HDTV antennas have never been a better value. These products have lowered in cost tremendously since being first introduced to the market. Many antennas are now flat or very small and are wifi integrated, or “smart”. Long gone are the ugly protrusions that stuck many feet off of rooftops only to give a poor signal. Newer, smarter antennas are more effective while being a fraction of the size and offering more features. Many antennas can now be placed indoors, even in enclosed spaces like basements, while still getting a crystal-clear signal ranging tens upon tens of miles. A number of them are USB powered and can connect directly to your desktop, laptop, or mobile devices. The outdoor models are more powerful than ever, ranging hundreds of miles. A number of these antennas are also UV resistant, so they won’t get damaged from the sun. Let’s take a look at a few of these modern smart antennas.
The 1byone indoor antenna also has a scaled-down version that comes in black and has many of the same features as the shiny-white, just at a lower cost. If you’re looking for the cheapest antenna you can put indoors, this 1byone has you covered.
The 1Byone Shiny White Antenna is a 1 best seller. It has the longest cable of all the indoor antennas and has 50 miles of range. No other indoor antenna has a range amplifier switch, which allows you more control over your effective range by sacrificing quality for those just-out-of-reach signals. It’s slim and white and can be attached to a number of surfaces. It comes with a 12 month warranty and has award-winning customer service.
If you’re looking for power, the Tree New Bee Outdoor Antenna has more than you’ll need. With 150 miles of range and a motorized 360 degrees of rotation, you’ll get TV, high-frequency radio, and FM radio all in one. It comes with an infrared controller and has dual TV outputs, so a single antennas goes twice as far. At only $55.29, this is the best value of all the antennas listed, as long as you don’t mind having it outdoors.
The AirFree antenna is yet another flat indoor option. Priced at 79.99, it is the thinnest of all the antennas reviewed here. Attach directly to the wall or surface and start watching TV for free immediately. No signal amplification is needed, meaning low signal-to-noise and easy set up. Simply plug the coaxial and USB cables directly to your TV and start watching.
The Winegard FlatWave is another thin and transparent indoor antenna. It has 4K capability like many of the products mentioned above, and has a 50 mile range in both directions perpendicular to the antenna. The amplifier on the Winegard is it’s most distinct feature. It has very low signal-to-noise, with only 1dB noise on average, compared to 3dB+ of noise from other antennas. The Winegard is also completely reversible, having a black side and a white side, so you’re able to change the look of the antenna to fit the room you’re in.
The NewPlus Indoor Antenna is completely transparent. It’s perhaps the least intrusive indoor antenna on the market, being entirely unnoticeable when placed anywhere. It has a 16.5 foot high performance coaxial cable, so it can be placed far away from your device or TV set. Working with both standard and HDTVs, the New Plus is a versatile and completely discrete way to enjoy your favorite programming for free.
The ANTOP TV Antenna is another wall or window mounted option that is barely noticeable on a number of surfaces. It can be laid flat or stood up vertically, meaning there are a number of configurations for set up and display. One distinct feature of the ANTOP is the LED range indicator. You always know if you’re in range of a good signal simply by looking at the LED indicator light. It works with CRT TV sets as well as newer, digital ones. You can connect it directly to your converter box and then your TV, or use the smartpass adapter to directly connect it to your digital TV.
The Frtech antenna has a 50+ mile range and comes with a detachable signal amplifier. It receives 4K ready television signal, unlike a number of other antennas. It has a sleek hexagonal design that can be placed on nearly any surface without being obtrusive. The Frtech is only 30 square feet and is completely flat. Simply attach it to a wall above your TV or device and starting watching free TV right away.
The August DTA240 is another great modern antenna. The DTA240 is entirely portable and only has two parts, making set up incredibly easy. It is part of a product family with a number of different shaped and sized antennas, so if you don’t like the look of the DTA240, there’s a similar product for you somewhere in the product family. The base of the DTA240 is magnetic, so reception can be improved by placing on a metal surface. It’s lightweight and portable, making it perfect for mobile devices and portable television sets. The coaxial cable is 5 feet long, so you won’t have any problem setting this antenna up anywhere. Priced at $29.95, this antenna is one of the cheapest you’ll find.
This 1Byone Amplified Antenna provides 60+ miles of radio and television signal from every direction with easy installation. No tools are required for installation, simply use the metal supports to attach to a number of surfaces. Only taking up 100 square inches, this antenna is virtually unnoticeable. Connecting to your television set is simple, simply plug in the USB adapter and connect a coaxial cable from your television to the adapter. The design is waterproof and snow proof, and has an anti-UV ray coating that will resist harsh sunlight even in direct exposure.