Let’s be blunt. If you’re in the market for a new television, get a 4k Smart TV with Roku built-in.
Swipe down to see our top-3 budget picks, or if you want to know why not having Roku built-in should be a deal-breaker, read on:
FACT: Streaming doesn’t begin and end with Netflix. There’s a world of streaming options, some of which are free. Many of those are FANTASTIC. Like the Roku TV Channel. So…
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What is Roku TV?
Owned by Roku, Inc., the Roku TV Channel is a top-of-the-line free streaming service available through an array of devices, including media sticks and set-top boxes.
The Roku TV Channel does have ads. Yet, that’s how free services make money and remain free. However…
Roku Is More Than A Streaming Channel
What makes getting a TV with Roku built-in invaluable is that it opens up a world of accessibility to Smart TV Apps. From Disney Plus and Apple TV to Paramount Plus, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and beyond.
Simply put, if there’s a free-to-use or premium streaming App, it will almost definitely be available on a TV with Roku built in.
In our research, the only App we found previously unavailable on Roku was Twitch TV – but even that’s on Roku now.
FACT: Roku devices are used by over 50 million people in the U.S. right now. And that number grows yearly according to Statista.
So, here are our top 3 budget Smart TVs with Roku built-in:
TCL 6 Series/R635 2021 QLED, $690+
One of the best budget televisions on the market. The TCL 6 Series is a high-end 4k smart TV with Roku built-in and it has a plethora of features:
- From a QLED panel, offering amazing colors and pixel-perfect HDR10 / Dolby Vision.
- A VA panel (Vertical Alignment) guarantees some of the best contrast and deepest blacks on a TV that’s around $1,000.
- For gamers and sports fans, it has low input lag, great response time, and a Black Frame Insertion feature.
What is Black Frame Insertion?
Black Frame Insertion simulates the CRT flicker of 60hz screens. This is vital in games running at 120hz on newer TVs as it allows the human eye to see fluid motion more clearly, rather than as a blur.
onn. 70” QLED 4K UHD (2160p) Roku Smart TV, $530+
However, if you’re after a big-screen TV then this 70-inch onn. 4k TV should top your shopping list. Let’s get some of the positives of this TV on the scoreboard first:
It’s 70 inches, 4k, and supports Dolby Vision / HDR10, and Dolby Atmos. It comes with a voice-enabled remote and it obviously has Roku TV built-in. Which gives you access to 5,000 streaming channels and 500,000 movies and TV episodes.
Plus, you’ll be able to control the TV from your iOS or Android device via the Roku Channel App. This is perfect for winding up family members. Not that we’d ever change the channel while someone we loved was watching something (we do it all the time).
This TV also comes with 120hz refresh rate and 60 local dimming zones. What this means is that the picture will keep pace with the action, while offering great contrast and brightness.
For a few hundred dollars more you can buy QLED and get a brighter picture with more contrast. This combination of features makes this Smart TV with Roku built-in unbeatable value.
Hisense 43-Inch Class R6 Series, $220+
We can already hear the tech-savvy screaming “Boo” at our third and final suggestion. However, before exiting the post and calling us fools, consider one thing. The price!
At just over $220 there isn’t a better 4k Smart TV with Roku built-in on the market right now. This TV is perfect as an upgrade to your RV, in a youngster’s bedroom, or anywhere 80-inches of pixel-perfection isn’t a set-in-stone requirement.
Move beyond the fact this doesn’t support Dolby Vision or Atmos and look at the features:
- It has a VA panel that offers unbelievable color and contrast at this price point.
- It is $228.
- The TV supports HDR10, HD to 4k scaling, a voice-activated remote, and compatibility with Alexa and Google Assistant.
- It is $228.
- Plus, it features Motion Rate image processing technology, meaning the TV won’t struggle with fast content like sports and gaming.
- And did we mention it is only $228?
In conclusion, these are the three TVs to consider if Roku built-in is a must.