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Most TVs aren't meant to live outside. That is, they weren't designed or manufactured to be anywhere but inside your home. That doesn't mean you can't pick up a relatively inexpensive outdoor TV, mount it in a covered space and get a few years of use out of it. In fact, that's exactly what we've done for quite some time. These are our favorite picks for outdoor TVs — including a couple that are actually meant to be outdoors. You'll notice the difference in your wallet.

  • 40 inches of Roku: Roku 40S325
  • 39 inches of Amazon: Insignia FireTV Edition
  • Super-expensive: SunBrite 55-inch Signature
  • 49 inches of Roku: Roku 49S325
  • 50 inches of Amazon: Insignia FireTV Edition
  • Made for outside: SunBrite 43-inch

The great outdoors

With outdoor TVs being a big deal for outdoor parties and fun, you'll want to make sure you choose the best of the best. With options like the Roku 40S325 (opens in new tab) to help save some money or the SunBrite 43-inch (opens in new tab) that was truly created for the outdoors, you can't do wrong with amping up your outdoor space. From the big game to some fun comedies, you'll be able to entertain the whole crowd with an outdoor TV — just try to hide the remote.

If you're more of a go-big or go-home person, then the best option for a large outdoor TV would be the Insignia FireTV Edition (opens in new tab) . You can see everything on that thing, even while hanging out in your hot tub. Outdoor TVs add a lot to your outdoor area and make it a good place for friends and families alike. If you're interested in spending some money to add a little something extra to your outdoor space, make sure to pick up one of these kicking TV options.

What's important in an outdoor TV

There are a few things to consider when you're going to keep a television outdoors. The first should be the price. I'd rather spend a couple hundred bucks every few years on a decent set that's not supposed to be left outside than I would spend more than a grand on that's designed for the elements. Why? First is that this is a secondary TV we're talking about. If I'm going to spend a lot of money on a display, it's going to be the one I use the most. Second is that this TV is going to be outside most of the time — the less I spend on it, the less I'll lose should the worst happen.

Then there's the matter of space, as in, where you'll be putting your TV. That affects how big a TV you're going to get, of course. But it also affects how you'll be watching things. Chances are electrical outlets will be at a premium. The same goes for the traditional sort of space you'd need for an Apple TV or Android TV box. Best in this situation is something built-in. If you're a Roku person, consider a Roku TV. If you're a Fire TV person, consider a Fire TV Edition. Small dongles are fine, too. But full boxes like Apple TV an NVIDIA Shield with Android TV can be cumbersome — and it's one more thing that would be living outside, where it's not really supposed to be.

Also important to consider is the use of an over-the-air antenna. You can run one straight into your outdoor TV, but that's one more wire to deal with in an already limited amount of space. It'd be worth considering an OTA streaming box like HDHomerun or Tablo TV, which takes a single antenna feed and lets you watch it on multiple devices on your network.

You'll almost certainly be using some sort of mount, too. Those are a dime a dozen these days, but we're fans of mounts that extend the television from the wall a bit, let you turn it to the left and the right, *and let you pivot it upwards and downwards. Viewing angles are essential when it comes to watching TV outside, because the sun is brighter than your display, and the more inexpensive TVs out there aren't designed with that in mind.

And, finally, consider some cover for your outdoor TV. Even if your TV is under a covered patio, a little extra protection from the elements won't hurt — especially if you live in a more humid part of the country.