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 Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video or any similar service, 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.
We could consider them the best option in terms of size and price, right between smartphones (which are small) and laptops (which are larger and generally less portable than tablets).
And in this article we’re going to talk exactly about that: the best tablets for watching Netflix, Hulu or Prime Video in 2021. These are all products that won’t break the bank.
If you don’t want to check all the details that we have to share about each of the recommended tablets, here’s our list of top recommendations this year:
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Now let’s find out more about these great cheap tablets for watching movies on Netflix or Hulu, listed from the cheapest to the most expensive at the moment of writing this article.
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 really 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!
It’s not the fastest tablet out there, but it gets the job done and it can easily handle watching movies – so that’s all that matters!
In terms of specifications and performance, it offers speeds of up to 2.0GHz thanks to the octa-core processor (which is really good!) and 2GB of RAM – which is a bit lower than what we like to see.
It offers a decent amount of internal storage: 64GB, which can be increased by up to 512 GB via a microSD card.
This is Amazon’s tablet with the largest screen, standing at 10.1″. It offers great image quality at full HD, 1080p resolution, with wide viewing angles, less glare, and more brightness thanks to its improved display.
In other words, a perfect viewing experience for your favorite shows and movies!
It has Alexa integrated, but also easy to turn it off if you don’t use its features.
One of the biggest CONs 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 it is the cheapest on our list, which makes it even better. It’s not the best tablet out there, but it gets the job done – and you also get a product manufactured by a renowned brand, all at a very low price.
MatrixPad P31 – Best Budget
We’re now moving to a brand that won’t seem that familiar, but fortunately this is one of the reasons that helps keep the price low.
We only care about quality and performance and this one does offer them both! As you will see, it has a lot to offer for the money and it’s perfect for streaming movies online and much more.
This is a fairly-sized tablet with a 10″ display, with good quality display 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 very solid resolution (1920×1200 pixels), meaning that the quality of the image will be really good. We anticipate that the regular user won’t really feel a big difference between this and higher priced tablets when watching movies.
It is really fast too, thanks to its octa-core processor, but also has 4GB of RAM (which is more than enough for movies), as well as 64GB of internal storage which can be expanded via SD card.
These are really good stats and the performance of the tablet will impress you.
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, but it’s not extremely bad either. The selfie camera offers just 5MP, but the rear one goes up to 13MP. Still, don’t expect amazing quality photos from it.
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 has a price you will love!
As a bonus, it also comes with an attachable keyboard and also a stylus pen. This turns it into a really awesome mini-computer, making it even more versatile.
We’re sticking to hybrid tablets with this recommendation: the Chuwi UBook X, which is a really interesting one.
Just like the previous model, it comes with an attachable keyboard and a sylus, but this one runs Windows 10. So if you’re already familiar with that OS and not with Chrome or Apple’s iOS, you have a bonus.
IT has some mind-blowing specifications also, like 8GB of RAM and an impressive storage of 256GB on a SSD (which is extremely fast).
It only has a quad-core Intel N4100 processor, which is far from ideal – but it still offers a really solid performance and you won’t see any hiccups or freezes while streaming your movies.
It is the largest on our list – with its 12″ display, it offers a bigger screen for your movies, which is always welcome. It also has a very solid resolution of 2160 by 1440 pixels, resulting in crystal clear image quality with good colors.
When t comes to cameras, it no longer impresses – on the contrary! It has very basic cameras – a 2MP front-facing one and a 5MP back camera. It’s better than nothing, but know you’re not getting this one for the quality of its cameras.
But this is something that all tablets suffer from: they’re not made for taking photos!
However, Chuwi’s tablet is a really solid one. Great performance, lots of storage space and it runs Windows 10 which can be considered a bonus by some.
Latest iPad Air – Editor’s Choice
This is our top recommendation, although considering the latest Apple iPad Aid cheap is a bit of a stretch. But it’s truly an amazing product that you will absolutely love!
And you should know that, despite the hate and bashing, Apple produces some really high quality gadgets – the iPad Air included.
Powered by Apple’s A14 Bionic chip with desktop-class architecture and 4GB 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!
It can even handle 4K videos with ease, so you’re in for a treat if you get this model, which is also our top recommendation.
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 movies from your favorite service and using various apps.
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 – a much improved one compared to previous models. The 12MP back camera can shoot 4K videos, while the 7MP front camera is decent for selfies and video calls.
Also, thanks to the retina display, you know that the quality of the image is extremely nice: definitely the best on this list. And at 11″, the display is just right for watching movies.
So, even though a bit expensive, it’s really an amazing product that you will use for years unless something unexpected happens.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7
If you want to stick to Android and have a tablet that’s similar in terms of performance with the iPad recommended above, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 is the one you need.
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 low at all. 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 up to 3.09Ghz, which is the mind-blowingly fast.
It is also paired with 6GB of RAM to keep things running as smooth as possible.
In terms of internal storage, we 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 11-inch display. The image is crystal clear and nice thanks to the TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels.
The Galaxy Tab S7 also has an amazing battery life, offering up to 14 hours of uninterrupted video playback 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 nevertheless.
Unlike most other tablets, this one offers solid photo-taking capabilities. It has a dual-back camera setup (5MP wide camera and 13MP regular one), as well as a 8MP front-facing camera.
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.
Choosing the best tablet for watching movies
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 tablet.
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 very competitive and you don’t have a vast number of products to choose from, we still have some amazing products available for purchase, offering a great performance when it comes to streaming movies.
These tablets recommended above 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 and so on instead of a phone.
These are our choices for the best tablets for watching Netflix and other streaming services in 2021. You should choose your best pick based on budget, having in mind that the more expensive ones usually offer a better performance.
We have to repeat – the best overall is Apple’s iPad (but it’s also the most expensive). If you can’t afford that – no worries! Any of the other recommendations above will do a great job streaming movies online.
If you’re not sure that a tablet is the best choice for watching Netflix, we also have a list of the best phones for Netflix, as well as the best Chromebooks for Netflix. You can also check out the best budget laptops for streaming movies over at Ranking Squad.