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 is the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED. This feature-rich model is available in a 55, 65, or 75 inch size. It uses a VA panel with an outstanding contrast ratio, which is further improved by its full-array local dimming feature, resulting in incredibly deep blacks when viewed in the dark. Unfortunately, this comes at the expense of narrower viewing angles, so it isn't the best option for wide seating areas because the image looks washed out when viewed from the side.
It has exceptional DCI P3 coverage, the color space used in most HDR content. Combined with its impressive brightness, it delivers a great HDR experience with highlights that pop the way the creators intended. Its response time is very good, and it also has a Black Frame Insertion feature to improve motion clarity. Unfortunately, even though it has a 120Hz refresh rate, it can only display a 4k @ 60Hz signal because it lacks HDMI 2.1 ports, which might disappoint some gamers. On the upside, it has low input lag and VRR support.
Like most Roku TVs, the interface is user-friendly and runs very smoothly. There are tons of apps available through the app store, and you can use voice control to search for content. The built-in speakers are surprisingly good and get very loud, which is great if you don't want to spend extra on a dedicated home theater system or soundbar. That said, it still lacks the bass extension to produce a deep, rumbling sound. Nonetheless, this is a very good smart TV that's worth considering.
If you find the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED too expensive, consider its little brother, the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED. It's very similar overall, but it has a 60Hz panel, doesn't support VRR, and doesn't get as bright. Its lower peak brightness may be a dealbreaker for some, as it might not be able to overcome glare, so it's best suited for a dark environment. It has a better color gamut, though, and its superior gradient handling means you'll see less banding. Its response time is slower but still good, and it has much lower input lag. You get the same great Roku interface and voice control feature.
Overall, the 6 Series/R635 is a better choice mainly because it gets a lot brighter, which results in a better HDR experience. However, if you're shopping on a tighter budget and don't mind compromising, go with the 5 Series/S535.
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 degrades quickly 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 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 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 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.
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.
Sep 25, 2020: Replaced the TCL 6 Series and 5 Series 2019 with the 6 Series and 5 Series 2020.
Jul 20, 2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
Mar 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.