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 more than 50 LED LCD TVs and below are our recommendations for the best LED TVs you can buy in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best TVs, the best smart TVs, and the best 4k TVs.
The Samsung Q90/Q90R QLED is the best LED TV we've tested so far. It has great picture quality and an excellent dark room performance, as it can deliver deep blacks due to the native contrast ratio and very good local dimming support. This TV is also great for a bright room, as it can get very bright and can easily fight glare. It has a wide color gamut and delivers HDR content full of saturated colors and bright highlights, thanks to its high HDR peak brightness. Motion looks crisp thanks to the very fast response time, which is great news for sports fans or those who enjoy playing video games. This TV has a very low input lag even with motion interpolation, and the auto low latency mode and FreeSync variable refresh rate support are a good attraction to gamers.
Unfortunately, some demanding sports fans might be bothered by the minor gray uniformity issues at the edges, although this can be attributed to panel variance.
Overall, this is an excellent TV that has something for everyone.
If you want an excellent LED TV but don't want to spend as much as you would for the Samsung Q90/Q90R QLED, then check out the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019. You won't get the wide viewing angles or the gaming goodies of the Samsung, but the Vizio delivers an excellent overall performance. It's one of the brightest TVs we've ever tested, and its contrast ratio is very high, delivering deep blacks in a dark room. Although it has a nice interface, you can't add additional apps and it isn't as smooth as the Samsung Tizen that runs on the Q90R.
Overall, the best LED TV is the Samsung, but if you want to save some cash without much compromise in quality, then the Vizio is a good alternative.
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 has an outstanding accuracy out of the box, one of the best we've measured so far, and has a great wide color gamut, which is important for a good HDR experience.
This TV has excellent motion handling, thanks to the outstanding response time, a nearly flicker-free backlight, and a versatile motion interpolation feature. It also has an optional black frame insertion feature, but as it can't flicker at 60Hz, you might see noticeable duplications when playing 60Hz content.
The image degrades when viewed from the side just like most VA panel TVs, so you should sit directly in front to enjoy the best picture. Overall, this is a great TV for almost any use.
If you want a great LED TV and also want to save some money, the get the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019. It has decent out-of-the-box color accuracy and can't get as bright as the Sony when in HDR. It is, however, an impressive TV with good picture quality and a high native contrast ratio that delivers deep blacks in a dark room thanks also to its great local dimming performance. It has a very low input lag, great for gamers, and a fast response time that delivers crisp motion.
If you're looking for the best pre-calibration color accuracy, the Sony is your best LED TV option. However, if a TV with great overall performance and decent out-of-the-box color accuracy that also costs less will do the job, then the Vizio won't let you down.
If you find the gaming performance of the Sony X900F limited due to the lack of extra gaming features, then get the Samsung Q70R. You won't get the reflection handling or the pre-calibration color accuracy of the Sony, but the Samsung is without a doubt an impressive LED TV overall. It delivers a great picture quality with deep blacks and can get bright enough to fight glare in almost any room. It has a very low input lag, and it's packed with gaming features like support for FreeSync variable refresh rate for nearly tear-free gaming with an Xbox One or PC with a compatible video card.
If color accuracy and dark room performance are the most important criteria for your decision, go with the best LED for color accuracy: the Sony. However, if you care for advanced gaming features without much compromise in picture quality, the Samsung is a great choice.
For those who find the Sony X900F too expensive, the Hisense H9F is the best budget LED TV that we've reviewed. It's a TV that delivers a very good performance in most uses. It displays deep blacks in a dark room thanks to the high contrast ratio and full array local dimming support. It has a great color gamut and can display HDR content with vivid color and highlights that pop. Motion handling is also excellent, thanks to the fast response time and the optional black frame insertion feature. It has an excellent low input lag, perfect for gaming or for use as a PC monitor.
Unfortunately, the image loses accuracy when viewed from the side, and our unit had some noticeable uniformity issues that could bother some sports fans, although this might be due to panel variance.
Overall, this is a very good 4k LED TV that should please most people.
If you want an even cheaper alternative to the Hisense H9F, take a look at its younger sister, the Hisense H8F. You won't get the crisp motion of the H9F, and HDR peak brightness is not at the same great level. On the upside, this is a great TV for the money and will keep you happy with its performance no matter the use. It has a very good picture quality and a low input lag but with a little more motion blur, and it's fairly cheaper.
Overall, the H9F is a better choice if you care for motion blur and want the crisper image; otherwise, the H8F will keep you happy and will save you some cash.
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.
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. Updated the text for clarity.