Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) TVs are one of two major types of TVs, and they're very popular. They've become more affordable since they first hit the consumer market in 2013. They're different from the traditional LED-backlit LCD TV because instead of using a backlight, each pixel is self-emissive. It means they can turn on and off on their own, producing perfect black levels with no blooming around bright objects. OLEDs generally get less bright than their LED counterparts, and they risk permanent burn-in with cumulative exposure to the same static elements, but this isn't an issue if you don't watch static content. If you want the best picture quality possible, you can't go wrong with an OLED.
Note: Keep in mind that we only buy and test products available in the United States. While we expect this list to be relevant regardless of your region, there are a couple of popular models from Panasonic and Philips that aren't available in the US, so we haven't tested them.
We've bought and tested more than 40 TVs that use an OLED panel, and below are our recommendations for the best OLEDs you can buy in the US that we've tested. See our picks for the best TVs, the best TVs for Xbox One Series X, and the best TVs for PS5.
The Samsung S95B OLED is the best OLED TV we've tested. Like all OLED TVs on this list, it delivers fantastic picture quality, with deep, inky blacks and no distracting haloing or blooming around bright areas in otherwise dark scenes. It stands out, however, for its colors. It displays a wider color gamut than traditional OLED displays like the LG C2 OLED, and colors are much brighter and more vibrant, delivering a more realistic viewing experience overall.
It's not perfect, as it lacks Dolby Vision support, the most widely supported type of advanced HDR format. Instead, it supports Samsung's HDR10+ format, which is growing in popularity. Like the Sony A95K OLED, it's also a bit limited by the coating on the TV's panel, which causes blacks to appear raised and purple if you're in a bright room. Because of these limitations, it's not quite as versatile as some of the other TVs on this list, but it's still fantastic, especially if you're mainly planning on watching movies in the dark.
If price isn't an issue and you want the absolute best home theater experience possible, get the Sony A95K OLED instead of the Samsung S95B OLED. It's more expensive than the Samsung, but it stands out thanks to the inclusion of Dolby Vision support, allowing it to deliver an incredibly immersive movie-watching experience that perfectly recreates the content creator's intention. It also supports a wider range of advanced audio codecs, including DTS:X, one of the most widely used audio formats on UHD Blu-ray discs, ensuring you'll get the best audio experience possible when connected to a compatible A/V receiver or soundbar.
Colors are more vibrant and realistic than the other OLED displays on this list, like the LG C2 OLED. When you're not watching movies, it also has a great selection of additional features, including many of the same great gaming features found on the C2 and the S95B. It's only available in a 55-inch and 65-inch size, which is a bit too small for larger home theater setups, so if you want something a bit bigger, check out the LG C2 OLED below.
The LG C2 OLED is the best mid-range OLED TV 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 are great for gamers. It delivers the same stunning picture quality in dark rooms with perfect blacks and no blooming around bright objects as most other OLEDs. However, it uses a different OLED panel from the Sony A95K OLED and the Samsung S95B OLED, so it's not as bright in HDR and colors aren't as vivid. On the other hand, it's available in a wider range of sizes than the S95B and A95K, up to an impressive 83-inch size.
The TV has a 120Hz panel with HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on four inputs, meaning you can take full advantage of the PS5 and Xbox Series X's capabilities with 4k @ 120 fps gaming. It has native FreeSync and HDMI Forum VRR support and G-SYNC compatibility to reduce screen tearing. It uses LG's webOS, a user-friendly smart platform with many apps available to download. It has an updated version of the Magic Remote, whose point-and-press feature can be used like a Wii remote, making menu navigation even easier.
No OLED TVs are available at a budget price point, but the LG A2 OLED comes close. It's an excellent TV, delivering similar picture quality to the more expensive OLED TVs on this list, but it lacks all of the advanced features found on the other models. It still delivers stunning picture quality in a dark room, with deep, inky blacks that look perfect in the dark, with no distracting blooming around bright highlights in dark scenes.
It's excellent for gaming, thanks to its incredibly low input lag and nearly instantaneous response time, so you'll enjoy a smooth, responsive gaming experience with very little blur behind fast-moving objects. It's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate, so it can't take advantage of the high frame rates supported by the new-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles, but it's a great choice if you prefer the 'Graphics' mode of your favorite games.
Jan 12, 2023: Verified our picks for accuracy and consistency, and refreshed the text.
Dec 08, 2022: Verified our picks for accuracy and consistency with other articles, and made some slight changes to the text.
Nov 11, 2022: Restructured the article slightly, moving the Sony A95K OLED to below the Samsung S95B OLED. Added the LG G2 OLED to the Notable Mentions.
Sep 21, 2022: Added the LG A2 OLED as the 'Best Budget OLED TV', and restructured the article. Replaced the Sony A90J OLED with the Sony A95K OLED.
Jul 08, 2022: Restructured the article to better match how people are looking for TVs. Added the Samsung S95B QD-OLED as the 'Best HDR OLED TV' and removed the Sony A80J. Removed many Notable Mentions that were out of date and no longer relevant.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best OLED TVs available in the United States 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, and we only test those available in the U.S.).
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.