The 9 Best Outdoor TVs

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If you’ve 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 that specialize in manufacturing or retrofitting outdoor televisions. Samsung recently entered the outdoor TV market with the Samsung Terrace Outdoor TV. You won’t find any other everyday TV brands with a similar offering.

Outdoor TVs are expensive and serve a relatively small niche market. Outdoor TVs are designed to provide a superior picture under any outdoor light conditions and survive almost anything the elements can throw at them. Here’s our rundown of what we believe are currently the best outdoor TVs available on the market.

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SunBriteTV Veranda

Perfect for your patio, deck, or sunroom. The SunBriteTV Veranda is the outdoor TV we love.

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Best Outdoor TV – Quick Guide

What Makes an Outdoor TV Different?

Aesthetically, there is little difference between regular TVs and outdoor TVs. 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 indoor TVs and outdoor TVs 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 are what make outdoor TVs so much more expensive than regular indoor TVs.

How Much Light will your TV get?

Shade
Shade

Sunrooms • Screened Gazebo • Verandas

Partial Sun
Partial Sun

Porches • Patios • Pergolas • Covered Decks

Full Sun
Full Sun

Poolside • Outdoor Seating • Backyard BBQ

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

Best Outdoor TVs for Shaded Areas

SunBriteTV Veranda Outdoor TV

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  • Nits: 270
  • IPX: IPX4
  • Resolution: 4K UHD
  • Temp Range: -24°F to 104°F

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 as 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.

Input/Output

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.

Weatherproof

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).

Remote Control

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

Best Suited For:

  • Sunrooms
  • Screened Gazebos
  • Verandas

Seura Shade Series Weatherproof Outdoor TV

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  • Nits: 450
  • IPX: IPX4
  • Resolution: 4K UHD
  • Temp Range: -24°F to 104°F

The Seura Shade Series Weatherproof Outdoor TV is perfect for shaded outdoor patios, balconies, or even a semi-enclosed room that 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 lifelike clarity.

Weatherproof

With full outdoor TV weatherproof features and fixtures, the Seura Shade Series 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 104°F (-31°C to 40°C) while the recommended operating humidity range is 20% – 80%. So no need to worry about this TV living outdoors.

Input/Output

When it comes to input connections the Seura Shade Series Outdoor TV provides just about every conceivable connection available for TVs in 2019. 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.

Remote control

The Seura Shade Series 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 Shade Series Weatherproof Outdoor TV:

  • 1 x AC Cable
  • User Manual
  • Remote Control

Best Suited For:

  • Sunrooms
  • Screened Gazebos
  • Verandas

Furrion Aurora 4k Outdoor TV

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  • Nits: 350
  • IPX: IP54
  • Resolution: 4K UHD
  • Temp Range: -24°F to 122°F

The Furrion Aurora Weatherproof 4K TV shares many similarities with the Aurora 4K Outdoor TV. This model is designed for use in fully shaded environments rather than partially exposed outdoor conditions. The Aurora Weatherproof operates in the 4K resolution zone and can represent crystal-clear pictures in a shaded environment. The TV runs on 350-nit brightness settings and features an anti-glare LCD screen, providing high-resolution video reproduction on sunny days. 

Wide viewing angles allow for many viewers all along your patio or garden to enjoy on-screen content, and improved picture contrast enables all to see clearly with minimized reflections. The Aurora Weatherproof TV also includes an array of special features, including child lock, closed caption/subtitling support, multi-language support, autotuning channels, and a sleep timer.

Weatherproof

The Aurora Weatherproof 4K TV from Furrion can function in extreme temperature and weather variations, from sub-zero temperatures to scorching heat, using built-in fans to keep the system’s internal temperature at optimal operating settings. The Weatherproof Aurora TV is rated at a weatherproof rating of IP54 for the housing cabinet, allowing it to operate fully in rain, snow, dirt, salt, humidity, or harmful ultraviolet rays. Additionally, the media bay at the back of the unit is sealed with gaskets to protect each and every input or output port from exposure to the elements.

Input/Output

The Furrion Aurora Weatherproof TV features the following input and output options available to you: 3 x HDMI inputs, 1 x D-Sub (VGA) input, 1 x Audio LR output, 1 x PC Audio input, 1 x Antenna (RF) input, 1 x Composite AV input, 1 x component (YPbPr) input, 1 x Coaxial Audio output and 1 x USB input. 

The Aurora Weatherproof can also support internet connectivity allowing you to connect to any web-based streaming service or web browser for additional entertainment sources.

Remote control

The Furrion Aurora IP67 rated 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 such as cloud lock, closed caption support, multi-language support, auto-tuning and sleep timer.

What’s in the Box?

The Furrion Aurora Weatherproof 4K TV includes:

  • a power cable,
  • weatherproof remote,
  • and instruction manual.

You can purchase various additional components from the manufacturer, including dust covers, wall mounts, or soundbar-style speakers.

Best Suited For:

  • Sunrooms
  • Screened Gazebos
  • Verandas

Kuvasong Smart Outdoor TV

Kuvasong Full Shade Outdoor TV
  • Nits: 1500
  • IPX: IP66
  • Resolution: 4K UHD
  • Temp Range: Unspecified

Next up is Kyvasong’s Smart outdoor television, designed for use in shaded environments such as patios, decks, or partially-exposed indoor/outdoor seating areas and performs at a 4K resolution spec. 

The Kuvasong Smart TV comes pre-loaded with web apps including Netflix, YouTube, VUDU, Facebook, Twitter, and Screencast, allowing you to simply log in to your account and enjoy your favorite online content at the click of a button. The Smart TV is also capable of screen mirroring functions, enabling the user to cast the content from your phone, tablet, or laptop to your TV screen.

As for audio, an external 40W soundbar style speaker is included with the TV’s purchase, reproducing high fidelity audio providing an immersive viewing experience. The Kuvasong Smart Outdoor TV is available in either black or white and a variety of sizes, including 32 inches, 43 inches, 55 inches, 65 inches, 75 inches, 86 inches, and 98 inches. Kuvasong can also manufacture a special customized outdoor TV just for you.

Weatherproof

The Kuvasong Smart Outdoor TV is rated at a waterproof class of IP66, providing protection from most weather and environmental conditions. The built-in speakers and external soundbar are also weatherproof and will prove to last if used in the correct conditions.

Since the Kuvasong Smart Outdoor TV is a full shaded type television, you cannot use it in direct rain or sun but is instead designed to be used under a shaded roof or semi-outdoor structure.

Input/Output

The connectivity options on the Kuvasong Smart outdoor TV are the following: 1 x Optical output, 3 x HDMI inputs, 3 x USB inputs, 1 x AV input. 

The TV is also equipped with RJ45 and WIFI connectivity, allowing you to connect to the abovementioned web programs. The Smart TV from Kuvasong is also fully compatible with ATSC+NTSC Television Systems.

Remote control

The remote consists of the usual controls- volume, mute, channel up/down, and a numerical keypad. The remote lets you control the built-in apps such as Netflix, Youtube, VUDU, Facebook, Twitter, etc. This remote has a Netflix, Youtube and home button which will all be very useful for when you’re quickly changing between apps.

What’s in the Box?

Included with your purchase of the Kuvasong Smart Outdoor TV is a:

  • swivel-capable wall mount for the TV,
  • a 40W external soundbar speaker.

Best Suited For:

  • Sunrooms
  • Screened Gazebos
  • Verandas

Best Outdoor TVs for Partial Sunlight

SunbriteTV SE (Special Edition)

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  • Nits: 500
  • IPX: Unspecified
  • Resolution: 4K UHD
  • Temp Range: -24°F to 122°F

The Sunbrite SE Series Outdoor TV is designed for partially shaded outdoor areas or areas exposed to 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 are significant sunlight and reflection. The SunBriteTV SE 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.

Receiver

The SE 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 SE 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 SE 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.

Remote Control

Like the SunBriteTV Veranda, the SE Series remote control is weatherproof and can live outdoors. The SunBriteTV Veranda and SE 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 picture, audio and setting adjustments.

What’s in the Box?

Included with the SunBriteTV SE Series Outdoor TV:

  • 1 x AC Cable
  • User Manual
  • Remote Control

Best Suited For:

  • Porches
  • Patios
  • Pergolas
  • Covered Decks

Furrion Aurora Partial Sun Series Weatherproof TV

Furrion Aurora Partial Sun Outdoor TV
  • Nits: 700
  • IPX: IP54
  • Resolution: 4K UHD
  • Temp Range: -24°F to 122°F

Furrion’s Aurora outdoor TV is designed specifically for use in areas where partial sun exposure is expected. The Furrion Aurora boasts a weatherproof rating of IP54 on the TV’s enclosure, allowing for permanent outdoor installation, which can withstand various invasive weather conditions and by-products such as rain, snow, dirt, salt, humidity, and UV rays to the unit.

The TV is designed to withstand temperatures of -4°F to 122°F while operating, and from -27°F to 140°F while in storage. All input and output ports are effectively sealed using a series of gaskets to protect the TV and its components from potentially harmful elements. 

The Aurora is designed and built to perform in extreme climate and temperature variations, ranging from sub-zero winters to tremendous summer heat. Internal components of the Aurora are kept safe at all times from hazardous heat waves due to 4 fans housed within the TV to keep cables and delicate electronic components at a safe operating temperature. The TV’s remote control is also weatherproof, with a rating of IP67, and a 1-year warranty is included with the purchase.

Receiver

The Furrion has an integrated HDBaseT receiver with three HDMI inputs that are HDCP 2.2 supported enabling you to connect to and view any 4k and HDR content. The Aurora operates in the 4K resolution domain and boasts crystal clear and bright picture reproduction capabilities – this is made possible thanks to the anti-glare LCD screen running at 700-nit brightness mode. 

The brightness control can detect light and adjust itself accordingly to provide a hassle-free viewing experience. Wide-angle viewing enables greater visibility of the TV from anywhere on the deck, patio, or yard. A series of other handy features on the TV include child lock, closed caption/subtitling supportive software, multiple language options, automatic channel tuning, and a sleep timer. 

The Aurora also comes pre-loaded with a Netflix streaming service – simply login to your account and get watching! The Furrion Aurora is available in various sizes: 43”, 49”, 55”, and 65”

Remote Control

The remote control for the Furrion Aurora Parial Sun Series is the same as the full sun series. With the IP67 rated waterproof remote control you are able to control an array of features including the child lock, closed caption support, multi-language support, auto-tuning, sleep timer and more.

What’s in the Box?

Included along with the Furrion Aurora outdoor TV set are:

  • power cables,
  • and a weatherproof remote control.

You can purchase additional accessories through Amazon, including wall mounting brackets and dust covers.

Best Suited For:

  • Porches
  • Patios
  • Pergolas
  • Covered Decks

Best TVs for Full Sunlight Areas

SunbriteTV Pro Series Direct Sun TV

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  • Nits: 700
  • IPX: IPX4
  • Resolution: 1080p HD
  • Temp Range: -40°F to 122°F

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 weatherproofing 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.

Receiver

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.

Weatherproof

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.

Input/Output

The connection panel on the SunBriteTV Pro Series Outdoor TV offers a 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

Best Suited For:

  • Poolside
  • Backyard BBQ
  • Outdoor Seating Areas

Samsung The Terrace Outdoor TV

Samsung The Terrace Full Sun Outdoor TV
  • Nits: 1500
  • IPX: IP55
  • Resolution: 4K QLED
  • Temp Range: 32°F to 122°F

Tech giants Samsung are next on our best list with their Terrace Outdoor TV. The Terrace is available in various sizes and configurations: 55-inch partial sun, 65-inch partial sun, 75-inch partial sun, 65-inch full sun, and 75-inch full sun. 

Receiver

QLED technology is used to support 4K viewing abilities in any conditions, providing a bright and clear picture on the screen even when used under the harsh summer sun. Modern AI technologies analyze incoming media to reduce image noise, restore missing image details, and sharpen the edges to provide an ultra-high-quality picture.

Direct Full Array 16x technology provides precise controlled backlighting to deliver richer, warmer, and sharper colors and definitions. The use of anti-reflection features means absolutely no glare will get in the way of your media viewing. The Terrace Outdoor TV can be connected to your home WIFI Network and supports various web applications, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, and a general web browser. The Terrace also includes various Smart TV features such as screen mirroring, voice command capabilities, multi-view, and a one cable style connection.

Weatherproof

The Samsung Terrace Outdoor TV is available in partial sun and full sun configurations, each designed with different backlighting and LED systems to ensure crystal clear viewing in either condition. As for weatherproofing, Samsung The Terrace Outdoor TV sets are rated at IP55 water and dust protection.

Input/Output

The Samsung Terrace Outdoor TV’s connectivity options include: Inputs- 3 x HDMI, 1 x USB, 1 x Ethernet (LAN), 1 x Terrestrial/RF Outputs, 1 x Optical Digital, 1 x Audio Minijack (1/8 inch).

What’s in the Box?

Included along with the Samsung Terrace Outdoor TV is:

  • a compact weatherproof remote control,
  • instruction manual,
  • and power cable.

Best Suited For:

  • Poolside
  • Backyard BBQ
  • Outdoor Seating Areas

Cinios Hurricane Outdoor TV

Cinios Hurricane Outdoor TV
  • Nits: 1500
  • IPX: IP55
  • Resolution: 4K UHD
  • Temp Range: -4°F to 113°F

Cinios has two products under the Hurricane line, the 43in and 55in full sun outdoor TV. According to Cinios, the 43in is able to operate in both shaded and full sun areas.

Receiver

Cinios has an impressive 43-inch Outdoor TV, aptly named ‘The Hurricane’. Like many of the TVs on this list, the Hurricane has an HDBaseT receiver allowing the TV to operate in 4K resolution with full-array LED backlighting, yielding bright, detailed, and immersive picture quality. An anti-reflective display means a crystal clear picture can be expected even when the TV is used in direct sunlight.

Weatherproof

The Cinios Hurricane Outdoor TV has a weatherproof rating of IP55 and can operate in fully exposed sunny environments. The TV can run in extreme temperatures between -4 degrees Fahrenheit and 113 degrees Fahrenheit, which is increased to -10 degrees Fahrenheit and 140 degrees Fahrenheit when the TV is not in use. All electronic components onboard are protected by conformal coating, and the housing cabinet is galvanized and rust-proof.

Input/Output

The Hurricane features various connectivity options, including the following: 3 x HDMI inputs, 3 x Component (YPbPr) inputs, 3 x Composite (RCA) inputs, 1 x USB Input,1 x Audio Input, 1 x RF Antenna Input. As for output options, S/PDIF Audio outputs are available.

What’s in the Box?

Along with the Cinios Hurricane TV comes a:

  • fully waterproof (IP66, floatable) remote control,
  • a dust cover for the TV,
  • and a wall mount bracket.

Best Suited For:

  • Poolside
  • Backyard BBQ
  • Outdoor Seating Areas

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.

Outdoor TVs are classed into 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

A 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 weatherproof as the TV is exposed to the elements.

Things 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 come 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.

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) that 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 have 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 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.

A Word About TV Mounts & Stands

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.

Using 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 good outdoor TVs.  

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 TV 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.

Temperature

Your 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.

Outdoor TV Enclosures and Covers

Do I need an enclosure or cover 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:

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.

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 simply come with a door or removal face with a weatherproof seal.

Outdoor TV Cabinet – This is 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. 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.

How to Install Your Outdoor TV?

Outdoor TVs allow you to combine being outside while enjoying your favorite shows. If you’re a sports fan, having the game on while you’re gathered around the BBQ can feel like a piece of heaven. Watching a scary movie outside at night makes the experience that much more terrifying!

No matter the reason you want an outdoor TV, there’s always the job of installing it. In most cases, outdoor TVs are more expensive than regular TVs so, you want to make sure you get things right. In this article, we help guide you through how to install your outdoor TV. We also look at the five most popular methods for mounting and why you might choose one over the other.

Safety First

There are a few safety considerations you may want to take into account when installing your outdoor TV. The first has to do with the actual mounting position, especially when it comes to sheetrock.

If you’re installing the mount on a sheetrock wall, make sure you distribute the bracket evenly between the studs. The manufacturer will usually include instructions for dimensions and spacing. It’s essential you follow these guidelines for sheetrock walls to ensure the TV does not fall and break or worse, injure someone.

When it comes to electricity make sure to use weatherproof power outlets. Even if the installation is completely covered, moisture from dew and condensation can be an issue.

Cabling is another point to consider when planning a safe installation. If you are installing your TV out in the yard, it’s best to dig a trench to install cabling. For added protection, you might want to use a PVC conduit or pipe to run the cables through. This will ensure the cables don’t become brittle over time.

It is not recommended to run cables through the air from say, the roof, to a pole or tree. This could be dangerous if the cable falls or breaks. Under the ground or along a wall is always the safest option for cable runs. Another precaution is to use wires and connectors with UV protection.

Outdoor TV Mount

Mounting Dream TV Mount Bracket

The most popular way to install an outdoor TV is using an outdoor wall mount. Outdoor wall mounts are identical to indoor mounts except they typically provide better anti-rust and anti-corrosion protection. Outdoor mounts should only be used with fully protected outdoor TVs. These TVs are manufactured with all-weather protection and don’t need an enclosure for protection.

It’s recommended you get a wall mount with a pivot or swivel so you can change the viewing position depending on your outdoor activity. The swivel will also enable to angle the TV away from harsh light on sunny days.

Outdoor TV Stand

VIVO Black Rolling TV Cart

If you don’t have a wall to mount your outdoor TV, the next best thing is an outdoor TV stand. If you are concerned about theft, using an outdoor TV stand allows you to move the TV indoors when not in use. Outdoor TV stands also give you more options for TV placement. No longer are you confined to the wall but can position the TV anywhere on your patio or even out in the garden.

Outdoor TV Cabinet

American TV Lift Cabinet

Outdoor TV cabinets are popular for those who want an outdoor TV but don’t want it to be hidden or protected when not in use. If you’re planning to install a TV out in a garden entertainment area with no cover, a TV cabinet is definitely the way to go. When not in use, the TV can be stowed inside the cabinet protected from the elements. Some cabinets even come with automatic lift mechanisms so, with the touch of a button, you can open and stow the TV.

Outdoor TV Covers

Clicks Outdoor TV Cover

Whichever method you choose to install your outdoor TV, when it’s not in use, you want to make sure you provide the best protection for your investment. Outdoor TV covers are inexpensive and are designed to offer superior protection against the elements. These covers usually wrap around the TV completely offering maximum protection from rain and snow.

It is crucial to get an outdoor TV cover as indoor TV covers do not provide adequate weatherproof properties.

Pro tip: if you are using a TV cover near the ocean, make sure you wipe down the entire TV with a soft slightly damp rag or chamois cloth. This will ensure you get all the salt condensation off the TV before covering it.

Outdoor TV Enclosure

Apollo Outdoor TV Enclosure

Another wall mount option is an outdoor TV enclosure. These enclosures are a great option if your TV is not fully weatherproof or, you want to mount your outdoor TV where it’s exposed to direct rain or sunlight. Outdoor TV enclosures are usually airtight and temperature controlled to provide maximum protection. If you experience extreme heat or cold conditions, it may be a good idea to install your TV in an enclosure, even if it is fully weatherproofed.

TV enclosures are simple to install, however, require you to follow instructions carefully to ensure your TV is adequately protected.

Sound for Your Outdoor TV

Outdoor TV Speakers - OuterAudio

Sound is something many people forget to consider when installing an outdoor TV. If you are choosing to install your TV in an enclosure or cabinet, the audio might be an issue. Even if you’re using a wall mount bracket, you’ll find it’s more challenging to hear a TV outdoors. This is because the sound is not contained, and there is more noise to contend with.

Installing some outdoor speakers is a good solution. The sound can be directed towards your desired viewing position, allowing you to hear better. A soundbar often compliments a TV setup well and quite a few of our TVs on the list are sold with their own soundbars. There are of course many good soundbars for you to choose from on the market. You may think installing speakers might create more noise for your neighbors; however, you’ll find the opposite to be true. With better quality sound you’ll be able to hear the TV at lower levels.

WiFi Connectivity

Most people use streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and others to watch TV these days. When choosing a position to install your outdoor TV, make sure you’re able to pick up your home WiFi. For streaming services, you’ll need a stable WiFi connection so, it might be an idea to install a WiFi range extender to cover the backyard. If you do extend your WiFi range, make sure you use a strong password, so people in and around the neighborhood don’t access your connection.

Installation Conclusion

As you can see, there is a lot to consider when installing an outdoor television. Take time to decide on the right solution and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. I know this seems obvious, but with outdoor TV installations, you’re dealing with expensive equipment and electricity.

No matter how you choose to install your TV, invest in a cover. This inexpensive item could end up saving you thousands of dollars in time and equipment. A cover is especially important for installations near the ocean.

Don’t forget things like WiFi connectivity and cable TV. WiFi is tricky, especially when the TV is inside an enclosure. If you are having issues with connectivity use a WiFi extender or better, run an ethernet cable directly from your router to the TV.

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 so you, your family, and friends can enjoy your favorite TV entertainment outdoors. They are generally pricy though, so do some due diligence before you buy and enjoy your TV.

The 9 Best Outdoor TVs 1
SunBriteTV Veranda

Perfect for your patio, deck, or sunroom. The SunBriteTV Veranda is the outdoor TV we love.

The 9 Best Outdoor TVs 2

Outdoor TV FAQ

What makes an outdoor TV different?

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

Can I use an indoor TV as an outdoor TV?

There are several design factors required in an outdoor TV.  It has to be weatherproof or waterproof to keep moisture out, have sufficient screen backlighting for bright light viewing conditions, shield your TV components from the sun, and most importantly have effective ways of managing the heat inside the television. Indoor TVs simply aren’t designed to do this to the degree required for outdoor use.

Do I need an enclosure for my outdoor TV?

Not really, but why not? Outdoor TVs are designed to be used outdoors.  Most are specifically intended to be used on covered patios or 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.

Where should I place my outdoor TV?

The best placement position for your outdoor TV may very well be completely dictated by the layout of your outdoor living space. Bear in mind that most outdoor TVs are manufactured to function in brightly lit yet shaded areas.  If you require your TV to hang in direct sunlight you need to find a TV design specifically for that. 

How do I install my outdoor TV?

Installing an outdoor TV is a little more involved and requires additional safety considerations than a normal TV installation, so you may be best served by contracting a professional installer to do the job.  If you decide to do it yourself, do proper research on what’s required to install your outdoor TV safely and in accordance with its specifications. 

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11 thoughts on “The 9 Best Outdoor TVs”

  1. 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?

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    • Hi – we’ve actually arranged and grouped the TVs on this list by shade, partial sunlight or direct sunlight TVs, which is why there’s no ranking number next to each review. The Cosmos only gets 4 stars from us, which happens to be our lowest rating of the products on here. We’re not in disagreement.

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  2. 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!

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  3. 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?

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    • 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.

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  4. 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.

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    • 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.

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  5. I’m thinking of purchasing a Sealoc Coastal LG 6 series 65 inch. The price is very good and has lots of extras however I read that these are indoor televisions that are rebuilt to be waterproof. Do you think this model will be bright enough in direct sunlight? The television will face southeast and the NIT rating shows 325.

    Thank you,

    Paul Rodgers

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    • Hi Paul,

      Thanks for getting in touch!

      It’s important to note that Sealoc doesn’t just take ordinary indoor televisions and place them inside a weatherproof box. The TV is actually rebuilt to be waterproof and therefore you get less glare than if it were in a weatherproof box. While Sealoc do market their Coastal series as full-exposure outdoor televisions, 325 NITs is lower than even SunBrite’s Veranda TV’s with 270 NITS respectively. The televisions we feature in our full/ direct sunlight section are 700-1000 NITS, just to give you some perspective. So, while the Coastal might be able to withstand the direct sunlight exposure, I’m not so sure it would be the best option in terms of viewing quality.

      I hope that answers your question!

      Regards,
      Outeraudio

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  6. I wanted to get a 75 inch TV for direct sunlight on my outdoor uncovered patio and am considering the 75 inch Super Hi-Bright from Mirage Vision which is a smart TV or downsizing to the 65 inch Seura or Sunbrite neither of which ar smart TVs. The Nit brightness rating is actually higher for the MirageVision but not a lot of reviews on these regarding picture quality etc… Can you help me sort through pros on cons.

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  7. There is no way Sealoc TV’s have an IPX 8 rating. These have failed multiple times with simple high humidity. They most certainly can’t be submerged. No outdoor tv can be submerged in water. Sunbrite’s Pro series and Skyvue are the only two on this list I would install for my clients.

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