Most monitors released in recent years target higher refresh rates. 144Hz and 240Hz monitors have grown in popularity due to their excellent gaming performance, but there is still significant demand for the former gold standard: 60Hz. Whether you're looking for a decent office monitor or a cheaper gaming monitor, there is a huge selection of 60Hz monitors currently on the market, and it can be hard to choose one.
We've reviewed more than 85 monitors and below are our recommendations for the best 60Hz monitors to purchase in 2020. See also our recommendations for the best budget gaming monitors and the best office monitors.
The LG 27UK650-W is the best 60Hz monitor that we've tested so far. It's a 27 inch 4k monitor with good picture quality, great motion handling, and outstanding low input lag, which makes it a good option for gaming as well. The higher resolution screen is great for multitasking and allows you to see more fine details in your favorite games. For use in a brightly-lit office, this monitor has great peak brightness in SDR, very good viewing angles, and good reflection handling. Unfortunately, IPS monitors do come with some downsides when it comes to dark room performance, with contrast ratio being mediocre as well as poor black uniformity.
The stand is decent with height and tilt adjustment, and can be switched to portrait orientation, which is great for a multi-monitor setup. It has a good selection of inputs but doesn't have a built-in USB hub.
Overall, it's a very good monitor for almost any use and remains our top recommendation.
If you like the versatility of the LG 27UK650-W but would prefer a larger monitor with better connectivity, check out the LG 32UD99-W instead. This monitor delivers almost identical performance to the smaller LG, but with a larger 32 inch screen. Besides the screen, the larger model also features better connectivity, thanks to the addition of a USB 3.0 hub and a USB-C port that can be used either as the upstream port or in Power Delivery mode. This is great for MacBook owners, as you can charge the computer and use the display with a single cable.
Although the LG 27UK650-W remains our main pick, if screen size matters to you the LG 32UD99-W will perform just as well, albeit at a significant price increase.
For a clean single monitor setup that excels at multitasking, there is nothing better than an ultrawide monitor, and the Dell U3818DW is the best 60Hz ultrawide monitor that we've tested so far. The 38 inch, 3840x1600 screen is excellent for multitasking, and the monitor has a unique set of connections that allow you to display and work on two computers at once with only one keyboard and mouse.
Like most IPS monitors, it has great viewing angles and excellent out of the box color accuracy, but unfortunately it doesn't look as good in a dark room, as it can't produce true blacks and has disappointing black uniformity. The larger screen delivers an immersive gaming experience and has low input lag, but the standard 60Hz refresh rate, the lack of variable refresh rate technology, and a noticeable smearing caused by overshoot may deter more serious gamers.
Overall, it's a good 60Hz ultrawide monitor that should please most people.
If you like the Dell U3818DW but would prefer something cheaper, check out the Dell U3417W. It has a smaller 34 inch screen but offers a very similar pixel density that is still great for multitasking. Unfortunately, it has a strangely high input lag for a 60Hz monitor, but it handles motion better with much less overshoot and should please most casual gamers looking for a more immersive gaming experience. This monitor has similar connectivity to the larger Dell. It lacks a USB-C connection, but has a DisplayPort out port, allowing you to daisy-chain multiple monitors together with a single cable going to your computer.
If you're looking for the best 60Hz ultrawide monitor, the U3818DW is still the best choice, but for those on a budget who are willing to sacrifice a bit on input lag, the U3417W is good choice.
The Dell U2518D is the best budget 60Hz monitor that we've tested so far. It's a 25 inch, QHD monitor with wide viewing angles and a great stand. It has decent wide viewing angles typical for IPS monitors and excellent out of the box color accuracy, so you don't need to worry about calibrating it if you need accurate colors. Also, like most IPS monitors, it doesn't perform that well in a dark room, as it has disappointing black uniformity and mediocre native contrast.
HDR support is present, but due to the average peak brightness in HDR mode and the lack of wide color gamut, it adds very little to the overall experience.
Overall, it's a very good IPS monitor with an excellent stand that should please most people.
If the Dell U2518D is still too expensive for you, there is a cheaper option in the form of the Dell U2415. This monitor is slightly smaller and has a lower 1920x1200 resolution, so there's a bit less screen real estate to work with. Unlike the other Dell, this monitor doesn't support HDR, but it didn't add much to the U2518D anyway. On the other hand, this monitor has better input lag, the same great ergonomics, and the same great USB hub.
For a crisper image and larger screen, go with the Dell U2518D, but if cost is a concern, then go with the Dell U2415.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best 60Hz 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 60Hz 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.
11/07/2019: Minor text and structure changes, no changes in recommendation.