There are different TV technologies to improve picture quality that you can find in the market, each with advantages and disadvantages. 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, 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 in the last two years, 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 TV that we've tested is the Samsung Q80/Q80T. It's a high-end TV from Samsung's 2020 QLED lineup and is packed with features. It has great overall performance and stunning picture quality. It's a good choice whether you're viewing it in dark or bright rooms, and gamers should be happy with it too. It's very well-built and should look nice in any setting.
It displays a wide color gamut thanks to its QLED technology, and it gets bright enough to make highlights stand out in HDR how the creator intended. Its VA panel has a great native contrast ratio and very good black uniformity that are each further enhanced by the decent full-array local dimming feature. The 55 inch and larger models also have fairly wide viewing angles thanks to the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology, but the 49 and 50 inch models don't have it and are expected to have better contrast.
Unfortunately, its HDR performance suffers in 'Game Mode' because it has worse local dimming and worse HDR brightness than outside of 'Game Mode'. Still, it's excellent for gaming because it has HDMI 2.1 and variable refresh rate (VRR) support, an excellent response time, and low input lag. It also has excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you may not need to get it calibrated to enjoy it to the fullest, but this may vary between units. Overall, if you're looking for the best QLED TV, you should be more than pleased with this one.
If you want to save some money or if you simply don't need all the gaming features, then check out the Hisense H9G. It doesn't have wide viewing angles and VRR support like the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED, but it has a much better native contrast and improved local dimming, allowing it to produce deeper blacks. Although it's not as clear in its name as some other TVs, the Hisense also has a quantum dot layer that provides a wide color gamut, and it has great peak brightness that makes highlights pop in HDR. If you want to use it in a well-lit room, it gets bright enough to combat glare and has excellent reflection handling. It has a 120Hz panel, but sadly, it doesn't accept any 120Hz signals. It also has narrow viewing angles, so it's not suggested for a wide seating arrangement.
If you want the best QLED TV we've tested, the Samsung is a great choice, but if you prefer something cheaper, go for the Hisense.
The best QLED television that we've tested for watching HDR content is the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020. It's an impressive all-around model that delivers excellent picture quality. Most people should be happy with it, and because it's a premium model, it's packed with features. It supports both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, so it easily displays any time of HDR content from different sources.
It has a VA panel with a fantastic native contrast ratio. It has a great full-array local dimming feature that further improves the contrast ratio, and there's minimal blooming around bright objects. Speaking about brightness, it has excellent peak brightness, enough to combat glare or make highlights stand out in HDR content. Also, it displays a wide color gamut and has excellent gradient handling, so you shouldn't notice any banding in scenes with gradients, like sunsets. Lastly, it removes judder from 24p judder, which helps improve the appearance of motion.
It's also excellent for HDR gaming, but sadly, its VRR doesn't work properly. It tears when playing at 4k @ 120Hz, and there are artifacts with 1440p content. It also doesn't support 4k @ 120Hz games from the PS5, but it does from the Xbox Series X. If you're willing to game at 60Hz, there shouldn't be any issues; it has low input lag in HDR and a quick response time for smooth motion. All in all, this is one of the best QLED TVs we've tested.
The best QLED TV with an 8k resolution that we've tested is the Samsung Q800T 8k QLED. 8k models are starting to make their way onto the market, even though there isn't much 8k content available right now. This TV is packed with Samsung's gaming features, has FreeSync VRR support, a good response time, and low input lag.
It has a unique VA panel. With its 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer added, it has one of the lowest contrast ratios we've tested on a VA panel, and at the same time, it has one of the widest viewing angles. The viewing angle is even better than some IPS panel TVs we've tested, so the image remains fairly accurate when viewing from the side. It also has a full-array local dimming feature that significantly improves the contrast ratio, making blacks appear black when viewed in the dark. It also gets extremely bright, enough to combat glare and truly bring out highlights in HDR.
Sadly, even though it's an 8k model, it doesn't display 8k content perfectly. There's some dithering visible in shadows, but it's only noticeable if you sit extremely close to the screen. It also has some upscaling artifacts with 4k content, but it's not something you can easily see. It has disappointing out-of-the-box color accuracy, which is a bit of a letdown for a high-end model. Regardless of these problems, if you're looking for 8k, this is the best QLED TV we've tested.
The best QLED TV in the budget category that we've tested is the Hisense H8G. Like its bigger sibling, the Hisense H9G, it has a VA panel model that can produce deep blacks for a great dark room viewing experience. It's well-suited for bright rooms, as it has decent reflection handling and impressive peak brightness to fight glare. It doesn't have the best viewing angles, though, so it isn't ideal for large rooms with wide seating arrangements.
It has a good response time and a Black Frame Insertion feature that improves motion clarity, but unlike its bigger brother, the refresh rate is limited to 60Hz. There isn't much stutter in low frame rate content despite its fast response time, and it can remove judder from 24p sources and native apps. Most gamers should be satisfied with its low input lag; however, it lacks advanced gaming features like VRR support and Auto Low Latency Mode.
The HDR experience is okay. It has outstanding coverage of the DCI P3 color space used in most HDR content, but it doesn't get quite bright enough to make highlights pop the way they should. Some highlights stand out, but it's more noticeable in a dark room than in a bright one. It runs on Android TV, which means you can access the Google Play Store and voice control through the Google Assistant. Overall, this is a good TV that should satisfy most people regardless of the content that you watch.
If you prefer a TV that runs on Roku, then check out the TCL 5 Series/S525 2020 QLED. It has a VA panel with a high contrast ratio just like the Hisense H8G, and it has a full-array local dimming feature that further enhances black level, making it an ideal choice for dark rooms. It has great accuracy out of the box and an excellent HDR color gamut to produce a wide range of colors. Its response time is just as good and input lag is incredibly low, but there's still no VRR support to reduce screen tearing when gaming. Unfortunately, it doesn't get as bright, so visibility may be an issue in well-lit rooms, and it can't produce vivid colors and bright highlights in HDR content. On the upside, its Roku interface is very user-friendly and has plenty of apps.
Overall, the Hisense is a better choice, mainly due to its higher peak brightness. However, if you prefer a Roku TV, the TCL is a good 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.
Dec 18, 2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
Oct 19, 2020: Replaced the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 with the Quantum X 2020 and renamed it to 'Best For HDR'; removed the Samsung Q70T and moved the Hisense H9G in its place; added the Hisense H8G and TCL 5 Series 2020.
Aug 20, 2020: Added the Samsung Q80T, Samsung Q70T, Samsung Q800T, and Hisense H9G; removed the Samsung Q90R, Samsung Q80R, Samsung Q900R, and Hisense H9F.
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.