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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.)

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

ANTOP UFO Amplified HDTV Antenna

“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!”

“I live 50-60 miles from the nearest towers surrounded by oak trees. The biggest benefit of these antennas is that birds, ice or wind are no issue. No more bent up ugly antenna on my roof. I feed all of this signal to my Tivo DVR combined with a streaming service (Netflix and/or Amazon Prime) so the Dish or Direct TV guy can kiss my rear. Over-the-air broadcasting is REAL HDTV.”

“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.”

ClearStream Indoor/Outdoor HDTV Antenna with Mount

“So happy with this purchase and excited about finally cutting the cord from satellite and cable. This product was extremely easy to install and tied right into the existing infrastructure in my home. I live 25 miles from the broadcast station in a housing development so I was worried about interference but everything worked great. The HD resolution is better than I’ve ever seen with cable and satellite. Couldn’t be happier with this antenna!!!!!!”