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The 3 Best OLED 4k TVs - September 2018
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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.

  1. Best OLED TV: LG B8

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches: test

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    8.8
    Mixed Usage
    What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
    Score components:
    9.3
    Movies
    What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
    Score components:
    8.4
    TV Shows
    What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
    Score components:
    8.6
    Sports
    What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
    8.9
    Video Games
    What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
    9.0
    HDR Movies
    What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
    Score components:
    8.6
    HDR Gaming
    What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
    8.3
    PC Monitor
    What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
    Score components:
    Type : OLED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    WRGB
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65"

    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.

    See our review

  2. Different Stand Alternative: LG C8

    Type : OLED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    WRGB
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65" 77"

    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. 

    See our review

  3. If still in Stock Alternative: LG B7A

    Type : OLED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    WRGB
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65"

    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.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Sony A8F. Excellent TV; almost identical to the LG C8 but more expensive. See our review
  • Sony A1E. Excellent TV; depending on your requirements, the 65" model may be cheaper than the LG C8, in which case it is the better buy. See our review
  • LG E7. Very good OLED TV, but the same picture quality as the C8 while priced higher due to its fancy design and dedicated sound bar. See our review
  • LG C7. Great OLED TV. Hard to find. See our review

All Reviews

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. 

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