If you’re on the lookout for low-cost streaming media players, some of the affordable Roku devices may be just what you need. The Roku Express and the Roku Premiere are among the most powerful streaming devices under $50. So they make an excellent purchase for anyone who needs a solid yet low-cost streaming device.

The biggest dilemma lies in whether to choose Roku Express vs. Roku Premiere. While both devices pack a punch, Roku Premiere lets you stream in 4K UHD (ultra high definition), and Roku Express only supports HD (high-definition) streaming. At the same time, the Roku Premiere costs a little more than the Roku Express. So the right choice really depends on what matters to you — streaming quality or cost.

In this post, we take a closer look at the Roku Express vs. Premiere comparison to see which device would be right for you. You can also check out our Roku Express review and Roku Premiere review to get more in-depth information about the two devices.

Compare Roku Express vs. Roku Premiere plans

Roku ExpressRoku Premiere
Device styleSet-top boxSet-top box
Size1.5 X 3.0 X 0.75 inches1.4 X 3.3 X 0.7 inches
Compatibility1080p Full HD1080p Full HD, 4K Ultra HD, HDR
TV episodes + movies available500,000+500,000+
Voice search capabilityNoNo

Which streaming device is right for you?

The Roku Express and the Roku Premiere have many similarities in terms of design and pricing. But the $10 difference has a significant impact on performance, particularly on streaming quality and processing speed. So it’s mainly about whether you’re willing to spend the extra $10 for more premium features or you just want the most affordable option available.

User experience

Roku Express

As it runs on the Roku Operating System (OS), the Roku Express offers a clean and straightforward interface that’s easy to navigate. You won’t see any of the clutter from first-party content ads, unlike with Amazon Fire devices. Instead, you can freely customize your home screen to highlight your top apps and easily access them.

Roku Premiere

Like the Roku Express, the Roku Premiere also runs on Roku OS. So its interface is minimal and easy to navigate with minimal clutter. You have the option to personalize your home screen and put your favorite apps front and center for easy access.

Processing power

Roku Express

The Roku Express doesn’t use a quad-core processor, so it works slightly slower than the Roku Premiere. At the same time, it still delivers a solid performance and supports smooth navigation between apps.