Preferred tv store
Updated

The 6 Best TVs - Fall 2018
Reviews

Best TVs On the Market
205 Televisions Tested
  • Store-bought TVs; no cherry-picked units
  • Retest after major updates
  • Easily comparable results
  • No ads; unbiased reviews
Learn more about our approach to product reviews here.

As 2018 draws to a close, now is a great time to take a look at the best TVs currently on the market. The end of the year brings some amazing deals with it, as manufacturers try and clear out excess inventory to try and make room for the coming 2019 models. If you want to buy a new TV, now is a great time to start looking, as most 2018 models will be at their lowest price until the 2019 models hit the market.

We've tested 77 TVs, and below are our picks for the best TVs on the market in 2018. See also our picks for the best 4k TVs and the best smart TVs.

  1. Best Rated TV: LG B8

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    8.8
    Mixed Usage
    What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
    Score components:
    9.3
    Movies
    What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
    Score components:
    8.4
    TV Shows
    What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
    Score components:
    8.6
    Sports
    What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
    8.9
    Video Games
    What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
    9.0
    HDR Movies
    What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
    Score components:
    8.6
    HDR Gaming
    What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
    8.3
    PC Monitor
    What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
    Score components:
    Type : OLED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    WRGB
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65"

    If you want the absolute best TV on the market, check out the LG B8. The B8 is an outstanding 4K OLED TV that delivers exceptional picture quality and has perfect dark room performance. It also performs well in bright rooms, although it can't overcome really bright glare if you have a lot of windows, and it has great wide viewing angles.

    The LG OLED B8 also has excellent low input lag, and a nearly instantaneous response time, so motion looks crystal clear without even a hint of blur. This near-perfection can bother some people though, especially when watching 24p movies on Blu-ray. If it does bother you, it has some features that can help improve this, including a black frame insertion feature, or by enabling motion interpolation.

    Unfortunately, the LG B8 has the risk of temporary image retention and permanent burn-in when exposed to static images for extended periods of time. With varied enough usage, we don't expect this to be an issue for most people.

    Overall, the B8 is an outstanding TV that should please most people. The other LG OLEDs, including the C8 and E8, are just as good.

    See our review

  2. Hard To Find Alternative: Vizio P Series Quantum

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 65"

    If you would prefer a TV that doesn't have any risk of burn-in or temporary image retention, the Vizio P Series Quantum is the best LED LCD TV that we've reviewed so far. It delivers great picture quality, and it has excellent motion handling. It has an impressive fast response time, almost as fast as the LG OLEDs, and it has impressive low input lag.

    The Quantum is one of the most versatile TVs we've ever reviewed. It has outstanding dark room performance thanks to the impressive native contrast ratio and excellent local dimming. At the same time, it performs extremely well in a bright room, thanks to the great reflection handling and extremely high peak brightness, in SDR and HDR.

    Unfortunately, the Vizio P Series Quantum doesn't have the most advanced smart features, and there is no way to add apps. It also doesn't have the wide viewing angles of the OLEDs, and is currently only available in one size. It can also be very difficult to find. Overall though, it is a great TV that should please most people.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range TV: Sony X900F

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    8.3
    Mixed Usage
    What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
    Score components:
    8.5
    Movies
    What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
    Score components:
    8.2
    TV Shows
    What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
    Score components:
    8.1
    Sports
    What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
    8.6
    Video Games
    What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
    8.4
    HDR Movies
    What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
    Score components:
    8.6
    HDR Gaming
    What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
    8.3
    PC Monitor
    What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
    Score components:
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 49" 55" 65" 75" 85"

    The Sony X900F is the best mid-range TV on the market. The X900F is a great 4k LED LCD TV with very good picture quality, excellent motion handling, and low input lag for gaming. It has great smart features, with an easy to use interface and an excellent selection of smart apps through the included Google Play Store.

    The Sony X900F looks great in a dark room, thanks to the excellent native contrast ratio, but the local dimming feature isn't as advanced as the one on the Vizio P Series Quantum. It is also extremely bright and can easily overcome most glare, but it isn't quite as bright as the Quantum.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't support any of the newer gaming features, like VRR, and the image degrades rapidly when viewed at an angle. Overall, it is one of the best televisions we've tested and a great mid-range TV that should please most people.

    See our review

  4. Better Gaming Alternative: Samsung NU8000

    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 49" 55" 65" 75" 82"

    If you like the Sony X900F, but want a TV with the most advanced gaming features, check out the Samsung NU8000. The NU8000 features the latest in gaming technologies, including support for AMD's FreeSync Variable Refresh Rate technology. It also automatically enters the low latency game mode when you're playing a game, so you don't have to worry about changing the settings each time. Finally, it has a low latency motion interpolation mode, great for smoothing out motion in older games.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget TV: TCL R617

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    7.9
    Mixed Usage
    What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
    Score components:
    8.0
    Movies
    What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
    Score components:
    7.6
    TV Shows
    What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
    Score components:
    7.5
    Sports
    What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
    8.6
    Video Games
    What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
    8.1
    HDR Movies
    What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
    Score components:
    8.4
    HDR Gaming
    What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
    8.1
    PC Monitor
    What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
    Score components:
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65"

    If you want a great budget TV, check out the TCL 6 Series (R613/R615/R617), it is the best TV we've tested in this price category. The 6 Series is a very good LED LCD 4k TV with very good picture quality, good motion handling, and outstanding low input lag. It looks great in a dark room, thanks to the high native contrast ratio, and it can get extremely bright, easily able to overcome glare in most rooms.

    The TCL 6 Series has great smart features, with access to hundreds of streaming channels and apps. You can also stream audio directly from the TV to your phone, great for nighttime viewing. Unfortunately, the interface isn't the most polished, but it is very easy to use.

    Unfortunately, the image degrades when viewed at an angle. When it was initially released, there were reports of uniformity issues with the 55" model, but this issue may have been fixed. Overall, it is a good TV that rivals many more expensive models, and it should please most people.

    See our review

  6. Best TV for the Money: TCL S405

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.2

    Test Benches:

    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    7.3
    Mixed Usage
    What it is General purpose. The TV will be used for a variety of content and usages. Movies at night, TV shows during the day, video games from time to time, etc.
    Score components:
    6.6
    Movies
    What it is Movies in the dark. The TV will be used for watching movies in a controlled environment, directly in front, in a home theater way. Mostly only high quality content, like Blu-rays, UHD Blu-rays, streaming and a little bit of HDR.
    Score components:
    7.1
    TV Shows
    What it is TV Shows in a bright living room. The TV will be used in to watch TV shows, in a bright room during the day, from multiple viewing positions at different angles. The content watched has an average quality: cable, streaming, SD channels, etc.
    Score components:
    7.0
    Sports
    What it is Sports in a living room. The TV will be used to watch sports during the day, like football or hockey. Usually watched with a group, so from multiple viewing position.
    8.3
    Video Games
    What it is Video games. The TV will be used to play video games, directly in front, in a controlled light environment. Usually fast games, like online FPS, where motion blur and input lag is important.
    6.7
    HDR Movies
    What it is HDR Movies and TV shows. The TV will be used to watch 4k UHD HDR content, with a wide color gamut and a high peak brightness. Either via UHD Blu-rays or HDR streaming.
    Score components:
    7.8
    HDR Gaming
    What it is HDR Gaming. The TV will be used to play HDR video games using consoles that support it or on current generation gaming PCs. Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, GTX 10 series and AMD RX series graphics cards.
    8.0
    PC Monitor
    What it is PC Monitor. The TV will be used as a PC monitor, from 2-3 feet away, either for productivity purposes or gaming. Sharp text is important, as well as a high resolution.
    Score components:
    Type : LED
    Sub-Type
    What it is: Type of display technology used by the TV.
    When it matters: Different technologies have different performance and are suited to different uses
    Good value: IPS maintains good color accuracy at an angle, but has a poor contrast ratio from in front. VA has great picture quality in front, but loses saturation at an angle. OLED maintains good color accuracy at an angle without any of the other issues seen with IPS and VA, as they keep good brightness and contrast at an angle.
    :
    VA
    Resolution : 4k
    Sizes : 43" 49" 55" 65"

    If you want the best TV for the money available, check out the TCL S Series. Depending on where you are, it might be known as the S425/423/421, or the S405. There are only minor cosmetic differences between the models.

    The TCL S Series is a decent 4k TV with great smart features, very low input lag and great dark room performance. It has low motion blur, so fast moving objects in games and movies look clear, with little motion blur.

    Although it supports HDR, it isn't able to take full advantage of it due to the limited peak brightness and the lack of a wide color gamut. Overall, it is a decent 4k TV at a great price that should please most people.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung Q6FN. A great QLED TV, but too expensive, the NU8000 is a better choice. See our review
  • Samsung Q7FN. A great QLED TV, but too expensive, the X900F is better. See our review
  • Samsung Q8FN. A great QLED TV, but not worth the price difference over the X900F. See our review
  • Samsung Q9FN. An excellent QLED TV, but the Vizio P Series Quantum is a bit better and much cheaper. See our review
  • Vizio P Series 2018. A very good LED TV, but the X900F is better overall. See our review

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best TVs on the market 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. 

Discussions

LOG IN

JOIN RTINGS.com

Be part of the most informed community and take advantage of our advanced tools to find the best product for your needs.
Join our mailing list:

Create Discussion

Preview Back to editor Format guide

The editor uses special characters (aka. markdown).

To post formatted content follow these rules:

What you typeWhat it will look like
*italic text*italic text
**bold text**bold text
[link](http://rtings.com)link
> quoted text
quoted text
# header

header

- item 1
- item 2
- item 3
  • item 1
  • item 2
  • item 3

* Quotes and lists must be followed by a blank line