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The 6 Best Outdoor TVs - Summer 2022 Reviews

Best Outdoor TVs

Outdoor TVs are becoming more popular to provide the ultimate outdoor relaxation experience. Most TVs aren't designed for exposure to the elements, and those engineered for the outdoors are typically expensive. The alternative is to buy an indoor TV and install it in an enclosure designed to protect it from the elements, so they're fine under a canopy or in a shaded area. Most of the TVs in this article aren't designed for outdoor use, so make sure they're protected. It's important when choosing a TV like this to make sure that it has excellent reflection handling and can get bright enough to combat glare.

We've tested more than 100 TVs under the latest test bench, and below are our recommendations for the best outdoor TVs you can buy. You can also check our picks for the best smart TVs, the best 4k TVs, and the best budget TVs.

  1. Best LED Outdoor TV

    The Samsung The Terrace is the best LED outdoor TV we've tested. Unlike most TVs on this list, The Terrace is designed for outdoor use, with a weather-resistant design and an optimized image designed to overcome glare. It's exceptionally well-built, with a unique design and IP55 water resistance to protect it from the elements. It's one of the brightest TVs we've tested, and combined with its outstanding reflection handling, it can easily overcome glare outdoors, even in the middle of the day.

    This TV has the same Tizen OS smart interface found on most other Samsung TVs released in 2021. It's easy-to-use, with a huge selection of streaming apps available, so you're sure to find your favorite content, and you won't need to connect any extra streaming boxes. You can also cast content from your phone or another mobile device, which is great for sharing pictures with family and friends.

    Unfortunately, it has limited viewing angles, so it's best enjoyed directly in front because you'll see an inaccurate image when viewing from the sides. It also lacks some advanced gaming features found on most other Samsung TVs, but this isn't a problem if you don't play games. Overall, it's an excellent TV that should please almost anyone.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative

    If you don't want something expensive, look into the Samsung QN90A QLED. It's not built for the outdoors like the Samsung The Terrace, so you'll need to place it in a dedicated enclosure, depending on what your setup is like. However, it still gets bright enough to fight glare, and the reflection handling is fantastic. It has a fairly wide viewing angle, thanks to Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology, making it a better choice for wide seating areas. Our unit has fantastic out-of-the-box accuracy, so you won't need to get it calibrated to enjoy it to the fullest. If you also want to use it for gaming, it has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, low input lag, and a quick response time.

    If you want the best LED outdoor TV we've tested, The Terrace is a fantastic choice, but if you want to spend less on an indoor TV, look into the QN90A.

    See our review

  3. Best OLED Outdoor TV For Night Use

    The LG C1 OLED is the best outdoor TV for watching shows or movies at night. OLED TVs like this one aren't as bright as LED TVs, like the Samsung The Terrace, so they're not as well-suited for use during the day. It isn't weather-resistant, either, meaning you'll need to plan accordingly to make sure it's protected from the elements.

    It's an amazing TV for twilight or night viewing, though, as the OLED panel delivers perfect blacks with no blooming around bright objects. It has an incredibly wide viewing angle, making it a great choice for a wide seating arrangement. The LG webOS interface is easy-to-use, so you won't have to get any external devices to stream your favorite content. The included Magic Remote also has a point-and-press feature that allows you to navigate through the menu even easier.

    Sadly, while HDR content looks excellent, its HDR peak brightness is just okay, and some highlights don't pop the way the creator intended. Also, it doesn't get bright enough to fight glare with the sun directly on it, and the sun can damage the OLED pixels, but it has fantastic reflection handling if you have a few lights around. All in all, it's the best outdoor OLED TV we've tested.

    See our review

  4. Alternative For Movie Lovers

    If you prefer something with better movie performance, especially in HDR, look into the Sony A90J OLED. Its overall gaming performance isn't as good as on the LG C1 OLED, but that isn't an issue if you're going to watch movies outside. It uses a brighter panel, so highlights pop more in HDR, and it also has better gradient handling, meaning you won't see banding in scenes with shades of similar colors. It has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy, so colors appear accurate and life-like, typical of Sony TVs. It has a near-instantaneous response time for smooth motion, but that means low frame rate content appears to stutter, which could get distracting with movies.

    If you want the best TV for use outdoors at night, the LG offers fantastic value and has gaming features. If you want the best pure movie experience, consider the Sony TV.

    See our review

  5. Best Outdoor Sports TV

    The Samsung QN85A QLED is the best TV for watching sports outdoors that we've tested. It's a great all-around TV that delivers great picture quality, especially if you're watching in a bright environment. While it's not specifically for use outdoors, and you'll need to protect it from the elements, you won't have issues using it outside during the day.

    It's great for watching sports because it has a wide viewing angle thanks to its IPS panel, so the image remains accurate when viewing from the sides, making it a great choice for watching the big game in a large seating area. Like the Samsung QN90A QLED, it uses Mini LED backlighting that lets it get extremely bright, and combined with its fantastic reflection handling, visibility won't be a problem. Fast-moving players and balls also look smooth due to the quick response time.

    Sadly, its backlight flickers at 120Hz in certain picture modes, which creates image duplication while watching sports, but the most accurate picture mode has a 960Hz flicker, which isn't a problem. It also has dirty screen effect in the center, which could get distracting in sports like hockey and basketball. Besides that, it's the best LED TV for watching sports in an outdoor setting.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget Outdoor TV

    The best budget outdoor TV that we've tested is the Hisense U6G. It delivers great overall performance, competing with higher-end models, and it's impressive if you're going to use it outside during the day or at night. Like most TVs in this recommendation, it's designed for indoor use, and the build quality is decent, so it's best to use an enclosure for it.

    Visibility won't be an issue because it has decent reflection handling and easily gets bright enough to combat glare, but it's best to avoid direct sunlight on it. If you want to use it at night, it has an excellent native contrast ratio with remarkable black uniformity and a decent full-array local dimming feature that improves the picture quality in dark scenes. It doesn't have trouble upscaling lower-resolution content, like cable TV or some streaming programs.

    Unfortunately, the 50 inch, 55 inch, and 65 inch models have a VA panel with a narrow viewing angle, so the image looks inaccurate if you watch it from the side. At least some units of the 75 inch model have an IPS panel, which has a better viewing angle but worse contrast. Overall, this is the best TV for outdoor use that you can get at a low cost.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Hisense U8G: The Hisense U8G is an impressive all-around TV that costs even less than the Samsung QN90A, but it doesn't get as bright and has a narrow viewing angle. See our review
  • LG QNED90: The LG QNED90 has wide viewing angles like the Samsung QN85A, but it doesn't get as bright, so it's not ideal for bright environments. See our review
  • TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED: The TCL 6 Series/R6646 2021 QLED gets very bright thanks to its Mini LED backlighting, but it doesn't have a wide viewing angle like the Samsung QN90A. See our review
  • Sony X95J: The Sony X95J is a great TV that gets bright. However, for the price, it's worth getting the Samsung QN90A or Samsung QN85A, which have wider viewing angles. See our review
  • TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED: The TCL 5 Series/S546 is a very good budget TV that performs about the same in bright rooms as the Hisense U6G, but it has some issues with upscaling and color accuracy, so it's worth getting the U6G instead. See our review
  • Samsung QN900A 8k QLED: The Samsung QN900A is an extremely bright 8k TV that's very well-built, but considering its price and how there isn't much 8k content available, it's worth getting the Samsung QN90A instead. See our review
  • TCL R745 QLED: The TCL R745 QLED gets bright and has a great smart system, but it's only available in an 85 inch size. Even at that, the QN90A is also available in an 85 inch size, and it's better overall. See our review
  • LG G1 OLED: The LG G1 gets brighter than the LG C1, so highlights pop more, but its processing isn't as on the A90J, and it doesn't come with a stand, so you'll need to mount it on an outdoor wall. See our review
  • LG C2 OLED: The LG C2 OLED is a slight improvement over its predecessor, the LG C1 OLED, but it's currently significantly more expensive. If you can find the C2 for less than the C1, get the new model. See our review
  • Samsung QN85B QLED: The Samsung QN85B QLED has a slightly better local dimming feature than the Samsung QN85A QLED but much worse reflection handling than the older model. The QN85A QLED is cheaper and a bit better overall. See our review
  • Samsung QN90B QLED: The Samsung QN90B QLED is a bit brighter than the Samsung QN90A QLED in some scenes, but the QN90A is slightly better overall. The QN90B isn't worth spending more on over the QN90A. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 01, 2022: Updated text for clarity and replaced the LG A1 OLED with the LG G1 OLED in Notable Mentions.

  2. Feb 01, 2022: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text.

  3. Dec 08, 2021: Verified picks for availability and updated text for accuracy; added the LG A1, Hisense U7G, and TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED to Notable Mentions.

  4. Oct 12, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the TCL R745, LG QNED90, Vizio P Series Quantum 2021, and Sony X95J to Notable Mentions.

  5. Aug 16, 2021: Added the Sony A90J as 'HDR Alternative' and replaced the Hisense H8G with the Hisense U6G; added the Sony X85J and LG G1 to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best outdoor TVs to buy for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of TVs. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.