With current-gen 120Hz-enabled consoles firmly entrenched in the market, TV manufacturers must find ways to deliver the best gaming experience possible for purchasers of these machines. 120Hz and even 144Hz refresh rates have become the norm in the last few years on all mid to high-end TVs. This faster refresh rate helps TVs deliver a great gaming experience, and most of them are ideal for console gaming because they support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth for 4k @ 120Hz gaming. You can learn more about a TV's refresh rate here.
We've bought and tested more than 410 TVs, and below are our recommendations for the best TVs you can buy that have a native 120Hz refresh rate. See our recommendations for the best gaming TVs, the best TVs for the Xbox Series X, and the best TVs for PS5. You can also vote on which TVs you want us to buy and test. To learn more about the 2023 models, check out our 2023 TV lineup page.
The best 120Hz TV we've tested is the Samsung S90C OLED. It's an incredible TV with fantastic picture quality and great gaming features. It supports up to 4k @ 144Hz on its four HDMI 2.1 bandwidth ports, meaning you can take full advantage of multiple HDMI 2.1 sources, like a PS5, Xbox Series X, or a recent PC graphics card. It has a near-instantaneous response time that delivers a fantastic gaming experience, with no distracting ghosting or motion blur around fast-moving objects. You can react quickly to the action on-screen thanks to its incredibly low input lag, and it also supports all variable refresh rate (VRR) technologies for nearly tear-free gaming.
It looks amazing in a dark room, as bright highlights in HDR content stand out incredibly well, with no distracting blooming or haloing around bright areas of the scene. Combined with its incredibly wide color gamut and great color volume, games in HDR look incredibly vivid and lifelike. Its incredibly wide viewing angle makes it a great choice for couch co-op gaming or party games, as the image stays consistent when viewed at an angle. You could also opt for the Samsung S95C OLED instead. It's Samsung's 2023 flagship option and is an amazing TV. It's brighter than the S90C, but for most people, it's not worth the significant price premium over its lower-tier sibling.
If you're in a bright room and don't need the perfect blacks of the Samsung S90C OLED, a Mini LED TV with higher peak brightness, like the Sony X93L/X93CL, is a better choice. It's an impressive TV that still delivers impressive picture quality with incredibly high peak brightness, making it a better choice for a bright living room. It has excellent contrast, helped by a good local dimming feature, is colorful, and has amazing image processing to make any content look its best. It has a great selection of gaming features, including HDMI 2.1 bandwidth inputs, although unlike some of its competitors, it only has two HDMI 2.1 ports, one of them being the eARC port.
The TV supports Dolby Vision HDR and advanced DTS audio formats, so movies look and sound their best on the Sony no matter their source. It also has an ATSC 3.0 tuner, so it streams 4k content over-the-air. It's available in three sizes, from a 65-inch size to a massive 85-inch model, giving a great home theater experience. All sizes deliver incredible picture quality, with an acceptable viewing angle, deep blacks, and a wide color gamut for HDR content. It runs the Google TV smart interface, which has a great selection of streaming apps and is very easy to use. For those with deep pockets, the Sony X95L is the best LED TV on the market but is only available in an 85-inch size in North America. Plus, as amazing as it is, it's not worth the price increase over the X93L for most people.
The LG C3 OLED is the best mid-range TV with a 120Hz refresh rate that we've tested. It's an excellent TV that delivers exceptional picture quality. Its OLED panel provides deep, inky blacks with perfect uniformity and no distracting blooming around bright objects. Its near-infinite contrast ratio allows it to display bright highlights next to deep blacks, creating an incredibly immersive and realistic viewing experience. It's not quite as good as the Samsung S90C OLED, though, as colors are less bright and vibrant, so HDR content doesn't stand out as much. Still, the LG is a better home theater TV than the Samsung, as it supports Dolby Vision HDR, advanced DTS audio formats, and has better image processing.
It has a great selection of gaming features, including variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on all four of its HDMI inputs, so you can play 4k games up to 120 fps without any issue from the Xbox Series X and PS5. Its nearly instantaneous response time delivers an incredible advantage for competitive gamers, as there's no noticeable motion blur behind fast-moving objects. This and its extremely low input lag make it one of the best 4k 120Hz TVs for gaming. If you have deep pockets, consider the higher-end LG G3 OLED. The G3 is still not quite as colorful as the Samsung, but it's brighter overall, and it comes with a sleek, slim wall mount instead of a stand. It's not a great value for most people, but it's one of the best OLEDs on the market.
The best lower mid-range 120Hz TV we've tested is the Hisense U8K. It's an excellent TV and gets incredibly bright, making it an amazing choice for a bright room. It delivers impressive picture quality, with a fantastic contrast ratio that provides deep, uniform blacks in a dark room and a Mini LED local dimming feature that improves contrast significantly. HDR content looks amazing, thanks to its wide color gamut and exceptional peak brightness in HDR. Going with a cheaper model means you lose out on a wide viewing angle, as the Hisense is at its best when watched directly from the front. The Hisense has good image processing, supports both Dolby Vision HDR and HDR10+, and passes through advanced DTS audio formats. This makes it a stellar choice as a mid-range home entertainment TV.
Like the Sony X93L/X93CL, the Hisense has only two HDMI 2.1 ports, one of which is the eARC port. Still, both ports can do up to 4k @ 144Hz, which allows it to take full advantage of the Xbox Series X and PS5 consoles and newer PC graphics cards. It has a good response time, resulting in generally clear motion, with minor blur in fast action. Its input lag is very low, although not quite as low as on the LG C3 OLED or Samsung S90C OLED, and it has a great selection of gaming features, including support for every variable refresh rate (VRR) technology. The TV also supports Dolby Vision at 120Hz, a great feature for games that support it.
If you want the Hisense U8/U8K but are tight on money, you can safely step down to the best lower mid-range 120Hz TV we've tested, the Hisense U7K. It's dimmer than the U8K, with worse contrast, but it has almost the same feature set. Plus, it's still easily bright enough for a very good HDR experience, and its contrast is excellent overall, so it looks great when gaming or watching movies in a dark room. It has fantastic reflection handling, so it handles very bright rooms well. It has a good local dimming solution to emphasize highlights and improve the TV's contrast further. It's also a very colorful TV, so it's very pleasant to watch in any context.
It has the same big drawback as the U8, namely its disappointing viewing angle. But its response time is excellent, clearly faster than its more expensive sibling, making it an enticing option for gamers hoping to save money on a great TV. It still has superbly low input lag and offers an extremely responsive gaming experience. And just like the higher-end Hisense, it has two HDMI 2.1 bandwidth ports, each capable of up to 4k @ 144Hz, alongside full VRR and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) support. Furthermore, it still has full 120Hz Dolby Vision support, a great feature for a lower mid-range model.
The best 4k 120Hz TV in the budget category we've tested is the TCL Q6/Q650G QLED, although calling it a 120Hz TV is a stretch, as it has a 60Hz panel. However, the TCL can do 120Hz in 1080p and 1440p through resolution halving, with a VRR range to match. It's hard to notice the drop in picture quality from resolution halving unless you really look for it, so it's a great feature, making it one of the cheapest TVs on the market with a 120Hz refresh rate. It also supports Dolby Vision at 60Hz, another great feature for a budget model. It offers a great array of gaming features with very low input lag and can take advantage of recent video game consoles or a recent PC GPU with up to 1440p @ 120Hz gaming.
Still, it has worse picture quality than the more expensive models on this list, with worse contrast due to the lack of a local dimming feature. It gets bright overall and is quite colorful, but without local dimming, it can't truly emphasize bright highlights. And like the other models from TCL, it has a disappointing viewing angle, so it's again not great for a wide seating arrangement. Nevertheless, it's an impressive TV for gaming thanks to its low input lag and decent response time. All in all, it's a great bang-for-the-buck option for gamers.
Nov 01, 2023: Due to availability issues, the LG C2 OLED was replaced with the LG C3 OLED as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range 120Hz TV'. The TCL Q6/Q650G QLED replaced the TCL Q7/Q750G QLED as the 'Best Budget 120Hz TV' due to the Q6 being a better match for the budget category. Finally, the Hisense U7K gets the nod as the new 'Best Lower Mid-Range 120Hz TV'.
Sep 07, 2023: Replaced the Samsung S95B OLED, Samsung QN90B QLED, Hisense U8H, and Hisense U7H with the Samsung S90C OLED, Sony X93L/X93CL, Hisense U8K, and TCL Q7/Q750G QLED, respectively. Also added a few Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best TVs currently available with a 120Hz refresh rate. 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 the make your own decision, here is the list of all of our TV reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. Most TVs are good enough to please most people, and the things we fault TVs on are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.