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 the OLEDs, and the fact that they are not prone to burn-in.
We've tested 72 LED LCD TVs and below are our recommendations for the best LED TVs you can buy in 2019.
Note: Prices and availability fluctuate a lot at the beginning of the year. Most manufacturers have started releasing replacements for their TV lines since the beginning of the year. Usually, these TVs tend to launch at very high prices and it is unlikely that these newer models will become reasonable choices until the latter half of the year, thus keeping the 2018 models in our recommendations for a few more months.
The best LED TV that is widely available is the Samsung Q9FN. It has a great picture quality and can get very bright. It can display deep blacks in a dark room thanks to the native contrast ratio and great local dimming. It has a wide color gamut and can display HDR content with rich colors and bright highlights. It has excellent reflection handling and a very fast response time that delivers clear and crisp motion. The Q9FN is also a great TV for those who enjoy gaming, as it has a very low input lag, even with motion interpolation in game mode, and supports FreeSync variable refresh rate.
Unfortunately, the Q9FN is not a good choice if you have a wide seating arrangement as its viewing angles are poor.
Overall, the Q9FN will keep most of its owners happy with their choice.
Although it can be difficult to find it in stock, the Vizio P Series Quantum is the best LED LCD TV we've tested. It doesn't offer variable refresh rate or display excellent gradients like the Samsung Q9FN, but it is slightly better as it gets brighter with SDR and HDR content and has a faster response time. The Vizio P Series Quantum should also be cheaper if you manage to find it.
If the Samsung Q9FN is too expensive, the best LED TV in the mid-range category is the Sony X900F. It cannot reach the brightness levels of the Samsung Q9FN (or the Vizio P Series Quantum), and its Black Frame Insertion implementation is not as good as the one found on the more expensive models.
On the upside, it has great dark room performance with deep blacks thanks to its high native contrast ratio and local dimming support. HDR movies look great full of rich, saturated colors and highlights that pop. The X900F has a very fast response time, and fast-moving content, like sports, is crisp with little motion blur. The input lag is low and gamers and PC users will enjoy a very responsive TV.
Overall, the Sony X900F is an LED LCD TV that performs very well in almost any usage. Last year's model, the Sony X900E, is an equally good choice, but it is unlikely that you will find it in stock.
If you find the Sony X900F too expensive, get the Vizio P Series 2018. The Sony can get brighter and has better reflection handling than the Vizio. However, the picture quality of the Vizio is very good. Blacks are deep when in a dark room and motion looks crisp and smooth. The TV is very responsive, as the input lag is very low, and it will please most gamers or PC users. On top of that, it will not blow away your bank account.
If you find the gaming features of the Sony X900F limiting and are looking for a mid-range TV with better gaming features, then check out the Samsung NU8000. It is a great TV with very good picture quality, but dark room performance is not as good as the X900F since the NU8000 has an edge-lit local dimming, vs. the full-array one found on the Sony. The Samsung performs very well in most usages and it is equipped with a few features that gamers will find attractive, like low input lag with motion interpolation, auto low latency, and FreeSync variable refresh rate support. If you play a lot of games, it’s worth taking a look at.
If the Sony X900F is too expensive, the TCL 6 Series R617 is the best budget LED TV that we have reviewed. The TCL R617 delivers great performance for most uses. It has excellent dark room performance thanks to the deep contrast ratio and full-array local dimming system. It also has excellent low input lag, perfect for gaming or for use as a PC monitor.
Unfortunately, there have been widespread reports of gray uniformity issues with the R617 which may or may not have been fixed, so sports fans might not be pleased with this model.
Overall, the R617 is a very good 4k LED TV that fits well in most rooms and should please most people.
If you want an even cheaper alternative to the TCL R617, then get the TCL S425. It cannot get as bright as the R617, nor does it offer advanced features like local dimming or motion interpolation to improve picture quality. On the upside, this TV has a decent picture quality with an impressive contrast ratio, that helps blacks look deep in a dark room. It is a great choice if you play a lot of video games as it has a low input lag and little motion blur. This is a decent entry-level 4k LED TV, but if you have difficulty finding it, the TCL S517 performs quite similarly. The S405 is gradually being replaced by the S425.
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.