Best Indoor HDTV Antennas of 2019

Product Use case Rating
Mohu ReLeaf HDTV Antenna Best Overall 4.5
Mohu Leaf Metro Best Value 4
Mohu Curve 50 Amplified Designer Edition 4.5
ClearStream 2MAX HDTV Antenna 4
Winegard Elite 7550 Outdoor HDTV Antenna 4
1byone Amplified HDTV Antenna 3.5

A good TV antenna is a must-have, whether it's for getting local channels on your TV when you cable goes out, or for cutting the cord entirely. After testing and reviewing dozens of models, the best HDTV antenna is the Mohu ReLeaf HDTV Antenna, which offers superb reception, a simple non-amplified design, and is made from recycled materials.

For a more budget-friendly option, the smaller Mohu Leaf Metro is our favorite inexpensive antenna, delivering plenty of clear channels for less than $20.

Whether you need a discreet amplified antenna to set on the shelf, something that goes indoors or outside, or a heavy duty outdoor model to mount on the roof, we've hunted for signals and surfed the channels with to find the right HDTV antenna for you. And check out our latest reviews, which include the indoor/outdoor Antop AT-402B Flat-Panel SmartPass amplified antenna, and the compact Chaowei DVB66 for use on vehicles and RVs.

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1. Mohu ReLeaf HDTV Antenna

Best HDTV antenna overall

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Range: 30 Miles | Channels Received: 62 | Amplified: No | 1080p Reception: Yes | Cable Length: 10 Feet | Size: 11.5 x 9 inches

Pros: Excellent reception; Simple design; Competitively priced; Eco-friendly construction

Cons: Bland-looking; No amplified version

For TV viewer's ready to ditch their cable or satellite bill without giving up local channels, the Mohu Releaf is a top-notch indoor HDTV antenna for under $40. The simple design makes for easy installation, and the 30-mile antenna pulled in an impressive 62 channels in our testing, offering better reception than even some amplified antennas on this list.

Made of recycled packaging and crushed cable boxes, it's also the most eco-friendly antenna we've seen, but the real reason to buy is the combination of a no-fuss design and top-notch performance. It's the best HDTV antenna we've reviewed.

Read our full Mohu ReLeaf review.
 

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2. Mohu Leaf Metro

Best value antenna

Rating: 4/5 stars

Range: 25 Miles | Channels Received: 31 | Amplified: No | 1080p Reception: Yes | Cable Length: 10 Feet | Size: 11.5 x 3.5 inches

Pros: Inexpensive; Very small; Solid, dependable reception

Cons: Not amplified; Limited range and channel selection

You can get free TV forever with any antenna we review, but the Mohu Leaf Metro manages to offer solid reception and easy installation for less than $20. This inexpensive indoor antenna comes with a 10-foot cable and mounting hardware, and has a reversible design that helps it stand out a bit less while it's tacked or velcroed to your wall.

In our testing, the budget-friendly Leaf Metro offered some of the best reception we've seen in a cheap TV antenna, pulling in 31 stations with watchable clarity. The nonamplified design is easy to set up and small enough to not be an eyesore, making it a great choice for dorm rooms and smaller living spaces. If you want the best-performing, most-affordable option for over the air channels, this is it.

See our full Mohu Leaf Metro review, along with the other top cheap TV antennas under $20.
 

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3. Mohu Curve 50 Amplified Designer Edition

Top amplified antenna

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Range: 50 Miles | Channels Received: 58 | Amplified: Yes | 1080p Reception: Yes | Cable Length: 16 Feet | Size: 11.75 x  7.75 inches

Pros: Excellent aesthetics; Excellent reception; Good instructions

Cons: Expensive compared to the competition

The Mohu Curve 50 has everything we look for in an HDTV antenna, with an amplified design that pulls in channels for 50 miles and boosts signal strength for improved signal strength and viewing clarity. It also has one of the most stylish designs we've seen on any TV antenna. Instead of looking like a mudflap stuck to the wall, this stylish antenna has an arced design and built-in stand that should blend in on the shelf instead of being awkwardly hidden in a corner. An included 16-foot cable ensures flexibility in set up, and the included amplifier has a similarly generous USB power cable.

Of the 65 channels the Curve pulled in, our tester was able to watch 58 clearly, making the sleek antenna one of the best performers we've seen. It's a little pricier than a flat, unamplified antenna, but between the great performance and excellent design, we think it's worth the splurge.

Read our full Mohu Curve 50 Antenna review.
 

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4. ClearStream 2MAX HDTV Antenna

Best indoor/outdoor antenna

Rating: 4/5 stars

Range: 60 Miles | Channels Received: 44 | Amplified: No | 1080p Reception: Yes | Cable Length: N/A | Size: 17.25 x 31.5 inches

Pros: Steady signal reception; Solid supplied stand; Indoor or outdoor placement

Cons: Relatively expensive; No coaxial cable included

When you need something with really long range, the ClearStream 2Max is a strong and flexible indoor/outdoor HDTV antenna that reliably pulls in a variety of stations. This figure-eight-shaped offers a 60-mile range and solid performance. But, unlike the competition, this antenna is tough enough to use out in the elements.

While this non-amplified antenna offers decent performance compared to other indoor antennas, the outdoor capability lets you mount the antenna where the signal is strongest, beyond the obstacles posed by walls and furniture. The antenna comes with both a tabletop stand for indoor use and an outdoor mast and bracket for mounting on a roof or exterior wall.

Read our full ClearStream 2Max HDTV Antenna review.
  

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5. Winegard Elite 7550 Outdoor HDTV Antenna

Best outdoor antenna

Rating: 4/5 stars

Range: 70 Miles | Channels Received: 73 | Amplified: No | 1080p Reception: Yes | Cable Length: N/A | Size: 30 x 17.5 x 5 inches

Pros: Excellent reception; Excellent interference suppression

Cons: Somewhat loose construction; Plastic roof mount

Sometimes an indoor antenna just won't cut it. When you need an outdoor antenna with excellent reception, the Winegard Elite 7550 is the smart option, and our favorite outdoor antenna. It may cost a little more, but the Winegard Elite 7550 pays dividends, delivering a whopping 73 channels in our tests. Whether you're in a crowded city or a rural community, this outdoor HDTV should get the job done, pulling in more channels with better signal than any indoor model can offer.

If you're having difficulty getting local stations you want — or you just want better, more consistent reception — the Winegard Elite 7550's $120 price tag is worth every penny, pulling in dozens of free channels for less than a month's cable subscription.

Read our full Winegard Elite 7550 Outdoor HDTV Antenna review.
  

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6. 1byone Amplified HDTV Antenna

Popular Amazon pick

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Range: 50 Miles | Channels Received: 46 | Amplified: Yes | 1080p Reception: Yes | Cable Length: 10 Feet | Size: 13.25 x 9.25 inches

Pros: All necessary components included; Moderately priced; Easy setup

Cons: Inconsistent performer

For a simple, indoor antenna that offers everything you need to cut the cord, the 1byone Amplified Indoor HDTV Antenna offers a 50-mile range and included amplifier, all for a fairly reasonable price. It's not only an Amazon best-seller, it's also one of the best antennas we've reviewed.

Measuring just 13.3 x 9.3 inches, the antenna includes everything you need to connect to the TV, with a 10-foot coaxial cable and included adhesive patches for mounting. The simple design and included amplifier delivered dozens of watchable channels, and can plug into any wall outlet. There's a good reason the 1byone is a top Amazon seller: It performs well and doesn't cost a lot.

Read our full 1byone Amplified Indoor HDTV Antenna review.
  

How we test HDTV antennas

All of the antennas we review are tested in a New York City apartment, replicating a standard home installation using a Samsung KS9000 4K TV. With more than 100 over-the-air channels available in Manhattan, it provides a fine testing location for antenna reception, letting us measure not only how many channels an antenna can receive, but how many are clearly watchable.

Your experience may differ from our test results. Depending upon how many stations broadcast in you area, and unique geographical impediments to over the air signal – such as mountains – your own channel selection will vary considerably. We encourage antenna shoppers to be aware of what channels are available to them by using an online look-up tool like AntennaWeb.org. We also offer a handy guide to better antenna reception to help you cut the cord more easily.

What do HDTV antennas cost?

Non-amplified indoor antennas generally sell for between $20 to $40, but there are plenty of cheap HDTV antennas that sell for less than $20 that offer acceptable performance. An amplified antenna offers better performance, and will cost between $30 and $100. For the best performance, consider an outdoor antenna, which costs $100 or more.

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25 comments
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  • bumpandrun
    If the RCA ultrathin has the best reception, what keeps it from being a 9 or 10?
  • PAMID7
    Do I need to buy an indoor antenna for each television?
  • Andrew_B20017
    I have a rather large antenna in a spare bedroom on the upper floor of my home. I got a powered splitter that I attached to it and connected the upstairs TV's as well as connecting an existing cable that ran to the basement. I attached another powered splitter in the basement to connect cables for my downstairs TV's. 1 antenna and 4 TV's. I'm in a rural area and I still pick up over 30 channels. If you do a set up like this make sure the first splitter is close to the antenna for the best signal distribution.
  • t.bargy
    If you order from these people.......BEWARE ABOUT RETURNING....COST ALLMOST AS MUCH TO RETURN ITEM ..IF NOT MORE... WITH THESE PEOPLE AS IT DID TO BUY IT....SO IF YOU THINK YOUR GETTING YOUR MONEY BACK ....YOUR NOT......SO YOUR SCREWED......I'LL NEVER ORDER FRROM THIS PLACE AGAIN
  • rgd1101
    2588325 said:
    If you order from these people.......BEWARE ABOUT RETURNING....COST ALLMOST AS MUCH TO RETURN ITEM ..IF NOT MORE... WITH THESE PEOPLE AS IT DID TO BUY IT....SO IF YOU THINK YOUR GETTING YOUR MONEY BACK ....YOUR NOT......SO YOUR SCREWED......I'LL NEVER ORDER FRROM THIS PLACE AGAIN


    Who are these people? the article only use amazon. And what with the all caps?
  • klevisnowlle
    The MOHU Leaf/Releaf antennas are available at Fry's and Walmart (can be returned). MicroCenter sometimes has a Yagi style mini antenna for about $14.99 which works reasonably well.
  • bigtdavis608
    may want to update your article, the mohu airwave looks to have been pulled from the market. the product was an absolute disaster.
  • klevisnowlle
    I am using an $19.00 Mohu Leaf antenna from Wal Mart plugged into a $25.00 Digital converter from e-bay. Mohu rates it 30 mile capable - although it may receive up to 40 miles. One thing almost all companies fail to mention is that the antennas are directional. My antenna receives regular HDTV positioned N-S best and medium powered religious stations best lying flat.
  • wmy77
    Purchase these antennas only from a retailer where you can return them without any extra costs or hassles.....depending where you live such as cottage country, the TV signals are too weak to allow any type of satisfactory reception...they may work in your area & they may not...placing the antennas outside & as high as possible will give the best reception...good luck...
  • cwoodphotos
    This review of antennas has both misinformation and omitted information.

    First, there is no such thing as an HDTV antenna. Antennas are designed for the frequencies and polarity of the transmissions they need to cover. The antenna is agnostic. It responds to analog and digital transmissions and care less whether or not the signal is 480, 720 or 1080. And by the way, there are no 1080P over the air transmissions in this country.

    Some locations that have strong multi path reflections (city buildings, mountainous regions) will require an outdoor antenna, with a yagi being the preferred design as simple dipole or dipole with reflectors have a broad beam width and will reject unwanted signals/reflections more poorly than a yagi design
  • klevisnowlle
    2616194 said:
    This review of antennas has both misinformation and omitted information. First, there is no such thing as an HDTV antenna. Antennas are designed for the frequencies and polarity of the transmissions they need to cover. The antenna is agnostic. It responds to analog and digital transmissions and care less whether or not the signal is 480, 720 or 1080. And by the way, there are no 1080P over the air transmissions in this country. Some locations that have strong multi path reflections (city buildings, mountainous regions) will require an outdoor antenna, with a yagi being the preferred design as simple dipole or dipole with reflectors have a broad beam width and will reject unwanted signals/reflections more poorly than a yagi design
  • klevisnowlle
    The mini yagi antennas sold by Micro Center did not stay on the shelf long.
  • bradleyr001
    Very disconcerting that the best rated (9/10) non-amplified antenna only has a 2.5 stars rating on Amazon (follow the link provided to purchase on Amazon). Also, the specs listed on this page are different than the specs listed on the Amazon page, mainly 30 mile range listed here and 45 mile range listed on the Amazon page. Makes it hard to discern between truth and fiction prior to a purchase.
  • klevisnowlle
    Learned the hard way not to trust any ratings on anything given by Amazon. Amazon is driven by greed not veracity.
  • jalabi14
    I need indoor in somalia
  • vonshaman49
    I live in a trailer with metal siding in MA. I have cut cable but want to receive local major channels which are within 35-40 miles. Will the metal siding interfere with using an indoor antenna
  • songbirdwhite
    Oh, NO -- I Hit the RED BUTTON !! So sorry -- I don't have an answer; I was just trying to find the replies other people had written to two questions on the THREAD page that interested me. I'm new to "tom's guide", and it's exasperating that there's no apparent way to connect to previously posted solutions. Hope someone shared helpful answers to you both !
  • mykill42
    My last post got deleted for some reason.Guess I made Tom mad.
  • rgd1101
    2649991 said:
    My last post got deleted for some reason.Guess I made Tom mad.


    Yup. Please read the forum rule before posting
  • harpbri
    I have a piece of standard coaxial cable, 3-4ft long, hooked up to the antenna spot on all my TVs. They all have digital tuners. I can get all my local channels and a few others with just that. Which was free because I used the cable, cut into pieces, that AT&T used to install Uverse the year before. So all free and I have TV. So unless you live way out, I'm 25-50 miles from broadcast tower, you don't actually need any special antenna to get TV service. My TV shows signal strength and definition, I get 720p-1080p all the time.
  • campyjr
    I am surprised that Tom's doesn't know that there is no such thing as a HDTV antenna. The term HDTV antenna is just a gimmick that is used to get people to buy an antenna. The TV antennas of thirty years ago would pick up the signals that are now broadcast in high definition digital.
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  • paddymcq
    Amplified vs non-amplified has nothing to do with over-the-air reception. Amplified antennas only boost the signal between the antenna and TV when the cable is long. Amplification noise can actually degrade the reception. How can Tom's Guide review a product with understanding the basic technology?
  • charlesschucht05
    Help! I have a Mohu 50 indoor antenna amplified. I live in Lewistown, Pa. 17044 and receive zero (0)channels. What can I do? Third floor of an apartment building.

    Ken Schucht
  • horacebetz
    Thank you