A magazine devoted to free and cheap TV

High-Performance Flat Antennas As Good as the Mohu Leaf

By Brian
Published 01/13/2014
 | Updated 04/18/2021

If you are looking for an indoor antenna, or if your existing antenna is not pulling in all of the channels that you want, check out the  HD Frequency Cable Cutter antennas.

I recently got to test out the HD Frequency Cable Cutter and Cable Cutter Metro (formerly called the "Mini") antennas.

These are flat metal antennas that have performance on par with the Mohu Leaf (and in some cases, better), but can be used indoors or outdoors to get even better performance. Because they are flat, they can be easily attached to the side of a building or on a balcony with no mounting pole, or you can simply hang them on an indoor wall.

Cable Cutter antennas with the Mohu Leaf
Cable Cutter Metro "Mini" on top, Cable Cutter on Right, and Mohu Leaf bottom left.

I did thorough testing against the Mohu Leaf indoors, and found that the performance was comparable. In particular, my Leaf was having trouble getting CBS (a Hi-VHF channel). The Cable Cutters got CBS with no problem and seemed to be better at getting the lower-numbered channels.

If used outdoors, the Cable Cutter performance should be even better.

HD Frequency Cable Cutter Antenna Test
My Test Setup

Amazingly, the tiny Cable Cutter Metro "Mini" performed just as good as its big brother in my testing, proving that "size matters not". So, if you want to save some money and want a less obtrusive antenna, check out the Metro.

Each antenna includes a detachable 14-foot coax cable.

Cable Cutter Mini

If you don't have an antenna yet and your stations are less than 25 miles away, I would recommend the Cable Cutter Mini for $39 on Amazon.  If you have some flaky channels with the Mohu Leaf, it also might be worth giving the Cable Cutter Mini a try.

Disclosure: Some of the links on this page are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. I test or research each product or service before endorsing. This site is not owned by any retailer or manufacturer. I own this site and the opinions expressed here are mine. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

For stations up to 50 miles away, check out the full-size Cable Cutter. I have not personally tested it with stations over 25 miles away, but the reviews on Amazon are excellent.

Like the Leaf, these are made in the U.S!

Note that if you do mount any antenna outdoors, you should be learn how to properly ground it to protect your equipment and yourself from lightning.

What was your experience like with the HD Frequency Cable Cutter antennas? Please comment below! - Brian

Did You Like This Article?

Brian Shim, DisableMyCable.com
If you did, please share it and sign up for my email updates. I'll send you my new articles, no more than once a month.

Check out my other site, thefrugalnoodle.com, with ideas on saving money and living simply.

Ask a Question or Tell Me Your Story

If you have a question about this article, leave a comment below. I personally read and answer each one. If you want advice on TV reception, leave your zip code. 

When you comment, you'll automatically receive replies by email. Your email address will not be displayed.

I'd also love to hear how you're saving money on TV. Tell me your story!  Thanks! - Brian
Subscribe
Notify of
guest

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

20 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
April Sigler
April Sigler
5 years ago

I live at 64068...we have a small house surrounded by 7 big trees. Reception is poor most of the time with most channels especially when trees are full of leaves. We keep our flat antenna horizontal on the tv stand about hip level. We live on a very busy street and also the jouse only about 15 ft from the rd. One thing that we've noticed is that the signal breaks up when vehicles drive by. The street in north of the house and station toward are SSW. In your opinion, where would be the best place for the antenna?

Brian
5 years ago
Reply to  April Sigler

Hi April,

That is a difficult question to answer. The only real way to find out is through trial and error. Here are some things to try though: https://www.disablemycable.com/antenna-tips/

Best,
Brian

Rick
Rick
6 years ago

my name is Rick. I live in the middle of the boonies. I took to start from plates cover them with aluminum foil. When I was on the roof antenna I received three channels. Now that I'm hooked to the styrofoam plates above my TV I now receive 19 channels. Never again will I buy an antenna.

Brian
6 years ago
Reply to  Rick

Hi Rick,

Awesome!!!!! Thanks for sharing this!!!

Brian

Rickine
Rickine
6 years ago
Reply to  Rick

can you share a little more detail or a step by step? please?

anonymous
anonymous
6 years ago

I tried a flat indoor antenna and was disappointed. I did receive plenty of channels, most of which I don't want, but some of the ones I do want, like PBS pixilate from time to time. I am quite limited as to where I can place an antenna. About the only place is to hang it on the wall above the TV. It looks ugly and I have that pixilation problem from time to time. I want to cut the cable cord but it looks like I'm stuck. :-( Is there anything else I can do?

Brian
6 years ago
Reply to  anonymous

Sorry it didn't work so well for you. Unfortunately, the TV signals are just not strong enough to reach everyone, and some folks will get poor reception. Here are somethings to try:
https://www.disablemycable.com/better-tv-reception/

You could also put a framed picture over the antenna to hide it.

Brian

Barbara
Barbara
4 years ago
Reply to  anonymous

Try positioning the antenna flat and directly on top of the tv. After months of fussing, repositioning, etc. to the point that i was ready to personally become Ms. ALUMINUM FOIL, i finally just tossed the ant atop the tv until i could safely stomp it to death. VIOLA...great reception!
If you must keep it on the wall, consider covering it with a picture or embossing made from an ALUMINUM pizza pie plate. YAAAA-Usss!

Brian
4 years ago
Reply to  Barbara

HI Barbara,

Great tips! Thank you for sharing!

Brian

Barbara
Barbara
4 years ago
Reply to  anonymous

Also run two or three scans while keeping the ones you've aready captured.

Jim
Jim
7 years ago

I live 50+ miles from most stations(48060). I use antennaspectrum 813 amplified antenna indoors. I get 2-8 stations depending on weather and time of day. Would the new cable cutter work any better?

Crystal
Crystal
7 years ago

I don't live that far from the stations I want (92101). I want to be able to get CBS, NBC, ABC and it just won't catch! I've moved it all around my apartment and nothing. I tried both the Amazon extreme performance ultra thin antenna AND the Cable Cutter Mini. What am I doing wrong???

Chet
Chet
7 years ago

I live in area code 08867. Did some research and bought the MOHU Leaf wich I see you highly recommend. I tried it a several locations of the home but have just boxed it up to return because I got no reception at all. I assume I would have to go with a rooftop model? i was hoping to get an indoor model for each TV. Thanks

Mario
Mario
7 years ago

I don't understand most technical terms and the like. I built an indoor antenna and currently receive about 34 channels. I looked at the Station Finder and entered my zip code and it states I should only get like 5 channels and the rest are coded red. My question is, being that you know more about this subject, my zip code is 25401. I get 34 channels now with a homemade antenna made with a board and strategically placed metal coat hangers. With my zip code, 25401, could you look to see if I would possibly get more stations if I bought say a Mohu Leaf or other similar flat antenna? I'd appreciate your help. Thanks.

David
David
7 years ago

I live over 30 miles from the nearest T.V. station. I found some antennas at my neighbourhood Wal-Mart and NONE-OF-THEM, worked. Where could I find this antenna?

20
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x
linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram