More people are cutting their cable ties by capturing free over-the-air (OTA) TV signals that are broadcast in full HD. Doing that plus Internet streaming is making it easier all the time. To capture those free OTA signals requires a good antenna, which may be hard to judge until you buy one, so why not look at what consumers are saying are the best antennas?
Of course, not every consumer is going to like every product equally but enough high ratings and you are likely to find a winner. I am going to tell you the 5 top rated TV antennas as rated by Best Buy customers. My only caveat is that there have to be at least 5 ratings, otherwise I think the sample size is too small for a solid rating. Even 5 might be considered a bit low, but fortunately only one of my top 5 had less than 10 ratings.
#1: Digiwave BMX HDTV Digital Antenna (ANT 4500)
Rating: 4.5/5.0 (48 ratings)
The Digiwave BMX (4500) has the highest rating and by a lot of people. Its razor-thin design looks good because it is so inconspicuous. It is easily mounted on the wall or a window with push tape and suction fasteners, so you can find the place with the best reception. It so inexpensive that there is little risk in trying it, and it is great for the home, the cabin, or the RV.
Rony from Scarborough, ON wrote:
“This little light weight gizmo is absolutely a stunning stunning product. I hung it on my raised basement window and couldn’t angle it towards South-West side but I am still getting super-crystal quality HD channels, including: CTV, CBC, Global, TVO kids, ET, CityTV, Omni, CHCH. Bye Bye cable. It’s a great product. Thank you Best-buy and Digiwave.”
Rating 4.4/5.0 (10 ratings)
This is also a very highly rated antenna. It is not just an indoor antenna as you can mount it outside as well, or even in the attic. Its design works well on either a tabletop, mounted on a wall or outdoors on your roof, chimney, or gable. You will need to buy a coaxial cable separately to connect it to your box or TV, but that is no big deal. It comes with a lifetime guarantee so you know it is made to last.
Aaron from Ottawa, ON wrote:
“After trying a number of different antennas, I can only say great things about this one. Easy set up and works very well. Impressed with Antennas Direct product, straightforward instructions and simple installation. Highly recommended if you need a medium range antenna that can handle both UHF and VHF.”
Rating 4.0/5.0 (73 ratings)
This is purely an indoor antenna that has VHF/FM dipoles, which are designed to give it expanded reception capabilities. It also has 12 position fine tuning control that lets you get the best reception for each different frequency you are trying to capture. This environmentally friendly (PVC and BVR free) product is also extremely inexpensive so there is not much risk in trying it out.
Mike from Mississauga, ON wrote:
“Purchased this antenna on a whim for our 2nd TV in the bedroom. We get 25-30 channels on it, with better picture than cable. We now use it on our living too tv too with a splitter. Same HD channels, with Dolby 5.1 surround sound!”
Rating: 4.0/5.0 (5 ratings)
This is essentially an outdoor antenna that is intended for situations where you are greater distances from the transmitters, with a range of up to 70 miles. It is designed to resist extreme wind and loading. It will work in the attic as well, but isn’t really suited for your living room. It comes with a U pipe that allows you to point it in any direction, and it is super strong for all kinds of weather.
Brad from North Saanich, BC wrote:
Digiwave TV Antenna
“The product arrived quickly and works well. I think it’s excellent value for the money.”
Rating: 3.4/5.0 (37 ratings)
The RCA (CANT1450B) is a flat UHF/VHF that has multi-directional reception design so you don’t need to constantly adjust it for the best reception. It can be mounted on a wall or simply laid flat or upright on the shelf. It comes with 6 feet of coaxial cable, and the housing is paintable so you can really make it fit in with your décor.
Jimmy from Edmonton, AB wrote:
It actually works!
“The hook up was easy. I sat the thing on my sub woofer pointing to the NE as I live in the Rutherford area. I scanned a couple of times and got five channels. Then I tried to turn the antenna to face southeast direction and I scanned again and i got all 7 channels. All HD. Thanks for the positive reviews to help me make a good choice.”
So if you are looking to cut your cable bill, a simple part of the solution is getting an OTA antenna! These are some great choices that are fairly inexpensive and the best part is that customers really like them. They work in HD, and are generally easy to set up. Enjoy!