Roku is well known in the world of streaming devices, but they are 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 any of these yet.
We've tested 6 TVs so far that use the Roku smart platform and below are our recommendations for the best Roku TVs that you can buy in 2019.
Note: Since new TVs tend to launch at very high prices, it's unlikely that these newer models will become reasonable choices until the latter half of the year. Because of this, some of the 2018 models remain as picks in our recommendations.
The TCL R617 is the best Roku TV we’ve tested so far. It is also available under the R613 or R615 variations and recently, it has been released at 75” as well. The TCL has a great picture quality, can get very bright, and has an impressive performance in most uses. Its full array local dimming support, high native contrast ratio, and wide color gamut help it deliver great blacks and display HDR content full of vivid colors and bright highlights. It runs the Roku Smart Interface that is very easy to use and gives you access to many streaming channels. It integrates well with the TV menus and provides a very nice user experience.
Unfortunately, its viewing angles are poor due to the VA panel, and although it has a very low input lag that makes it very responsive, it lacks some more advanced gaming features like variable refresh rate support that more serious gamers look for. The uniformity issues that have been reported when it was first released have become more scarce with time.
Overall, this is a great TV that should keep you happy with your choice.
If you find the TCL R617 expensive and want a cheaper Roku TV, then check out the TCL S517. It can not reach the brightness levels of the R617, but it's a decent TV that runs the latest Roku TV interface. The interface resembles the standalone Roku external devices, and it's intuitive and easy to use. Its picture quality is decent and can display deep blacks in a dark room, thanks to the high native contrast ratio and good black uniformity. Although it supports HDR content, you won't really benefit much from it since it can't get bright enough to deliver bright highlights. This is a good choice for casual gamers due to its very low input lag.
If you want an even less expensive TV than the TCL S517, then check out the new TCL 4 Series S425. It can't get as bright as the 5 Series and lacks the local dimming feature found on the TCL R Series R617, but it should still please most people. It has a limited color gamut and poor HDR peak brightness, so even though it supports HDR it isn't as effective as the higher-end Roku line. On the upside, the input lag is outstanding and is the best we've measured so far on a Roku TV, which will please gamers.
This TV runs the same Roku interface found on the higher-end TCL models or external Roku devices. There is the same large selection of apps (called channels) that are found across the entire line, and the interface is almost as fast and smooth as the more expensive Roku devices.
Overall, this is a decent TV that works well with the Roku interface.
If you need a smaller Roku TV, then check out the TCL 3 Series S325 Roku TV. It's a 1080p TV also available in 32", but with a 720p resolution. It runs the full Roku TV interface, but the interface is not as smooth as on the TCL S425. It can't get very bright and has mediocre picture quality, but its motion handling is decent. Overall, this is a mediocre TV which is more suitable for a kitchen or for a garage where picture quality is not the primary concern.
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.