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The 5 Best Roku TVs - Spring 2022 Reviews

Best Roku TVs

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.

We've tested more than 10 TVs under the latest test bench that use the Roku TV smart platform, and below are our recommendations for the best Roku TVs you can buy. See our picks for the best budget TVs, the best smart TVs, and the best small TVs.

  1. Best Roku TV

    The Hisense U6GR is the best Roku TV we've tested. Part of Hisense's 2021 ULED lineup, it's one of the only ones from them that runs the Roku smart interface instead of Android TV. It's a very good TV, and it looks great in almost any setting. It has fantastic contrast and a decent local dimming feature, resulting in deep, fairly uniform blacks in a dark room. It's bright enough to overcome glare in most rooms with a few lights around, and it has good reflection handling.

    It's great for gaming, with low input lag and support for FreeSync variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing. It also has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. However, it has quite a bit of noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects, and it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, which is disappointing if you have the new gaming consoles. It's not very well-suited for co-op gaming, though, as the image degrades at an angle.

    Unfortunately, there are a few issues with this TV. It can't display 480p content properly, so it's not ideal for watching DVDs, and it has disappointing out-of-the-box accuracy, so you might need to get it calibrated. It also displays a wide color gamut for HDR content, but the HDR peak brightness is just okay. Overall, it's a very good TV that should please most people.

    See our review

  2. Best Roku Gaming TV

    The best Roku gaming TV we've tested is the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED. It's a 2020 model that's still available because TCL hasn't released a new Roku lineup since, and it offers good overall performance. It's great for gaming as it has a few extra features, and the picture quality is good in both dark and bright environments.

    It has a 120Hz panel for a smooth and responsive gaming experience, and it also has impressive motion handling. The backlight uses pulse width modulation to dim itself, but since it flickers at such a high frequency, it won't be distracting and doesn't cause image duplication. It also has a backlight strobing feature to reduce screen tearing, but the crosstalk is off, resulting in image duplication when it's enabled. Lastly, it has variable refresh rate (VRR) support in the form of native FreeSync and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing.

    Unfortunately, it's not the best choice for gaming on the latest consoles because it doesn't have HDMI 2.1 bandwidth for high-frame-rate games; instead, it has HDMI 2.0 bandwidth, so you can only play 4k games up to 60 fps. Still, you can play lower-resolution games at 120Hz from the PS5 and Xbox Series X, and it has low input lag. Overall, it's the best gaming Roku TV that we've tested.

    See our review

  3. Cheaper Alternative

    If you simply want something cheaper, look into the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED. It's a lower-end model compared to the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED, so it has a 60Hz refresh rate and doesn't have VRR support, but it's still good enough for gaming. It has a very good response time with minimal blur, and the low input lag makes gaming feel responsive. It has a VA panel with a high native contrast ratio and has a decent local dimming feature that makes blacks look gray in the dark, but that means it also has a narrow viewing angle. Also, it has Dolby Vision support if you want to game with the Xbox Series X, but it doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR.

    If you're a gamer and want the best TV with the Roku smart platform, the R635 is a great choice. If you want to spend less money and don't mind sacrificing a bit on features, then the S535 is a good alternative.

    See our review

  4. Best Cheap Roku TV

    If you want something at a low cost, then the TCL 4 Series 2020 is the best cheap Roku TV we've tested. 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, 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 won't look too grainy or blurry, and it displays 1080p and 4k signals very well. 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.

    Sadly, it has limited HDR performance because it can't display a wide color gamut, has a few banding issues, and doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop. Motion also looks blurry due to its slow response time, and its input lag is higher than most TVs with certain content, so it's not ideal for some gamers. Besides that, it's the best cheap Roku TV we've tested.

    See our review

  5. Best Small Roku TV

    The best small Roku TV that you can get 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 most of the models perform like the 40 inch version we tested, but be careful because two of the 32 inch variants have a lower 720p resolution.

    Most of the sizes have a 1080p resolution, so while you can't watch the latest 4k content, you can still watch SD and HD cable TV channels. If you want to use it for some gaming, particularly with older consoles, it has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, and it has a quick response time, but there's black smearing with dark objects. 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.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't support any HDR, meaning you won't get those vivid images like other TVs, but that's normal for an entry-level 1080p TV. It doesn't have options for color calibration either, but luckily it has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy. Overall, it's the best small Roku TV we've tested.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • TCL 6 Series/R648 2021 8k QLED: The TCL 6 Series/R648 2021 8k QLED is a great TV overall, and it's the first TCL 8k Roku TV available. It's not worth the price premium over the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED. See our review
  • TCL R745 QLED: The TCL R745 QLED is an impressive 4k TV that's only available in an 85 inch size. It's a great TV, but it has a mediocre local dimming feature, and it doesn't have HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, meaning it's not much better for gaming than the R635. See our review
  • TCL 3 Series 2020: Although the TCL 3 Series 2020 is the newer version of the TCL 3 Series 2019, it's only available in a 32 inch size with a 720p resolution, meaning you can get higher resolution models with the 2019 version. See our review
  • Hisense U800GR 8k: The Hisense U800GR is a good 8k Roku TV with more gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth than the TCL 6 Series/R635. However, it costs more, and you can't take advantage of 8k TVs as there's limited 8k content. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 04, 2022: Removed the Hisense R6090G from Notable Mentions and added the Hisense U800GR 8k; updated text for clarity.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Aug 12, 2021: Verified picks for availability and updated text for accuracy; added the TCL 3 Series 2019 to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

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.