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 10 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: Prices and availability fluctuate a lot at the end of the year and especially after Black Friday.
The best Roku TV we've tested so far is the TCL 6 Series R617. Depending on where you are buying it, you might find it under the variation of R615 or R613. It is a TV with very good picture quality that performs great in most usages. It has a high native contrast ratio, good black uniformity, and effective local dimming that allow it to display deep blacks in a dark room. It can get very bright and can easily overcome bright room glare even when displaying HDR content. It has a wide color gamut and displays rich colors with highlights that pop. The R617 is also an excellent choice for gamers as it has a low input lag when in Game mode and fast response time. The operating system is the latest version of the Roku Smart TV interface. Even though it does not have the polish of some other smart platforms, it is very easy to use and it integrates very well with the TVs menus.
Unfortunately, the R617 has poor viewing angles, and it lacks support for more advanced gaming features, like variable refresh rate. There have been reports of uniformity issues with the R617, but these have become more scarce with time.
Overall, the TCL 6 Series is a very good 4k TV that will perform very well in most usages.
If you want a cheaper Roku TV than the TCL R617 then, get the TCL S517. It is a decent TV that runs the latest Roku TV interface as well. The interface is identical to the R617 and very similar to the standalone Roku external devices. The S517 has decent picture quality and has a good dark room performance due to the high native contrast ratio and good black uniformity. It is also a good choice for gamers as it has a low input lag.
Unfortunately, it is not very bright for a bright room, and even though it supports HDR and has a wide color gamut, it cannot deliver the creators intent when watching HDR movies.
If you want an even cheaper option than the TCL S517, we recommend the TCL S405. It isn't as versatile as the TCL R617 or S517 since it isn't as bright and lacks a local dimming feature, but it should still please most people. It supports HDR, but unfortunately, it isn't effective as the rest of the Roku line due to the limited color gamut and poor HDR brightness. Similar to the rest of the TCL lineup, gamers will be pleased by the excellent low input lag.
The TCL S405 initially shipped with an older version of the Roku interface but has since been updated to the latest, so the interface is almost identical to the latest Roku TVs or external Roku devices. The channel selection is the same across the entire line, and the interface is almost as fast and smooth as the more expensive Roku devices.
The S405 is being gradually replaced by the S425. They are the exact same internally, but there are some slight cosmetic changes.
If you are looking for the largest TV available that runs the Roku platform, then get the TCL 75C807 4k Roku TV. It is a decent TV with okay picture quality and a high contrast ratio, but with poor black uniformity and bad viewing angles that hurt the overall performance.
It is very responsive due to the low input lag and this is great if you play video games. It is available in 75 inches and runs the Roku smart platform, which is both simple and quick.
If you want a Roku TV that is available in smaller sizes, then get the TCL S305 1080p Roku TV. Unfortunately, it cannot get very bright, and its handling of motion could be better. It is available in a variety of small sizes, including 28 and 32 inches.
At these sizes, the resolution is only 720p, but the picture quality is still decent and supports the full range of Roku smart features available.
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.