Nearly all TVs sold now are flat-screen TVs. Curved TVs screens were once more popular, but they're increasingly hard to find now as both consumers and manufacturers prefer flat screens. Modern flat screens have gotten thinner and bigger, and a few are designed to look like pieces of art when wall-mounted. Finding the best TV for you all depends on your needs and what you're going to be watching; watching a ton of sports with friends requires a different type of TV than if you watch movies alone. Also, choosing one TV over another may simply come down to personal preference.
We've bought and tested more than 100 TVs under our latest test bench, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best flat-screen TVs available. Make sure to check out our recommendations for the best TVs, the best TVs for Xbox Series X, and the best TVs for PS5.
The best flat-screen TV we've tested is the LG C1 OLED. It's an excellent all-around TV that delivers stunning picture quality and performs well for any use. OLEDs can turn off individual pixels, resulting in a near-infinite contrast ratio and perfect black uniformity. There's no blooming around bright objects on a dark background, either, making it a fantastic choice for watching content in dark rooms. It has great all-around features, whether you're gaming or simply streaming your favorite content. The built-in LG webOS smart interface is easy-to-use and has a ton of apps available to download, and the included Magic Remote makes it easy to navigate through the menus.
It has HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and variable refresh rate (VRR) support, as well as low input lag and a near-instantaneous response time for a smooth gaming experience. If you want something with a sleeker design, the LG G1 OLED is a great alternative. It comes with a slim wall mount instead of a stand, and its low-profile design with uniform thickness helps it blend into your surroundings. Combined with LG's Gallery Mode, it almost looks like an actual piece of art when you're not watching TV.
The best mid-range flat-screen TV is the Hisense 65U8G. It's an impressive TV that looks great in any viewing environment. Although it can't produce blacks as deep and inky as the LG C1 OLED, it still has an outstanding contrast ratio and a great full array local dimming feature. It also gets impressively bright and has excellent reflection handling, so it's a great choice for a bright living room with lots of windows.
The built-in Android TV smart interface is easy to use and has a great selection of streaming apps through the Google Play Store, so you're sure to find your favorite content. It's also great for console gamers, with support for 4k @ 120Hz gaming on two of its four HDMI ports. It also supports FreeSync variable refresh rate technology, ensuring a smooth, nearly tear-free gaming experience.
The best budget flat-screen TV we've tested is the Hisense U6G. It's a great TV for most uses, with excellent contrast and outstanding black uniformity, so it looks great in a dark room as blacks look deep and inky. It also has decent reflection handling and is plenty bright enough to overcome glare in a bright room. It has impressive upscaling with lower-resolution content, has great gradient handling, and can display a very good wide color gamut.
It's an impressive gaming TV with a great response time, resulting in clear motion with just a bit of blur behind fast-moving objects. It has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience. Sadly, it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate and doesn't support advanced gaming features like variable refresh rates or HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. There's an Auto Low Latency Mode that automatically switches the TV into Game Mode when you play a game from a compatible device to get the lowest input lag possible.
If you want the best TV possible for premium performance and are willing to spend a bit more, the Sony A90J is an amazing choice. It's an OLED TV like the LG C1 OLED, but it has better processing overall, resulting in more accurate, vivid colors in HDR and an image that follows the creator's intent better. It also has fantastic image processing with great upscaling and a smooth motion interpolation feature that helps with the appearance of motion in low-frame-rate content like movies.
Like all OLED displays, it has a nearly-infinite contrast ratio, resulting in extremely deep blacks and bright highlights in HDR, with no distracting blooming in dark scenes. It also has a sleek, premium design, with extremely thin bezels and a nearly frameless design, so it looks amazing when wall-mounted.
The best flat-screen TV for a bright room we've tested is the Samsung QN90A QLED. It's a flagship 4k TV with a sleek design that sits flush against the wall when wall-mounted. It's excellent overall and has features that should please most people, no matter the content you watch. The built-in Tizen OS is user-friendly, and you get a great selection of apps you can download through the app store. This TV uses Mini LED backlighting to get extremely bright, and combined with its remarkable reflection handling, visibility won't be an issue, even in bright rooms. You could even use it outdoors, but it's not weatherproof, so you'll need an appropriate enclosure.
If you want something bright with a nearly frameless design that blends into your decor, check out the Samsung The Frame 2022 QLED instead. It's a very bright TV that handles glare extremely well thanks to its matte anti-reflective coating. It has a unique design, with optional frames that go around the TV and make it look like a work of art. Like the LG G1 OLED, it also has a built-in gallery feature that displays artwork when you're not actively watching TV.
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Mar 29, 2022: Updated text for clarity and added the Hisense U9DG and the Insignia F50 QLED to Notable Mentions.
Jan 28, 2022: Updated text for clarity; added the Samsung The Frame 2021, TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED, Hisense U6GR, and the TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED to Notable Mentions.
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Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best flat screen TVs available to buy for most people in each price range.
If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our reviews of flat screen 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.