The Roku TV OS platform is one of the easiest ways to access popular streaming services like Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, and HBO Max, as well as thousands of other apps and games, on any Roku streaming stick or set-top box.
If you’re in the market for a new TV but have your heart set on Roku as your operating system, Roku has partnered with a number of manufacturers, including TCL and Hisense, to provide a strong selection of TVs that include Roku pre-installed. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, you can always wait for Roku to release its own Roku-branded TVs in the spring of 2023.
To date, all of the Televisions on our list have been manufactured by TCL (Roku TV’s primary customer), while Hisense has been shifting its focus more toward Google. And we think the TCL 6-Series is the greatest Roku TV on the market right now.
TCL 6-Series (2022)
TCL’s 6-Series (R655) 4K mini-LED TV from 2022 continues to dominate this list. The 65- and 55-inch models are a no-brainer due to their ridiculously low prices (both are around $1,000). On the other hand, let’s delve in.
TCL’s approach to the 6-Series for 2022 was more along the lines of “if it ain’t busted, don’t fix it,” although the company did make some improvements.
Tested at just under 1,500 nits peak brightness, it boasts the lowest blooming and best color of any TCL 6-Series TV we’ve seen. It also supports Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG. To put it simply, it’s gorgeous.
There has never been a time when the 6-Series’ black levels and contrast were worse than the top QLED and OLED TV models. The sacrifices made to get this result are truly extraordinary.
Even though it won’t make a difference if you only use the TV’s internal speakers (because, really, who does that? ), the latest TCL 6-Series is Dolby Atmos-capable, guaranteeing fantastic surround sound when paired with an external soundbar or AV receiver.
The 6-Series is well-liked by gamers thanks to its variable refresh rate (VRR) of up to 144Hz, which eliminates latency and stutter during gaming and improves color accuracy and contrast thanks to AMD FreeSync Premium Pro. There’s also an automated mode that changes the visual settings based on how hard you’re playing.
The voice-enabled Roku remote that comes with this Roku Smart TV allows you to manage the TV by saying things like “start Netflix” or “Margot Robbie” to get all of the movies and TV episodes that star that actress. TCL TVs are Apple AirPlay compatible, so you can stream content from your iPhone to the TV, and Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility means you can use similar voice commands with a smart speaker if you already have one.
TCL 6-Series 8K
This gorgeous 8K 6-Series model offers everything you need if the price isn’t as crucial to you and you want to get a QLED with the greatest quality available for your images. TCL’s cutting-edge mini-LED QLED technology is integrated into a robust and compact frame.
The model’s coloring and shading are especially noteworthy: The AiPQ Engine supports high dynamic range (HDR) and automatically improves color and clarity based on what you’re seeing, while the 240 individually controlled lighting zones ensure a consistent contrast ratio. Be aware that 8K resolution is most noticeable on larger sizes: We went with a 65-inch model to begin with, but a 75-inch version is also offered!
The TV has four HDMI inputs and one USB connector, and it can refresh at up to 120 frames per second. Playback and the smart capabilities of the TV may also be controlled by voice commands through the use of Siri, Amazon, and Google Assistant.
Remember that in order to get the most out of an 8K TV, you need 8K content, which is currently not readily available to the general public. This TCL 6-Series model will ensure your enjoyment of high-definition content for many years to come, even after 8K resolution televisions become the norm. In the meanwhile, you can watch 4K and higher resolution video that has been upscaled.
If you can live with a smaller screen, like a 32-inch one, you can save a ton of money while still getting a great TV with all the features you need, like built-in Roku support. This Roku TV model is therefore ideal as a secondary TV (in a room like a kitchen or a bedroom) or as a TV for which you will have a limited viewing distance (like in a loft or dorm).
The TCL 3-Series 32S335 has dual-band Wi-Fi for your wireless connection, three HDMI 2.0 ports for managing numerous devices, Optical Audio out, Composite, and a USB-A connector should you need it for your media player.
Voice-activated search and volume adjustments via Alexa and Google Assistant are also enabled on the TV, eliminating the need for a separate remote control (not all Roku features will be supported by voice command). The only real drawback to this ultra-cheap television is its maximum resolution of 720p, which means you won’t see all the supporting detail for many types of content, especially when sitting close to the screen.
TCL 4-Series 55S455
The TCL 55-inch 4-Series is a dream come true if you’ve been thinking about upgrading your TV and want a large screen at a reasonable price. With a maximum of 4K resolution, the 4-Series will do an excellent job of upscaling HD and SD material to offer it greater clarity, pop, and punch, even if you’re not watching something in native UHD.
The 4-Series supports Google Assistant, Alexa, and Siri, and it has a game mode that automatically optimizes picture quality for next-gen consoles like the PS5 and Xbox Series X. It also has four HDMI inputs and supports HDR10 and HLG.
Even if it’s not the best TV out there in terms of motion performance (only 60Hz refresh rate) and HDR capabilities, and even though some useful picture changes are buried in the Roku companion app, you shouldn’t pass it up. The TCL 55-inch 4 Series is an excellent value considering its wide array of features and low price.