Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) TVs are one of two major types of TVs, and they're very popular. They've become more affordable since they first hit the consumer market in 2013. They're different from the traditional LED-backlit LCD TV because instead of using a backlight, each pixel is self-emissive. This means that they can turn on and off on their own, producing perfect black levels with no blooming around bright objects. OLEDs generally get less bright than their LED counterparts, and they risk permanent burn-in with cumulative exposure to the same static elements, but this isn't an issue if you don't watch static content. If you want the best picture quality possible, you can't go wrong with an OLED.
Note: Keep in mind that we only buy and test products available in the United States. While we expect this list to be relevant regardless of your region, there are a couple of popular models from Panasonic and Philips that aren't available in the US, so we haven't tested them.
We've bought and tested more than 40 TVs that use an OLED panel, and below are our recommendations for the best OLEDs you can buy in the US that we've tested. See our picks for the best TVs, the best TVs for Xbox One Series X, and the best TVs for PS5.
The Samsung S95B OLED is the best OLED TV we've tested. Like the other OLEDs on this list, it delivers superb picture quality, with deep inky blacks, near-perfect black uniformity, and no blooming around bright objects. Its unique QD-OLED panel delivers a much wider color gamut than the LG C2 OLED, though, and significantly better color volume, so colors are bright and vibrant, and HDR content looks incredibly vivid and lifelike.
There are a few downsides to this TV, though. It lacks a polarizing filter, so blacks are raised if you're in a bright environment. It also lacks support for Dolby Vision, which is the most popular advanced HDR format currently available. Because of these limitations, it's not quite as versatile as some of the other TVs on this list, but it's still a fantastic TV, especially if you're mainly planning on watching movies in the dark.
The LG C2 OLED is the best mid-range OLED TV we've tested. Although all OLEDs deliver similar fantastic picture quality, this one stands out for its value because it has many gaming-oriented features that are great for gamers. It delivers the same stunning picture quality in dark rooms with perfect blacks and no blooming around bright objects as most other OLEDs. However, it uses a different OLED panel from the Sony A95K OLED and the Samsung S95B OLED, so it's not as bright in HDR and colors aren't as vivid.
The TV has a 120Hz panel with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on four inputs, meaning you can take full advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X's capabilities with 4k @ 120 fps gaming. It has native FreeSync and HDMI Forum VRR support, as well as G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. It uses LG's webOS, a user-friendly smart platform with many apps available to download. It has an updated version of the Magic Remote, whose point-and-press feature can be used like a Wii remote, making menu navigation even easier.
There aren't really any OLED TVs available at a budget price point, but the LG A2 OLED comes close. It's an excellent TV overall, delivering similar picture quality to the more expensive OLED TVs on this list, but it lacks all of the advanced features found on the other models. It still delivers stunning picture quality in a dark room, with deep, inky blacks that look perfect in the dark, with no distracting blooming around bright highlights in dark scenes.
It's still excellent for gaming, thanks to its incredibly low input lag and nearly instantaneous response time, so you'll enjoy a smooth, responsive gaming experience. It doesn't support HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, and it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, so it can't take full advantage of the PS5 or Xbox Series X consoles.
If you want the absolute best OLED display possible, the Sony A95K OLED is the best high-end OLED TV we've tested. Even though all OLEDs deliver very similar picture quality when watching movies in dark rooms, this one stands out just a bit more than the competition, but it's also a lot more expensive. Like the Samsung S95B OLED, it uses a new type of OLED panel, which delivers much brighter colors and a more realistic experience than the previous generation of OLED technology.
What makes this TV better than other OLEDs for watching movies in SDR or HDR is its higher HDR peak brightness and Sony's better image processing. It does a better job delivering an image that respects the creator's intent, with proper highlight details and correct color mapping. Unlike the Samsung S95B OLED, it supports Dolby Vision, which is one of the most widely supported advanced HDR formats, and it supports DTS:X and DTS audio passthrough.
Sep 21, 2022: Added the LG A2 OLED as the 'Best Budget OLED TV', and restructured the article. Replaced the Sony A90J OLED with the Sony A95K OLED.
Jul 08, 2022: Restructured the article to better match how people are looking for TVs. Added the Samsung S95B QD-OLED as the 'Best HDR OLED TV' and removed the Sony A80J. Removed many Notable Mentions that were out of date and no longer relevant.
Apr 06, 2022: Updated text for clarity; added the LG GX OLED and the Sony A9S OLED to Notable Mentions and removed the Sony A8H due to low availability.
Feb 08, 2022: Moved the LG A1 to Notable Mentions and added the Sony A80J as 'Cheaper Alternative' to the Sony A90J to reflect user needs.
Dec 10, 2021: Updated text for clarity and verified picks for availability.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best OLED TVs available in the United States for most people. 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, and we only test those available in the U.S.).
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of OLED 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.