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The 5 Best QLED TVs - Summer 2022 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 TVs have, resulting in a wider color gamut than traditional LCD TVs, which means they display more colors. Since 2017, Samsung has branded their quantum dot TVs as 'QLED', and although QLED has been mostly associated with Samsung, other manufacturers like Vizio, LG, Hisense, and TCL produce quantum dot technology TVs, some under different names. You can learn about the difference between LED and QLED here.

Note: Since new TVs tend to launch at very high prices, it's unlikely that these newer models will become reasonable choices until later in the year. Because of this, some of the 2021 models remain as picks in our recommendations.

We've bought and tested more than 350 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 HDR TVs.


  1. Best QLED TV

    If you're looking for the best QLED TV, the Samsung QN90A QLED is our recommendation. It's an excellent TV that looks great in any environment and is available in a wide range of sizes, from 43 to 98 inches, so you'll find the one that best suits your needs. Not only does this TV have a quantum dot layer, but it also has Mini LED backlighting for higher peak brightness and greater control over the local dimming feature. It delivers deep blacks, and the great local dimming feature helps improve picture quality in dark scenes with minimal blooming around bright objects. Even if you want to watch shows and sports in a bright room, it gets bright enough to fight glare and has fantastic reflection handling, meaning visibility won't be an issue.

    It supports HDR10+ but not Dolby Vision, which is disappointing because a lot of streaming content uses the Dolby Vision HDR format. Still, if you want HDR10+ content, it displays a wide color gamut and gets bright enough to make highlights pop for an excellent HDR experience.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range QLED TV

    The Hisense U8G is the best mid-range QLED TV we've tested. If you want impressive overall performance but don't want to spend a ton on the Samsung QN90A QLED, a mid-range TV like this is a great choice. Although it doesn't have Mini LED backlighting, it still gets bright and has a great local dimming feature that displays deep blacks. Combined with its very wide color gamut, it's excellent for watching HDR movies because highlights pop against dark backgrounds, and colors look vivid. Also, it supports both the HDR10+ and Dolby Vision formats, so you can take full advantage of whatever content you're streaming.

    The built-in Android TV smart platform is fairly easy-to-use and navigating through the menu feels smooth. You get a ton of apps you can download, so you don't need to buy an external streaming box. The Hisense U7G is a similar TV if you want to spend a bit less, but it's not as good overall. Overall, between the U8G's great picture quality and extra features, it's an impressive QLED TV that you can get.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget QLED TV

    The best budget QLED TV we've tested is the Hisense U6G. It's a well-rounded option that offers 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 somewhat 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. The full-array local dimming feature is decent at improving the picture quality in dark scenes, and there's minimal blooming around bright objects, but there's still a bit of blooming with subtitles.

    Like the higher-end Hisense U8G, the U6G also has Android TV as its smart OS, and the remote has a built-in mic that you can use with Google Assistant or Alexa to quickly open your favorite apps.

    See our review

  4. Best QLED TV For HDR

    The Hisense U9DG is the best QLED HDR TV we've tested. It's a unique flagship TV using different technology than other QLED TVs. It still uses a quantum dot layer and has two LCD panels stacked on top of each other, which helps it display the deepest blacks we've tested on any LED TV. The outstanding dark room performance rivals OLED TVs, making it an excellent choice for watching movies in HDR or even SDR. It supports both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision formats, so you don't have to worry about which format your content is in, and it displays a wide color gamut for HDR content. It gets bright enough in HDR to make small highlights pop, but some larger highlights are dimmer.

    The main downside is that it's only available in a 75-inch size, so if that's too big for your setup, it's better to go for the Samsung QN90A QLED or the Hisense U8G. However, if you want something with this screen size, it's an amazing choice for HDR.

    See our review

  5. Best 8k QLED TV

    The Samsung QN900A 8k QLED is the best 8k QLED TV we've tested. Getting an 8k TV is advantageous if you want to future-proof your TV for when more 8k content becomes available, but if you aren't going to take full advantage of it, it's better to go for a 4k TV. If you plan on watching 8k content, it's a great choice that uses Mini LED backlighting, allowing it to get extremely bright, meaning glare won't be an issue, and making highlights pop in HDR. It has a VA panel with a low native contrast ratio, but its local dimming feature does a decent job at deepening any blacks for a great dark room experience.

    It also displays a wider color gamut than the similar and cheaper Samsung QN800A 8k QLED, and it gets brighter, resulting in better color volume. So if you want the best performance on an 8k QLED TV, you'll be happy with this one.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung QN90B QLED: The Samsung QN90B QLED is a bit brighter than the Samsung QN90A QLED, but the QN90A performs better in some dark scenes. Considering the QN90B is still costly, it's worth going for the cheaper QN90A. See our review
  • TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED: The TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED is a great QLED TV with similar features and performance to the Hisense U8G, but it has worse local dimming, so it's worth getting the U8G instead. See our review
  • Hisense U6GR: The Hisense U6GR is similar to the Hisense U6G and has a few more features, but it's also harder to find and doesn't upscale some lower-resolution content as well. See our review
  • Samsung QN85A QLED: The Samsung QN85A QLED is an impressive Mini LED TV like the Samsung QN90A. However, it uses a different panel type with worse dark room performance, so if you want the best overall TV, go for the QN90A. See our review
  • TCL 6 Series/R648 2021 8k QLED: The TCL 6 Series/R648 8k is as great as the Samsung QN90A but costs less. Unfortunately, it has worse black levels and doesn't get as bright. However, it's cheaper, so get this if you don't mind those minor downgrades. See our review
  • Hisense U7G: The Hisense U7G sits between the Hisense U8G and Hisense U6G, so its overall performance isn't as good as that of the U8G, and it's too expensive to be considered a budget TV like the U6G. See our review
  • TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED: The TCL 5 Series/S546 is a budget-friendly TV that's comparable to the Hisense U6G, but it has worse local dimming and worse color accuracy, so for the best picture quality, it's better to go with the Hisense. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jun 27, 2022: Renamed the Hisense U8G as the 'Best Mid-Range TV' to better reflect user needs and removed the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.

  2. Mar 28, 2022: Updated text for clarity and added the Insignia F50 QLED to Notable Mentions.

  3. Jan 27, 2022: Added the Hisense U9DG as the 'Best For HDR' to be consistent with other recommendations and to reflect user needs; replaced the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED with the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021 for consistency; added the Hisense U6GR to Notable Mentions.

  4. Nov 30, 2021: Replaced the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 with the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021 because the TCL delivers better picture quality; added the Vizio M7, Hisense U9DG, TCL 6 Series/R646 2021, TCL 6 Series/R648 2021 8k, and the LG NANO75 to Notable Mentions.

  5. Oct 04, 2021: Moved the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020 to Notable Mentions because it's hard to find and added the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021 as an alternative to the Hisense U6G; added the LG QNED90, Vizio P Series Quantum 2021, TCL R745, and LG QNED99 to Notable Mentions.

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 reviews of LED TVs, but some of them may not be QLEDs. 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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