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. Some TVs 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 best TV for outdoor use we've tested so far is the LG SM9500. It's a TV that can get very bright to easily fight glare, and can handle multiple outdoor reflections well. It has a good picture quality and its image doesn't deteriorate when viewed from the side. You can place it on your patio and you'll still enjoy an accurate image even if your arrangement doesn't allow you to sit straight in front. Watching sports or TV shows is a great experience on this TV, as it delivers good motion handling.
Unfortunately, blacks tend to look gray when viewed in a pitch-black environment due to the poor contrast its IPS panel has, and its ineffective local dimming. If you're looking for a TV for watching movies in the dark, check out our OLED pick.
Overall, this TV is a great choice for outdoor use, provided you protect it properly from the elements.
If you plan on watching TV mainly at night, an OLED TV like the LG C8 OLED is an excellent choice. It has an impressive dark room performance, like all OLEDs, thanks to its ability to display perfect, uniform blacks by switching off individual pixels. This results in an outstanding movie watching experience when in the dark. 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, and direct exposure to the sun has the risk of damaging the TV.
If you need a very bright TV for watching outdoors during the daytime and you find that the brightness of the LG SM9500 isn't enough, then get the Vizio P Series Quantum 2018. You won't get the same wide viewing angles as the LG, and you should plan to sit straight in front to enjoy the best picture quality.
On the upside, this TV can easily fight daylight glare better than the LG. Reflection handling, which can be an issue with outdoor TVs, is great. This TV has a glossy finish that minimizes distractions from reflections, so you don’t have to worry too much about it. This TV offers a great picture quality and a great HDR experience, which you'll enjoy most in the dark of the night.
If you make sure that you protect it from the elements, just like all the TVs in this article, it will keep you happy.
If you're looking for the largest TV to use outside that performs well both in daylight and at night, then get the Sony XBR85X900F. It's an 85 inch TV that'll make you feel like you're at 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 can overcome these difficulties, you'll enjoy a TV with great picture quality, deep blacks, vivid colors, and great motion handling that will deliver some excellent movie nights. If you prefer watching during the day, this TV can also get very bright and will fight glare to display your favorite daytime TV show well.
Finally, this TV will keep most casual gamers happy thanks to its low input lag, but unfortunately, the poor viewing angles mean that those sitting directly in front will have the best image.
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 SM9500, 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.