The 10 Best Outdoor TVs of 2018

We’ve looked at every outdoor TV available on the market today and believe the SunBriteTV Signature Outdoor 4K Ultra HD TV is the best outdoor TV for people who are looking for a well priced high-quality product. The Signature series is best suited for shade to partial sun conditions. It delivers crisp HD images and is engineered and designed from the ground-up to be a real outdoor TV that will last for many years exposed to the elements.

If you have been looking for the best outdoor TV you will have learned this is a niche product and your choices are somewhat limited. There are only a few electronics companies who specialize in manufacturing or retrofitting outdoor televisions. Outdoor TVs are designed to provide a superior picture under any outdoor light conditions and, to survive almost anything the elements can throw at it.

What Makes an Outdoor TV Different?

Aesthetically, there is little difference between a regular TV and an outdoor TV. The differences are hidden within the electronics both in terms of picture processing and additional layers of weather protection.

To achieve a clear picture outdoors, your flat screen needs a certain amount of backlighting. This backlighting paired with anti-glare and anti-reflective glass enables your outdoor TV to still display a crystal clear picture. Most outdoor TVs allow you to make adjustments to this backlighting to compensate for more or less sunlight. This feature can also be detected automatically by the TV.

The second major difference between an indoor TV and an outdoor TV is weatherproofing. Outdoor TVs live outside, preferably all year round. For this to work, an outdoor TV needs a significant amount of weather, dust and insect proofing. A typical outdoor TV can withstand a temperature range of between -20℉ – 120℉ however, some outdoor TVs can incur lower or higher temperatures than this.

These additional features and insufficient competing products is what make outdoor TVs so much more expensive than a regular indoor TV.

Which Outdoor TV to Buy?

Outdoor TVs are classed in three subcategories shade, partial and full sunlight. You need to do a little bit of investigating to check the sunlight conditions where your outdoor TV will be installed. Here are some pointers to consider when choosing your Outdoor TV.

Shaded Outdoor Area

Shaded outdoor area which receives a low amount of sunlight. This might be a semi enclosed patio or pool room. You will need an outdoor TV primarily for the weatherproofing rather than any extra lighting features.

Partial Sunlight Outdoor Area

This is a patio, balcony or pool room where there is a likelihood of significant ambient light but no direct sunlight. This might include a semi-enclosed room susceptible to harsh light and reflections.

Full Sunlight Outdoor Area

If there is the possibility of the sun shining directly on your TV then you will need a full sunlight outdoor TV. These outdoor TVs are also the most weather proof as the TV is exposed to the elements.

Shade TVs

Shade

 

Sunrooms • Screened Gazebo • Verandas

Partial Sun TV

Partial Sun

 

Porches • Patios • Pergolas • Covered Decks

Full Sun TV

Full Sun

 

Poolside • Outdoor Seating Areas • Backyard BBQ

The areas as indicated above reflects the typical amount of light you’ll find in each area. Look at your individual an specific circumstances and decide which TV will bet suit your requirements.

Best TV’s for Shaded Areas:

Shade SunBriteTV Veranda Outdoor TV

Sunbrite Veranda Outdoor TV

Nits
270
Resolution
4K UHD
IP Rating
IPX4
Temp Range
-24°F to 104°F
More Specifications

SunBriteTV Veranda Specifications:

Screen Sizes43″, 55″, 65″, 75″
Format4K UHD
NITSUnspecified
Operating Temp-24° to 104° F
HDMI Inputs4
Other InputsRCA, Component, USB
Speakers20 WATT Internal
WarrantyOne year parts & labor
Aspect Ratio16:9
Contrast Ratio4000:1
Frame Rate60Hz
Response Time6.5 milliseconds

The SunBriteTV Veranda Series 4k UHD TV is best suited for outside living areas in the full shade like a covered patio or screened gazebo. The Veranda is an affordable outdoor TV with a full 4k UHD screen. The SunBriteTV Veranda outdoor backlight LED TV produces images up to 30% brighter than the average indoor television. The Veranda’s built-in 20W speakers fire down as opposed to out the rear like many flat screen TVs do. This means better sound quality and clarity. You also have the choice to connect to external speakers through the digital or RCA audio outputs.

The Veranda comes with a choice of three input types. 4 x HDMI, 2 x USB ports and 1 x component inputs. SunBrite even provides a dedicated recessed media bay for your streaming devices and other compact decoders. An IR receiver is linked to the media bay so you can still have full control over any devices placed here.

A weatherproof aluminum covers the rear of the Veranda outdoor TV shielding against rain, snow, dust, salt, insects and extreme temperatures. SunBriteTV has tested and rated the Veranda to operate in temperatures from -24°F to 104°F. Perfect for most weather conditions throughout the US.

Even the SunBriteTV Veranda’s remote control is weatherproof and can happily live outside. The remote control is designed to withstand being accidentally left in the rain and can even survive a drop in the pool (recommended you retrieve the remote as quickly as possible. Not designed to be in the water for more than a minute or two).
The Veranda’s remote control gives you full access to the outdoor TV’s menu and TV controls. Each input has its own button on the remote for quick access without needing to scroll through inputs. The MENU button on the remote takes you to the outdoor television’s on-screen menu where you can make pictures, audio and setting adjustments.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the SunBriteTV Veranda 55” Outdoor TV:

  • 1 x AC Cable
  • User Manual
  • Remote Control + Batteries

ShadeSeura Storm Weatherproof Outdoor TV

 Seura STM3-55-S Storm 55" Weatherproof Outdoor TV

Nits
Unspecified
Resolution
4K UHD
IP Rating
54D/56W
Temp Range
-24°F to 122°F
More Specifications

Seura Storm Specifications:

Screen Sizes42”, 55”, 65”, 84”
Format4K UHD
NITSUnspecified
Recommended Temp-24°F to 122°F / 20% – 80%
HDMI Inputs3
HDMI Outputs1
Speakers2 x 10W Internal Speakers
Warranty2 Years
Aspect Ratio16:9
Contrast Ratio4000:1
Frame RateUnspecified
Response Time8 milliseconds

The Seura Storm Weatherproof Outdoor TV is perfect for shaded outdoor patios, balconies or even a semi-enclosed room which receives some amount of sunlight during the day. This is due to the Seura Storm’s anti-reflective and anti-glare glass covering. A matte finish around the outside of the TV provides additional anti-glare resistance delivering exceptional picture clarity in all light conditions. The 4K UHD delivers four times the resolution of regular HD. Displaying a crisp, sharp picture for you to enjoy all your regular programming in life like clarity.

With full outdoor TV weatherproof features and fixtures, the Seura Storm is designed and tested to fend off even the most severe weather conditions. From icy winters to extreme heat and humidity. Seura Storm’s trademarked Triple-Lock Seal™ provides three weatherproof barriers against dust, moisture, ice, and insects. Recommended operating temperature range is -24°F to 122°F (-31°C to 50°C) while the recommended operating humidity range is 20% – 80%. So no need to worry about this TV living outdoors.

When it comes to input connections the Seura Storm Outdoor TV provides just about every conceivable connection available for TVs in 2018. Inputs include: 3 x HDMI, 1 x Component YPBPR, 1 x display port, 1 x AV Input, 1 x IR Input, 1 x USB. Outputs include: 1 x Coaxial Digital, 1 x Optical Digital, 1 x IR Output, 1 x AV Output and various digital audio outputs.

Seura Storm’s remote gives you full control of your outdoor TV. The usual volume, mute, channel up/down and a numerical keypad is present including some more advanced controls. SLEEP mode allows you to program a specific shutdown time for the TV. ZOOM allows you to adjust the aspect ratio of the TV depending on the picture you are receiving. Useful when changing from various devices like cable or DVD. The CC button turns subtitles on/off. Having this dedicated button for subtitles is great as this option is usually only adjustable within the TV’s menu. The LAST button simply takes you back to the previous channel.

You can access the outdoor television’s menu by pressing the MENU button on the remote. From here you can adjust picture settings, including the amount of backlight, color, audio including a five-band graphic equalizer, timer settings, and a parental lock. Within each of these settings, there are further tweaks and adjustments which can be made giving you a significant amount of control to customize the Seura Storm to your exact preference.

 What’s in the Box?

Included with the Seura Storm Weatherproof Outdoor TV:

  • 1 x AC Cable
  • User Manual
  • Remote Control

ShadeMirage Vision Silver Patio Series Outdoor TV

mirage-vision-silver-series

Nits
450
Resolution
4K UHD
IP Rating
N/A
Temp Range
-25°F to 145°F
More Specifications

Mirage Vision Silver Specifications:

Screen Size32″, 43″ ,50″, 55", 65"
Format4K UHD
NITS700
Operating Temp-25°F to 145°F
HDMI Inputs4
Other InputsRCA, Component, USB, VGA, CAT5, Coaxial RF, WiFi
Speakers2 x 10 WATT
WarrantyOne year parts & labor
Aspect Ratio16:9
Contrast RatioUnspecified
Frame Rate120Hz
Response TimeUnspecified

Mirage Vision doesn’t manufacture their own outdoor televisions but retrofit regular indoor TV models with features that enable the TV to be used outdoors. This means you get the quality and sophisticated technology of popular name brand TVs from manufacturers like Samsung, Vizio, Sharp or LG but with advanced outdoor capability.
MirageVision changes little on the original TV. They simply add proprietary external video processing and then include hardware to weatherproof the TV for outside use.

Mirage Vision is a trusted and reputable brand with all work being carried out in the United States. The list of clients who trust Mirage Vision with the customization of their outdoor TVs includes; Disney, Universal Studios, The U.S. Army, NASA, Kennedy Space Center, Seaworld, CBS and more.

The Mirage Vision Silver Series Ultra 43” Outdoor TV is a VIZIO smart TV which has been weatherproofed for outdoor use. The Silver series is Mirage Vision’s most affordable range of outdoor televisions. While the Silver Series does have some internal weatherproofing, it is not rated for wet conditions. Weatherproofing upgrades to this VIZIO Smart TV include; sealing of TV housing cabinet, sealing of rear guard breath vents, moisture protection of internal circuitry and a water resistant input cabinet area. So while the Silver Series won’t take direct rain or water, there is still a decent amount of protection against moisture from due, humidity and other condensation. The outside of the TV cabinet is protected with UV sealer.

The screen has been calibrated to enhance backlight and contrast so that ambient sunlight won’t affect the picture clarity. Having said that, the Silver Series range of outdoor TVs are not designed for direct sunlight so a shaded area where the TV is fully covered from the elements is recommended.

What’s in the Box?

Mirage Vision Silver Series Ultra 43″ Outdoor TV:

  • 1 x AC Cable
  • User Manual
  • Remote Control
  • Weatherproof Outdoor TV Cover

Best TV’s for Partial Sunlight:

Partial Sun SunbriteTV Signature Series Outdoor TV

Sunbrite Signature

Nits
700
Resolution
4K UHD
IP Rating
IPX4
Temp Range
-24°F to 104°F
More Specifications

Sunbrite Signature Specifications:

Screen Size43″, 55″, 65″, 75"
Format4K UHD
NITS700
Operating Temp-24°F to 122°F
HDMI Inputs2
Other InputsRCA, Component, USB, VGA, CAT5, Coaxial RF
SpeakersOptional 20 WATT speaker bar (not Included). This model does NOT include built-in speakers.
WarrantyTwo year parts & labor
Aspect Ratio16:9
Contrast Ratio4000:1
Frame Rate60Hz
Response Time6.5 milliseconds

The Sunbrite Signature Series Outdoor TV is designed for partially shaded outdoor areas or areas which experience high ambient light conditions. The commercial-grade anti-glare screen delivers 4K UHD high-brightness and utilizes direct LED backlight technology. This combination means you can watch TV outdoors even when there is significant sunlight and reflection. The SunBriteTV Signature Series is weatherproof rated for temperatures from -24°F to 122°F. The outdoor TV is designed to withstand the elements operate in rain, snow, extreme heat and dusty environments.

The Signature Series 4K TV includes an integrated HDBaseT receiver and IR repeater. This, allows ultra-high-definition video, audio, and external control signals to transmit over a single CAT5 cable. HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 is supported enabling you to connect any current generation 4K sources and streaming services. SunBriteTV’s recessed media bay is also present on the Signature Series Outdoor TV. This offers a convenient place to store media devices and small decoders. A built-in IR receiver means you can still control your devices from the front of the TV.

It is important to note, the SunBriteTV Signature Series Outdoor TV does not come with built-in speakers. The SunBriteTV Weatherproof Soundbar can be purchased separately. Alternatively, check out our best recommendations for outdoor speakers.

Like the SunBriteTV Veranda, the Signature Series remote control is weatherproof and can live outdoors. The SunBriteTV Veranda and Signature Series remote controls are identical. The remote control is designed to withstand being accidentally left in the rain and can even survive a drop in the pool (recommended you retrieve the remote as quickly as possible. Not designed to be in the water for more than a minute or two).

The Veranda’s remote control gives you full access to the outdoor TV’s menu and TV controls. Each input has its own button on the remote for quick access without needing to scroll through inputs. The MENU button on the remote takes you to the outdoor television’s on-screen menu where you can make pictures, audio and setting adjustments.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the SunBriteTV Signature Series Outdoor TV:

  • 1 x AC Cable
  • User Manual
  • Remote Control

Partial Sun Mirage Vision G Series Outdoor TV

Nits
550
Resolution
4K UHD
IP Rating
N/A
Temp Range
-25°F to 145°F
More Specifications

Mirage Vision G Series Specifications:

Screen Sizes32″, 40″, 50", 55" 65″, 75"
Format4K UHD
NITS550
Operating Temp-25°F to 145°F
HDMI Inputs4
Other InputsRCA, Component, USB
Speakers2 x 10w Internal Speakers
Warranty1 Year Parts and Labor Limited Warranty
Aspect Ratio16:9
Contrast RatioUnspecified
Frame Rate60Hz
Response TimeUnspecified

Mirage Vision doesn’t manufacture their own outdoor televisions but retrofit regular indoor TV models with features that enable the TV to be used outdoors. This means you get the quality and sophisticated technology of popular name brand TVs from manufacturers like Samsung, Vizio, Sharp or LG but with advanced outdoor capability.
MirageVision changes little on the original TV. They simply add proprietary external video processing and then include hardware to weatherproof the TV for outside use.

Mirage Vision is a trusted and reputable brand with all work being carried out in the United States. The list of clients who trust Mirage Vision with the customization of their outdoor TVs includes; Disney, Universal Studios, The U.S. Army, NASA, Kennedy Space Center, Seaworld, CBS and more.

Boldly claiming to be the “World’s Thinnest Outdoor LED TV”, the Mirage Vision G Series is a re-engineered Samsung LED TV. The outdoor TV has been altered internally for an improved display in high ambient light conditions. External improvements mean the Mirage Vision G Series can withstand harsh outdoor weather conditions. This outdoor TV is resistant to rain, snow, dust, and insects with operating temperatures ranging from -25°F to 145°F. The Mirage Vision Signature Series Outdoor TV boasts an impressive 16.7 million colors, TFT Active Matrix Liquid Crystal with Enhanced Brightness LED Backlight Modulation Technology. Even with its high contrast, the TV is 40% more energy efficient than traditional TVs.
The Mirage Vision G Series remote control has also been converted to a waterproof device.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Mirage Vision G Series Outdoor TV:

  • 1 x AC Cable
  • User Manual
  • Remote Control
  • Weatherproof Outdoor TV Cover

Partial Sun SkyVue Outdoor TV NXG 4K  UHD Series

SkyVue Outdoor TV NXG Series

Nits
500/700
Resolution
4K UHD
IP Rating
IP55
Temp Range
-24°F to 140°F
More Specifications

SkyVue NXG Specifications:

Screen Sizes32”, 42″, 49″, 55″, 65”, 70″, 80″
FormatHD LED
NITS500/700
Resolution3840 x 2160
Operating Temp-24°F to 140°F
HDMI Inputs3
Other InputsRCA, Component, USB, VGA, Coaxial RF, ⅛-inch AUX
Speakers20W or 60W Outdoor Speaker Bar upgrade available
Warranty2 year warranty
Aspect RatioUnspecified
Contrast Ratio4000:1
Frame RateUnspecified
Response TimeUnspecified

The SkyVue NXG Partial Sun Series outdoor TV is designed for outdoor use in partial sunlight. Available in either 500 or 700 Nit, the SkyVue outdoor television features a powder coated aluminum body available in 9 color options. The anti-glare protective glass means high ambient sunlight and reflections won’t interrupt the NXG’s crystal clear picture.
SkyVue designs and manufactures the NXG in South Carolina, USA. So you know you are buying a proudly American product.

The SkyVue NXG series is a smart TV which means you can connect this outdoor TV to the internet and install your favorite streaming apps like YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime and more. It has an input for just about any device imaginable. Inputs include 3 x HDMI, 1 x AV, 1 x Component, 1 x VGA (with ⅛-inch audio) and USB. Outputs include 1 x RCA, 1 x Coaxial SPDIF Audio Out and 1 x ⅛-inch AUX.

SkyVue’s NXG outdoor televisions are IP55 rated. This international standard guarantees protection from dust and water hitting the outdoor TV from any angle. The NXG series is also tested against snow, rain, insects and extreme hot and cold conditions. The recommended operating temperature of the NXG DS-500 is between -24°F to 140°F.
SkyVue have also included an intelligent heating and cooling system to ensure the outdoor TV operates at the correct temperature all year round. A watertight cable entry system prevents any water or moisture entering these vulnerable areas on the rear panel.

One thing to note is the SkyVue NXG series is that it does not come with built in speakers and these will need to be an additional purchase. SkyVue manufactures their own proprietary range of outdoor soundbars which deliver crisp, high-quality sound. The NXG series is not restricted to only using only SkyVue soundbars and can seamlessly pair with any outdoor speakers via three audio output options.

A 100% buoyant remote control is included with the SkyVue NXG outdoor TV (handy for those crazy pool and hot tub parties). SkyVue sell the remote controls separately. This is good to keep in mind, especially for outdoor TVs where the remote tends to go missing. These can be ordered directly from SkyVue’s website. The SkyVue NXG series outdoor TV can be mounted on most generic TV brackets or, you can order a SkyVue TV bracket with your outdoor television.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the SkyVue NXG Series Outdoor TV:

  • 1 x AC Cable
  • User Manual
  • Remote Control

Best TV’s for Full Sunlight Areas:

Sun Outdoor TV SunbriteTV Pro Series Direct Sun TV

Sunbrite Pro Series Outdoor TV

Nits
700
Resolution
1080p HD / LED
IP Rating
IPX4
Temp Range
-40°F to 122°F
More Specifications

SunbriteTV Pro Series Specifications:

Screen Sizes32″, 42″, 49″, 55″
Format1080p HD / LED
NITS700
Operating Temp-40°F to 122°F
HDMI Inputs4
Other InputsRCA, Component, USB, VGA, Coaxial RF, ⅛-inch AUX
Speakers20 WATT all-weather detachable speaker bar
WarrantyTwo year parts & labor
Aspect Ratio16:9
Contrast Ratio1300:1
Frame Rate60Hz
Response Time8 milliseconds

Another featured SunBrite product is the Pro Series Outdoor TV. The Pro Series is designed to operate even in direct sunlight conditions. This means this outdoor television can be installed just about anywhere outdoors. Specially engineered thermal airflow vents keep the Pro Series’ internal components cool and dry while operating in the most brutal temperatures ranging from -40°F up to 122°F. Exterior weather proofing enables the SunBrite Pro Series Outdoor TV to withstand rain, snow, dust, salt air and extreme heat and cold.

The Pro Series is an ultra-bright full HD, LED screen covered by an anti-glare, tempered glass shield protecting against both the sun and elements. The glass shield can be easily removed for servicing and repairs.

Like all SunBrite outdoor TVs, the Pro Series includes a protected media bay for streaming devices and small decoders. The Pro Series also includes an AC power bank to power these devices. Both 5V and 12V power outputs are available. This eliminates the need for extra power cables and ensures the media bay, with cables and components, can be sealed from the elements. An IR receiver is linked to the media bay so you can still control any devices from the front of the TV.

The SunBrite Pro Series Outdoor TV comes with an external, detachable, weatherproof soundbar speaker. The soundbar can be mounted above or below the Pro Series outdoor TV.

Like the SunBriteTV Veranda and Signature Series, the Pro Series remote control is weatherproof and can live outdoors. The Pro Series remote control is identical to the other SunBrite models with all the same functionality.

The connection panel on the SunBriteTV Pro Series Outdoor TV offers significant choice for inputs and outputs. Inputs include 2 x HDMI, 1 x USB, 1 x S-Video, 1 x composite video, 1 x video component, 1 x VGA (with ⅛-inch AUX for audio), RCA and 1 x coaxial RF. Outputs include 1 x Digital SPDIF and 1 x ⅛-inch AUX.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the SunBriteTV Pro Series Outdoor TV:

  • 1 x AC Cable
  • User Manual
  • Remote Control
  • External Weatherproof TV Soundbar Speaker

Sun Outdoor TV Seura Storm Ultra Bright Weatherproof Outdoor TV

Seura STRM-55.3-UB 55" Storm Ultra Bright Weatherproof Outdoor TV

Nits
Unspecified
Resolution
1080p
IP Rating
54W/56D
Temp Range
-30°F to 140°F
More Specifications

Seura Storm Specifications:

Screen Sizes42”, 49” 55”, 65”, 84”
FormatHD
NITSUnspecified
Resolution1920 x 1080
Operating Temp-30°F to 122°F / 20% – 80%
HDMI Inputs3
HDMI Outputs1
Speakers20 WATT all-weather detachable speaker bar
WarrantyTwo year parts & labor
Aspect Ratio16:9
Contrast Ratio1300:1
Frame RateUnspecified
Response Time8 milliseconds

The Seura Storm Ultra Bright Weatherproof Outdoor TV is designed to operate where direct sunlight is likely to fall across your TV. The Seura Storm’s anti-reflective and anti-glare safety glass is designed to reflect UV rays. This means even in harsh, direct sunlight your picture remains crystal clear. Mount this outdoor TV near your BBQ so you and your mates never have to run inside to “check the score” again.

Like the Seura Storm, the Ultra Bright comes with full outdoor TV weatherproof features and designed and tested for even the most severe weather conditions. Seura Storm Ultra Bright’s trademarked Triple-Lock Seal™ provides three weatherproof barriers against dust, moisture, ice, and insects. Recommended operating temperature range is -30°F to 140°F (-31°C to 50°C) while the recommended operating humidity range is 20% – 80%. This makes the Ultra Bright slightly better suited to outdoor extremities than the regular storm.

Input connections on the Ultra Bright are identical to the regular Seura Storm Outdoor TV. Inputs include: 3 x HDMI, 1 x Component YPBPR, 1 x display port, 1 x AV Input, 1 x IR Input, 1 x USB. Outputs include: 1 x Coaxial Digital, 1 x Optical Digital, 1 x IR Output, 1 x AV Output and various digital audio outputs.

When it comes to the remote control, the Seura Storm Ultra Brite is slightly different to the regular Storm although shares similar features. For one, the remote includes more buttons and the layout is different to the regular Storm. The usual volume, mute, channel up/down and a numerical keypad is present including some more advanced controls. SLEEP mode allows you to program a specific shutdown time for the TV. ZOOM allows you to adjust the aspect ratio of the TV depending on the picture you are receiving. Useful when changing from various devices like cable or DVD. The CC button turns subtitles on/off. Having this dedicated button for subtitles is great as this option is usually only adjustable within the TV’s menu. The LAST button simply takes you back to the previous channel.

The Ultra Bright remote control also includes a few additional buttons. The quick input control includes a separate button for each input. No having to push a single input button to then scroll through the inputs. A small but welcome convenience. Hitting the INPUT button will display the input selection on screen and indicates which input you are currently viewing. There is a control section for your DVD or PVR with play, pause, stop, skip and record. Then lastly, there is the favorite buttons section. The familiar red, green, yellow and blue buttons can access different menus depending on the device or application you are controlling.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Seura Storm 55” Ultra Bright Weatherproof Outdoor TV:

  • 1 x AC Cable
  • User Manual
  • Remote Control

Sun Outdoor TV Mirage Vision Diamond Q Outdoor TV

mirage-vision-diamond-q

Nits
1000+
Resolution
4K UHD
IP Rating
N/A
Temp Range
-25°F to 145°F
More Specifications

Mirage Vision Diamond Q Specifications:

Screen Sizes49”, 55”, 65”, 75”, 82”.
Format4K UHD
NITS1000+
Resolution3840 x 2160
Operating Temp-25°F to 145°F
HDMI Inputs4
Other InputsRCA, Component, USB, VGA, Coaxial RF, ⅛-inch AUX
Speakers40 WATT
Warrantyone year parts & labor
Aspect Ratio16:9
Contrast RatioUnspecified
Frame Rate120Hz
Response TimeUnspecified

The Mirage Vision Diamond Q is the ultimate outdoor television. This Diamond Q is a Samsung QLED retrofit. The Samsung QLED already has superior anti-glare and anti-reflective features built-in as standard. Samsung’s Ultra Black feature is an advanced anti-reflective glass which minimized reflections both day and night. Mirage Vision has significantly improved on these already amazing features to create an outdoor TV with a brightness of between 1000-1500 NITS (depending on the screen size). When you consider most outdoor televisions have between 700-900 NITS, this is a significant improvement.

Owners of the Mirage Vision Diamond Q also benefit from Samsung’s Quantum Dot, HDR (High Dynamic Range Contrast) picture. This is exclusive to Samsung QLED TVs magnifies 100% color and, more than a billion additional shades of color compared to standard 4K UHD TVs. When you consider the challenging conditions and light variations for outdoor TVs, this extra definition is a game changer.
Pair this with Mirage Vision’s MPET outdoor calibration and MVVP picture/image processor that enhances the brightness, color, gamma and contrast in outdoor daytime viewing and you have one of the best outdoor TVs on the market.

The Mirage Vision Diamond Q is also a Smart TV. This means you can connect to the internet via WiFi or LAN connection and install your favorite streaming apps. This eliminates the need for having additional, non-weatherproof streaming devices outdoors. The Diamond Q’s remote control has also undergone a weatherproofing upgrade.
The Mirage Vision Diamond Q is suitable for most outdoor applications with sufficient weatherproofing to protect against direct sunlight and rain.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Mirage Vision Diamond Q Outdoor TV:

  • 1 x AC Cable
  • User Manual
  • Remote Control
  • Weatherproof Outdoor TV Cover

Full Sun Outdoor TV Cosmos 4K Ultra HD LED Outdoor TV

Cosmos Outdoor TV

Nits
Unspecified
Resolution
4K UHD
IP Rating
IPX4
Temp Range
-30°F to 140°F
More Specifications

Cosmos 4K Ultra HD Specifications:

Screen Sizes32”, 40”, 50”, 58”, 75”, 85”
Format4K UHD
NITSUnspecified
Resolution2160 x 3840
Operating Temp-30°F to 140°F
HDMI Inputs2
Weather RatingIPX4 (Protected against water sprayed from all directions.)
Other InputsRCA, USB, VGA, ⅛-inch AUX
Speakers2 x 10 Watt internal speakers
WarrantyUnspecified
Aspect RatioUnspecified
Contrast RatioUnspecified
Frame RateUnspecified
Response TimeUnspecified

The Cosmos 4K Ultra HD LED Outdoor TV is another great choice if you are looking for a fully weatherproof, direct sunlight outdoor television. The Ultra HD screen offers four times the definition of regular HD. Pair the UHD with the Cosmos’ anti-glare, non-reflective glass and you get a superior picture during the darkest nights or brightest days.
This outdoor TV is tested to operate in temperatures from -30°F to 140°F.

The Cosmos 4K Ultra HD LED Outdoor TV comes with some advanced weatherproof and outdoor features which will even allow for installation out in the open. A protective sun cap means the top of the TV is protected from both direct sunlight and rain. The sun cap also protects against debris from above like bird droppings and other animal mess.
The Cosmos is also enabled to fit Kingston type locks making it difficult to steal when left in the open. This outdoor television is powered by safe 24V electricity so no need to worry if installed where it will be exposed to water.
The Cosmos even comes with waterproof HDMI and PDLC audio connections, which are compatible with your current sound system or outdoor speakers. Directional audio streamers built into the bottom of each unit direct sound towards you for clearer sound. Directing the sound this way also prevents noise reaching neighbors and those around you.

The Cosmos features an advanced heating and cooling system which automatically detects the outdoor temperature. Too cool and the Cosmos’ built-in heating system will keep the outdoor TV at operating temperature. Too hot, and the internal cooling and vent system cools the TV down.

The Cosmos’ is encased in S304 stainless steel, is rust resistant and, won’t change color or shape when exposed to extreme weather conditions. The rear of the Cosmos features a recessed media bay for connecting and storing your media devices and decoders, sealed off from the elements. The Cosmos is also a Smart TV which can connect to the internet and download streaming services like YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon Prime.

The Cosmos weatherproof remote control comes with a handy holder with mounting suction cups. This portable convenience means you can move the remote holder to a place near the pool, hot tub, seating area or BBQ.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the Cosmos 4K Ultra HD LED Outdoor TV:

  • 1 x AC Cable
  • User Manual
  • Remote Control + Portable Holder
  • Sun cap
  • Audio Streamers
  • 24V Power Supply (With 20’ power cable to socket)

Outdoor TV Buyers Guide

The 8 best outdoor TVs listed above are all great choices for those looking to purchase an outdoor weatherproof TV. If you’re still unsure about which one to choose, below are some points to consider before buying:

The Main Thing: How much light will your TV get?

The single biggest factor – besides your budget maybe – that will and should impact which outdoor TV is right for you is where you will use it.

Shaded outdoor areas like a covered patio or screened gazebo where direct sunlight or high ambient sunlight are unlikely to be an issue, will require an outdoor TV with no additional backlighting and minimal anti-glare features. These are features which cost money so think carefully about where you plan to install your outdoor television.

Partial sun or high ambient light areas like on an open patio, deck or in the yard require a partial sun outdoor TV. These outdoor TVs allow for bright sunlight and reflections but not direct sunlight.

Lastly, the ultimate outdoor TV is a full or direct sun model. These outdoor TVs are often the most weatherproof too. Due to the advanced weatherproof and backlighting features, direct sunlight TVs are often the most expensive outdoor TVs. Only a few like the SunBrite Pro Series can be used in direct sunlight.  So to avoid disappointment make sure you understand the light conditions where you plan to mount your set.

What to look for when buying an outdoor TV

A good outdoor TV obviously needs to support a very specific set of features to enable it to deliver a good entertainment experience under more challenging light and weather conditions.  That aside, enthusiasts who opt to install a TV on the patio or gazebo still expect the actual television to have the same types of features as any modern-day television.  This is why some companies, like Mirage Vision, actually retrofit standard name brand televisions to become compatible and suitable for outdoor use.  You get all the great features, image quality and research benefits that comes from a large well-known brand, wrapped in a weatherproof package. Great aesthetics, simple controls, sufficient ports to integrate with modern streaming devices and services and much more are basic but essential requirements.

Always check whether or not your outdoor TV comes with built in speakers. Some models are screen only and require outdoor speakers to be sold separately. We have several articles on outdoor speakers where you are guaranteed to find the best choice to suit your requirements.

When selecting the outdoor TV that would be best suited for your needs here are just a few things to keep in mind;

  • Your Budget – Outdoor televisions range in price from just north of $1000 to $6000 and above.  It is up to you to decide what you’re willing to spend and this is one of the factors that will decide the initial pool of TVs to choose from
  • Installation Location – Probably the single biggest consideration is where your TV will be installed. Some outdoor TVs are specifically intended to be used in covered areas (like patios) while others are true weatherproof TVs and can be installed in direct sunlight somewhere out in the open.
  • Trusted Outdoor TV Brands – Outdoor TVs are specialized pieces of equipment and it is essential that you pick a set (like one of those listed above) which is manufactured or supported by a trusted name in the industry.  Your TV will be exposed to more severe weather for example and the technology and components will be challenged in new and different ways.
  • Purpose made or Retrofit – This may or may not be important to you but while some outdoor TVs are specifically manufactured to be used as outdoor TVs, for example the SunbriteTV series, others like the Mirage Vision televisions are actually regular name-brand TVs that has been retrofitted to be used as outdoor TVs. From where we stand it’s really impossible to say whether the one approach is inherently “better” than the other and we suggest you read the individual reviews on sites like Amazon before you make your final decision.

Where and how to mount your outdoor TV

Picking the best placement position for your outdoor TV may very well be completely dictated by the layout of your actual outdoor living space. However, you do need to bear in mind that most outdoor TVs are manufactured to function in brightly lit yet shaded areas, like under a patio overhang or in a gazebo.  If you require your TV to hang in direct sunlight you are going to find that your choice of good outdoor TVs that fulfill this requirement becomes pretty limited quite quickly.

For the best outdoor TV that delivers great clear images in direct sunlight, we suggest you look at the Sunbrite Pro Series. Outdoor TVs are specifically designed to be weatherproof yet it still makes sense to ensure you do not expose your TV unnecessarily to severe weather conditions. If your TV may be exposed to excessive rain, snow or strong winds consider building an encasement around it that can be closed with doors or even invest in one of the multitudes of outside TV covers that are available on the market. It’s a small investment that could save you a lot of money!

As for actual mounts, there are several options you can choose from. A portable outdoor TV stand affords you the luxury of being able to wheel and shift your TV around the entertainment area. A TV stand is obviously also the method that exposes your cabling the most and you’ll have to bear that in mind when you plan. Other outdoor TV mount options include wall mounts, probably the most popular, and ceiling or roof mounts. Whatever TV mount you those will likely be dictated by where you plan to position your TV and how you intend to use it.

Can I just use an indoor TV as an outdoor TV?

If you’ve taken a look at our list of leading outdoor televisions above you would undoubtedly have noticed that outdoor TVs are not cheap.  Because of this, you may be tempted to buy an indoor TV, throw a protective cover over it and use it as an outdoor TV.  Be careful before you set down that path. There are several factors to be considered in the design of a good outdoor TV.  Keeping moisture out is pretty obvious, but that’s actually pretty easy and can to some extent be done with a cover on a regular TV.  Shielding your TVs components from the sun’s rays is another, but that’s quite easily achieved as well.  The real challenge is in finding effective ways of managing the heat inside the television.

You standard indoor television is designed to operate at a range not too far above or below normal room temperature.  As long as you keep the TV at about that temperature point everything is fine.  The moment you move either up or down the temperature scale it becomes a challenge.  When temperatures drop too low, condensation can take place on the TV components, drops form and well, we know what drops do when they mix with electric components.  Built-in heaters are not uncommon in outdoor TVs.

On the other hand, an outside TV mounted in direct sunlight will accumulate heat that will have to be removed with heatsinks and fans or the life expectancy of the components will drop pretty dramatically.  You will be able to find indoor televisions that are certified to operate at relatively high temperatures, but that doesn’t resolve the condensation issues that arise from an outdoor environment.

Our suggestion is to buy the best weatherproof TV you can afford if you plan to use it outside.  While “winging” it with an indoor TV and a cover may work over the short term it’s almost guaranteed to prove the more expensive option in the long run. If you purchase an indoor TV for use outdoors, be prepared to buy twice! While the cost of an outdoor TV is considerably higher, these outdoor models are designed to last outdoors. Outdoor TV warranties will protect against outdoor use where indoor TVs won’t.

Do I need an enclosure for my outdoor TV?

The answer is: It depends. Outdoor TVs are designed to be used outdoors but as we’ve already mentioned some are specifically intended to be used on covered patios or in gazebos, while others are more robust and can be placed in direct sunlight or areas with higher humidity. In general, it is not a bad idea to add an additional layer of protection to your outdoor set for those periods of time when it’s not in use. There are basically 3 outdoor TV enclosure options for you to pick from:

  1. Canvas Outdoor TV Covers

    The easiest cheapest and simplest way of covering up your TV is to buy a canvas cover for your TV. These TV covers are usually manufactured from heavy-duty, high-density polyester. By applying a water-resistant PVC coating you end up with a durable material that will protect your outdoor television from UV rays, dust, insects and whatever the elements can throw at it. Most outdoor TV covers are easy to fit with industrial strength velcro or some other fitment mechanism and some of the cooler designs will even sport a little holder for the remote.

  2. Hardshell Outdoor TV Enclosures

    Your second option is to install a hardshell outdoor TV enclosure. These are often manufactured from either aluminum, strong plastic or some other waterproof material. Your outdoor TV box may even come with its own wall mount though most manufacturers have honed their designs to allow you to use some of the more standard outdoor TV wall mounts available on the market. Your outdoor TV box may be fitted with a transparent face that allows you to view your television through the enclosure but this may impact your viewing experience and image quality so several designs simple comes with a door or removal face with a weatherproof seal.

  3. Outdoor TV Cabinet

    Another way to protect your outdoor set is to build a bespoke outdoor TV cabinet to enclose the entire television set. This affords you an opportunity to create a more refined look using wood or any other material that will blend into or complement your decor. An outdoor TV cabinet also provides you with a great opportunity to manage the cabling and wiring required to install your set. Before you jump in and build a permanent outdoor TV cabinet consider carefully where you want to place your television as this kind of fixture is, of course, more permanent and harder to move around or adjust afterward.

To conclude: They may not always look as elegant but some sort of outdoor TV cover will certainly extend the life of your set. Just apply your mind and consider your budget before deciding what might work best in your entertainment area.

Summary:

Comparing 55″ Models of all the TVs discussed, here’s a summary table of how they compare.

TVLightResolutionNITSPrice
SunBriteTV VerandaShade4K UHDNA$
Seura StormShade4K UHDNA$$$
Mirave Vision Silver SeriesShade4K UHD450$
SunbriteTV Signature SeriesPartial Sun4K UHD700$$
Mirage Vision G SeriesPartial Sun4K UHD550$
SkyVue NXG DS-700Partial Sun4K UHD500/700$$$
SunbriteTV Pro SeriesFull Sun1080p HD700$$
Seura Storm Ultra BrightFull Sun1080pNA$$$$
Mirage Vision Diamond Q SeriesFull Sun4K UHD1000+$$$$
Cosmos 4K UltraFull Sun4K UHDNA$$$

Final word…

In comparison to indoor TVs, outdoor TVs still offer relatively limited choices. There are some well designed and manufactured weatherproof TVs available. An outdoor TV is built to last a long time and ensure you, your family and friends can enjoy your favorite TV entertainment outdoors. Do some due diligence before you buy and enjoy your TV.

Summary
The Best Outdoor TV
Article Name
The Best Outdoor TV
Description
Whether you're relaxing in the pool, grilling on the barbecue or simply lounging on the patio there's an outdoor TV that will fit your space.
Author
Publisher
Outer Audio

6 comments

Leave a Reply

  • Thanks for taking a look at these. I’m looking at outdoor TVs and was looking at Cosmos but some of their reviews look pretty bad. Why did you rank them 6th?

  • Hi AB, thanks for taking the time to write to us!

    When we published this article, we could only find 6 outdoor TV’s on the market at that time. The Cosmos is therefore on the bottom of our list, rated as the lowest. If you’re after a reputable brand, Sunbrite TV is the way to go! They have a TV for each category (shade, partial or full sun) too so they will definitely suit your need, whichever it may be!

  • Took me a few weeks to decide which Tv to buy, and I went for Cosmos last year because its on 24 volt and its working great. Why would you put a 110 volt TV near the pool or on wet grass? Isnt that dangerous?

    • Hi Daniel, great question!
      As outdoor TV’s are designed to be outdoors, they do have waterproof ratings and can withstand the elements. With that said, there are a few safety measures you can follow though:
      – Get a GFCI outlet (a ground-fault current interrupting outlet).
      – Mount your TV off the ground, in an area that is free from “foot traffic” and unlikely to get bumped or knocked against.
      – A good rule-of-thumb is to keep the TV at least six feet away from pools of water. No one should be able yo touch the Tv while standing in a pool of water.

  • Thank you for this guide!
    What do you think about Chinese manufacturers? It is half the price of Sunbrite. 2000$ for 47 inches.
    I’m looking for a tv for an outdoor pool area. TV will be built into the wall. I am looking at AVIS electronics, but there are no reviews at all.

    • Hi there, thank you for reaching out to us!
      Honestly, SunBrite have earned their strong reputation for good reason. They design, engineer and assemble everything right here in the US, which ensures a level of quality you just can’t get otherwise. With a company whose design goal is to produce the highest quality outdoor products in the world, they are already entering the market at a high level. I guess the old adage of ‘you get what you pay for’ might ring true here. We haven’t reviewed the AVIS, so can’t comment on that specific brand but using customer reviews as a guide is always a good way to go. The Sunbrite Veranda (for example) has 24 customer reviews, with 67% of that being 5 stars.

      All the best with your search! Buying an outdoor TV is a big purchase but a great investment and we hope our list helps you to make the right choice for you! If you do decide on the AVIS, please feel free to come back and give us know your thoughts and experience on it.