Hulu vs. Netflix Review 2021
So you’re trying to decide between the two 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 Basic 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 $6 option for a streaming service if you’re on a budget, though. And you can share an account with your spouse or roommate.
|Basic (limited ads)||$5.99/mo.||2||View Plan|
|Premium (no ads)||$11.99/mo.||2||View Plan|
Data effective 11/12/2020.
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 The Last Dance.
Data effective 11/12/2020.
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
Hulu and Netflix both have a feature better than the other: Hulu has recently aired, on-demand content, while Netflix has more content overall.
On Hulu, you can expect to find Monday night’s new episode of This Is Us at the forefront of your Hulu homepage at 9 a.m. (ET) the following Tuesday morning.
But Hulu only has about 2,700 titles in its library, while Netflix has about 5,500 titles. That’s more than double!
So you just have to decide if you want newer content with Hulu or more content with Netflix. (Or just get both like the rest of us.)
Some TV shows and movies you’ll get to enjoy with Hulu are the following:
- A Teacher
- Family Guy
- Bob’s Burgers
- Trolls World Tour
- The Expendables
- The Bachelorette
- The Good Doctor
- The Simpsons
- Knocked Up
- The Waterboy
- Modern Family
- Dancing With the Stars
A few TV shows and movies you can watch with the fam on Netflix are the following:
- New Girl
- American Murder: The Family Next Door
- The Trial of the Chicago 7
- Schitt’s Creek
- Easy A
- The Office
- The Other Guys
- The Notebook
- Good Girls
- Django Unchained
- The Last Dance
Does Hulu or Netflix have better original content?
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:
- Little Fires Everywhere (with Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington)
- The Handmaid’s Tale (with Elisabeth Moss)
- High Fidelity
- Love, Victor
- Normal People
- Hillary (documentary of Hillary Clinton)
Critically acclaimed, binge-worthy originals on Netflix include the following:
- The Trial of the Chicago 7 (with Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt)
- Catch-22 (with George Clooney)
- Grace and Frankie (with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin)
- The Ranch (with Ashton Kutcher)
- Ozark (with Jason Bateman)
- Spenser Confidential (with Mark Wahlberg)
- The Old Guard (with Charlize Theron)
- Extraction (with Chris Hemsworth)
Does Hulu or Netflix give you a better user experience?
Hulu recently changed their interface, and we think we like it
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 Continue Watching, TV for You, and Movies for You.
Hulu’s interface has 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.
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).
A feature Netflix and Hulu don’t have that we notice smaller streaming services do … a convenient drop-down list of genres.
So when you’re in the mood for a documentary, you can’t just click a button at the top of the screen to easily navigate you. You’ll just have to scroll down on your home screen until you find the Documentary category. 2020 problems, we know.
Overall though, you can’t go wrong with either interface. Both services have minor ups and downs, but Hulu and Netflix have the smoothest, most aesthetic interfaces in the industry.
Which devices can you stream Hulu and Netflix on?
You’ll need to know which devices the Hulu and Netflix app are compatible with if you want to watch a movie with your nephew to get him to fall asleep for his afternoon nap.
The good news is: Hulu and Netflix are compatible with almost every device.
You and your nephew can stream Hulu on these streaming devices:
- iPhones, iPads
- Android smartphones and tablets
- Apple TV (4th generation or later)
- Android TV
- Fire TV
- 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
- 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 (the ideal resolution).
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.)
Recap: Netflix is the winner
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 $5.99/mo. is perfect for money-savers, but we’d pay $6 more to eliminate the ads. Netflix doesn’t have ads at all, and their Basic plan is $8.99/mo. The Standard plan is a few dollars more at $13.99/mo. for two simultaneous streams instead of one, but you’ll want the Premium plan at $17.99/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 This Is Us. Netflix has 5,500 titles compared to Hulu’s 2,700 … 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 pleasing to the eye and easy to use.
What do you think?
Do you have Hulu or Netflix? What’s your experience with it been? Or do you like a different streaming service better? Drop us a comment below!
Is your house ready for Hulu or Netflix?
Hulu requires a minimum download speed of 6 Mbps to stream in HD and Netflix requires 5 Mbps.
But let’s take Netflix’s Premium plan as an example. If you and three other members of your family want to stream at the same time, that means you’ll be using 20 Mbps total.
So do you have the bandwidth to support your family’s streaming needs?
Which internet plan should I get?
|Monthly price||Download speeds||Learn more|
|$19.99–$84.99*||15–1000 Mbps||View Plans|
|$35–$60†||100–940 Mbps||View Plans|
|$49–$65‡||15–940 Mbps||View Plans|
|$29.99–$199.99^||50–1000 Mbps||View Plans|
Which cell phone plan should I get?
Not only do you need a good internet connection, but you’ll also need enough data to support your streaming needs if you’re a cell phone streamer.
And who isn’t a mobile streamer when it comes to passing the time during your lunch break, waiting in the 3-hour DMV line, or distracting your little ones while you’re grocery shopping?
We recommend an unlimited data plan for the family, so you never have to worry about limiting your binge-watching time on Hulu or Netflix. And we all know it could lead to a family crisis if someone uses more data than they were allowed.
What are the best unlimited cell phone plans?