Hulu vs. Netflix Review 2022

Hulu is best for newer content, but Netflix will give you more than double the hours of entertainment

Best for Newer Content
3.8 out of 5 stars
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    Access to recently aired TV shows
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    Bundle with ESPN+ and Disney+
Best for Loads of Content
4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Double the content than Hulu
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    Three plans with no ads
Chantel Buchi
Staff Writer, TV & Streaming
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April 21, 2022
5 min read

So you're trying to decide between two of the best on-demand streaming services: Hulu and Netflix. But which one comes out on top?

To compare these two services effectively, we've got to get into the details. So we compared pricing, on-demand content, original content, and the user interface (ya know, all the good stuff).

And of course, the "best" service will vary from person to person. So, which one is best for you?

How do Hulu and Netflix compare in price?

Hulu might be cheaper, but Netflix lets your family stream on multiple devices at once

At first glance, Hulu has the cheapest starter plan. But it's only worth it if you don't mind ad interruptions during your binge-watching.

It's nice to have that cheap $7 option for a streaming service if you're on a budget, though. And you can share an account with your spouse or roommate.

An awesome bonus to Hulu: you can get the ultimate entertainment bundle with Hulu, ESPN+, and Disney+. Get all three services for $14-$20 per month and save $8–$14 than if you were to get each service separately. 

How much does Hulu cost?
Simultaneous streams
Hulu (no ads)$12.99/mo.2
Data as of 12/13/21. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* 30 day free trial, then 6.99/mo. includes ads
Hulu (No Ads) excludes a few shows that play with ads before and after the video.

Netflix doesn't have any ads whatsoever.

And if you have your eyes on a Premium plan, Netflix's Premium plan is worth the extra few dollars if you want four simultaneous streams instead of two like Hulu.

If you're sharing an account with the family, no one wants to go through the headache of waiting for someone to finish using Netflix so you can watch Bridgerton or Good Girls.

How much does Netflix cost?
Simultaneous streams
Netflix Basic$9.99/mo.1
Netflix Standard$15.49/mo.2
Netflix Premium$19.99/mo.4
Data as of 04/28/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

If you choose Netflix's Standard or Premium plan, you'll watch all of your content in HD (high definition). We know we like to watch Dave Chappelle's comedy specials in HD so it feels like we're sitting in the audience.

Does Hulu or Netflix have better content?

Both services win a gold medal, but for different reasons

There are specific advantages to both Hulu and Netflix. Hulu has recently-aired, on-demand content, while Netflix has more Original content and more content overall.

With Hulu, you will find Thursday night’s episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Friday morning, making Hulu is the best cable replacement if you’re looking for an on-demand streaming service.

But Hulu only has about 3,000 titles in its library, while Netflix has over 5,000 titles.

So you just have to decide if you want newer content with Hulu or more content with Netflix. (Or just get both!)

Some TV shows and movies you’ll get to enjoy with Hulu include the following:

  • The Kardashians
  • Godfather of Harlem
  • Death on the Nile
  • Boss Baby: Back In Business
  • General Hospital
  • The Mayans
  • The Goldberg's
  • The Good Doctor
  • Power
  • Easy A

Next-day content can you find on Hulu are the following:

  • A Million Little Things
  • Chicago P.D.
  • Snowfall
  • The Goldberg's
  • Good Trouble
  • The Masked Singer
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • 9-1-1
  • Family Guy
  • The Resident
  • Married at First Sight
  • Survivor
Hulu Originals April 2022

A few TV shows and movies you can watch with the fam on Netflix include the following:

  • Chicago MED
  • New Girl
  • Grey’s Anatomy
  • The Vampire Diaries
  • Safe Haven
  • Life As We Know It
  • The Lincoln Lawyer
  • Inception
  • Legally Blonde
  • L.A.’s Finest
  • NCIS
  • Criminal Minds
  • Shameless
  • Good Witch
  • Manifest
  • All American
Netflix TV shows April 2022

Check out our Hulu review and Netflix review for more content you'll get with these on-demand services.

Which service has better Original content, Netflix or Hulu?

Netflix has better and more Original content overall. Why? Because Netflix creates unique content with famous directors, producers, and actors.

But Hulu is right behind Netflix, so you'll win with either service.

Popular, noteworthy originals on Hulu include the following:

  • The Dropout (with Amanda Seyfried and Kate McKinnon)
  • The Girl from Plainville
  • Woke
  • Life & Beth (with Amy Schumer and Michael Sera)
  • Pam & Tommy (with Lily James and Seth Rogan)
  • Wu-tang: An American Saga
  • Only Murders In the Building (with Selena Gomez and Steve Martin)
Screenshot from Hulu showing Hulu original shows

Critically acclaimed, binge-worthy originals on Netflix include the following:

  • Bridgerton
  • Ozark (with Jason Bateman)
  • Our Great National Parks (narrated by Barack Obama)
  • Grace and Frankie (with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin)
  • The Great British Baking Show
  • Emily In Paris
  • Pieces of Her
  • The Crown
  • Don't Look Up (with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence)
  • Stanger Things
Netflix Originals April 2022

Does Hulu or Netflix give you a better user experience?

Hulu and Netflix consistently improve their interfaces to make them more user-friendly

Both Hulu and Netflix have an easy-to-use interface, and honestly, they look somewhat identical.

You can expect to see a featured TV show or movie at the top of your screen before scrolling down to your horizontal rows of My List, Movies for You, and Bingeable TV.

Hulu homepage

Hulu’s interface has some the same homepage tabs as Netflix: TV Shows, Movies, and My Stuff/ My List. But what sets Hulu apart is the Hubs tab.

This is where you can find movies and TV shows categorized by TV channels, like FX, Cartoon Network, and ABC. So if you’re a huge fan of ABC shows, Hulu makes it easy for you.

Hulu Hubs tab

And Netflix has a new tab labeled New & Popular to find everything new Netflix added (especially if you've already binged everything in Netflix's library).

Netflix's New & Popular tab

Overall, you can’t go wrong with either interface. Hulu and Netflix have some of the smoothest, most aesthetically pleasing interfaces in the on-demand streaming service industry.

On which devices can you stream Hulu and Netflix?

Good news! Hulu and Netflix are compatible with almost every device.

You and your nephew, spouse, or kiddo can stream Hulu on these streaming devices:

  • iPhones, iPads
  • Android smartphones and tablets
  • Apple TV (4th generation or later)
  • Android TV
  • Fire TV
  • Roku
  • Chromecast
  • LG TV
  • Samsung TV
  • VIZIO SmartCast TV
  • Fire tablets
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox 360
  • Nintendo Switch
  • Playstation 3 and 4
  • Xfinity Flex and X1 set-top boxes

Stream Netflix all day long on these streaming devices:

  • iPhones and iPads
  • Android smartphones and tablets
  • Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • Fire TV
  • Nvidia Shield
  • Roku TV
  • PS3 and PS4
  • Xbox 360 and Xbox One
  • Smart TVs such as Hisense, LG, Panasonic, Phillips, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, and Vizio
  • Blu-ray players such as Funai, LG, Magnavox, Panasonic, Toshiba, Samsung, Phillips, Sharp, and Sony

We should also mention that Hulu suggests you have at least a 1.5 Mbps internet connection to stream in SD, 3 Mbps for HD streaming at 720p, and 6 Mbps for HD streaming in 1080p.

As for Netflix, you should have at least a 3 Mbps internet connection and 5 Mbps for HD quality. If you have two simultaneous streams, you will need 10 Mbps for HD quality.

(Not sure what internet speed you have? Test it out with our tool.)

Have you streamed before?

If Netflix or Hulu is your first-ever streaming service, we suggest taking a look at our beginner's guide on how to stream TV.

Recap: Netflix is better than Hulu

Hulu has recently-aired TV episodes, but Netflix has so much more content

If you're looking for a streaming service that will give you lots of entertainment hours, Netflix will be your pick. Netflix is also perfect for families since you can stream on up to four devices compared to Hulu's two.

But Hulu can also be great for families if you decide to do the Hulu, ESPN+, and Disney+ bundle. Guaranteed, everyone in the family will be happy.

  • Pricing: Hulu’s Basic plan at $6.99/mo. is perfect for money-savers, but we’d pay $7 more to eliminate the ads. Netflix doesn’t have ads at all, and their Basic plan is $9.99/mo. The Standard plan is a few dollars more at $15.50/mo. for two simultaneous streams instead of one, but you’ll want the Premium plan at $19.99/mo. if you plan on sharing with up to three others.
  • Content: Hulu has recently aired content from network and cable TV, which is nice if you don’t have cable television and still want to be up to date with 9-1-1. Netflix has over 5,000 titles compared to Hulu’s 3,000, so it will be harder for you to run out of TV shows and movies to watch on Netflix.
  • Original content: Both services are great in this department, but Netflix might have a leg up. Netflix Originals feature great actors, directors, and producers. But we can’t say Hulu is far behind.
  • User interface: Hulu and Netflix both have a featured TV show or movie when you open up the app, and as you scroll, you’ll find horizontal rows of suggested shows and movies, along with genres. Both streaming services also have tabs at the top of your screen to easily jump to the movies, TV shows, and your saved watching list. Either way, both interfaces are smooth and easy to use.

Check out our full reviews on Hulu and Netflix if you're still on the fence. If you're curious about other streaming services, you've got to take a look at our top on-demand streaming services.

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