LG introduced OLEDs to the TV market in 2013, and they've been growing in popularity since. Although they were once very expensive, their prices are slowly starting to drop. 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 10 OLEDs under the latest test bench, 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 we've tested is the LG C1 OLED. While it doesn't have the thin gallery design and evo panel of the LG G1 OLED or the Sony A90J OLED, it offers good value for its price and has a ton of extra features. Gamers should especially be pleased with its four HDMI 2.1 ports, variable refresh rate (VRR) support, and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM).
Like other OLED TVs, it has a near-infinite contrast ratio and produces perfect blacks with no visible blooming. It also has a nearly instantaneous response time, so fast-moving content like sports and video games look exceptionally smooth. It has very little input lag for responsive gaming, and 2021 LGs even come with an input lag 'Boost' setting that lowers the latency further for 60fps content. Also, if you have a wide living room setup, the image should stay accurate from the side thanks to its wide viewing angles.
Surprisingly, our unit has poor out-of-the-box color accuracy, and while this varies from unit to unit, you may have to calibrate it to get the most out of your TV. Also, its brightness is just okay. Our unit measured a bit lower than the LG CX OLED, although some owners report higher brightness, so your mileage may vary. That said, it still delivers an amazing HDR experience thanks to its infinite contrast. All in all, this is the best OLED TV we've tested, and most people should be happy with it.
If you want to save a bit of money, then look into the LG A1 OLED. It's a no-frills OLED that lacks any gaming features like VRR support and a 120Hz panel that the LG C1 OLED has, but it still delivers the same excellent picture quality for nearly any type of usage. It has a near-infinite contrast ratio with perfect black uniformity, and like any OLED, it has wide viewing angles, so the image remains accurate no matter where you sit. HDR content looks excellent because of its dark room performance, and it displays a wide color gamut, but unfortunately, it has disappointing HDR peak brightness so some highlights may not pop how they should.
If you want the best OLED TV, you can't go wrong with the C1, but if you're not a gamer and don't need those extra features, then check out the A1.
The best OLED TV for movies that we've tested is the Sony A80J OLED. Although the Sony A90J OLED is marginally better overall, it's a lot more expensive, so we recommend the A80J for most people. It comes with a premium design and feels incredibly well-built, as most Sony TVs do. They're also known for having great accuracy right out of the box, and this one is no exception, so you may not need to get it calibrated to enjoy your movie experience to the fullest.
The new Google TV smart interface is very smooth and fairly intuitive, and it gives you access to a ton of apps for all your movie and TV needs. Sony TVs also come with a 'Netflix Calibrated Mode' that lets you watch Netflix content as the content creators intended, although we don't actually test this. Generally speaking, though, it has superb picture quality, as expected from an OLED, and its near-infinite contrast is especially well-suited to home theater and dark room viewing.
If you also like to game on the side, it sadly doesn't support VRR and ALLM yet, although it's set to receive those features in a future firmware update. Otherwise, it has a low input lag and nearly instantaneous response time for smooth gaming. HDR content also looks fantastic, despite not getting overly bright, because of its wide color gamut and perfect black levels. When it comes to watching movies, it's among the best OLED TVs we've tested.
If you're looking for something cheaper, check out the Vizio OLED 2020. It doesn't get as bright as the Sony A80J OLED and can't remove judder from all sources, but it's more affordable and still delivers the perfect black levels that make OLEDs so well-suited to dark room viewing. It has decent out-of-the-box color accuracy, though this can vary between units, and a wide color gamut for HDR. Even though small highlights pop, it doesn't get very bright, and the screen gets overly dim with large areas, so some HDR content may not look as intended. It also has issues with VRR, although that shouldn't be a problem if you're using it mainly for movies.
If you want the best OLED TV for watching movies that can remove judder from any source and gets brighter, go with the Sony, but if you'd prefer to save some money, consider the Vizio.
The LG G1 OLED is the best sounding OLED that we've tested, which is great if you don't plan on buying a soundbar. It has a unique thin design meant to sit flush against a wall using its dedicated slim wall mount, and it's very well-built.
Its speakers are better than most TVs we've tested as they produce a decent bass, but you'll need a dedicated subwoofer if you want the best bass possible. Other than that, it has a well-balanced sound profile that gets loud, and even though there's some compression at its max volume, not everyone may hear it. It features LG's new evo panel that allows it to get brighter in HDR than other OLEDs like the LG C1 OLED, so combined with its wide color gamut, it delivers an excellent HDR experience. Our unit even has impressive color accuracy, so you may not need to get it calibrated, but this can vary between units.
Sadly, it has an aggressive Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL), which is typical of OLEDs, so large areas of bright colors are less bright. This means it's not ideal for using it as a PC monitor or for watching sports with bright colors, like hockey. Also, its SDR brightness isn't much of an improvement over the C1, but luckily it has outstanding reflection handling if you want to use it in a well-lit room. All things considered, it's the best OLED TV with good built-in speakers that we've tested.
Jul 19, 2021: Replaced the LG BX with the LG A1 because it's newer and cheaper; replaced the LG GX with the newer LG G1.
Jun 25, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the LG A1 to Notable Mentions.
May 27, 2021: Replaced the LG CX OLED with the LG C1 OLED as 'Best OLED TV'; Replaced the Sony A90J OLED with the Sony A80J OLED as 'Best OLED TV for Movies'; Added CX and A90J to Notable Mentions.
Apr 27, 2021: Replaced the Sony A8H with the Sony A90J.
Mar 31, 2021: Updated text for clarity; removed the LG E9 OLED from Notable Mentions because it's hard to find.
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.