Outdoor TVs are becoming more and more popular as a way to keep guests entertained or simply provide the ultimate outdoor relaxation. Most TVs aren't designed to be exposed to the elements. There are TVs that have been engineered for the outdoors, but these are typically prohibitively expensive and not very good. The alternative is to buy an indoor TV and install it in an enclosure designed to protect it from the elements. It's important when choosing a TV like this to make sure that it has excellent reflection handling to minimize glare and that it can get bright enough to be clearly visible in the bright sun. It should also have wide viewing angles, as an outdoor patio is typically larger than a living room.
Not many TVs meet the requirements for a good outdoor TV; below are our recommendations for the best outdoor TVs you can get in 2019.
The LG SK9500 is the best outdoor TV we've tested so far. It can get bright enough to overcome most glare and has excellent reflection handling, which is a must when watching TV outdoors. It delivers good overall picture quality, and the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle, which is great if you have a wide patio. Sports and TV shows look great, and it has good motion handling.
When watching TV outdoors at night, the image doesn't look quite as good. The IPS panel can't produce deep, uniform blacks, so the image appears a bit blotchy, especially in dark scenes.
This TV has been replaced by the LG SM9500, but there is a significant price difference, so if you can still find it, last year's model is a better choice at the moment. Overall, this is a great TV for most uses.
If you plan on watching TV mainly at night, an OLED TV like the LG C8 is an excellent choice. OLED TVs deliver impressive dark room performance, thanks to the TV's ability to dim or completely turn off individual pixels, resulting in perfect, uniform blacks. This results in a remarkable viewing experience in a completely dark environment. This TV also has incredible motion handling thanks to the nearly-instantaneous response time, which is great for watching sports or playing games.
Overall, this is an incredible TV for watching outdoors in the evening or at night. Unfortunately, it isn't as well-suited for daytime outdoor viewing, as it can't get very bright when displaying large, bright scenes.
If you plan to do most of your outdoor TV watching during the daytime and you find that the brightness of the LG SK9500 isn't enough, then check out the Vizio P Series Quantum. This TV doesn't have the wide viewing angles found on the LG, so you should be seated directly in front to enjoy the best picture quality.
On the other hand, it can get much brighter and will fight daylight glare better than the LG. Vizio has equipped the TV with a glossy finish that does a good job in minimizing the distraction from reflections, so you don’t have to worry too much about it. Overall, this TV offers great picture quality and a great HDR experience, which you will enjoy most in the dark of the night. Just like all TVs in the article, this one has to be protected from the elements.
If you are looking for the largest TV to use outside that performs well both in daylight and at night, then get the Sony X900F. It's an 85'' TV that will give you the feeling of an outdoor summer cinema.
Unfortunately, the TV isn't designed for outside use, so you'll have to protect it from the elements, and its large size won't make it easy to move in and out. If you overcome these obstacles, you'll enjoy a TV with great picture quality, deep blacks, vivid colors, and great motion handling that will allow you to enjoy some excellent movie nights. It can also get very bright and can overcome glare to display your favorite daytime TV show.
Finally, this TV has a great low input lag that will keep most casual gamers happy, but unfortunately, it has poor viewing angles, so those of you seated on the side won't have the best possible picture quality.
If you find our previous choices expensive, then check out the LG UM7300. It has an IPS panel with wide viewing angles, and the image remains accurate for those who watch from the side, as is usually the case on a gazebo or a porch. This TV can't get bright to easily fight glare like the LG SK9000, and it has worse reflection handling. When outside, you'll enjoy this TV more when the sun isn't too bright. If you enjoy watching sports, it won't let you down. It has a very fast response time, the image is crisp, and there is very little dirty screen effect to distract you from the action.
Unfortunately, the TV can't display very deep blacks in very dark environments due to the low contrast ratio. On the upside, if you enjoy video games, the TV has a very low input lag, which is very good even for competitive gaming outdoors with a bunch of friends.
Like all TVs in this article, this one isn't intended for outdoor use, so it's important to have proper protection for it.
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.