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Best LED TVs - Fall 2017
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Best LED TVs

LED TVs can't achieve as good a picture quality as OLED TVs (check out our article about OLED vs LED) but they generally offer much better value. You get more choices for sizes and brands (only LG and Sony sell OLEDs in the United States, and in a small range of sizes). Because of that, most of the TVs we review are LED LCD TVs. Those looking for the brightest TV they can get will also be better fitted with an LED TV since they also top our charts for peak brightness.

So far, we've tested 35 LED TVs in 2017 and below are our recommendations for the best TVs you can purchase in the fall.

Best LED TV

Usage Ratings - Version 1.1
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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
8.2 Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
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8.5 Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
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8.1 TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
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7.8 Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
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8.4 Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
8.5 HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
8.4 HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
7.8 PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
55" 65"

The best LED TV we've reviewed is the Sony X930E 4k LED TV. It's equipped with the Android TV smart platform and it's one of the brightest TVs currently available, making it one of the best HDR performers.

Picture quality on the X930E is excellent. Contrast is the most important aspect for picture quality, and the X930E is no slouch in that aspect. Not only does it have a higher than average contrast ratio, it also features a powerful local dimming system that further enhances the blacks. At 1442 cd/m2 of brightness in a real scene, it is simply much brighter than any other TVs we've tested except for its more esoteric cousin the Sony Z9D. The X930E is staggeringly bright, and its ability to light up highlights that bright allows it to produce an excellent HDR picture. 

Its only major downside is its narrow viewing angle which limits good viewing positions, but that's expected of the VA Type LED TVs which usually offer the best picture quality. 

See our review

Larger Alternative

100" 65" 75"

Those shopping for a larger sized TV should look into the Sony Z9D. It is available in sizes up to a massive 100 inches, and it's equipped with an even more powerful local dimming system for even better performance in a dark room. Unfortunately, though, it does come at a significant premium.

See our review

Best Mid-Range LED TV

Usage Ratings - Version 1.1
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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
8.1 Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
Score components:
8.5 Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
Score components:
7.9 TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
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7.9 Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
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8.3 Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
8.4 HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
8.1 HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
7.7 PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
49" 55" 65" 75"

For a mid-range option, we recommend the Sony X900E 4K LED TV. It's a very similar TV to the Sony X930E in our top recommendation, but with a simpler design and slightly less HDR capabilities.

The biggest difference between the two is the brightness. While the pricier X930E gets exceptionally bright, the X900E produces a more ordinary 540cd/m2 of brightness in a real scene. It's not to say that it is dim, but it won't provide quite as much detail in HDR in a side by side comparison. Otherwise, though, it's still a very good well-rounded TV that offers better picture quality than competing models in its price range such as the Samsung MU8000 and LG SJ8500.

See our review

Simpler Alternative

49" 55" 65" 75" 82"

If you want to save a few bucks and don't mind sacrificing a little bit of picture quality in a dark room, go for the Samsung MU8000 4k LED TV. It's a versatile mid-range LED TV that does well with most usages, but with a more simplistic local dimming feature than the Sony. A few people might also prefer its more intuitive and snappier smart interface.

See our review

Best Budget LED TV

Usage Ratings - Version 1.1
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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
7.6 Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
Score components:
7.6 Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
Score components:
7.2 TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
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7.0 Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
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8.5 Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
7.6 HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
8.2 HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
7.7 PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
55"

For a budget TV, we recommend the TCL P607. Budget TVs have gotten a lot better this year, and the TCL P607 4k Roku TV is one of the best examples. It sports features like a wide color gamut and local dimming that are usually only found on TVs twice as expensive, and it does so while also being one of the best gaming TVs around.

At 14ms of input lag and 11ms of response time, the P-Series is simply excellent for video games. Gameplay is responsive and clear, making the experience much more engaging. It does well with HDR too thanks to its better than average color volume and decent brightness at around 489 cd/m2 . It has a narrow viewing angle, but that's an expected tradeoff for the picture quality.

Its smart features are great too. Roku is quite popular, and it easily trumps SmartCast found on the competing Vizio M Series 2017. Simply put, the TCL P607 is the best budget TV for most people today.

See our review

Cheaper Alternative

43" 49" 55" 65"

If you don't care too much about HDR, the TCL S405 is essentially a simplified version of the P607. It's a bit more basic overall and not very bright, but its picture quality is better than average for a TV of this price and its included Roku Smart platform is better than even some standalone devices.

See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung KS8000. Almost out of stock everywhere now, very good TV if you can find it. See our review
  • Samsung Q7F. Good TV, but performs worse than the Sony X930E. See our review
  • Samsung Q8C. Rare high-end curved TV, but its performance doesn't match its price. See our review
  • Samsung Q9F. Good TV with great colors, but highly overpriced. See our review
  • Samsung MU8000. Not a bad TV, but poor value compared to the Sony X900E. See our review
  • LG SJ8500. Decent TV with wide viewing angle, but not very competitive. See our review
  • Vizio P Series 2017. Very good TV for the money, but the Sony X900E is more versatile. See our review
  • Vizio M Series 2017. Similar performance to the P607, but its simpler smart platform might not suit everyone. See our review

All Reviews

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. 

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Is it possible to review the Insignia NS-55DR420NA16 please? Thanks!
We currently don't have anything planned for that one, but if we get enough requests, we might schedule a review.
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Will you be reviewing the Panasonic CX850U?
We don't currently have any plans to do so, but maybe if we get enough requests for it and if Best Buy or Amazon start selling it.
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I too am hoping you'll add the Insignia NS-55DR420NA16 from Best Buy. It has hundreds of user reviews on the Best Buy site and Consumer Reports has now reviewed it. However I find your reviews/tests to be the best and most thorough.
Unfortunately, we have no plan to review it at the moment.
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Hi. Will you be reviewing the new Vizio D-series? Do you have any intel on that model? I was looking to buy the latest one, since they were improving over the last couple of series. Thanks.
We will be reviewing the UHD version of the D-series within the next couple of weeks.
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Lost my owner's manual for my Samsung 5/5201 32 inch TV and I need to re-do it's setup. Any suggestions?
Since it is basically the same TV as the H5203 we reviewed, you can try our settings. You can also find the user manual here.
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I hung my 55" Samsung TV on the wall in my bedroom. It was hung quite high with 15 degree angle. The viewing angle seems to have improved the picture quality. Is this possible?
From an objective standpoint, we doubt it, as vertical angles weaken contrast and desaturate colors. But it's entirely possible that your personal preferences are better met by putting the TV up high. If you like the look, don't overthink it. Just enjoy your TV.
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