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The Best Indoor HDTV Antenna is The Mohu Leaf Glide

As I explained in my guide to choosing the best TV antenna,  no single antenna will suit everyone. Which choice is the best can vary based on your location. One variable that is especially problematic when selecting an indoor antenna is having channels in the VHF band. There aren’t many indoor antennas that handle UHF and VHF channels well. That was the case until I tested the Mohu Glide.

Mohu Leaf Glide Review

In order to understand why the Mohu Leaf Glide is my new favorite indoor antenna, we need a bit of background on antenna reception. The majority of TV channels in the U.S. are in the UHF band. However, there are usually one or two that are in the VHF band. Unfortunately, these channels tend to be a major broadcast network like ABC, NBC, CBS, or FOX.

A VHF station is one where the Real channel is 13 and below. UHF are channels 14 and above. I cover this topic in more detail in my guide to TV antennas. However, for purposes of this article, you just need to know that few antennas on the market do a decent job of receiving channels in the VHF band.

However, the Mohu Leaf glide excels at picking up channels in the VHF band. It also boasts better range when it comes to receiving UHF channels. It is a definite upgrade in all regards over the standard Mohu Leaf. It looks similar in style, but it’s a bit longer measuring in at 21.5 inches long.

It’s available for purchase on Mohu’s website. It retails at $89.99, but get 25% off by entering the promo code “super25” at checkout.

Mohu Leaf Glide Performance

To get an idea of how the Mohu Leaf Glide performs, take a look at my TVFool.com signal report below. If this is your first experience with a signal report, don’t worry. All you need to know is the green area is generally something an indoor antenna should receive.

My standard Mohu Leaf holds its own and can pull all the green and even PBS 67 which real channel is 29. However, I occasionally have trouble receiving channel 11 with the standard Mohu Leaf. This usually happens in bad weather.

This is not the case with the Mohu Leaf Glide. Not only can I pull all the UHF channels up until WTTG 5 (it’s UHF because the real channel is 36,) but I have absolutely no trouble with the VHF channels 11 and 13. I can even receive WJLA 7 which is a VHF channel nearly 30 miles away. This completely shocked me.  Not only is the Mohu Leaf Glide better than the standard Mohu Leaf, it’s easily the best indoor antenna I have tested this far.

Mohu Leaf Glide Specifications

The Mohu Leaf Glide measures in at 21.5″ x 11.5″ and includes the following:

  • Jolt TV amplifier that filters out FM and cellular signal interference
  • 16 feet of  coaxial cable
  • Paper-thin and reversible Leaf Glide Antenna  (black on one side and white on the other)
  • Push pins and hook & loop tabs included for easy installation

Installation is easy just follow the steps below

  1. Attach the Leaf Glide in a location that gets’s good TV reception.
  2. Connect the Jolt TV amplifier to the TV per the included instructions.
  3. Use the included coaxial cable to connect the Mohu Leaf Glide to the Jolt TV amplifier
  4. Turn on your TV and scan for channels

Verdict

If you are looking for an indoor antenna it’s going to be hard to find one better than the Mohu Leaf Glide. It works great on channels in both the VHF and UHF band. It easily earns 5 out of 5 stars.

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Dennis Restauro :Dennis is the founder of Grounded Reason. He also hosts the Grounded Reason Podcast. Follow him on Twitter: Follow Dennis on Twitter

View Comments (22)

  • Thanks for the new update, Dennis. In a previous article you said that the Leaf could be used outside, if need be, to improve reception. Does this apply to the Leaf Glide, as well?

    • Whiles it's possible, it's the leaf isn't an outdoor antenna. I was just showing that as an experiment with the flat coaxial cables. Installing the leaf outdoor is likely voids any warranty with Mohu and there is the issue is any outdoor antenna should be grounded.

  • I am glad the Mohu Leaf Glide 65 worked for you when you tried it. That was not the case for me. I had a Mohu Curve 50, which worked great. There were a few channels that would come in marginal, so I thought I'd try the Glide 65 to see if I could pull in the troublesome channels. The antenna scan with the Glide came in with far less channels than the Curve. I used the the signal strength utility on my TiVo Bolt and compared the 2 antennas. Channels that had a 72 signal strength with the Curve only had 50 or less with the Glide -- what were strong channels with the Curve were pixelating with the Glide. I am not happy with the Glide.

    • Every location is different so it's possible the curve is better suited for your environment.

  • Hello Dennis,

    I am an old timer, but new to all this. I don't have facebook or twitter, so that is why I have subscribed to your input and advice. This was good timing. On Father's Day, I received a Samsung 4k Ultra HD 40" Television and a Firebox 2nd Generation.

    I am a sports lover so I was making plans to go to PlayStation Vue, but they raised their price just before I was to join. I would like to get Sling TV and Netflix. I am with Century Link DSL with their Modem/Router, C1100Z combination and get 40 mps download.

    I live in an old neighborhood in the valley and in an old house with security bars outside all windows where I will have to put the indoor antenna.

    I suppose I should start with the Mohu Leaf Glide, with the Jolt amplifier. Using your promo code sure helps. I have an old RCA 1600R Indoor Antenna that I have been using, but I fear I will need to get all the help I can get in this house.

    Then I would like to go with Sling if they have the sports channels that PlayStation Vue offered. Also get Netflix. I know I went a little out of the scope of the topic, but sure would appreciate any help.

    Thanks ,

    Rich

  • Hi Dennis
    I live in Utuado, Puerto Rico. I would appreciate if you let me know which antenna will be better for me to buy. I live in the central part of the island, mountains. Thanks.

  • Denny - I would like to purchase a meter that would connect to the antenna cable to test signal strength. Perhaps the same device could verify Spectum cable signal strength also? WHAT DO I NEED? WHERE CAN I GET THE TEST METER?

  • The Leaf Glide being 21.8" wide is wider than my window pain by 2 or 3 inches. Can this antenna be mounted by rotating the antenna 90 degrees, and if so will it's reception suffer by rotating it by the 90 degree's? I had the Leaf 50 but the amplifier cooked, why I don't know. Before it died, it worked pretty good. Replacement Mohu amplifier for the Leaf 50 is too high a cost for me to justify getting another one.

    • I have multiple Leaf 50 and a Leaf 65. I have found that a window won't necessarily be the best mounting location for the strongest signal of all of the available channels in your area. You really need to experiment with different locations on the wall facing the towers. I recommend using a 25 ft RG6 cable if you need more length. You are right about the cost of buying the Mohu amplifier separately. It's more cost effective to buy a new antenna or a bundle like the Mohu Leaf Ultimate 65 and Leaf Mini Plus Bundle. Even if you don't need the small antenna, it will give you a spare amplifier. This particular bundle is actually less expensive than buying the large antenna separately.

    • I find it works best if a flat side is facing the tower. That said, it does a decent job for me even if it isn't.

  • What about splitters, so that 2 televisions can be served by the same antenna?

    I live in New York (Queens) so the towers are mostly west of me in Manhattan on top of the skyscrapers almost 270 degrees for the major stations, and all are LOS that I am really interested in. The NM is 63 down to about 36, towers being about 10 miles or less.

    I am thinking of buying the Leaf Glide 65 and installing it on a window pane. Does ambient temperature matter that much? In winter obviously there is low temperature, but not too much moisture.

    If splitting is ok, what kind would you use- brands if possible.

    Your site is awesome. Thanks for the info.

    • I recommend using a balanced splitter because the dB of signal loss is equally distributed to all of the outputs. You also want to use a splitter with only the exact number of outputs that you are going to use. The more splitter outputs you have, the more signal loss it will have to each output whether they are used or not. I have used 2 and 3 port splitters and if you have an adequate signal from the antenna to the splitter, you won't even notice a difference when watching the TV's.

    • I have successfully used a splitter on one of my Leaf 50 antennas, so I know that it will work. I recently purchased the new larger Leaf 65 and I saw a packaged bundle called the Leaf Pro 65 that comes with a splitter and 3 separate cables. So this confirms that even Mohu acknowledge that one antenna can function with a splitter. Depending on where you buy it, Mohu antennas are referred to by slightly different model names but I contacted Mohu and they assured me that if they are the same size, they are the same antenna.

      • A splitter can work on any antenna if you have the available signal power. The problem is that there is typically more attenuation of the signal from it passing through your walls with an indoor antenna. Adding more attenuation with the splitter can impact reception. I'm not saying it can't be done, just that I typically recommend a separate indoor antenna for each TV.

  • I live in zip code 49456 (Spring Lake, MI). Every indoor I've tried so far is unable to pick up CBS and NBC. Do you think the Mohu Glide is worth trying? Or is there another antenna you would recommend? Thank you!