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 don't get ruined. Most TVs in this article aren't designed for outdoor use, so ensure 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. You'll also want it to have decent speakers and a built-in interface if you don't want to connect an extra soundbar or streaming device.
We've bought and tested more than 385 TVs, and below are our recommendations for the best TVs for outdoor use that you can buy. You can also check our picks for the best smart TVs, the best 4k TVs, and the best budget TVs. Brands have been releasing their 2023 lineups, so vote on which ones you want us to buy and test. To learn more about the 2023 models, check out our 2023 TV lineup page.
The Samsung The Terrace is the best outdoor TV we've tested. Unlike most TVs on this list, it's designed for outdoor use with protection from the elements. It's very well-built, with a unique design and IP55 dust and water resistance to protect it from rain or other outdoor elements. It's exceptionally bright, so it has no issues overcoming direct sunlight, and, combined with its outstanding reflection handling, it can easily combat glare outdoors, even in the middle of the day.
This TV has the same Tizen OS smart interface found on most other Samsung TVs. It's easy to use and has 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. It's one of the loudest TVs we've tested, so you won't have any trouble hearing it if you don't want to connect a sound system and there's a lot of outdoor noise while watching TV.
The Samsung The Terrace is an excellent dedicated outdoor TV but is costly, so it's only worth it if you don't have a proper enclosed space to protect your TV. If you can protect your display from the elements and want to spend less, consider an upper mid-range model like the Samsung QN90B QLED. It's nearly as bright, and thanks to its remarkable reflection handling, you won't have many problems using it outside. However, you must have it in a proper enclosure because it's technically an indoor TV. Bright light scatters across the screen, resulting in a rainbow-like effect, so it's best to avoid placing it opposite direct sunlight.
It uses Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology, resulting in a good viewing angle. It means the image remains consistent from the sides, making it an ideal choice for wide seating areas as everyone sees the same image. It also uses the user-friendly Tizen OS smart interface, and its speakers are decent enough to use on their own in an outdoor setup.
If you want to save money, a mid-range TV like the Hisense U8H is a great alternative. Although it doesn't get as bright as the Samsung QN90B QLED, it still has fantastic SDR peak brightness, and the reflection handling is amazing without any rainbow-like effect. You'll need to put it in a proper enclosure to protect it, as it doesn't have any weather protection features. The main difference is that the Hisense has a worse viewing angle, so the image looks washed out from the sides, meaning it isn't a good choice for wide seating areas. That's the trade-off for getting a cheaper model.
While it supports eARC if you also want to connect a soundbar, its built-in speakers have an okay frequency response with minimal distortion, so you'll hear things well. It uses the Google TV interface, which has a ton of apps you can download, and the built-in Chromecast lets you cast content from your phone. If you still find this TV too expensive, the TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED costs a bit less and gets as bright in SDR, but the Hisense is still more well-rounded for a better overall experience.
Although budget TVs typically aren't bright enough to use outdoors in bright sunlight, they're good enough for a well-covered patio or use at night. The best budget outdoor TV we've tested is the TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED. It's a surprisingly good TV for the price, and it looks great outdoors thanks to its high peak brightness and decent reflection handling. It has a great selection of extra features, and the built-in Roku OS smart interface is easy to use and has a great selection of streaming channels.
It's a decently well-built TV, but like most on this list, it's not weatherproof, so you'll need a proper enclosure to protect it from the elements. Sadly, it has a narrow viewing angle, so it's not a good choice for a wide patio, as the image degrades when viewed at an angle. It can't get very loud, either, so a soundbar or outdoor speaker system is a good idea if you plan to use it for loud BBQs or pool parties.
If you like watching hockey games in the evenings or catching up on your favorite shows after dark, the best outdoor TV for nighttime use is the LG G3 OLED. It's the brightest OLED we've ever tested. While it's best suited for nighttime use with its extremely deep, uniform blacks, with no distracting haloing around bright objects in dark scenes, it's also no slouch for daytime use, except for the brightest days.
It also gets very loud with its surprisingly good 4.2 integrated speaker system. It has an incredibly wide viewing angle, so it's a great choice for a large patio, as everyone will see the same thing no matter where they're sitting. It has fantastic reflection handling, so glare isn't an issue if you have a few lights outdoors at night. The built-in webOS interface has a great selection of streaming apps, so you can easily find your favorite shows. The cherry on top is the support for advanced home theater features like Dolby Vision HDR and DTS:X, so your UHD Blu-rays will look their best and sound their best. Movie night on the patio, anyone?
May 23, 2023: Replaced the Samsung S95B OLED with the LG G3 OLED as 'Best Outdoor TV For Night Use', added the Samsung S95B OLED as a Notable Mention, and refreshed the text for accuracy and consistency.
Mar 02, 2023: Replaced the Hisense U6H with the TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED, as it's brighter and looks better outdoors for about the same price.
Jan 11, 2023: Verified our picks for accuracy and consistency, and refreshed the text for clarity.
Nov 16, 2022: Replaced the LG C2 OLED with the Samsung S95B OLED, and moved the C2 to Notable Mentions.
Sep 27, 2022: Replaced the Samsung QN85A QLED with the higher-end Samsung QN90B QLED and renamed as 'Best Upper Mid-Range'; replaced the TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED with the Hisense U8H because it's better overall. Replaced the Hisense U6G and the LG C1 with their newer models, the Hisense U6H and LG C2; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs for outdoor use 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.