Still relatively new, OLED TVs are starting to become more widely available and cost less in 2020 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 best OLED TV that we've tested is the LG CX. One of two entry-level OLEDs from LG's 2020 lineup, the CX OLED delivers amazing picture quality and comes packed with extra gaming features, making it an excellent all-around TV that should look sleek in any living room.
Like all OLEDs, it can turn pixels off individually, producing perfect blacks and an infinite contrast ratio. This is ideal for watching movies in a dark room. Its wide viewing angles also make it easier to accommodate wider seating arrangements since the image doesn't lose accuracy when viewed from the side. For gaming, it has a near-instantaneous response time, low input lag, and supports variable refresh rate (VRR) technology to reduce screen tearing. It also supports a 4k @ 120Hz signal. HDR content looks great thanks to its high contrast ratio and wide color gamut, although it doesn't get very bright, and the screen becomes overly dim when large areas are lit up.
Unfortunately, like every OLED TV, it has a risk of permanent burn-in, although this shouldn't be an issue if you watch a lot of varied content. On the upside, despite not getting very bright, it has fantastic reflection handling, so it does a good job of diffusing bright lights. Finally, it upscales lower resolution content well, and LG's WebOS interface is smooth and easy-to-use, with a great selection of apps for all your needs. All in all, this is the best OLED TV we've tested, and most people should be pleased with it.
If you prefer something cheaper, consider the LG BX OLED, the other entry-level OLED in LG's lineup. It's not as bright as the LG CX OLED and only comes in 55 and 65 inch sizes, whereas the CX comes in 48, 55, 65, and 77 inch options, but it's cheaper and performs very similarly. It feels excellently built, although the smaller plastic stand has a touch more wobble than the CX's wider metal stand. That said, it has the same infinite contrast ratio and near-instantaneous response time as its sibling, and its extremely wide viewing angles are great for watching TV with a group. It may not get bright enough to fully overcome glare in bright rooms, but it has exceptional reflection handling. It also comes with VRR support and supports a 4k @ 120Hz signal.
If you prefer a TV with a wider range of sizes and more brightness, get the CX, but if you're looking to save a bit of money for nearly identical picture quality, the BX is a great option.
The Sony A8H OLED is the best OLED TV for watching movies in dark rooms that we've tested. Although all OLEDs perform nearly the same in dark rooms with their emissive technology to produce perfect blacks, this one stands out versus the LG CX OLED because lower-resolution content stutters a bit less. It still has a near-instant response time, so there is some stutter, but it can remove 24p judder from any source and has a motion interpolation feature.
It has features most OLEDs have for watching movies. It has an infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity. The out-of-the-box color accuracy is excellent, so you likely won't need to get it calibrated to enjoy it to the fullest, but this may vary between units. HDR content looks very good on it because it displays an excellent wide color gamut, has outstanding gradient handling, and has decent HDR peak brightness, but some highlights may not pop how they should. The built-in Android TV has an outstanding selection of apps available to download, so you can likely find the app you need.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have any of the gaming features, like VRR support, that the LG CX has, but this shouldn't make a difference if you're just watching movies. It isn't immune to the burn-in risk that all OLEDs face, and if that worries you, Sony implemented 'Pixel Shift' and 'Panel Refresh' settings to help further reduce the risk of long-term burn-in. All things considered, if you tend to watch movies in dark rooms, you should enjoy this TV.
If you want to save some money, then check out the Vizio OLED 2020. It doesn't get as bright as the Sony A8H OLED, but that shouldn't be a problem for watching movies in dark rooms. It supports HDR10+ as well as Dolby Vision, so you can watch your favorite HDR movies that are available in different formats. It displays a wide color gamut for HDR content and makes small highlights stand out, but it quickly loses brightness as larger, bright areas cover the screen. It has extremely wide viewing angles and incredible reflection handling, so it's a good choice to use in a moderately-lit room with wide seating areas. It has a ton of bugs when using its VRR, and its input lag is higher than most 4k TVs in 2020, but that's not a problem if you don't plan on using it for gaming. It's a uniquely-designed TV whose stand is shaped to hold the Vizio Elevate soundbar, which can help enhance your movie viewing experience.
All things considered, if you're simply looking for the best OLED TV for watching movies, check out the Sony, but if you're on a tighter budget, check out the Vizio.
The best OLED TV with good sounding quality that we've tested is the LG GX OLED. Its built-in speakers have a good frequency response, and they have some punch to their bass. They get loud enough even for noisy environments, and there isn't much distortion at its max listening level. If that isn't good enough for you, LG sells a soundbar by the same name.
What sets it apart from its competitors and other LG TVs in their 2020 lineup is its design. It's extremely thin and doesn't come with a stand; instead, it comes with a dedicated wall-mount. It's meant to sit flush against a wall, making it look like a piece of art. It's well-made, and the thin borders look great. It performs very similarly to the LG CX OLED, and it has even wider viewing angles, which is ideal for an extremely wide seating arrangement. It's also packed with gaming features like FreeSync variable refresh rate support, incredibly low input lag, and near-instant response time.
Unfortunately, it has decent out-of-the-box color accuracy, and even though this may vary between units, you may need to get it calibrated. Due to its extremely quick response time, lower frame rate content may appear to stutter, but it removes judder from any source like Blu-ray players or native apps. Most OLEDs offer similarly excellent picture quality, and this is no different, but if built-in speakers are important to you, this TV has good sound quality.
01/15/2021: Minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.
11/19/2020: Moved the LG BX to a Cheaper Alt to the CX; added the Vizio OLED to a Cheaper Alt to the Sony A8H.
10/13/2020: Replaced the Sony A8G with the LG BX; replaced the LG E9 with the LG GX.
07/14/2020: Replaced LG B9 with LG CX, replaced Sony A9G with Sony A8H.
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.