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. Those looking for the brightest TV they can get will also be better fitted with an LED TV since they also top our charts for peak brightness.
So far, we've tested 35 LED TVs in 2017. Black Friday TV deals for 2017 are on their way and below are our recommendations for the best TVs you can purchase in the fall.
Best LED TV
The best LED TV we've reviewed is the Sony X930E 4k LED TV. It's equipped with the Android TV smart platform and it's one of the brightest TVs currently available, making it one of the best HDR performers.
Picture quality on the X930E is excellent. Contrast is the most important aspect for picture quality, and the X930E is no slouch in that aspect. Not only does it have a higher than average contrast ratio, it also features a powerful local dimming system that further enhances the blacks. At 1442 cd/m2 of brightness in a real scene, it is simply much brighter than any other TVs we've tested except for its more esoteric cousin the Sony Z9D. The X930E is staggeringly bright, and its ability to light up highlights that bright allows it to produce an excellent HDR picture.
Its only major downside is its narrow viewing angle which limits good viewing positions, but that's expected of the VA Type LED TVs which usually offer the best picture quality.
Those shopping for a larger sized TV should look into the Sony Z9D. It is available in sizes up to a massive 100 inches, and it's equipped with an even more powerful local dimming system for even better performance in a dark room. Unfortunately, though, it does come at a significant premium.
Best Mid-Range LED TV
For a mid-range option, we recommend the Sony X900E 4K LED TV. It's a very similar TV to the Sony X930E in our top recommendation, but with a simpler design and slightly less HDR capabilities.
The biggest difference between the two is the brightness. While the pricier X930E gets exceptionally bright, the X900E produces a more ordinary 540cd/m2 of brightness in a real scene. It's not to say that it is dim, but it won't provide quite as much detail in HDR in a side by side comparison. Otherwise, though, it's still a very good well-rounded TV that offers better picture quality than competing models in its price range such as the Samsung MU8000 and LG SJ8500.
If you want to save a few bucks and don't mind sacrificing a little bit of picture quality in a dark room, go for the Samsung MU8000 4k LED TV. It's a versatile mid-range LED TV that does well with most usages, but with a more simplistic local dimming feature than the Sony. A few people might also prefer its more intuitive and snappier smart interface.
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 does well with HDR too thanks to its better than average color volume and decent brightness at around 489 cd/m2 . It has a narrow viewing angle, but that's an expected tradeoff for the picture quality.
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 care too much about HDR, the TCL S405 is essentially a simplified version of the P607. It's a bit more basic overall and not very bright, but its picture quality is better than average for a TV of this price and its included Roku Smart platform is better than even some standalone devices.
- 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 Sony X930E. See our review
- Samsung Q8C. Rare high-end curved TV, but its performance doesn't match its price. See our review
- Samsung Q9F. Good TV with great colors, but highly overpriced. See our review
- Samsung MU8000. Not a bad TV, but poor value compared to the Sony X900E. 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
- Vizio M Series 2017. Similar performance to the P607, but its simpler smart platform might not suit everyone. 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.