If you’re in the market for a new TV and want great value for money, it’s hard to beat one with Fire TV built-in. Amazon’s TV OS is powerful and robust, providing access to all your favorite streaming services and other apps. Keep in mind that most TVs with Fire OS tend to be budget oriented.
What to look for in a Fire TV:
When shopping for a Fire TV, you should pay attention to the regular TV specs and some Amazon Fire-specific bits of information. Here̵
- How you will use it: Consider whether you also plan to use your TV for media streaming or gaming only. When it comes to using a TV for gaming purposes, you want a faster refresh rate and better resolution so that your games look and feel smooth. These Fire TVs may not offer the specs you need for a premium gaming experience, so consider buying a more expensive TV and using an Amazon Fire TV stick to get the Fire TV experience.
- Size: Also consider whether you are going to use it as a smaller personal TV or as a living room TV that needs to be a little bigger for the whole family. And be sure to measure before making a final decision to make sure it fits nicely on your TV cabinet or sideboard.
- Resolution: For most modern TVs, you should be looking for a 4K resolution. All options on this list, except for the tiny 32-inch Insignia, have 4K resolution. It’s really hard to find a small TV with a resolution higher than 720p or 1080p.
- Refresh rate: The best modern TVs currently support a 120Hz refresh rate. Unfortunately, the Fire TV options out there now don’t support anything higher than a 60Hz refresh rate. The higher your refresh rate, the smoother your screen will look. For modern gaming, you want the highest refresh rate you can afford, although 60Hz will work just fine for many older games. The only TV on this list that supports a 120Hz refresh rate is the LG 4K OLED TV, which isn’t a Fire TV, but only has Amazon Alexa functionality.
- Fire TV vs Amazon Fire Stick: When you buy a Fire TV, the Amazon Fire TV experience is already built into the TV itself. When you buy an Amazon Fire Stick, it’s an external device that you need to connect to an existing TV in your home through an HDMI port.
- Fire TV vs Alexa Built-in: You’ll also see TVs specifically branded as Fire TVs and TVs that have Amazon Alexa built-in. When you buy a Fire TV, you essentially get the experience you would normally get from an Amazon Fire Stick without the added hassle of connecting an external device. If you buy a TV that only supports Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa, you won’t get the Fire TV experience unless you also buy an Amazon Fire Stick.
Best Overall: Insignia 65-inch F30 Series
For most people looking to buy a Fire TV, this 65-inch model from Insignia is the way to go. It has a resolution of 4K, a refresh rate of 60 Hz and three 2.1 HDMI inputs. While the refresh rate may not be the best for gaming, it will do the trick in a pinch; and you are ready for media streaming.
If you want to connect a soundbar, you can be sure that this TV supports HDMI ARC, so you don’t need an extra cable to connect everything; you can just send audio directly from the HDMI port to your soundbar. If you don’t have a soundbar, the TV comes equipped with DTS Studio Sound to help you with immersive, high-quality audio.
And of course Alexa is built-in. You can use Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant, to launch apps, find movies and TV shows, control other smart home devices, and more. If the 65-inch model doesn’t fit your space, they also have 43-inch, 55-inch, or 70-inch models.
Another great option: Toshiba 55-inch Fire TV
This 4K Fire TV from Toshiba isn’t all that different from the one above from Insignia; it just gives you another great option from another brand. This TV from Toshiba is up to 55 inches and comes in smaller models of 50 inches and 43 inches.
It has a 4K resolution, a 60Hz refresh rate and three 2.0 HDMI inputs. Like the Insignia, this Toshiba TV has HDR, or high dynamic range, which means colors will be brighter. The Toshiba stands out because it uses Dolby Vision, Hybrid Log-Gamma and HDR 10 technology; the Insignia TV only uses HDR 10 technology.
With Fire TV smart capabilities, you can stream your favorite shows through the available downloadable apps on the platform and let Alexa guide you through the entire process via the built-in voice remote.
Best Budget: Insignia 50-inch Fire TV Edition
This 50-inch Insignia TV has all the great specs of our top picks, but in a smaller, more affordable package. You get that crisp 4K resolution, three 2.1 HDMI ports, one with HDMI ARC support, and a 60Hz refresh rate.
And, of course, you get the Fire TV experience with a built-in Alexa voice assistant to help you out. You can download all your favorite apps including Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Video and more.
Best Small: Insignia 32-inch Fire TV Edition
This 32-inch Insignia TV may not have the best specs, but it delivers the Fire experience at a low price and small size. It comes with 720p resolution, 60Hz refresh rate, and three 2.0 HDMI ports.
The most important thing about this TV is that it is a Fire TV. So you get the Amazon Fire experience built-in so you can download all your favorite apps, record live TV if you want, and use the Alexa virtual assistant via voice command.
Best non-fire TV with Alexa functionality: LG 65-inch 4K Smart OLED TV
If you’re willing to spend a little more on a premium TV that still has Amazon Alexa functionality built in but isn’t a Fire TV, this 65in from LG is the ultimate splurge.
Like many of the Fire TVs on this list, this LG TV has a 4K resolution; where it differs is the display technology. This TV from LG has an OLED screen, with each OLED pixel giving off its own light and turning it on and off independently to enhance colors and darken blacks.
This TV is also very suitable for gaming. It has a fast 120Hz refresh rate, four 2.1 HDMI ports with one supporting eARC connection, and gaming-specific technology like NVIDIA G-SYNC and FreeSync to make your gaming experience feel even better.
And if you like the TV, but the size isn’t right, there are also 48-inch, 55-inch and 77-inch models.
Best Non Fire TV with Alexa functionality
LG 65-inch 4K Smart OLED TV
If you’re willing to spend a little more on a premium TV that still has Amazon Alexa functionality built in, but isn’t a Fire TV, this 65in from LG is the ultimate splurge.