All new 4k TVs come equipped with a smart platform. Some manufacturers choose to use proprietary platforms, while others prefer to integrate third-party options like Google TV, Android, or Roku. No matter the case, the selection of apps is great, and the most common streaming apps are available on almost all platforms. Choosing the best smart platform is based on your personal preferences for which smart OS you enjoy using the most, and there's no perfect solution for everyone.
The best smart TV we've tested is the Samsung S95B OLED. It's an amazing TV that delivers fantastic picture quality. Its QD-OLED panel delivers perfect blacks in a dark room, with no distracting blooming around bright objects. It also has much better, more vibrant colors than traditional OLED TVs like the LG C2 OLED. Combined, this results in an incredibly impactful HDR experience, which is great if you enjoy streaming the latest HDR shows. The Tizen smart interface is well-organized, fast, and easy to use, and it has a huge selection of streaming apps.
It has a great selection of smart features, including support for Bixby, Google Assistant, and Alexa voice assistants, so you can choose your preferred platform and spend less time searching for content and more time enjoying your new TV. It doesn't have hands-free voice control, which is disappointing, but the interface is well-organized and makes it easy to find your favorite shows or continue where you left off.
If you're looking for the best TV for streaming in the upper mid-range price category, check out the Samsung QN90B QLED instead. It delivers slightly worse picture quality than the Samsung S95B OLED, as there's more blooming around bright objects in darker scenes, including around subtitles. However, it looks much better in well-lit rooms thanks to its incredibly high peak brightness in both SDR and HDR, making it an excellent choice for a bright viewing environment. It's even bright enough to use outdoors, but it's not weather-proof, so you'll need an appropriate enclosure.
It also has a wide viewing angle, which is great if you have a wide seating arrangement or if you like to move around with the TV on, as the image doesn't fade or look washed out when you're watching it from the side. As far as smart features go, it's identical to the Samsung S95B OLED, with the same great Tizen OS smart interface. There's a huge selection of streaming apps, and the remote makes it easy to find your favorite content thanks to its built-in support for Bixby, Google Assistant, and Alexa voice assistants.
If you want something cheaper that doesn't sacrifice too much on picture quality, check out the Hisense U8H. It's an impressive TV that outperforms any other TV in its price range, delivering outstanding visuals and a smooth, easy-to-use smart interface. Unlike the two Samsung TVs at the top of this list that run Samsung's proprietary Tizen OS, the U8H runs Google TV as its built-in smart interface, which has many apps available to download through the Google Play Store, so you're sure to find your favorite content. Google TV can take some time to learn, but once you do, it's easy to use, and navigating through the menu feels smooth.
It gets incredibly bright and has excellent reflection handling, so it can easily overcome glare in a bright room. It also supports hands-free voice control, which makes it easy to find your favorite content, as you can ask it to search by the name of your show or to open a specific streaming app without even picking up the remote. The main difference with the Samsung QN90B QLED is that it has a worse viewing angle, so it's not as good for watching shows with a wide seating arrangement, as the image degrades as you move off-center.
The best budget smart TV we've tested is the Hisense U6H. It doesn't break the bank and offers surprisingly good picture quality in dark and bright rooms. Like the Hisense U8H, it's part of the Hisense 2022 ULED lineup, but it's an entry-level model with worse picture quality than the U8H. It still looks good, with good peak brightness, excellent contrast, and a decent local dimming feature to improve dark room performance.
It runs the same great smart interface as the U8H, so there's a great selection of streaming apps available for download. It has a slightly different design and more accessibility features, and you get the same user-friendly interface that Android TV was known for. It comes with a simple remote, and there's a mic both in the remote and built into the TV, meaning you can easily stream your favorite content by saying a few voice commands.
If you want the best cheap TV for streaming, check out the Insignia F50 QLED. Most cheap TVs are basic but at least have a built-in smart interface that makes it easy to stream content. Some cheap TVs also deliver okay overall picture quality, which is the case with the F50. It's better than most cheap TVs because it displays deep blacks in dark rooms, and even if it doesn't have a local dimming feature like the Hisense U6H, the black uniformity is still good. It also uses quantum dot technology to display a wide range of colors in SDR and HDR, and the accuracy before calibration is great, so you'll enjoy an accurate, life-like image without having to spend more to calibrate it.
It uses Amazon's proprietary Fire TV interface, the same interface you would get with a Fire Stick. It's user-friendly, and there are many apps you can download, meaning you won't have any issues finding your favorite content. If you aren't a fan of Amazon's interface platform, the TCL 4 Series/S455 2022 is another cheap TV with a user-friendly Roku TV interface. However, the overall picture quality is better on the Insignia.
Jan 10, 2023: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text throughout to improve clarity.
Nov 23, 2022: Verified our picks for accuracy and consistency, and refreshed the text throughout for clarity.
Oct 24, 2022: Replaced the LG C2 OLED with the Samsung S95B OLED, as it delivers better picture quality overall. Refreshed the text throughout for accuracy. Added the Samsung The Terrace to the Notable Mentions.
Sep 26, 2022: Replaced the Hisense U8G with the new model, the Hisense U8H, as it's a noticeable upgrade over last year's model.
Aug 26, 2022: Replaced the LG C1 and the Hisense U6G with the LG C2 and Hisense U6H because they're each newer and easier to find; replaced the Samsung QN90A with the newer QN90B and renamed as 'Best Upper Mid-Range'. Removed the Sony A90J and Samsung QN85A because there are other options available in their price range; added the Insignia F50 QLED as the 'Best Cheap TV'; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
A smart TV is a television connected to the internet that provides web-related features. There are built-in apps for streaming, and there's usually an app store where you can download your favorite apps. Built-in smart platforms are similar to streaming boxes from Apple and Roku, and while smart TVs were once slower, they've since equaled the performance of a streaming box.
Not only does almost every TV include smart features, but most of them are also pretty good. LG's WebOS and TCL's Roku stand out for their quality. However, most shoppers will be pleased by the features of any of the smart platforms. Don't fret too much about features if you're shopping for a TV because the picture quality is still more important. Instead, focus on the picture quality or other features that complement your usage, and you'll get much closer to finding your perfect TV that way.
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.