Sports fans need a TV worthy of their teams’ triumphs. While some 2016 TVs that offered an excellent sports watching experience might still be found, prices of 2017 have dropped low enough at this time of the year to make them part of our recommendations, especially since Black Friday is swiftly approaching. Sports require uniform screens and TVs that handle fast motion well.
So far, we've tested 37 TVs in 2017 and below are our recommendations for the best sports TVs.
Best TV for Watching Sports
The best TV for watching sports we've tested so far is the LG B7 OLED TV. Its picture quality is excellent, and it can reproduce the luscious grass of tennis and football fields evenly and without blotches.
As usual with OLED TVs, their motion performance is excellent. At the higher frame rates sports are usually broadcast at, it looks exceptionally fluid and free of trails following fast moving objects. Another nice aspect is their excellent viewing angles, which makes them a great choice if you often watch games with a group of friends.
The LG B7A isn't perfect though. Like other OLED TVs, it is subject to temporary image retention. This means that if static content is shown for extended periods of time on screen, a "ghost" image of the content will stay on screen until it fades away after a few minutes.
Best Mid-Range TV for Watching Sports
If the LG B7 is out of your budget, go for the Sony X900E 4k LED TV. It won't have the wide viewing angle of the OLED, but it's one of the best LED TVs for watching sports thanks to its great motion and high brightness.
Its screen is quite uniform, so grass fields and ice rinks look nice and uniform and don't have a dirty look. Its motion blur isn't quite as good as whats found on OLED TVs, but it's one of the best LED TVs we've tested in that aspect.
It's a better fit for evening games since it's not the best at handling direct reflections, but the X900E's advantages help keep that a minor issue and make it the best mid-range buy for those that watch a lot of sports on their TV.
Best Budget TV for Watching Sports
If you need the wide viewing angles of OLED and your usage is really sports-focused, or if you just want a less pricey option, the Sony X720E 4k LED TV is the best sports-watching budget TV we've reviewed.
Thanks to its use of an IPS type LCD, it has excellent viewing angles. This is great if you often have friends coming over and watching the TV from the sides since the picture quality is better maintained than with VA-type LCDs. It also handles motion great, since it has a very low amount of motion blur keeping fast-moving players free of odd-looking trails behind them.
If you don't mind the lower picture quality in a dark room, the Sony X720E is our top picks for sports fans on a budget.
If you want a bigger TV than 55 inches while not breaking the bank, look for the Sony X690E 4k LED TV. It doesn't have the same viewing angles as the Sony X720E, but it still has a uniform screen with good picture quality and low motion blur, making it a good choice for those that want a larger option at a lower price.
- Sony X750D. Excellent mid-range TV for watching sports, but quite difficult to find nowadays. See our review
- Sony X930E. Great choice for watching sports, but doesn't offer much over the Sony X900E for the money. See our review
- Samsung Q9F. Great TV for watching sports, but oddly priced for the performance it delivers. See our review
- Samsung Q7F. Very good TV for watching sports, but the LG B7 performs better for a similar price. See our review
- TCL P607. Decent TV for watching sports, but not any better than the Sony X720E. See our review
- LG UJ7700. Good TV for sports watching, but not much better than the Sony X720E for twice as much money. See our review
- Samsung MU8000. Good TV overall, but the Sony X900E is worth the slight price bump. See our review
- Sony A1E. Excellent TV for watching sports, but the LG B7 performs the same for cheaper. See our review
- LG C7. Great OLED TV, but almost identical to the cheaper B7. See our review
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs to watch sports for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper TV wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors 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. 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.