If you're planning on buying a new TV in the near future, chances are it's a flatscreen. Modern flatscreens 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.
Note: Prices and availability fluctuate a lot at the beginning of the year as last year's models are gradually replaced by newer ones.
The LG B8 is the best flatscreen TV that we've tested so far. Thanks to the self-emissive OLED panel, the B8 delivers outstanding dark room performance, since individual pixels can be turned off or dimmed, negating the need for a local dimming system. It runs LG's excellent WebOS 4.0, which is fast and easy to use, and it has one of the widest selections of apps of any TV brand.
The LG B8 also delivers outstanding HDR performance, great for watching the latest 4k UHD Blu-Rays, and it is an outstanding gaming TV thanks to the low input lag and nearly-instantaneous response time. This fast response time may bother movie lovers though, as low frame rate content tends to stutter more than on LED TVs, although this can be reduced through motion interpolation.
Unfortunately, like all OLED TVs, there is a chance that you will experience temporary image retention, or even permanent burn-in on the B8. With varied enough content, we don't expect this to be an issue for most people. Overall, the B8 is an outstanding TV that should please even the most demanding shoppers.
If you like the performance of the LG B8, but are concerned about burn-in and would prefer an LED TV, check out the Samsung Q8FN. Although the Q8FN doesn't have the same outstanding dark room performance of the OLED B8, it performs admirably thanks to the excellent native contrast ratio and decent full array local dimming. It also doesn't have as much stutter as the B8, great for movie buffs. The Q8FN also has some great gaming features if you have an Xbox One or AMD graphics card, including FreeSync variable refresh rate support, auto game mode, and low latency motion interpolation for gaming.
The Vizio P Series Quantum is the best LED TV that we've tested so far, better even than the Samsung Q8FN, but it can be extremely difficult to find. It looks excellent in any setting. It has outstanding dark room performance thanks to excellent native contrast and a great local dimming feature. It is also one of the brightest TVs we've ever reviewed. Unfortunately, the Vizio Quantum has a rather limited smart interface, that while very well designed, lacks the capability to add additional apps. It is also only available in one size, 65".
The Sony X900F is the best mid-range flatscreen TV that we've tested so far. It is a great 4k UHD TV with very good picture quality, excellent motion handling, and low input lag for gamers. The X900F is available in a wide range of sizes, from 49", up to a massive 85". It has an excellent, modern design that fits well in any design.
The X900F delivers great picture quality. It can get bright enough to overcome glare in a bright room, and small highlights in HDR really stand out. It performs just as well in a dark room, thanks to the excellent native contrast and decent local dimming feature.
Unfortunately, the X900F runs a slightly older version of Android TV, and the interface can be a bit slow. It is still very easy to use and has one of the widest app selections of any TV brand. Overall, the X900F is a versatile 4k TV that should please most people.
If you like the performance of the Sony X900F, but want something with more advanced gaming features, take a look at the Samsung NU8000. It is a bit worse than the X900F in a dark room, as it doesn't have a full array local dimming feature, but it still has an excellent native contrast ratio, so blacks look black in a dark room. The real benefit of the NU8000 is in its gaming features. It supports AMD FreeSync VRR, ensuring a tear-free gaming experience when gaming on an Xbox One, or on a PC with an AMD graphics card. It also automatically enters game mode when you start playing, so you don't have to scramble for the remote, and it can improve the frame rate of low frame rate games through motion interpolation without adding much input lag.
If you want a great budget flatscreen TV, check out the TCL 6 Series (R617/R615/R613). The R617 is a very good 4k TV that delivers very good picture quality, and good motion handling. It has excellent low input lag, great for gaming, or for a responsive PC monitor. It also has great smart features, including a massive collection of streaming apps covering any need.
The TCL R617 delivers great picture quality. It looks good in a dark room, thanks to an excellent native contrast ratio, but unfortunately, it has a mediocre local dimming feature. In a bright room, it can easily get bright enough to overcome glare, and it has good reflections handling. HDR content looks amazing, thanks to the wide color gamut and excellent HDR peak brightness.
Unfortunately, the image degrades on the TCL 6 Series when viewed at an angle. It also has mediocre gray uniformity, which may disappoint sports fans. Overall, it is a great budget TV that should please most people.
If you like the TCL R617, but would prefer something a bit cheaper, check out the Vizio E Series 2018. It is a good budget TV that delivers decent overall picture quality. Like the R617, it has an outstanding native contrast ratio, but unfortunately, the local dimming feature isn't very good. It also isn't as bright as the TCL 6-Series, so it can't overcome glare as well and small highlights in some scenes in HDR don't stand out as much.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best flatscreen 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.