Sports fans need a TV worthy of their teams’ triumphs. Most people should still get the 2016 TV models, as the 2017 ones are too expensive and don't offer many advantages. Need a TV that handles fast movement well to enjoy the big game fully? Here are our recommendations for the best TVs for sports.
Best TV for Watching Sports
The best sports watching TV we've tested so far is the LG C7 OLED TV. Its picture quality is excellent, and it can reproduce the luscious grass of tennis and football fields evenly and without blotches.
As usual with OLED TVs, their motion performance is excellent. At the higher frame rates sports are usually broadcast at, it looks exceptionally fluid and free of trails following fast moving objects. Another nice aspect is their excellent viewing angles, which makes them a great choice if you often watch games with a group of friends.
The LG C7 isn't perfect though. Like other OLED TVs, it is subject to temporary image retention. This means that if static content is shown for extended periods of time on screen, a "ghost" image of the content will stay on screen until it fades away after a few minutes.
Best Mid-Range TV for Watching Sports
For a more affordable choice, get the Sony X750D 4k TV from 2016. It has a great viewing angle, very little motion blur and gets pretty bright, which makes it better than TVs multiple times its price when used for watching sports.
It doesn't have the same picture quality as OLED, but it's still quite good. Much like the LG C7 above, it has a very wide viewing angle that makes it great for larger game day parties. Its handling of motion, while not quite OLED perfect, is also some of the best available, further strengthening its position as a great mid-range choice.
Best Budget TV for Watching Sports
For something a bit more affordable, look for the TCL S405. It doesn't have the very wide viewing angles or doesn't get quite as bright as the more expensive models, but it's still a decent choice for those on a budget.
Most importantly for sports, it handles fast motion quite well. Its 11.9 ms of response time is similar to what is found on the Sony X930E and Samsung Q7F. Its picture is also decently uniform, keeping ice rinks or grass fields free of spots or graininess.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs to watch sports 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).
A few examples of TVs that didn't make the cut:
- Sony X850D. Great TV for watching sports, but the X750D does more for even cheaper. See our review
- Sony X930E. Excellent choice for watching sports, but the X750D performs about the same for significantly less. See our review
- Samsung Q9F. Great TV for watching sports, but oddly priced for the performance it delivers. See our review
- Samsung Q7F. Very good TV for watching sports, but the LG C7 performs better for a similar price. See our review
- TCL P607. Decent TV for watching sports, but not any better than the TCL S405 for the price. See our review
- LG UJ7700. Good TV for sports watching, but not much better than the TCL S405 for twice as much money. See our review
- Samsung MU8000. Good TV overall, but not priced competitively compared to our mid-range choice. See our review
- Sony A1E. Excellent TV for watching sports, but the LG C7 performs the same for cheaper. See our review
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of 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.