Roku is well-known in the world of streaming devices, but they're typically known for their external dedicated smart TV boxes and streaming sticks. In 2014, TCL and Hisense decided to launch new lines of TVs with the Roku Smart TV interface integrated into their TVs, offering the same great streaming interface and channel selection without needing an external device. Not all Roku TVs are the same, so choosing one depends on the TV's performance and your needs. Of course, you can buy a Roku box and connect it with any TV, but this recommendation focuses on TVs with Roku built-in.
The best Roku TV we've tested is the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED. It's a high-end 4k LED TV from TCL's 2020 lineup that you can still find available, and it offers good overall performance. It's available in 55, 65, and 75 inches, so you can get the one that suits your room the most, and they all perform like the 55-inch model we tested. The implementation of Roku on it is great as it feels smooth and, as expected, it's easy to navigate through the interface. Unlike some lower-end Roku TVs, the remote it comes with has a mic for voice control, but its functionality is limited as you can ask it to search for content in apps, but at times it doesn't do as you ask.
In terms of picture quality, it performs well in dark and bright rooms. It has a high native contrast ratio in dark rooms for deep blacks and a local dimming feature, but it doesn't perform the best as there's some blooming around bright objects and crushed blacks in dark scenes. Luckily, it gets bright enough to deliver a satisfying HDR experience or to combat glare in bright rooms, so visibility isn't a problem if you have a few lights around.
If you're on a tighter budget, check out the Hisense U6GR. Part of Hisense's 2021 ULED lineup, it's one of the only ones from them that run the Roku smart interface instead of Android TV. It's cheaper than the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED because it has a lower refresh rate, but that doesn't make a difference if you aren't a gamer. It has fantastic contrast and a decent local dimming feature, resulting in deep and fairly uniform blacks in a dark room. It's bright enough to overcome glare in most rooms with a few lights around and has good reflection handling.
It's great for watching HDR movies because it has good HDR peak brightness, enough to make some colors look vivid, and displays a wide range of colors. It also supports both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision formats, meaning you won't have issues streaming content, and it has eARC support if you want to connect a soundbar to enhance your movie-watching experience. Sadly, it doesn't upscale 480p content properly, like from DVDs, so if you watch a lot of DVDs, the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED might be the better option for you, but it costs more than the U6GR and doesn't get as bright.
If you want something even cheaper, go with the TCL 4 Series/S435 2020. It's available in a wide range of sizes, from 43 to 85 inches, and they all should perform like the 55-inch model we tested. As expected for a low-cost TV, it's limited in features, and its performance isn't as good as the Hisense U6GR, but the Roku TV platform is still great to use, and it has the same great selection of apps. It's an okay choice for watching a variety of content as it doesn't have any trouble upscaling lower-resolution content. It's great for watching content from cable boxes or DVDs as the image doesn't look too grainy or blurry.
It has a VA panel with a high native contrast ratio that displays deep blacks, but like any budget-friendly TV, it lacks a local dimming feature to improve the picture quality in dark scenes. Although it doesn't get bright enough to fight a ton of glare, it has decent reflection handling if you want to use it in a room with a few lights around.
Small TVs are great if you have limited space, like if you want to put them in a kitchen or bedroom. If that's the case for you, the best small Roku TV we've tested is the TCL 3 Series 2019. It's an entry-level TV that's fine enough for most people, and having the Roku TV built-in helps eliminate any extra wires you would have by connecting an external streaming device. It's available in smaller sizes, from 32 to 49 inches, and there are 32-inch variants with 720p and 1080p resolutions, so if you want that size with a 1080p resolution like the 40-inch variant we tested, get the 32S327 model.
While you can't watch the latest 4k content, you can still watch SD and HD cable TV channels, and it doesn't have any upscaling issues. It also has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy, which is great because you can't calibrate it. Although it doesn't get bright enough to fight a ton of glare, it's fine if you want to use it in a room with a few lights, thanks to its good reflection handling.
Aug 01, 2022: Restructured article to reflect how people are using Roku TVs; removed the Gaming category and moved the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED to the 'Best Roku TV'; moved the Hisense U6GR to the 'Best Budget' and removed the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED.
Apr 04, 2022: Removed the Hisense R6090G from Notable Mentions and added the Hisense U800GR 8k; updated text for clarity.
Feb 03, 2022: Replaced the Hisense R6090G with the TCL 4 Series 2020 because the TCL is cheaper; replaced the TCL 3 Series 2020 with the 3 Series 2019 because the 2019 model has a higher resolution; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
Dec 07, 2021: Replaced the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED with the Hisense U6GR as the 'Best Roku TV'. Moved the R635 to the new 'Best Roku Gaming TV' category.
Oct 08, 2021: Verified our picks and refreshed the text. Added the TCL R745 QLED and the TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED to the Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs with Roku built-in 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 Roku 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.