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The 2 Best OLED TVs - Winter 2018
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Best OLED TVs

OLED TVs simply provide the best picture quality currently available. For movies especially, the contrast produced by these TVs provides an unmatched rendition of the scenes created by the director. They aren't as bright as LCD TVs, but it isn't to the point of causing issues. Unfortunately, they do share the same risk of image retention found on the former.

In the US, you are effectively limited to two brands for OLED TVs: Sony and LG. We've tested most of the models sold in 2017 and have updated our recommendations for the winter of 2018.

Best OLED TV: LG B7A

The picture quality of OLED TVs is essentially identical across models, so the biggest difference tends to be their design or extra features. If what interests you is their exceptional picture quality, it's often a good idea to simply get the cheapest variant currently available.

Usage Ratings - Version 1.1
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Test Benches:

  • 1.1: Summer 2017
  • 1.0: Winter 2015
  • 0.9: Winter 2014
  • 0.8: Winter 2013
8.6
Mixed Usage
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What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
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9.5
Movies
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What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
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8.3
TV Shows
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What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
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8.4
Sports
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What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
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8.6
Video Games
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What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
9.1
HDR Movies
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What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
8.5
HDR Gaming
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What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
8.2
PC Monitor
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What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
55" 65"

The best OLED TV we've tested in 2017 is the LG B7 4k WebOS TV. It offers the same picture quality found on all the OLED TVs, including the more expensive LG C7 and E7 at a reasonable price.

Like other OLED TVs, it sports a very useful wide viewing angle that allows you to enjoy your TV even when watching off-axis. This is an important distinction from most LED TVs, since those that tend to have better picture quality also have a narrow viewing angle which limits viewing positions. 

While that's a big feature, it isn't the only one found on the LG B7. Its low input lag, low motion blur, wide color gamut and great smart interface add up to make one of the most well-rounded TVs currently available.

See our review

Alternative: Sony A1E

55" 65" 77"

If you're looking for a TV capable of using backlight flicker to reduce motion blur and enhance the clarity of motion, then you should look into the Sony A1E OLED TV. Except for the smart platform, physical design and sound, this feature is the biggest difference between the Sony A1E and the LG B7. It is a little more expensive, but fans of backlight flicker might want to splurge on the Sony since it is the only OLED TV sold in the US with that feature. Buyers that aren't a fan of the always-inclined stand of the A1E might want to wait for the new Sony A8F. It is essentially an identical TV to the A1E, but it features a different design with a more traditional, straight standing orientation.

See our review

Notable Mentions

  • LG B6. Very similar in performance to the newer LG C7 but quite hard to find nowadays. See our review
  • LG E6. Excellent TV with the best 3D feature we've reviewed, but stocks are a bit scarce. See our review
  • LG C6. Last curved OLED TV made, and one of the last 3D TVs made, but not easy to find since it is discontinued. See our review
  • LG E7. Very good OLED TV, but no difference in performance with the B7 while priced higher due to its fancy design and dedicated sound bar. See our review
  • LG C7. Great OLED TV, but almost identical to the cheaper B7. See our review

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Currently, only LG and Sony sell OLED TVs in the US, and they all have the same picture quality. Some manufacturers like Philips and Panasonic have produced some OLED TVs that use LG panels, but these aren't sold in North America.

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best OLED TVs to buy 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).

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. 

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Does the E6 OLED need calibration?
The E6 does not require calibration, it is fairly accurate when our recommended settings are used (but not our calibration settings). You can find our recommended settings here.
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