LED TVs are dominating the market. Manufacturers release a great number of models every year including different features. You might not get the same excellent picture as 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 OLEDs, and the fact that they are not prone to burn-in.
The best overall LED TV that we've tested so far is the Samsung Q80/Q80R. While it performs slightly worse than the higher-end Samsung Q90/Q90R QLED, it's considerably cheaper and the differences between the two likely don't make the price jump worth it for most people. This is an excellent TV for all uses and has a very premium and well-built design that should look good in any setup.
It produces fairly deep and rich blacks thanks to its impressive contrast and great local dimming. It can get very bright, making it a great option for well-lit rooms, and combined with its wide color gamut, it's an excellent TV for watching HDR content. It has a very fast response time, meaning you shouldn't notice too much of a blur trail behind fast-moving objects, and it even has a decently wide viewing angle for a TV with a VA panel. It also has a really low input lag, a convenient Auto Low Latency Mode, and supports FreeSync for nearly tear-free gaming.
Unfortunately, our unit had issues with gray uniformity that resulted in some vignetting in the corners of the screen. However, this may be due to panel variances, and even if yours performs similarly, it shouldn't be too noticeable in regular use. Overall, this is a great TV that helps bridge the gap between LED and OLED and helps set the bar for how good an LED TV can look.
If you want an outstanding LED TV but want to spend considerably less, consider the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019. It doesn't have nearly as wide viewing angles as the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED, and it lacks advanced gaming features like FreeSync, but it's the brightest TV we've tested so far and is available for much cheaper. Thanks to its incredibly bright screen and outstandingly wide color gamut, HDR content looks fantastic and pops the way the creator intended. It also has as good motion handling as the Samsung, so there should be little to no visible motion blurring while watching sports. Unfortunately, it's limited on smart features as you can't download any apps, but luckily, you can cast anything you want from your phone.
If you play a lot of games or need wider viewing angles due to the layout of your room, consider the Samsung, but if you want to spend quite a bit less but still get an absolutely outstanding TV that's amazing for HDR content, the Vizio is a good alternative.
The TV with the best color accuracy that we've tested so far is the Sony X950G. It's a great TV for anyone who cares about accurate color reproduction but isn't planning to have their TV calibrated. It has a VA panel with an excellent contrast ratio and impressive black uniformity, which is ideal for dark room viewing, and it has a local dimming feature that makes blacks look even better in the dark.
It runs on Android, so you shouldn't have any issues finding apps in the Google Play Store. There's also voice control through the Google Assistant, but unfortunately, you'll have to endure some ads and suggested content on the home menu. Viewing angles are poor, which is typical of VA panels, so images look washed out if you're watching from the side. That said, the larger 75 inch and 85 inch variants have Sony's 'X-Wide Angle' technology, which greatly increases viewing angles at the cost of contrast ratio.
The response time is impressive, resulting in clear images with very little blur trails. Unfortunately, its input lag is a bit too high for competitive gamers and there's no support for any variable refresh rate (VRR) technologies, which is rather disappointing. On the upside, watching it in a bright room isn't a problem as it has an outstanding peak brightness and great reflection handling. All in all, this is an impressive TV that should satisfy even enthusiasts with the sharpest eye for color reproduction.
If you want a color-accurate TV that's also an excellent choice for gaming, then check out the Samsung Q80T. It doesn't have as good a native contrast as the 55 and 65 inch models of the Sony X950G; this is because of Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' which improves the viewing angles at the cost of the contrast, although the 75 and 85 inch models of the Sony have something similar. The Samsung has a 120Hz refresh rate and it supports FreeSync VRR to reduce screen tearing. The response time is excellent and the input lag is very low. Unfortunately, it has some uniformity issues as the edges of the screen appear darker. However, it's a great choice for bright rooms since it has outstanding reflection handling and good peak brightness.
If you want the best LED TV with the most accurate colors, the Sony is a great choice, but if you also want to game on your TV, look into the Samsung.
The best LCD TV in the budget category we've tested so far is the Hisense H8G. This is a very good TV that performs well for any type of use and it competes with some higher-end TVs for a low price. It has built-in Android TV that's fairly easy to use and has a ton of apps available to download, so you don't need to get an external device.
It uses a VA panel, so like most of the other TVs on this list, it produces deep blacks when viewed in the dark. It also has a decent full-array local dimming that helps further deepen any blacks by a bit. It's good to use in bright rooms as it has decent reflection handling and it gets bright enough to combat glare. HDR content is also decent as it displays a wide color gamut, but its peak brightness in this mode is a bit limiting. Additionally, it upscales lower resolution content, such as from cable boxes, well without issue.
Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, which is expected from a VA panel, and it has some uniformity issues. Luckily, it's a great gaming TV thanks to its good response time and low input lag, but it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate and it doesn't support any VRR. Regardless, most people should be happy with it, making it the best LED TV in the budget category we've tested so far.
If you're a fan of the Roku smart platform and want a TV with it built-in, consider the TCL 6 Series/R625 2019. It performs very similarly to the Hisense H8G, except it has a slower response time, so it's not as good for gaming. However, it gets brighter than the Hisense and it displays a much wider color gamut, so HDR content looks better. It also has an excellent contrast ratio and a good full-array local dimming feature. Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, disappointing out-of-the-box color accuracy, and there's visible dirty screen effect, which could be distracting during sports. Luckily, the Roku smart OS is easy to use and has a great selection of apps available.
If you want the best performing TV for a good price, consider the Hisense, but if you prefer a Roku TV over an Android TV, the TCL is an equally good alternative.
07/14/2020: Replaced the Hisense H9F with the Hisense H8G, the Hisense H8F with the TCL 6 Series, and the Samsung Q70R with the Q80T; removed the Vizio P Series 2019.
03/17/2020: Replaced Sony X900F with Sony X950G for consistency.
01/17/2020: Replaced the Samsung Q90/Q90R with the Samsung Q80/Q80R for consistency. Updated notable mentions to reflect current availability.
11/13/2019: Replaced the Vizio P Series Quantum 2018 with the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, the Samsung RU8000 with the Samsung Q70R, and the Vizio P Series Quantum 2018 with the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019.
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.