The latest Fire TV Alexa Voice Remote with TV power, volume, and mute buttons is a great remote. If you can afford it, paying the extra $10 to get the Fire TV Stick 3 instead of the Fire TV Stick Lite is well worth it for the better remote alone. That said, if you recently purchased the old Fire TV Stick 2 with the better remote included and are looking to upgrade to the Fire TV Stick 3, you should absolutely consider getting the Fire TV Stick Lite instead. That’s because you can just pair your Fire TV Stick 2’s remote with the Fire TV Stick Lite for nearly the same experience as the Fire TV Stick 3, but you save $10 on the upgrade.
If you already have the Alexa Voice Remote with TV buttons and use it with the Fire TV Stick Lite, instead of the included cheaper remote that doesn’t have TV controls, the only thing you’re giving up is onboard Dolby audio decoding. That won’t make a lick of difference if you’re just using your TV speakers and most soundbars will work perfectly with the audio passthrough that the Fire TV Stick Lite does support for surround sound audio. In summary, if you already have the better remote from a previous Fire TV Stick purchase and are trying to decide between the $39.99 Fire TV Stick 3 and the $29.99 Fire TV Stick Lite, save $10 and go with the Lite but use your existing remote with it.