If you don’t want to shell out the cash for a smart TV, you’ve got some options. Streaming devices like Google Chromecast are an easy and super-cheap way to transform pretty much any TV with an HDMI port into a full-fledged smart television that can stream all of your favorite content from apps like Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, Prime Video, and more right over your own home Wi-Fi network. You’ve got a couple options, though, so to help you find the right one and maybe save you a little cash, we’ve rounded up all the best Google Chromecast deals and bundles below.
Today’s best Chromecast deals
- Google Chromecast (3rd Generation) + $5 Vudu Credit — $19, was $35
- Google Chromecast (3rd Gen) and Google Nest Mini Smart Speaker (2nd Gen) — $38, was $80
- Lenovo 7" Smart Display with Google Assistant + Google Chromecast (Latest Model) — $79, was $130
- Lenovo 8" Smart Display with Google Assistant + Google Chromecast (Latest Model) — $149, was $160
- Google Nest Hub Max with Google Assistant + Google Chromecast w/Google TV 4K — $230, was $280
Chromecast vs. Chromecast with Google TV
There are two Chromecast models on the market today, and which one you need will largely come down to what sort of TV you’re hooking it up to. The standard Chromecast, now in its third generation, can stream video content up to a resolution of 1080p; the new Chromecast with Google TV (which has officially replaced the now-discontinued Chromecast Ultra) is capable of 4K HDR streaming, however, so if you have an Ultra HD TV — one that doesn’t have built-in streaming capabilities as almost all modern 4K televisions do — then that’s the one you’ll want to spring for.
Google Chromecast with Google TV also includes a remote, not unlike the Roku family of streaming devices, whereas the regular Chromecast does not. Whichever Chromecast dongle you choose, the only requirement for use is that your TV must have an HDMI port as this is how the Chromecast interfaces with the television.
What happened to Chromecast Audio?
Chromecast Audio was a unique little dongle that allowed you to stream content such as music and podcasts to any “dumb” speaker, similar to how the other Chromecast players allow you to use a “dumb” TV like a smart TV. Chromecast Audio never quite caught on, however, due to lack of demand for such a device as well as the huge popularity of audio streaming services like Pandora and Spotify. If you’re looking for something like Chromecast Audio, then we recommend the , which offers audio streaming along with Alexa A.I. and a built-in speaker for around the same price.
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