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The 5 Best TVs For Bright Rooms - Spring 2022 Reviews

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Best TV For Bright Room Viewing

Many modern 4k TVs are bright enough to overcome glare in a bright room, and high-end TVs usually have great reflection handling. If you're planning on placing your TV in a bright room, you should purchase a TV that has excellent reflection handling and good brightness levels. Better reflection handling helps to reduce the intensity of bright lights, whether they're from windows or lamps. High brightness is important to overcome the remaining glare, so you can see the content you're watching and not just a reflection of any nearby light sources.

We've tested more than 100 TVs under the latest test bench, and below are our recommendations for the best ones you can buy for a bright room. See our picks for the best TVs for watching movies, the best TVs for watching sports, and the best outdoor TVs.


  1. Best LED TV For Bright Rooms

    The best TV for bright room viewing with an LED panel is the Samsung QN85A QLED. It uses a new Mini LED backlight, resulting in an extremely bright image with finer control of the local dimming zones, great if you also watch TV at night. It's exceptionally bright overall and combined with its exceptional reflection handling and glossy finish, there are no issues with glare, even if you have a lot of natural light. It also makes it a great choice for outdoor use, but it's not weather-proof, so you'll need an appropriate enclosure.

    It's great for watching TV shows or sports during the day. It runs Samsung's Tizen smart interface, which is simple, intuitive, and has a huge selection of streaming apps. It also has a wide viewing angle, ensuring the image remains accurate even if you have a wide seating arrangement. It's also great for gaming, with low input lag, a great response time, and FreeSync support.

    Sadly, the speakers have just an okay frequency response, with quite a bit of distortion, especially at higher volume levels. The backlight isn't flicker-free, either, which may bother you if you're sensitive to flicker, especially with longer viewing sessions. Overall, it's a great TV that should please most people, and it's an excellent choice for a bright room.

    See our review

  2. Best Small TV For Bright Rooms

    The best small TV for a bright room is the Sony KD-43X85J. It's a good overall mid-range TV with a few extra features compared to similarly-priced models, and it's available in a wide range of sizes. The 43 inch model should perform like the 55 inch version we tested, and it's a well-built TV.

    It's a great choice for use in well-lit rooms because it has impressive peak brightness and decent reflection handling, so visibility won't be an issue unless you place it opposite a bright window with direct sunlight. It doesn't have any trouble upscaling lower-resolution content like cable boxes, which is great if you watch cable sports or TV shows. If you stream your content, the built-in Google TV platform is easy-to-use, and there are a ton of apps you can download through the Google Play Store.

    Sadly, it has a narrow viewing angle, so it's not ideal if you want to watch content in a wide seating area because the image looks washed out from the sides. Also, its built-in speakers aren't anything special, which is typical of most TVs, so if you want the best sound possible, get a soundbar instead. Besides that, it's the best TV for bright room usage if you want a small size.

    See our review

  3. Best OLED TV For Bright Rooms

    If you also watch content in a dark room at night, then the Sony A90J OLED is the best TV for use in bright and dark rooms. OLEDs are different from LED TVs like the Samsung QN85A QLED and the Sony X85J because instead of using a backlight, they turn each pixel on and off on their own. This means they have a near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect black levels and no blooming, making it a fantastic choice for watching movies in any environment.

    Although OLEDs aren't known to get bright, this is actually one of the brighter OLEDs we've tested. It has alright SDR peak brightness, so while it's not enough to fight intense glare, it's fine for rooms with a few lights around as it has fantastic reflection handling that reduces the intensity of light. Because each pixel emits light in all directions, it also has a wide viewing angle, and the image remains the same from the sides.

    The main downside to owning an OLED is the risk of permanent burn-in with long-term exposure to the same static elements over time. However, we don't expect that to be an issue if you watch varied content. If that isn't a concern for you, it's a great OLED TV to use in bright rooms.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget TVย For Bright Rooms

    The best TV for bright room viewing in the budget category that we've tested is the Hisense U6G. It's a surprisingly good budget TV, with great peak brightness in SDR and decent reflection handling. It's not bright enough to overcome direct sunlight or for outdoor installation, but otherwise, you shouldn't have any issues if you have a few windows and lights in your room.

    It has a great Android TV smart platform, with a great selection of apps and an easy-to-use interface. If you also want to use it for gaming in a bright room, it's an impressive gaming TV with a great response time and low input lag, but it doesn't support advanced gaming features like HDMI 2.1 or variable refresh rates. If you also plan on using it in the evenings in a darker room, it has excellent contrast and a decent local dimming system to display deep blacks.

    Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, so it's not the best choice for a wide seating arrangement. It has just okay peak brightness in HDR, but it still delivers a great HDR movie-watching experience. Overall, it's a surprisingly good budget TV, and it's the best budget TV for a bright room.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget TV For Wide Seating Areas In Bright Rooms

    If you're on a budget and want something for wide seating areas, then the LG UP8000 is a good choice. It's a bit different from the Hisense U6G because it has a wider viewing angle, but that comes at the cost of a low contrast ratio. Still, if you're going to just use it in a bright room, you won't notice the low contrast ratio.

    It isn't the brightest of TVs, but that's somewhat normal for a low-cost model, but it still has good reflection handling. It's not the best choice to place it in front of a window with direct sunlight, but you won't have a problem if you have a few lamps around it. It's available in a wide range of sizes, but some of them don't perform like the 65 inch model we tested as they have a narrow viewing angle, so if you have a wide seating area, make sure you get the right size.

    Sadly, it's not good for watching HDR content because it can't display a wide color gamut and doesn't get bright enough to make highlights pop. Also, it doesn't have a local dimming feature to improve the picture quality in dark scenes. Regardless, it's an okay overall budget TV with good reflection handling and a wide viewing angle.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung QN90A QLED: The Samsung QN90A is one of the brightest LED TVs we've tested, and it has a decent viewing angle, but it costs more than the Samsung QN85A, and its reflection handling produces a distracting light scatter across the screen. See our review
  • LG C1 OLED: The LG C1 is a cheaper alternative to the Sony A90J, and it offers better value for its all-around performance, but it doesn't get as bright. See our review
  • Samsung Q80/Q80A QLED: The Samsung Q80/Q80A QLED is cheaper than the Samsung QN85A if that's what you prefer, but it lacks Mini LED backlighting, so it doesn't get as bright. See our review
  • LG QNED90: The LG QNED90 is a high-end TV with Mini LED backlighting like the Samsung QN85A, but it has worse reflection handling. See our review
  • Hisense U8G: The Hisense U8G is a very bright LED option, but it has a worse viewing angle than the Samsung QN85A QLED. See our review
  • Sony X90J: The Sony X90J is a great overall TV with a local dimming feature, but its smallest size is 50 inches, which is bigger than the 43 inch model available for the Sony X85J. See our review
  • TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED: The TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 is comparable to the Hisense U6G as it has great peak brightness and decent reflection handling, but it has some issues with its color accuracy. See our review
  • Vizio P Series Quantum 2021: The Vizio P Series Quantum 2021 is a great TV for well-lit rooms, but it doesn't upscale 480p and 720p content as well as other recent 4k TVs like the Samsung QN85A, and it has a poor viewing angle. See our review
  • Sony X80J: The Sony X80J is available in a 43 inch size like the Sony X85J, and it has a wider viewing angle, but it has lower peak brightness. See our review
  • LG UP7000: The LG UP7000 is a cheaper version of the UP8000 that actually gets slightly brighter, but it has worse reflection handling, so for bright rooms, it's better to go for the LG UP8000. See our review
  • Samsung QN85B QLED: The Samsung QN85B QLED has a slightly better local dimming feature than the Samsung QN85A QLED but much worse reflection handling than the older model. The QN85A QLED is cheaper and a bit better overall. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 19, 2022: Replaced the Sony X80J with the Sony X85J because it's brighter. Made the X85J its own category as the 'Best Small TV'; replaced the LG C1 with the brighter Sony A90J; moved the LG UP8000 to its own category as the 'Best Budget TV For Wide Seating Areas' to reflect user needs; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  2. Feb 18, 2022: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text. Removed a few out-of-date Notable Mentions.

  3. Dec 21, 2021: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text.

  4. Oct 22, 2021: Changed the focus of the article from Best TV Show TVs to Best TVs For Bright Rooms. Swapped the Hisense U6G with the LG UP8000, as the Hisense is much better for bright rooms.

  5. Sep 16, 2021: Replaced the Samsung Q80A with the QN85A for consistency; added the Vizio P Series, LG QNED90, LG A1, and Sony X85J to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs for bright rooms for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no TVs that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of TVs. 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.

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