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 needing an external device. Other brands, including Hisense, have started integrating the Roku platform into their TVs, but we haven't tested many of these yet.
We've tested more than five 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. See our picks for the best budget TVs, the best smart TVs, and the best small TVs.
The best Roku TV we've tested is the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED. Available in a 55, 65, or 75 inch size, this feature-packed TV delivers very good performance for most uses. The Roku platform is fast, easy to use, and has an impressive selection of available streaming apps. The optional companion app makes it a breeze to cast content from your phone to your TV. The private listening feature is great for watching TV late at night without disturbing anyone, as you can use any headphones connected to your phone.
This is also a great TV for gaming. It has a great response time, so there's little blur behind fast-moving objects, and it has excellent low input lag. It supports variable refresh rate technology as well, great for Xbox gamers and eventually the PS5 too. It doesn't have any HDMI 2.1 ports, and it doesn't support 4k @ 120Hz.
Movie lovers will appreciate the superb contrast and amazing peak brightness. It's a great TV for watching movies in a dark room, but its local dimming feature is unremarkable. It has decent reflection handling, so it can handle some glare if you're in a brighter room, but the narrow viewing angles aren't ideal for a wide seating area. Overall, it's a very good TV that should please most people.
If you find the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED too expensive, consider its little brother, the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED. It offers the same great Roku experience, but it doesn't include the voice remote and isn't as versatile. Since it can't get as bright as the more expensive model, it's not as good for a bright room. It's also not quite as good for gaming, as it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate and doesn't support any advanced gaming features, like variable refresh rate technology (VRR).
Overall, the 6 Series is a better choice for most people, mainly because it gets a lot brighter, which results in a better HDR experience, and it's a better gaming TV. However, if you're shopping on a tighter budget and don't mind compromising, go with the 5 Series.
The best Roku TV available for cheap that we've tested is the Hisense 43R6090G. It's a decent 43 inch TV that's well-suited for dark room viewing due to its excellent contrast ratio, which allows it to produce deep blacks. Its simple, minimalist design fits easily into most settings, although the build quality is just okay as plastic. It doesn't get very bright, so it's best to avoid placing it opposite bright lights.
The picture quality is decent. It upscales lower resolution content well without causing any artifacts, and it has good color accuracy out of the box. However, image quality quickly degrades when moving off-center due to its poor viewing angles, which isn't ideal for large rooms with wide seating areas. Motion handling is okay, resulting in reasonably clear images in fast-moving scenes, but it lacks higher-end features like Black Frame Insertion and motion interpolation.
The Roku interface is easy to use, runs smoothly, and has plenty of apps available for download. There's no microphone on the remote, but Hisense has a mobile app that lets you use your smartphone's microphone instead for voice commands. Unfortunately, while it has low input lag for gaming, the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz, and it doesn't support variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing. Nonetheless, it's a decent and wallet-friendly TV that should make most people happy.
The best Roku TV available in a small size that we've tested is the TCL 32S335. It's TCL's only 2020 TV without a 4k resolution, and the 32 inch model we tested has a 720p resolution. There's an S330 variant with a 40 inch, 1080p model, but it runs on Android instead of Roku.
It's a very simple TV meant to be used in small rooms or as a secondary TV. Having Roku built-in means you don't have to worry about getting an external box, and it helps keep your setup clean. The Roku interface is easy to use, and the menu navigation feels smooth. Its VA panel lets it display deep blacks for dark room viewing, and it displays 480p and 720p content without any visible issues. Despite its decent reflection handling, it's not the best choice to place in well-lit rooms because it doesn't get bright enough to fight glare.
Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, so you quickly lose image accuracy when viewing off-center. This is unfortunate if you plan on placing it in a kitchen or in a room where you'll be walking around while watching TV. It also doesn't support HDR, which we expect for a TV with this resolution. It also has bad color accuracy that you can't calibrate, but this may vary between units. All things considered, if you want a small 32 inch Roku TV, you should be happy with this one.
Jun 16, 2021: We haven't tested any new Roku TVs this year. Checked our picks for availability and refreshed the text.
Apr 20, 2021: Verified accuracy of picks. No change in recommendations.
Feb 19, 2021: Minor text and structure changes. Replaced TCL 4 Series 2020 with Hisense 43R6090G.
Dec 23, 2020: Minor text and structure changes. No change in recommendations.
Nov 24, 2020: Replaced the TCL 4 Series and 3 Series 2019 with the 4 Series and 3 Series 2020.
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.