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 the TV: the same great streaming interface and channel selection without needing an external device. Not all Roku TVs are the same, so choosing the best Roku TV for your needs also depends on the TV's performance.
We've tested more than five TVs under the latest test bench that use the Roku TV smart platform, 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.
The best Roku TV we've tested is the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED. It's a very good 4k TV available in a 55, 65, and 75 inch size. It has a VA panel with outstanding contrast and okay black uniformity, so it's a great choice for a dark room. It has a full array local dimming feature to improve dark scene performance, but sadly, it crushes shadow details in dark scenes, so it's mediocre overall. It also has excellent peak brightness and decent reflection handling, so glare shouldn't be an issue for most people.
It's also a great TV for playing video games and has a great response time, low input lag, and a fast native refresh rate. It supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, resulting in a nearly tear-free gaming experience. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any HDMI 2.1 ports, so it's not the perfect choice for PS5 or Xbox Series S|X gamers, but it's still a great choice for most console gamers. Despite the lack of HDMI 2.1, it supports eARC, so you can passthrough high definition audio formats to a connected soundbar or home theater system.
Sadly, the unit we bought has some noticeable uniformity issues. This can be distracting when watching sports or anything with large areas of uniform color, but it can also vary between units. The image degrades at an angle, as expected for a VA panel, so it's not the best choice if you have a wide seating arrangement. 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 the step-down model instead, 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). Still, it has a fantastic native contrast ratio, and the local dimming feature is a bit better, with no black crush, so it's a better choice for watching movies in the dark.
Overall, the 6 Series is a better choice for most people, mainly because it gets a lot brighter, resulting in a better HDR experience, and it's a better gaming TV. However, if you're shopping on a tighter budget and want better local dimming, 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 well-suited for dark room viewing due to its excellent contrast ratio, allowing it to produce deep blacks. Its simple, minimalist design fits easily into most settings. It runs the same Roku TV interface as the TCL models and comes with a nearly identical remote to the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED, but without the built-in voice controls. We tested the 55 inch model, but the 43 inch should perform the same.
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 the 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.
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. It's also not that bright, so glare might be an issue if it's going in a brighter viewing environment. Overall, it's a decent and wallet-friendly TV that should make most people happy.
The TCL 32S335 is the best Roku TV we've tested that you can get in a small size. It's a basic TV that's unlike the others in this recommendation because it's limited to a 720p resolution and not 4k. This means it's a good choice to use as a secondary TV in a kitchen or bedroom for watching cable TV or DVDs.
The S335 variant has Roku built-in, so you won't have to worry about buying an external streaming device, and the interface feels fairly smooth. However, there's an S330 variant with Android TV instead, but we didn't test that. The TV is okay for use in dark rooms because it has a VA panel with a great native contrast ratio, but the black uniformity on our unit is disappointing. It actually has a 1024x768 resolution, so it's not perfect 720p, but that content is still displayed well.
Unfortunately, there aren't many extra features on it. It doesn't have local dimming, doesn't support HDR, and doesn't get bright enough to fight glare, so it's not a good choice for a well-lit room, but that's expected from a cheap TV. Also, out-of-the-box accuracy on our unit is bad, and there's no way to calibrate it, but this can vary between units. If you want the best Roku TV in a small size, this is an okay choice.
Oct 08, 2021: Verified our picks and refreshed the text. Added the TCL R745 QLED and the TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED to the Notable Mentions.
Aug 12, 2021: Verified picks for availability and updated text for accuracy; added the TCL 3 Series 2019 to Notable Mentions.
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.
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.