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The fastest way to cut down on your cable bill is by investing in an antenna. Deciding which antenna to buy is relatively easy. Your problem only starts when you have to place it in the attic. Not all antennas can receive signal properly when mounted in the attic, and this is why it’s important that you pick the right antenna to avoid disappointment.
Are you looking for the best attic antenna? We’ve included a few top attic antenna brands you can pick from. The products which made our list were evaluated against many features, including size and weight. We also considered the maximum expected signal strength of each antenna since it affects viewing clarity. These antennas pick up different signal types which we’ve also compared. Last but not least, we analyzed the cost, performance, and ease of installation of each antenna.
A review is only as good as the hours of research spent on it. This is why we’ve invested many hours performing data analysis by browsing through different manufacturers’ sites. Using the information gathered, we’ve compiled a comparison table outlining the major features of each product. Below the table, you’ll find detailed product reviews where we describe the positive and negative aspects. Lastly, you’ll find a buying guide which explains what factors to consider before making your final purchase. Let’s get right into it.
Here’s a product to consider if you’re looking for a long-range antenna. This attic/outdoor Winegard antenna can receive high VHF and UHF digital TV signals. And the best part is the unit features high gain on both frequencies to guarantee uninterrupted signal.
The antenna can pick up signal within a 45-mile range which is quite impressive.
You have the option to enjoy the additional range and increased signal reliability if you amplify your antenna using the Winegard boost.
By picking this product, you’ll have access to free TV programming, which includes local news, live sports, and weather updates.
You can take it a step further by pairing this antenna with a streaming device for maximum programming in HD.
Features on this antenna are pretty impressive, but we’re also concerned about its quality. The plastic isn’t of the highest quality. Also, you’ll have to purchase mounting hardware separately because it’s not included. But on the upside, you’ll appreciate that the unit is relatively easy to install.
This is the antenna to pick if you’re working on a budget. Though this product has the lowest price tag on our list, it’s considered to be America’s number one brand. Not only is it backed by a limited lifetime warranty, but you’ll have access to free US-based technical support.
One of its major selling points is it’s pretty easy to install. It helps that the manufacturer included a mounting bracket that comes complete with easy-to-read assembly instructions.
After installation, the antenna is kept out of sight without compromising on signal strength. This is thanks to the signal enhancing reflectors present on the unit.
With this product, you’ll have access to free local channels, for instance, CBS, NBC, Fox, and PBS. You’ll enjoy your favorite TV shows in full HD 1080p if you buy this brand.
Another of its impressive features include broad-spectrum functionality. The antenna can receive both VHF and UHF signals from within a 60+ mile range.
It is a lowly priced unit, but the trade-off is the quality. The mounting screws and plastic pieces aren’t very sturdy. But the quality doesn’t interfere with the fantastic reception. Also, it contains chemicals that some consumers find concerning but overall, you’ll be impressed while saving a few dollars on this high-performance product.
Here we also have a long-range antenna which picks up signals within an impressive 150-mile range. This is why we’ve named it the best long-range attic antenna on our list. The unit features dual TV outputs so you can connect more than one in the absence of an adapter or splitter.
Installation is quick and easy: snap the antenna on and enjoy the shows. Easy-to-read instructions also aid in hassle-free installation.
What’s different about this outdoor antenna is it comes with a wireless remote controller for easy operation. The integrated 360˚ motor rotor and low noise amplifier allow you to quickly get the best reception in your home regardless of the unit’s location.
Another feature you’ll appreciate is that the antenna is weather-resistant, making it ideal for outdoor use. No amount of lightning will affect the antenna thanks to the durable design with grounding done.
If we had to change anything on this antenna, it would be upgrading the rotating system. Besides, the antenna doesn’t have indicators that show where it’s pointing. But overall, the unit works well, and you’ll be getting value for money.
By picking this RCA digital antenna, you’ll enjoy top rated HDTV. For this reason, we’ve voted it the best HDTV attic antenna on our list. It can pick up signals for over 70 miles and supports high picture quality & sounds of up to 1080i.
Like most antennas, you’ll enjoy your favorite TV shows without having to pay monthly subscriptions.
What sets this unit apart from the rest is the manufacturer included an RCA Signal Finder app which assists you in locating broadcasting towers in your area. The same app will also help you to decide on the right place to mount your antenna.
This antenna is designed to withstand extreme weather conditions thanks to the durable materials used in its construction.
In some cases, the product may arrive without nuts and screws. But thankfully the pre-assembled design makes installation a breeze. You have the option of either mounting it outdoors or in the attic without compromising the strong reception. Weather conditions won’t affect the signal strength, and the multi-element design also adds to the strength of the signal.
The quality of the antenna isn’t the best. But at least you don’t have to spend much on the unit, so it’s a wise option if you first want to see if this is what your home entertainment needs.
This McDuory antenna falls under the long-range models’ category. It can pick up signals for over 150 miles and is best suited for outdoor mounting. This model comes with a built-in motor that allows the antenna to rotate 360⁰. As a result, you won’t face difficulty regarding the best place to mount it. Wherever you have space, you’re bound to enjoy an optimum performance.
If you want to connect more than one TV, you can do so with this unit that features dual TV outputs. You won’t need a special adapter to connect them.
Installation of this unit is straight forward, thanks to the easy-to-follow instructions. You’ll appreciate how it’s weather-resistant so that extreme conditions won’t affect reception.
Buying this unit, you’ll get a 45-day money-back period, which you can use if you’re not entirely happy with the product’s performance. It also comes with a one-year limited warranty on any manufacturer defects.
One drawback associated with this product is the short antenna mast; it’s only 15” long. But this isn’t entirely a deal breaker as you can always make your own. Also, there are no batteries included in the remote, but you can still purchase some.
Overall, you’ll be impressed by the uninterrupted reception.
If you prefer an antenna that features a modern design, this is for you. Thanks to the design you’ll enjoy clear HD image quality and an auto gain control functionality designed to adjust the signal quality reception.
By purchasing this brand, you’ll get the antenna and installation kit. But note that you must purchase the poles separately: they’re not included in the set.
This antenna features a built-in low noise amplifier which allows for quiet digital reception.
You’ll have access to over 200 TV channels if you buy this antenna and you don’t have to pay a single subscription.
Thanks to the two extra UHF elements, channel reception, and image clarity aren’t compromised.
Weighing under 5 pounds, you can tell that it’s a lightweight unit making it the best compact antenna on our list.
Unfortunately, the plastic used in the construction of the unit isn’t of high quality making its durability questionable. But thankfully this doesn’t affect the performance of the unit.
Are you looking for an antenna that gives you the option of mounting indoors or outdoors? Look no further than this Clearstream antenna suited for both locations. This is why we’ve decided to rate it as the best indoor/outdoor antenna on our list.
It’s also rated as one of the best performing units in the 60-mile range category.
But note that with this unit, factors such as location and weather will affect reception. But this isn’t uncommon with many antennas. What you’ll appreciate is that the product comes with weather monitoring hardware and installation instructions. However, you must purchase the cable separately because it’s not included.
On the upside, you’ll have access to free TV from popular networks such as ABC, Fox, and CBS. These channels will be displayed in full HD1080 where available.
The unit weighs just over 5 pounds making it lightweight and easy to handle during installation. And you’ll be happy to know that it comes with a lifetime warranty on the parts
Here is yet another antenna from Clearstream. Weighing a little under 2 pounds, it’s the lightest unit on our list. But note that this in no way affects its performance. This model picks up signal strength within a 70-mile range.
By buying this antenna, you’ll also receive free access to TV networks, including ABC, PBS, and MTV. Its huge drawcard is that it features multidirectional elements so the unit can deliver both range and reception in less than ideal locations. So, if you stay in remote areas, this is the ideal product for you.
Like all Clearstream antennas, this model also comes with an installation kit and all-weather monitoring hardware. You’ll need to purchase the coaxial cable separately.
It will take you at least an hour to assemble, but once it’s mounted, you’ll be impressed by the performance.
Are you in the market for an outdoor antenna? Consider this model from ANTOP UFO specifically designed for outdoor use. Upon unboxing, you’ll appreciate this pre-assembled antenna that’s ready for use. It’s the model to pick if you want to connect more than one TV. The manufacturer included a 2-way coaxial signal splitter that allows you to split the signals for your two TVs.
Like most antennas on this list, you’ll enjoy free broadcast in high definition. The unit delivers a 65-mile omnidirectional range. This is why we’ve named it the best omnidirectional attic antenna on our list. Ideally, this antenna can be used outdoors or on RVs.
What’s unique about this product is its sleek design, which is also durable. It’s designed to withstand any damage usually caused by UV rays and water. The hard plastic casing is designed to protect the internal elements from undesirable weather conditions.
A few users have noted that it’s slightly heavy. Nonetheless, it works as expected.
You’re less likely to be impressed with the packaging as loose components aren’t secured. But fortunately, this doesn’t affect performance and durability.
Last but not least, we have this ANTENNA DIRECT brand which is suitable for both outdoor and indoor use. We’ll quickly point out that it’s the most expensive on our list of recommendations.
But for the high price, you’ll be getting the most powerful 8-element antenna on the market. Thanks to the design, it turns in different directions to target the available broadcast towers.
It picks up signals over a 70-mile range although the quality can be affected by weather elements and location.
The antenna features a reflector which allows for added range and also protects the unit from multi-path interference. This makes it ideally suited for rural areas where the roofing material can interfere with signal strength.
Free TV channels offered by this antenna include CW, Fox, and ABC.
What sets this antenna apart from the rest is its multi-purpose arrangement designed to provide flexibility and ease of installation.
With this model, you’ll get all-weather monitoring hardware and easy to read installation instructions. What you won’t get is a cable, but you can always purchase this separately.
The unit is covered by a lifetime warranty on the parts.
What do we love it for?
No multi-path interference
Outdoor and indoor use
Targets broadcast towers
What were we disappointed with?
Cable not included
Things to Consider
To aid in your decision making, have a look at the following buying guide. Here we discuss all you need to know regarding which antenna to buy.
Features to consider while choosing attic antenna
Ready to buy? We’ll discuss the major features you need to consider before making your final purchase.
The dimensions of the antenna you pick are important because they impact on performance. Generally, the longer the antenna, the greater the range. Dimensions also matter when you have limited space available.
Lightweight antennas are usually associated with high gain, while the more massive models have a lower gain. This means the lighter the antenna, the better the signal quality.
The durability of an antenna is affected by the materials used in its construction. Robust antennas are made of plastic so opt for the material that’s high grade as it will last you longer.
Does the antenna feature weather-resistant properties? Pick one that does as it significantly impacts durability. The ANTOP UFO AT-414B Outdoor/Attic/RV HDTV antenna is one such example that not only features water but UV resistant properties.
It’s in your best interests to pick an antenna that’s covered by a warranty for its parts. If you can get one with a lifetime warranty like the GE Pro Attic Mount TV Antenna, it would be ideal.
The performance of an attic antenna is affected by many factors, including the shape, construction, materials, and placement. But more than anything it’s affected by the signal in your area. If it’s strong, then you’ll need a low gain antenna. Weaker signals in your area will need a high gain antenna for optimum performance.
Maximum Signal Strength
How far can the antenna pick up the signal from the transmitters? Each antenna has a different signal strength, as stated by the manufacturer. The pinbingding antenna is one of the models that has the greatest maximum signal strength of 150 miles.
Types of signal to process
An antenna receives TV signals that are transmitted by free to air stations. Depending on the antenna you pick, it may either have Ultra High Frequency (UHF) or Very High Frequency (VHF) capabilities. In some cases, it will have both. Just keep in mind that buying an antenna with a single frequency range will restrict the number of channels you have access to.
The frequency range of an antenna is the number of cycles of waves per second and is measured in MHz. These waves will determine the amount of reception received by the antenna with minimal interference. Note that the higher the frequency range, the better.
Depending on how you install your antenna—particularly the height—will affect performance. For the best signal reception, make sure you fit it on an elevated platform free from hindrances such as trees.
Variety of attic/outdoor antennas’ shapes
These antennas are available in different shapes which determine the direction or pattern needed for the signal. Experts have noted that the reception quality of the round loop antenna is known to be higher than a square one. It can be explained by the fact that the round-shaped antenna doesn’t have corners and tends to create reflective waves which affect reception.
Attic Antennas for rural areas
Usually, an attic antenna for rural areas is designed in such a manner that allows the signal to penetrate the roofing materials. These products feature a few accessories, including a control panel and adjustable cup tray to mention a few.
Buying an inexpensive antenna may have a few drawbacks in the long run, especially regarding durability. Instead, focus on purchasing a sturdy antenna made of high-quality products to guarantee longevity.
You’re always going to get better reception with outdoor antennas compared to their attic counterparts. However, in the list above, we mentioned antennas, which have a better signal reception in the attic in comparison with other models and can be considered as good as outdoor ones.
An omnidirectional antenna is a class of antenna which emits the same amount of radio power in all directions perpendicular to an axis (azimuthal directions), with power varying with the angle to the axis (elevation angle), declining to zero on the axis.
Now we list our top three recommendations. In the first place, we have the Winegard Platinum Series HD7694P Antenna which we’ve awarded a 9.7 rating. We appreciate that it receives high reception quality on both the UFH and VHF signals. This means that by picking this antenna, you’ll enjoy better picture quality with minimal interference. The fact that you can pair it with a streaming device to access more channels is a bonus.
In second place is the GE Pro Attic Mount TV Antenna, which isn’t only inexpensive but has a broad-spectrum functionality. You can also access both UFH and VHF signals. We like that it’s effortless to install and the manufacturer included easy to read mounting instructions.
Third, on our list is the pingbingding WA-2608 Yagi TV Antenna which has an impressive 150-mile maximum signal strength. It comes with dual TV outputs so you can connect more than one TV in the absence of a splitter. You’ll enjoy a perfect reception if you pick this model.
Have we made your decision-making process easier? Which model do you deem the best attic antenna from our list?