Fans of sports need a TV worthy of their teams’ triumphs, something that handles fast movement well and that won’t distract by making the playing surface look patchy. Here are the best TVs we've tested this year for watching sports.
Best high-end TVs for watching sports
The LG OLED B6 is the best 4k TV for watching sports that we reviewed in 2016. You’ll see very little blur, and the uniformity is very good, so playing surfaces are not going to look patchy. The more expensive version, the E6, is not really worth it for sports, since it has the same picture quality.
As with all OLED TVs, mostly bright images will dim the overall luminosity, which isn’t ideal for sports like hockey. But, if this relatively minor problem doesn’t bother you, the LG OLED B6 will be a really good choice for watching sports, and well worth the money.
If you want something cheaper, get the Samsung KS8000 instead. Directly in front, it is about just as good as the OLED for watching sports. It can even get brighter, which is great if you have lots of light in your living room during the day. The only downside compared to OLED for sports is the picture quality is not as good at an angle, which is not ideal if you have a lot of friends over.
But even with that flaw, it is the best LED TV we tested for watching sports this year.
Best mid-range TVs for watching sports
For a more affordable LED TV suitable for watching sports, get the Sony X700D 4k TV. It has a great viewing angle, small amount of motion blur and gets pretty bright. It works well in a bright living room with a few friends that are going to be watching from the sides.
Note: If you're looking for a larger size, the Sony X750D is essentially the same TV but in a 65 inch format.
The Vizio M 2016 is another alternative for a mid-range TV for sports. The picture quality is actually better than the Sony and it's available in a lot more sizes, but it doesn't have a very good viewing angle. It also reflects a lot more light and doesn't get as bright, so it won't do as well for daytime watching.
Still, it is a good TV that will work at a variety of usage, not only for sports.
Best budget TVs for watching sports
In the budget range, go with the TCL FS3750. It is a 1080p TV and it doesn't offer a stellar picture quality, but considering the price, it does really well. It doesn't have problems with motion on fast movements, which is great for sports.
Our recommendations above are what we think is 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 really 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:
- Vizio P Series 2016. Low amount of motion blur, but vertical bands on the screens can be distracting on sports with a lot of panning shots. See our review
- Sony X850D. Great TV for watching sports. Not as good in the dark, though. See our review
- Samsung KS9000. Great TV in general, but the cheaper Samsung KS8000 is almost just as good. See our review
- LG UH8500. Good option if you want to watch it at an angle, but a bit priced too high. See our review
- Samsung JS9000. Almost out of stock everywhere now, or priced too high. See our review
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here are the list of all our reviews of TVs. Be careful to not 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.
Questions & Answers
Given that the 65" X850C is over your budget, the M-series is the better choice.
I will also watch a few non-sport HD channels on my Dish lineup, but almost never DVD/Blu-ray. Which of these two models do you think would be best for me? Oh, did I say great hockey viewing is my top concern? ;-)
Secondly 50" or 55"? My primary seating is split recliner 7-8 feet (depending on degree of recline) from the TV.
In terms of performance, you won't beat the Samsung JS8500 for picture with sports, so that's what we recommend. Hardly any darker patches on the screen, and very minimal blur.
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