LED TVs dominate 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.
We've tested more than 70 LED TVs in the last two years and below are our recommendations for the best LED TVs you can buy. See also our recommendations for the best TVs, the best smart TVs, and the best 4k TVs.
The best LED TV we've tested is the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED. It's an impressive 4k TV from Samsung's 2020 QLED lineup, with a minimalist design and sturdy build quality that's sure to look great, whether wall-mounted or on a stand. Thanks to Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer, it manages to produce better viewing angles than most VA panels at the expense of contrast.
While its contrast ratio is not as high as some other models, it still produces deep blacks, which are further deepened by its local dimming feature, making it a great choice for watching movies in the dark. It also performs well in bright environments thanks to its high peak brightness and remarkable reflection handling. Gamers should also be pleased with its fast response time, exceptionally low input lag, and variable refresh rate (VRR) support. It has no issues upscaling lower resolution content like DVDs or cable TV, and it can remove 24p judder from all sources.
Unfortunately, it has some minor uniformity issues, which can be distracting when watching sports or content with a lot of solid colors, but this can vary between individual units. On the bright side, it has excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you may not have to calibrate it to get the most out of your TV. It also has a wide color gamut and gets quite bright in HDR, enough to make highlights pop and deliver a satisfying HDR experience. All things considered, this TV should satisfy most people, which is why it's the best LED TV that we've tested.
If you'd prefer a cheaper alternative, then check out the Hisense H9G. It doesn't support VRR or have wide viewing angles like the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED, but it has a much better contrast ratio and better local dimming. These, along with its fantastic black uniformity, make for an amazing dark room performance. Like the Samsung, it has a wide color gamut, but it gets even brighter, resulting in a really satisfying HDR experience. Reflection handling is excellent, too, so you shouldn't have issues with glare in bright rooms. Unfortunately, it has mediocre color accuracy out-of-the-box, but this can vary between units. On the upside, it provides a responsive gaming experience thanks to its low input lag and amazing response time.
If you want an impressive all-around TV with VRR support and wide viewing angles, get the Samsung, but if you're looking for a TV that's cheaper and has a high contrast ratio, consider the Hisense.
The best LED TV for watching 4k HDR content is the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020. It's Vizio's premium LED model in 2020 and has great overall performance with everything you need to watch your favorite HDR content. It's well-built and has an excellent style that doesn't stick out when wall-mounted.
It's one of the brightest TVs we've tested. It easily gets bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR, even if you use it in a well-lit room. It also displays an extremely wide color gamut with outstanding coverage of the DCI P3 color space used in most HDR content. Its VA panel has an outstanding contrast ratio and, combined with its great local dimming feature and remarkable black uniformity, it displays extremely deep blacks. Fast-moving content in movies looks good thanks to its great response time, but you may notice some image duplication due to the backlight's flicker.
Unfortunately, it has mediocre color accuracy, so you may need to get it calibrated to enjoy it to the fullest. Our unit also has a strange red tint on it, even after calibration, but this may be a problem with our unit alone. It has trouble upscaling lower-resolution content, like from DVDs and cable boxes, but it shouldn't be a problem if you're just watching HDR content. Regardless of these issues, it delivers an excellent HDR viewing experience.
If you prefer something with better out-of-the-box color accuracy, then check out the Sony X950H. It has a worse native contrast than the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020, but that's because it has Sony's 'X-Wide Angle' technology that slightly improves the viewing angles at the cost of its contrast. However, it's still not suggested for a wide seating arrangement. On the upside, it has a good full-array local dimming feature that further improves the contrast. It has excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy, and even though this is something that may vary between units, most Sony TVs we've tested have accurate colors out-of-the-box. It displays a great wide color gamut for HDR content and has excellent peak brightness, so HDR content looks great. Unfortunately, it's not the best choice for HDR gaming as it lacks any gaming features and its HDR input lag may be a bit too high for some gamers.
If you want the best HDR experience possible, you can't go wrong with the Vizio, but if color accuracy is important to you, check out the Sony.
The best LED TV in the budget category that we've tested is the Hisense H8G. It's very good and performs well for any type of use, and it competes with some higher-end models 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 won't need to get an external device.
It uses a VA panel, so 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. Also, it upscales lower-resolution content, like from cable boxes, well, and there aren't any obvious artifacts.
Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, which is expected from a VA panel, and it has some uniformity issues. Luckily, it's great for gaming 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 that we've tested.
If you're a fan of the easy-to-use Roku interface, check out the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED. It doesn't get nearly as bright as the Hisense H8G, but thanks to its QLED panel, it displays an excellent wide color gamut for HDR content. It also has great out-of-the-box color accuracy, and with a VA panel, it has an outstanding contrast ratio. TCL added a local dimming feature to this TV compared to the TCL 5 Series/S525 2019, and it performs fairly well. Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, which is expected from a VA panel, and it doesn't have VRR support. Its 60Hz panel provides a quick response time and low input lag, so it's still a good choice for gaming. Lastly, it removes 24p judder from any source, which is rare for a 60Hz TV.
The Hisense is better overall, and it's the best LED TV available in the budget category, but if you want Roku, look into the TCL.
Jan 19, 2021: Checked accuracy of picks and updated text for clarity.
Nov 20, 2020: Added the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020 and moved the Sony X950H to an alternative.
Sep 22, 2020: Removed the Samsung Q80R, Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019, Sony X950G, and TCL 6 Series 2019; added the Sony X950H and TCL 5 Series 2020; moved the Samsung Q80T from 'Gaming Alt' to 'Best LED'.
Jul 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.
Mar 17, 2020: Replaced Sony X900F with Sony X950G for consistency.
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.