Curved monitors have just started to catch on, despite being widely available for a few years. As monitors have grown in size, it's become more and more difficult to maintain an accurate image across the entire screen when sitting up close. Curved monitors were one of the solutions monitor manufacturers came up with: a gentle curve brings the edges of the screen into your field of view, so the image remains accurate and uniform even if you're sitting close to a large screen.
We've reviewed over 75 monitors so far, and below you'll find our picks for the best curved monitors that are available for purchase in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best curved gaming monitors, the best ultrawide monitors, and the best gaming monitors.
The Samsung C27HG70 is the best curved monitor that we've tested so far. It's a great gaming monitor, thanks to its fast response time, flicker-free backlight, excellent low input lag, and FreeSync support. It has a decent stand that can easily be adjusted to an ideal viewing position, and it has some great extra features, including a built-in USB hub.
This is a versatile monitor and is a very good choice for almost any use. It has a very good native contrast ratio, great for dark room viewing, but still gets bright enough for a brightly-lit room and has great reflection handling. As a bonus, it supports HDR and can display a wide color gamut, which is great.
Unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle, so it isn't as well-suited if you frequently share your screen with someone else. This monitor is available in two sizes: 27", which we tested, and a larger 32" model. We expect our results to be valid for both.
If you like the Samsung CHG70 but would prefer a larger screen, check out the LG 34UC79G-B. Like the Samsung, this monitor has a great 144Hz refresh rate. It supports FreeSync, which is great. The 34 inch screen has a more subtle curve than the Samsung but has much wider viewing angles, which is great for some quick side-by-side co-op gaming. Unfortunately, this monitor doesn't look as good in a dark room and it doesn't support HDR.
Overall, the Samsung CHG70 is the best curved monitor we've tested so far, but if you want something a bit bigger and don't need the HDR support, the LG 34UC79G-B is a good alternative.
The LG 34GK950F-B is the best curved ultrawide gaming monitor we've tested so far. The ultrawide aspect ratio and 1800R curve results in a much more immersive gaming experience. This monitor delivers decent picture quality and has outstanding motion handling as well as excellent low input lag. It has wide viewing angles, good peak brightness, and it supports HDR, although this doesn't add much.
This monitor has an excellent response time, so fast-moving objects have almost no blur trail behind them. The backlight is flicker-free, but there is an optional black frame insertion feature to help clear up motion. It supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology and is compatible with NVIDIA's new Adaptive Sync drivers over DisplayPort when connected to a recent NVIDIA graphics card.
Unfortunately, like the vast majority of IPS monitors, it doesn't look as good in a dark room, as it has a low contrast ratio and there is noticeable backlight bleed. Overall, though, this is a great curved ultrawide gaming monitor.
Although the LG 34GK950F-B works with recent NVIDIA graphics cards, if you want to get the most out of your NVIDIA card, the Dell Alienware AW3418DW is the best G-SYNC alternative. It has a slightly lower refresh rate than the LG, and it doesn't have an optional black frame insertion feature, but overall it delivers a great overall gaming experience. This monitor has an excellent response time, with very little blur behind fast-moving objects, and it has excellent low input lag for a responsive gaming experience.
Overall, the LG 34GK950F-B is the best curved ultrawide monitor for gaming, but if you want the most out of your NVIDIA card and don't need the black frame insertion feature, the Dell Alienware AW3418DW is the best G-SYNC alternative.
If you like the immersive gaming experience of a wide format curved monitor but want something even more immersive, check out the Samsung C49RG9/RG9. This massive 49" monitor is the equivalent of two 27" 1440p monitors side-by-side. This monitor delivers a great gaming experience, almost as good as the LG 34GK950F-B, but with slightly worse viewing angles and no black frame insertion feature.
Overall, the LG 34GK950F-B is the best curved ultrawide gaming monitor for most people, but if you want the most immersive gaming experience possible and won't miss the viewing angles, the Samsung CRG9 is the best wider alternative.
The best budget curved monitor we've tested so far is the Samsung CF398. It has good dark scene performance, thanks to a high native contrast ratio, and it has great reflection handling, although it can't get very bright. The 27 inch screen has a more aggressive 1800R curve, which helps compensate for the mediocre viewing angles.
It delivers good gaming performance thanks to FreeSync support, excellent low input lag, and an excellent response time that delivers clear motion with only a short blur trail behind it. It even supports FreeSync when connected to an NVIDIA graphics card, thanks to NVIDIA's new Adaptive Sync drivers.
Unfortunately, this monitor can't get very bright, and the basic 1080p resolution and 72Hz refresh rate might disappoint more demanding users. Overall, this is a good curved monitor for budget shoppers.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best curved monitors currently available. They are adapted to be valid for most people, in each price range. Rating is based on our review, factoring in price and feedback from our visitors.
If you would prefer to make your own decision, here is the list of all of our curved monitor reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most monitors are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault monitors on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.