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World's Best Television Antenna

Best TV Antenna


19 TV antennas were tested to find the best TV antenna


Several of the antennas tested and is NOT how the antennas were actually set up to be tested.

During the best TV antenna test each antenna was placed individually onto the same mast pipe at the same location and tested under the same conditions to help insure accurate results.

TEST LOCATION: 3758 W. Washington Rd. Ithaca, Mi. 48847.

TEST SPECIFICS. Each antenna was installed at an elevation of 10 feet above ground level. A total of 19 TV antennas were tested. A rotor was used to turn and precisely aim each antenna to obtain the best possible signal strength from each of the 18 channels. Fifty feet of RG 6 solid copper coax cable was run directly from the antenna to a Winegard RC1010 HD digital set top tuner. No signal amplifier was in use (except when testing the Lava antenna with built-in signal amplifier).

NOTE: Signal meters of various tuner brands are calibrated differently and the signal strength percentages will vary from tuner to tuner even though the actual incoming signal strength coming into the tuner remains the same. The same Winegard tuner was utilized for each antenna in the best TV antenna test insuring uniform and fair results.

If you have an antenna you would like us to test or if you have questions contact us or call 1 989 875 4902 M-F 8am to 5pm EST. 


Ask your customer service question: Denny, it appears that your test of 19 outdoor antennas is dated, as the #2 Channel Master model has been discontinued.

The test was performed about 8 years ago.

We plan to have another test this year when the weather warms. Probably will do a YouTube video. We want to include some of the cheap imported antennas. I already know the results but we have to give the people what they want. We successfully replace more Lava, Orca, 1byone and Mohu antennas than any other brands. Denny


A legitimate representative from any of the antenna manufacturers may request a retest of their antenna if they feel the validity of this best TV antenna test is in question. A time and date of the retest will be set and the representative of the manufacturer may be present. The test will take place at 3758 W. Washington Rd. Ithaca, Mi. 48847. We however reserve the right if a retest is requested to publish the name of the Company, the representative in attendance and the results of the retest.


19 TV antennas were tested the 10 best TV antennas are listed below


Below are the results of the best TV antenna test. In the column under each antenna listed in the grid is the best signal strength percentage according to the signal meter that could be obtained by the antenna on the channel listed in red to the left. At the bottom of the grid is the average percentage of all 18 channels combined for each antenna tested. The higher the average percentage the better the overall performance of the antenna. The RF channel number indicates the actual broadcast channel frequency used by the TV station to broadcast the signal.


Question: Hi Denny, In your test I don't see most of the antennas I see advertised on the Internet. Why is this?
Gordy W. Springfield, Il.

Answer: Hi Gordy, If you're referring to the small antennas some built into plastic boxes or flat antennas this type of antenna simply can't compete with the antennas we tested.  No matter what you hear, size does matter and no amount of hype will change that fact!

Take Care, Denny

10 Best Outdoor TV Antennas


RF Channel
&
Distance

#1
HD Stacker

VHF/UHF

#2
Channel Master
3671
VHF/UHF
#3
Winegard
HD7698P

VHF/UHF
#4
Winegard
HD8200U
#5
Antennacraft
HBU 55
VHF/UHF
#6
Channel Master
3020

VHF/UHF

#7
Digitenna
DUV-XF
VHF/UHF 

#8
EZ HD
VHF/UHF
#9
Channel Master
2020

VHF/UHF
#10
Lava TV Antenna
VHF/UHF
8.1
Real RF 7
59.3 Mi.
45% 44% 47% 43% 46% 32% 20% 34% 30% 28%
3.1
Real RF 8
63.0 Mi.
52% 41% 32% 39% 35% 31% 0% 26% 0% 0%

9.1
Real RF 9
67.2 Mi.

60% 47% 49% 52% 47% 40% 43% 42% 28% 42%
10.1
Real RF 10
58.9
51% 52% 46% 53% 49% 51% 28% 31% 36% 41%

12.1
Real RF 12
31.3 Mi.

99% 100% 100% 99% 100% 97% 79% 96% 90% 92%
35.1
Real RF 15
53.8
67% 74% 68% 74% 71% 70%

70%

68% 69% 56%
66.1
Real RF 16
31.4 Mi.
97% 92% 100% 88% 96% 98% 99% 96% 98% 84%
17.1
Real RF 19
60.1 Mi.
48% 46% 47% 48% 43% 41% 46% 42% 44% 33%
41.1
Real RF 20
63.9 Mi.
49% 50% 47% 46% 44% 49% 49% 45% 46% 42%

5.1
Real RF 22
43.6 Mi.

100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 98%
14.1
Real RF 26
41.6 Mi.
87% 74% 68% 70% 58% 68% 68% 62% 58% 55%
25.1
Real RF 30
48.3 Mi.
49% 40% 49% 53% 49% 50% 55% 42% 47% 36%
6.1
Real RF 36
44.3 Mi.
100% 98% 94% 97% 94% 94% 99% 93% 92% 79%
47.1
Real RF 38
57.0 Mi.
40% 42% 39% 40% 40% 36% 46% 36% 0% 29%

23.1
Real RF 40
42.9 Mi.

87% 85% 81% 81% 82% 80% 89% 84% 79% 59%
43.1
Real RF 44
46.7 Mi.
60% 60% 69% 59% 74% 67% 76% 55%

55%

42%

46.1
Real RF 46
43.5 Mi.

80% 73% 78% 71% 81% 72% 81% 69% 70% 57%
53.1
Real RF 51
60.7 Mi.
41% 42% 38% 42% 36% 38% 25% 32% 0% 0%

18 Channel
Average
Signal
Strength
Percentage

HD Stacker
Antenna

67.3%

Channel Master
3671

 64.4%

Winegard
HD7698P


64.0%

Winegard
HD 8200


63.6%

Antenna
craft
HBU 55

63.6%

Channel Master
3020

61.8%

Digitenna
DUV-XF
>

59.6%

Denny's
EZ HD
Antenna

58.5%

 

Channel 
 Master
2020

52.3%

Lava
TV Antenna

48.5%


#1 HD Stacker Antenna >


Length: 70 inches
Max. Width: 60.3 inches
 

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HD Stacker best TV antenna

#2 Channel Master 3671 Crossfire Antenna
Manufacturer: Channel Master
Length: 173 inches
Max. Width: 110 inches

Channel Master 3671 best antenna test

#3 Winegard HD 7698P Antenna
Manufacturer: Winegard
Length: 168 inches
Max. Width: 53 inches

#5 best TV antenna

#4 Winegard HD 8200U Antenna
Manufacturer: Winegard
Length: 168.25 inches
Max. Width: 110 inches
Score: 63.1

Winegard HD 8200U  #4 best TV antenna

#5 Antennacraft HBU 55 Antenna
Manufacturer: Antennacraft
Length: 145 inches
Max. Width: 51.5 inches

#5 best TV antenna

#6 Channel Master 3020 Antenna
Manufacturer: Channel Master
Length:152.25 inches
Max. Width: 95 inches

Channel Master 3020 #6 best TV antenna

#7 Digitenna DUV-XF 

Manufacturer: Digitenna
Length: 66 inches
Max. Width: 33 inches

Digitenna DUV-XF #7 best TV antenna

#8 EZ HD TV Antenna

Length: 35.16 inches
Max. Width: 34.43 inches

The EZ HD is much smaller than most antennas tested and is not in the same class.  However, because many of you requested to see the EZ HD test result we thought we should include them. 

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EZ HD antenna #8 best TV antenna

#9 Channel Master 2020 Antenna


Manufacturer: Channel Master
Length: 90.63 inches
Max. Length: 60 inches

Channel Master 2020 #9 best TV antenna

#10 Lava TV Antenna

Manufacturer: Imported from China?
Length: 20 inches
Width:  29 inches

The Lava antenna has a built-in preamplifier that must be in use when testing this antenna. The raw gain of the antenna is likely lower than the score indicates. Also, the built-rotor didn't last long enough to complete the test. We had to turn the antenna by hand.

Lava antenna #10 best TV antenna

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