Roku is well known in the world of streaming devices, but they are 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 integrated the Roku smart platform into their TVs, but we haven't reviewed any of these yet.
We've tested 10 TVs so far that use the Roku smart platform and below are our recommendations for the best ones that you can buy in 2018.
The best Roku TV we've tested so far is the TCL 6 Series R617, also known as the R615 or R613, depending on where you are buying it. This is a versatile 4k TV with very good picture quality. It has great dark room performance thanks to the high native contrast ratio and good black uniformity. Bright room performance is excellent and the R617 can easily get bright enough to overcome glare, even with HDR content. The TCL R617 has great gaming performance thanks to the excellent low input lag. It runs the latest version of the Roku TV interface, which is easy to use and fast, although it lacks the polish of some of the other smart platforms. The interface itself is nearly identical to the dedicated Roku devices, and the channels are the same so you can easily find the same apps or channels if you are upgrading from an external device.
Unfortunately, the local dimming feature is mediocre and it lacks support for more gaming oriented features, like variable refresh rate or auto low latency mode. There have been reports of uniformity issues with the R617, but hopefully, these will be fixed soon.
Overall, the TCL 6 Series is a very good 4k TV for a wide range of usages.
If you find the TCL R617 too expensive, get the TCL S517. It is a decent 4k TV powered by the latest Roku Smart TV interface. The integrated Roku platform is identical to the one found on the TCL R617 and similar to the one found on Roku's own line of dedicated external devices. The S517 isn't as advanced as the R617 but offers decent overall picture quality and excellent dark room performance thanks to the impressive native contrast ratio and good black uniformity.
Unfortunately, bright room performance is hindered by the limited peak brightness, so the S517 is a little less versatile than the R617. It supports HDR and has a wide color gamut, but it isn't bright enough to take advantage of HDR content fully.
If you want an even cheaper option than the TCL S517, we recommend the TCL S405/S425. It isn't as versatile as the TCL R617 or S517 since it isn't as bright and lacks a local dimming feature, but it should still please most people. It supports HDR, but unfortunately, it isn't effective as the rest of the Roku line due to the limited color gamut and poor HDR brightness. Similar to the rest of the TCL lineup, gamers will be pleased by the excellent low input lag.
The TCL S405 initially shipped with an older version of the Roku interface but has since been updated to the latest, so the interface is almost identical to the latest Roku TVs or external Roku devices. The channel selection is the same across the entire line, and the interface is almost as fast and smooth as the more expensive Roku devices.
The S405 is being gradually replaced by the S425. They are the exact same internally, but there are some slight cosmetic changes.
If you are looking for the largest TV available that runs the Roku platform, then get the TCL 75C807 4k Roku TV. It is a decent TV with an okay picture quality and a high contrast ratio, but with poor black uniformity and bad viewing angles that hurt the overall performance.
It is very responsive due to the low input lag and this is great if you play video games. It is available in 75 inches and runs the Roku smart platform, which is both simple and quick.
If you want a Roku TV that is available in smaller sizes, then get the TCL S305 1080p Roku TV. Unfortunately, it cannot get very bright, and its handling of motion could be better. It is available in a variety of small sizes including 28 and 32 inches.
At these sizes, the resolution is only 720p, but the picture quality is still decent and supports the full range of Roku smart features available.
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.