Best Rated DTV / HDTV Antennas for less than $50

If you’re looking for the best rated indoor antenna for under $50, then look no further than this 2010 comparison. Below, we’ve picked 4 indoor antennas optimized to receive both DTV and HDTV signals on your converter box or HDTV.

One thing TV viewers should note, is that indoor antenna performance can vary greatly depending on factors such as distance from broadcast towers, height of antenna placement, and objects such as walls or trees around your home or apartment. Important: We recommend that an indoor antenna should only be used if you’re house is less than 20 miles from broadcast towers.

Product Name

Philips PHDTV1 Silver Sensor
(Indoor UHF Antenna)

Philips SDV2940/27
(Indoor/Outdoor UHF Antenna)

Winegard SS-3000
(Indoor UHF/VHF Antenna)

Terk Technology HDTVi
(Indoor UHF/VHF Antenna)

Average User RatingSilver Sensor RatingPhilips SDV2940Winegard Antenna ReviewsTerk HDTVi Rating
Our ThoughtsSolid build quality and a great performer for DTV and HDTV. The silver sensor is a highly directional antenna which is good for longer distance reception, but if broadcast towers are located in different directions from your home, you may be getting up to adjust this antenna frequently when changing channels.Designed for both indoor and outdoor use. Though the SDV2940/27 was built to excel at receiving UHF broadcasts, it has been reported to receive VHF signals well too. Comes with an 18 dB amplifier so plan on installing this antenna next to an electrical outlet. Weatherproof.The SS-3000 was optimized to receive both UHF and VHF signals while retaining a low profile appearance. A solid performer for many customers (over 150 have given their rating on the SS-3000 and it retains a 4 out of 5 star rating). Winegard also mentions that the SS-3000 features a scatter-plane technology to help receive multipath signals.One of our favorite performers for long distance reception (20 miles or less from broadcast towers) of DTV/HDTV signals. Don’t let the bunny ears fool you either, the HDTVi is rated to receive both UHF and VHF broadcast signals. No amplifier, but that doesn’t always mean improved performance. Sometimes amplifiers can actually boost noise levels making reception worse.
AmpliferNoYes (18 dB)YesNo
UHF CoverageYesYesYesYes
VHF CoverageNo, but reviewers have noted that the Silver Sensor can pick up VHF stations.No, but reviews have been positive about receiving VHF stations.YesYes
Product Diminsions2 x 13.2 x 13 inches; 2.2 Pounds6.6 x 13.9 x 5.1 inches ; 2.9 pounds27 x 4.5 x 5 inches ; 3.3 pounds13.5 x 42 x 16.5 inches (W x H x D) with dipoles extended

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