The best digital antenna are great investments for cord-cutters. Buying an digital antenna for your home is one way to get access to dozens of free over-the-air channels in HD for no monthly fee. We like to think of TV antennas as a basic portal into the world of sports, news, sitcoms and more that are on offer from UK most popular networks.
That’s right. You can still receive many channels and lots of programming for free. This is a fact that has largely been obscured by cable companies because they’re all-too-eager to sign you up for an expensive cable plan.
What’s the best digital antenna for your TV? That’s exactly what we wanted to find out, so we called in a whole range of them from various manufacturers and put them to the test. What you’ll find below is, in our opinion, the definitive round-up of the best indoor TV antennas on the market in 2021.
Top 10 Best Digital Antenna In UK 2021
What you’ll find below is, in our opinion, the definitive round-up of the best digital antenna on the market in 2021.
1. SLx FABRIC PILLAR INDOOR AERIAL
Let’s face it – most indoor aerials are kind of ugly and are far from being furniture pieces. Sure, some of the flat ones do a good job of “disappearing”, but they’re still black/white squares stuck to your window/wall.
Then there’s the SLx Pillar aerial: it’s pillar-shaped, and covered in fabric, so it kind of resembles the newer Amazon Echo devices. It won’t be the centrepiece of your living room – but it still looks better than most other aerials.
2. August DTA240 – High Gain Freeview
The August High Gain TV aerial has a compact, monopole design, with a magnetic stand that will clamp onto a wide range of metallic surfaces, including radiators. It’ll also attach to the roof of a vehicle, which makes it a good choice for travelling – but note that it’s not weatherproof in any way, so you’ll need to keep an eye on the sky if you want to use it in the great outdoors.
3. SLx Indoor TV Aerial, 27769RG Digital TV
This log periodic aerial needs to be aimed in the direction of the nearest broadcast tower for the best results, but once you do that, it is capable to pick up on weaker signals, even in HD.
The Philex SLx Gold 27769RG has full reception capabilities (470 to 790MHz) as well as an integrated 4G filter to remove unwanted interference.
Just make sure you are aiming the aerial to your nearest broadcast tower. If you’re not sure where that is, check where your neighbours’ rooftop aerials are pointing and direct your device in that direction.
4. Labgear LAB450T Very High Gain
If you are looking for a quality outdoor antenna, we highly recommend installing the Labgear LAB450T Tri Boom TV Aerial on your roof. It will allow you to enjoy all the variety of digital channels that are available in your region.
This high gain antenna works on 14.5 dBi and is able to receive all the signals in your area including weak and unstable ones. You get a huge number of channels to choose from and, no matter how bad the signal is, the picture on your TV will still have a pretty decent quality. What’s more, the coverage range of this model goes up to 100 kilometres and it has an ultra-high frequency range of 470 – 790MHz which makes it a solid choice for places that generally have a pretty weak signal.
5. SLx Outdoor Digital TV Aerial Kit & Signal Booster
If you’re outside Group A and/or need a wideband aerial anyway, then this monster can pick up a signal literally where no other mainstream aerial can. It’s huge, it has 64 elements and everything you’d expect from an aerial of this size and quality (including a central boom to keep it upright) and a balun. Build quality is superb and installation is surprisingly easy given its size and weight. As before, you just some common sense and a few, basic tools.
6. 1byone Paper Thin Indoor HDTV Aerial
The 1byOne is one of two antennas in this list with a nonremovable coax cable, and at only 10 feet long, it may not work in some rooms. The black plastic feels a little cheap compared with the others, though the HD antenna model does come with a powered gain amplifier.
7. One For All Unamplified Indoor Digital TV Aerial
Modern One For All aerial is optimized to receive HD digital TV and DAB radio signals. With Freeview, according to our testing, you can watch over 60 digital TV channels and up to 15 HD channels through One For All in the air.
Furthermore, its control ring offers extremely good image quality. For best performance we recommend using this aerial within a range of 3 miles from the nearest transmitter.
8. SLx Digidome For TV Digital Freeview HD 360° Omni
Integrating an innovative technology, the SLx Outdoor Aerial provides full reception without being too bulky. This design makes it easy to install the outdoor TV antenna and prevents cluttering your rooftop or loft space.
A unique 360 degrees Omni-directional technology of the antenna receives all locally available digital TV signals so you don’t miss all your favorite channels. Furthermore, the antenna can receive VHF and UHF frequencies so you don’t miss any of your local programmings.
9. Vision Plus Status 355 Omni-Directional Digital TV
The Vision Plus Status 355 Caravan TV Aerial is the updated version of the 315/335; it looks and fits the same as the 315/335, but benefits from improved performance, and is the most successful omni-directional TV antenna in the UK with a proven track record.
The Central Pinnacle of the Vision Plus Status 355 Caravan TV Aerial can be easily unscrewed for instances where storage height is a problem, and the antenna can even be removed, leaving the mounting foot in place, which can be sealed with a blanking cap. Straight forward and user friendly, once you’ve fitted the aerial, all you need to do is switch your television on and tune in.
10. One For All SV9305
A good quality product plugged in connected to TV re tuned tv. Not every channel but was placed on window ledge in bedroom quick set up test well pleased with it bit of moveing around and no doubt will be even better.
My only advise is to make sure you check out the signal coverage distance is the right one for you. I chose the 15 mile coverage just to make sure of good reception and this has not failed to deliver.
How to Choose The Best Digital Antenna
To define which digital aerial offers the best TV reception for your situation, first and most important to know is your location, as the distance from the nearest transmitter will determine the type of aerial you need.
There are three options to choose from: an indoor, outdoor and loft aerials. How to choose?
If you live within a 15 miles radius of the nearest transmitter, we recommend to use an indoor aerial for optimal reception, this type of aerial is definitely easier to install as you don’t have to mount it. Do always check specifications to see the exact reach of each indoor aerial as there are aerials with a reach of 3 miles, 9 miles and 15 miles.
Our indoor digital aerials ensure the best possible reception thanks to their innovative technology and features, even in areas with weak signals.
If you live in a 15 to 30 miles radius of the nearest transmitter, you should use an outdoor aerial for crystal clear reception. Most common outdoor aerials are the Yagi aerials, easy to recognise due to their traditional design, One For All offers easier to mount and modern looking outdoor aerials as well. Do always check individual product specifications as reach may differ from 15 miles up to 30 miles.
Loft aerials are becoming increasingly popular, particularly in newly built houses as most households do not want their aerial to clutter their new, modern home. Placing an aerial in the loft seems like a logical option: it does not interfere with your interior, however, it is important to ensure that the aerial is positioned correctly, and at the right height.
Please note that loft aerials are not recommended for use with a metal roof.
Besides location and type of aerials there are other things to be aware of when buying a digital aerial.
DVB-T2 and Freeview signal
Freeview brings you the best possible line-up of TV for free. With over 70 standard channels and 15 HD channels, through your TV aerial, for no monthly cost. Enjoy the nation’s favourite programmes together with your family without paying a penny for channels you don’t watch.
HD ready, Full HD or 4K Ultra HD, we have them all!
One For All offers a wide range of powerful indoor and outdoor aerials ensuring perfect reception of digital TV. Our wide product range varies from standard telescopic HD ready aerials to highly advanced 4K Ultra HD ready aerials. Every product is designed with maximum performance in mind.
Amplified vs. non-amplified aerials
Whether you need an amplified or non-amplified aerial depends on the area you live in. If you live in an area near a transmitter with little interference, a non-amplified aerial will do. However, when living further than 3 miles away from the nearest transmitter or in areas with a lot of signal disturbance caused by Wi-Fi or mobile phones, then an amplified aerial is the best option for you
Even if modern antennas are more reliable than the old versions, they can still be fickle: your distance from broadcast towers is important, but so too is where you place the antenna, where you are in your home, and what’s around it. Your experience may vary to ours, as a result, and you may need to experiment with location to yield the most channels to watch.
These are the best indoor TV antennas that we’ve tested so far, and we’ll be adding more to the list once we try more models.