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.
We've tested more than 50 LED LCD TVs and below are our recommendations for the best LED TVs you can buy in 2020. See also our recommendations for the best TVs, the best smart TVs, and the best 4k TVs.
The best overall LED TV that we've tested so far is the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED. While this TV 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.
This TV produces fairly deep and rich blacks thanks to its very good contrast and 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 incredibly 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, go for 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 will pop the way the creator intended. It also has even better motion handling than the Samsung, so there should be little to no visible motion blurring while watching sports.
If you play a lot of games or need wider viewing angles due to the layout of your room, go for 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, get the Vizio.
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. Watching in a bright room isn't a problem either, as it has an outstanding peak brightness and great reflection handling.
The response time on this TV is exceptional, resulting in clear images with very little blur trails. Its 120Hz refresh rate and low input lag are definitely welcome among gamers; however, there's no support for any variable refresh rate technologies, which is rather disappointing. 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" and 85" variants of this TV have Sony's 'X-Wide Angle' technology, which greatly increases viewing angles at the cost of contrast ratio.
Lastly, this TV 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. All in all, this is an impressive TV that should satisfy even enthusiasts with the sharpest eye for color reproduction.
If you're on a limited budget and you find the Sony X950G too expensive, check out the Vizio P Series Quantum 2019. Its out-of-the-box color accuracy isn't as good, though it's still decent. It has a VA panel with an excellent contrast ratio and great black uniformity, but viewing angles are poor, making it less suitable for large rooms or wide seating arrangements. Response time and input lag are outstanding, and you also get a full-array local dimming, as well as an optional black frame insertion feature that can help further reduce motion blur. It doesn't get as bright as the Sony, but it should be enough to provide a good HDR experience nonetheless.
If color accuracy is more important to you, the Sony is a better choice; otherwise, the Vizio is a great alternative that can save you some money.
If you find the gaming performance of the Sony X950G limited due to the lack of extra gaming features, then get the Samsung Q70/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 X950G 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.
Unfortunately, the image loses accuracy when viewed from the side, though this is common for most VA panel TVs. On the upside, motion handling is excellent, thanks to the fast response time and the optional black frame insertion feature and it has an excellent low input lag, perfect for gaming or for use as a PC monitor.
Our unit had some noticeable gray uniformity issues that may bother some sports fans, though this may be due to panel variance so yours may not produce the same results, and it may not be too noticeable in all uses. Overall, this is a very good 4k LED TV that should please most people without breaking the bank.
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 other Hisense, and HDR peak brightness isn't 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.
03/17/2020: Replaced Sony X900F with Sony X950G for consistency. Minor text and structure changes.
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. Updated the text for clarity.
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.