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The 7 Best LED LCD TVs - October 2018
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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, 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 67 LED LCD TVs and below are our recommendations for the best ones you can buy in 2018.

  1. Best LED TV: Samsung Q9FN

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches: test

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    8.5
    Mixed Usage
    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:
    8.7
    Movies
    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:
    8.3
    TV Shows
    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.
    Score components:
    8.2
    Sports
    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.
    8.8
    Video Games
    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.
    8.7
    HDR Movies
    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.
    Score components:
    8.7
    HDR Gaming
    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.
    8.3
    PC Monitor
    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.
    Score components:
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 65" 75"

    The best LED LCD TV we’ve reviewed that is widely available is the QLED Samsung Q9FN. It has a great picture quality thanks to its very good local dimming feature paired with its high contrast ratio, meaning you will get deep blacks, especially in a dark room. The colors are vivid and highlights pop. Putting this TV in a bright room should also not cause any issue because it can reach remarkable brightness levels and it handles reflections amazingly. Gamers will also like the low input lag and variable refresh rate support.

    However, the viewing angles are bad, meaning the image loses quality if you’re not looking at the TV directly in front of it.

    Overall, the QLED Samsung Q9FN is an amazing TV that can handle well any type of usage.

    See our review

  2. Better, but harder to find alternative: Vizio P Series Quantum

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 65"

    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 VRR or amazing gradient display 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 Quantum should also be cheaper if you manage to find it.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range LED TV: Sony X900F

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches: test

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    8.3
    Mixed Usage
    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
    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:
    8.2
    TV Shows
    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.
    Score components:
    8.1
    Sports
    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.
    8.6
    Video Games
    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
    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.
    Score components:
    8.6
    HDR Gaming
    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.
    8.3
    PC Monitor
    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.
    Score components:
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 49" 55" 65" 75" 85"

    If you find the Samsung Q9FN and the Vizio P Series Quantum too expensive, the best mid-range LED TV is the Sony X900F. It isn't quite as bright as the Quantum or the Q9FN, and the BFI feature isn't as versatile, but this shouldn't change much for most users.

    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 can still find it, the X900E is an equally good choice.

    See our review

  4. Cheaper Alternative: Vizio P Series 2018

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65" 75"

    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.

    See our review

  5. Alternative for Gaming: Samsung NU8000

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 49" 55" 65" 75" 82"

    If you want a good mid-range TV with better gaming features than the Sony X900F, get the Samsung NU8000. The NU8000 delivers very good performance for most uses, but it has some additional features over the X900F that make it a great choice for gamers. It has lower input lag, and it supports a variable refresh rate that reduces screen tearing and it will automatically enter game mode when it detects a game being played on a supported console. The NU8000 has a much more limited edge-lit local dimming system that isn't as advanced as the X900F, so dark room performance isn't quite as good.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget LED TV: TCL R617

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches: test

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    7.9
    Mixed Usage
    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:
    8.0
    Movies
    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:
    7.6
    TV Shows
    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.
    Score components:
    7.5
    Sports
    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.
    8.6
    Video Games
    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.
    8.1
    HDR Movies
    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.
    Score components:
    8.4
    HDR Gaming
    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.
    8.1
    PC Monitor
    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.
    Score components:
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65"

    If the Sony X900F is too expensive, the TCL 6 Series R617 is the best budget LED TV that we have reviewed. The 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.

    See our review

  7. Cheaper Alternative: TCL S405

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 43" 49" 55" 65"

    If the TCL 6 Series R617 is out of your budget, we suggest the TCL S405. This TV doesn’t get very bright and doesn’t offer local dimming or motion interpolation features that you can find on the R617, but you will still get a better than average picture quality if you’re looking at the TV directly in front. It is also a great pick for gamers due to its low input lag and little amount of motion blur. It has an impressive contrast ratio, meaning you will get deep blacks, especially in a darker room. Overall, the TCL S405 is a decent entry-level 4k LED TV, but if you have difficulty finding it, the TCL S517 performs quite similarly.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Sony Z9F. Great TV with great picture quality, but the Vizio P Series Quantum is better. See our review
  • Sony Z9D. Great TV with great picture quality, but at a high price. See our review
  • Sony X930E. A very good TV, but similar to the Sony X900F and harder to find . See our review
  • Samsung Q7FN. Very good TV, but performs worse than the Sony X900F. See our review
  • Sony X940E. Very good TV on the market, but the Sony X900F offers better value. See our review
  • LG SK9500. Good TV with wide viewing angle, but not very competitive. See our review
  • TCL S517. Decent versatile 4k TV, but more expensive than the TCL S405 for similar performance. 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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