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 any of these yet.
We've tested 8 TVs during the last years that use the Roku smart platform and below are our recommendations for the best Roku TVs that you can buy in 2019.
The best Roku TV we've tested so far is the TCL 6 Series/R617 2018. It has a great picture quality and delivers a very good dark room performance thanks to its high contrast ratio and full array local dimming support. It is a TV that can easily fight the glare of a bright room so there should be no issue as to where you can place it. Motion handling is very good with a great response time that leaves only a small blur trail behind fast-moving content. The input lag is remarkably low and will certainly please most gamers.
This TV, just like the rest of the Roku line up, uses the Roku TV interface which is fast and versatile. It has a very large number of apps, that Roku names 'channels', that will most certainly cover your needs. It is easy to use, and the remote that comes along the TV resembles the remote of many Roku streaming devices.
Just like most VA panel TVs, the image on the TCL R617 degrades when viewed from the side, and the gray uniformity might disappoint some hardcore sports fans. Overall, however, this TV will deliver a very good performance in most uses.
If you find the R617 expensive, check out the TCL 5 Series/S517 2018. It is not as advanced as the R617 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 picture quality and motion handling, but a remarkable low input lag, great for gamers. Its Roku TV smart interface is identical to the R617 with the same excellent selection of streaming channels.
If you want a Roku TV with the best picture quality, then get the TCL R617; if you only care for the Roku TV interface and are willing to make small compromises regarding picture quality, then get the TCL S517.
If you want to get a decent Roku TV and want to spend even less than the TCL S517, then check out the new TCL 4 Series/S425 2019. It doesn't have the wide color gamut, can't get as bright as the TCL S517, and there is no local dimming feature like the one found on the TCL R617. On the upside, this TV has a decent picture quality, and the input lag is excellent for gaming; the best we've measured so far on a Roku TV.
The Roku TV interface found on the higher-end TCL models or external Roku devices is also present on the TCL S425. It has the same large number of channels (in-fact they're apps) found across the entire line up. The interface feels almost as fast and smooth like in the more expensive Roku devices.
Overall, this decent TV works well with the Roku TV interface and is cheaper than both the S517 and R617.
If you need a smaller Roku TV to fit in a small room then check out the TCL 3 Series/S325 2019 Roku TV. It's a 1080p TV also available in 32", but with a 720p resolution. The full Roku TV interface runs on this TV, but it isn't 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 with a Roku Interface, 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.