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 an excellent performance in almost any use thanks to the excellent 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, inky 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 get the best smart TV with an LED panel: the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED. 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, get the LG, but if burn-in is a concern, then the Samsung is the way to go.
If you care about accurate colors out-of-the-box just as much as you care about a great interface, then get the Sony X950G, one of the best smart TVs. Although it doesn't have the perfect blacks you'll find on an OLED, you can get this TV to display outstanding color accuracy right out-of-the-box, with just a few minor settings changes. This TV has something for everyone. Colors are impressive, the picture quality is great, motion handling is excellent, and input lag is low.
This TV runs Android Oreo 8.0 and provides you access to Google Play Store, where you'll find almost any app you need. It has a well-organized interface, and you can easily choose what to watch with no need to browse countless menus. It also supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision, including from most supported streaming apps, so you can enjoy the latest formats.
Unfortunately, just like most VA panel TVs, the image loses accuracy when viewed from the side, which isn't ideal if you watch while moving around. Overall, though, this is a great TV for almost any use and is one of the best TVs for streaming, thanks to its robust and customizable smart interface.
If you often move around while watching TV, the LG SM9000 is a better choice than the Sony X950G. This TV has much better viewing angles than the Sony, so the image remains accurate for wider angles when you're walking around. The LG runs LG's proprietary WebOS, which has a very large app selection. Unfortunately, this TV doesn't perform as well in a dark room, and can't get as bright as the Sony.
Overall, if you're looking for the best color accuracy and prefer the Android OS, get the Sony. If wider viewing angles are more important, get the LG.
If you want better gaming performance than the Sony X950G, get the Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED. You won't get the Sony's reflection handling, but this TV has a much lower input lag, and gamers will appreciate the gaming 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 as 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 the way to go. However, if you care about gaming just as much as color accuracy, the Samsung has a better balance of both.
The best smart TV for streaming in the budget category that we've tested to date is the Hisense H9F. This TV offers a fantastic price-to-performance ratio and is among the best TVs that we've tested. It has a surprisingly premium look and feel, deep blacks, and an excellent response time. It has excellent HDR performance thanks to its wide color gamut and high peak brightness and supports Dolby Vision, so you'll get the best possible HDR performance from Netflix and Disney+.
It uses Android TV for its smart interface, which gives you a massive selection of apps and a fair amount of customizable options. Android TV also gives you the ability to load up any Android app even if it isn't available on the Android TV store, though this requires a bit of work and might be too advanced for all users. Unfortunately, Android TV can be a little more difficult to use and navigate than Roku or LG's webOS, but it's the most robust and customizable.
Unfortunately, like with most budget TVs, there are some noticeable uniformity issues and the corners of our unit had noticeable vignetting, though this may differ from unit-to-unit due to panel variances. Overall, this is an excellent TV for the price, and its HDR capabilities and Android TV interface make it an excellent TV for streaming.
If you want a budget TV that features the easier-to-use Roku smart interface, go with the TCL 6 Series/R625 2019. Its motion handling isn't as good as the Hisense H9F, but it uses Roku for its smart features, which is very fluid and easy-to-use. This TV has outstanding low input and deep, uniform blacks. It's also great for HDR content from your favorite streaming service thanks to its wide color gamut, high peak brightness, and support for Dolby Vision.
Overall, if you want a smart system that's more customizable and has a wider range of available apps, go with the Hisense, but if you want something easy to use that still has a wide selection of apps, get the TCL.
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.
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.
01/22/2020: Only minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.
12/23/2019: Changed some text to improve clarity and accuracy.
11/29/2019: Confirmed picks and made minor changes to text for clarity.