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. TCL recently decided to launch new lines of TVs with the Roku Smart TV interface integrated into the TV: the same great streaming interface and channel selection without the need for an external device. Other brands, including Hisense, have started integrating the Roku smart platform into their TVs, but we haven't reviewed many of these yet.
We've tested more than 10 TVs during the last few years that use the Roku smart platform and below are our recommendations for the best Roku TVs that you can buy. See also our recommendations for the best budget TVs, the best smart TVs, and the best small TVs.
The best Roku TV we've tested so far is the TCL 6 Series/R625 2019. It's a high-end TV in the TCL line-up with great picture quality and extremely wide color gamut, producing a wide range of colors.
With a VA panel, it has a fantastic contrast ratio, near-perfect black uniformity, and it has a full-array local dimming feature, so blacks look amazing when viewed in the dark. This TV can get really bright to combat glare in bright rooms and its good HDR peak brightness brings out highlights and vivid colors. For gamers, it has a really low input lag, a decent response time, and there's a black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur. This TV can remove judder from all sources, which is rare for a 60Hz TV, so lower frame rate content looks great.
Unfortunately, the gray uniformity is only decent and there's noticeable vertical banding in all types of content. Also, it has narrow viewing angles, but this is expected from a TV with a VA panel. Overall, it offers a great picture quality with a built-in Roku operating system, making it the best Roku TV we've tested so far.
If you find the TCL 6 Series/R625 2019 expensive, check out the TCL 5 Series/S525 2019. It isn't as advanced as the other TCL, and it doesn't have the same great dark room performance, mainly due to the lack of local dimming support. On the upside, it has decent overall picture quality, good motion handling, and remarkable low input lag, which is great for gamers. Its Roku TV smart interface is identical to the other TCL, with the same excellent selection of streaming channels. It's also available in smaller sizes than the other TV, if that's what you're looking for.
If you want a Roku TV with the best picture quality, look into the R625; if you only care about the Roku TV interface and are willing to make small compromises in picture quality, then consider the S525.
The best Roku TV available for cheap that we've tested so far is the TCL 4 Series 2019. It sits below the TCL 6 Series/R625 2019 and the TCL 5 Series/S525 2019, so its performance is a bit of a downgrade from each. It's a surprisingly decent TV that won't cost you much and you can find it in a wide range of sizes, from 43 to 75 inches.
Like the other TCL TVs, it has a VA panel that displays deep blacks, ideal for dark-room viewing. It's an excellent choice for console gaming because it has a great response time and low input lag. It doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology, and it's limited to 60Hz, but this shouldn't be a problem for casual gamers. It also supports chroma 4:4:4, which is important for reading text if you want to use it as a computer monitor.
Sadly, even though this TV supports HDR10, it can't display a wide color gamut and it doesn't get bright enough in that mode. It has disappointing out-of-the-box color accuracy and it has some uniformity issues too. Luckily, it upscales lower resolution content, such as from cable boxes, well without any issues. Overall, this is a Roku TV that won't cost you much and it delivers decent overall performance.
The best small Roku TV we've tested so far is the TCL 3 Series/32S325 2019. It's a decent overall TV and the 32 inch version has a 720p resolution. If you have space, the 40, 43, and 49 inch versions are available with a 1080p resolution.
It uses a VA panel, so it has a great contrast ratio, producing deep blacks, and a decent black uniformity. Its viewing angles are passable for a VA panel, and it's actually better than any of the other TCL TVs. It also has excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy, which is very useful since you can't get it calibrated. If you plan on using it for video games, it also has a good response time and an extremely low input lag.
Unfortunately, it has quite a few problems, which is what you would expect for an entry-level TV. It doesn't support HDR, it doesn't get very bright, and the gray uniformity is mediocre. On the whole, if you're looking for a small TV that features the Roku OS, this is the best one we've tested so far.
07/20/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
03/20/2020: Added TCL 8 Series 2019, Hisense H4F, and TCL 6 Series 2018 to notable mentions.
11/22/2019: Replaced the TCL 6 Series 2018 with the TCL 6 Series 2019.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best Roku 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 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.