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Different TVs can have a big impact on the quality of your sports watching experience. It needs to be bright, uniform with little dirty screen effect, and handle fast motion well. Some might even prefer TVs with wider viewing angles if they often have friends over that might be watching from the sides. While some manufacturers introduced new models at CES, it's unlikely for them to be available at reasonable prices until much later in the year. So if you want a good TV for the NHL playoffs, there are a lot of good deals currently available.
We've tested 48 TVs and below are our recommendations for the best ones for watching sports to buy in the spring of 2018.
Best TV for Watching Sports: LG B7A
The best TV for watching sports we've reviewed is the LG B7A OLED TV. It has unparalleled motion handling, great for fast-paced sports. The B7A is often interchangeable with the C7 or C8. All 3 TVs offer similar performance, so buy whichever is cheaper.
OLEDs generally have a very uniform picture with very little dirty screen effect. This is extremely important as the dark spots found on other TVs can be very distracting with large areas of uniform color, like the green of a football field or the white of a hockey rink.
OLEDs also have the widest viewing angle, which is great for having friends over to watch the big game. They aren't the brightest TVs, but they are usually good enough for most rooms. They do have a risk of temporary image retention or burn-in, but most people shouldn't have any issues.
Best Mid-Range TV for Watching Sports: Sony X900E
The best mid-range TV for watching sports is the Sony X900E. It's a bit brighter than the LG B7A but doesn't have a wide viewing angle. It has excellent motion handling and an optional black frame insertion feature, which can help motion appear more fluid.
It also has great low input lag, making it a good choice for gaming. The 2018 replacement X900F has even better input lag and a faster response time, but it is not enough of an improvement to warrant the price difference.
Best Budget TV for Watching Sports: Sony X720E
The best budget TV for watching sports is the Sony X720E. It is a great budget alternative to the Sony X900E. Its main advantage is the IPS panel, which has a much wider viewing angle, great for game day parties.
It isn't as bright as the X900E and doesn't have a local dimming feature, but the overall sports viewing experience is good.
Larger Alternative: Sony X690E
If you're looking for something bigger than the max 55" size of the Sony X720E, the Sony X690E is a good alternative available in sizes up to 70". The X690E also has a great native contrast ratio and better uniformity than the X720E, making it a great choice for sports.
- Sony X930E. Great choice for watching sports, but doesn't offer much over the Sony X900E for the money. See our review
- Samsung Q8FN. Great TV for watching sports, but more expensive than the B7 for similar performance 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
- LC C8. Great OLED TV, but the LG B7A is a better pick for the price. 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.