazon Fire TV Stick
If you are looking for a cheap and powerful Kodi Box where you can watch all your Movies and TV Shows along with some quality streaming services than Amazon Fire TV Stick is a great option for you.
The 2nd-Gen Amazon Fire Stick comes with a quad-core ARM processor which is packed with a 1.3GHz, Mali 450 GPU, 1GB of RAM and an 8GB of internal storage. It supports Bluetooth 4.1, WiFi but lacks support for ethernet and expandable storage.
The 2017 version of the Fire Stick is quite smooth and fast. According to Amazon, the 2017 version is 30% faster than the previous version. Installing Kodi on Fire Stick is quite difficult as the Kodi app is not available in the Amazon Store. Instead, check out the link to download Kodi on Fire Stick.
Note the Fire Sticks only supports Full-HD video playback and not the 4K videos. So, if you want a Full 4K support then you should consider some other Kodi Boxes on the list.
- Very cheap in price
- Voice Controlled Alexa remote
- Easy to navigate
- Simple to use
- No 4K video playback
- Alexa Voice Remote is much more Basic
3.) Amazon Fire TV
Amazon Fire TV is another great Kodi Box where you can watch all your Movies and TV shows and more just like you can in the Fire Stick. The main difference between Amazon Fire TV Stick and Amazon Fire TV is that Amazon Fire TV supports 4K screening while the stick doesn’t.
The Amazon Fire TV (2nd-Gen) comes with a quad-core ARM processor packed with a 2GHz, a PowerVR GPU, 2GB of RAM and an 8GB of inbuilt storage.
Amazon Fire TV is fast and 4K videos run quite smoothly in it. Overall, Kodi experience is really awesome with it.
If you are looking for a powerful Kodi Box where you can watch all your Movies and TV Shows along with some gaming than Amazon Fire TV is a great option for you.
- 4K Support
- Voice Search is quite fast, convenient and accurate
- Fast Performance
- The new Alexa technology
- Remote is quite easy to use
- Gaming experience could be better
- Non-Universal Search
- It nearly requires having an Amazon Prime account
Price – $89.99
4.) Roku Ultra 4K
Roku, you may not have heard about this vendor but trust me this is someone who surprisingly makes quality products. It is as good as the other streaming devices made in the recent times. Let’s catch up with some specifications and features.
Roku Ultra 4K comes with a Quad-Core processor capable of 4K frames 60FPS. This device has an exceptionally brilliant picture quality and is engineered to stream 4K videos. It is fully loaded with digital audio output, convenient point anywhere remote with voice search and remote finder, headphones for private listening, and gaming controls.
One of the best thing I like about it is its ability to search multiple content providers under a single search button. All you have to do is to just simply enter a movie name and it will show you results from multiple sources such as Android TV and Amazon. Also, this device is made up with some gaming in mind. The remote support motion sensor which can be used to play games.
- Supports 4K video playback
- Quite advance remote with microphone and headphone jack
- MicroSD card slot for additional storage
- It doesn’t work with Dolby Vision HDR
- More expensive than the Roku Premiere +
Price – $79
5.) Raspberry Pi 3
Raspberry Pi 3 is a small intelligent computer which is capable of doing many things. It is packed with a 1.2GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 processor with 1GB of RAM. It also supports Wifi and Ethernet.
One of the best thing about Raspberry Pi 3 is that is can be easily customised and it is very cheap. On the other side, there’s no Ultra HD support from the HDMI output, and the Pi 3 cannot run 4K movies. Also, it doesn’t come with a case so to get a case you have to pay extra
You can run 1080p videos but you cannot run 4K videos. If you are okay with it the Raspberry Pi 3 is an option, but I’ll suggest you to go for the Amazon Fire TV Stick as the prices of both are nearly same and the Fire Stick comes with a remote and doesn’t need a case.
- Connectivity options like Wifi and Bluetooth are baked into the board
- Fast performance and quite efficient
- Quite compatible with existing add-ons
- High power consumption
Price – $35.69
6.) Mi Box
Mi Box is another great option if you are looking for a best kodi box. Xiaomi’s Mi Box comes with a quad-core Cortex-A53 processor clocked at 2GHz, Mali 450 GPU, 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.
It supports WiFI, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI, USB port, 3.5mm jack and comes with Bluetooth voice remote control.
The user interface on this device is quite similar to the Nvidia Shield since it runs the Android TV Operating System. Here, you can directly install kodi from Google Play Store which comes installed by default.
One of the best things about Mi box is that it supports 4K video playback. You can also use a third-party Kodi fork like SPMC ( available for free in Google Play Store) to search Kodi by voice using the Mi Box’s Bluetooth remote.
Also check: Mi Box full review
- Supports 4K video playback
- Wifi connectivity
- Almost every Streaming app is available except Amazon Prime
- Easy to setup
- Fast platform
- No Ethernet Support
- Not highly durable ( You have to be very careful while using it )
Price – $69
Wrapping up: The Best Kodi Box
These Kodi or Android TV Boxes are gaining their popularity by replacing the old fashioned TV Systems that run on Dish and Cables by providing a far better video quality. And if you love streaming Kodi then you must consider the above best Kodi box options for a great experience.
So, here we come to the end of our list on the best kodi boxes. There are so many options available to choose from, you can choose according to your needs.
So, according to you which is the best kodi box?
Do tell us in the comments section below. I would love to hear from you. And also if you feel that there is another Kodi Box which deserves to be on the list then feel free to tell.