Still relatively new, OLED TVs are becoming more and more widely available and cost less than they used to. Only a few companies produce OLED TVs, and their panels mainly come from the same manufacturer, so picture quality remains relatively unchanged between models. The best OLED TVs have excellent picture quality thanks to their ability to turn off individual pixels, resulting in perfect blacks. They generally get less bright than their LED counterparts, and they have the risk of permanent burn-in with constant exposure to static elements, but we don't expect this to be an issue for those who watch varied content.
We've tested more than 80 TVs in the last two years, and below are our recommendations for the best OLED TVs to buy. See our recommendations for the best TVs, the best TVs for Xbox One Series X, and the best TVs for PS5.
The LG CX is the best OLED TV that we've tested. It's part of LG's 2020 lineup and is available in a wide range of sizes, from 48 to 77 inches; we also tested the 48 inch model as a monitor. It offers the best performance for its value compared to other OLEDs, even if they have similar picture quality. It's packed with gaming features and performs well in both dark and fairly bright rooms.
It has a sleek center-mounted stand that elevates the TV high enough off the table so that if you place a soundbar in front of it, your view shouldn't be obstructed. It has an extremely thin panel and shouldn't stick out when wall-mounted. In terms of picture quality, it's similar to other OLED TVs as it displays perfect blacks, has wide viewing angles, and impressive gray uniformity, but this may vary between units. It doesn't have any issues upscaling lower-resolution content, it removes 24p judder from any source, and the out-of-the-box color accuracy is great.
Sadly, like any OLED, it has the risk of permanent burn-in, but that's excepted. It has decent SDR brightness and outstanding reflection handling, which is great for fairly well-lit rooms, but it's still best to avoid placing it opposite a window with direct sunlight. Also, it doesn't get bright enough to truly make highlights stand out in HDR, especially in 'Game' mode. All in all, this is one of the best OLEDs we've tested.
If you're looking for a cheaper alternative, check out the LG BX OLED. It doesn't get as bright as the LG CX OLED in either SDR or HDR, but it offers a lot of the same features at a lower price. Unlike the CX, it's only available in 55 and 65 inches. That said, the BX still has the same infinite contrast ratio and near-instant response time that all OLEDs have, and it has extremely wide viewing angles that are ideal for wide seating arrangements. Unfortunately, it doesn't get bright enough to fully overcome glare in well-lit rooms, but it has fantastic reflection handling. Gamers should also be happy with its 120Hz refresh rate, low input lag, and VRR support. Overall, it feels well-built, despite its plastic stand feeling a tad flimsier than the metal counterpart on the CX.
Get the CX if you want the best OLED TV, which comes in a wider range of sizes and gets brighter, but if you'd like to save some money for an OLED that performs almost the same, the BX is a great alternative.
The best OLED TV we've tested for watching movies is the Sony A8H. While all OLEDs deliver excellent dark room performance thanks to their infinite contrast ratio, this one has a slight edge for watching movies over competitors because there's a bit less stutter with lower-frame rate content, and it supports DTS audio and Dolby Digital audio formats. That said, these are tiny differences that most people likely won't notice, and you can't really go wrong with any OLED when it comes to home theater.
On top of its infinite contrast ratio, the A8H has perfect black uniformity, so there's no blooming around bright objects. Our unit also has amazing out-of-the-box color accuracy, which means you don't necessarily need to get it calibrated, but this can vary between units. HDR content looks great as well, despite not getting very bright, thanks to the wide color gamut and perfect black levels. It also has a near-instant response time, resulting in a smooth motion and exceptional gradient handling. Finally, the Android TV smart interface is very smooth and offers a wide selection of apps for all your movie-watching needs.
Unfortunately, there's no VRR support on this TV, so it may not be the best choice for gaming, but it should satisfy most people who mainly use it for movies and TV. Like all OLEDs, it also comes with a risk of permanent burn-in, though this shouldn't be an issue if you watch varied content. It also includes 'Pixel Shift' and 'Panel Refresh' features to reduce the risk. All that said, this is among the best OLEDs we've tested and a fantastic choice for watching movies in a dark environment.
If you're looking for something cheaper, check out the Vizio OLED 2020. It doesn't get as bright as the Sony A8H OLED and can't remove judder from all sources, but it's more affordable and still delivers the perfect black levels that make OLEDs so well-suited to dark room viewing. It has decent out-of-the-box color accuracy, though this can vary between units, and a wide color gamut for HDR. Even though small highlights pop, it doesn't get very bright and the screen gets overly dim with large areas, so some HDR content may not look as intended. It also has issues with VRR, although that shouldn't be a problem if you're using it mainly for movies. On the upside, it has excellent reflection handling and upscales lower-resolution content without issue.
If you want the best OLED TV for watching movies that can remove judder from any source and gets brighter, go with the Sony, but if you'd prefer to save some money, consider the Vizio.
If sound quality is important to you, the LG GX is the best OLED TV we've tested when it comes to sound. The built-in speakers have a good frequency response with a well-balanced sound profile that results in clear dialogue, and the TV gets quite loud. It also has decent bass with a bit of punch to it, although it's not nearly as deep and thumping as you might get with a set of speakers. If the built-in speakers aren't enough for you, LG also has a matching GX soundbar.
It has a unique look compared to the rest of LG's OLED lineup, with a slim 'Gallery' design that's meant to emulate a work of art by sitting flush against the wall. The TV doesn't typically come with a stand, but you can buy one if you don't want to wall-mount it. Aside from sounding good, it also delivers the same stunning picture quality that can be found on any OLED thanks to its infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity. It also has fantastic viewing angles, so the image doesn't look washed out from the side.
As with other OLEDs, there's a risk of permanent burn-in, but it shouldn't be an issue if you watch varied content. Unfortunately, it doesn't get very bright, and because of its aggressive Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL), the brightness isn't very consistent. On the upside, gamers should be pleased with its 120Hz refresh rate, near-instantaneous response time, low input lag, and VRR support. All in all, it has a lot of the same amazing features that other OLEDs provide, and it's among the best-sounding OLED TVs we've tested.
Mar 31, 2021: Updated text for clarity; removed the LG E9 OLED from Notable Mentions because it's hard to find.
Mar 01, 2021: Added the Sony A9S OLED as a Notable Mention.
Feb 12, 2021: Checked that picks were still accurate and updated text for clarity.
Jan 15, 2021: Minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.
Nov 19, 2020: Moved the LG BX to a Cheaper Alt to the CX; added the Vizio OLED to a Cheaper Alt to the Sony A8H.
Oct 13, 2020: Replaced the Sony A8G with the LG BX; replaced the LG E9 with the LG GX.
Jul 14, 2020: Replaced LG B9 with LG CX, replaced Sony A9G with Sony A8H.
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.