There are different TV technologies to improve picture quality that you can find in the market, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. One of those variations is quantum dot technology, which uses a quantum dot color filter that results in a wider color gamut than traditional LCDs. Since 2017, Samsung rebranded its 'SUHD' TVs as 'QLED.' Although QLED has been mostly associated with Samsung, other manufacturers like Vizio, LG, Hisense, and TCL produce quantum dot technology TVs. You can learn about the difference between LED and QLED here.
We've tested more than 80 TVs under our latest test bench, and below are our recommendations for the best quantum dot technology TVs you can buy. Also, see our recommendations for the best smart TVs, the best TVs, and the best budget TVs.
The best QLED television that we've tested is the Samsung QN90A QLED. It's an amazingly well-rounded TV that has something for everyone. It delivers an excellent movie-watching experience in a dark room, with amazing contrast and a great local dimming feature driven by the new Mini LED backlight.
It's an extremely bright TV in both HDR and SDR, it has fantastic reflection handling, and unlike most TVs with VA panels, it even has decent viewing angles, making it a great choice for sports fans. It's an amazing TV for gaming, with outstanding low input lag, excellent response time, and an impressive array of gaming features. It has one HDMI 2.1 port for gaming on a next-gen console, and it supports both variable refresh rate (VRR) technology and Auto low Latency Mode, meaning that you can get the most out of your new console. You can even turn the TV into a virtual 32:9 screen ratio, great for PC gamers.
Unfortunately, local dimming performs worse in Game Mode, as there's more blooming. As for the QLED panel itself, this TV delivers impressive picture quality, with nearly perfect coverage of the DCI P3 color space used by most current HDR content and decent coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space. Overall, this is the best QLED TV we've tested.
If you prefer something a bit cheaper, then check out the Hisense U8G instead. It's not quite as bright as the Samsung QN90A QLED, and the local dimming feature isn't as effective at improving contrast, but it's still an impressive TV that should please most people. It has outstanding contrast, a great local dimming feature, and impressive gaming features. The QLED panel delivers a slightly wider color gamut than the Samsung, but this isn't a noticeable difference and can vary between units. It even has HDMI 2.1 ports with VRR support, low input lag, and a quick response time for a smooth and responsive gaming experience.
Overall, the Samsung is a better choice due to its higher peak brightness and better viewing angles. If you're looking to save a bit of money, the Hisense is almost as good.
The Samsung QN900A 8k QLED is the best QLED TV we've tested in the 8k category. It's a flagship TV with a ton of features and a borderless design that has some of the thinnest bezels we've seen on any TV. The main downside to getting an 8k TV is that there isn't much 8k content available yet, so you can't use it to its full capabilities.
It uses Mini LED backlighting, allowing it to get extremely bright, so glare shouldn't be an issue, and it makes highlights pop in HDR. It has a VA panel with a sub-par contrast for this panel type because of the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer that improves the viewing angles a bit at the cost of contrast, but its local dimming feature does a great job at deepening any blacks. It displays a wide color gamut, has decent color volume, and has good gradient handling, but you may notice some banding.
Unfortunately, its local dimming feature is mediocre overall because it causes blooming, black crush, and there are some uniformity issues, like when there are black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. It's pretty disappointing considering it has Mini LED backlighting, and this can be distracting when watching movies in a dark room. If that doesn't bother you and you want an 8k TV, it's a great choice.
The best QLED TV we've tested in the budget category is the Hisense U6G. It's a well-rounded option that offers better picture quality than some more expensive options. It has a few features that should please most people, and the built-in Android TV has many apps you can download.
It supports both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision HDR formats, so you can easily stream your favorite content no matter the format it's in. It's 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. It displays a wide color gamut and has okay HDR brightness, so some highlights pop, but not all, which is somewhat expected for a budget TV.
Sadly, it lacks extra gaming features like HDMI 2.1 inputs and variable refresh rate support. Still, it has a quick response time and low input lag for a smooth and responsive gaming experience. It also has narrow viewing angles, so the image looks washed out from the sides. If you game or watch content in a well-lit room, it has excellent reflection handling and gets bright enough to fight glare. Overall, if you're on a budget, it's the best QLED TV.
If you prefer something with VRR support, then look into the Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021. It doesn't get as bright as the Hisense U6G, so it's not as good of a choice for use in well-lit environments. However, it has native FreeSync support to reduce screen tearing, great if you have an Xbox. It has low input lag, and motion looks smooth thanks to the quick response time, but you may notice some black smearing due to slow response times with dark transitions. Like the Hisense, the Vizio has a VA panel that displays deep blacks, but even though it has a full-array local dimming feature, it doesn't improve the contrast much.
If you're on a budget and looking for the best QLED TV, you can't go wrong with the Hisense in terms of overall picture quality. However, if you're a gamer and prefer something with VRR support, then look into the Vizio.
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.
Aug 09, 2021: Replaced the Samsung Q800T and Hisense H8G with the newer Samsung QN900A and Hisense U6G; moved the TCL 5 Series to Notable Mentions for consistency; added the Vizio M7 Series 2021, Samsung QN800A, Hisense U7G, and Samsung Q60A to Notable Mentions.
Jun 14, 2021: Replaced the Samsung Q80T with the Samsung QN90A as the best overall, and replaced the H9G with the newer Hisense U8G as a cheaper alternative.
Apr 15, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the Samsung QN90A, Samsung QN85A, and Samsung Q900TS to Notable Mentions.
Feb 16, 2021: Verified picks and updated text for clarity.
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.