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
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.
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.
Best Budget LED TV
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.
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.
- 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
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.