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 83 TVs and below are our recommendations for the best OLED TVs to buy in 2019.
Note: Since new TVs tend to launch at very high prices, it's unlikely that these newer models will become reasonable choices until the latter half of the year. Because of this, the 2018 models remain as picks in our recommendations.
The best OLED TV we've tested so far is the Sony A9F. It has an excellent picture quality with perfectly deep blacks that look great in a dark room. It has very good wide viewing angles, and you can easily place it in a large room with a wide seating arrangement. The Sony A9F has excellent HDR performance. It has an excellent color gamut and very good color volume so it can display scenes with rich, saturated colors and highlights that pop. Motion handling is excellent due to an almost instantaneous response time that leaves only as small blur trail. It also has a low input lag that makes it a good choice for gamers. Finally, the Android 8.0 smart platform is very fast.
Unfortunately, the Sony A9F has the risk of temporary image retention and permanent burn-in if you project static images for a prolonged period of time, just like all OLEDs. However, we expect most people not to be affected by this.
Most OLED TVs of the same year have a picture quality in the same ballpark, even across brands. While it is pricier, the Sony A9F has a small edge for people that watch HDR movies and that want color accuracy. It has slightly better gradient handling, better color volume, and a less aggressive automatic brightness limiter (ABL) than the other OLED TVs like the LG C8.
If you find the Sony A9F expensive and want a cheaper alternative with similar overall performance, then check out the Sony A8F. It has a lower input lag and can not display the full range of colors the A9F can. On the other hand, the A8F costs less and offers similarly excellent performance in almost any usage. If you decide to get it, you will enjoy an excellent picture quality, especially when in a dark room, and an image that looks crisp due to the great motion handling.
If you like gaming and you find that the Sony A9F's input lag isn't low enough, then get the LG C8, the best gaming OLED TV. The LG C8 has a little worse color volume than the Sony A9F, but the picture quality of the LG C8 is still excellent. Just like all OLEDs, it has wide viewing angles and perfect blacks thanks to its emissive technology that allows it to switch off individual pixels, delivering an outstanding dark room performance. HDR content is full of vivid colors and bright highlights thanks to the TVs wide color gamut and good brightness levels. It has excellent motion handling thanks to the very fast response time, and a very low input lag that will please even competitive gamers, but unfortunately, the TV does not support any other gaming enhancing features like FreeSync.
The LG C8, like all OLED TVs, has the risk of temporary image retention and permanent burn-in. However, since this is more likely to happen if you display static images for a prolonged period of time, we don't expect this to affect those who watch normal varied content.
Overall, the LG C8 is an excellent OLED TV that has a remarkable performance in most usages, especially in video games.
If you like the LG C8 and would like to get a TV that performs just as well but is less expensive, then get the LG B8. The LG B8 has a narrower stand than the C8 and is equipped with last year's Alpha 7 processor and not the new A9 processor found inside the LG C8. The two TVs have the same excellent picture quality, and you have to place them side-by-side to tell the processor speed differences. The LG B8 is an excellent TV and performs just as good as the C8. The minor differences can be attributed to panel variance.
The LG E8 has the best sound quality of all OLED TVs currently available. It has a similar overall performance to the LG B8 and the LG C8 but is more expensive due to its unique and more premium design.
If you decide to go for it, you will be getting a TV with a remarkable performance in any usage. The E8 has excellent picture quality and can deliver true blacks, vivid colors, and excellent motion handling thanks to the almost instantaneous response time. The dedicated soundbar offers good sound quality and most people will be happy with the TV.
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.