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The Best Outdoor TV Antennas on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written about the best cheap TVs and a tiny, portable movie projector before, here we’ve rounded up the best outdoor TV antennas — and a couple of very good indoor TV antennas — on Amazon, so you can watch live TV without paying for cable. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best outdoor TV antenna under $50

RCA Compact Outdoor Yagi HDTV Antenna With 70 Mile Range
$45 at Amazon

“This is bar none one of the best purchases ever that has saved us thousands of dollars already after a few years … This inexpensive antenna replaced our ongoing frustrations with Dish, Comcast, Charter, etc., with their marketing games and price hikes. I almost purchased a much bigger and [more] expensive antenna after an exhausting search, but I chose this instead because the sheer size of the other antennas made me worried for windy days. I get all the channels I’m supposed to get locally from this little amazing antenna very clearly within range! … My husband loves a few local channels we get and [we] haven’t missed the cables while combined with Netflix and Amazon Prime.”

Best 100-mile-range TV antenna

Channel Master CM-2020 Outdoor TV Antenna
$89 at Amazon

“The antenna was very easy to assemble. We installed it on a rooftop mast and paired it with a Winegard preamp. The results were better than expected. I was hoping to get the same results as our old antenna before it broke, but this setup works even better. We get all of our Green Bay TV stations now. (We live about 30 miles from the towers, but the area in which we live is somewhat flaky when it comes to pulling in all the Green Bay stations, even though they’re all pretty much in the same direction.) Now, as a bonus, we’re pulling in Madison TV stations off of the back side of the antenna after dusk. That’s over 90 miles away! This antenna has helped make it possible for us to cut the cord and save over $100 a month. I can’t recommend this antenna enough.”

Best 200-mile-range outdoor TV antenna

Xtreme Signal Long Range Yagi Style VHF/UHF HDTV Antenna (HDB91X)
$50 at Amazon

“I have a house on Cape Cod just outside the radius of broadcast coverage, according to FCC maps. My wife want[ed] to see Michael Phelps win another gold at the Summer Olympics, but I don’t want to pay the big, nasty, media-giant cable company another dime … I tried various other ‘100-mile’ antennas to no avail, even mounting them on a 20-foot pole. This particular ‘Yagi’ style worked great. Aiming it between the two Boston [and] Providence azimuths, I went from receiving 6 channels to over 46, including Fox and NBC that were formerly out of reach. No amp necessary. When I received the box, I was surprised by the length and girth of the antenna. I had been using 36-inch versions, and this one is a whopping seven feet long. I guess the extra length and material really does make a significant difference in signal strength. I highly recommend.”

Best outdoor TV antenna with booster

1byone Amplified Outdoor Digital HDTV Antenna
$50 at Amazon

“This antenna is amazing. I was skeptical at first, but I mounted it in my attic, connected the coax, and plugged in the booster, and I received channels as far as 100 miles away in clear HD. I live near Jacksonville, Florida, and the topography is flat, but the range is still amazing. Great for local channels in HD when my DirecTV is out due to inclement weather.”

Best omnidirectional outdoor TV antenna

ANTOP UFO Amplified HDTV Antenna
$90 at Amazon

“Finally found one that works for us. We have tried many antennas in the past that were always needing to be moved to find a channel. This antenna received all the channels, just sitting in our living room. We have used this for almost a month, and it works well. We recommend this for those people who find themselves moving their antenna around to view channels coming in from different directions!”

Best outdoor TV antenna for forests

High Gain Bowtie Indoor/Outdoor HDTV Antenna — 60 Mile Range
$79 at Amazon

“My location is nestled in a forest of trees no matter which way you point the antenna. I was able to pull in more channels, but more importantly, it fixed the reception problems on the channels I already got. No more pixelation or stops and starts. Well worth the money and time invested in the upgrade. Been off DTV for almost a year now, saving $120 per month.”

Best outdoor HDTV antenna with UHF/VHF under $50

Mediasonic HOMEWORX HDTV Outdoor Antenna
$28 at Amazon

“This antenna is the greatest! Easy as pie to set up and great range. I am 42 miles from the farthest towers, and this antenna pulls them in perfectly! I have 18 HD channels coming in crystal clear. Great seller; packaging was absolutely perfect. I would definitely recommend this antenna if you’re in the 40- to 50-mile range, and I’m positive this will work even further.”

Best indoor/outdoor HDTV antenna

ClearStream 2V Indoor/Outdoor HDTV Antenna With Mount
$80 at Amazon

“Just got this setup, and I am a happy camper. I have tried many indoor and several outdoor antennas, and none of them performed like this. It took me about [90 minutes] to set up, including looking for the best direction to place the antenna. Once up, I did the channel scan, and I started getting channels that I didn’t know existed, 25 in total. Situations will vary based on where you live, line of sight from towers, obstructions, and of course weather conditions, but I must say I am impressed.”

Best attic TV antenna

GE 29884 Pro Outdoor/Attic Mount Antenna
$40 at Amazon

“Been using a ‘window’ HD antenna for years. Finally decided to try an attic antenna to hide the ugly square in the window and wires that were visible. I am so glad that I bought this antenna. I found out where to point it and scanned for channels, and I was amazed that I now receive 89 free channels with this bad boy! Worth every penny.”

Best indoor TV antenna for multiple TVs

Mohu Leaf 30 TV Antenna
$34 at Amazon

“I was only able to get two channels on my TV, [but] I was not willing to pay for [cable], so I looked for an alternative. I ordered a Leaf Indoor HDTV Antenna just after Christmas. It works great! I now get 22 channels and three audio channels. Love the product, and it was very inexpensive. Easy to use, thin, easy-to-hang, and not an eyesore to look at. I would recommend this product to anyone that does not get good service.”

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The Best Outdoor TV Antennas, According to Amazon Reviewers