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The 5 Best QLED TVs - Fall 2023 Reviews

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Best QLED TVs

There are different TV technologies available at the consumer level, each with advantages and disadvantages. One of those technologies is a quantum dot layer that some TVs include, ensuring a wide color gamut. Other manufacturers have very wide color gamuts on their TVs without using quantum dots, but when a TV is branded as being a 'QLED', a term which Samsung has been using for their quantum dot TVs since 2017, you know it has great colors. Although QLED has been mostly associated with Samsung, other manufacturers like Vizio, LG, Hisense, Sony, and TCL produce quantum dot technology TVs, some under different names. You can learn about the difference between LED and QLED here.

We've bought and tested more than 400 TVs, and below are our recommendations for the best QLED TVs you can buy. Also, see our picks for the best LED TVs, the best TVs, and the best Movie TVs. Most brands have started releasing their 2023 lineups, so vote on which ones you want us to buy and test. To learn more about the 2023 models, check out our 2023 TV lineup page.


  1. Best QLED TV

    The best QLED TV we've tested is the Samsung QN90C/QN90CD QLED. It's an excellent TV with impressive picture quality with its Mini LED backlight, which lets it display deep, uniform blacks with almost no noticeable blooming in dark scenes. Its QLED panel delivers a superbly wide color gamut and fantastic color volume, making colors bright, vibrant, and realistic. It also has fantastic reflection handling and exceptional peak brightness, so it looks great even in the brightest rooms.

    It's an impressive TV for watching movies in a dark room thanks to its great contrast ratio and impressive Mini LED local dimming feature. There's very little blooming around bright objects in dark scenes, and the local dimming feature ensures that bright highlights stand out extremely well. It runs Samsung's proprietary Tizen OS interface, which is easy to use and has a great selection of streaming apps and games. Its predecessor, the Samsung QN90B QLED, offers similar quality overall, but it's now very hard to find in certain sizes. Still, if you do find it, it's a great value.

    See our review

  2. Best QD-OLED TV

    Although not technically a QLED TV, this list would be incomplete if we didn't mention the Samsung S90C OLED. While the other TVs on this list use an LED backlight with a Quantum Dot layer to achieve a wider color gamut, the S90C uses an OLED backplane and a printed Quantum Dot color layer. This combination results in much better color volume than traditional OLED displays while delivering deeper, more uniform blacks than the other QLED TVs on this list that use LED backlights.

    Besides its fantastic picture quality, the TV offers nearly identical features to the Samsung QN90C/QN90CD QLED, although the OLED supports up to 4k @ 144Hz on all of its HDMI ports, while the QN90C only does so on its 43 and 50-inch models, the bigger models are limited to 4k @ 120Hz. Otherwise, they both have the same great Tizen OS interface and a wide selection of streaming apps. It's great for gaming thanks to its nearly instantaneous response time and low input lag, and it supports variable refresh rate technology to reduce tearing in games. This TV also has a higher-tier model, the Samsung S95C OLED, but it's a marginal improvement over the S90C for a much higher price, so it's not worth it for most people.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range QLED TV

    The Hisense U8H is the best mid-range QLED TV that we've tested. It's an impressive TV with a similar Mini LED backlight to the Samsung QN90C/QN90CD QLED, but it's not quite as bright. Combined with its very wide color gamut, it's excellent for watching HDR movies because highlights pop against dark backgrounds, and colors look vivid. It supports both the HDR10+ and Dolby Vision formats, so you can take full advantage of whatever content you're streaming.

    The built-in Google TV platform is easy to use and has a ton of apps you can download, so you don't need to buy an external streaming box. It has a great selection of additional features, including FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing. Its processing and gaming features aren't quite as polished as they are on the Samsung, and there are a few bugs and issues when gaming, so if you want the best gaming experience, the QN90C is the safer choice. We are currently testing this TV's successor, the Hisense U8K, in our labs, so stay tuned to know how they both compare.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget QLED TV

    The best budget QLED TV we've tested is the Hisense U6H. It's a well-rounded option with better picture quality than some more expensive, high-end options. It displays a wide color gamut and has okay HDR peak brightness, so some highlights pop, but not all, which is normal for a budget TV. It's still great for watching HDR movies because it has a high native contrast ratio that displays deep blacks.

    Its full-array local dimming feature is decent at improving the picture quality in dark scenes. There's minimal blooming around bright objects, but it's not as good as the Mini LED features on the Hisense U8H and the Samsung QN90C/QN90CD QLED. Like the higher-end Hisense U8H, it also runs the latest Google TV interface, and it supports hands-free voice control through either Google Assistant or Alexa to quickly open your favorite apps or search for content.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap QLED TV

    We recommend a PFS Phosphor TV, the Hisense A65K, for the best cheap TV. It's just as colorful as TVs with Quantum Dot technology but at a lower price point. It delivers decent overall picture quality, with good black uniformity, but lacks advanced features like local dimming. It can't get bright to overcome glare in a bright room, although it does well in a moderately-lit room with its good reflection handling. HDR content looks acceptable, with visually appealing saturated colors, but it's not bright enough to bring out the content creator's intent. If you care, a mid-range or more expensive model like the Hisense U6H is better.

    It's still a cheap TV, though, and it has limited picture processing capabilities and fewer features than the more expensive models on this list. It doesn't process low-quality content as well as on other TVs, although thankfully, its upscaling capabilities are good. This cheap TV offers gamers a few features: a good response time, extremely low input lag, and VRR support. For the price, the Hisense A65K is an attractive package. If you'd instead prefer an actual QLED TV, you can try to hunt down an Insignia F50 QLED, which is another colorful and cheap TV. That said, it's a bit worse than the Hisense overall, and it's discontinued, so it's very hard to find.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Sony A95K OLED: The Sony A95K OLED is a fantastic QD-OLED TV. It's better for a home theater setup than the Samsung S90C OLED as it supports Dolby Vision and advanced audio formats like DTS. However, it's significantly more expensive and not worth the price difference for most people. See our review
  • Samsung S95B OLED: The Samsung S95B OLED is very similar to the Samsung S90C OLED but slightly dimmer and without official 4k @ 144Hz support. The S90C is also available in bigger 77 and 83-inch sizes. They tend to be sold for similar prices, so the newer model is the clear choice, but if you find the S95B on clearance, it's a great value pick. See our review
  • TCL QM8/QM850G QLED: The TCL QM8/QM850G QLED is a very bright QLED TV, the brightest on this list. Unfortunately, it's quirky and buggy, has poor upscaling capabilities, and its color accuracy is just okay before being calibrated, so it's hard to recommend over competing models. The Hisense U8H is almost as good and much cheaper, while the Samsung QN90C/QN90CD QLED is more expensive but more predictable overall. See our review
  • TCL Q7/Q750G QLED: The TCL Q7/Q750G QLED is a very good QLED TV, but like the TCL QM8/QM850G QLED, it's buggy, with poor upscaling capabilities and terrible color accuracy pre-calibration. The Hisense U8H is a much better value overall. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Aug 28, 2023: Replaced the Samsung QN90B QLED with the Samsung QN90C/QN90CD QLED, replaced the Samsung S95B OLED with the Samsung S90C OLED, added a few Notable Mentions, and refreshed the text for consistency.

  2. Jun 28, 2023: Mentioned the Samsung S95C OLED in the 'Best QD-OLED' pick, removed the Samsung S95C OLED from the Notable Mentions, added the Samsung S90C OLED instead, and refreshed the text for accuracy and consistency.

  3. Apr 05, 2023: Swapped the Sony A95K OLED and the Samsung S95B OLED for better consistency with our other recommendations. Added the Samsung S95C OLED as a Notable Mention.

  4. Jan 30, 2023: Replaced the Samsung S95B OLED with the Sony A95K OLED.

  5. Dec 01, 2022: Verified our picks for accuracy and consistency, and refreshed the text.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best quantum dot technology TVs to buy for most people with different tastes. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), 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 TV reviews. 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.