Outdoor TVs got a major boost during the pandemic, when a lot of us were looking for ways to spend time with friends while practicing social distancing. Now, these electronics are becoming permanent fixtures on our patios, decks and backyards. When you want to invite the gang over for a barbecue, the best outdoor TVs let you enjoy the sunshine and watch the game at the same time. But if you’re going to entertain outside, you’re going to need an outdoor TV that can bring the party outside.
Outdoor TVs are specifically made to handle the elements. They have a protective casing that makes them weatherproof (for the most part) and keeps water from getting into the media bay (all the connections on the back of the TV). You wouldn’t want to bring your $2,000 dollar OLED TV outside when it’s muggy or downright nasty outside. That’s a quick way to ruin your day. That’s why you invest in an outdoor TV, so you don’t have to worry about it.
You’ll notice that outdoor TVs are bit more expensive than even your best 65-inch TV. If you brought your TV from inside your home outside, there is a good chance you wouldn’t even be able to see what’s on the screen from all the sun glare. Not only are these TVs weatherproof, but they also have the technology to help you actually see the screen even when the sun is bearing right down on it. What good is a TV if you can’t see the picture? This extra technology is pricey but worth it.
With an outdoor TV, you can turn your outdoor BBQs into legendary events. A beer, your buds, and the game all happening outside thanks to an outdoor TV that can handle whatever the weather throws at it.
Whether you want to watch the 2020 Tokyo Olympics outside or are planning ahead to watch NFL games this fall, you’ll need a TV that’s up for the challenge. Below you’ll find our recommendations for the best outdoor TVs for sale in 2021.
1. SunBrite Veranda TV
The Sunbrite Veranda sports a rustproof aluminum exterior to protect against the elements. Even the back of the TV where the connections are hosted are protected by thick gaskets to prevent water from getting in. Speaking of connectivity, it hosts a bevy of connection options including three HDMI ports and a single USB. And with 4K resolution and HDR, there’s no need to run back inside to catch the game, because this TV boasts the quality worthy of an epic play.
2. Furrion Aurora Outdoor TV
BEST BUDGET OPTION
Unlike some of the other best outdoor TVs, the Furrion Aurora isn’t going to excel in environments that have full exposure to sun. But if you have the luxury of sticking this in a shaded area, this TV is also one of the more affordable options on the list while still offering 4K resolution. Best of all, this TV is fully weatherproof, which means you don’t have to worry about rain, snow or extreme heat getting in the way of you and an outdoor Netflix binge session.
3. Peerless AV UltraView 86-Inch Outdoor TV
Nothing says you are the king of entertainment like a 86-inch TV in your backyard. It’s certainly is not cheap, but you’ll be the champion of all BBQs and outdoor hangouts with the Peerless 86-inch TV. Beyond it being huge, it also looks great with 4K resolution and HDR and has a waterproof remote. The TV is built to withstand substantial temperate swings and is all-weather rated, meaning it’s not just gigantic, but built tough as well.
4. Samsung The Terrace QLED 4K
Samsung decided to join the outdoor TV space with The Terrace QLED 4K. And you’ll be happy they did considering the 4K resolution combined with the awesome Tizen operating system that makes it easy to find all of your favorite content and shows. Making things even easier, this TV can connect to your network WiFi, so even though you’re outside, you can still tell Alexa to turn off the kitchen light you accidentally left on (if you have smart lighting). It’ll look great even when the sun is shining on the screen thanks to anti-glare technology. The Terrace is a great way to get a name brand TV in your backyard without the worries of it getting ruined by the elements.
5. SunBrite TV Signature 2 Series
BEST FOR PERGOLAS
The difference between our best overall pick and the Signature Series is extra brightness to combat glare from sunlight. The best overall is suited for fully shaded areas, where this TV is great in a partially covered deck or pergola. The LED TruVision and anti-glare technology keep the sun from ruining your outdoor hangout. It’s also weatherproofed like our best overall pick. Unfortunately, you’ll be paying the price to handle a little more sunlight.
6. SunBrite Pro Series
BEST FOR NO-SHADE
When your backyard doesn’t have any shade or coverings, but you still want a TV for entertaining, the SunBrite Pro Series has anti-glare technology and a protective glass shield for “enhanced solar tolerance” to deal with direct sunlight and still make the display look great. It doesn’t sport 4K resolution like the other TVs, and it is only 42-inches, making it one of the smaller options. If you’ve got shade, we recommend our pick for best overall, but if you’re exposed to straight sunlight, you should consider this outdoor TV instead.
7. Seura Ultra Bright 4K Outdoor TV
Like the Sunbrite Pro Series, the Seura Ultra Bright is designed to be used in the fully unexposed open, which means that you could have the sun shining directly on this thing during a rain storm and it would still be bright enough to be watchable. Unlike the Sunbrite Pro, this TV is 4K and weatherproof. But don’t think you can have it all and not pay an arm and a leg: This TV is definitely one of the most expensive options on this list.
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