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 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 also our recommendations for the best budget TVs, the best smart TVs, and the best small TVs.
The best Roku TV we've tested so far is the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED. It's a versatile TV that's well-suited for both dark and bright rooms. It has an outstanding contrast ratio that's further enhanced by a full-array local dimming feature, allowing it to produce deep blacks. It handles reflections decently well, and it gets more than bright enough to overcome intense glare, so you shouldn't have any visibility issues even in a sun-filled room. It has a good build quality, and its minimalist design fits well in most settings.
This TV can deliver a fantastic HDR experience thanks to its impressive color gamut and high peak brightness. Colors are rich and vibrant in HDR content, and highlights pop the way they should. The response time is great, which results in clear images in fast-moving scenes, and it has an optional Black Frame Insertion feature that can further improve motion clarity. It has a 120Hz panel; however, it can't display a 4k @ 120Hz signal, and it doesn't have any HDMI 2.1 ports, which might disappoint those looking for a TV to go with their PS5 or Xbox Series X.
Roku is one of the most user-friendly platforms on the market. It runs very smoothly, and there are tons of apps available in the app store. The remote control has a microphone built-in for voice control, but it can be a hit or miss, as it doesn't always perform the correct commands. Color accuracy is mediocre out of the box, so it might be worth calibrating if you want the best viewing experience. All in all, this is a very good TV that's suitable for nearly every type of content, and one that most people should be happy with.
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 support VRR 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 tested 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 2020. It's the entry-level 4k TV in TCL's 2020 lineup and offers okay overall performance with decent picture quality. It's available in a wide range of sizes, from 43 to 75 inches, and the 55S435 variant we tested has Roku TV. However, there's an S434 variant with Android TV instead, so if you're set on getting Roku, you have to make sure you're buying the S435 model.
It has a VA panel and performs best in dark environments because of its outstanding contrast, but its black uniformity is just okay. It has decent reflection handling, but it doesn't get bright enough to combat glare in well-lit environments. This TV removes 24p judder from native sources like Blu-ray players or native apps, which helps with the appearance of motion in movies. It also upscales lower-resolution content, such as from DVDs or cable boxes, without any issues. It's alright for casual gamers, but its slow response time and its high 1080p input lag may not be good enough for competitive gamers. Lastly, it displays proper chroma 4:4:4, which is great if you also want to use it as a computer monitor.
Unfortunately, even though it supports HDR10, HDR content doesn't look all that different from SDR content because it can't display a wide color gamut and fails to make highlights pop with its low peak brightness. It also has narrow viewing angles, which is expected from a TV with a VA panel. On the upside, our unit has excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you may not need to get it calibrated to enjoy it to the fullest. All things considered, this is the best Roku TV if you don't want to spend a lot of money.
The best Roku TV available in a small size that we've tested in 2020 is the TCL 32S335. This is TCL's only TV that doesn't have a 4k resolution in 2020, and the 32 inch model we tested has a 720p resolution. There's an S330 variant that has a 40 inch, 1080p model, but it comes with Android and not Roku.
This is 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 fairly smooth. Its VA panel helps 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 is expected 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.
12/23/2020: Minor text and structure changes. No change in recommendations.
11/24/2020: Replaced the TCL 4 Series and 3 Series 2019 with the 4 Series and 3 Series 2020.
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.
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.