Shopping for electronics is generally overwhelming, but TVs are especially confusing and complicated products to shop for. There are so many different sizes and technologies at play that once you earn a Ph.D. in TV features, you then have to try and figure out which of them actually have the features you want, at a price you can afford. This is why we’re here to help you pick the best TV.
There certainly different criteria to determine what makes a specific TV the best TV, but broadly speaking, the top models are the ones that offer as many cutting-edge features as possible for the lowest possible price, while making it as easy as possible to watch the content you want to watch. You also want a TV that doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb in your living room.
With that in mind, we’ve assembled a group of amazing TVs from many of the top brands, including LG, Samsung, Sony, TCL and Vizio which represent the full range of amazing options you have when attempting to buy the best TV (and why it might be right for you).
1. LG CX OLED TV
BEST TV OVERALL
You can think of any possible feature or scenario that would make a TV the best, and the LG CX would be the first TV mentioned in nearly every one. Whether you want to watch visually-stunning movies, action-packed sports or you want to play the PS5 and Xbox Series X in 4K or at 120 frames per second, the LG CX is the best TV you can buy. Thanks to its infinite contrast ratio and beautifully saturated colors, this TV packs all of the most advanced features, including NVIDIA G-Sync support, Dolby Vision IQ, Filmmaker Mode and LG’s own WebOS smart TV software.
You can also integrate your TV into your Google Assistant or Alexa smart home setup, allowing it to function as a control hub like a Nest mini. And if there’s a service that isn’t available on LG’s WebOS smart TV platform, you can likely stream it from your phone to your TV via Chromecast or AirPlay 2. And since it’s available in 48, 55, 65 and 77-inch sizes, this TV should be on the shortlist of anyone who prioritizes performance over everything. And while we’d normally gravitate towards a slightly more affordable TV as our top pick, we think that with all the time we’re spending at home in 2021 no expense is too great when it comes to the way to entertain yourself.
2. Sony X900H LED TV
Even without fancy technologies such as OLED or QLED, the Sony X900H still manages to be one of the best TVs around thanks to its potent combination of great color accuracy, low input lag and its Android TV software. Sony makes up for the lack of OLED by giving the X900H the same excellent X1 image processor that Sony’s OLED TVs use. This means that the TV rivals QLEDs when it comes to picture quality even without the quantum dot enhancement. To round out this total package and make it an appealing option for gamers, the Sony X900H also has HDMI 2.1 compatibility and a 120Hz refresh rate for reduced lag time.
3. Samsung Q80T TV
BEST QLED TV
Thanks to the quantum dot technology housed in this QLED TV, the Samsung Q80T has some of the most vibrant and accurate colors you will find in any TV, period. This TV’s processor can also upscale older HD and SD content to 4K so that everything you watch looks as sharp and detailed as possible. For gamers, this is great news, because Samsung TVs are some of the best when it comes to input lag and it also supports a 120Hz variable refresh rate at 4K resolutions. Long story short, this is one of the best LED TVs you can buy for your next-gen console.
4. TCL 6-Series mini-LED TV
BEST MINI-LED TV
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: don’t let the price tag fool you. The TCL 6-Series may appear to be a budget TV, but the only TVs that truly outclass it are ones like the TVs mentioned above. This is in part due to the fact that it has true 120Hz support, and comes packaged with the Roku smart TV interface. But it’s also because of the fact that it features QLED technology. This TV uses mini-LED technology, which uses impossibly small LEDs so that the 6-Series can double the number of local dimming zones it would normally have. The result is a picture that is bright, beautiful and detailed, ready to make all your 4K HDR content pop off the screen.
5. Samsung The Frame
BEST TV DESIGN
The goal for many people these days is to figure out how to have a giant TV in their living room without it looking like they have a giant TV in their living room. Samsung’s “The Frame” has the ability to function as a full-fledged digital art frame when it’s not turned on. For those obsessed with interior design and decor, The Frame is one the best TV you can buy.
But don’t think that this 4K TV sacrifices performance just because it also features this digital art frame technology. Samsung has ensured that both aspects of this TV meet a satisfactory standard of quality. For evidence, look no further than the fact that the Frame is not only a 4K QLED TV with support for AirPlay 2, Alexa and Google Assistant, but it covers 100 percent of the DCI-P3 color space using ambient sensors to custom tailor the brightness and color settings to the room. This means that it can faithfully replicate any digital work of art that comes its way. It also has motion sensors, so that the display will intelligently shut itself off when there’s nobody around to gaze at its beautiful digital imagery.
6. Vizio V-Series LED TV
BEST BUDGET TV
When it comes to great deals, the Vizio V-Series is one of our favorites because it’s the best 65-inch TV under $500. With more than 20,000 positive reviews (and counting), this TV proves that a TV need not cost $2,000 to be a crowdpleaser. And the Vizio V-Series is hardly a lightweight, as it comes with many of the same HDR and smart TV features you would find in the best 65-inch TVs from LG, Sony and Samsung, which are all much more expensive. The V-Series comes complete with a 4K ultra-high-definition LED screen and support for Google Chromecast and Apple AirPlay 2 to complement its own smart TV interface which already has most of the streaming apps and movie stores you would ever need.
7. Toshiba 1080P Flat-Screen TV
BEST AMAZON FIRE TV
While we won’t claim that Toshiba’s Smart HDTV is the best, but if you love the Amazon ecosystem and low price tags, this is a great match for you. Powered by Amazon’s Fire TV interface, this 43-inch TV will get you watching your favorite Prime Video shows and movies as effortlessly as possible. Sure you might not be getting 4K and Dolby Vision with this TV, but 4K is unnecessary for a TV this small, and even the top TV makers struggle to offer convincing HDR support with TVs under 50-inches.
8. TCL 3-Series LED TV
BEST SMALL TV
The 32-inch TCL 3-Series is a great choice as a second TV in a bedroom, or even the main TV in a small apartment. While this 720p TV is certainly no-frills, and won’t offer the same picture quality as one of the best OLED TVs, it is very solid for the price. And what makes it better is that it runs the same Roku smart TV software that other TCL TVs do, which means you get access to all the same streaming apps and services. TCL could have easily mailed it in and sold a TV that was borderline unwatchable at a price like this, but instead, they chose to offer great value.
9. Samsung Q950TS 8K QLED TV
BEST 8K TV
Few things scream excess more than an 85-inch 8K TV in 2021. There’s not a lot of content that supports it at native resolutions, it’s very expensive, and at screen sizes below 100-inches, we’re not sure if the bump in image quality is worth the extra money. But if you do have the funds to spend on this TV, you will be getting one of the best TVs around when it comes to technical image quality, bar none. But looking past the impressive picture quality, the design might be what’s really worth talking about. The bezel is so slim it’s almost invisible, maximizing the size of the display and making the TV look like something out of a sci-fi film. So while this TV is insanely expensive, this is the TV to get if you want the absolute best.