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 the 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.
Note: Since new TVs tend to launch at very high prices, it's unlikely that these newer models will become reasonable choices until the latter half of the year. Because of this, some of the 2018 models remain as picks in our recommendations.
The best LED TV is the 2019 QLED Samsung Q90R. It has an 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 find the Samsung Q90R expensive, then the Vizio P Series Quantum is an excellent LED LCD TV that will not break the bank. It doesn't offer variable refresh rate support and the image deteriorates faster when viewed at an angle. On the upside, this TV can get slightly brighter with SDR and HDR content and has a bit faster response time.
If the Samsung Q90R is too expensive, the best LED TV in the mid-range category is the Sony X900F. It cannot reach the brightness levels of the Samsung Q90R (or the Vizio P Series Quantum), and its Black Frame Insertion implementation is not as good as the one found on the more expensive models.
On the upside, it has great dark room performance with deep blacks thanks to its high native contrast ratio and local dimming support. HDR movies look great full of rich, saturated colors and highlights that pop. This TV has a very fast response time, and fast-moving content like sports is crisp with little motion blur. The input lag is low, and gamers and PC users will enjoy a very responsive TV.
Overall, this is an LED LCD TV that performs very well in almost any usage. Last year's model, the Sony X900E, is an equally good choice, but it's unlikely that you will find it in stock.
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 picture quality of the Vizio is very good. Blacks are deep when in a dark room and motion looks crisp and smooth. The TV is very responsive, as the input lag is very low, and it will please most gamers or PC users. On top of that, it will not blow away your bank account.
If you want a TV with better gaming features than the Sony X900F and with a lower input lag, then get the 2019 Samsung RU8000. It is a very good TV with good picture quality, but not 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 is a very responsive TV. It also has some neat gaming features like auto low latency mode, low input lag with motion interpolation, and 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 cannot 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 is 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 LED 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.