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 is not good then everything else becomes secondary. There are different TV technologies that you can find in the market each with its advantages and disadvantages. One of the dominant technologies is LED LCD TVs, which stands for Light Emitting Diode Liquid Crystal Display TVs. It consists of an array of LEDs that provide the necessary light, which is then filtered by the LCD layer and displays the image to the screen. 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 produce quantum dot technology TVs.
We've tested 57 TVs and below are our recommendations for the best quantum dot technology TVs you can buy in 2019.
Note: Since new TVs tend to launch at very high prices, it's unlikely that these newer models will become reasonable choices until the latter half of the year. Because of this, some of the 2018 models remain as picks in our recommendations.
The best QLED TV we've tested so far is the Samsung Q90R. 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 it in a bright room where it will fight glare and handle reflections well. It has a wide color gamut, and thanks to its high HDR peak brightness can display vivid color 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 please sports fans. 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, this one is 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 Q90R too expensive but are not willing to make a lot of compromises in quality, then get the Samsung Q80R. This TV doesn't have the One Connect box that the Q90R has. Depending on your setup, this can be an advantage. This is an excellent TV with impressive picture quality. It delivers outstanding dark room performance, and the image remains accurate at an angle thanks to Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer. Overall, this is a remarkable TV for any use and is very similar to the more expensive Samsung.
If you want to future-proof your purchase, then check out the Samsung Q900R. It's an excellent 8k QLED TV with great picture quality. Regarding 8k content, the TVs 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 a very good local dimming support, the dark room performance is great but not excellent like on the Samsung Q80R or the Samsung Q90R. Motion is excellent on this TV 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 a remarkable performance in most cases.
If you find that the Samsung Q80R costs more than what you want to spend for a Samsung QLED, then get the Samsung Q70R. You will not get the reflection handling or the wide viewing angles of the Q80R and the Samsung Q90R, and the TVs can't reach the same brightness levels in SDR and HDR. On the upside, this is an impressive TV with full array local dimming and a high native contrast ratio that allows it to deliver an outstanding dark room performance with near-perfect blacks.
It's suitable for rooms of any brightness, and the picture looks great long as you sit straight in front. It has a wide color gamut, and when in HDR the TV displays vivid, saturated color with highlights that pop. The motion handling is excellent, and so is the low input lag. This TV has the same great gaming features found on the higher-end models.
Overall, if viewing angles are not a concern, this TV could be your best choice.
If you like the quantum dot technology because of its wide color gamut but don't want to spend as much money as a Samsung QLED costs, then check out the Vizio P Series Quantum 2018. The Vizio doesn't have the 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer found on the Samsung Q80R or the Samsung Q90R, nor does it any of the gaming goodies like FreeSync support. On the bright side, the Vizio is one of the brightest TVs we've measured so far. You can place it in a very bright room without issue as it will fight glare and excellently handle reflections.
It has excellent dark room performance with deep blacks thanks to the high native contrast ratio and good local dimming support. This TV has excellent motion handling with one of the fastest response times we've measured so far, and motion handling features to further improve the appearance of motion. Finally, the very low input lag should be good enough even for the most serious gamers.
Overall, the Vizio P Series Quantum is an excellent TV and is great value for the money.
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.