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 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 one of the best TCL TVs on the market thanks to its great picture quality and extremely wide color gamut, producing a wide range of colors. With a VA panel, it has a fantastic contrast ratio and near-perfect black uniformity, so blacks look amazing when viewed in the dark. Unfortunately, the contrast ratio comes at the cost of good viewing angles, which are quite sub-par on this TV, so the image looks washed out when viewed from the side.
This TV can get really bright to combat glare in bright rooms and its great HDR peak brightness brings out highlights and vivid colors. It has a good response time and even though there's some ghosting in dark scenes, there's a black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur. This TV can remove judder from all sources, which is rare for a 60Hz TV, so lower frame rate content will look great. Unfortunately, the gray uniformity is decent and there's noticeable vertical banding in all types of content.
Overall, this TV offers a great picture quality with a built-in Roku operating system, making it the best Roku TV we've tested so far.
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 R625; if you only care about the Roku TV interface and are willing to make small compromises in picture quality, then get the S525.
If you're looking for an inexpensive Roku TV, check out the TCL 4 Series 2019. Like the other TCL models, this TV uses a VA panel and has an outstanding contrast ratio, excellent response time, and exceptional input lag. Roku's interface is just as smooth and responsive as the higher-end models, but the TV's peak brightness is disappointing and there are some uniformity issues, as there's significant backlight bleed.
Unfortunately, this TV lacks a few features that are on the more expensive models, such as local dimming and motion interpolation. Although most casual gamers are okay with the 60Hz refresh rate, the lack of support for variable refresh rate may deter more serious gamers.
Overall, if you just need a decent Roku TV that's easy to use, this is the one to get.
If you have limited space and you need a smaller TV, take a look at the TCL 3 Series 2019. The larger variants have a 1080p resolution, while the 32 inch model is 720p. It still checks all the boxes when it comes to the basics: it has an excellent contrast ratio, low response time and input lag, as well as remarkable color accuracy out of the box. You'll get the same Roku experience as all the higher-end models, but it doesn't support HDR and the peak brightness is sub-par, so it's best to avoid using this TV in brightly-lit rooms.
Overall, if you're simply looking for a small Roku TV to use in a secondary room, this one can get the job done.
03/20/2020: Added TCL 8 Series 2019, Hisense H4F, and TCL 6 Series 2018 to notable mentions. No changes to main picks.
01/21/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
11/22/2019: Replaced the TCL 6 Series 2018 with the TCL 6 Series 2019, and made small changes to text for clarity.
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.