The 6 Best LED LCD TVs - Spring 2021 Reviews

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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.


  1. Best LED TV: Sony X90J

    8.1
    Mixed Usage
    8.6
    Movies
    7.7
    TV Shows
    7.5
    Sports
    8.4
    Video Games
    8.3
    HDR Movies
    8.3
    HDR Gaming
    7.8
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 50" 55" 65" 75" 100"

    The best LED TV we've tested is the Sony X90J. It's a great all-around TV from Sony's 2021 lineup, replacing the popular Sony X900H. It feels well-built and comes with Google TV, giving you access to a ton of apps so you can easily find all your favorite content. Whether watching movies and shows or doing some gaming, most people should be happy with this model.

    It has a VA panel with a fantastic contrast ratio, producing deep inky blacks and making it well-suited to dark room viewing or gaming. It has a full-array local dimming feature as well to further improve contrast. It also performs well in bright rooms, with impressive SDR brightness that can overcome glare in most lighting conditions. If you like HDR content, you'll also be pleased with its HDR brightness, which is very good and makes highlights pop. That said, it doesn't technically have a wide color gamut for HDR, although it just barely falls short and should be good enough for a satisfying HDR experience.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't yet have the advertised variable refresh rate (VRR) support. However, it should be implemented in an upcoming firmware update. Aside from that, it still has a great response time for smooth motion in fast-moving content with minimal smearing or blur. It also has low input lag and two HDMI 2.1 ports, allowing it to display up to a 4k @ 120Hz signal from the Xbox Series X or PlayStation 5. All in all, this is among the best LED TVs we've tested.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative: Hisense H9G

    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65"

    If, however, you want to save a bit of money, the Hisense H9G is a great cheaper alternative. It's the 2020 flagship model from Hisense, and while it doesn't have high-end features, like eARC support or HDMI 2.1 ports, found on the Sony X90J, it delivers a ton of value for the price, with an incredible contrast ratio and high peak brightness in both SDR and HDR. Like the Sony, it has a VA panel, so it has narrow viewing angles but can deliver exceptionally deep blacks that are great for watching movies in the dark. Unfortunately, it doesn't have VRR support, and its out-of-the-box color accuracy is much worse than the Sony's, but it has a wider color gamut.

    Overall, the Sony is a better option if you want a future-proof TV with the latest features like HDMI 2.1, but the Hisense is a great option if you want something a little cheaper.

    See our review

  3. Best LED TV For HDR: Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020

    8.3
    Mixed Usage
    8.5
    Movies
    8.0
    TV Shows
    7.9
    Sports
    8.7
    Video Games
    8.6
    HDR Movies
    8.6
    HDR Gaming
    8.0
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 65" 75" 85"

    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.

    See our review

  4. Alternative With Better Color Accuracy: Sony X950H

    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 49" 55" 65" 75" 85"

    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 wide color gamut for HDR content, but it's not the best choice for HDR gaming as it lacks any gaming features like VRR.

    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.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget LED TV: Hisense H8G

    7.8
    Mixed Usage
    8.0
    Movies
    7.6
    TV Shows
    7.5
    Sports
    7.9
    Video Games
    7.8
    HDR Movies
    7.7
    HDR Gaming
    7.7
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 50" 55" 65" 75"

    The Hisense H8G is the best LED TV that we've tested in the budget category. It sits behind the Hisense H9G in their 2020 lineup, and even though it isn't as good overall as the H9G, it offers good performance that competes with higher-end, more expensive options. It's fairly well-built and has thin borders to give it a premium design.

    It's a basic, entry-level TV that doesn't have gaming features found on higher-end models, but that shouldn't be a problem if you're just watching your favorite shows and movies. It's a great choice for dark room viewing thanks to its excellent native contrast ratio and decent local dimming feature that improves the picture quality of dark scenes even more. If you want to use it in a well-lit room, it gets bright enough to combat glare and has decent reflection handling.

    Unfortunately, our unit has some dirty screen effect in the center, which could get distracting during sports, but this also may vary between units. It has Android TV built-in as its operating system, which has a massive selection of apps available to download but isn't be the easiest to use at times. Lastly, it displays a wide color gamut for HDR content but may not get bright enough to truly make highlights stand out. Regardless of these small issues, it's one of the best LED TVs that we've tested.

    See our review

  6. Roku Alternative: TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED

    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 50" 55" 65" 75"

    If you prefer something different from Android TV, like the easier-to-use Roku TV, check out the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED. It doesn't get as bright as the Hisense H8G, so it's best to avoid placing it opposite a window or in a room with bright lights. However, our unit of the TCL has much better contrast, resulting in deeper blacks, and it also a decent local dimming feature. Like the Hisense, it doesn't have any gaming features, but it still has a quick response time and very low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. It also removes 24p judder from all sources, which helps improve the appearance of motion in movies, and it's also rare for a 60Hz TV to do so.

    If you're on a budget and want the best LED TV, check out the Hisense, but if you're a fan of Roku, look into the TCL.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung QN90A QLED: The Samsung QN90A is an excellent all-around TV with exceptional picture quality, but it's very costly and not worth the price difference over the Sony X90J. See our review
  • TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED: The TCL 6 Series/R635 2020 QLED is a very good LED with VRR support, but it has too many uniformity and local dimming issues compared to the Hisense H9G. See our review
  • Samsung QN85A QLED: The Samsung QN85A is a high-end TV with great performance, but it has an IPS-like panel with a lower native contrast ratio than most TVs on this list, and it's not worth the price difference over the Sony X90J. See our review
  • Vizio P Series Quantum 2020: The Vizio P Series Quantum 2020 is very good overall with good color accuracy, but it has too many bugs and issues compared to the Sony X950H. See our review
  • Sony X900H: The Sony X900H is the older version of the X90J, so it may be harder to find. Also, it doesn't get as bright, so it's worth getting the Sony X90J instead. See our review
  • Samsung Q60/Q60A QLED: The Samsung Q60/Q60A is an entry-level QLED with decent overall performance, but for its price, it's worth getting the Hisense H8G instead. See our review
  • LG NANO90 2020: The LG NANO90 is an upper-mid range TV with an IPS panel, providing wide viewing angles if that's what you're looking for. See our review
  • Samsung TU8000: The Samsung TU8000 is a very good budget gaming TV, but the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED is better overall. See our review
  • Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020: The Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2020 is a budget TV with VRR support, but its SmartCast system isn't as good as Android TV on the H8G or Roku on the TCL 5 Series. See our review
  • Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED: The Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED is a great TV that performs similarly overall to the Sony X90J, but it has a lower contrast ratio, performs worse in 'Game' mode, and may be harder to find now. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

  2. Mar 05, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the Samsung Q60T, Samsung Q70T, and Vizio M7 Series to Notable Mentions.

  3. Jan 19, 2021: Checked accuracy of picks and updated text for clarity.

  4. Nov 20, 2020: Added the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020 and moved the Sony X950H to an alternative.

  5. 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'.

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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