For many years, LED TVs have dominated the market. Manufacturers release a great number of models every year including with 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). LED TVs' 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, but there are some downsides too like narrow viewing angles or blooming, depending on which TV you get.
We've tested more than 80 LED TVs under the latest test bench 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 available in various sizes. It's exceptionally well-built, and it includes a center-mounted stand with built-in cable management. Its Mini LED backlighting gets incredibly bright, 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 backlight strobing feature to further improve clarity. It upscales lower resolution content well and without artifacts, so it's a great choice for viewing broadcast content or cable TV.
Unfortunately, it only has one HDMI port with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, which means you can only connect one HDMI 2.1 device. Its excellent Tizen OS interface is easy to navigate and has many 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 prefer something cheaper, then check out the Hisense U8G. It has worse viewing angles than the Samsung QN90A QLED, but that's because it doesn't have any viewing angle technology, so 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. Speaking of which, 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 the best 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.
The best LED TV for wide seating arrangements is the Samsung QN85A QLED. It's a premium model that sits just below the Samsung QN90A QLED, and it has many of the same features, just with a different panel type. While the QN90A has a VA panel, this one has an IPS-type panel, allowing to have wider viewing angles, so the image remains accurate no matter where you sit.
It performs best in well-lit rooms because it still has the Mini LED backlighting, allowing it to get extremely bright, and because the reflection handling remains incredible, visibility won't be an issue in most rooms. It's excellent for watching sports with a large group of people because of the wide viewing angles, and the response time is great, so motion looks smooth. The Tizen OS smart system has a ton of apps available to download, and the TV doesn't have any trouble upscaling lower-resolution content from cable boxes.
The main downside of having an IPS-like panel is the low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray in a dark room. Even though it has a decent full-array local dimming feature that improves the contrast, there's blooming around bright objects that could get distracting. The 55, 65, and 75 inch panels have IPS-like panels, but the 85 inch has a VA panel, meaning it performs differently. Overall, it's the best LED if you want wide viewing angles.
The best LED TV available for watching HDR content is the Hisense U9DG. It's a unique LED TV because it uses dual cell 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 seen on any LED TV. The black level is nearly perfect, and there's minimal 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 we recommend it 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 LED TV for watching HDR movies.
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 may not have as many features as the higher-end models, it still delivers great overall 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 at 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 may not 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 VRR technologies, meaning you won't get a tear-free gaming experience. It's also limited to a 60Hz panel and has HDMI 2.0 inputs, so you can't take full advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X, but that's expected for an entry-level TV. If you don't need the VRR support, it's a great budget TV and one of the best LED TVs we've tested.
If you're a fan of the Roku smart platform, which some people find easier to use than Android TV, then look into the Hisense U6GR. It's very similar to the Hisense U6G but with Roku built-in instead. However, it's not sold at as many retailers, and it's only available in 55 and 65 inch sizes. It has many of the same features, as it also has a VA panel with high native contrast and decent local dimming, but it also has VRR support for gamers and eARC support if you want to connect a receiver. It also gets bright and good reflection handling if you want to use it in a bright room. Unfortunately, it has trouble properly upscaling 480p signals, which isn't ideal for watching DVDs, and the out-of-the-box accuracy is disappointing.
If you're looking for the best LED TV while on a budget, you can't go wrong with the U6G, but if you prefer Roku or you want something with VRR support, then check out the U6GR.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.