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The 4 Best Roku TVs - Winter 2023 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 bought and tested more than 375 TVs over the last nine years, 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 best Roku TV we've tested is the TCL 6 Series/R655 2022 QLED. It's an impressive TV overall, with fantastic contrast and a decent Mini LED local dimming feature that helps improve the appearance of dark scenes. It has an impressive color gamut in HDR, and great color volume thanks to its high peak brightness, so colors in HDR look vibrant and life-life. Bright highlights stand out incredibly well, and it tracks the PQ EOTF properly, ensuring HDR content is displayed the way the content creator intended.

    It's a surprisingly well-equipped TV for the price, with a fantastic array of extra features. It has an incredibly fast refresh rate, and it supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, making it a fantastic choice for new-gen console gamers or for PC gamers with a recent graphics card. It also supports variable refresh rate technology, which significantly reduces the amount of tearing you'll see in games, and it has superb low input lag for a responsive gaming experience.

    See our review

  2. Best 8k Roku TV

    If you want to future-proof your next TV, the TCL 6 Series/R648 2021 8k QLED is the best 8k Roku TV we've tested. It's a great TV with excellent contrast and a decent full array local dimming feature, resulting in deep blacks in a dark room. The high peak brightness helps it deliver an impressive HDR experience overall, as bright highlights stand out well from the background. It also respects the content creator's intent well, as it follows the PQ EOTF well and has great tone mapping in HDR. It has an excellent wide color gamut and good color volume, so HDR content looks incredibly vivid and lifelike.

    It's an excellent gaming monitor with a quick response time and low input lag, so your games feel responsive, and they look great, with very little ghosting behind fast-moving objects. It has a good selection of gaming features, including variable refresh rate support and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, allowing for 4k @ 120Hz gaming with the Xbox Series S|X and the PS5. Unfortunately, though, there's very little 8k content available, so the vast majority of the content you watch will be upscaled, so the overall picture quality is a bit worse than a native 4k TV like the TCL 6 Series/R655 2022 QLED.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Roku TV

    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.

    See our review

  4. Best Cheap Roku TV

    If you want something cheaper, go with the TCL 4 Series/S455 2022. It's a decent entry-level 4k TV that delivers decent picture quality overall, but it has a much more limited set of features compared to the more expensive options on this list. It has a fantastic native contrast ratio, resulting in deep blacks and bright highlights when watching movies or gaming in the dark, but it lacks a local dimming feature to further improve contrast.

    It's also a decent gaming option, with fantastic low input lag and a decent response time, but you'll see more ghosting behind fast-moving objects compared to the Hisense U6GR or the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED. It can't take full advantage of the Xbox Series S|X or PS5, though, as it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate and doesn't support a variable refresh rate. It has a similar selection of smart features to the higher-end models, though, with the same great Roku OS smart interface, and it supports voice control through the companion app.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • TCL R745 QLED: The TCL R745 QLED is an impressive 4k TV that's only available in an 85-inch size, so get this if you want something bigger than the 75-inch TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Dec 21, 2022: Replaced the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED with the newer TCL 6 Series/R655 2022 QLED, and removed the TCL 3 Series 2019, as it's outdated.

  2. Oct 18, 2022: Replaced the TCL 4 Series/S435 2020 with the TCL 4 Series/S455 2022, and added the TCL 6 Series/R648 2021 8k QLED as the 'Best 8k'.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

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.