If you're planning on placing your TV in a bright room, you should purchase a TV with excellent reflection handling and good brightness levels so that glare from strong light sources, like windows, isn't distracting. Better reflection handling helps reduce the intensity of reflections from 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, as if your TV is a mirror.
We've bought and tested more than 375 TVs over the last nine years, 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.
The best TV for bright room viewing we've tested is the Samsung QN90B QLED. It's a flagship 4k TV from Samsung's 2022 TV lineup, and it's packed with features that make it an excellent choice for a bright room. It uses a Mini LED backlight, a technology that allows the TV to get extremely bright, and combined with its fantastic reflection handling, you won't have any issues using it in a well-lit room, even if you place it opposite a bright window.
It's easy to stream your favorite content, like sports and TV shows, as it comes with Tizen OS built-in. It's an easy-to-use smart platform with a ton of apps available to download, and the included remote has a built-in mic that you can use with the Bixby voice assistant to open your favorite apps and change inputs. It has an extra wide viewing angle, making it a great choice for watching shows or sports in a wide seating area, as the image remains consistent when viewed from the side.
Although most of these picks focus on TVs for bright indoor rooms, what if you want to watch TV outside? Enter the Samsung The Terrace, the best outdoor TV we've tested. Even if you want to use your TV in an enclosure outside, it's easy for light to get through, so you want something that gets bright enough and minimizes reflections well. This TV is fantastic for that because it's designed for use in direct sunlight, so it's the brightest TV we've tested. The reflection handling is also fantastic, meaning it looks amazing in any outdoor setup.
It's a very well-built TV because it's designed to be left outside as it's advertised to have an IP55 rating for water protection, so you won't have to worry too much if it rains. Thanks to the built-in Tizen smart platform, you won't have to connect an extra box to stream your favorite content, and the built-in speakers are decent enough to use without a soundbar. It's also a lot more expensive than the Samsung QN90B QLED, so unless you're planning on using this outdoors, the QN90B is a better choice for most people.
The best mid-range TV for bright rooms we've tested is the Hisense U8H. It's a great TV for watching shows or sports during the day. Like the Samsung QN90B QLED, it uses Mini LED technology, which allows it to get exceptionally bright to overcome glare, and it has excellent reflection handling. Unlike the QN90B, however, it has a narrow viewing angle, so it's not as good overall, especially if you have a wide seating arrangement, as the image degrades when viewed from the side.
It's also an excellent TV for gaming thanks to its low input lag and fast response time. It has a great selection of gaming features, including HDMI 2.1 bandwidth for 4k @ 120Hz gaming on the Xbox Series S|X or the PS5. It runs the Google TV smart interface, which is user-friendly and has a great selection of streaming apps. It also has a great selection of smart features, including hands-free voice control with either Google Assistant or Alexa, so you can quickly find your favorite content.
The best TV for bright room viewing in the budget category is the Hisense U6H. Stepping down from the Hisense U8H, it loses the Mini LED backlight and doesn't get anywhere near as bright, but it's still a good choice for a bright room. It has good peak brightness and good reflection handling, so it's best suited for a moderately-lit room. Stepping down to a budget model brings a few limitations, especially for gamers, as it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate and doesn't support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. It's still a great gaming TV, with low input lag and variable refresh rate support.
It upscales lower-resolution content, like DVDs or cable TV channels, well, with no noticeable issues. It's good for watching your favorite shows during the day, but it has a narrow viewing angle, so it's best enjoyed from directly in front. Like the Hisense U8H, it runs the Google TV 11 smart interface, which has a great selection of streaming apps and is easy to use. It also has a great selection of smart features, including hands-free voice control that you can use to find your favorite content, search for apps, or even find the remote if you've misplaced it.
The best cheap TV for a bright room that we've tested is the TCL 4 Series/S455 2022. It's a decent TV overall, with decent reflection handling to help reduce the appearance of glare in a bright room. It has mediocre peak brightness, so it can't handle a ton of natural light, but it's still an okay choice for a kitchen or spare bedroom where you won't be watching TV all the time. It delivers incredible picture quality thanks to its fantastic contrast ratio, excellent gradient handling, and good upscaling capabilities.
It comes with Roku OS built-in, which is very fast and easy to use, and it has a good selection of streaming services available, so you can quickly find your favorite content. Unlike the more expensive TVs on this list, it has very limited extra features, though, so it's not the best choice for someone looking for advanced gaming features like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth or variable refresh rate support.
Dec 22, 2022: Replaced the TCL 4 Series/S446 2021 with the TCL 4 Series/S455 2022, as the newer model delivers better overall picture quality and is a bit cheaper.
Oct 18, 2022: Replaced the Samsung QN90A QLED with the newer Samsung QN90B QLED, and the Hisense U6G with the Hisense U6H. Added the Hisense U8H as the 'Best Mid-Range TV' above the TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED, and the TCL 4 Series/S446 2021 as the 'Best Cheap TV'.
Aug 02, 2022: Restructured article to focus only on bright room performance; added the Samsung QN90A as the 'Best TV' and renamed the Samsung QN85A to 'Best For Wide Seating Areas'. Added the TCL 6 Series/R646 and the Samsung The Terrace in their respective categories; removed the Sony X85J, Sony A90J OLED, and the LG UP8000 because they aren't the best TVs for bright rooms.
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.
Feb 18, 2022: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text. Removed a few out-of-date Notable Mentions.
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.