Channel Master CM3000HD SMARTenna
The weather-resistant SMARTenna is designed for indoor or outdoor use, with two different types of mounting brackets included. We tested it indoors with the plastic stand and got good reception with the least amount of repositioning (nine HD stations and 16 SD stations), though it is significantly larger and more difficult to blend in with typical decor than either the Leaf or the Micron. The increased reception provided by an inline amplifier was on a par with the others (we paired it with the same Jolt amp that comes with the Leaf Ultimate, but it is also sold separately), catching four extra stations.
The best HDTV antenna
These three antennas performed similarly for our particular location, in which the stations were relatively close, with minimal obstructions. But overall, the Mohu Leaf Ultimate (with inline amplifier) wins. Its ultra-thin design and simple mounting make it the easiest of the bunch to set up and blend into your decor. And, at about $80, it pays for itself in just about three months.