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The 6 Best LED LCD TVs - Fall 2022 Reviews

Best LED TVs

For many years, TVs with LED backlights have dominated the market. Manufacturers release many LED models every year that have different features. You won't get the same excellent dark room picture quality as an OLED but LED TVs have a few more advantages than OLEDs (check out our article about OLED vs. LED). LED TVs' biggest advantages are their brightness, which allows them to get brighter than OLEDs, and they're immune to permanent burn-in. LED TVs are also sometimes called LCD instead; LED refers to the technology used to create the backlight, whereas LCD refers to the technology used to produce different colors and shades. As all LCD models currently on the market use LED backlights, the two terms are often used interchangeably.

We've bought and tested more than 290 TVs with LED backlights, and below are our recommendations for the best TVs with LED panels that you can buy. See also our picks for the best TVs, the best PS5 TVs, and the best TVs for Xbox Series X.

  1. Best LED TV

    The Samsung QN90A QLED is the best TV with an LED panel we've tested. It's a feature-packed model with exceptional picture quality in dark and bright rooms. It's different from other LED TVs because it uses Mini LED backlighting, featuring much smaller LED backlights behind the LCD panel than a traditional LED-backlit TV. These smaller dimming zones provide greater control over the local dimming feature for better dark room performance, with less distracting blooming around bright objects.

    Another advantage of the Mini LED backlighting is how bright the TV gets. With its remarkable reflection handling, visibility isn't an issue even in the brightest rooms. It's a good choice even for a wide seating arrangement, as the image remains consistent when viewed at an angle thanks to Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology. The built-in Tizen OS smart interface is easy-to-use and has a ton of apps available to download.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range LED TV

    The best mid-range TV we've tested with an LED panel is the Hisense U8H. It's an excellent TV overall, with fantastic contrast and an impressive Mini LED local dimming feature, delivering deep blacks in a dark room with very little distracting blooming around bright objects. It has exceptional peak brightness and reflection handling, ensuring it can easily overcome glare in a bright room. It has worse processing overall than the Samsung QN90A QLED, though, so it's a bit of a step down. There's more noticeable banding in areas of similar color, and it has slightly worse motion processing as well.

    It's a great TV for gaming, with many of the same great features found on the Samsung, including 4k @ 120Hz support from the Xbox Series X and PS5 consoles. It has a fast response time and incredibly low input lag, ensuring a smooth and responsive gaming experience, which is great for competitive gamers. It also has one advantage over the Samsung model, as all of its HDMI ports support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, while the other TV only supports it on one port.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget LED TV

    The best LCD TV we've tested in the budget category is the Hisense U6G. It's an entry-level TV that delivers great performance. The built-in Android TV smart interface is user-friendly and has a ton of apps available through the Google Play Store. It's not as feature-rich as the Hisense U8H or the Samsung QN90A QLED, as it lacks any advanced gaming features like FreeSync or HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, so it doesn't support 4k @ 120Hz gaming with the latest consoles.

    It's a well-rounded TV with a VA panel that displays deep blacks when viewed in a dark room. It has fantastic black uniformity, and the full-array local dimming feature does a decent job of improving the picture quality in dark scenes. If you want to use it for watching HDR content, it supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10+, so you don't have to worry about which format your content is in before streaming it, and it displays a wide color gamut. It has okay peak brightness in HDR, but some highlights don't stand out as the creator intended.

    See our review

  4. Best Cheap LED TV

    If you want to spend even less, the best cheap LCD TV we've tested is the Insignia F50 QLED. It's an alright TV with good picture quality and amazing contrast, resulting in deep blacks in a dark room. It has an excellent color gamut and can display a wide color gamut with HDR content. Even though it's not bright enough to deliver an impactful HDR experience, HDR content looks vivid and lifelike. It also has decent peak brightness in SDR and satisfactory reflection handling, so glare isn't an issue in moderately-lit rooms.

    Unfortunately, stepping down to a cheaper TV also brings a few serious drawbacks. It doesn't upscale low-resolution content like DVDs well. It also has very limited processing, even compared to the Hisense U6G. It doesn't have a local dimming feature and can't remove judder from any source.

    See our review

  5. Best LED TV For Wide Seating Areas

    If you want an LED TV for watching sports or TV shows in a wide seating area, then the Samsung QN85A QLED is the best option for your needs. It's similar to the Samsung QN90A QLED as it has many of the same features, including Mini LED local dimming. However, the main advantage over the higher-end QN90A is that it has a wider viewing angle, so the image remains accurate from the side, and everyone can enjoy the same experience no matter where they're sitting.

    It's excellent for watching TV shows and impressive for sports because of the wide viewing angle. The Tizen interface is also easy to use and has a user-friendly interface, making it easy to stream your favorite content, and there are a ton of apps you can download. You won't have any issues using it in a bright room either, as it gets bright enough to fight glare and has fantastic reflection handling, even better than the updated Samsung QN85B QLED.

    See our review

  6. Best Home Theater LED TV

    The best LCD TV for a home theater is the Hisense U9DG. It's a unique LED TV because it uses dual-panel technology. It means it has two LCD panels stacked on top of each other, delivering the equivalent of a local dimming feature with 2 million dimming zones; most other TVs only have a few hundred. This technology helps provide the TV with the best contrast ratio we've tested on any LED TV. The black level is nearly perfect, even in bright scenes, and there's almost no blooming around bright objects.

    This outstanding dark room performance with local dimming enabled results in an amazing HDR viewing experience. It displays a very wide color gamut for HDR content with great out-of-the-box accuracy, so colors appear how they should. Really small highlights pop the way the creator intended in HDR, but its overall HDR real scene peak brightness is just okay, and it's not as good as the Samsung QN90A QLED. Still, the reflection handling is excellent, even if you're watching movies in a room with a few lights around.

    See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Sep 26, 2022: Replaced the Hisense U8G with the new model, the Hisense U8H, as it's a noticeable upgrade over last year's model.

  2. Aug 19, 2022: Restructured the article to better match user expectations. Added the Insignia F50 QLED as the 'Best Cheap LED TV', and removed many out-of-date Notable Mentions.

  3. May 04, 2022: Replaced the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021 with the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 and moved to its own category for consistency; added the Samsung QN90B and the Samsung QN85B to Notable Mentions.

  4. Mar 07, 2022: Replaced the Hisense U6GR with the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021 because the Hisense is harder to find, and renamed to 'Alternative With Variable Refresh Rate Support'.

  5. Jan 06, 2022: Added the Hisense U9DG as 'Best For HDR' for consistency with other recommendations; replaced the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 with the Hisense U6GR because the Hisense has more features; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

All Reviews

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 LED TV reviews. 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.