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The 5 Best TVs For Bright Rooms - Summer 2022 Reviews

Best TV For Bright Room Viewing

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 so that glare from strong light sources, like windows, isn't distracting. Better reflection handling helps to 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.

Note: Since new TVs tend to launch at very high prices, it's unlikely that these newer models will become reasonable choices until later in the year. Because of this, some of the 2021 models remain as picks in our recommendations.

We've bought and tested more than 360 TVs, 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 TV For Bright Rooms

    The best TV for bright room viewing we've tested is the Samsung QN90A QLED. It's a flagship 4k TV from Samsung's 2021 TV lineup, meaning it's packed with features and offers excellent performance. It's one of their first TVs to use Mini LED backlighting, a technology that introduces small LED backlights behind the panel, meaning there are many more lights than a traditional LED-lit TV. It 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.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range TV For Bright Rooms

    If you don't want to spend a lot of money on the best of the best or if your room doesn't have direct sunlight, it's better to go for a mid-range model that's cheaper and performs well in bright rooms. If that's what you're looking for, the TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED is the best TV for bright room viewing in the mid-range category we've tested. Like the Samsung QN90A QLED, it has Mini LED backlighting, and although it doesn't get as bright, the peak brightness is still fantastic, and the reflection handling is excellent.

    This TV has good out-of-the-box accuracy, so you won't need to get it calibrated unless you need perfect colors, and it also displays a wide range of colors. It's a good choice for watching HD cable channels, Blu-rays, and native 4k content because it displays them without issues, but it has some problems with 480p content, like from DVDs. If you watch a lot of DVDs, the Hisense U8G is a good alternative, but it doesn't get as bright as the TCL.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget TVย For Bright Rooms

    Even if you're on a tight budget, you can still find something that performs well in bright rooms. Although the Hisense U6G doesn't deliver the same fantastic peak brightness as the Samsung QN90A QLED or the TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED, it's still the best TV for bright room viewing in the budget category that we've tested. It's a surprisingly good budget TV, with great peak brightness in SDR and decent reflection handling. It isn't 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 a user-friendly interface. Unlike the TCL, it doesn't have any issues upscaling lower-resolution content, so it's a good choice for viewing different kinds of content, from DVDs to native 4k content from streaming apps. It also has good gray uniformity that makes large areas of solid colors, like in sports, look good without too much distracting dirty screen effect in the center.

    See our review

  4. Best TV For Bright Rooms With Wide Seating Areas

    If you have a wide seating arrangement in a bright room, you need a TV that's different from the others mentioned above, as you'll also want something with a wide viewing angle. It helps ensure the image remains consistent as you move off-center, which is ideal if you often watch shows or sports with family and friends. In that case, we recommend the Samsung QN85A QLED. It's very similar to the Samsung QN90A QLED as it also has Mini LED backlighting, but the main difference is that it has a wider viewing angle.

    Thanks to its Mini LED backlighting, it has remarkable peak brightness in SDR, so it gets bright enough on its own to fight glare, and the superb reflection handling reduces reflections from strong light sources well. As it's a high-end TV, it can be costly, so if you want something cheaper, the Samsung Q80/Q80A QLED has a wide viewing angle and excellent peak brightness, but it has worse reflection handling. If you're just after the best bright room TV, you'll be happy with the QN85A.

    See our review

  5. Best Bright TV For Outdoors

    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.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung QN90B QLED: The Samsung QN90B is a newer version of the Samsung QN90A QLED that gets a bit brighter, but until the price drops, it's worth getting the QN90A. See our review
  • Sony X95J: The Sony X95J is a bright high-end TV comparable to the Samsung QN90A QLED, but it isn't as well-rounded overall, so the QN90A offers better performance. See our review
  • Hisense U7G: The Hisense U7G gets brighter than the Hisense U6G and has more features, so get this if you care about peak brightness, but it also costs more. See our review
  • Samsung QN85B QLED: The Samsung QN85B QLED is a newer version of the Samsung QN85A QLED with worse reflection handling, so get the QN85A while it's still available. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

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

  5. 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.

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.