5 Things to Know Before You Buy an Outdoor TV

Thinking about purchasing an outdoor TV? When we moved to our country home last August, one of the perks was a pool with this 1980’s fabulous pool gazebo/outdoor patio. Our house is NOT fancy at all – but has some really cool features and the gazebo is definitely one of them. I bought a hammock, I’ve painted this and that –  but now that the second season of Bloodline is out and Orange is the New Black season 4 will be as well – I’ve been dreaming of a outdoor television for our patio. Swinging in the hammock, watching Bloodline and drinking wine (yes, I too just envisioned wine spilling all over me, but let’s just roll with it.)

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Outdoor Television on the Patio

So in typical Molly fashion I google “outdoor television” – and am then in SHOCK by the sticker price of outdoor tvs. A 32-inch outdoor television from Amazon (which is the cheapest I could find) can run you about $1400. Yes – 32-inch and $1400. And no, the television does not make you breakfast. See why I had a freak sticker shock reaction? So then, being the stubborn – okay, fine CHEAP Googler that I am – I set out to find an alternative. Surely there was a solution so that my outdoor patio could have a tv for less.

5 Things to Know Before You Buy an Outdoor TV

Here are 5 things I learned when researching the purchase of an outdoor tv.

1. Use an Indoor TV as an Outdoor TV

After much research, I’ve decided to stick to a standard LED television. From all that I am hearing – the standard televisions, if setup correctly will work fine for many years outside. Now a days, you can find a 32-inch television for around $250. I scored a 32-inch smart LG TV for $179 during a Memorial Day sale. While I’d love a larger tv outside, that patio is long more so than narrow and this was the best size for the area.

Let’s say that your standard TV only lasts you a year outdoors. From what I am reading, most people are getting a good 3-4 years of use with a regular TV outside. But even if you replaced a tv every year, it would still be significantly cheaper than purchasing an outdoor tv. While I am sure they are nice and all and could operate in a downpour, personally – I prefer to watch TV INDOORS during the rain. That’s just me though.

2. Getting TV Reception Outside

So you get a TV outdoors, but what are you going to watch on it? Here’s a few suggestions rather than paying several hundred dollars to the cable or satellite company.

Get a Smart TV

smart TV will have apps built-in that will let you stream your favorite streaming networks, such as Netflix, Hulu or Amazon.

smart outdoor tv

Amazon Fire TV

Amazon Fire TV

While most products that I use day-to-day are Apple, the Amazon Fire TV is my favorite television streaming device. I can listen to Amazon Music, purchase Amazon movies easily, as well as access Hulu, Netflix and HBO Now.

Antenna

Tv antenna

If you are wanting to watch network television, splurge and buy an antenna. These are cheap and believe me, when your local sports team is in the play-offs and you want to watch the game – you will thank me for telling you to purchase an antenna. You are welcome.

We purchased the above antenna (a whopping $7 purchase) several years ago, and it has NOT disappointed! We cut the cord and went cable-free for many years and relied heavily on this antenna – it worked like a charm.

3. Purchase an All-Weather TV Cover

Outdoor TV Cover

Purchase an all-weather cover for your television. This will set you back around $40 but protect your television from unwanted moisture.

4. Use an Outdoor TV Mounting Bracket

swing tv mount for patio

If your patio is like mine, perhaps you want to view your television from a few different angles. A swing tv mount will allow you to see the tv from whichever angle is best! (And thanks to Amazon, you can score an TV mount for under $30!)

5. Consider Using a Television Cart

tv cart for an outdoor television

When doing my research – trying to find the best option for a patio TV – one option that I thought was smart was to just purchase a standard television, but put it on a television cart.  TELEVISION CART = I instantly flashback to my elementary school days when they would roll the tv cart into the room and all the kids would get giddy because, TV.

TV carts now a days are built for the newer flat screen televisions. They will run you around $150. This is a great option if you don’t want the expense of a dedicated outdoor tv. Just roll your television indoor and out, whenever it’s needed, wherever!

Final Thoughts on a Patio TV

If I were you, just buy the standard TV, a good swing tv mount, an antenna or Fire TV  and an all-weather cover for your television. This will get you reception, a good viewing angle and help the longevity of your television in outdoor climates.

HAPPY SUMMER NIGHTS in the hammock, Netflixing for hours and hours under the stars, while sipping on wine and shooing off mosquitos. I CANNOT WAIT.

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