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The 4 Best Roku TVs - Spring 2023 Reviews

Best Roku TVs

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. In 2014, TCL and Hisense launched new lines of TVs with the Roku Smart TV interface integrated into their TVs, offering the same great streaming interface and channel selection without needing an external device. Not all Roku TVs are the same, so choosing one depends on the TV's performance and your needs. Of course, you can buy a Roku box and connect it to any TV, but these recommendations focus on TVs with Roku built-in.

We've bought and tested more than 385 TVs, and below are our recommendations for the best Roku TVs you can buy. See our picks for the best budget TVs, the best smart TVs, and the best small TVs. Most brands have started releasing their 2023 lineups, so make sure to vote on which ones you want us to buy and test. If you want to find out more about the 2023 models, check out our 2023 TV lineup page.

  1. Best Roku TV

    The best Roku TV we've tested is the TCL 6 Series/R655 2022 QLED. It's an impressive TV overall, with fantastic contrast and a decent Mini LED local dimming feature that helps improve the appearance of dark scenes. It has an impressive color gamut in HDR and great color volume thanks to its high peak brightness, so colors in HDR look vibrant and life-like. Bright highlights stand out incredibly well, and it tracks the PQ EOTF properly, ensuring HDR content is displayed the way the content creator intended.

    As it's a premium TV, it has a few extra features compared to other Roku TVs. Its remote has a mic built-in, letting you quickly search for content with your voice. If you also want to use it for gaming, it has a fast 144Hz refresh rate and supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, making it a fantastic choice for new-gen console gamers or PC gamers with a recent graphics card. It also supports variable refresh rate technology, which significantly reduces the amount of tearing you'll see in games, and it has superb low input lag for a responsive gaming experience.

    See our review

  2. Best 8k Roku TV

    While there isn't much 8k content available, and the future of 8k TVs is uncertain, there are some 8k Roku TVs you can consider if you want a sharper image, like the TCL 6 Series/R648 2021 8k QLED. While it's an older model released in 2021, it's still available to buy and has many of the same features as current TVs. The main trade-off is that the vast majority of the content you watch will be upscaled, meaning the overall picture quality is a bit worse than a native 4k TV like the TCL 6 Series/R655 2022 QLED. However, it's still a great TV with remarkable contrast and minimal blooming around bright objects. Its high peak brightness helps it deliver an impressive HDR experience, as bright highlights stand out against the background.

    It respects the content creator's intent, as it follows the PQ EOTF well and has great tone mapping in HDR. It has an excellent wide color gamut and good color volume, so HDR content looks incredibly vivid and life-like. It comes with a different remote than the R655 as it's bigger but has the same shortcut buttons to popular streaming services, and it also has a built-in mic for voice control. While most Roku TVs are TCL models like this one, the Hisense U800GR 8k is another 8k TV you can get, but considering it costs more and doesn't perform as well overall, it isn't worth getting.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Roku TV

    If you don't need an 8k TV like the TCL 6 Series/R648 2021 8k QLED and just want something on a budget, consider the TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED. It's a 4k TV that's a step-down model from the TCL 6 Series/R655 2022 QLED, as it has a worse local dimming feature and fewer gaming features. However, it's still a great TV for watching movies in a dark room thanks to its superb contrast ratio and decent full-array local dimming feature, but there's more noticeable blooming around bright objects than on the R655.

    Another difference between this TV and the R655 is that this one comes with a more basic remote that doesn't have a mic for voice control. This means you can't easily search for content, but you can still download the Roku app on your phone to use the voice control feature. Other than that, you still get the same great Roku interface with tons of apps available to download, and it's easy to navigate.

    See our review

  4. Best Cheap Roku TV

    If you want something cheaper, go with the TCL 4 Series/S455 2022. It's a simple TV that doesn't deliver the same good overall picture quality as the TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED, but it's also available in many different sizes, so you can get the one that suits your needs the most. It delivers decent picture quality overall, but it has a much more limited set of features compared to the more expensive options on this list. However, as many of the features it's missing are gaming perks, that doesn't make a difference for streaming shows or watching your favorite movies.

    It has a great native contrast ratio, resulting in deep blacks and bright highlights when watching movies in the dark, but it lacks a local dimming feature to further improve contrast. Luckily, the lack of the local dimming feature also means there isn't much blooming around bright objects. It has a similar selection of smart features to the higher-end models with the same great Roku OS interface, and it supports voice control through the companion app, but not with the remote.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Hisense U6GR: The Hisense U6GR is a very good alternative to the TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED, but it has a slightly slower response time and isn't as bright. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 28, 2023: Verified that the TVs are still available and updated text for clarity.

  2. Feb 14, 2023: Replaced the Hisense U6GR with the TCL 5 Series/S555 2022, as the 5 Series is slightly better overall for about the same price.

  3. Dec 21, 2022: Replaced the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED with the newer TCL 6 Series/R655 2022 QLED, and removed the TCL 3 Series 2019, as it's outdated.

  4. Oct 18, 2022: Replaced the TCL 4 Series/S435 2020 with the TCL 4 Series/S455 2022, and added the TCL 6 Series/R648 2021 8k QLED as the 'Best 8k'.

  5. Aug 01, 2022: Restructured article to reflect how people are using Roku TVs; removed the Gaming category and moved the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED to the 'Best Roku TV'; moved the Hisense U6GR to the 'Best Budget' and removed the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs with Roku built-in 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.