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Your Guide to Choosing an Outdoor TV

by Pam Silvia

An outdoor TV is a great entertainment option for social gatherings, family movie nights, backyard barbecues, and more; however, choosing and installing the right TV for your deck or patio is not a one-size-fits-all process. It’s important to choose one that fits your needs, space, and climate.

Weather Resistibility

Most outdoor TVs are built with rustproof and hydrophobic systems, allowing them to withstand rain or shine. Some have screens that are optimally engineered to provide better viewing based on how much sunlight the TV will be in. It’s also possible to simply place a regular TV inside a protective case or enclosure, although these solutions are not as aesthetically pleasing and will likely void the warranty on your traditional TV. The decision mainly comes down to budget, application, and personal preference.


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Where you place your TV matters. Outdoor TVs designed for partially covered areas usually only have internal weatherproofing, whereas TVs that will be used in full sun require additional external protection and recalibrated screens for optimal brightness. The more direct sunlight on the screen, the more brightness and glare resistance you’ll need. Another thing to keep in mind is that your outdoor TV should never be too close to a direct source of heat such as a grill or fireplace, as display elements can melt when subject to extreme temperatures.

Activity Level

What happens in the vicinity of your outdoor TV matters, too. For example, if there are groups of kids tossing a frisbee or playing football close by, you may want to look for additional protective measures such as a glass shield or a strong aluminum casing. These extra measures will also help shield the display from other factors, such as weather, dust, and insects.


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Screen size is probably the most important factor when it comes to choosing an outdoor TV. They range in size from 32 to 75 inches (measured on the diagonal). When choosing a size, think about your intended audience. What’s the seating area like? Where will the viewers be positioned in relation to the screen? What kind of content will be shown? These are all considerations when making the final decision.


It’s important that your mounts and cables are also weather resistant. These parts can deteriorate over time due to weather exposure, so extending weather protection to all elements will maximize your TV’s lifespan and durability.

An experienced professional can help you install your TV and confirm that it’s the correct one for your needs. They’ll be able to help you avoid future problems with a professional installation and attention to things such as ensuring the TV has power running to it and that the chosen mount is sturdy enough to support it.

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If you’re looking for an outdoor TV and someone to help guide you through the installation process, Toton’s TV has you covered. Check out our digital catalog of name-brand television sets or contact us at Toton’s TV to learn more about our products and services.