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, best PS5 TVs, and best TVs for Xbox Series X.
The best LED TV we've tested is the Samsung QN90A QLED. This is an excellent VA panel TV that's available in various sizes, ranging from 50 to 85 inches. It's exceptionally well-built, and it includes a center-mounted stand with built-in cable management. Its Mini LED backlight gets incredibly bright to combat glare, and it can also display deep blacks for a great dark room viewing experience. The viewing angles are pretty decent for a VA panel TV thanks to Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer.
It has amazing picture quality. It has near-full DCI P3 coverage, the color space used in most HDR content, and color accuracy is outstanding out of the box. It has a 120Hz refresh rate and an excellent response time to deliver a clear image in fast-moving scenes, and it also has an optional black frame insertion feature to further improve clarity. It upscales lower resolution content well and without any artifacts, so it's a great choice for viewing broadcast content or cable TV.
Unfortunately, it only has one HDMI 2.1 port, which means you can only connect one HDMI 2.1 device. Its excellent Tizen OS interface is easy to navigate and has tons of apps available. If you want to use it as a PC monitor, it supports all the common resolutions natively at 60 and 120Hz, and it can also display proper chroma 4:4:4. All in all, this is an excellent and feature-rich TV that should satisfy even TV enthusiasts.
If you find the Samsung QN90A QLED too expensive, then consider the Hisense U8G. It's also a VA panel TV with an outstanding contrast ratio, but it's only available in a 55 or 65 inch size. It doesn't get as bright as the Samsung, but it's still more than enough to provide good visibility in well-lit settings and a fantastic HDR experience. It runs on Android TV, and it has two HDMI 2.1 ports. The downside is that it doesn't have any special feature to improve the viewing angles, so it's not the best option for wide seating areas.
Overall, the Samsung and the Hisense are very similar. If you want a brighter screen and wider viewing angles, go with the Samsung. However, if you have a tighter budget and don't mind a few small compromises, the Hisense is a great alternative.
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 impressive overall performance with everything you need to watch your favorite HDR content. It's well-built and has an excellent style that should look nice in any setup.
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, 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 want a TV with better color accuracy out of the box, then check out the Sony X90J. Like the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020, it also uses a VA panel with outstanding contrast, but it has significantly better color accuracy, which means you might not have to spend extra money for calibration. It has a better response time to deliver a clearer image in fast-moving scenes, and unlike the Vizio, it can remove judder from all sources. It doesn't get as bright, but it's still enough to combat glare and make highlights pop in HDR content. Unfortunately, it has a narrower color gamut, and its advertised VRR support isn't available yet.
If you want the best HDR experience with really bright highlights, go with the Vizio. However, if you care about color accuracy but don't plan on calibrating your TV, then go with the Sony.
The best LED TV that we've tested in the budget category is the Hisense U6G. It's a great VA panel TV with a full-array local dimming feature to display deep blacks, making it a good choice for dark rooms. It's also well-suited for bright rooms thanks to its amazing reflection handling and high peak brightness. It doesn't have the best viewing angles, though, so it isn't ideal for wide seating areas because the image looks inaccurate from the side. The build quality is decent, and there's cable management to keep your setup neat.
It has a great color gamut with exceptional DCI P3 coverage, and color accuracy is pretty decent out of the box. It gets bright enough to bring out some highlights in HDR content, but it's not quite enough for a true cinematic HDR experience. As is expected for a budget model, it has a basic 60Hz refresh rate and no VRR support to reduce screen tearing when gaming. The built-in speakers are mediocre, but they do get very loud without adding much compression at max volume.
Like other 2021 Hisense TVs, it's still running on the Android TV platform. It's relatively easy to use and runs very smoothly. There are tons of apps available through the Google Play Store, and you also get voice control through Google Assistant. Overall, it's a great and versatile TV that won't break the bank and one that most people should be happy with.
If you prefer a TV that runs on Roku, then check out the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED. It's very similar to the Hisense U6G but with a Roku interface. It also uses a VA panel with an exceptional contrast ratio, so it's well-suited for dark rooms, but it doesn't get as bright, which means glare might be an issue, and HDR content doesn't stand out as much. Other than that, it also has a 60Hz refresh rate, a good response time, and sadly, no VRR support.
Overall, the Hisense is a better choice because its higher screen brightness means you don't have to worry about glare, and you also get a better HDR experience. However, if you prefer a Roku TV, the TCL is a good alternative.
Jul 01, 2021: Replaced Sony X90J with Samsung QN90A QLED. Replaced Hisense H9G with Hisense U8G. Replaced Sony X950H with Sony X90J. Replaced Hisense H8G with Hisense U6G.
May 04, 2021: Replaced the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED with the Sony X90J because it's a 2021 model, has better contrast and local dimming, and is slightly cheaper.
Mar 05, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the Samsung Q60T, Samsung Q70T, and Vizio M7 Series to Notable Mentions.
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.
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.