Saying goodbye to your cable bill can feel great, but you might find that you miss local news. If you’re determined to keep your monthly costs low, a simple antenna may be all you need. You can pick up a selection of local broadcast channels as long as you’re in range, and the quality is nothing to scoff at. Here are our picks for the best HDTV antennas you can buy right now.
We’ll make sure to note the range for each antenna on our list. However, it may be worth your while to pick up a range extender too. Some of our picks are great for urban users, and others are perfect for suburbanites — it all comes down to your needs. Just don’t forget that you won’t get nearly the same list of channels as you would with a cable provider.
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Editor’s note: We’ll add to this list of the best HDTV antennas as new options launch.
Mohu ReLeaf HDTV antenna
Our first pick from Mohu not only has a great pun for a name, but it also helps to protect the environment in its own small way. The ReLeaf is the world’s first recycled TV antenna. It’s made from at least 30% recycled paper. It comes in a natural finish and includes a 10-foot coaxial cable as well as all of the hooks and loops you need for proper cable management. Mohu’s ReLeaf uses the same technology as the flagship Mohu Leaf 30, and you should be able to achieve a range of about 30 miles without an extender.
Antennas Direct Clearstream Eclipse
Like the ReLeaf, the Clearstream Eclipse is an HDTV antenna that attaches directly to your wall and lays nearly flush. It’s a paper-thin ring, yet the base model manages around 35 miles of range and includes a 12-foot coaxial cable. If you need more range, Antennas Direct also offers 50-, 60-, and 70-mile versions of the Clearstream Eclipse. The antenna itself is paintable, and all you need is the Antenna Point app when you want to find your favorite channels.
1byone Foldable Antenna
Small, flat HDTV antennas are easy to place and ignore, but it comes at the cost of signal range. This foldable option from 1byone is larger than the last few, measuring nearly 20-inches across. You can even position the two side flaps to enhance your VHF reception for a more reliable signal and fewer dropouts. 1byone’s Foldable Antenna leaves the Mohu and Clearstream in the dust with an impressive range of up to 120 miles and an extra-long 16.5-foot coaxial cable.
Mohu Leaf Metro HDTV antenna
As the Metro name suggests, this Mohu antenna is for you city slickers who don’t want to worry about your cable bill. It’s not a class-leader in terms of range, but it’s one of the most affordable options on the list and it takes up relatively little space. The Mohu Leaf Metro is meant for those small apartments with limited space. The included 10-foot coaxial cable should be long enough for most users. You should expect a maximum range of about 25 miles.
Winegard FlatWave Amped
The FlatWave Amped is just that — a flat HDTV antenna that’s amped up for better range and signal. It reaches up to 50 miles, and it’s even ready for 4K content. Even better, the FlatWave is multidirectional so you don’t have to worry about careful positioning each time you want a new channel. Each Winegard FlatWave Amped includes a USB power supply and a long 18.5-foot coaxial cable so you can position it anywhere you need to.
GE UltraPro Black Stealth
While the name is an absolute mouthful, the UltraPro Black Stealth is the HDTV antenna to get if you’re gearing up for a tailgate or a camping trip. It’s not flat so you won’t want to mount it to a wall, but the blacked-out finish is pretty slick. The antenna is good for about 60 miles of range. You’ll only get a six-foot coaxial cable for your money, but remember that the antenna is meant for portability. Most importantly, the UltraPro Black Stealth is ready to receive 4K and 1080p HD content so you should have a clear picture throughout your adventures.