The 6 Best Outdoor TVs – Summer 2021: Reviews

The 6 Best Outdoor TVs – Summer 2021: Reviews

The 6 Best Outdoor TVs - Summer 2021: Reviews

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Outdoor TVs are becoming more and more popular as a way to keep guests entertained or provide the ultimate outdoor relaxation experience. Most TVs aren’t designed to be exposed to the elements and those that have been engineered for the outdoors are typically expensive. The alternative is to buy an indoor TV and install it in an enclosure designed to protect it from the elements. Most of the TVs in this article aren’t designed for outdoor use, so we suggest placing it in a protected area away from direct sunlight and from any potential rain. It’s important when choosing a TV like this to make sure that it has excellent reflection handling to minimize glare and that it can get bright enough to be visible in the sun.

We’ve tested more than 80 TVs under the latest test bench, and below are our recommendations for the best outdoor TVs you can buy. You can also check our recommendations for the best smart TVs, the best 4k TVs, and the best budget TVs.


  1. Best LED Outdoor TV: Samsung The Terrace

    Type LED

    Sub-Type VA

    Resolution 4k

    Sizes : 55″ 65″ 75″

    The best outdoor TV with an LED panel that we’ve tested is the Samsung The Terrace. This is a unique TV specifically designed for outdoor use, and because of its special features, it delivers exceptional performance in bright environments. It’s an extremely well-built TV that’s made to battle the elements, and it’s certified to have IP55 water resistance, but this isn’t something we test for.

    Due to its specific design and usage, it’s one of the brightest TVs we’ve tested. It easily gets bright enough to combat glare, and if that isn’t enough for you, it also has outstanding reflection handling. You can easily put it on your outdoor patio, and visibility shouldn’t be an issue in most cases. Samsung’s Tizen interface is easy-to-use and has an excellent selection of apps available to download, so you should be able to find all your favorite streaming services directly on it. Also, the TV has an ambient mode that makes it look like a piece of art when enabled.

    Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, which is disappointing for an outdoor TV because you quickly lose image accuracy when viewing off-center. It also has some uniformity issues that could be distracting, like dirty screen effect in the center, but this can vary between units. All things considered, this is the best outdoor TV that we’ve tested.

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  2. Cheaper Alternative: Samsung QN90A QLED

    Type LED

    Sub-Type VA

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    Resolution 4k

    Sizes : 50″ 55″ 65″ 75″ 85″

    If you want something considerably cheaper, then look into the Samsung QN90A QLED. It’s not designed for outdoor use like the Samsung The Terrace, so you need to keep it away from any potential rain, but it has wider viewing angles thanks to Samsung’s ‘UItra Viewing Angle’ technology. Luckily, the QN90A uses Mini LED backlighting, which allows it to get extremely bright, even brighter than the Terrace in real scenes. It has a glossy screen finish that does a fantastic job at handling reflections, but light creates a rainbow-like effect across the screen likely due to the ‘Ultra Viewing Angle’ layer. It has lower native contrast than most VA panel TVs, but it still has a great local dimming feature to produce deep blacks.

    If you want the best outdoor TV, you can’t go wrong with The Terrace as it’s specifically designed for this use, but if you don’t want to spend so much money, then check out the QN90A.

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  3. Best OLED Outdoor TV For Night Use: LG C1 OLED

    Type OLED

    Sub-Type WRGB

    Resolution 4k

    Sizes : 48″ 55″ 65″ 77″ 83″

    The best TV for outside nighttime viewing is the LG C1 OLED. It delivers stunning picture quality that should please most people thanks to its ability to turn off individual pixels, resulting in a near-infinite contrast for perfect blacks. It’s well-built, but since it’s not specifically designed for outdoor use, it’s best to place it in a proper enclosure.

    It’s better to use this TV at night instead of during the day because OLEDs don’t get very bright, and direct sunlight can also damage individual pixels. Still, if you want to use it in a seating environment with a few outdoor lights, it has fantastic reflection handling. As mentioned, blacks look deep and inky, and there’s no blooming around bright objects either. If you don’t want to connect any extra streaming devices, the built-in webOS has a ton of apps available to download, and the Magic Remote offers voice-controlled features.

    Sadly, OLEDs have the risk of permanent burn-in, which could happen with constant exposure to static elements. However, we only expect this to be an issue if you’re going to use it as a PC monitor, and we don’t expect there to be any burn-in for those who watch varied content. Also, its HDR brightness is just okay, and there’s banding in gradients. If that doesn’t bother you, then this is the best outdoor TV with an OLED panel.

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  4. More Expensive Alternative With Better HDR: Sony A90J OLED

    Type OLED

    Sub-Type WRGB

    Resolution 4k

    Sizes : 55″ 65″ 83″

    If you don’t mind spending more on something with better HDR performance, then check out the Sony A90J OLED. It lacks any of the gaming features that the LG C1 OLED has, but if you’re using it for streaming HDR content outdoors, that shouldn’t make a difference. Instead, the Sony likely uses the new evo panel, allowing it to get brighter in HDR, so highlights pop more. It also has much better out-of-the-box accuracy, and it has better image processing in terms of gradient handling, so you won’t notice much banding, if at all. It still delivers the same fantastic picture quality in dark scenes thanks to the near-infinite contrast ratio, and the Google TV interface is great overall.

    If you want the best TV for outdoor use with an OLED panel, you can’t go wrong with the LG, but if you don’t have a price budget and HDR performance is important to you, look into the Sony.

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  5. Best Outdoor TV For Sports: Samsung QN85A QLED

    Type LED

    Sub-Type IPS

    Resolution 4k

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    Sizes : 55″ 65″ 75″ 85″

    The best outdoor TV for watching sports is the Samsung QN85A QLED. It’s a step down from the Samsung QN90A QLED, but it’s a better choice for watching sports because it has an IPS-like panel with wider angles, great for wide seating areas. However, like the QN90A, it’s not designed for outdoor use, so you have to keep it away from the elements.

    It also uses Mini LED backlighting, so it gets extremely bright, and combined with its outstanding reflection handling, glare shouldn’t be an issue even in the brightest of environments. Our unit has fantastic out-of-the-box accuracy, so you may not need to get it calibrated to enjoy it to the fullest, but this can vary between units. It doesn’t have issues upscaling lower-resolution content if you want to use a cable box, and if you tend to stream your sports, the built-in Tizen OS has a great selection of apps available through the app store.

    Sadly, our unit has some dirty screen effect in the center, which could get distracting during sports, but can also vary between units. Since it has an IPS-like panel, it has a low native contrast ratio, and even though it has a local dimming feature, there’s still blooming around bright objects. This shouldn’t be an issue for watching sports, so this TV is still one of the best outdoor TVs we’ve tested.

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  6. Best Budget Outdoor TV: Hisense U6G

    Type LED

    Sub-Type VA

    Resolution 4k

    Sizes : 50″ 55″ 65″ 75″

    The best TV for outside in the budget category is the Hisense U6G. It delivers great overall performance, competing with higher-end models, and it’s an impressive choice if you’re going to use it outside during the day or at night. Like most TVs in this recommendation, it’s designed for indoor use, and the build quality is decent, so it’s best to use an enclosure for it.

    Visibility shouldn’t be an issue even in the brightest of conditions because it has excellent reflection handling and easily gets bright enough to combat glare, which is great for a budget TV. If you want to use it at night, it has an excellent native contrast ratio with remarkable black uniformity and a decent full-array local dimming feature that improves the picture quality in dark scenes. It doesn’t have any trouble upscaling lower-resolution content, like from cable TV or some streaming programs, and you can cast anything you want from your phone.

    Unfortunately, it has a VA panel with narrow viewing angles, so the image looks inaccurate if you watch it from the side. Also, its speakers don’t produce much bass, so you won’t get the best sound experience possible if you don’t use a soundbar, but at least they get loud. All things considered, this is the best outdoor TV that you can get at a low cost.

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Recent Updates

  1. Aug 16, 2021: Added the Sony A90J as ‘HDR Alternative’ and replaced the Hisense H8G with the Hisense U6G; added the Sony X85J and LG G1 to Notable Mentions.

  2. Jun 21, 2021: Replaced the LG CX with the newer C1; moved the Samsung QN90A to ‘Cheaper Alternative’ to Samsung The Terrace, removed the Vizio Quantum X, and added the Samsung QN85A for consistency with other recommendations; updated Notable Mentions.

  3. Apr 22, 2021: Replaced the Samsung Q90/Q90T QLED with the Samsung QN90A QLED because it gets brighter and has a faster response time. Added the Q90T and the Samsung QN85A QLED to Notable Mentions.

  4. Feb 23, 2021: Moved the Sony X950H to Notable Mentions from ‘Best Large TV’ because the other TVs in the recommendation are also available in large sizes.

  5. Jan 04, 2021: Minor text and structure changes. No change in recommendations.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best outdoor TVs 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 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. [external_footer]

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