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The 5 Best Outdoor TVs - Winter 2023 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 that they don't get ruined. 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. 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 375 TVs over the last nine years, 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.

  1. Best Outdoor TV

    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 to overcome 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 you're watching TV.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Outdoor TV

    As the Samsung The Terrace is a dedicated outdoor TV, it's costly and the most beneficial if you don't have a proper enclosed space for your TV. However, if you can protect the display from the outdoor elements and want to spend less, consider an upper mid-range model like the Samsung QN90B QLED. It's nearly as bright as the Terrace and, combined with its remarkable reflection handling, you won't have many problems using it outside. However, because it's technically an indoor TV, you have to have it in a proper enclosure. Also, 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 that helps result 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. Like the Terrace, 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.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Outdoor TV

    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, but you'll also need to put it in a proper enclosure. The main difference with the Samsung is that it has a worse viewing angle, so the image looks washed out from the sides, and it isn't a good choice for wide seating areas, but 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.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Outdoor TV

    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 Hisense U6H, a lower-end version of the Hisense U8H. Considering its lower price point, it doesn't get as bright and has worse reflection handling, but both are still good. It isn't bright enough to fight glare from intense sunlight, but it's fine if you have it under the shade. It comes with the same easy-to-use Google TV interface and doesn't have any problems upscaling lower-resolution content if the stuff you watch isn't in 4k.

    The downside to a budget TV is that its speakers lack any bass, but they get loud and have a fairly well-balanced sound profile, which is good enough to watch shows or sports, but you might want a soundbar for watching movies. It has decent build quality, but like the U8H and the Samsung QN90B QLED, you'll have to protect it from the elements as it isn't designed to stay outdoors.

    See our review

  5. Best Outdoor TV For Night Use

    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 we've tested is the Samsung S95B OLED. Although this TV gets bright enough to handle moderate amounts of light, it's best suited for nighttime use, where it shines thanks to its new QD-OLED panel. This technology results in extremely deep, uniform blacks, with no distracting haloing around bright objects in dark scenes.

    It gets very loud and 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 on outdoors at night. The built-in Tizen smart interface has a great selection of streaming apps, so you can easily find your favorite shows.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED: The TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED is comparable to the Hisense U6H as it's also a budget-friendly TV that gets bright. However, it has worse reflection handling. See our review
  • LG C2 OLED: The LG C2 OLED is a great alternative to the Samsung S95B OLED if you want to save some money, but it's not as bright. Colors especially don't stand out as well on the LG, so vibrant scenes are significantly dimmer. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 11, 2023: Verified our picks for accuracy and consistency, and refreshed the text for clarity.

  2. Nov 16, 2022: Replaced the LG C2 OLED with the Samsung S95B OLED, and moved the C2 to Notable Mentions.

  3. 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.

  4. Jul 07, 2022: Restructured the article to better match how people are searching for TVs. Added the TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED as the 'Best Mid-Range Outdoor TV'. Removed many out-of-date Notable Mentions that are no longer relevant.

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

All Reviews

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.