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 more that 10 TVs during the last few years that use the Roku smart platform and below are our recommendations for the best Roku TVs that you can buy in 2020.
The best Roku TV we've tested so far is the TCL 6 Series/R625 2019. It's an impressive TV overall that delivers deep blacks in a dark room thanks to the high native contrast ratio and the full array local dimming support. It can get very bright and is suitable for rooms of any brightness. The wide color gamut and the high HDR peak brightness make sure that you'll have an excellent HDR movie watching experience full of rich colors and highlights that pop. Motion handling is very good and the fast response time ensures that fast-moving content is displayed with minimal blur, although some enthusiasts might detect some smearing. The input lag is very low and the TV delivers an outstanding gaming experience.
The Roku TV smart interface is fast, easy to navigate, and very smooth. it resembles the standalone Roku TV sticks and gives you access to a very large number of apps that Roku calls streaming channels; it's unlikely that you won't find what you want.
Although its viewing angles are sub-par and the gray uniformity might disappoint some demanding sports fans, its overall performance is remarkable. This is the best Roku TV we've tested and it'll keep its buyers happy.
If you find the TCL 6 Series/R625 2019 expensive, check out the TCL 5 Series/S525 2019. It isn't as advanced as the other TCL, 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, which is great for gamers. Its Roku TV smart interface is identical to the other TCL, with the same excellent selection of streaming channels.
If you want a Roku TV with the best picture quality, then get the TCL R625; if you only care about the Roku TV interface and are willing to make small compromises in picture quality, then get the TCL S525.
If you want to get a decent Roku TV and want to spend even less than the TCL 5 Series/S525 2019, then check out the TCL 4 Series 2019. It doesn't have the same wide color gamut and can't get as bright as the S525, and there isn't any local dimming feature. 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 here. It has the same large number of channels (apps) found across the entire lineup. The interface feels almost as fast and smooth as the more expensive Roku devices.
Overall, this decent TV works well with the Roku TV interface and is cheaper than both the other TCL TVs.
If you need a small TV that still runs the full Roku TV interface, check out the TCL 3 Series 2019. It's suitable for smaller rooms where there are space constraints. It has a 1080p resolution, and the 32" is only 720p, but nonetheless it runs the full Roku TV interface smoothly and gives you access to the same streaming channels most expensive models do.
Overall, this is a mediocre TV that can't get very bright, doesn't support HDR, and has limited image processing features to enhance performance. It's suitable for a secondary TV when a great smart interface is more important than picture quality.
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.
11/22/2019: Replaced the TCL 6 Series 2018 with the TCL 6 Series 2019, and made small changes to text for clarity.