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The 6 Best LED LCD TVs - Summer 2022 Reviews

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Best LED TVs

For many years, LED TVs have dominated the market. Manufacturers release many LED models every year that have different features. You won't get the same excellent dark room picture quality as an OLED but LED TVs have a few more advantages compared to OLEDs (check out our article about OLED vs LED). LED TVs' biggest advantages are their brightness, which allows them to get brighter than OLEDs, and they're also immune to permanent burn-in. There are some downsides to LED TVs like narrow viewing angles or blooming, depending on which TV you get.

Note: Since new TVs tend to launch at very high prices, it's unlikely that these newer models will become reasonable choices until later in the year. Because of this, some of the 2021 models remain as picks in our recommendations.

We've tested more than 90 LED TVs under the latest test bench and below are our recommendations for the best TVs with LED panels that you can buy. See also our recommendations for the best TVs, best PS5 TVs, and best TVs for Xbox Series X.


  1. Best LED TV

    The Samsung QN90A QLED is the best TV with an LED panel we've tested. It's a feature-packed model that delivers exceptional picture quality in dark and bright rooms. It's different from other LED TVs because it uses Mini LED backlighting, featuring a lot smaller LED backlights behind the LCD panel than a traditional LED-backlit TV. It provides greater control over the local dimming feature for better dark room performance.

    Another advantage of the Mini LED backlighting is how bright the TV gets. With its remarkable reflection handling, visibility won't be an issue even in the brightest rooms. Even if you want to use it in a room with a wide seating arrangement, it's a good choice because it uses Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology to provide a wide viewing angle despite having a VA panel. It means that the image remains fairly accurate when viewed from the sides, but the viewing angle still isn't as good as IPS-panel TVs. If you don't want to spend extra on a streaming box, the built-in Tizen OS is easy-to-use and has a ton of apps available to download.

    Unfortunately, it has some uniformity issues with dirty screen effect in the center. It can become distracting while watching sports with large areas of bright colors or if you want to use it as a PC monitor. If that's not the case for you, then this is an excellent choice if you want an LED TV.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative

    If you prefer something cheaper, then check out the Hisense U8G. It has a worse viewing angle than the Samsung QN90A QLED, but that's because it doesn't have any viewing angle technology, and it delivers deeper blacks. The great full-array local dimming feature helps further improve the black level, and the uniformity is amazing, with minimal blooming around bright objects. Even though it doesn't have Mini LED backlighting either, it still gets bright and makes highlights pop in HDR. It supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10+, so you don't have to worry about which format your HDR content is in. It also has an excellent overall response time, but there are some issues with red ghosting in Game Mode.

    If you want an LED TV, you can't go wrong with the Samsung. If you want to spend less money and don't mind compromising on viewing angles, look into the Hisense.

    See our review

  3. Best LED TV For Wide Seating Areas

    If you want an LED TV for watching sports or TV shows in a wide seating area, then the Samsung QN85A QLED is the best option for your needs. It's similar to the Samsung QN90A QLED as it has many of the same features, including Mini LED local dimming. However, the main advantage over the higher-end QN90A is that it has a wider viewing angle, so the image remains accurate from the side, and everyone can enjoy the same experience no matter where they're sitting.

    The QN85A is excellent for watching TV shows and impressive for sports because of the wide viewing angle. The Tizen interface is also easy to use and has a user-friendly interface, making it easy to stream your favorite content, and there are a ton of apps you can download. You won't have any issues using it in a bright room either, as it easily gets bright enough to fight glare and has fantastic reflection handling, even better than the updated Samsung QN85B QLED.

    Sadly, it has a few uniformity issues like dirty screen effect that can be distracting while watching sports with large areas of uniform color, like in hockey or basketball. Also, its dark room performance isn't the best as there's blooming around bright objects, but it still delivers deep blacks thanks to the decent local dimming feature. Besides that, it's one of the best TVs for wide seating arrangements.

    See our review

  4. Best LED HDR TV

    The best LED HDR TV is the Hisense U9DG. It's a unique LED TV because it uses dual-panel technology, meaning it has two LCD panels stacked on top of each other. This technology helps provide the TV with the best contrast ratio we've tested on any LED TV. The black level is nearly perfect, and there's almost no blooming around bright objects.

    This outstanding dark room performance with local dimming enabled results in an amazing HDR viewing experience. It displays a very wide color gamut for HDR content with great out-of-the-box accuracy, so colors appear how they should. Really small highlights pop the way the creator intended in HDR, but its overall HDR real scene peak brightness is just okay, and it's not as good as the Samsung QN90A QLED. Still, even if you're watching movies in a room with a few lights around, the reflection handling is excellent.

    Unfortunately, it's limited in terms of its gaming performance, which is why it's best only if you're only going to be watching movies, especially in HDR. It has a slow response time that makes motion look blurry, and its input lag is much higher than other TVs. Its gradient handling is just decent, so you'll notice banding in HDR content. It's only available in a 75 inch size, but if that isn't an issue for you, it's the best TV for watching HDR movies.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget LED TV

    If you're on a budget, then the Hisense U6G is the best LCD TV that we've tested. Although it's an entry-level TV that doesn't have as many features as the higher-end models, it still delivers great performance. The built-in Android TV is user-friendly and has a ton of apps available through the Google Play Store.

    It's a well-rounded TV with a VA panel that displays deep blacks when viewed in a dark room. It has fantastic black uniformity, and the full-array local dimming feature does a decent job of improving the picture quality in dark scenes. If you want to use it for watching HDR content, it supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10+, so you don't have to worry about which format your content is in before streaming it, and it displays a wide color gamut. It has okay peak brightness in HDR, but some highlights don't stand out the way the creator intended.

    It's a great gaming TV with low input lag and a quick response time, but sadly it doesn't support any variable refresh rate (VRR) technologies, meaning you won't get a tear-free gaming experience. It's also limited to a 60Hz panel and HDMI 2.0 bandwidth, so you can't take full advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X. If you don't need the VRR support, it's a great all-around model and one of the best budget LED TVs we've tested.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget LED TV With VRR Support

    The TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED is the best LCD TV if you're on a budget and want something with variable refresh rate support to reduce screen tearing while gaming. It has native FreeSync and HDMI Forum VRR support, so you can use it with the Xbox Series X and PS5 to get a nearly tear-free gaming experience, but because it's limited to a 60Hz panel and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, you can't play high-frame-rate games.

    It delivers a great gaming experience because it has low input lag for a responsive feel, and it has a quick response time that results in minimal motion blur. There's even a backlight strobing feature to reduce persistence blur, but it creates image duplication. It's also great for dark room gaming as it has a VA panel with a high native contrast ratio and excellent black uniformity. However, its full-array local dimming feature doesn't do much to improve the picture quality in dark scenes. Even in bright rooms, it has great SDR peak brightness, meaning glare won't be a problem, and the reflection handling is decent.

    Sadly, the biggest issue with this TV is that it has terrible out-of-the-box accuracy, and calibrating it doesn't fix many of the issues. This means it has a red tint even after calibration, and the entire image looks off. If that doesn't bother you, it's a great LED gaming TV you can get on a budget.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung QN90B QLED: The Samsung QN90B QLED is a bit brighter than the Samsung QN90A QLED in some scenes, but the QN90A is slightly better overall, and while it's still available, it's worth getting over the QN90B because it costs less. See our review
  • Sony X90J: The Sony X90J is comparable to the Hisense U8G because it's also an HDMI 2.1 TV with VRR support, and it doesn't have any of the motion issues, but it costs a bit more, so it's worth getting the Hisense instead. See our review
  • Hisense U6GR: The Hisense U6GR is a budget-friendly TV with VRR support, and it has better overall picture quality than the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED, but it's also harder to find. See our review
  • Samsung Q80/Q80A QLED: The Samsung Q80/Q80A has a wide viewing angle like the Samsung QN85A and it costs less, but it lacks Mini LED backlighting, so it doesn't get as bright. See our review
  • Hisense U7G: The Hisense U7G sits below the Hisense U8G and above the Hisense U6G, but it's not as good as the U8G, and it's too costly to be considered budget, so it's not worth getting over the other two. See our review
  • TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED: The TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED is a great 4k LED TV with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and VRR support like the Hisense U8G, but its local dimming feature is worse, meaning it's worth getting the U8G instead as it has better picture quality. See our review
  • Sony X85J: The Sony X85J is an LED TV with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, making it a better choice than the Hisense U6G for gaming, but it also costs more, and it's expensive to be considered a budget TV. See our review
  • LG QNED90: The LG QNED90 is similar to the Samsung QN85A because it has an IPS-like panel and Mini LED backlighting, but it's not as bright and has worse reflection handling, so the QN85A is a better choice, especially if you're going to use it in bright rooms. See our review
  • Samsung QN85B QLED: The Samsung QN85B QLED has a slightly better local dimming feature than the Samsung QN85A QLED but much worse reflection handling than the older model. The QN85A QLED is cheaper and a bit better overall. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 04, 2022: Replaced the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021 with the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 and moved to its own category for consistency; added the Samsung QN90B and the Samsung QN85B to Notable Mentions.

  2. Mar 07, 2022: Replaced the Hisense U6GR with the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021 because the Hisense is harder to find, and renamed to 'Alternative With Variable Refresh Rate Support'.

  3. Jan 06, 2022: Added the Hisense U9DG as 'Best For HDR' for consistency with other recommendations; replaced the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 with the Hisense U6GR because the Hisense has more features; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  4. Oct 29, 2021: Replaced the TCL 5 Series 2020 with the 5 Series 2021 because it's better and is a newer model, and changed the pick to 'Alternative With VRR Support'; added the TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED and the Sony X95J to Notable Mentions.

  5. Aug 30, 2021: Removed the Vizio P Series Quantum X because it's becoming harder to find; added the Samsung QN85A as 'Best For Wide Seating Areas' and moved the Sony X90J to Notable Mentions; updated Notable Mentions based on market availability.

All Reviews

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.

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