LED TVs are dominating the market. Manufacturers release a great number of models every year including different features and incorporating the latest technologies. 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, that 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 61 LED LCD TVs and below are our recommendations for the best ones you can buy in the summer of 2018.
The best LED LCD Tv we’ve tested is the QLED Samsung Q9FN. It has a very good picture quality with deep blacks due to its high contrast ratio and great local dimming. It has excellent reflection handling and can get very bright, so you can place it in well-lit environments without any problem. Due to its wide color gamut, it can display HDR content with vivid colors and highlights that pop. It has a very low input lag and variable refresh rate support which is great for gamers and less motion blur than the Sony Z9D.
However, the best picture is reserved for those sitting right in front as the image quality deteriorates at an angle.
Overall it is a great LED TV that has closed the picture quality gap with the OLEDs.
If you find the price of the Samsung Q9FN too expensive but still want a very good picture quality, then get the Samsung Q8FN. The Q8FN does not have as good local dimming as the Q9FN. However, the Samsung Q8FN is a great TV with impressive picture quality and deep blacks due to the high native contrast ratio. It has a wide color gamut and can display vivid color in HDR with highlights that pop. Just like the Q9FN, it has great reflection and motion handling and its low input lag makes it a good option for gamers.
If you find the Samsung Q9FN too expensive, the best mid-range LED TV is the Sony X900F (or the Sony X900E if you can still find it). The Sony doesn't have the brightness of the Samsung, nor the most advanced gaming features like the variable refresh rate.
On the upside, the Sony X900F is a great TV with deep blacks due to its high native contrast ratio and local dimming support that helps it do great in dark rooms. It has a wide color gamut with rich and saturated colors that make highlights look great in HDR content. Motion handling is very good, and sports fans will appreciate the fast response time whereas gamers will enjoy the low input lag.
Overall, the Sony X900F is an LED LCD TV that will keep most people satisfied with its great performance in almost any usage.
If you find the Sony X900F pricey but still want to get a mid-range LED TV without compromising picture quality, then get the Vizio P-Series 2018. The Vizio can’t get as bright as the Sony and does not have as good gray uniformity. On the other hand, it has an excellent picture quality with deep blacks, excellent motion handling and a very low input lag which will please most gamers. The Vizio P Series 2018 is an LED LCD TV that delivers more for its price tag.
If you find the input lag of the Sony X900F is not as low as you would like it, get the Samsung NU8000. You will not have local dimming performance or excellent reflection handling like the Sony. On the upside, the NU8000 is a very good TV with good picture quality, very low input lag and gaming features like variable refresh rate that will please most gamers.
If you find the Sony X900F too expensive, the best budget LED TV is the TCL 6 Series 2018 R617. It does not have the same great uniformity or excellent reflection handling of the Sony X900F.
On the other hand, the TCL R617 has great picture quality with deep blacks due to its native contrast ratio and local dimming, that look great in dark rooms. It can get bright enough to overcome glare and can display HDR content in rich and vivid colors with highlights that pop. It has a very low input lag that gamers will appreciate, and motion interpolation to satisfy the soap opera effect fans.
Overall the TCL R617 offers a great picture quality in almost all usages and it will not empty your pocket.
If you believe that the TCL R617 is expensive and want an even cheaper model, then get the TCL S Series (S405). You will not get features like local dimming or motion interpolation found on the R617. On the upside, the S405 has a very low input lag that will please gamers, a great contrast ratio to show deep blacks in dark rooms, and a low motion blur to keep fast-moving content clear. Overall it is a good TV for the price.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best LED 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.