If you’re in the market for a new TV, you’ve probably already had to deal with trying to sort through all the smart TVs as well as the streaming media options available. There’s no shortage of different ways to watch the content you want, but not all of them are equal.
After comparing all the options, the winner is Roku TV. However, there are still plenty of different kinds of TVs within the Roku brand to consider.
The best Roku TVs at a glance
- The best Roku TV overall: TCL 6-Series (2020)
- The Roku TV with the best picture quality: TCL 8-Series
- The best value in a big-screen Roku TV: Hisense R6200F
- The best cheap Roku TV: Hisense R7 Series
The best Roku TV overall: TCL 6-Series
Why you should buy this: It’s simply the best picture quality you can get for the price.
Who it’s for: Gamers and film buffs who want outstanding picture quality and don’t mind digging into a few settings menus to get it.
Why we picked the TCL 6-Series:
For several years running, TCL’s 6-Series has been our top pick for value, and the company’s 2020 model makes this Roku TV an even more compelling product. TCL’s 2019 8-Series (see our pick below) was the first TV to use mini-LEDs for backlighting, but this year, the feature comes to the 6-Series, giving it far better overall picture quality while keeping the price well under the $1,000 mark.
Though its black levels and contrast aren’t quite as good as the best QLED and OLED TVs, the gap has never been smaller. It’s an accomplishment that is all the more remarkable when you consider the price: The 2020 TCL 6-Series starts at $650 for the 55-inch model.
With Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG support, plus a THX-certified game mode, the 6-Series has you covered for every kind of streaming video and every kind of gaming. It’s also Dolby Atmos-capable. This isn’t a big deal in terms of the sound the TV produces — like most TVs, the 6-Series is not equipped with home theater-caliber audio — but it is a big deal if you plan to connect the 6-Series to a Dolby Atmos A/V receiver or soundbar. Either of these add-ons will dramatically improve your audio when watching content with Dolby Atmos sound support.
It has a voice-capable remote control that lets you issue commands like “start Netflix” to control TV functions or “Tom Cruise” to search for all movies and shows that feature this actor. Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility give you access to many similar voice commands through a smart speaker if you already own one.
There are only two small caveats when considering the 6-Series. First, getting the very best picture quality will require a bit of time and patience, as the TV doesn’t come from the factory with the best settings already in effect. Second, folks who are already looking at buying a next-generation gaming console like the Xbox X-Series or the PlayStation 5 should be aware that the TV’s support for 120Hz refresh rates tops out at 1440p resolution.
The best Roku TV picture quality: TCL 8-Series
Why you should buy this: Superb picture quality that takes QLED closer to OLED than it has ever been before.
Who it’s for: Those looking for a no-compromises Roku TV.
Why we picked the TCL 8-Series:
Initially, Roku TVs were mostly budget-friendly options. The TCL 8-Series forever changed that perception. With a 4K HDR QLED display powered by a first-of-its-kind mini-LED backlight, it set a new benchmark not just for Roku TVs, but for all QLED TVs.
The TCL 8-Series delivers excellent black levels. With mini-LEDs, you can pack thousands of individual LEDs into a space that could once only accommodate hundreds. The 75-inch model has 25,000 mini-LEDs. The result? A completely new degree of control over contrast. It’s so good that the 8-Series almost achieves OLED-levels of pure black.
Color and brightness are equally spectacular, making the TCL 8-Series a terrific choice for enjoying 4K HDR material. With Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG supported, you won’t need to worry about being left behind as the streaming video space offers more and more content in HDR.
To be perfectly candid, the new 2020 TCL 6-Series comes really, really close, and for most people, it’s the better choice. But the 8-Series still has the edge when it comes to overall brightness, and that can make a difference in brightly-lit rooms, especially when displaying HDR material.
As with the 6-Series, the 8-Series supports Dolby Atmos, though you’ll need a soundbar or A/V receiver to appreciate it fully.
Buying the 8-Series in the 65-inch size isn’t a big saving over a similar-sized LG OLED TV — although no OLED TV currently offers a Roku experience. Jump up to the 75-inch model, however, and the value proposition changes entirely. It’s less than half the price of a 77-inch LG C-Series OLED TV.
Mini-LED is a game-changer for TVs based on QLED technology, and the TCL 8-Series give you the best mini-LED display you can buy.
The best Roku TV value: Hisense R6200F
Why you should buy this: It’s a giant 70-inch 4K HDR TV with all the benefits of the Roku platform at a crazy-low price.
Who it’s for: Those who want the biggest picture size for the lowest price.
Why we picked the Hisense R6200F:
As any sports fan will tell you, size matters when it comes to TVs. But just because you have a desire for a big screen, that doesn’t mean you have a bank account to match. That’s what makes the Hisense R6200F so compelling. It’s a Roku TV with 4K HDR and a massive 70-inch screen, yet it’s only $500. That’s $80 to $100 less than you’ll pay for a similarly-sized 4K TV from Samsung, LG, or even Vizio.
For this price, you’re not seeing the dazzling brightness and color of a QLED TV, but the R6200F still supports Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG. You can enjoy HDR content from a wide variety of streaming services or UHD Blu-ray discs.
Most of the great features from expensive Roku TVs are here, like the voice-enabled remote and compatibility with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assitant via smart speakers.
One feature that isn’t supported is Dolby Atmos. The Hisense R6200F instead comes with DTS Studio Sound, which is a good surround sound format, but not as immersive as Atmos.
The best budget Roku TV: Hisense R7 Series
Why you should buy this: It gives you all the benefits of a Roku TV at a rock-bottom price.
Who it’s for: Those who want the simplicity of a Roku TV but want to keep things as affordable as possible.
Why we picked the Hisense R7 Series 4K HDR Roku TV:
If you’re willing to go as small as 43 inches for your TV, you can save a ton of money. Best of all, you still have nearly every feature that makes a Roku TV great. That’s the story behind the Hisense R7 Series.
It’s a 4K HDR TV, so you’re getting all the detail from 4K movies and shows, plus the extra vibrance and color that HDR offers. That HDR is limited to HDR10 and HLG, but given that most HDR content is available in these two formats, you won’t be missing out. Plus, like other 4K TVs, it can upscale any non-4K content to 4K resolution.
All the Roku TV perks are still here, like the simple, intuitive interface, the voice-enabled remote, Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility, and the free Roku companion app for iOS and Android.
There’s no question that the standout feature of the R7 Series is the price. For $250 or less, you have a 4K HDR TV with the best smart TV software on the planet. That puts some of the most advanced TV tech in the hands of a lot of folks, which is remarkable.
If you prefer TCL, you can get the
for the same price. It has an almost identical set of features.