Many TV viewers are ready to "cut the cord" on expensive cable and satellite TV services and wish to receive free local TV channels over the air. This requires the one-time purchase of a television antenna. The best indoor TV antenna is affordable, easy to set up, and strong enough to receive local signals.

If you're paying a cable or satellite TV company to receive local channels, you're paying for something you can get for free. Your local channels are available over the air if you have an antenna to receive them. Lately there's been a movement of "cord-cutters" who no longer subscribe to expensive cable or satellite TV services. Instead, they rely on streaming services like Netflix or Hulu. Unfortunately, these services do not carry local programming, but you can access your local channels with the one-time purchase of an indoor TV antenna.

FAQs

1. Why purchase a TV antenna?

2. Is an indoor antenna better than an outdoor antenna?

3. What Is Antenna Amplification?

4. What is directionality?

5. Will the antenna match my decor?

6. What else should I know before buying?

How We Reviewed

In order to determine the best indoor TV antenna, we judged each product based on the following criteria:

  • Range
  • Price
  • Amplification
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    Directionality
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    Cord (length, detachability)
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    Design & Mounting

Overall Price Range

The indoor TV antennas on our list range in price from $10 to $80. The wider the range of the antenna, the more expensive it is likely to be. Therefore, amplified antennas that boost the range of the antenna up to 60 or 65 miles away are likely to be more expensive.

When you're buying an indoor TV antenna, keep in mind that the directionality of the antenna is also likely to be a factor in pricing; a multidirectional antenna that does not need to be pointed in the direction of the tower is likely to be more expensive than one that does. The antennas on our list are all multidirectional.

Top Ten Best Indoor TV Antennas

Before we get to the top ten list, we want to point out that there are dual-purpose TV antennas that can be used either indoors or outdoors. In the interest of keeping our list at a manageable ten, as well as to avoid confusion, we eliminated indoor/outdoor antennas from our list and focused on those that are only to be used indoors.

In some cases, there may be a related model of antenna that did not earn a spot on our list, either because it was similar to another model that is included on the list or because it didn't meet our indoor-only criterion. These models rated an honorable mention underneath the entry of the related model.

If you decide to purchase one of these antennas, most of them are available for purchase direct from the manufacturer's website in addition to the retailers listed below.

ClearStream ECLIPSE TV Antenna, 35+ Mile Range, Multi-directional,...
  • Best performance among flat HD Antennas in the 35 Mile range category [NOTE: Certain...
  • Sure Grip guarantees the easiest installation of any indoor antenna; grips to walls and...
  • Multi-directional element and double-sided black or white design: no aiming necessary and...

Key Features: It has a ring-shaped design, with adhesive tabs included, and a detachable 12-foot cord.

The unique design becomes a conversation piece, lets in more light when mounted in a window, and doesn't obstruct the view. It has the longest warranty of any antenna we reviewed.

However, it's on the pricier side of the cost spectrum for an unamplified antenna.

Pros

  • Unique design 
  • Lets in more light when mounted in a window
  • It has the longest warranty in the list

Cons

  • It's on the pricier side of the cost spectrum for an unamplified antenna.

Price:

$$$

Where to Buy:

Amazon, Best Buy, Antennas Direct (the manufacturer)

Warranty:

Lifetime

Honorable Mention: The Clearstream 2Max HDTV Antenna is highly rated by reviewers but was disqualified from this list on the basis of being an indoor/outdoor antenna.

AmazonBasics Ultra Thin Indoor TV Antenna - 50 Mile Range
  • NOTE: Channel reception will vary depending on what's being broadcast in your area, how...
  • 50 Mile range to access from broadcast tower; receives free HD channels including ABC,...
  • Reversible with black or white sides to match your home's decoration; antenna can be...

Key Features: As suggested by the name, the antenna is ultra-thin and reversible, with a black side and a white side to better blend in with home decor. It is amplified, with a range of 50 miles, and comes with Velcro dots and pins for mounting.

This is an amplified antenna that is comparable in cost to its unamplified counterparts, offering great value for the money. It is easy to set up and use. But it offers less aesthetic value than the ClearStream Eclipse or the Mohu Curve.

Pros

  • Amplified antenna that is comparable in cost to its unamplified counterparts
  • Offering great value for the money
  • It is easy to set up and use

Cons

  • It offers less aesthetic value than the ClearStream Eclipse or the Mohu Curve.

Price:

$$

Where to Buy:

 Amazon; eBay may have it as well, but was sold out at the time of this writing.

Warranty:

1 year, limited

Honorable Mention: AmazonBasics also offers a 35-mile range model that does not include an amplifier.

Mohu ReLeaf Indoor TV Antenna, Made with Recycled Materials, 4K-Ready...
  • ABSOLUTELY FREE HDTV FOR LIFE: World's first recycled HDTV antenna: Made using plastic...
  • CRYSTAL CLEAR HDTV: Now tested to reach up to 30 miles ReLeaf can access HD Over-the-Air...
  • 10 FT COAXIAL CABLE: Multi-directional and Reversible HDTV Antenna - ReLeaf was designed...

Key Features: The ReLeaf is a flat antenna based off the previous Leaf released by the same company but designed and constructed specifically to be eco-friendly.

The ReLeaf is constructed entirely of recycled materials. The plastic components (including cables) are made from recycled cable boxes and the antenna portion is made from recycled post-consumer cardboard. Instructions are printed on the inside of the box to save paper. It doesn't come with any adhesive; instead, it has pin holes to allow it to be pinned to a wall.

Pros

  • Constructed entirely of recycled materials.
  • Instructions are printed on the inside of the box to save paper.

Cons

  • Not that easy to install

Price:

$$$

Where to Buy:

 Amazon, Best Buy

Warranty:

1 year

Honorable Mention: The Mohu Leaf was the inspiration for the ReLeaf but is too similar to warrant a separate entry.

Indoor Paper Thin HDTV Antenna - ANTOP AT-127 Paper Thin, 40-Miles...
  • Cut the Cable - Enjoy watching FREE local over-the-air high definition TV broadcasts from...
  • Reversible dark walnut and light oak finish provides visual appeal, suitable to match a...
  • Super slim, less than an inch thick (0.02') but still delivers on the ANTOP promise of a...

Key Features: It has a distinctive style with wood-grain pattern on either side for those who like a retro feel.

The plastic components (including cables) are made from recycled cable boxes and the antenna portion is made from recycled post-consumer cardboard. Instructions are printed on the inside of the box to save paper. Some may find the wood-grain design too old-fashioned, ostentatious, or kitschy.

Pros

  • Relatively large range of 40 miles, even without an amplifier
  • It comes with a plastic stand to rest
  • It can mount to a window or wall

Cons

  • Some may find the design too old-fashioned, ostentatious, or kitschy.

Price:

$$

Where to Buy:

Best Buy, Amazon, Lowe's, Price Panda, eBay

Warranty:

1 year

Mohu Curve 50 TV Antenna Indoor Amplified 50 Mile Range Modern Design...
  • ABSOLUTELY FREE HDTV FOR LIFE: Now tested to receive stations up to 60 miles away in FULL...
  • 16 FT HIGH PERFORMANCE CABLE: Easy Installation - Lay flat stand upright or mount on wall...
  • NOTE: ACCESS TO FREE CHANNELS ONLY - Enables access to free channels only - does not...

Key Features: This is a free-standing amplified antenna with a range of 50 miles.

Its unique curved design blends in with decor and adds an artistic touch. It cannot be mounted to a wall and is relatively expensive.

Pros

  • Unique curved design 
  • Blends in with decor
  • Adds an artistic touch

Cons

  • It cannot be mounted to a wall 
  • Relatively expensive

Price:

$$$

Where to Buy:

Amazon, Wal-Mart, Target, Crutchfield, B&H

Warranty:

1 year

1byone TV Antenna, 50 Mile Range Amplified HDTV Antenna with...
  • Free for Life - Never pay expensive cable or satellite fees again! 1byone TV Antenna can...
  • High Performing Slim Design - Slim, soft and lightweight so you can hide it behind the TV,...
  • Included Detachable Amplifier - Use the amplifier for the tv antenna's full 50 mile range,...

Key Features: It has a range of 50 miles, and the amplifier toggles on and off with a switch.

It is easy to place with a thin and lightweight design. Setup is plug and play. The cord is not detachable, meaning it cannot be swapped out if it isn't long enough. However, at 20 feet, it is one of the longest cords on this list and this shouldn't be an issue.

Pros

  • It is easy to place 
  • Thin and lightweight design
  • Setup is plug and play

Cons

  • Cord is not detachable, meaning it cannot be swapped out if it isn't long enough. 

Price:

$

Where to Buy:

Amazon, Wal-Mart, eBay

Warranty:

1 year

Mohu Leaf Metro TV Antenna, Indoor, Portable, 25 Mile Range, Original...
  • ABSOLUTELY FREE HDTV FOR LIFE: 25 Mile range HDTV antenna to access high definition...
  • COMPACT SIZE: Leaf Metro's unobtrusive design can be easily hidden out of view and is...
  • 10 FT COAXIAL CABLE: Multi-directional and reversible: Leaf Metro has a reversible Black...

Key Features: Designed for small, urban apartments, the Leaf Metro has a shorter range but also takes up less room in a compact living space.

It boasts approximately half the surface area of most antennas, meaning it won't block the light or obscure the view from a small window. It has a narrow range of 25 miles and is not intended for rural or suburban dwellers.

Pros

  • Approximately half the surface area of most antennas
  • Won't block the light or obscure the view from a small window

Cons

  • Has a narrow range of 25 miles
  • Not intended for rural or suburban dwellers

Price:

$$

Where to Buy:

Amazon, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot

Warranty:

1 year

TERK Omni-Directional, Amplified Digital Flat Indoor HDTV Antenna
  • Enjoy top-rated HDTV network programming and your favorite shows for Free with no monthly...
  • Patented, 360º omni-directional design eliminates need for constant adjustments
  • Supports up to 1080i HDTV broadcasts for high-quality picture and sound - within 60 miles...

Key Features: This is a powerful amplified antenna with more heft than most of the other antennas

Its amplification makes it one of the most powerful antennas on this list, with a range of 65 miles. It can lay flat or stand up with the aid of the included stand, or it can be mounted on a wall. While flat like most of the other antennas on this list, it is considerably thicker at 1.2 inches and is therefore likely to be more conspicuous when mounted to the wall. It's also the most expensive antenna on this list.

Pros

  • One of the most powerful antennas on this list 
  • With a range of 65 miles 
  • It can lay flat or stand up with the aid of the included stand
  • Can be mounted on a wall

Cons

  • Thicker at 1.2 inches
  • More conspicuous when mounted to the wall
  • It's also the most expensive antenna on this list.

Price:

$$$

Where to Buy:

Best Buy, Amazon, eBay, Wal-Mart

Warranty:

No warranty information available

Channel Master Flatenna Ultra-Thin Indoor TV Antenna 35 Mile Range -...
  • Reception range: up to 35 miles
  • Omni-directional (receives signals from all directions)
  • Dual sided (black or White)

Key Features: Like the Mohu Leaf Metro, this antenna is geared toward city dwellers but presents a less discreet profile.

Price is very reasonable at $10 to $20 dollars. At least one reviewer found it to pull in more channels than more expensive competitors. Cord is non-detachable and rather short at only 6 feet.

Pros

  • Very reasonable
  • Pull in more channels than more expensive competitors.

Cons

  • Cord is non-detachable 
  • 6 feet

Price:

$$

Where to Buy:

Amazon. Check eBay, Wal-Mart, and Home Depot.

Warranty:

90 days

Winegard FL-5000 FlatWave Digital Indoor HDTV Antenna (4K Ready /...
  • Winegard's best performing indoor antenna with a 35-mile range
  • No assembly required; just connect it to the back of your TV, run a channel scan and in...
  • Extra long coaxial cable (15') included so you can position the FlatWave in the strongest...

Key Features: This antenna comes with two 3M adhesive strips for mounting purposes, a 15-foot cord, a 30-mile range, and is reversible with white and black sides.

The design is thin, and the different-colored sides are intended to blend in with your decor regardless of your wall color. It does not come with an amplifier.

Pros

  • Thin design 
  • Different-colored sides are intended to blend

Cons

  • It does not come with an amplifier.

Price:

$$

Where to Buy:

Amazon, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Target

Warranty:

1 year

Comparison Table

Product

Details

Range:

35 miles

Amplification:

No

Directionality:

Multidirectional

Cord:

16 feet

Design & Mounting:

Unique ring-shaped design, self-adhesive, dual colors

Product

Details

Range:

50 miles

Amplification:

Yes

Directionality:

Multidirectional

Cord:

16 feet

Design & Mounting:

Reversible sides in black and white; as advertised, extra thin

Product

Details

Range:

30 miles

Amplification:

No

Directionality:

Multidirectional

Cord:

10 feet

Design & Mounting:

Flat, reversible, paintable, pinholes for ease of hanging

Product

Details

Range:

40 miles

Amplification:

No

Directionality:

Multidirectional

Cord:

10 feet

Design & Mounting:

Reversible with different wood grain patterns on either side, comes with stand or mounts to wall

Product

Details

Range:

50 miles

Amplification:

No

Directionality:

Multidirectional

Cord:

16 feet

Design & Mounting:

Freestanding antenna with unique curved design

Product

Details

Range:

50 miles

Amplification:

Yes

Directionality:

Multidirectional

Cord:

20 feet

Design & Mounting:

Slim design; only comes in white

Product

Details

Range:

25 miles

Amplification:

No

Directionality:

Multidirectional

Cord:

10 feet

Design & Mounting:

Smallest antenna design for cozy living spaces; two colors, reversible, paintable

Product

Details

Range:

65 miles

Amplification:

Yes

Directionality:

Multidirectional

Cord:

6 feet

Design & Mounting:

About 1 feet square, 1-inch thick, comes with stand to lay flat or stand up on table, can also be mounted to wall

Product

Details

Range:

35 miles

Amplification:

No

Directionality:

Multidirectional

Cord:

12 feet

Design & Mounting:

Can mount to wall or stand on table, sleek design.

Product

Details

Range:

30 miles

Amplification:

No

Directionality:

Multidirectional

Cord:

15 feet

Design & Mounting:

Paper thin, dual colors, adhesive strips included

Verdict

If you need an amplified antenna, we feel that the AmazonBasics UltraThin offers everything you need at an unbeatable price, unless you need a longer range than 50 miles, in which case the TERK MTVGLS is probably your best bet.

For unamplified antennas, it is hard to choose between the ClearStream Eclipse and the Mohu ReLeaf. We are impressed by the lengths that Mohu went to in order to create an environmentally friendly product made from post-consumer waste; therefore, ultimately we would give the edge to the ReLeaf.

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