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 52 TVs, 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.
Note: Since new TVs tend to launch at very high prices, it's unlikely that these newer models will become reasonable choices until the latter half of the year. Because of this, some of the 2018 models remain as picks in our recommendations.
The best flat screen TV we've tested so far is the LG B8. It has an excellent picture quality with perfect blacks and an impressive dark room performance, due to the emissive technology of its OLED panel that allows it to turn off individual pixels. It has an outstanding HDR performance full of rich, saturated colors and highlights that pop. Motion is crisp due to the almost instantaneous response time. This, however, can cause stutter in some older content or lower fps movies, but you can minimize it using the motion interpolation option. It has a low input lag that makes it very responsive, which is great for gamers. Just like all of the latest TVs from LG, this one runs WebOS 4.0. It's a fast and very intuitive OS with one of the widest selections of apps in the market.
Unfortunately, the LG B8, just like all OLED TVs, can develop temporary image retention or even permanent burn-in. However, we expect that with varied normal content, this not to be an issue for most people.
Overall, this is an outstanding TV that will keep most people who choose it happy.
If you find that the risk of burn-in of the OLEDs is a concern, then get the Samsung Q80R; this is the best QLED we've tested. This TV can't display perfect blacks like the LG B8, and doesn't have the same excellent wide viewing angles. On the upside, this is a remarkable TV with impressive picture quality. It's suitable for any room, as it can get very bright and will easily fight the glare of a bright room. 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 make the TV an excellent choice for gamers. Overall, this is a remarkable TV that will please its owners.
The Vizio P Series Quantum is one of the best LED TVs we've tested so far. It looks excellent in any setting. It has outstanding dark room performance, thanks to 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, lacks the capability to add additional apps. It's also only available in one size, 65".
The Sony X900F is the best flat screen TV in the mid-range category that we've tested so far. It's a 4k UHD LED TV with an excellent design that's available in many sizes. Unfortunately, this TV doesn't have the perfect blacks or the great viewing angles found on the LG B8.
On the upside, this TV has an impressive picture quality and can display deep uniform blacks in a dark room thanks to the high native contrast ratio and local dimming support. It can get very bright to overcome glare and you can easily place it in a bright room, as it can handle reflections well. It has a wide color gamut and HDR content looks great, full of saturated colors and bright highlights. It has a very fast response time and the image is crisp with very little blur behind fast-moving objects. The input lag is low, good for use as a PC monitor and for casual gaming. More competitive gamers, however, might not find it low enough.
Unfortunately, this TV, just like all VA panels, has narrow viewing angles and the image deteriorates when viewed from the side. Overall, the X900F is a TV that performs very well for most uses.
If you want a TV for gaming and you find that the Sony X900F doesn't have the input lag you want, then get the Samsung RU8000. You won't get the dark room performance of the Sony, as this TV has no local dimming support, nor can it get as bright as the Sony. Nonetheless, the RU8000 is a very good TV that can deliver a good picture quality with deep blacks in a dark room. It has a very low input lag and supports FreeSync for nearly tear-free gaming. It has low input lag with motion interpolation and an auto low latency mode that allows you to automatically switch to 'Game' mode if you use an Xbox One X/S or a PC with a compatible graphics card. Overall, this is a good TV that excels for gaming.
If you're looking for a great budget flat screen TV, then get TCL 6 Series R617. It's a great 4k TV with impressive picture quality and good motion handling. The input lag is very low and the TV feels very responsive, which is great for gaming or for use as a PC monitor. The TCL runs the Roku TV smart platform where you will find a great selection of 'streaming channels' or apps covering any need.
This TV looks great in a dark room, thanks to the deep blacks due to the excellent native contrast ratio, but unfortunately, the local dimming feature is just mediocre. It can get very bright, can easily overcome glare, and it has good reflection handling. It displays bright and vivid HDR highlights, thanks to the wide color gamut and excellent HDR peak brightness.
Unfortunately, just like most VA panel TVs, the image degrades when viewed at an angle. The gray uniformity is only mediocre and this may disappoint some sports fanatics. Overall, it's the best budget TV we've tested.
If you find the TCL R617 a little expensive and would prefer something a bit cheaper, then get Vizio E Series 2018. It doesn't get as bright as the TCL and thus can't deliver the same good HDR experience. On the upside, it's cheaper than the TCL and still delivers a decent picture quality with an excellent native contrast ratio. Unfortunately, although it has full array local dimming, it doesn't perform so well. Overall, it's a good TV that won't disappoint you in any usage.
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.