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 7 OLED TVs and below are our recommendations for the best ones to buy in 2018.
The best OLED TV we’ve tested so far is the LG OLED B8. The B8 has the same excellent picture quality as the more expensive LG C8. It has perfect blacks, which is great for dark viewing environments and the image remains accurate when viewed at an angle, which is great for wide seating arrangements. It has a wide color gamut and can produce bright and saturated highlights when displaying HDR content. It has excellent motion handling and a low input lag that will please gamers and PC users. It is available for a lower price than the similarly performing Sony A8F.
However, as with all OLEDs, projecting static images for prolonged periods of time, has the risk of temporary image retention and permanent burn-in, although we expect most people won’t be affected by this.
Overall, the LG B8 is the best OLED TV we’ve tested and it performs very well in most usages.
If you would like a slightly different stand than the one of the LG B8, then you can opt for the LG C8 that has a wider and sturdier stand. The two TVs have the same great picture quality and although the C8 is equipped with the new Alpha 9 processor (the B8 still has last years' Alpha 7), we did not see any differences in performance. They are both excellent OLED TVs with minor differences that can be attributed to panel variance.
If you find that the LG B8 is too expensive, we recommend the LG B7A, although it has become very hard to find in stock since it is a 2017 model. The B7 lacks the black frame insertion feature found on the B8, which otherwise helps to clear blur and makes the image look crisper by flickering the image. It is, however, a very good OLED TV that delivers great performance in almost all usages.
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.