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The 6 Best TV Brands - Fall 2022 Reviews

Best TV Brands

Shopping for a new TV can be challenging; with so many different manufacturers out there, it can be hard to know which is the best TV brand and where to start. Some TV brand names are well-known, but that doesn't necessarily mean all their TVs are good, because even the best brands' entry-level models don't perform well. Some budget-friendly TV brands are starting to make waves in the market and often release models that are better than more expensive options. You can see a full list of 2022 TV lineups here.

From smart features to design, each brand has its own way of doing things. So how do they stack up? Keep reading to see our take on the best TV brands in the U.S. Also, see our recommendations for the best smart TVs, the best TVs for movies, and the best 4k TVs.

  1. Hisense

    Hisense is a growing Chinese company that's only been selling TVs in North America for a handful of years and is known as a budget-friendly company. They release separate lineups in different regions, and the North American models aren't the same in other regions. Hisense's TVs generally offer great value for their price, and they're better than the competition in terms of value. In terms of picture quality, most Hisense TVs perform well in dark rooms, with high contrast ratios for displays deep blacks and high peak brightness so that HDR content looks great and bright highlights stand out. Most of their TVs use Android and Google TV as their smart platform, but there are a few with Roku TV.

    The Hisense U9DG is the best Hisense TV currently available. It's a very unique TV, combining two LCD panels to achieve a much higher contrast ratio and better local dimming than most LED TVs are capable of, resulting in deep, uniform blacks. This unique design has a few issues, though, as it has a slow response time and relatively high input lag, resulting in blurry motion, so it isn't ideal for watching sports or playing games. The other 4k Hisense models, including the Hisense U8G and Hisense U7G, have better gaming performance with a quicker response time, but they also have some issues with red ghosting in certain content, so they don't have the best motion handling.

    See the best Hisense TVs here.

    See our review

  2. LG

    LG Electronics is a subdivision of the South Korean-based LG Corporation, and it's an industry leader in TVs. LG has a subsidiary that manufacturers OLED panels and another that makes the TVs, and although they're independent of each other, they help make LG one of the biggest TV brands in the world. They're one of the few companies that make both OLED and LED-backlit TVs, and while their OLEDs offer the best value and performance compared to other brands, their LED models usually don't deliver the best picture quality. LG also has a unique remote called the Magic Remote that has a point-and-press feature, making it easy to navigate through the menus.

    The best LG TV available now is the LG G2 OLED. It performs a lot like most other OLED displays, but it features a new-and-improved OLED panel that allows it to display brighter whites than previous generations. The G2 features a unique design, as it's designed to sit flush against the wall with the included wall mount, but this means it doesn't include a stand. If you want a TV with a stand, the LG C2 OLED is also a fantastic choice. They have the same great features as most of LG's other OLED displays, including some amazing gaming features like FreeSync and G-SYNC variable refresh rate, low input lag, and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on all four HDMI ports.

    See the best LG TVs here.

    See our review

  3. Samsung

    Samsung is a South Korean company that's a world leader in consumer electronics. Along with Sony and LG, they're one of the best TV brands and one of the companies that often come out with new technologies before anyone else. For example, they were one of the first brands to introduce quantum dot TVs in 2015, which they later marketed as QLED to compete with LG's OLED models. They also released the first QD-OLED TV in 2022, which combines quantum dot technology with an OLED panel to display a wide range of colors with perfect black levels. It builds on existing OLED technology by replacing standard color filters with a quantum dot layer, resulting in much brighter colors than traditional OLED displays.

    The best Samsung TV you can buy is the Samsung S95B OLED. It's Samsung's first display to use the new display technology known as QD-OLED. It has the same perfect inky blacks in a dark room as traditional OLEDs, with no blooming or distracting haloing around bright objects, and it has good peak brightness in HDR, so bright highlights stand out. However, its black levels raise in bright rooms, meaning that blacks look gray when there's light on the screen, so it doesn't perform as well in a bright environment. If you want a Samsung TV that does, their Mini LED lineup that features the Samsung QN90B QLED easily gets bright enough to fight glare.

    See the best Samsung TVs here.

    See our review

  4. Sony

    Sony is an international entertainment and technology company based in Japan. They make all kinds of different electronics, and they also produce movies and video game consoles. In terms of their TVs, they're one of the most well-known companies alongside Samsung and LG. While Samsung specializes in LED displays and LG dominates in the world of OLEDs, Sony produces great OLED and LED TVs, but they tend to be more expensive than the competition. In 2022, they also started producing QD-OLED and Mini LED TVs to compete with Samsung. Their lineup is smaller than other brands, and they tend to stay away from entry-level, low-cost models.

    The best Sony TV on the market is the Sony A90J OLED. Like all OLED displays, it delivers pure, inky blacks in a dark room, with absolutely no noticeable blooming around bright objects. This TV stands out from the competitors for its accuracy, making it a great choice for movie buffs looking for the most accurate image possible. It has decent peak brightness in HDR, which, thanks to its nearly-infinite contrast ratio, results in an impressive HDR experience. If you prefer an LED option, then the Sony X95K has the best all-around picture quality in terms of bright and dark room performance, and while the Sony X90K is a step down, it also offers great overall performance, so you're sure to find what you need with Sony.

    See the best Sony TVs here.

    See our review

  5. TCL

    Another budget-friendly brand, TCL is a relatively new company in the TV market as they started selling TVs in the United States in 2013. TCL doesn't use a proprietary smart platform and instead uses either Roku TV or Google TV, depending on the model. Both options have a great selection of streaming apps, but the Google TV platform offers a more polished interface, while some people find that Roku is easier to use. Even though most of their 2020 models included Roku, like the TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED, their 2021 lineup focuses on Google TV. Unlike other brands, they continued making their 2020 models once the 2021 versions came out, so you could choose whichever smart platform you want.

    TCL offers a wide range of TVs, including small 720p and 1080p models like the TCL 3 Series 2019, but the best TCL TV currently available is the TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED. It's a great TV, with a fantastic native contrast ratio, resulting in deep, uniform blacks that look great in a dark room. It features Mini LED backlighting, allowing for tighter control of the local dimming zones, resulting in less haloing around bright objects in dark scenes than traditional LED backlights. Bright highlights stand out, and thanks to its great HDR color gamut, colors look vivid. It also supports all three main HDR formats, HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision, so you don't have to worry about compatibility with your favorite streaming service.

    See the best TCL TVs here.

    See our review

  6. Vizio

    Vizio is an American TV brand based in California, and their TVs are only available in the United States. Unlike other brands, Vizio doesn't have a very diversified product range, as they mainly focus their efforts on entertainment electronics, like TVs and soundbars. They aren't exactly a budget brand like TCL and Hisense, but their TVs aren't expensive. Most of their TVs have excellent contrast, delivering deep blacks for great dark room performance. Their higher-end models also support local dimming, but Vizio has yet to adopt new dimming technologies like Mini LED. Sadly, Vizio is behind other brands when it comes to smart features as the Vizio SmartCast system doesn't have an app store, so you can't download extra apps besides the pre-installed ones, and the platform is buggy.

    One of Vizio's best TVs is the Vizio OLED 2020. Like all OLED displays, it has a near-infinite contrast ratio, so blacks are deep and inky, with perfect uniformity. It also has okay peak brightness in HDR, and HDR content looks excellent thanks to its high contrast. If you care about HDR peak brightness, their high-end LED models like the Vizio P Series Quantum 2021 get very bright for an impressive HDR experience with vivid colors. If you need a basic TV, they also have a few entry-level models like the Vizio V5 Series 2021 and the 1080p Vizio D3 Series 2021.

    See the best Vizio TVs here.

    See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jul 14, 2022: Updated text to reflect performance and availability of 2022 TVs.

  2. Jun 14, 2022: Replace the Samsung QN90A with the Samsung S95B as the 'Best Samsung TV'. Refreshed the text throughout.

  3. Apr 29, 2022: Replaced the LG C1 with the LG G2 and updated text for clarity.

  4. Mar 31, 2022: Sorted the brands in alphabetical order, and refreshed the text throughout.

  5. Mar 04, 2022: Updated text for clarity.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best brands for smart TVs and the best TVs available for most people in each price range, from the six biggest TV brands to buy in the U.S.

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our TV reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no TV is perfect, most TVs are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.