LED TVs are dominating the market. Manufacturers release a great number of models every year including different features. You might not get the excellent picture of an OLED, but the gap is narrowing (check out our article about OLED vs LED). Their biggest advantages are their brightness, which allows them to get almost twice as bright as OLEDs, and the fact that they are not prone to burn-in.
We've tested more than 50 LED LCD TVs and below are our recommendations for the best LED TVs you can buy in 2020. See also our recommendations for the best TVs, the best smart TVs, and the best 4k TVs.
The best overall LED TV that we've tested so far is the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED. While this TV performs slightly worse than the higher-end Samsung Q90/Q90R QLED, it's considerably cheaper and the differences between the two likely doesn't make the price jump worth it for most people. This is an excellent TV for all uses and has a very premium and well-built design that should look good in any setup.
This TV produces fairly deep and rich blacks thanks to its very good contrast and local dimming. It can get very bright, making it a great option for well-lit rooms, and combined with its wide color gamut, an excellent TV for watching HDR content. It has a very fast response time meaning you shouldn't notice too much of a blur trail behind fast-moving objects, and it even has a decently wide viewing angle for a TV with a VA panel. It also has incredibly low input lag, a convenient Auto Low Latency Mode, and supports FreeSync for nearly tear-free gaming.
Unfortunately, our unit had issues with gray uniformity that resulted in some vignetting in the corners of the screen. However, this may be due to panel variances, and even if yours performs similarly, it shouldn't be too noticeable in regular use. Overall, this is a great TV that helps bridge the gap between LED and OLED and helps set the bar for how good an LED TV can look.
If you want an outstanding LED TV but want to spend considerably less, go for the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019. It doesn't have nearly as wide viewing angles as the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED, and it lacks advanced gaming features like FreeSync, but it's the brightest TV we've tested so far and is available for much cheaper. Thanks to its incredibly bright screen and outstandingly wide color gamut, HDR content looks fantastic and will pop the way the creator intended. It also has even better motion handling than the Samsung, so there should be little to no visible motion blurring while watching sports.
If you play a lot of games or need wider viewing angles due to the layout of your room, go for the Samsung, but if you want to spend quite a bit less but still get an absolutely outstanding TV that's amazing for HDR content, get the Vizio.
If you want the most accurate image, the Sony X900F is the best LED TV for color accuracy that we've tested so far. This TV delivers great picture quality, with an excellent contrast ratio, a decent full array local dimming feature, and great peak brightness. It has an outstanding accuracy out of the box, one of the best we've measured so far, and has a great wide color gamut, which is important for a good HDR experience.
This TV has excellent motion handling, thanks to the outstanding response time, a nearly flicker-free backlight, and a versatile motion interpolation feature. It also has an optional black frame insertion feature, but as it can't flicker at 60Hz, you might see noticeable duplications when playing 60Hz content.
The image degrades when viewed from the side just like most VA panel TVs, so you should sit directly in front to enjoy the best picture. Overall, this is a great TV for almost any use.
If you want a great LED TV and also want to save some money, the get the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019. It has decent out-of-the-box color accuracy and can't get as bright as the Sony X900F in HDR. It is, however, an impressive TV with good picture quality and a high native contrast ratio that delivers deep blacks in a dark room thanks also to its great local dimming performance. It has a very low input lag, great for gamers, and a fast response time that delivers crisp motion.
If you're looking for the best pre-calibration color accuracy, the Sony is your best LED TV option. However, if a TV with great overall performance and decent out-of-the-box color accuracy that also costs less will do the job, then the Vizio won't let you down.
If you find the gaming performance of the Sony X900F limited due to the lack of extra gaming features, then get the Samsung Q70/Q70R. You won't get the reflection handling or the pre-calibration color accuracy of the Sony, but the Samsung is without a doubt an impressive LED TV overall. It delivers a great picture quality with deep blacks and can get bright enough to fight glare in almost any room. It has a very low input lag, and it's packed with gaming features like support for FreeSync variable refresh rate for nearly tear-free gaming with an Xbox One or PC with a compatible video card.
If color accuracy and dark room performance are the most important criteria for your decision, go with the best LED for color accuracy: the Sony. However, if you care for advanced gaming features without much compromise in picture quality, the Samsung is a great choice.
For those who find the Sony X900F too expensive, the Hisense H9F is the best budget LED TV that we've reviewed. It's a TV that delivers a very good performance in most uses. It displays deep blacks in a dark room thanks to the high contrast ratio and full array local dimming support. It has a great color gamut and can display HDR content with vivid color and highlights that pop.
Unfortunately, the image loses accuracy when viewed from the side, though this is common for most VA panel TVs. On the upside, motion handling is excellent, thanks to the fast response time and the optional black frame insertion feature and it has an excellent low input lag, perfect for gaming or for use as a PC monitor.
Our unit had some noticeable gray uniformity issues that may bother some sports fans, though this may be due to panel variance so yours may not produce the same results, and it may not be to noticeable for all uses. Overall, this is a very good 4k LED TV that should please most people without breaking the bank.
If you want an even cheaper alternative to the Hisense H9F, take a look at its younger sister, the Hisense H8F. You won't get the crisp motion of the other Hisense, and HDR peak brightness isn't at the same great level. On the upside, this is a great TV for the money and will keep you happy with its performance no matter the use. It has a very good picture quality and a low input lag but with a little more motion blur, and it's fairly cheaper.
Overall, the H9F is a better choice if you care for motion blur and want the crisper image; otherwise, the H8F will keep you happy and will save you some cash.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best LCD TVs to buy 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 LED LCD 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.
01/17/2020: Replaced the Samsung Q90/Q90R with the Samsung Q80/Q80R for consistency. Updated notable mentions to reflect current availability.
11/13/2019: Replaced the Vizio P Series Quantum 2018 with the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, the Samsung RU8000 with the Samsung Q70R, and the Vizio P Series Quantum 2018 with the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019. Updated the text for clarity.