The Best Indoor HDTV Antenna

The Best Indoor HDTV Antenna

Our pick

Antennas Direct ClearStream Eclipse

Antennas Direct ClearStream Eclipse

A powerful indoor antenna with lots of features

The Eclipse pulled in all target channels with high signal quality. Its tacky surface makes finding the right position easy, and an amplified option is available for tough locations.

Buying Options

$38 from Amazon
$40 from Antennas Direct

The Antennas Direct ClearStream Eclipse pulled in more channels at higher strength than the other indoor TV antennas we tested. The 12-foot coax cable for connecting to the TV is detachable and long enough that it should be sufficient to position the antenna in most rooms (especially if you’re mounting it behind or above your TV). This antenna uses sticky pads to attach to the wall, and you can pull it off and move it without damage to the wall. It’s rated to pull in UHF/VHF HDTV channels within a 35-mile radius and can be purchased with a 20 dB active amplifier if you need more reach.

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Budget pick

1byone Flat Indoor Antenna

1byone Flat Indoor Antenna

Good performance but fewer features

The 1byone antenna pulled in almost as many stations as the Eclipse, but it can’t be relocated as easily, and the cable isn’t detachable.

Buying Options

$24 from Amazon

The 1byone antenna performed almost as well as our top pick and is sturdy enough to survive moves and falls. The company claims a 50-to-80–mile range, but that’s doubtful, since it wasn’t as effective at pulling in some longer-distance stations as the Eclipse. The 10-foot coax cable is not detachable, and the sticky tabs are not reusable, so you’ll have to supply your own double-sided tape if you want to relocate it. This model comes with an outboard amplifier, but as is common with indoor antennas, the amp did more harm than good with some signals.

Also great

Mohu ReLeaf

Mohu ReLeaf

An eco-friendly option

The flat ReLeaf is made from recycled cable boxes and cable-box packaging, and while it’s not as durable as a plastic antenna, it pulls in channels like a champ.

Buying Options

$34 from Amazon

Mohu’s ReLeaf antenna is a recycled cardboard version of the original 30-mile Leaf antenna. Like the original, it comes with a 10-foot removable coax cable. In our tests, it performed slightly better than the original Leaf. It attaches to the wall with push pins, so you might damage your wall a little, especially if you need to relocate it. You can also attach it to a wall with tape, but pulling the tape off could damage the cardboard. Still, if you like the idea of going green with your cord cutting, the Mohu ReLeaf is a good choice.

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Our pick

Antennas Direct ClearStream Eclipse

Antennas Direct ClearStream Eclipse

A powerful indoor antenna with lots of features

The Eclipse pulled in all target channels with high signal quality. Its tacky surface makes finding the right position easy, and an amplified option is available for tough locations.

Buying Options

$38 from Amazon
$40 from Antennas Direct

Budget pick

1byone Flat Indoor Antenna

1byone Flat Indoor Antenna

Good performance but fewer features

The 1byone antenna pulled in almost as many stations as the Eclipse, but it can’t be relocated as easily, and the cable isn’t detachable.

Buying Options

$24 from Amazon

Also great

Mohu ReLeaf

Mohu ReLeaf

An eco-friendly option

The flat ReLeaf is made from recycled cable boxes and cable-box packaging, and while it’s not as durable as a plastic antenna, it pulls in channels like a champ.

Buying Options

$34 from Amazon

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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