Picture quality is one of the primary characteristics that make a TV stand out. Motion, sound, inputs, and smart features are also important, but if the picture isn't good, everything else becomes secondary. There are different TV technologies you can find in the market, each with its advantages and disadvantages. One of the dominant technologies is LED LCD TVs. As with every technology, there are quite a few variations, some of which are discussed here. One of those variations is the quantum dot technology, which uses a quantum dot color filter that results in a wider color gamut. Since 2017, Samsung rebranded its 'SUHD' TVs as 'QLED'. Although QLED has been mostly associated with Samsung, other manufacturers like Vizio and currently TCL produce quantum dot technology TVs.
We've tested more than 70 TVs, and below are our recommendations for the best quantum dot technology TVs you can buy.
The best QLED TV we've tested is the Samsung Q90/Q90R QLED. This is a remarkable TV with impressive picture quality that delivers an excellent performance in any use. It has a high contrast ratio and very good local dimming; these allow the TV to deliver deep blacks that greatly improve the picture quality in a dark room. It's a very bright TV that you can easily place in a bright room, where it'll fight glare and handle reflections well. It has a wide color gamut, and thanks to its high HDR peak brightness can display vivid colors and highlights that pop in HDR content.
Even though this TV has a VA panel, the image remains accurate when viewed from the side thanks to the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology. Fast-moving content is crisp due to the fast response time, which will keep sports fans happy. This TV also has something for gamers. The input lag is very low, and among other gaming features, this TV supports FreeSync for nearly tear-free gaming. Unfortunately, just like all TVs, it's not without faults and some enthusiasts might find the vignetting that this TV has disturbing.
Overall, this is an excellent TV for everyone.
If you find the Samsung Q90/Q90R QLED expensive, check out the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED. It delivers a very similar overall performance to the other Samsung but lacks the convenience of the One Connect box that hosts all the inputs. Some people, however, prefer it when all the inputs are on the TV since you don't have to accommodate for the extra box. This TV has an excellent overall performance and, just like the other Samsung, it incorporates an 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer, that improves viewing angle while slightly hurting dark room performance.
If a higher cost and the need for extra space for the One Connect box aren't an issue, get the Q90R; otherwise, the Q80R will deliver just as good a performance in any use.
If you want to future-proof your purchase, check out the Samsung Q900/Q900R 8k QLED. It's an excellent 8k QLED TV with great picture quality. Regarding 8k content, the TV's supported resolutions, and commercially available devices that can take advantage of the TV's capabilities, see our full review.
This is a TV that can get very bright and can handle reflections well, so you can easily place it in a bright room. It has a wide color gamut and can display vivid HDR images with highlights that pop thanks to its HDR peak brightness. The TV has the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer, which maintains an accurate image when viewed from the side. However, this happens at the expense of lower contrast, and although it has very good local dimming support, the dark room performance is great but not as excellent as on the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED or the Samsung Q90/Q90R QLED. Motion on this TV is excellent, and gamers will appreciate the very low input lag and the full set of gaming features that all premium Samsungs have had since 2018.
Overall, this is an excellent TV with remarkable performance for most uses.
If you're looking for the best value QLED TV for the money, then get the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019. It doesn't have the new viewing angle enhancing technology found on the higher-end Samsung TVs, so the viewing angles aren't as good. However, this is an excellent TV with great overall picture quality. It's one of the brightest TVs we've tested and you can easily place it in a very bright room as glare isn't an issue. It has a wide color gamut and delivers HDR content with vivid color and highlights that pop. The Vizio also performs exceptionally when in a dark room, thanks to the deep blacks due to the high native contrast ratio and local dimming support. It has good motion handling and a very low input lag that will please even the most competitive gamers.
It isn't perfect, though, as the image degrades at an angle and the backlight flickers at 120Hz; this causes duplications that can bother some people. Finally, gamers might find the lack of support for more advanced gaming features like AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate, common on Samsung higher-end models, limiting.
Overall, this TV is a great value for the money.
The best QLED TV in the budget category is the Hisense H9F. This TV isn't equipped with the advanced gaming features of the Samsung QLEDs and doesn't have a viewing angle enhancing technology found on the Samsung flagships. On the upside, this TV delivers an impressive overall performance thanks to the great picture quality, excellent motion handling, and remarkably low input lag. Blacks look deep in dark room and when in HDR it delivers rich, saturated colors with highlights that pop. It can get very bright, and thanks to its great reflection handling you can place it in any room. It runs the latest Android TV smart interface that gives you access to the Google Play Store, where you'll most certainly find the app you need.
Unfortunately, the image deteriorates when viewed from the side, just like most VA panel TVs, and its availability fluctuates so you might have to search a little more to find it.
Overall, this is the best budget quantum dot technology TV and will keep you happy.
If you often watch TV in a dark room and you like deeper and more uniform blacks than those of the Hisense H9F, then check out the Vizio M Series Quantum 2019 (M8). You won't get the motion interpolation feature found on the Hisense and the TV can't get as bright, especially in HDR. However, blacks are deep and uniform in a dark room and the overall TV performance is impressive with a wide color gamut that delivers rich, vivid colors. Overall, this is a great TV and will surely please most people.
If you want the best budget quantum dot TV, get the Hisense. However, if deeper and more uniform blacks in a dark room are important, then get the Vizio.
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 TVs with their mixed-usage performance. 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.
12/20/2019: Added Hisense H9F as 'Best Budget', changed Vizio M Series Quantum 2019 as dark room alternative, and added TCL 6 Series R625 to notable mentions.
12/10/2019: Same picks; changed the text for clarity and accuracy.
11/10/2019: Minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy. The Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 replaces the Vizio P Series Quantum 2018, which is becoming harder to find.