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Best picture quality LED TVs - Summer 2017
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LED TVs can't achieve as good a picture quality as OLED TVs (check out our article about OLED vs LED) but they generally offer much better value. You get more choices for sizes and brands (only LG and Sony sell OLEDs in the United States, and in a small range of sizes). Because of that, most of the TVs we review are LED LCD TVs. We've updated our recommendations for the summer of 2017.

Best LED TV

Usage Ratings - Version 1.1
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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
8.2Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
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8.3Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
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8.1TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
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7.8Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
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8.4Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
8.4HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
8.4HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
7.8PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
55" 65"

The best LED TV we've reviewed is the Sony X930E 4k LED TV. 

Picture quality on the X930E is excellent. At 1442 cd/m2 of brightness in a real scene, it is simply a massive step ahead of any other TV tested except for the twice as expensive Sony Z9D. The X930E is staggeringly bright, and its ability to light up highlights that bright allows it to produce an excellent HDR picture. Beyond its HDR performance, it's also quite versatile. It does great with gaming, sports, and TV shows as well.

It has a few downsides: its viewing angle is particularly narrow, but that's expected of VA Type LED TVs. It also doesn't reach quite as high of a color gamut as competing TVs, but this is overall minor and doesn't stop this TV from being our top pick for an LED TV. However, since it's just been released, it's still quite expensive.

See our review

Cheaper Alternative

49" 55" 65" 75"

If you don't mind losing a little on brightness and build quality, go for the cheaper Sony X900E. It doesn't get quite as bright for HDR, but it's still a very good well-rounded TV that offers better picture quality than other more expensive LED TVs.

See our review

Best Budget LED TV

Usage Ratings - Version 1.1
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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
7.6Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
Score components:
7.6Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
Score components:
7.2TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
Score components:
7.0Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
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8.5Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
7.6HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
8.2HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
7.7PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
55"

For a budget TV, we recommend the TCL P607. Budget TVs have gotten a lot better this year, and the TCL P607 4k Roku TV is one of the best examples. It sports features like a wide color gamut and local dimming that are usually only found on TVs twice as expensive, and it does so while also being one of the best gaming TVs around.

At 14ms of input lag and 11ms of response time, the P-Series is simply excellent for video games. Gameplay is responsive and clear, making the experience much more engaging. It's no slouch in HDR either thanks to its better than average color volume and decent brightness at around 500 cd/m2

Its smart features are great too. Roku is quite popular, and it easily trumps SmartCast found on the competing Vizio M Series 2017. Simply put, the TCL P607 is the best budget TV for most people today.

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Cheaper Alternative

43" 49" 55" 65"

If you don't mind a drop in overall brightness and don't care too much about HDR, the TCL S405 is essentially a simplified version of the P607. It doesn't have the same picture quality, but it's still a good TV with excellent features for the money.

See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung KS8000. Almost out of stock everywhere now, very good TV if you can find it. See our review
  • Samsung Q7F. Good TV, but performs worse than the X930E. See our review
  • Samsung Q9F. Good TV with great colors, but highly overpriced. See our review
  • Samsung MU9000. Great handling of reflections, but doesn't offer much else over the X900E. See our review
  • Sony Z9D. Great LED TV, but not much better than the X930E for the premium. See our review
  • Sony X940E. Only found in 75". If you want a larger X930E, get this one. See our review
  • LG SJ8500. Decent TV with wide viewing angle, but not very competitive. See our review
  • Vizio P Series 2017. Very good TV for the money, but the Sony X900E is more versatile. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best LED TVs to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of LED LCD TVs. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them. 

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Questions & Answers

6 ANSWERED QUESTIONS
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Is it possible to review the Insignia NS-55DR420NA16 please? Thanks!
We currently don't have anything planned for that one, but if we get enough requests, we might schedule a review.
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Will you be reviewing the Panasonic CX850U?
We don't currently have any plans to do so, but maybe if we get enough requests for it and if Best Buy or Amazon start selling it.
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I too am hoping you'll add the Insignia NS-55DR420NA16 from Best Buy. It has hundreds of user reviews on the Best Buy site and Consumer Reports has now reviewed it. However I find your reviews/tests to be the best and most thorough.
Unfortunately, we have no plan to review it at the moment.
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Hi. Will you be reviewing the new Vizio D-series? Do you have any intel on that model? I was looking to buy the latest one, since they were improving over the last couple of series. Thanks.
We will be reviewing the UHD version of the D-series within the next couple of weeks.
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Lost my owner's manual for my Samsung 5/5201 32 inch TV and I need to re-do it's setup. Any suggestions?
Since it is basically the same TV as the H5203 we reviewed, you can try our settings. You can also find the user manual here.
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I hung my 55" Samsung TV on the wall in my bedroom. It was hung quite high with 15 degree angle. The viewing angle seems to have improved the picture quality. Is this possible?
From an objective standpoint, we doubt it, as vertical angles weaken contrast and desaturate colors. But it's entirely possible that your personal preferences are better met by putting the TV up high. If you like the look, don't overthink it. Just enjoy your TV.
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