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The 6 Best Smart TVs For Streaming - Winter 2022 Reviews

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Almost all new 4k TVs come equipped with a smart platform. Some manufacturers choose to use proprietary platforms, while others choose 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 TV is based on your needs and personal preferences for which smart OS you enjoy using the most.

We've tested more than 100 TVs on our latest test bench, and below are our recommendations for the best smart TVs you can buy. Also, check out our picks for the best Roku TVs, the best TVs, and the best 4k TVs.


  1. Best LED Smart TV For Streaming: Samsung QN90A QLED

    8.6
    Mixed Usage
    8.5
    Movies
    8.6
    TV Shows
    8.5
    Sports
    8.8
    Video Games
    8.5
    HDR Movies
    8.8
    HDR Gaming
    8.8
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85" 98"

    The Samsung QN90A QLED is the best smart TV with an LED panel that we've tested. It's an excellent TV for streaming, with an excellent smart platform with a great selection of streaming services. The sleek remote makes it easy to find your favorite content, thanks to its built-in voice controls. This TV is an excellent choice for a bright room, as the Mini LED backlight easily overcomes glare, even if you have a lot of natural light. It also has fairly wide viewing angles, making it a great choice for a wide seating arrangement.

    It's also excellent for streaming movies in a dark room, even in HDR. It has an excellent contrast ratio, fantastic black uniformity, and a great local dimming feature, so blacks look dark and uniform, and there's very little blooming around bright objects. It gets remarkably bright in HDR, so small highlights stand out well. It supports HDR10+ but not Dolby Vision, which is disappointing, as HDR10+ isn't widely supported by streaming services yet.

    Unfortunately, like most TV brands on the market, there are ads on the home page and in the content browser. They're not as intrusive as some other brands, though, and it's easy to ignore them. Overall, this is an excellent TV that should please most people.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative: Hisense U8G

    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65"

    If you prefer something cheaper, then look into the Hisense U8G. It doesn't have Mini LED backlighting or viewing angle technology like the Samsung QN90A QLED, so the image looks inaccurate from the sides, but that means it has even better contrast. It still gets bright and has excellent reflection handling, so visibility shouldn't be an issue in most rooms. It also supports HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, so you won't have to worry about which format your HDR content is in before streaming. The Android TV platform is great, and you can find most apps you need through the Google Play Store. Sadly, there are some known issues with its motion handling, and there's red ghosting, but this is more noticeable in Game Mode.

    If you're worried about the risk of burn-in and you want the best smart TV with an LED screen, then the Samsung is a great choice. However, if you want something cheaper, look into the Hisense.

    See our review

  3. Best OLED Smart TV For Streaming: LG C1 OLED

    8.8
    Mixed Usage
    9.3
    Movies
    8.2
    TV Shows
    8.7
    Sports
    9.2
    Video Games
    8.6
    HDR Movies
    9.0
    HDR Gaming
    8.9
    PC Monitor
    Type OLED
    Sub-Type
    WRGB
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

    The LG C1 OLED is the best smart TV we've tested with an OLED panel. It's an excellent all-around TV that delivers stunning picture quality. It's available in a wide range of sizes, from 48 to 83 inches, and we expect all sizes to perform like the 55 inch model we tested. It's an impressive TV, with wide viewing angles and excellent reflection handling.

    It runs LG's proprietary webOS smart platform, which is easy to use and has a great selection of additional apps. The built-in mic for voice control also allows you to ask it to change inputs, open apps, and search for content. The remote has a unique point-and-press feature that functions similar to a Wii remote, so you just point it at the menu items you want to select, making it a breeze to navigate the user interface and find your favorite content.

    The main downside to owning an OLED is the risk of permanent burn-in that could happen with constant exposure to static elements, but we don't expect it to be an issue for those who watch varied content. Also, while it's excellent for watching HDR movies due to its high contrast and wide color gamut, its HDR brightness is just okay, and some highlights don't pop the way they should. If that doesn't bother you, it's one of the best smart TVs we've tested.

    See our review

  4. Alternative For Movie Lovers: Sony A90J OLED

    Type OLED
    Sub-Type
    WRGB
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65" 83"

    If you want something with better HDR performance for movie lovers, then check out the Sony A90J OLED. It delivers very similar picture quality to the LG C1 OLED, but the superior Sony processor delivers more accurate colors, especially when watching movies in HDR. It has fantastic gradient handling, a wide color gamut, and excellent accuracy out of the box, so you don't have to worry about having it professionally calibrated. It's also one of the brightest OLED TVs we've tested, so small highlights stand out well. It's not as feature-packed, though, especially when it comes to gaming, but an update that adds variable refresh rate support has started rolling out.

    If you want the best TV for streaming with an OLED panel, you can't go wrong with the LG. It has more gaming features and is more affordable for most people. However, the Sony gets brighter, providing a better HDR experience if you don't mind spending more on it.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Smart TV For Streaming: Hisense U6G

    8.0
    Mixed Usage
    8.3
    Movies
    7.8
    TV Shows
    7.8
    Sports
    8.2
    Video Games
    8.1
    HDR Movies
    8.1
    HDR Gaming
    7.9
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 50" 55" 65" 75"

    The Hisense U6G is the best smart TV in the budget category that we've tested. It's a great, well-rounded budget TV with excellent contrast, outstanding black uniformity, and excellent reflection handling. It runs the Android TV smart interface, which isn't the most user-friendly next to other smart platforms, but it's fast and has a massive selection of streaming apps. It comes with a large remote with a built-in mic for voice control, and it supports both Alexa and the Google Assistant.

    Of course, you want the content you're streaming to look its best, and this TV doesn't disappoint, despite the budget price. It displays deep blacks thanks to its high contrast ratio, and the full-array local dimming feature does a decent job at improving the contrast in dark scenes. Visibility in a bright room isn't an issue, either, as it has excellent reflection handling and great peak brightness in SDR, meaning glare won't be a problem.

    Sadly, it has just okay peak brightness in HDR, so bright highlights in the latest HDR content don't stand out as well as they should. It also has relatively narrow viewing angles, so it's not ideal for a wide seating arrangement or if you like to move around with the TV on. If these limitations don't bother you, it's one of the best smart TVs we've tested.

    See our review

  6. Roku Alternative: TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED

    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 50" 55" 65" 75"

    If you're not a fan of Android TV and prefer Roku TV, look into the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED. It has worse peak brightness than the Hisense U6G and worse reflection handling, meaning it's not as good a choice for well-lit rooms. However, the built-in Roku TV is even more user-friendly than Android TV, and menu navigation feels smooth. It comes with a basic, small remote, but sadly it doesn't have a mic for voice control. You can use the app on your phone if you want the voice control, though. The S535 is a 2020 model that's still available in 2021, and it delivers good picture quality thanks to its high contrast and decent local dimming, but the low HDR peak brightness may be disappointing to some.

    If you want the best smart TV and you're on a budget, the Hisense is versatile and delivers great picture quality, but if you want something with Roku instead, then check out the TCL.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung QN85A QLED: The Samsung QN85A is a great TV with wide viewing angles, but the Samsung QN90A QLED is a much better choice for most people because it delivers deeper blacks. See our review
  • TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED: The TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED is a great TV with Google TV like the Hisense U8G. However, its local dimming feature isn't as good. See our review
  • LG QNED90: The LG QNED90 is a high-end LED TV with Mini LED backlighting like the Samsung QN90A, but it has a much worse contrast because it has an IPS-like panel. See our review
  • Sony A80J OLED: The Sony A80J OLED is similar to the LG C1 in terms of picture quality, but it doesn't have as many gaming features, and it doesn't get as bright as the Sony A90J. See our review
  • Sony X90J: The Sony X90J is a great LED that costs less than the Samsung QN90A, but it lacks any gaming features and doesn't get as bright. See our review
  • LG G1 OLED: The LG G1 is a slightly brighter alternative to the LG C1, but considering their cost and how they deliver similar picture quality, it's worth getting the C1 instead. See our review
  • Sony X95J: The Sony X95J is a great 4k LED TV that gets bright, but it's expensive, and it doesn't have as many gaming features as the Samsung QN90A. See our review
  • Hisense U7G: The Hisense U7G is between the Hisense U8G and Hisense U6G in terms of cost and performance, but if you want the best value go for the U8G, and if you're on a budget, go for the U6G, so the U7G isn't worth it. See our review
  • TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED: The TCL 5 Series/S546 is a newer version of the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED TV with more gaming features, but it has Google TV and not Roku TV. See our review
  • Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021: The Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021 is a good budget gaming TV, but its smart features aren't as good as the Hisense U6G or TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED TV. See our review
  • TCL R745 QLED: The TCL R745 is a great TV with the Roku smart platform like the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED TV, and it doesn't cost much either, but it's only available in an 85 inch size. See our review
  • LG A1 OLED: The LG A1 is a basic OLED without any gaming features the LG C1 has, so it's a better choice if you don't need those features, but it doesn't get as bright, and the price difference isn't much. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Dec 22, 2021: Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text.

  2. Dec 03, 2021: Verified picks for availability and updated text for accuracy; added the TCL R745 QLED, LG A1, and TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED to Notable Mentions.

  3. Nov 05, 2021: Refreshed the text throughout, and removed some Notable Mentions that have been discontinued.

  4. Oct 07, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the TCL 6 Series/S6456 2021 QLED and Sony X95J to Notable Mentions.

  5. Sep 10, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the LG B1, LG A1, LG QNED90, and Vizio M7 Series 2021 to Notable Mentions.

What Is A Smart TV?

A smart TV is a television connected to the internet that provides web-related features. It can be a web browser, but its appeal usually comes from its ability to use online services like 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're similar.

While they offer the same features, they tend to be a bit slower and less stable. It's 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. Don't fret too much about features if you're shopping for a TV since little of your time will 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.

All Reviews

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.

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