OLED TVs have the best picture quality available in 2020. If you're watching TV in a dark room, OLEDs can display perfect blacks, which enhances picture quality. They can't get as bright as LED TVs and have a risk of permanent burn-in, although we expect most people not to be affected by this.
We've tested more than 70 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 4k gaming TVs, and the best smart TVs.
The best OLED TV we've tested is the LG CX OLED. It's one of two entry-level OLEDs in LG's 2020 lineup, along with the LG BX OLED, and it offers an excellent picture quality that most people should be happy with. It's also a really well-built TV with a sleek and modern design that fits well into any environment.
Like any OLED, it has an infinite contrast ratio, perfect black uniformity, and wide viewing angles, making it ideal for watching a movie in a wide seating arrangement. What sets this OLED apart is its outstanding gaming performance. It has a 120Hz refresh rate, native FreeSync support, and it's G-SYNC compatible with newer NVIDIA graphics cards. The input lag is really low and has a near-instant response time, resulting in extremely smooth motion. It also has impressive out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you won't need to get it calibrated unless you really want to it. Lastly, it's packed with other features like motion interpolation and the ability to remove judder from any source.
Unfortunately, besides the risk of permanent burn-in, it doesn't get very bright and has an aggressive Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL), so large areas of the screen aren't as bright as they're supposed to be. On the upside, it's still a good choice for fairly bright rooms because it has outstanding reflection handling. LG's WebOS is also easy to use, and there's a great selection of apps available to download. All in all, most people should be happy with it, making it the best OLED TV we've tested.
The best OLED TV for watching movies that we've tested is the Sony A8H. While all OLEDs perform very similarly, there are a few things that really sets this TV apart when it comes to movie watching. Like all OLEDs, it can produce perfect blacks, which is great for dark room viewing, and it gets bright enough to make highlights pop in HDR content. It has an impressive color accuracy, so you likely won't need to calibrate it to get a good experience, and its gradient handling is outstanding, which results in less banding when displaying different shades.
When it comes to motion handling, Sony TVs are among the best. The response time is almost instantaneous, as is expected of most OLEDs, and it comes with an optional Black Frame Insertion to further reduce motion blur in fast-moving scenes. It can also interpolate lower frame rate content up to 120fps, which can be useful in reducing stutters in lower frame rate content such as movies. Its input lag is very low if you want to use it for some gaming, but sadly, there's no VRR support of any kind.
As with all OLED TVs, the risks of temporary image retention and permanent burn-in are still present, although we don't expect to be a problem for most people. It runs on Android TV, so you also get access to the gigantic Google Play Store, and it also makes the setup process a bit easier if you're already in the Google ecosystem. Overall, if you're looking for the best OLED TV mainly for watching movies, this one is an excellent option.
If you want a cheaper option, then check out the LG BX OLED. It doesn't get as bright as the Sony A8H OLED, and it has worse gradient handling, but overall, it offers excellent picture quality that most people should be happy with. It's very similar to the LG CX OLED as it displays an excellent wide color gamut for HDR content, has great out-of-the-box color accuracy, and naturally, like any OLED TV, it has an infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity. It has a near-instant response time that may cause lower frame rate content in movies to stutter, but it removes 24p judder from any source and has a motion interpolation feature. It upscales lower-resolution content without any issues, and even though it has the same burn-in risk associated with any OLED, it has a few settings to help reduce that issue, such as a pixel refresher.
If you simply want the best OLED TV for watching movies, you can't go wrong with the Sony. However, the BX offers very similar performance, but note that it may be hard to find outside the United States.
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 this OLED 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, and 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 such as FreeSync variable refresh rate support, incredibly low input lag, and near-instant response time.
Unfortunately, it has just okay 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 such as 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.
10/13/2020: Replaced the Sony A8G with the LG BX; replaced the LG E9 with the LG GX.
08/13/2020: Minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.
07/14/2020: Replaced LG B9 with LG CX, replaced Sony A9G with Sony A8H.
06/04/2020: Replaced the B8 with the C9 as an alternative to the B9.
12/13/2019: Replaced the Sony A9F OLED with the Sony A9G OLED to reflect market changes.
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.