The best caravan TV is an important piece of touring kit, whether you’re pitched up as a family and want to keep the kids entertained, it’s raining and you’re planning to spend the afternoon in your van, or simply want to be able to enjoy watching your favourite shows or films in the evenings.

Nowadays, TVs for caravans allow us to access a wide range of streaming services, such as Netflix, BBC iPlayer, Disney+ and Amazon Prime, as well as providing Freesat tuners and Freeview tuners. In some cases, they can even come with built-in DVD players. To choose a good caravan TV, you’ll want to think about whether you’re staying at one of the best caravan sites with hook-up, or want the option of going off-grid and staying at festivals. In the case of the latter, a 12V TV will be the order of the day.

A 12V caravan TV is a rugged product that comes with a 12V power adaptor and will also be available in a smaller size than domestic TVs typically come in. This can be an important factor when choosing the model for your tourer, as no one is going to want a huge 40-inch model taking up the room in a space that is too small for it. A 12V caravan TV will typically be a lighter weight too, meaning it will take up less of the payload.

In this guide, we’re sharing our pick of the best caravan TVs on the market, featuring models from brands such as Avtex, Cello and Sniper. They can all be used as 12V models, so you can achieve the setup that works for your tour. Don’t forget one of the best TV aerials for a caravan either, if you want to be able to make the most of the Freeview tuner the majority of options come with nowadays.

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What is the best TV for a caravan?

Avtex W215TS 21.5-inch Smart TV
Sharp 24-inch Smart TV 12V / 24V
Sniper 19-inch Smart LED Travel TV
Cello C1920FMTR 19-inch
Avtex W195TS 19-inch Smart TV
Sniper 22-inch Travel TV
Cello 12V Traveller 32-inch
Cello 12V 16-inch Smart TV

The best caravan TVs:

Avtex W215TS
Avtex W215TS – image: Amazon

Avtex W215TS

  • Screen size: 21.5-inch
  • Voltage: 12v / 24v DC or 240v AC
  • Dimension: 491 x 288 x 46 (W x H x D in mm, without stand)
  • Weight: 3.1kg

Reason to buy:

  • Provides access to plenty of streaming services, Apple and Android compatible for wireless casting

Reason to avoid:

  • Premium price

If you’re looking for a smart TV that allows you to log in to your favourite streaming services and is also relatively light in weight, we think this 21.5-inch Avtex could be the best caravan TV for you.

We like that it provides a clear picture – it’s a HD TV with an edge-to-edge display. It can also be connected to the internet to give you access to a variety of streaming services, including Netflix, Now TV, iPlayer, Sky Store, Disney+ and YouTube. It’s even Bluetooth compatible, as well as coming with Freesat.

There are plenty of sockets provided too, including two HDMI and two USB sockets.

We also appreciate the flexibility this Avtex model provides – not only can both Apple and Android devices be wirelessly cast to it, but it’s also 12v/24v DC and 240v AC compatible.

Thanks to its relatively light weight of 3.1kg, we reckon it shouldn’t be too tricky to manoeuvre, so you can achieve a picture-perfect setup in your tourer. If you like the sound of this model but want it in a bigger size, it’s also available as a 32-inch model.

The Sharp 1T-C24EE2KF2UBM
Image: Amazon

Sharp 24-inch Smart TV 12V / 24V

  • Screen size: 24-inch
  • Dimensions: 552.1 x 353.6 x 141.6 ((W x H x D in mm)
  • Voltage: 12V / 24V
  • Weight: 3.2kg

Reasons to buy:

  • 3 HDMI and 2 USB ports offer good flexibility, Active Motion 200 LCD Display prevents blurriness

Reasons to avoid:

  • Comes with no built-in DVD player

This model from Sharp is a worthy addition to our best caravan TV guide, as it comes full of features to enhance any viewing experience.

It provides a clear HD picture, with the presence of the Active Motion 200 LCD Display preventing any blurriness.

Aquos Net+ also gives you the freedom to access your apps like Netflix and YouTube, as well as the internet, from the comfort of your caravan’s sofa too. As well as this, the TV includes DTS Virtual:X – this provides an enhanced listening experience, with clearer dialogue and bass sound.

We like the option of being able to wirelessly connect PC or Android devices to the TV too.

Sniper 19" webOS Smart LED Travel TV
Image: Amazon

Sniper 19″ webOS Smart LED Travel TV

  • Screen size: 19-inch
  • Dimensions: 211 x 437 x 145 (H x W x D with stand in mm)
  • Voltage: 12v / 24v / 240v
  • Weight: 2.6kg

Reason to buy:

  • Bluetooth connectivity

Reason to avoid:

  • No built-in DVD player

We think this Sniper caravan TV is ideal for those who want a relatively compact model yet one which still provides plenty of connectivity.

Usefully, there’s the option of using its Bluetooth connectivity to connect a soundbar or even headphones if you want to watch TV without waking or disturbing the rest of the caravan.

We like the range of ports it comes with too – three HDMI and two USB ports will provide plenty of connectivity options. As well as this, it offers access to a good range of streaming services including ITVX, BBC iPlayer, Netflix and YouTube, along with both a Freeview tuner and a Freesat tuner.

However, we’ll point out that, unlike the other Sniper in our guide, it doesn’t come with a built-in DVD player.

Cello C1920FMTR
Image courtesy of Amazon

Cello C1920FMTR

  • Screen size: 19-inch
  • Dimension: 446 x 323 x 160 (W x H x D with stand, in mm)
  • Weight: 2.9kg
  • Voltage: 12v / 240v

Reasons to buy:

  • Lightweight, perfect for caravanners who want a built-in DVD player

Reasons to avoid:

  • Only one USB and HDMI input

This 19-inch model from Cello is a practical choice for a caravan TV, with the built-in DVD player and lightweight design just two of the plus points. The useful ability to be able to pause live TV is a handy feature, while being in an area with poor signal shouldn’t be a problem, thanks to the built-in satellite tuner.

In this case, all you would need is a satellite dish and you can then start watching your favourite shows. Something to bear in mind is that the TV only has one USB and one HDMI input, which could put off some caravanners. Its 19-inch screen size should be suitable for the majority of tourers, but if you’re looking for caravan TV with a built-in DVD player that has a bigger screen, the Sniper, listed further down, could be worth considering too.

The Avtex W195TS
Image: Amazon

Avtex W195TS

  • Screen size: 19.5-inch
    Dimensions: 448 x 257 x 46 (W x H x D in mm, without stand)
    Weight: 2.5kg / 2.7kg (without stand / with stand)
    Voltage: 12v / 24v DC or 240v AC

Reasons to buy:

  • Apple and Android compatible for wireless casting, good selection of streaming apps available, most lightweight TV in our guide

Reasons to avoid:

  • One of the more expensive options in our guide

If you have a small caravan, you’re not going to want one of the bigger models to feature in our round-up – instead, a caravan TV such as this Avtex model is worth considering. It’s a more compact and lightweight version of the Avtex W215TS that features above, yet it still comes packed full of features.

This 19.5-inch model will let you watch your favourite apps on tour, including Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime and Now TV. We’re fans of its weight, which should make it easy to move to different parts of the tourer as well. There’s even the option of pausing and recording live TV to an external HDD, so you never miss a moment of your favourite shows.

We also like how you have the option of wirelessly casting your mobile phone to it – like its bigger counterpart, the caravan TV is compatible with both Apple and Android phones for some useful flexibility.

The edge-to-edge display will also allow you to enjoy the HD picture in a model that is 12v, 24v and 240v compatible.

Sniper 22"
Image: Amazon

Sniper 22-inch Travel TV

  • Screen size: 22-inch
  • Dimensions: 505 x 343 x 175mm with stand, 505 x 300 x 52mm without stand (W x H x D)
  • Weight: 3.3kg / 3.1kg (with stand / without stand)
  • Voltage: 12v / 24v / 240v

Reason to buy:

  • Comes with built-in DVD player, two USB / HDMI sockets

Reason to avoid:

  • Lighter options available with same screen size

Like the Cello C1920FMTR, this Sniper model is a caravan TV that comes with a built in DVD and CD player.

However, that’s not the only commendable feature on offer with this 22-inch TV. There’s the built-in DVB-S2 Digital Satellite TV receiver, which lets you access Freesat, while Freeview can be watched from the comfort of your tourer, courtesy of the DVB-T2 Digital Tuner.

We like the connectivity provided too, including two HDMI sockets. There are also two USB sockets, and if you set up a hard drive or USB stick, you’ll have the option of pausing and recording live television, ensuring you don’t miss that cliffhanger ending to your favourite shows.

If you’d rather have a bigger model, the Sniper is also available in the larger 24-inch size as well.

Cello 32-inch Traveller TV
Image: Amazon

Cello 32-inch 12V Smart Traveller TV

  • Screen size: 32-inch
  • Voltage: 12v
  • Dimension: 730 x 480 x 200 (W x H x D in mm)
  • Weight: 4kg

Reason to buy:

  • Comes with WebOS Hub, option of downloading plenty of apps, three HDMI and two USB ports

Reason to avoid:

  • No built-in DVD player, most likely only suitable for those with bigger tourers

This 32-inch HD smart TV from Cello is a model that should provide enough features to keep the whole family entertained on tour. We think the extra screen size will make it ideal for those with 8ft-wide or the bigger and more luxurious tourers.

This Cello model comes with WebOS Hub – this has seen the manufacturer partner with LG to let you download the entertainment apps you want, such as Disney+, Netflix, Apple TV, Paramount+ and more, as well as browse the web.

The caravan television also comes with a built-in satellite tuner with Freesat, offering access to over 170 channels (just make sure you have your satellite dish for this), while Freeview Play is also included.

Another feature we like is it’s Bluetooth compatible. This is ideal for hooking the TV up to speakers or syncing wireless headphones if you don’t want to disturb the rest of the family, without the worry of cables cluttering the confines of your van.

Weight and portability are two important factors when choosing the best caravan TV. As it’s the biggest model in our guide, it’s not surprising that it weighs the most, but we think it’s still relatively lightweight should you want to relocate it from the lounge to other parts of your tourer.

It also comes with plenty of connections, including three HDMI and two USB ports.

Cello 12V 16-inch Smart TV
Image: Amazon

Cello 12V 16-inch Smart TV

  • Screen size: 16-inch
  • Dimensions: 27 x 27 x 12 (H x W x D in cm)
  • Voltage: 12V
  • Weight: 1.7kg

Reason to buy:

  • Ideal for those with small caravans, very lightweight

Reason to avoid:

  • Screen could be be too small for some

We’d recommend this Cello TV for those caravanners who own a small tourer. After all, even a 24-inch screen could feel too much in some spaces.

One of our favourite features is how incredibly lightweight it is, coming in at only 1.7kg, meaning it will barely touch your payload. Despite its compact size and low weight, caravanners will not have to compromise on the selection of apps they can access.

The TV is packed full of features that should ensure an enjoyable viewing experience. The 16-inch screen is displayed in full HD, while we like how it comes with WebOS from LG. This can be used to download apps such as BBC iPlayer, ITVX, Netflix, Prime Video and Disney+, so you won’t have to forego any of your favourites while you’re pitched up.

Cleverly, the speakers can provide a better sound thanks to an enclosed space beneath the TV, improving the audio experience – if that’s still not enough, the caravan TV is Bluetooth compatible, so it can be hooked up to a soundbar to further enhance the experience.

There’s also a built-in satellite tuner with Freesat, which, so long as you have a satellite dish, lets you access over 170 channels, as well as Freeview Play.

Do I need a special TV for my caravan?

Although you could simply unplug the flatscreen TV from your home and set it up in your caravan, there are a couple of key points to bear in mind here. First, these TV sets tend to be quite large (these days, 32-inch is considered positively tiny) and will take up a great deal of space in your van. In addition, if you can’t hide your TV away in a locker when it’s not in use, it’s simply going to be a theft magnet. Then there’s the question of how you’re going to power it.

Domestic TVs all tend to run on 230V mains power and can only be used when you’re on a mains hook-up. Assuming you are, that’s fine; but what if you’re at a festival or site with no hook-up?

You can get a small plug-in inverter to run these items, but this adds both complexity and cost, and will drain your 12V battery far faster than simply running a 12V TV (inverters take a lot of current and are not 100% efficient in conversion from DC to AC).

All TVs run on DC voltage that is stepped down from the mains, but not all TVs can be plugged directly into a 12V socket. You can buy all manner of adaptors online for this, so it’s well worth checking what is available for your brand of TV.

However, if you do frequently go off-grid, it’s a better option to purchase a dedicated caravan TV, because these tend to be more rugged, and they usually come boxed with their own 12V power adaptor.

How to choose the best TV for a caravan

One of the key considerations to help you choose the best caravan TV will be whether you stay at sites with a hook-up. If you do, you probably don’t need to get a specialist 12v television, and could instead look at getting a more standard 240v model to do the job. However, if you’re going off-grid or don’t have the guarantee of hook-up, a 12v TV is the answer, giving you the freedom and flexibility to tour where you want. 

You’ll also want to factor in the size too. After all, you’re not going to want a huge screen dominating your caravan, as this would not only give you a bad viewing experience but would also make the space feel smaller. In this guide, we’ve mainly looked at models that range from 19-24-inches, giving you a good picture without sticking out or dominating your living space. However, for those who want the option of a bigger screen, we’ve also included a 32-inch model. Likewise, for those with smaller vans, we’ve picked out a 16-inch model too.

Something else to think about – do you want your caravan TV to have a built-in DVD player? If so, we’ve included two options in our guide which tick that box.

Written with contributions from Peter Rosenthal

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