Help Me, Tom’s Guide: What TV Antenna Should I Get?

A lot of Tom’s Guide readers are interested in cutting the cord, and they want to know what HDTV antenna would be best for them to get over-the-air TV channels where they live.

One person wrote to Tom's Guide with the following question.

"I have a friend who lives in Cumberland County, NC, and she wants to get the Raleigh/Durham TV stations. She went to to look for her signal range, and it was 50-60 miles. So what would be the best TV antenna for her? It was suggested that she get an outdoor antenna, but she would rather have an indoor antenna. So what is your advice for which antenna to get?"

HDTV antennas are classified by their range: A 30-mile antenna will typically pull in stations from 30 miles away, while a 50-mile antenna can receive signals from 50 miles. Additionally, amplified antennas can help by boosting a weak TV signal.

Unless you live in a very remote area, you can probably get away with using an indoor antenna with a long range — for example, a 50-mile amplified antenna such as the Mohu Curve 50, our top pick in that category.

In addition to, there are a few other sites that can help determine which stations you can get in your area. The FCC has a tool that lets you enter your location and shows you the stations nearby.

TVFool shows a chart of which channels come in the strongest, but the results can be slightly hard to read. Mohu also has its own tool that displays the strongest stations in your area and offers suggestions of antennas (all of which are Mohu’s, of course).

We hope that helps. In the meantime, check out our list of Best HDTV antennas, which also includes additional advice and tips.

Want help cutting the cord or just looking for advice? Head to the Tom’s Guide Forums for all of the latest tips from our resident experts. Or just leave a comment in this article down below.

Mike Prospero
U.S. Editor-in-Chief, Tom's Guide

Michael A. Prospero is the U.S. Editor-in-Chief for Tom’s Guide. He oversees all evergreen content and oversees the Homes, Smart Home, and Fitness/Wearables categories for the site. In his spare time, he also tests out the latest drones, electric scooters, and smart home gadgets, such as video doorbells. Before his tenure at Tom's Guide, he was the Reviews Editor for Laptop Magazine, a reporter at Fast Company, the Times of Trenton, and, many eons back, an intern at George magazine. He received his undergraduate degree from Boston College, where he worked on the campus newspaper The Heights, and then attended the Columbia University school of Journalism. When he’s not testing out the latest running watch, electric scooter, or skiing or training for a marathon, he’s probably using the latest sous vide machine, smoker, or pizza oven, to the delight — or chagrin — of his family.

  • ThursdayFridaySaturday
    My folks are thinking of cutting the cord, I'll keep this in mind.
  • snorlax316
    Meh, I'll stick to Netflix over cable and satellite.
  • Graybush
    This is all great advice, thanks Mike!
  • Valerie_23
    there are so many to choose from & different prices my goodness

    I have a place at the lake we visit now and than its in a rural area about 70 miles from Dallas and 65 miles from Tyler Texas its mostly flat land area .I want an antenna that will pull at least 70 miles or more and has low noise & good in rain storms & do not want to have to go out side to turn the antenna. Any ideas ?