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Best TV Antenna

We tested 19 TV antennas to find the best performing antenna.


19 TV antennas were tested to find the best TV antenna


The picture above is a display of 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 channels 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 ran 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.


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 top 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.


RF Channel
&
Distance

#1
HD Stacker

VHF/UHF

#2
Channel Master
3671
VHF/UHF
#3
Winegard
HD7697P

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
HD 7697P

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%


Best TV antenna score

#1
HD Stacker Antenna
Manufactured by Winegard
exclusively for Denny's antenna.
Length: 70 inches
Max. Width: 60.3 inches
Score: 67% 
 

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HD Stacker TV antenna #1 best TV antenna

#2
Channel Master 3671 Crossfire Antenna

Manufacturer: Channel Master
Length: 173 inches
Max. Width: 110 inches
Score 64.4 

Channel Master 3671 TV Antenna #2 best TV antenna

#3
Winegard HD 7697P Antenna
Manufacturer: Winegard
Length: 131 inches
Max. Width: 53 inches
Score 64%

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Winegard HD 7697P TV Antenna

#4
Winegard HD 8200U Antenna
Manufacturer: Winegard
Length: 168.25 inches
Max. Width: 110 inches
Score: 63.6%

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Winegard HD 8200U TV Antenna

#5
Antennacraft HBU 55 Antenna
Manufacturer: Antennacraft
Length: 145 inches
Max. Width: 51.5 inches
Score: 63.6%

Antennacraft HBU 55 TV Antenna

#6
Channel Master 3020 Antenna

Manufacturer: Channel Master
Length:152.25 inches
Max. Width: 95 inches
Score: 61.8%

Channel Master 3020 TV Antenna

#7
Digitenna DUV-XF Extreme Fringe Antenna
Manufacturer: Digitenna
Length: 66 inches
Max. Width: 33 inches
Score: 59.6%

#8 
EZ HD TV Antenna
Manufactured by Winegard
for Denny's Antenna
Length: 35.16 inches
Max. Width: 34.43 inches
Score: 58.5%

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 TV antenna

#9
Channel Master 2020 Antenna
Manufacturer: Channel Master
Length: 90.63 inches
Max. Length: 60 inches
Score: 52.3%

Channel Master 2020

#10
Lava TV Antenna

Manufacturer: Imported from China?
Length: 20 inches
Width:  29 inches
Score: 48.5%

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.

Lava TV Antenna

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