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Bottom Line

The paper-thin, easy-to-hide Mohu Leaf delivers powerful digital TV signals to your set without overpowering your room. It's terrific for UHF signals, and even performs well with most VHF channels.

ProsRelatively attractive and easy to hide, Decent effective range, Doesn't require frequent repositioning, Optional amplifier availableConsNot a great performer for VHF channels

Breaking it down

Performance

The Mohu Leaf delivers what it promises. Since the earliest days of TV, the marketing of "gimmick" TV antennas has been far more based on fantasy than on actual performance. Maybe that's why some are truly shocked that the paper-thin Mohu Leaf actually does what it's intended to. The company says this antenna is designed for UHF channels primarily but can receive high-band VHF channels (7-13) in areas where signal strength is decent, and that's confirmed in reviews. The omnidirectional design means you can just put it in place and forget it. A version that includes a signal amplifier, the Mohu Leaf 50 (Est. $60), is available and tests show that it can boost reception in some circumstances. However, some reviewers suggest that you give the unamplified version a try first, and add the amplifier -- available separately as the Mohu Jolt Amplifier (Est. $30) -- if needed.

Aesthetics

Disappearing act. Its super-thin depth makes it easier for the Mohu Leaf to blend into a typical room than most other DTV antennas. One side is black, the other is white, and you can show off the side that better fits your décor. If neither blends well, the Leaf is also paintable. The alternative is to hide it behind your TV, which is what several reviewers do. But there's a caveat: Although the Leaf seems less placement-sensitive than some DTV antennas, the short 6-foot cable somewhat limits your options. If that's a problem, you can extend the cable yourself easily enough.

Value

Good performer, but cheaper antennas might perform just as well. Reviews say the Mohu Leaf 30 largely delivers what it promises, especially for UHF reception. However, whether it performs better than some cheaper antennas is more a factor of where you live relative to your TV broadcasters than anything else. If some stations in your area still use low-band (channels 2-6) VHF, other antennas might be better choices. That said, the more unobtrusive design of the Leaf 30 might make its price premium worthwhile to some.

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Our Sources

1. HDTVExpert.com

Product Reviews, Pete Putman, As of January 2016

Currently, no expert reviewer spends more time delving into the performance of indoor DTV antennas than Peter Putman. In various tests conducted over the years, he's compared the performance of the Mohu Leaf 30, as well as the amplified Leaf 50 (then called the Leaf Ultimate), to similar indoor antennas of the same type and finds that they consistently finish near the top of the pack.

2. TomsGuide.com

Mohu Leaf 50 Review: Indoor HDTV Antenna, Mike Kobrin, Sept. 19, 2014

Tom's Guide reviews the Mohu Leaf 50 (the Leaf 20 plus the Jolt amplifier) and finds performance and aesthetics to be excellent. Cost is a concern, however, but Mike Kobrin notes that the Leaf 30 might be sufficient and suggests that you start with that and only spring for the amplifier if you find it necessary.

3. TechHive.com

Kiss Your Cable Bill Goodbye with These HDTV Antennas, Edward N. Albro, Not Dated

The Mohu Leaf doesn't quite win the performance crown in this head-to-head comparison of five indoor antennas. However, Edward Albro calls it the "best choice if you care about how your living room looks," and it performs well enough to finish in second overall.

4. DigitalTrends.com

Mohu Leaf Ultimate HDTV Antenna Review, Caleb Denison, Oct. 7, 2013

DigitalTrends.com tests the Mohu Leaf 50 (then called the Mohu Leaf Ultimate) antenna and gives it an Editors' Choice award. However, testing in various locations around Portland reveals that omitting the amplifier and just using the basic Mohu Leaf antenna (now called the Leaf 30) provides generally better performance.

5. BestBuy.com

Mohu - Leaf 30 Indoor HDTV Antenna - Black/White, Contributors to BestBuy.com, As of January 2016

We found roughly 425 owner reviews of the Mohu Leaf 30 at BestBuy.com, where it enjoys reasonably high satisfaction. It earns a 4.3-star rating, with 90 percent of owners offering it a recommendation.

6. Amazon.com

Mohu MH-110598 Leaf Paper-Thin Indoor HDTV Antenna, 30 Mile Range, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2016

Amazon.com lumps user reviews of the various Mohu Leaf antennas together, including the Leaf 30, Leaf 50 and the Mohu Leaf Metro (Est. $20), a smaller version of the Leaf intended for use in areas with the best reception. Altogether, more than 10,800 users weight in on the antennas. Not everyone is pleased, but many say that the Leaf 30 and other antennas in the series perform well and look good.