Roku Express Review #HolidayGiftGuide

With so many different streaming devices being available to you, it's hard to pick the right one. We have five TV's in our home, our smart TV in the living room and each kid and the hubby and I all have a TV in our bedroom. Now that we don't have cable anymore, finding a streaming device that is not only affordable, but also one that is compatible with our TV's and gives a variety of options of apps and/or channels they offer, is something that I look for as my kids love to not only watch Netflix in their rooms before bed every night, but on the weekends they love to put on their favorite Youtuber and watch Youtube videos.

Roku has come out with their new and updated fast, high definition streaming device, Roku Express, and it is pretty cool. Over the years Roku has made a great name for themselves. We actually have been fans of theirs for a while having two of their older devices that we still use in our home. One in my five year old's room and the other we just recently gave to my in laws to enjoy after we received the Roku Express.

The Roku Express is 10% smaller than its predecessor, it's sleek and designed to blend in and disappear when connected to a TV. It can be fully powered by most TVs to reduce clutter around the TV. With the Roku Express you can enjoy easy and smooth HD streaming.

The Roku Express is easy to set up and included in the box is a simple remote control included with popular streaming channel shortcut buttons for Netflix, Roku Channel, Disney Plus, Google Play and CBS All Access, this comes in handy, especially for younger kids who want to be independent and for the older adults who aren't too familiar with streaming devices. Having those buttons on the remote make it easier for streaming your favorite channels. Also included is a High Speed HDMI and a power cord.
All you need to do once you set up the device is connect to your internet and login or signup for a free Roku account and you can start streaming free live TV from their Roku channel as well as download thousands of other channels to enjoy, like, Netflix, Global TV, Google Play, Cineplex, DAZN, hayU, just to name a few.

The Roku Channel launched in Canada in 2018 and has quickly gained popularity. No subscriptions, fees or logins are required to access hundreds of free movies, TV shows and documentaries, with a selection of box office hits and TV shows featured every month to enjoy.

Just recently Roku has teamed up with Apple to bring those of us with Apple accounts both their Apple TV App and their Apple TV+. The Apple TV app customers can enjoy personalized recommendations of shows and movies; subscribe directly to Apple TV channels and more using their Apple ID and password; browse, buy or rent more than 100,000 movies and TV shows; and watch all the shows and movies they have previously purchased from iTunes.

As of November 1st, the Apple TV+ is available in the Apple TV app on Roku, giving users access to exclusive shows, movies and documentaries from the most celebrated creative artists, including Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Octavia Spencer, J.J. Abrams, Jason Momoa, M. Night Shyamalan, Jon M. Chu and more. Roku users can subscribe to Apple TV+ right in the Apple TV app on their Roku devices for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. Apple TV+ subscribers can also watch on the Apple TV app on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch, Mac and other platforms, including the web. For more information about Apple TV+, please visit be sure to visit them online.

I absolutely love that I can now watch some of my movies and shows that I've purchased through my Apple account on my Roku, all that's left to do is maybe get Apple Music on the AppleTV App on Roku and I'd be set. Maybe in the next upgrade, who knows! 

The Roku Express is now available for purchase retailng in Canada for $39.99. Not expensive at all and this would be a great gift for a family or friend this holiday season or even a gift to treat yo' self! It's affordable, easy to set up and the device is small, so it takes up little to no room whereever you have your television set up. 

For more infromation about this streaming device, be sure to check out Roku on their website

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received the Roku Express at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.


  1. I honestly have to say, I don't understand all of these streaming services YET to know what the best option for myself would be! Thank you for the review - it helps me to understanda little more :)

    1. So glad we could help a bit. There are lots of streaming devices coming out like crazy, but Roku is one that I absolutely love as it's compatible with so many different tv's and has so many channels you can add to make streaming a bit easier. I also love that with the Roku Channel you don't have to sign up or login to watch some of their free movies and tv shows they have listed.