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 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 also our recommendations 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 higher-end in TCL's 2020 lineup, it's packed with features, and it's a nice improvement over its predecessor, the TCL 6 Series/R625 2019. It's well-built and looks good in any setting.
It delivers very good overall performance and has excellent picture quality. Its QLED panel helps provide an impressive wide color gamut for HDR content, and it gets bright enough in HDR to truly bring out highlights. It has an outstanding contrast ratio thanks to its VA panel, delivering deep blacks, and it has a full-array local dimming feature, but it doesn't perform very well, and there's visible blooming around bright objects. New is the addition of variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing while gaming. It has low input lag, a great response time, and there's a Black Frame Insertion feature to improve the appearance of motion.
Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, which is typical of a VA panel, so it's not suggested for a wide seating arrangement. It also has some uniformity issues, as there's some dirty screen effect in the center, but this may vary between units. On the upside, if you want to use it in a bright room, it gets bright enough to combat glare and has decent reflection handling. All in all, if you want the best Roku TV with very good overall performance, you can't go wrong with this one.
If you're on a budget and you want something cheaper, then check out the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED. It doesn't get nearly as bright as the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED, so you won't get the same HDR experience, and it doesn't have VRR support either. However, it's still a great budget TV thanks to its good picture quality. It has one of the best native contrast ratios we've seen on an LED, producing deep blacks, and it has a decent-performing full-array local dimming feature. It has a good response time and really low input lag for gaming. Sadly, our unit also has some uniformity issues, but once again, this may vary between units. Luckily, it has some nice extra features for a budget TV, including eARC support, the ability to remove 24p judder from any source, and it displays a very wide color gamut for HDR content.
If you simply want the best Roku TV we've tested, you can't go wrong with the 6 Series, but if you want a more budget-friendly option, the 5 Series is a good choice.
The best Roku TV available for cheap that we've tested is the TCL 4 Series 2019. It's a lower-end model in TCL's 2019 lineup, so you don't get as good performance as the higher-end models. However, it's a surprisingly decent TV that won't cost you much, and you can find it in a wide range of sizes, from 43 to 75 inches.
Like the other TCL TVs, it has a VA panel that displays deep blacks, ideal for dark room viewing. It's an excellent choice for console gaming because it has a great response time and low input lag. It doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology, and it's limited to 60Hz, but this shouldn't be a problem for casual gamers. It also supports chroma 4:4:4, which is important for reading text if you want to use it as a computer monitor.
Sadly, even though it supports HDR10, it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright enough in that mode. It has disappointing out-of-the-box color accuracy and has some uniformity issues, but these may vary between units. Luckily, it upscales lower resolution content, such as from cable boxes, well without any issues. Overall, this won't cost you much and delivers decent overall performance.
The best small Roku TV we've tested is the TCL 3 Series/32S325 2019. It's decent overall, and the 32 inch version has a 720p resolution. If you have space, the 40, 43, and 49 inch versions are available with a 1080p resolution.
It uses a VA panel, so it has a great contrast ratio, producing deep blacks and a decent black uniformity. Its viewing angles are passable for a VA panel, and it's actually better than any of the other TCL TVs. It also has excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy, which is very useful since you can't get it calibrated. If you plan on using it for video games, it also has a good response time and an extremely low input lag.
Unfortunately, it has quite a few problems, which is what you would expect for an entry-level model. It doesn't support HDR, it doesn't get very bright, and the gray uniformity is mediocre. On the whole, if you're looking for a small TV that features the Roku OS, this is the best one we've tested.
09/25/2020: Replaced the TCL 6 Series and 5 Series 2019 with the 6 Series and 5 Series 2020.
07/20/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
03/20/2020: Added TCL 8 Series 2019, Hisense H4F, and TCL 6 Series 2018 to notable mentions.
11/22/2019: Replaced the TCL 6 Series 2018 with the TCL 6 Series 2019.
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 TV reviews. 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.