Almost all new TVs come equipped with a smart platform. Some manufacturers choose to use their own smart platforms, where others choose to integrate smart platforms like Android or Roku (see our recommendations for the best Roku TVs). No matter the case, the selection of apps is great and most common apps are available on almost all platforms.
The LG B9 OLED is the best smart TV for streaming we've tested so far. It performs almost identically to the LG C9 OLED and the LG E9 OLED, but it doesn't have the more premium design of these two models, so it's less expensive. All these TVs run LG's WebOS, which is an easy-to-use and very intuitive smart platform. It gives you access to LG's app store where you'll find all of the latest apps that can cover almost any need. This is an excellent TV that delivers a fantastic performance in almost any use thanks to the amazing picture quality, remarkable motion handling, and low input lag.
Unfortunately, just like any other OLED TV, it has the risk of temporary image retention and permanent burn-in. We don't expect most people to experience this with normal varied content, as it's usually the cumulative result of prolonged exposure to static content. On the upside, this TV has wide viewing angles, and the image remains accurate even when viewed from the side, making it a great choice for watching your favorite game with a group of friends or doing chores while watching your TV shows.
Overall, like all OLEDs, this TV has outstanding picture quality with perfect blacks and nearly instantaneous response time. It does an excellent job with HDR content and supports Dolby Vision, making it great for streaming HDR content from Netflix, Apple TV+, or Disney+. This TV is well-suited for nearly every use, and its smart interface should be smooth and easy enough for anyone.
If you don't want to have any burn-in concerns, then the Samsung Q80/Q80R LED is the best smart TV with an LED panel. Although it can't display the perfect blacks of the LG B9 OLED, the Samsung is a remarkable TV overall. It has a great picture quality, can get very bright, and will deliver excellent performance in any use. It runs Samsung's Tizen OS smart platform, which is easy to use and has an abundance of apps where you'll find what you need. Unfortunately, it doesn't support Dolby Vision, so for the majority of streaming services, you'll be reduced to HDR10, which doesn't offer as good an HDR experience.
For the smart TV that delivers the best overall performance, consider the LG, but if burn-in is a concern, then the Samsung is a good alternative.
The best streaming TV with the most accurate colors we've tested so far is the Sony X950G. It has fantastic out-of-the-box color accuracy with bright and vivid colors, which is great if you don't plan on getting your TV calibrated. It has an impressive, wide color gamut, which is good for HDR content. This TV has a great response time, delivering a picture with minimal blur trail behind fast-moving objects.
The TV can get very bright with both SDR and HDR content, so if you're planning on putting it in a bright room, you shouldn't have any problems. On the other hand, the contrast and black uniformity are both great, so this TV performs well even in dark rooms. There's a local dimming feature, but it's just okay because you might notice the local dimming zones when a bright object moves across the screen. Unfortunately, the viewing angles are poor, so people viewing it from an angle won't get the same quality.
On the upside, there are a ton of downloadable apps through the Google Play Store, and the user interface is easy-to-use, so streaming from this TV should be easy. This is a great streaming TV with the most accurate colors.
If you're looking for a TV to use in a wide seating arrangement, then the LG SM9000 is a good alternative. It doesn't have the same dark room performance as the Sony X950G, but has an excellent response time, fast-moving objects look clear, and there's a black frame insertion feature to help reduce motion blur. Like the LG B9 OLED, it uses LG's WebOS, which is easy to use and has a ton of apps available. Gamers will appreciate the 120Hz refresh rate and it supports the new HDMI Forum variable refresh rate technology to reduce tearing in games. Unfortunately, as is the case with most IPS TVs, the contrast ratio is poor so blacks look gray; however, it supports a wide color gamut and gets bright enough in HDR to make highlights pop.
If you're looking for the best streaming TV with accurate colors, then check out the Sony, but if you want an IPS TV for better viewing angles, consider the LG.
If you want better gaming performance, the Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED is a good alternative. You won't get the Sony X950G's reflection handling, but this TV has a much lower input lag, and gamers will appreciate the goodies that come along with the TV. It supports FreeSync, has low input lag with motion interpolation, and features an auto low latency mode to detect when you're gaming. This TV has the same great smart features on the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED, with an excellent selection of apps. Unfortunately, like all Samsung TVs, it doesn't support Dolby Vision, so if you stream from Netflix, Apple TV+, or Disney+ you'll be stuck with HDR10, which doesn't give as good an HDR experience.
If color accuracy is more important, the Sony is a great choice. However, if you care about gaming just as much as color accuracy, the Samsung has a better balance of both.
The best budget TV for streaming we've tested so far is the Hisense H9F. This is a great overall TV and one of the best LED TVs we've tested thanks to its great wide color gamut, good color volume, and excellent peak brightness that make highlights pop. As is the case with most VA panel TVs, it performs really well in dark rooms because it has a fantastic contrast ratio and there's a local dimming feature to further deepen any blacks.
It uses Android TV as its smart operating system, which is easy to use and the interface is smooth. Android TV's Google Play Store offers a ton of apps and both Netflix and YouTube support HDR content. Unfortunately, it has poor viewing angles and only decent gray uniformity with visible dirty screen effect, which is noticeable during sports, so it's not the best TV for watching the big game with friends. However, reflection handling is outstanding, so you can place it in rooms with direct light and not worry about being distracted from reflections.
This is a great TV for any type of us, and with an easy-to-use Android TV interface, it's the best budget TV for streaming we've tested so far.
If you're looking for a budget alternative with the Roku smart interface, the TCL 6 Series/R625 2019 is a good choice. It doesn't have the same response time as the Hisense H9F, but it uses the Roku platform, which is very smooth and easy to use. It still has excellent black uniformity, so blacks look great in dark rooms, and even in bright rooms, it can get very bright and has decent reflection handling. Unfortunately, the viewing angles are mediocre, so it's not suggested to put it in a wide room. However, in terms of color accuracy, this TV performed well after calibration, with minimal-to-no inaccuracies.
If you're looking for the best budget smart TV for streaming with good HDR performance, consider the Hisense. If you prefer the Roku interface, the TCL is a good alternative.
In their most basic form, a smart TV is a television that is connected to the internet and provides web-related features. It can be a web browser, but their appeal usually comes from their ability to use online services such as Netflix, YouTube, and Spotify. If you've ever used something like an Apple TV, a Roku, or a Chromecast, then you are already quite familiar with their capabilities as they are quite similar.
Unfortunately, though, while they offer the same features, they tend to be a bit slower and less stable. This has become less of an issue in recent years, but most TVs still don't quite match the speed and reliability of something like a Roku set-top box.
Not only does almost every TV include smart features today, but most of them are pretty good. LG's WebOS and TCL's Roku stand out for their quality, but most shoppers should be pleased by the features of any of them. If you're shopping for a TV, don't fret too much on their smart features since little of your time is going to be spent using them. Instead, focus on the picture quality or other features that complement your usage. You'll get much closer to finding your perfect TV that way.
03/20/2020: Minor updates to text, added TCL 5 Series 2019 to notable mentions.
02/21/2020: Only minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.
Our recommendations are based on what we think are the best TVs for streaming currently available with smart features. 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 like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of smart 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.