Over the past year, we've reviewed 14 2016 LG TVs. We have reviewed the Three most popular OLED TVs they've released in 2016 as well. New models have been announced for 2017 so look forward to our reviews in the coming months. We will continuously update this page as new models are announced.
04/14/2017 LG C7 reviewed
01/04/2017 2017 models announced
11/25/2016 LG UH6550 reviewed
11/18/2016 LG UH6150 reviewed
11/04/2016 LG UH5500 reviewed
10/14/2016 LG C6 reviewed
10/07/2016 LG UH9500 reviewed
10/05/2016 LG UH6500 reviewed
09/30/2016 LG LH5000 reviewed
09/23/2016 LG LH5700 reviewed
07/29/2016 LG UH6100 reviewed
07/20/2016 LG B6 reviewed
07/08/2016 LG LH5750 reviewed
06/17/2016 LG E6 reviewed
03/30/2016 LG UH7700 reviewed
02/26/2016 LG UH8500 reviewed
Compared to other brands
OLED. The only company to have OLED offerings in the US. These TVs have by far the best picture quality.
Great Viewing angles. Both their LED and OLED TVs generally have excellent viewing angles.
Great Smart Platform. LG’s WebOS 3.0 is our favorite smart platform for 2016. It’s fully featured, fast and intuitive.
Poor contrast. As a trade-off for the wide viewing angles, LG TVs often have poor contrast and blacks. Their OLEDs are an exception, though.
Poor gray uniformity. LG’s TVs have scored very poorly in our gray uniformity tests this year. This affects their picture quality ratings quite a bit.
Poor Value. Their products are often weirdly placed in comparison to their competition and are consequently rarely recommended by us.
It’s hard to recommend LG’s TVs. Their flagship OLED TVs (see OLED vs. LED) are above everyone else, but anything lower end usually doesn’t compare to the competition in their respective range. They do have an excellent smart platform.
LG’s Lineup – Description and Reviews
LG changed their nomenclature for 2017; Their current LCD lineup starts with SJ, and their OLEDs each have a specific letter (B,C,E,G,W) followed by 7.
LG has a large lineup that covers everything from both extremes, from the very cheap and small lower resolution TVs to the very high end with their OLEDs. First Letter corresponds to the resolution of the TV, the second letter in their model numbers correspond to the year of release and usually the higher the number, the higher the price range.
*H = 2016
*F = 2015
U* = 4k
L* = 1080p or below.
UH8500 = 2016 High-end 4K TV
LF5500 = 2015 Low-end HDTV
LG's just announced their high-end lineup at CES 2017. It consists of 3 LCD TV models as well as 5 OLED models.
Very similar to last year's, but none of them are curved or have 3D. All of them will have the same picture quality.
OLED, exceptional contrast and overall picture quality. Brightness is better than last year, but the design is very similar. Limited distribution.
Review date: Spring 2017
Entry level OLED TV for 2017. Very similar in performance to LG B6.
Same picture quality as the entry-level versions, but has a glass design and sits atop a soundbar for better audio.
Review date: Summer 2017
Glass design with a larger articulated sound system. Available in a larger 77" size.
Wallpaper-style TV that has to be wall mounted. Comes with high-end soundbar where all the inputs are located
Review date: Spring 2017
IPS LCD TVs, very similar visually to previous year models. All of the models showcased are edge-lit.
LG's most expensive LED offering, supports 4 types of HDR and has a wide viewing angle. Available in a very large 86 inch size. Expect similar performance to 2016's UH9500.
Review date: Spring 2017
55" 65" 75"
Pretty much the same as the SJ9500, but with a thicker more simplistic design.
Review date: Summer 2017
RGBW style pixel arrangement. Similar in design to the SJ8500.
Review date: Summer 2017
We’re reaching the end of the year, and LG released most of their products. Their OLED TVs just like last year are the best thing available, and they’ve been updated with higher peak brightness to better support HDR.
LG’s OLED TVs have a different but very simple nomenclature. They’re a letter followed by 6. They're pretty much the best TVs in stores right now.
OLED, exceptional contrast and overall picture quality but not the brightest TV out there.
LB5600 (32", 39", 42"): Not good value. Bad picture quality. See our review.
LB5800 (32", 42", 47", 49"): Larger sizes, better blacks and is a smart TV, but picture quality is still pretty poor.See our review.
LB5900 (47", 50", 55", 60"): Loses smart functionality, but available in larger sizes. Otherwise the same. See our review.
LB6300 (42", 47", 50", 55", 60", 65"): Essentially the same picture quality as the other models but available in a wide variety of sizes, also has the excellent WebOS smart platform. See our review.
EC9300 (55"): Excellent picture quality and motion, great TV overall. Also uses the very good WebOS platform. See our review.
While LG has the best TVs out there with their OLEDs, their other models aren’t that easy to recommend. If you only plan to use the TVs in brighter rooms and often watch it from the sides, however, they are pretty good.
I saw the LG 55UH6090 at Walmart on sale for $698. It is a 4K television but I am trying to figure out if it is LG's "4K" or the actual UHD. What do you know about this television and which one is it most similar to?
We don't have much information about the UH6090 at the moment. In the next month we will be reviewing the LG 55UH6150, which will be most similar. To find out if it is actually 4k, you can take a photo of the pixels with the camera positioned on the screen. If you can see white pixels between the normal red, blue and green pixels then it is not real 4k.
Why does Samsung's picture quality look so much better than LG's? Can one make any adjustments to improve LG picture quality?
It is because Samsung TVs have 3-5 times the contrast ratio of LG TVs. The contrast is the biggest component of picture quality. You can't change settings to improve that, unfortunately. LG uses IPS panels in their TVs. While it is great for the viewing angle, it isn't for the contrast.
We still have a couple of LED TVs left on our to-do list, but we do plan on reviewing an OLED TV sometime in August. We haven't done OLED TVs yet because they're much less popular than LED at the moment. We'll note your interest in this particular model.
Can you review the 50UF8300 or at least include the series in the LG comparison chart at the top of this page? It looks to be one of the better LG TVs this year, but it is only sold by a few retailers.
If we get enough requests for it, we will review it. But for now, it isn't on our schedule.
Do you know if the 70LB7100 has an IPS panel or not? I just got mine and the blacks appear very good at night. But the main problem is the global dimming that makes the TV strobe the brightness back and forth as it changes from very dark to brighter shots. Have you seen this problem in your previous reviews?
There is no 70" IPS panel on the market. Does your global dimming issue appear with every picture mode? All LG TVs that we tested didn't exhibit that issue, but it could be because we haven't tested a series seven yet.
This is just to add another request to review the LG 65LF9500 OLED. I'm indeed looking forward your upcoming 55EC9300 review just to get a sense of how OLED in general fares with your tests. However, compared the 65/55 EF9500 the EC9300 is 1) Full HD, so won't have an idea of how well LG's 4K upscaling works, 2) curved not flat, 3) already being replaced by the just announced 55EG9100. 4) has No HDR capability.
Keep up the great work!
Indeed. It will also be interesting to see if LG has reduced the flaws of OLED on the new models.
Update: The review of the EG9100 and EF9500 are up.
Are you planning to review LG's new low-cost UH6550? I realize it's an IPS panel, with RGBW + new algorithm. So it may not be as sharp with some black issues. I want to see if it's a good value @ $2999.
We have plans to review the UH6550, however due to time constraints it will be reviewed in the coming months.
Your opinion is that the picture quality of the LGs aren't as good, nor is the contrast ratio as good as the competition. However, I have tested an LG 70LB7100 and Sony 70W850b and I can not get the picture to "pop" on the Sony as well as I could with the LG. Even in vivid mode, the blacks looked grey and bright whites were not bright enough. It's as if they restricted how bright the whites could get. The picture quality and lack of artifacts were good on the Sony, but the picture "popped" more on the LG.
The 70LB7100 is an exception, because it doesn't have an LG IPS panel inside (contrary to most LG TVs). Therefore, its contrast ratio is significantly higher than other LG TVs.
I've have been looking for the review of the LG 50UF8300, but I can't seem to find it anywhere. Will you be reviewing it, and have you already done some research on it? What is your opinion? (Also, I'd like to thank you for this site, very helpful!)
It doesn't seem to be widely available (Amazon has it, but only through a third-party seller, and Best Buy doesn't have it at all), so we won't be reviewing it. We expect it's a VA TV, so good contrast, but a narrow viewing angle. Beyond that we really can't speculate.
Just in all fairness you haven't reviewed the high end LG's, the UF8500 and UF9500. Your reviews are incredibly good, you may just want to mention that in your list of LG high-end recommendations. Thanks, and keep up the great work!
That's a great point. We've updated the article to mention that. Thanks!
We don't know yet but we are planing to review this model in 2 to 3 months. As with other LG TVs advertised as 'TruMotion 120Hz', we expect this TV to have a true refresh rate of 60Hz. You can read more about fake refresh rate here.
Costco has a LG 55UH615A model at a pretty good price. I can't seem to find much info on this model (I think it is a 2016). Is there a comparable model you have already reviewed? It has an IPS panel, but says it has a "True Black Panel - An antiglare, low-reflection screen coating helps the TV to achieve superb black levels and a high contrast ratio for an exceptional Ultra HD picture". I am wondering if that would give it more contrast? I can't find any calibration settings either, which is why I asked if it is comparable to something you have already reviewed. Thanks! Your website is awesome.
It is indeed a 2016 model that we still haven't reviewed. The closest we reviewed so far is the UH7700 and the UH615A should somewhat offer a worse picture quality. Since it has an IPS panel we expect it to be in line with other IPS TVs that offer poor native contrast ratio but better viewing angle. The higher end UH7700 and UH8500 were the same. We will post our settings when we will release our review, probably in the summer.
I used to rep for LG last year. I know that these are new models, but they usually stay consistent. The LB7200 has a different frame than the LB7100. If you look close there is no border. It looks sleek. If they did the same as previous models then the screen will also have a glossy texture to it, which tends to make the picture look better.
Great site. I was at Costco looking at a LG 55LB6100 placed next to the Samsung UN55H6300. The Samsung UN55H7150 and Sony KDL60W630B were also placed very close. Amazingly, the LG LB6100 had far superior picture than any one of the other brands. The Samsung 6300 looked dull and flat, while the LG resembled the picture quality of a plasma with near perfect viewing angle, great blacks, & brilliant colors. Have they made a big improvement with this model? Keep up the great work!
The viewing angle is indeed great on that LG, but the other differences are probably just due to the different settings (as no TV in a retail store is calibrated properly). The lower contrast ratio on LG TVs can't be seen in a bright environment.
We picked the Samsung UN32H6350 as 2014's best 32" TV, thanks to, among other things, its great contrast, good smart features, and little motion blur. You can find our list of 2014's best 32" TVs here.
I have always purchased plasmas (Panasonic and Samsung) because I mostly watch sports and loved the clarity (vs. motion blur). Need a new set, but only plasma I can find is the lightly reviewed 60PB6900 (2014). In your opinion would that still be preferable for sports compared to a similarly sized LED?
Yes, just by virtue of the fact that it is a plasma TV, it will have less motion blur, better contrast, better uniformity, and a wider viewing angle. It's a much better picture, and particularly for sports, so you should go for it. It probably reflects a lot more lights though, so it isn't a good choice for a bright room.
Please let me know if you would be reviewing LG 49UF6700 4K TV? Its currently available in Target and will be on sale for black Friday. I am planning to buy this TV, it does not have SMART TV capability as per the specs. Please provide your suggestions.
We currently don't have plan to review this TV. You can expect it to have a wide viewing angle but sub par blacks and contrast, like most of the LG TVs.
Do you have any ballpark input lag number for the LG 49LB5500? It's available via mail in the US, and for a solid price. If the lag was similar to that of the LB5600, I'd surely buy it for that "twitch" gaming!
Usually, input lags of TVs of the same brand and same OS are the same (+/- 5 ms). So because it is an LG dumb TV like the LB5600, we expect the input lag to be very similar.
Unfortunately, we did not review that TV, so we don't know for sure how good it is. It's a budget TV, so you shouldn't expect top-notch quality.
Since it's an IPS TV, it has mediocre contrast, but retains its quality well at wide angles. If you plan on sitting directly in front of your TV and want better picture quality at a similar price, you should check out the 60" Vizio E-series. If you need the wide viewing angle, you should probably stick with the LB5200.
Any plans to review the UF9500? My use case dictates an IPS panel for acceptable wide angle viewing. Modern IPS sets with all the latest "bells and whistles" (wide color range, etc.) are getting harder and harder to come by.
Yes, we do plan to review it. We'll likely get to it sometime in the next month and a half.
Where's the LG EF9500? Every other site that's been updated has this as the end-all be-all best TV on the market right now. I'd love to know how it stacks up to the others for gaming in terms of response time and input lag.
Unfortunately, we don't have plans to review the EF9500 currently. If any indication, it should perform on par with the other OLED TV we reviewed, the LG EC9300.
Update: The review of the EF9500 is up.
Really enjoy the good information from this site. I was looking at the LG 49UF6430 that is offered for around $499 and was wondering if you have any reviews and or opinions of this particular model. Appreciate your time!
The review of the UF6400 should be posted within a week, which should be very similar to the LG 49UF6430. If you can't wait, check out our review of the UF6800. Our initial results are very similar to that TV.
Will the LG 65UF8600 be reviewed? I currently have the 65UF7700 and I'm looking to get a second 4K tv for the house. I'm currently eyeing the Samsung JS8500 but I'm already used to the LG Web OS 2.0 and if the LG UF8600 has fixed issues with black uniformity, input lag, and local dimming, I might stick with LG.
We don't have any plan for that one because we don't get a lot of requests for it. The picture quality will look very similarly to your UF7700 though, because it also has an IPS panel, which means poor blacks. The main difference is the wider color gamut feature.
I have a chance to pick up an LG 55UB8500 for a great price. Do you know much about this TV? Unbiased reviews are hard to find.
Unfortunately, we have not reviewed that model. We expect its picture quality is similar to the UF7700, which means poor contrast, likely poor uniformity, and a screen that reflects a good deal of light.
It should have a good viewing angle though, so if you want that, or if the price is really great, it might be worth it.
Hi, I have a LG 49UF6490 but couldn't find review on this model anywhere including LG website themselves.
Some model numbers are unique to retailers, like it is the case for the 49UF6490 that is sold exclusively at Costco. Retailers do that so they can't be price-matched. This is basically the same TV as the UF6400 we reviewed but may still differ slightly. Our review of the UF6490 would still stay true for your TV.
Some review sites refer to response time and mention that 2ms is a good response time for LED TVs. What exactly does response time affect when viewing content? Do you know what the response time is for an LG 47LA6210 vs an older LG42 LW4500? I have both and would like to compare.
The response time advertised is not the real one, unfortunately. That's why the manufacturer just stopped advertising them for TVs (although they still do for PC monitors). It is very hard to measure it accurately, and it depends on tons of factors. It represents the time it takes for a pixel to switch from one color to another. Technically, the lower the response time, the less motion blur a TV has. While it is useful in theory, in practice that number is made up, so don't look at this. It means nothing now.
Why no reviews of the UB TVs? We were corralled into (or we corralled ourselves into) buying an LG 65UB9200 because we couldn't afford the much-higher-rated Sony and Samsung 4Ks but still wanted to "future proof" ourselves to whatever limited extent today's 4K will do that. Are we idiots or just fools? :)
We prioritize reviews based on popularity of a model and demand for a review, and the UB TVs weren't high on the list last year. You're actually pretty safe with your TV, as it has an HDMI port that supports HDCP 2.2. That means it will work fine with upcoming 4k signals and newer devices. Some other 4k TVs do not support HDCP 2.2, and those are the ones that could have issues going forward.
Don't worry too much about reviews. All that should matter is whether you like your TV.
I have almost continually been pressing the "refresh" button on my browser for the past week or so. However, for some reason it has not made the appearance of your first OLED review appear any faster. Is my refresh button broken? :)
Don't throw out your computer just yet! Our first OLED review will be up by September 10.
When will you be reviewing the LG OLED line of TVs? There are comments going back to November 2014 asking for reviews, and Black Friday 2015 is a month away. I went to a Conn's store and saw an OLED next to the JS9000 Samsung I was dead set on buying this season. Now I'm seriously reconsidering, and might pick the LG 9700.
Get on the ball guys. Please, we need your expert advice on these really expensive purchases.
We'll have all the new OLED models reviewed within the next 2-3 weeks.
It would be nice if, on your lineup of LG's in particular, under "resolution" you would put "4K" (with quotes) under the resolution to denote the white subpixel "fake 4K" nonsense they're doing, so those series would be easy to spot. Can't tell you how many times when shopping around I've been faked out by these cheap ones and looked at all the other stats only to find out they're not really 4K.
That's a great idea! We will think about the best way to do this and implement it soon. At first glance, your suggestion (using quotes) is good.
I'm thinking about purchasing the Best Buy exclusive LG 55" version of the Roku TV (or the 55" Insignia version). Any info on whether it's a good TV or not?
It lists the model number as 55LF5700. I can't find very much info on it. Which LG model is this comparable to, so I can find some reviews of it? I know that most high-end LG TVs are really good, but a lot of the low-end models (a category into which I'm sure this TV will fall) aren't so good. Would I be better off going with the Vizio 55" E-series? It will replace a 37" Vizio w/Roku stick.
I'm leaning toward a Roku TV, because I watch stuff like MLBTV and the NBC Sports app that I won't get with standard smart TV, but I don't want to do that if I'll suffer picture-wise (I could just hook my laptop to the TV if need be).
Unfortunately, since we haven't reviewed it, we can't say how good it is. It's likely pretty similar to the LF6100 and other low-end LG models, so yes, a Vizio E-series will likely be a better purchase.
If you want Roku content, your best bet would be to buy a separate Roku stick or box. It's pricier to do so, but the outcome will be getting the features you want on a TV with better picture.