If you're planning on buying a new TV in the near future, chances are it's a flat screen. Modern flat screens have gotten thinner and bigger, and many of them are designed to look like pieces of art when wall-mounted. There are still some curved TVs available, but they are slowly disappearing from the markets.
We've reviewed more than 70 TVs in the last 2 years, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best flat screen TVs available for purchase in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best TVs, the best 4k TVs, and the best smart TVs.
The best flat screen TV we've tested is the LG B9 OLED. Just like all OLEDs, it delivers an outstanding picture quality with perfect blacks in a dark room thanks to its emissive technology. It has a wide color gamut and displays HDR content with vivid color and bright highlights. Sports fans will love the excellent gray uniformity and the fact that the image remains accurate for wide viewing angles, allowing them to enjoy the big game with a group of friends. It has a nearly instantaneous response time that leaves almost no blur, but unfortunately causes stutter in movies. Gamers will enjoy a very low input lag, and thanks to the support for the HDMI Forum variable refresh rate technology they can enjoy nearly tear-free gaming with Xbox One. This TV has four HDMI 2.1 ports that currently don't add much, but make the TV more future-proof.
Overall, this is an excellent TV that will keep those who buy it happy.
If you find that the risk of burn-in on OLED TVs like the LG B9 OLED is a concern, then get the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED; this is the best QLED TV we've tested. This TV can't display perfect blacks like the LG, and doesn't have the same excellent wide viewing angles. On the upside, this is a remarkable TV with impressive picture quality, suitable for any room, as it can get very bright. Its dark room performance is excellent as well, thanks to the effective local dimming and high native contrast ratio. It's loaded with gaming goodies, a low input lag, and an extremely fast response time that makes the TV an excellent choice for gamers.
Overall, if you're concerned about the possibility of burn-in, get the Samsung; otherwise, the LG is the best choice.
The Vizio P Series Quantum 2018 is one of the best LED TVs we've tested so far. It looks excellent in any setting and has outstanding dark room performance thanks to the excellent native contrast and a great local dimming feature. It's also one of the brightest TVs we've ever reviewed. Unfortunately, this TV has a rather limited smart interface that, while very well-designed, doesn't let you add additional apps. It's also only available in one size, 65".
If you want to save some money with a little compromise on quality, get the Vizio; otherwise, for the absolute best, get the LG.
The Sony X950G is the best flat screen TV for pre-calibration color accuracy we've tested so far. It's a great TV that's available in many sizes, but it doesn't have the perfect blacks or the excellent viewing angles found on the LG B9 OLED and other OLEDs. That said, its larger variants incorporate the 'X-Wide Angle' layer that improves viewing angles at the expense of contrast ratio.
The overall picture quality is impressive, and it can display deep uniform blacks in a dark room thanks to the high native contrast ratio and local dimming support. It can easily fight the glare of a bright room and can also handle reflections well. HDR content looks great, full of saturated colors and bright highlights. Fast-moving objects have very little motion blur, and the image is crisp thanks to the fast response time. It has a low input lag, good for use as a PC monitor and casual gaming, although more competitive gamers might want something better.
Unfortunately, the smaller variants of this TV, just like most VA panels, have narrow viewing angles and the image deteriorates quickly when viewed from the side. Overall, however, the Sony X950G is a great TV.
If you want a TV for gaming that performs almost as well as the Sony X950G, then get the Samsung Q70R/Q70 QLED. You won't get the Sony's excellent reflection handling or brightness levels, but this is a great TV that can deliver a very good picture quality with deep blacks in a dark room. It has a very low input lag, supports FreeSync for nearly tear-free gaming, and supports low input lag with motion interpolation. It also supports an Auto Low Latency Mode, so you don't have to switch to 'Game' mode every time you want to play a game.
Overall, if gaming is important, get the Samsung; however, if color accuracy is more important, then the Sony is the way to go.
The Hisense H9F is the best budget flat screen TV we've tested so far. It has an excellent contrast ratio and a decent local dimming feature for great dark room performance. It can get very bright and can handle reflections well, so glare shouldn't be a worry in a brighter room.
This TV is also very good for gaming, thanks to its outstanding low input lag and excellent response time. The TV's smart features are great, as it runs the latest Android TV smart interface, and gives you access to Google Play, which has a very large selection of smart apps.
Unfortunately, this TV has poor viewing angles and some noticeable uniformity issues. The dirty screen effect won't please the most demanding sports fans. Overall, though, it's a great TV for almost any use and should make those who choose it happy.
If you want something cheaper than the Hisense H9F without much compromise in quality, then check out the Hisense H8F. This TV can't get as bright and doesn't have as fast a response time as the H9F, which results in a longer blur trail which can be bad for gaming. On the upside, it has a great picture quality, better black uniformity, and less blooming around bright objects in dark scenes than the other Hisense.
Overall, if you want the best flat screen TV in the budget category, the H9F is the way to go; otherwise, the H8F will save you some cash without much compromise in quality.
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 TV reviews. 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.
10/24/2019: Replaced the LG C9 OLED with the LG B9, and the TCL R617 with the Hisense H8F. Made changes to text for clarity.