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 do have a few advantages compared to OLEDs (check out our article about OLED vs. LED). LED TVs' biggest advantage is 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 300 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. Most brands have started releasing their 2023 lineups, so make sure to vote on which ones you want us to buy and test first. If you want to find out more about the 2023 models, check out our 2023 TV lineup page.
The Samsung QN90B QLED is the best TV with an LED panel we've tested. It's an impressive TV with amazing picture quality and a great selection of gaming features. It uses a Mini LED backlight, with way more dimming zones than most LED TVs, allowing for greater control over the local dimming feature for better dark room performance, with less distracting blooming around bright objects. It also gets exceptionally bright, meaning it can handle lots of glare in a bright room.
It's excellent for gaming, as it supports 4k @ 120Hz gaming from the new-gen consoles, and it supports a variable refresh rate to reduce tearing. If you're looking for a more seamless, wall-mounted design, there's a higher-end version of this TV: the Samsung QN95B QLED. It delivers similar picture quality but uses an external One Connect box for connections. This replaces the mess of wires at the back of the TV with a single transparent cable, giving you a much cleaner setup with no visible wires.
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 two million dimming zones; most other TVs have a few hundred at most. 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. 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 QN90B QLED. Still, the reflection handling is excellent, even if you're watching movies in a room with a few lights around.
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 QN90B 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.
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.
The best LED TV we've tested in the budget category is the TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED. It's a great TV, with superb contrast and fantastic black uniformity, making it a great choice for a dark room. It has a decent full array local dimming feature, but there's a bit more blooming than on the Hisense U8H, and it's not as bright. It has a wide color gamut, so colors look vibrant and realistic, and it displays HDR content the way the creator intended.
It delivers an impressive gaming experience thanks to its low input lag and very good response time, ensuring a smooth gaming experience with very little blur. It even supports variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing, but since it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, VRR only works over a much smaller range than it does on the Hisense U8H.
If you're shopping on a tight budget, the best cheap LED TV we've tested is the Hisense A6H. It's an okay TV, but unlike the more expensive models on this list, most sizes aren't well-suited for a dark room, as blacks look gray and washed out in a dark room. On the other hand, it's a good choice for a kitchen or any room where you tend to move around with the TV on, as the image remains consistent when viewed from the side. The 50-inch model is an exception, as it has a worse viewing angle but much deeper blacks, so it's a better choice if you're in a dark room.
It runs the Google TV interface, with a massive selection of streaming apps available, so you can easily find your favorite shows or movies. It's also a decent TV for gamers thanks to its superb low input lag, ensuring a responsive gaming experience. It even supports a variable refresh rate feature to help reduce tearing in games, but unlike more expensive models on this list, it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, so motion isn't as smooth.
Apr 03, 2023: Verified our picks for accuracy and consistency, and refreshed the text. Added the Sony X95K as a Notable Mention, and added a mention of the Samsung QN95B QLED to the top pick.
Jan 23, 2023: Replaced the Insignia F50 QLED with the Hisense A6H, as the Insignia is discontinued and very hard to find. Replaced the Hisense U6H with the TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED, as it's a bit better overall. Added the Samsung QN95B QLED, TCL 6 Series/R655 2022 QLED, and Insignia F50 QLED as Notable Mentions.
Nov 24, 2022: Replaced the Samsung QN90A QLED with the 2022 model, the Samsung QN90B QLED, and replaced the Hisense U6G with the 2022 Hisense U6H. Removed the Samsung QN85A QLED, as the Samsung QN90B is a better choice.
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.
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.
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.