LG introduced 4k OLEDs to the TV consumer market in 2013, and they've been growing in popularity since. Although they were once very expensive, their prices are slowly starting to drop. 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 fantastic 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 10 OLEDs under the latest test bench, and below are our recommendations for the best OLED TVs to buy. See our picks for the best TVs, the best TVs for Xbox One Series X, and the best TVs for PS5.
The LG C1 OLED is the best OLED TV for all-around performance that 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 should please most people. It delivers the same stunning picture quality in dark rooms with perfect blacks and no blooming around bright objects.
Its built-in operating system is LG's webOS, which has a user-friendly interface and a ton of apps available to download. It comes with the newest version of the Magic Remote, whose point-and-press feature can be used as a Wii remote, making menu navigation even easier. The TV has a 120Hz panel with four HDMI 2.1 inputs, meaning you can take full advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X's capabilities with 4k @ 120 fps gaming. In terms of its variable refresh rate (VRR) support, it has native FreeSync and HDMI Forum VRR, as well as G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing.
Besides the risk of permanent burn-in, there are a few other issues with the TV. It doesn't get extremely bright, especially in HDR, so some highlights may not pop how they should. OLEDs are known to not get bright, but this one is worse than competing models. The out-of-the-box accuracy is also bad, and even though this can vary between units, you may need to get it calibrated to enjoy it to the fullest. If this doesn't bother you, it's the best OLED we've tested.
If you want to save a bit of money, then look into the LG A1 OLED. It's a no-frills OLED that lacks any gaming features like VRR support and a 120Hz panel that the LG C1 OLED has, but it still delivers the same fantastic picture quality for nearly any type of usage. It has a near-infinite contrast ratio with perfect black uniformity, and like any OLED, it has wide viewing angles, so the image remains accurate no matter where you sit. Its HDR brightness is worse, so most highlights aren't as vivid and don't pop the way they should, but it's still excellent for watching HDR movies because of its perfect black levels.
If you want the best OLED TV, you can't go wrong with the C1, but if you don't need those extra gaming features, then check out the A1.
The best OLED TV we've tested for watching movies is the Sony A90J OLED. It's Sony's flagship 4k OLED model in their 2021 model and has the same exceptional picture quality as other OLEDs, but it's better in a few areas. It has a sleek design, but unlike the LG G1 OLED, you can place it on a table and don't necessarily need to wall-mount it.
Although all OLEDs have a near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect blacks, making them a fantastic choice for watching movies in dark rooms, the image processing is a bit better on this TV compared to the LG C1 OLED. It has much better gradient handling, meaning you won't notice much banding in scenes of similar colors, like in a sunset. It has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy, and even though this can vary between units, Sony TVs are known for their superior color accuracy, so it's unlikely you'll need to get it calibrated. Lastly, this TV uses the new evo panel, allowing it to get brighter in HDR than most OLEDs.
Unfortunately, even though it has HDMI 2.1 inputs, it doesn't have VRR support yet, which is disappointing, but it may come in a future firmware update. It has low input lag overall, but it's higher than the LG OLEDs, so this is why we suggest getting this TV if you're going to watch movies and not play competitive video games. If you don't, it's the best OLED TV we've tested.
The LG G1 OLED is the best sounding OLED that we've tested, which is great if you don't plan on buying a soundbar. It has a unique thin design meant to sit flush against a wall using its dedicated slim wall mount, and it's very well-built. It features LG's new evo panel that allows it to get brighter in HDR than other OLEDs like the LG C1 OLED, so combined with its wide color gamut, it delivers an excellent HDR experience.
Its speakers are better than most TVs we've tested as they produce a decent bass, but you'll need a dedicated subwoofer if you want the best bass possible. Other than that, it has a well-balanced sound profile that gets loud, and even though there's some compression at its max volume, not everyone may hear it. Our unit even has impressive color accuracy, so you may not need to get it calibrated, but this can vary between units.
Sadly, it has an aggressive Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL), typical of OLEDs, so large areas of bright colors are less bright. This means it's not ideal for using it as a PC monitor or watching sports with bright colors, like hockey. Also, its SDR brightness isn't much of an improvement over the C1, but luckily it has outstanding reflection handling if you want to use it in a well-lit room. Overall, it's the best OLED TV with good built-in speakers that we've tested.
Oct 15, 2021: Updated text for clarity; moved the Vizio OLED to Notable Mentions because its all-around performance isn't as good as the others; added the LG B1 to Notable Mentions.
Aug 18, 2021: Replaced the Sony A80J with the Sony A90J for consistency; updated text for clarity.
Jul 19, 2021: Replaced the LG BX with the LG A1 because it's newer and cheaper; replaced the LG GX with the newer LG G1.
Jun 25, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the LG A1 to Notable Mentions.
May 27, 2021: Replaced the LG CX OLED with the LG C1 OLED as 'Best OLED TV'; Replaced the Sony A90J OLED with the Sony A80J OLED as 'Best OLED TV for Movies'; Added CX and A90J to Notable Mentions.
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.