Some people believe that you need a very powerful computer or laptop in order to be able to stream your favorite TV shows and movies from services like Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime Video, but the truth is that you can also do that perfectly fine on a cheaper tablet.
These highly portable devices offer a larger screen than smartphones, are light and portable, have impressive battery life and are powerful enough to offer a solid streaming experience at a low price.
And in this article we’re going to talk exactly about that: the best tablets for watching Netflix, Hulu or Prime Video in 2020 – products that won’t break the bank.
For those that are not very tech-savvy, it’s worth mentioning that you also need an internet connection in order to watch Hulu or Netflix or other online videos on your tablets, so if you have WiFi at home or work or wherever you plan to use the tablet, you will be fine and able to do it flawlessly with our recommended products.
Although the market for tablets is not as competitive as it used to be and quality tablet releases are few and rare, we still have some amazing products available for purchase, offering great specifications.
These tablets recommended below are not only capable of streaming your favorite shows and movies, but they can also run apps and games without a problem and even take decent photos or videos. So you’re getting a nicely rounded up product, no matter which one you choose!
Based on our experience, tablets have a much longer shelf life than smartphones, making the costs even lower in the long term so, despite their dwindling popularity, they are actually a very solid investment.
I personally prefer tablets to smartphones when it comes to everything but taking photos and making phone calls, and I believe that it’s a great idea to choose a tablet for streaming Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus an so on.
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Now let’s find out more about these great cheap tablets for watching Netflix or Hulu online, listed from the cheapest to the most expensive at the moment of writing this article.
Vankyo MatrixPad S20
The cheapest product on our list is pretty impressive, even though the brand itself won’t ring many bells. But we care about quality and performance and this one does have them all! As you will see, it has a lot to offer and it’s perfect for streaming movies online and much more.
This is a fairly-sized tablet with a 10″ display, with good quality images and nice contrast and colors. It’s not the best you can get, but for it’s price, you have no reasons to complain!
It still has a HD resolution (1280×800 pixels), meaning that the quality of the image will be solid and most people won’t notice a difference when comparing it with higher priced products.
It has a fast octa-core processor running at 1.6 Ghz, as well as 3GB of RAM. These are really good stats and the performance of the tablet will impress you.
The biggest problem of the MatrixPad S20 is the storage capacity: it only offers 32GB of storage which is very little in today’s terms (but if you’re only streaming and browsing the internet, it will be enough).
Also, you can expand it with a microSD which you can acquire separately – but only add a maximum of 128GB. This should be enough for a tablet, though – while most people would probably make it work with the default storage as well.
It has a decent battery of 6,000 mAH that can offer around 8 hours of running time on a single charge. It has a basic, but decent design and is very responsive.
Like all tablets, its camera doesn’t impress: it has a single 8MP back camera and a 5MP selfie cam so it will only take decent photos.
But if you’re getting this mainly for streaming Netflix / Hulu movies and TV shows (or from any online service), as well as browsing the internet and using apps and games, it is perfect and you simply can’t beat this price!
Fire HD 10 Tablet
Amazon’s own tablet was never intended to blow your mind with its specifications, but it still remains a great choice for most people out there and sells for a low price.
It also comes packed with a lot of Amazon-realted features, so if you’re a regular customer, there’s even more bang for your buck if you get a Fire tablet.
This is also a tablet that’s constantly getting top ratings from its users, meaning that they are generally happy with it – and so will you! There are honestly few reasons to complain!
In terms of specifications and performance, it offers speeds of up to 2.0GHz thanks to the octa-core processor and 2GB of RAM, backed up by 64GB of internal storage which can be increased by up to 512 GB via a microSD card.
This is also a larger tablet, standing at 10.1″ – the largest Amazon tablet, but also the thinnest. It offers great image quality at full HD, 1080p resolution, with wide viewing angles, less glare, and more brightness thanks to a beautiful display. In other words, a perfect viewing experience for your favorite shows!
It has Alexa integrated, but also easy to turn it off if you don’t use its features.
One of the biggest problems is the quality of the cameras, which is sub par at just 2MP – both the back and front-facing one.
But if you’re not taking it for shooting photos and just for watching Neflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime movies and shows, as well as playing recent games and browsing the internet or reading books, you don’t really have to worry about it.
This is a perfect tablet especially for those who use Amazon a lot – from shopping to reading books, watching movies or using Audible.
Anybody could benefit from using it, for sure, and even though you pay a bit more than you would for the previous recommendation, you at least have the certainty of getting a product that has been improved and appreciated over the years.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite
One of the best known brands when it comes to Android tablets and smartphones, Samsung is fortunately present on our list this year, even though the price of their tablets isn’t that low. But you know that you’re paying for quality and performance!
This tablet has a great processor that helps it run apps and everything else blazing fast: an octa-core processor running at 2.3Ghz, which is the best on our list. It is also paired with 4GB of RAM to keep things running as smooth as possible.
In terms of internal storage, we only get a massive 128GB, but this can be expanded even further by up to 1TB via a microSD card. In other words, you shouldn’t really worry at all about internal storage.
This is also a large tablet, with a 10.4-inch display. Even though it doesn’t have Samsung’s flagship Super-AMOLED display, it still offers a crisp and clear image quality and an impressive resolution of 2000 x 1200 pixels. In other words, the image quality is of the highest standard on an Android tablet!
The Galaxy Tab s6 Lite also has an amazing battery life, thanks to its 7,040mAh battery, offering over 10 hours of running on a single charge.
It also comes with the S-Pen included, allowing you to quickly take notes or draw or do whatever you want with it. A nice addition that most regular users won’t really care too much about, but nice to have.
Just like with all tablets, the camera on this one won’t impress much. While it delivers better photo and movie quality than others, we’re only talking about n 8MP rar camera and 5MP front facing camera. Also important to know: it has no rear flash!
But all in all, even though a bit more expensive than the rest, this Samsung-made tablet remains a really solid option, especially for those looking to buy from a well known manufacturer.
Apple iPad Air
Speaking of well known manufacturers, you can’t ignore Apple. And even though iPads (or any Apple product) aren’t cheap, you know that you are getting high quality products for the money.
So if you prefer to have an Apple product instead of an Android-powered device, this is your best option in our opinion. And even though it’s not cheap, have in mind that it will most likely remain a solid option for a few years from now.
Powered by Apple’s A12 Bionic chip with desktop-class architecture and 3GB of RAM, this tablet moves fast and nice, just like all iPads do. We’ve extensively used it and there are no reasons to complain regarding the speed: everything, from video streaming apps like Netflix or Hulu to recent apps and games work flawlessly on this tablet!
Even the storage is decent – 64GB on this recommended model, but you have 256GB models available too (which are more expensive). The problem is that the iPad doesn’t have an microSD slot so you can’t expand the storage.
But unless you take a lot of photos and videos and store them on the tablet itself, even 64GB should be more than enough: definitely enough for streaming from your favorite service and using various apps.
But if you can deal with the limited amount of storage, you’re getting all the specifications of a current generation Apple iPad and the price is really good.
You also get a decent camera for taking photos – although at just 8MP for the rear camera and 7MP for the front facing one, it allows you to shoot in HD and take some really decent pictures.
Also, thanks to the retina display, you know that the quality of the image is extremely nice: definitely the best on this list. So, even though a bit expensive, it’s really an amazing product that you will use for years unless something unexpected happens.
These are our choices for the best tablets for watching Hulu, Netflix and other streaming services in 2020. I am sure that you will find your favorite on our list above which also covers all price ranges.
Update notice: This article has been updated in 2020 to include more recent models, to make sure that you’re always buying the best product available on the market. We will constantly update this article to make sure that we always recommend up to date products.