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 85 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 want a good curved monitor but need a larger screen, go with the LG 34UC79G-B. It doesn't support HDR and has worse dark-room performance than the Samsung CHG70, but it's bigger and provides better viewing angles. It has a more subtle curve than the Samsung, but has the same great 144Hz refresh rate and FreeSync support, making it well-suited for gaming. The LG's IPS panel provides much better viewing angles which is helpful if you sit close to your monitor, though unfortunately this comes at the cost of contrast, which is significantly worse.
If you use your monitor in a dark room, or want HDR support for the best multimedia and gaming experience, go for the Samsung, but if you want something larger or sit close to your screen, get the LG, one of the best curved monitors we've tested.
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 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 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/CRG9. This massive 49 inch 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 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 is the best wider alternative.
The best budget curved monitor we've tested so far is the Samsung CF398. This 27 inch VA monitor delivers decent picture quality and has a very good contrast ratio which helps it perform quite well in dark rooms. While its viewing angles are mediocre, it has a fairly aggressive 1800R curve to help compensate for this.
Unfortunately, this monitor can't get very bright and has a hard time overcoming glare in bright rooms. Its ergonomics are also quite poor and its fixed stand only allows tilt, making it tough to find an ideal viewing position. On the upside, it has low input lag and supports FreeSync, even when connected to an NVIDIA graphics card, thanks to NVIDIA's Adaptive Sync drivers, making it a good budget monitor for gaming.
While its 1080p resolution and 72Hz refresh rate may not please more demanding users, it's a satisfactory curved monitor for those on a budget and provides excellent value for the price.
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.
11/05/2019: Only minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.