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Article updated on April 5, 2024 at 1:05 PM PDT

Best Roku TV for 2024

Roku works with other brands to produce Roku TVs but also now makes its own. Here are our picks for the best Roku-branded TVs you can get.

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Sarah Lord covers TVs and home entertainment. Prior to joining CNET, Sarah served as the tech and electronic reviews fellow at Insider, where she wrote about everything from smart watches and wearables to tablets and e-readers. She began her career by writing laptop reviews as an intern and subsequent freelancer at Tom's Hardware. She is also a professional actor with many credits in theater, film and television.
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Most TVs are now smart TVs, which allow you to easily watch the best streaming services, like Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney Plus and Netflix. These systems all offer access to the biggest streaming apps, but there are differences among them. Some offer robust search, a clean interface and a plethora of smaller apps to choose from, while others can be cluttered, slow and difficult to navigate. With so many choices on the market -- both in terms of TVs and smart TV systems -- we're here to advise on how to find the best value (right as 2023 TVs start going on sale, too)!

At CNET, as part of our rigorous side-by-side TV testing regimen, we've reviewed all the major smart TV systems. We prefer Roku's system for its simplicity, effective search features and its vast catalog of supported apps and services. It isn't the only good OS (Google TV also has impressive features), but we generally find that Roku is the easiest to use. 

What's the best Roku TV overall?

The best Roku TV tested and reviewed by CNET is the TCL 6-Series Roku TV. Year after year, it's been our top pick because it just keeps getting better. It offers excellent image quality for the money, extras for gaming, a stand that accommodates a soundbar and the Roku TV OS. Plenty of other TVs also have the Roku platform built in. 

Roku itself makes TVs now, but it also continues to sell sets made by partner manufacturers, like TCL, Hisense, Onn, Pioneer and Sharp. These televisions generally tend to sit at the low end of the price and picture quality spectrum. And you won't find a Roku-branded top-of-the-line OLED TV yet, despite Roku offering manufacturers a blueprint on how to make one. For now, TCL's mini-LED 6-Series TV is the most advanced Roku TV available.

Of course, you can turn any TV into a Roku by adding a Roku streaming device, which typically costs less than $50. You'll be sacrificing an HDMI port (and possibly a USB port, too). But in return, you can consider other TVs with higher-end options such as full-array local dimming, OLED screens, a 120Hz refresh rate4K UHD resolutionhigh dynamic range, a plethora of HDMI ports,  and even gaming-centric features -- including variable refresh rate -- to go with a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X

But if you're convinced you want an all-in-one Roku TV, here are the best you can get. 

Best Roku TVs of 2024

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Best overall Roku TV

TCL 6-Series Roku TV

For the last five years, the TCL 6-Series has been our favorite TV for the money, and the latest version -- also known as the R655 series -- is no exception. It has an excellent image thanks to mini-LED tech and well-implemented full-array local dimming that helps it run circles around just about any other TV at this price. It improves upon the previous R635 series with improved gaming extras and a center-mount stand to elevate the screen to make room for a soundbar. And finally, the Roku TV operating system is our hands-down favorite.

Note that in addition to the R635, which this TV replaces, other versions of the 6-Series were released a couple of years ago and remain available. The R646 series uses the Google TV operating system but otherwise has similar specifications to the R655 models. The R648 series has an 8K resolution and is significantly more expensive. 

The prices shown below are for the 55-inch size.

$500 at Best Buy

Best midpriced Roku TV

Roku Plus Series

Competition among TVs in the middle pricing band is heating up, and the Plus Series is the latest entrant in 2023. Unlike the TCL Roku TVs, this one is all Roku, with no other brands on board. It adds a couple of step-up extras, including QLED and full-array local dimming, which help deliver a better picture than the TCL 4-Series, for example. It's not as impressive as the Vizio MQX, though, since it lacks 120Hz for gaming and has worse picture quality overall. If you value those extras, then the Vizio is worth saving for, but if not the Roku Plus Series is a very good value.

This is the first TV Roku has produced under its own brand, as opposed to partnering with a brand like TCL, Sharp, Pioneer or Hisense. The company also released a version with fewer features and no local dimming, called the Roku Select Series.

The price shown below is for the 55-inch size.

$266 at Best Buy

Best budget Roku TV

TCL 4-Series

The picture quality of the TCL 4-Series Roku TV was a step behind the Vizio V-Series in our budget TV test, but the differences between the two are slight enough that you'd really have to have them set up side by side to notice anything at all. The 4-Series lacks the Dolby Vision, Bluetooth connectivity and AMD FreeSync with a variable refresh rate, all of which the Vizio offers. 

The 4-Series' advantage over the Vizio is that it comes with the excellent Roku Smart TV system built in. That makes it a great choice for those looking for a one-stop smart TV solution, without having to add an external streaming device.

Note that TCL has been selling the 4-Series for the last few years with little to no change in image quality or features in our tests, although it has recently added some larger screen sizes, including an 85-inch option.

The prices shown below are for the 55-inch size.

How does CNET test TVs?

Our TV reviews follow a rigorous, unbiased evaluation process honed over nearly two decades of TV reviews. Our primary TV test lab has specialized equipment for measuring light and color, including a Konica Minolta CS-2000 spectroradiometer, a Murideo Sig-G 4K HDR signal generator and an AVPro Connect 8x8 4K HDR distribution matrix. We use Portrait Displays CalMan Ultimate software to evaluate every TV we review. In every CNET TV review, three or more similar TVs are compared side-by-side in various lighting conditions playing different media, including movies, TV shows and games, across a variety of test categories, from color to video processing to gaming to HDR. Our reviews also account for design, features, smart TV performance, HDMI input and gaming compatibility, and other factors.

One important aspect of image quality we test is overall brightness. Here's how it compares in nits across select TVs listed above.

Light Output in Nits

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TVBrightest mode (HDR)Accurate mode (HDR)Brightest mode (SDR)Accurate mode (SDR)
Samsung QN65Q90B 3,3161,9812,625974
Hisense U8H 1,8671,8671,6051,605
TCL 65R655 1,3871,1941,292624
Vizio M65QXM-K03 939742958608
LG OLED65C2 812759413389
Roku TV Plus (65-inch) 514455579404

Check out How We Test TVs for more details.

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Factors to consider when choosing a TV

With all of the TVs available today, and all of the technical terms and jargon associated with television technology, it can be tough to figure out what's important. Here's a quick guide to help cut through the confusion.

Price: TVs range in price from $100 to more than $2,000. Smaller screens are cheaper, well-known brands are more expensive and spending more money can also get you better image quality. Most entry-level TVs have a good enough picture for most people, but TVs last a long time, so it might be worth spending more to get a better picture. It's also best to shop for a TV in the fall, when prices are lower.

Screen size: Bigger is better in our book. We recommend a size of at least 43 inches for a bedroom TV and at least 55 inches for a living room or main TV -- and 65 inches or larger is best. More than any other "feature," stepping up in TV screen size is the best use of your money. One of the most common post-TV-purchase complaints we've heard is from people who didn't go big enough. And we almost never hear people complain that their TV is too large.

Capability: Among entry-level TVs the most important feature is what kind of smart TV system the TV uses. Among midrange models, look for a feature including full-array local dimming, mini-LED and 120Hz refresh rate, which (unlike some other extras) do help improve the picture in our experience. And among high-end TVs, OLED technology is your best bet.

For more TV buying advice check out How to Buy a TV.

Roku TV FAQs

What's the difference between a Roku TV and a Roku streaming device?

Both Roku TVs and streaming devices offer you access to the same software. The only difference is that this software comes built into a Roku TV, and you won't need to purchase a separate device to connect to a TV. A Roku streaming device is best suited for those who do not have a Roku TV and are looking to use the Roku software. 

The streaming device connects to the back of your TV through an HDMI input and can be accessed through the corresponding input button on your TV remote. Most Roku devices connected to newer TVs can be configured to automatically switch to the correct input when you press the power button on the Roku remote. 

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Can I use a Roku TV for gaming?

You can connect any TV to a gaming console with an HDMI cable to play games, but only the TCL 6-Series Roku TV will offer gaming-specific features like 4K/120Hz and low input lag. 

Casual gamers might be happy to game on a TV without gaming-specific features, but those looking to get the most out of their Playstation 5 or Xbox Series X will want to stick with a TV like the 6-Series. 

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How big a TV should I get?

In our opinion, bigger is better, and your money is best spent on large screen sizes rather than a slight upgrade in image quality. The answer also depends on room size and seating distance: If you have a big room and sit farther away, you'll want a bigger TV. 

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