Last updated: April 3, 2019


We looked at the top DVRs and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best DVR you should buy.

Product Details

In our analysis of 39 expert reviews, the TiVo BOLT VOX 500 GB placed 6th when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

TiVo’s innovative Unified Entertainment System now includes the ultimate voice remote that dramatically improves the search experience across all your live TV, DVR and streaming TV series and movies. The 4K Ultra HD compatible TiVo BOLT VOX still boasts TiVo’s unique fan-favorite features including SkipMode™, OnePass™, OneSearch™ and more. And with three different models, there’s a BOLT VOX specifically crafted to meet your entertainment demands and budget.

Our Expert Consultant

Patrick Ward 
Editor-in-chief of High Speed Experts

Patrick Ward is the editor-in-chief of High Speed Experts, a broadband connectivity-, search engine- and IT-industry education blog that empowers consumers by open-sourcing information about tech services. He earned his bachelor’s degree in commerce with an emphasis on communications at the University of Sydney. His expertise spans the digital, emerging tech and telecommunications fields.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

Very responsive, springy until that's easy set up and use. Has over-the-air cable options.
The new software is simpler and slicker. Voice search is a powerful way to browse. DVR has loads of recording options.
The device adds two new functions that raise its content and control IQ: its own Vox voice search/control and Amazon Alexa integration.
The Bolt has a spot for Optical Audio, Coax, (2) USBs, L/R Audio, Ethernet, and of course HDMI in the back of the device. There is also a remote finder button back if you happen to misplace that somewhere in your household.
TiVo's unified search is one of its DVR's key advantages, allowing you to find what you want to watch whether it's on live TV, recorded on the DVR or available on video-on-demand and online streaming services.
It has an efficient search function, which pulls from all capture sources at once.
Offers tons of storage. Works across all cable providers. Comes with smart features that are actually useful and not gimmicky, like QuickMode.

What reviewers didn't like

Half the recording capacity of the Bolt OTA. Subscription to Tivo is required.
Noise emanates from the unit whether it’s recording or not, whether the TV is on or off, and strangely even when the TiVo itself is on standby.
Only 21 streaming content apps. No smart home functionality, and spotty Amazon Alexa control. CableCard required for cable TV access, and pricey.
I did have an issue with not getting some of the premium channels such as HBO coming up from it seems like it stems more from the tuning adapter connected. I [also] still find myself getting used to the button layout and so forth. Also I wish there was a way to filter out SD channels as I can’t stand seeing them.
Although you can launch any single app, you can't say "Go to apps" to see all your available services.
It can’t access satellite content.
Costs more for higher-tier storage. Requires up-front cost in addition to monthly subscription fee. Records only four or six programs at once (depending on model).
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