4K Roku TVs With Great Picture Quality

All Roku smart TVs provide tons of content and convenience, but only a handful deliver a great picture

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When it comes to streaming platforms, we’ve been fans of Roku, whose streaming media players have typically been among the top models in our ratings. But how about Roku TVs, which use the same smart TV platform?

When Roku TV sets started appearing almost seven years ago, they came from minor brands and generally fell short when it came to picture quality and other measures of performance.

But consumers now have more choices now, with some 10 brands offering Roku TVs, including Hisense and TCL. Some of these sets—certainly not all—perform as well as or better than TVs from the best-known brands.

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There are a couple of downsides to any Roku set. You’ll need a Roku account to use the TV. Also, the picture-setting controls are more limited than what you get with most sets. For example, you can’t use the Roku remote control to adjust certain picture settings, such as gamma, which allows you to show greater shadow detail in darker images without changing the TV’s actual black level. You also can’t use the remote to turn off noise reduction, which is typically a good thing to do. With some Roku TV models, you can make adjustments using a smartphone app, but on others—mainly smaller, less expensive sets—the controls aren’t available at all.

Where Roku TVs all deliver is their smart TV functionality. These sets offer a wide variety of content and a well-designed interface. And unlike some TVs, Roku regularly updates its operating system, so the set’s smart TV system will receive new features and improvements, and avoid becoming outdated. Also, Roku TVs are compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, as well as Apple HomeKit and Siri, plus Roku’s own voice system. That means you can search for shows, pause movies, and launch a streaming channel using voice commands on compatible devices. These televisions tend to be relatively inexpensive, too.

The Best Roku TVs

The following Roku TVs shine when it comes to picture quality. A number of them can deliver a great HDR (high dynamic range) experience, which is a major differentiator of quality in today’s sets. We’ve also picked out some Roku TVs that lack top-notch HDR performance but that do well in other respects and could be worth considering if you’re looking to save some money. The sets are arranged in order of CR ranking, starting with the top performers.

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