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, which allows them to get almost twice as bright as OLEDs, and the fact that they are not prone to burn-in.
We've tested 72 LED LCD TVs and below are our recommendations for the best LED TVs you can buy in 2019.
The best LED TV is the 2019 QLED Samsung Q90R. It has impressive quality and an excellent dark room performance, thanks to the deep blacks due to the native contrast ratio and very good local dimming support. This TV is suitable for a bright room, as it can get very bright and can easily fight glare. HDR content looks full of saturated colors and bright highlights thanks to the TV's wide color gamut and high HDR peak brightness. It has a very fast response time that delivers clear and crisp motion, which is great for watching sports or playing video games. The input lag is very low even with motion interpolation, and gamers will also appreciate the auto low latency mode and FreeSync variable refresh rate support.
Unfortunately, this TV has some gray uniformity issues at the edges which might bother some demanding sports fans.
Overall, the Q90R is an excellent TV that will keep its owners happy.
If you want something cheaper than the Samsung Q90/Q90R QLED, check out the Vizio P Series Quantum 2018. Overall, this TV and the Samsung Q90 deliver similar excellent performance. The Vizio has better contrast, and is a lot brighter than the Samsung, but has worse viewing angles. The Vizio also has worse smart features. Although the interface is nice, it isn't very smooth, and there is no way to add additional apps.
If you want the most accurate image, the Sony X900F is the best LED TV for color accuracy that we've tested so far. This TV delivers great picture quality, with an excellent contrast ratio, a decent full array local dimming feature, and great peak brightness. It also has outstanding accuracy out of the box and has a great wide color gamut, which is important for a good HDR experience.
This TV also has excellent motion handling, with an outstanding response time, a nearly flicker-free backlight, and a versatile motion interpolation feature. It also has an optional black frame insertion feature, but it can't flicker at 60Hz, so there are noticeable duplications when playing 60Hz content.
This TV isn't perfect, though, as the image degrades when viewed at an angle, but this isn't an issue if you sit directly in front of the TV. Overall, this is a great TV for almost any usage.
If you find the Sony X900F too expensive, get the Vizio P Series 2018. The Sony can get brighter and has better reflection handling than the Vizio. However, the Vizio's picture quality is very good. Blacks are deep in a dark room and motion looks crisp and smooth. The TV is very responsive, as the input lag is very low, and it'll please most gamers or PC users. On top of that, it won't blow away your bank account.
If you want a TV with better gaming features than the Sony X900F with a lower input lag, then get the 2019 Samsung RU8000. It's a very good TV with good picture quality, but it doesn't have as good dark room performance as the Sony since it doesn't have a local dimming feature. This TV performs well in most uses, and it excels in gaming. It has a very fast response time and a very low input lag, so it's a very responsive TV. It also has some neat gaming features like auto low latency mode, low input lag with motion interpolation, and it supports FreeSync variable refresh rate support for nearly tear-free gaming.
If the Sony X900F is too expensive, the TCL 6 Series R617 is the best budget LED TV that we have reviewed. This TV 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 this TV which may or may not have been fixed, so sports fans might not be pleased with this model.
Overall, this is a very good 4k LED TV that fits well in most rooms and should please most people.
If you want an even cheaper alternative to the TCL R617, then get the TCL 4 Series S425. It can't get as bright as the R617, nor does it offer advanced features like local dimming or motion interpolation to improve picture quality. This TV has a decent picture quality, with an excellent contrast ratio that delivers deep blacks in a dark room. It's a great choice if you play a lot of video games as it has a low input lag and little motion blur, but it's more suitable for a dim room as it can't get bright enough to fight glare.
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.