Most modern 4k TVs are bright enough to overcome glare in a bright room. If you're planning on placing your TV in a bright room, you should purchase a TV that has excellent reflection handling and good brightness levels. Better reflection handling helps to reduce the intensity of bright lights, both direct and indirect. High brightness is important to overcome the remaining glare, so you can see the content you're watching, not just a reflection of any nearby light sources.
We've tested more than 90 TVs under the latest test bench, and below are our recommendations for the best ones you can buy for a bright room. See our picks for the best TVs for watching movies, the best TVs for watching sports, and the best outdoor TVs.
The LG C1 is the best TV for a bright room with an OLED panel that we've tested. It's an excellent all-around TV that delivers stunning picture quality, and most people should be happy with it. Even though it performs best when watching movies in dark rooms, it's still a great choice for watching your favorite content in a bright room.
If you tend to watch TV in a well-lit room, it has fantastic reflection handling, but its peak brightness is just okay, so we don't suggest placing it opposite a window with direct sunlight on it. One advantage of OLEDs is that they have really wide viewing angles, so the image remains accurate when viewing from the sides making it a great choice for watching TV with the entire family. It doesn't have any trouble upscaling lower-resolution content, like from cable boxes, and the built-in webOS is easy-to-use with a ton of apps available to download. If you also want to watch movies, it has a near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect black levels.
Sadly, OLEDs risk permanent burn-in, which could happen after constant exposure to static elements, like from a news broadcast. So we suggest using it to watch varied content and not always watch the same channel. Also, LG has included a few settings to help reduce the risk, like 'Screen Move' and 'Adjust Logo Brightness' options. If the burn-in risk doesn't worry you, then this is one of the best TVs we've tested.
The best TV for bright room viewing with an LED panel is the Samsung QN85A QLED. LED TVs are different from OLEDs because they use a backlight and get much brighter, and since this TV uses Mini LED backlighting, it's one of the brightest models we've tested. Combined with the outstanding reflection handling, glare shouldn't be an issue in any environment unless you have it outside with the sun directly on it.
It's excellent for watching TV shows or sports with the entire family because it has wide viewing angles, so the image remains accurate no matter where you sit. Cable TV looks good because the TV doesn't have any problems upscaling lower-resolution content. If you prefer streaming your content, the Tizen OS user interface is easy to use. The built-in speakers aren't anything special, so if you want the best sound experience, you can connect your receiver using eARC, which allows the TV to pass high-quality audio to a compatible receiver through a single HDMI connection.
Unfortunately, it's not the best choice for dark room viewing. It has an IPS-like panel with a low contrast ratio, so blacks look gray if you don't use the local dimming. Even if you do, it improves the contrast with certain content, but there's still too much blooming around bright objects, which could get distracting for shows with dark scenes. If that isn't the case for the type of content you watch, it's the best TV for shows that we've tested.
If you prefer something smaller, then look into the Sony KD-43X80J. While the Samsung QN85A QLED is available in larger sizes, you can get the 43 inch model of this TV, which we expect should perform the same as the 55 inch variant we tested. However, there are downsides, as it doesn't get as bright and has worse reflection handling, so it's not as well-suited for a room with lots of windows. However, the 43 inch model still has wide viewing angles, amazing out-of-the-box accuracy, and great upscaling. The built-in Google TV is user-friendly, and the Google Play Store has a huge selection of apps available to download. Sadly, HDR content doesn't look good because it lacks local dimming, has low HDR peak brightness, and displays a low contrast.
If you want the best TV for cable boxes in the LED category, you can't go wrong with the Samsung, but if you want something smaller, then check out the Sony.
The best TV for bright room viewing in the budget category that we've tested is the Hisense U6G. It's a surprisingly good budget TV, with great peak brightness in SDR and excellent reflection handling. It's not bright enough to overcome direct sunlight or for outdoor installation, but otherwise, you shouldn't have any issues. It has a great smart platform, with a great selection of apps and an easy-to-use interface.
It's an impressive gaming TV with a great response time and low input lag, but it doesn't support any advanced gaming features, like HDMI 2.1 or variable refresh rates. If you also plan on using it in the evenings in a darker room, it has excellent contrast and a decent local dimming system. It has just okay peak brightness in HDR, but it still delivers a great HDR movie-watching experience.
Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, so it's not the best choice for a wide seating arrangement. Overall, it's a surprisingly good budget TV, and it's the best budget TV for a bright room.
If you have a wide seating arrangement, then go with the LG UP8000 instead. It's not as bright as the Hisense, and it has worse reflection handling, so it's not as capable of overcoming glare in a really bright room. Its IPS panel delivers much wider viewing angles, which is great if you have a wide seating arrangement or like to move around the house with the TV on. It's also available in a wider range of sizes than the Hisense, from small 43" bedroom TVs up to massive 86" models, you're sure to find the right size for your setup.
If you're on a budget and want a bright TV, go for the Hisense, but if you prefer something with wide viewing angles, then check out the LG.
Oct 22, 2021: Changed the focus of the article from Best TV Show TVs to Best TVs For Bright Rooms. Swapped the Hisense U6G with the LG UP8000, as the Hisense is much better for bright rooms.
Sep 16, 2021: Replaced the Samsung Q80A with the QN85A for consistency; added the Vizio P Series, LG QNED90, LG A1, and Sony X85J to Notable Mentions.
Jul 21, 2021: Replaced the Sony X800H and Hisense H8G with the newer Sony X80J and Hisense U6G; updated Notable Mentions based on market availability.
May 26, 2021: Replaced the LG CX, Samsung Q80T, and LG UN7300 with the LG C1, Samsung Q80A, and LG UP8000; updated Notable Mentions based on market availability.
Mar 30, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the Vizio OLED, Hisense H9G, and LG NANO81 to Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs for bright rooms 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.