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The 5 Best OLED 4k TVs - Spring 2019
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OLED TVs have the best picture quality currently available. If you are watching TV in a dark room, OLEDs can display perfect blacks, which enhance picture quality. They cannot get as bright as LED TVs and have a risk of image retention or burn-in, although we expect most people not to be affected by this.

We've tested 83 TVs and below are our recommendations for the best OLED TVs to buy in 2019.

Note: Since new TVs tend to launch at very high prices, it's unlikely that these newer models will become reasonable choices until the latter half of the year. Because of this, the 2018 models remain as picks in our recommendations.

  1. Best OLED TV: Sony A9F OLED

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3

    Test Benches:

    • 1.3: Spring 2019
    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    8.9
    Mixed Usage
    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.
    Score components:
    9.4
    Movies
    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.
    Score components:
    8.5
    TV Shows
    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.
    Score components:
    8.7
    Sports
    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.
    8.9
    Video Games
    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.
    9.2
    HDR Movies
    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.
    Score components:
    8.9
    HDR Gaming
    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.
    8.4
    PC Monitor
    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.
    Score components:
    Type : OLED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65"

    The best OLED TV we've tested so far is the Sony A9F. It has an excellent picture quality with perfectly deep blacks that look great in a dark room. It has very good wide viewing angles, and you can easily place it in a large room with a wide seating arrangement. The Sony A9F has excellent HDR performance. It has an excellent color gamut and very good color volume so it can display scenes with rich, saturated colors and highlights that pop. Motion handling is excellent due to an almost instantaneous response time that leaves only as small blur trail. It also has a low input lag that makes it a good choice for gamers. Finally, the Android 8.0 smart platform is very fast.

    Unfortunately, the Sony A9F has the risk of temporary image retention and permanent burn-in if you project static images for a prolonged period of time, just like all OLEDs. However, we expect most people not to be affected by this.

    Most OLED TVs of the same year have a picture quality in the same ballpark, even across brands. While it is pricier, the Sony A9F has a small edge for people that watch HDR movies and that want color accuracy. It has slightly better gradient handling, better color volume, and a less aggressive automatic brightness limiter (ABL) than the other OLED TVs like the LG C8.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative: Sony A8F OLED

    Type : OLED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65"

    If you find the Sony A9F expensive and want a cheaper alternative with similar overall performance, then check out the Sony A8F. It has a lower input lag and can not display the full range of colors the A9F can. On the other hand, the A8F costs less and offers similarly excellent performance in almost any usage. If you decide to get it, you will enjoy an excellent picture quality, especially when in a dark room, and an image that looks crisp due to the great motion handling.

    See our review

  3. Best Gaming OLED TV: LG C8 OLED

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3

    Test Benches:

    • 1.3: Spring 2019
    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    8.9
    Mixed Usage
    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.
    Score components:
    9.4
    Movies
    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.
    Score components:
    8.6
    TV Shows
    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.
    Score components:
    8.8
    Sports
    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.
    9.0
    Video Games
    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
    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.
    Score components:
    8.8
    HDR Gaming
    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.
    8.4
    PC Monitor
    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.
    Score components:
    Type : OLED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65" 77"

    If you like gaming and you find that the Sony A9F's input lag isn't low enough, then get the LG C8, the best gaming OLED TV. The LG C8 has a little worse color volume than the Sony A9F, but the picture quality of the LG C8 is still excellent. Just like all OLEDs, it has wide viewing angles and perfect blacks thanks to its emissive technology that allows it to switch off individual pixels, delivering an outstanding dark room performance. HDR content is full of vivid colors and bright highlights thanks to the TVs wide color gamut and good brightness levels. It has excellent motion handling thanks to the very fast response time, and a very low input lag that will please even competitive gamers, but unfortunately, the TV does not support any other gaming enhancing features like FreeSync.

    The LG C8, like all OLED TVs, has the risk of temporary image retention and permanent burn-in. However, since this is more likely to happen if you display static images for a prolonged period of time, we don't expect this to affect those who watch normal varied content.

    Overall, the LG C8 is an excellent OLED TV that has a remarkable performance in most usages, especially in video games.

    See our review

  4. Cheaper Alternative: LG B8 OLED

    Type : OLED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
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    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65"

    If you like the LG C8 and would like to get a TV that performs just as well but is less expensive, then get the LG B8. The LG B8 has a narrower stand than the C8 and is equipped with last year's Alpha 7 processor and not the new A9 processor found inside the LG C8. The two TVs have the same excellent picture quality, and you have to place them side-by-side to tell the processor speed differences. The LG B8 is an excellent TV and performs just as good as the C8. The minor differences can be attributed to panel variance.

    See our review

  5. Best Sounding OLED TV: LG E8 OLED

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3

    Test Benches:

    • 1.3: Spring 2019
    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    8.9
    Mixed Usage
    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.
    Score components:
    9.3
    Movies
    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.
    Score components:
    8.6
    TV Shows
    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.
    Score components:
    8.7
    Sports
    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.
    9.0
    Video Games
    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.
    9.0
    HDR Movies
    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.
    Score components:
    8.8
    HDR Gaming
    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.
    8.5
    PC Monitor
    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.
    Score components:
    Type : OLED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    WRGB
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65"

    The LG E8 has the best sound quality of all OLED TVs currently available. It has a similar overall performance to the LG B8 and the LG C8 but is more expensive due to its unique and more premium design.

    If you decide to go for it, you will be getting a TV with a remarkable performance in any usage. The E8 has excellent picture quality and can deliver true blacks, vivid colors, and excellent motion handling thanks to the almost instantaneous response time. The dedicated soundbar offers good sound quality and most people will be happy with the TV.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Sony A1E OLED: If you can still find it, it is an excellent TV whose 65" model might be cheaper than the LG B8, in which case it is the better buy. See our review
  • LG B7/B7A OLED:  Excellent OLED TV, almost as good as the B8, but also very hard to find. See our review
  • LG C7 OLED:  Great OLED TV. Just like the B7A, very hard to find. See our review
  • LG C9 OLED: The replacement of the LG C8 is an excellent OLED TV. However, it is still more expensive than the C8 and not worth the price difference. See our review

All Reviews

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

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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