Kodi has become the go-to streaming media center for everyone from cable cutters, to anyone wanting a great media experience.
The basic requirements to run Kodi are listed as 3D capable GPU graphics hardware controller for all rendering, a Dual-core 2 GHz or better CPU, and 1 GB of RAM.
Of course Kodi can be installed and used on slower machines but becomes laggy.
The minimum hardware specification for a Kodi box should be at least 2GB RAM and a S912 CPU or better.
Page Table of Contents
Android TV Box CPUs
Our Picks for Top 10 Boxes
Best Kodi Media Center Boxes with Details and Review Links
Best High-End Boxes
Best Mid-Range Boxes
Best Budget Boxes
Best Combination Boxes
Android TV Box CPUs
Here are the basic processors Android TV boxes currently use and what to look for.
Keep in mind some processors will be better at certain task even if they score lower. For example while the RK3399 beats the S912 at most task, it lacks support for features such as HDR (High Dynamic Range).
M8 family (M805): Obsolete
S8 Family (S805): Obsolete
S905X2: Good low-to-mid range CPU.
S912: Good low-to-mid range CPU.
RK3328: Good low-to-mid range.
RK3399: High Performance
S922X: High Performance
NVIDIA Tegra X1: High Performance
After being sent boxes to review for the last few years here is our picks for the best options. The units come in all shapes sizes and price ranges.
In full disclosure these boxes have been sent to us from companies to review which we have done with our own honest opinion and results.
*This post contains affiliate links.
As always be sure to read reviews on Amazon, here, or elsewhere to be sure a unit is the right pick for you.
Our Picks for Top Ten Best Kodi Boxes
|Box Name||OS||ANTTU Score||CPU||RAM||4K Video||Type|
|Beelink BT3Pro Mini PC||Win 10||---||Intel Atom||4GB||Yes||High-End|
|Beelink GT King Pro||Android 9.0||94811||S922X-H||4GB||Yes||High-End|
|Beelink GT King||Android 9.0||108708||S922X||4GB||Yes||High-End|
|MECOOL KM9 Pro||Android 9||60232||S905X2||4GB||Yes||High-End|
|NVIDIA SHIELD||Android 8||130766||Tegra X1||3GB||Yes||High-End|
|X99 Android TV Box||Android 7.1||76606||RK3399||4GB||Yes||High-End|
|A95X Max||Android 8.1||57247||S905X2||4GB||Yes||Mid-Range|
|H96 PRO PLUS||Android 7.1||40191||S912||3GB||Yes||Mid-Range|
|R10 R-TV||Android 7.1||57935||RK3328||4GB||Yes||Budget|
Our Picks For The Best Kodi Media Center Boxes
… Best High-End Boxes
- Beelink BT3 Pro Mini PC
- Beelink GT King Pro
- Beelink GT King
- MECOOL KM9 Pro
- X99 Android TV Box
- NVIDIA Shield
Beelink BT3 Pro II Mini PC RAM 4GB ROM 64GB Extended Memory 128GB,Intel Atom x5-Z8350 HD Graphics 400,Mini Computer Dual Screen Display 1000Mbps LAN 2.4/5.8G WiFi
The Beelink BT3 Pro is the only non Android TV box on the list.
Previously we have listed the Belink AP34 mini PC which is still a good unit running and working well.
The Beelink BT3 Pro is a new version with better hardware which is a small mini computer that comes with Windows 10 installed.
It has an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 along with 4GB of DDR3 RAM.
The Beelink BT3 Pro is a good unit that has the same hardware as a mid-range laptop at a lower cost.
The resolution can play up to 4096 X 2160 @60Hz, so it has no problems playing the new 4K Ultra HD videos.
While Android TV boxes are nice, the BT3 Pro is a good box for those who like to use a familiar Operating System as a home entertainment system.
TV Box Beelink GT King Pro Hi-Fi Lossless Sound 4K TV Box with Dolby Audio DTS Listen,Amlogic S922X-H 4GB RAM 64GB ROM Android 9.0,Support 4K 60fps Resolution/BT 4.1/Dual-Band WiFi 2.4G+5.8G
Antutu Benchmark Score 94811
The Beelink GT King Pro is the newest version of the Beelink series with this new version having a better build quality and more features.
The box uses the new S922X-H CPU along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage.
It is more compact in size and made completely from metal. It also has 4 USB ports, Ethernet, HDMI, and SD card slot.
The unit has a new Hi-Fi audio decoding chip which brings support for Dolby and DTS audio
Bottom line this TV box performs more or less the same as the original Beelink GT King with the same powerful performance along with fast Wi-Fi.
But of course it has some added upgrades to the audio build quality and the ports.
All-in-all this is definitely worth the price and a nice box to use with Kodi.
The Beelink GT King is a new Android TV box for 2019 that has the new S922X CPU.
The S922X CPU is the latest processor for ARM-based hardware such as Android TV boxes.
Overall the Beelink GT King is a very good new unit that with a few Firmware updates would make for a very nice high-end box.
The MECOOL KM9 Pro is a media box running Android 9 and is one of the few Google Certified Android TV box.
It runs the new S905X2 CPU has 4GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
This makes it one of the fastest boxes currently available along with the latest Android TV Operating System.
It is a nice box that performed very well while testing playing games and 4K HD video @60fps.
The one downside is it doesn’t have Netflix support and will need the Netflix APK side-loaded to run.
All other apps worked great including the new Kodi 18 Leia and any current top add-ons.
The X99 is an Android TV Box built to play high resolution 4K UHD videos as well as games and other media.
AnTuTu also gave it a very good overall score of 76606 which is higher than the Fire TV Box without the restrictions.
NVIDIA Shield TV | 4K HDR Streaming Media Player
Antutu Benchmark Score 130766
The NVIDIA Shield is a very popular Kodi android TV box that has many nice features.
It has a NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor, 3GB Ram, 802.11ac WiFi, and USB 3.0.
Two version can be bought 16GB and 500GB that give more internal hard drive space. Most Kodi boxes don’t give this option and have limited internal space. If you have a large video library you want to store and play a 500 GB hard drive version can be bought.
There is a new version of the Shield that came out in 2017, that is smaller than the old one and comes with a new redesigned controller.
While more costly than other options it is a nice box to run Kodi on. The NVIDIA SHIELD Pro combined with Kodi is definitely a cable TV killer.
… Best Mid-Range Boxes
- A95X Max
- Fire TV
- H96 PRO PLUS
- R10 R-TV
Android 8.1 TV Box, Dolamee X2 Amlogic Quad-core 4GB RAM 64GB ROM Media Player with Recording Function & SATA Jack Support 2T2R 2.4G/5G Dual Band WiFi 4Kx2K@60fps BT 4.2 USB 3.0 with Keyboard
Antutu Benchmark Score 57247
The A95X Max is a new Android TV box for 2019 built with the new S905X2 CPU and 4GB of RAM.
It has many nice features including expandable storage with a 2.5 hard drive bay that can hold up-to 2TB HDD.
The unit has a bay at the top that a SATA hard drive can be installed and add a lot of storage space.
This makes it a nice unit for anyone who has a large video library to play videos on-demand.
It also has a lot of other nice features such as a Root switch and screen recorder software.
One downside is no option for AirPlay or Miracast so it has no smartphone screen mirroring features.
The T95Q is an Android TV box that has the new S905X2 CPU and 4GB of RAM.
It is a new box for 2019 with the new S905X2 Android TV box CPU.
While testing it played 4K videos @ 60 FPS and did well at basic game play.
The WiFi tested at 48Mbps download speed which while not the best is good enough for the minimum 25Mbps 4K video requires to stream.
The T95Q is good for basic game play along with playing 4K videos and is a good basic media player for 2019.
Fire TV Stick 4K with all-new Alexa Voice Remote, streaming media player
Antutu Benchmark Score 72768
The Fire TV supports 4K Ultra HD with an Amlogic Quad-core CPU and 2GB of RAM.
It also comes the 802.11ac dual band WiFi that makes it a good wireless unit.
Since it is made by Amazon the build quality is very good along with great support.
The one downside is that Kodi needs to be side loaded which isn’t too difficult as long as you have some technical ability.
Overall it is a very good box to use and run Kodi. Be sure to watch some YouTube videos on how to side load Kodi onto a Fire TV box before going this route.
The H96 PRO PLUS is a nice Kodi android TV box that performed very well in our test.
It uses the S912 CPU with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.
The WiFi is also very good using dual band 802.11ac which during test gave download speeds of 142Mbps at 5GHz, and 47MBps at 2.4 GHz.
Many units now use the S912 CPU but most use less RAM and internal storage. The 3GB of RAM gives it a nice boost when needed.
The TX92 is a square box with a LED clock on the front that has some good basic hardware for streaming videos from online sources.
It is a good mid-range box at a low price that will work well at streaming, watching HD videos, and basic game play.
Android TV Box 4G+32G Bluetooth WIFI, DHong R-TV BOX R10 RK3328 RAM 4G EMMC 32G
Antutu Benchmark Score 57935
The R10 R-TV is an Android TV box with some good hardware.
It did very well during test with no problems running Kodi along with fast WiFi at 138Mbps Download, and 21Mbps Upload speeds.
The back has all the ports with 3 USB, SD card slot, HDMI, Ethernet, AV, and Optical.
… Best Budget Boxes
- T95Z Plus
- Sunvell T9
- M8S Pro L
- MX9 PRO
EASYTONE T95Z Plus Android TV Box 3GB 32GB,Android 7.1 TV Box Amlogic Octa-Core,Dual-Band Wi-Fi 2.4/5.8G Smart Boxes Android Mini PC with Wireless Keyboard Remote (Backlit)
Antutu Benchmark Score 41158
The T95Z Plus uses the S912 Amilogic processor with 3GB of RAM.
The S912 is a slight improvement over the S905 and a big improvement over the S805/S812 many older boxes ship with.
In testing the WiFi was fast and maxed out a 50Mbps Download, and 5Mbps Upload connection. It also can play 720p, 1080p, or the new 4K Ultra HD videos.
The S912 CPU, 3GB RAM, and 32GB internal storage made it easily able to run Kodi 17.6 Krypton.
The Sunvell T9 Android TV box is a small unit built for those looking for a budget media center box.
It has a RK3328 CPU and 4GB of RAM which makes it great for streaming HD videos or basic game play.
During testing the WiFi was slow at 12Mbps Download and 9Mbps uplaod.
While it will stream videos it would be best to run an Ethernet cable with the T9 for the best results.
It had no problems playing HD 4K videos @ 60fps.
The M8S Pro L is a nice unit with some good hardware.
It runs a S912 processor and 3GB of RAM. It also has good internal storage size at 32GB, and is expandable with a SD-Card or Flash drive.
In our test it handled Kodi and playing HD 4K videos well. The WiFi also did well at 52Mbps download speed.
It is one of the better units for the price and worth a look if you are on a budget.
The MX9 PRO did surprisingly well for a budget unit and a good buy for the money.
If you are looking for a good box at a reasonable cost the MX9 PRO is a good unit that is worth a look.
The X96 runs a Quad Core S905 CPU with 2GB of RAM, and 16GB internal storage.
One of the things that makes it stand out is it is cheap.
While not the fastest Kodi android box it does work well enough. If you are on a very tight budget it is worth a look.
Best Combination Boxes
Handheld Game Console,GPD Win 2 Mini Laptop Gamepad 6″ Touchscreen Win 10 Intel m3-7Y30 2.6Ghz HD Graphics 8GB RAM/128GB ROM
DroidBOX has made some nice units over the years from projectors to portable all with good support.
The Win 2 is a Windows 10 small gaming unit that plays Kodi, games, or most any Windows 10 software.
It has roughly the same look as a Nintendo 3DS along with a nice button layout.
It is a great device for those traveling and needing an all around entertainment device, from playing games to watching videos with Kodi.
There is a built in battery which last 5-7 hours depending what it is being played.
KDLINKS A400 4K Android Quad Core 3D Smart H.265 HD TV Media Player with HDD Bay, WiFi, Dolby 7.1, Gigabit LAN, 2GB RAM, 16GB Storage, 4 Core CPU, 8 Core GPU
The Himedia Q10 PRO is a high-end Kodi android TV box with many nice features.
The main nice feature is the ability to quickly snap in a SATA hard drive which makes it a good unit to store lots of videos, music, or games.
It uses the Hi3798C V200 chipset with a Realtek RTD1295 processors which is one of the best ARM based CPU’s available.
The Himedia Q10 PRO is not a cheap box and on almost the same level as the Nvidia Shield.
It also has dual band WiFi which can run on the new 5 GHz 802.11ac protocol. If you have a dual band router you will have no problems with a fast internet connection, at least to the router.
Read Here for a Full Review of The Himedia Q10 PRO
Kodi android TV boxes have changed a lot in the last year going from 1GB of RAM to 3GB of RAM or more.
A box with 1GB of RAM will still run Kodi but is not ideal for future updates and cost about the same for a box with 2-3 GB of RAM.
The processors have also changed with older units mainly using the S805 and new unit using the S912, or better.
Many of the older boxes are still sold so be wary of these older boxes, especially since the new ones cost almost the same.
If you want the best one available than most would agree that the Nvidia Shield is currently the top box to get. It unfortunately is also the most expensive.
Many of the lower-end cheap boxes run Kodi well but do require some technicality.
For example, during a major update with Kodi there will be almost no support, if any. Also many of them have less than desirable WiFi, so running a Ethernet cable may be necessary.
With that said and having reviewed many units they do work and continue to work. I know people who bought a cheap box 1-2 years ago and continue to use it daily.
Just keep in mind if a low cost box has a problem than you will need to get a bit technical. There are lots of YouTube videos and tutorials that can help.
When buying a Kodi box read the reviews on Amazon to be sure it meets your technical ability. While any of these boxes will run Kodi they often come with some degree of setup that may not be for everyone.