With 2019 in full swing, now is a great time to take a look at the best TVs currently on the market. If you want to buy a new TV, now is a great time to look, as retailers are clearing models from their inventory and you might find some great deals.
The best TV we've tested so far is the LG B9 OLED. It has very similar performance to the slightly more expensive LG C9 OLED and the more premium LG E9 OLED. Last year's LG B8 OLED is very similar, but is becoming harder to find; the B9 has come down in price and is more future-proof. Just like all OLEDs, the picture quality is excellent, with perfect inky blacks in a dark room and a nearly instantaneous response time that delivers motion with almost no blur. It has excellent wide viewing angles, and walking around while watching shouldn't be an issue. The input lag is very low, and the TV supports HDMI Forum Variable Refresh Rate, which is great news for gamers. It's also equipped with HDMI 2.1 ports, which currently don't add much but make the TV more future-proof.
Just like all OLED TVs, it has the risk of temporary image retention and permanent burn-in. This can develop as a result of cumulative long exposure to static images, like channel logos or news banners. With normal, varied use, though, it's not likely to happen.
All OLED TVs we've tested display very similar overall picture quality, and it's the additional features that differentiate them. To choose what's best for your needs, you can use our 'Compare TVs' tool to check the differences between the OLEDs and find the one that best suits your needs.
If you'll be watching TV with a lot of static content and the risk of permanent burn-in concerns you, then check out the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED, the best LED TV we've tested so far. You won't get the LG B9 OLED's perfect blacks or wide viewing angles. On the upside, this is an excellent TV with outstanding picture quality and remarkable dark room performance. It has very fast response time, which is great for sports, an extremely low input lag, and several gaming goodies, like FreeSync support that'll please even the most serious gamers.
If you want the best picture quality and perfect blacks, get the LG, but if the risk of burn-in worries you and you don't mind compromising on viewing angles, the Samsung is the best LED alternative.
If you're concerned about burn-in risk and want the best LED TV for watching HDR movies in a dark room, then get the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019. You won't have the same wide viewing angles as an OLED, and although the TV delivers very deep blacks in a dark room, it doesn't switch off individual pixels. However, the picture quality is great and the dark room performance is remarkable. It has a very fast response time that leaves just minimal blur trail around fast-moving objects, and the TV has an outstanding low input lag that offers a responsive experience. Finally, you can place it in any room as it can get extremely bright and has remarkable reflection handling.
If you're not concerned about burn-in risk and want the best overall performance, get the LG; otherwise, if you don't mind compromising a bit on viewing angles, the Vizio is an excellent alternative.
If you don't plan to calibrate your TV and want the best TV for color accuracy out of the box, then get the Sony X950G. With just minor settings adjustments, you can achieve great color accuracy. It has a great picture quality and can deliver deep blacks in a dark room thanks to its high native contrast ratio and full-array local dimming support. You can easily place it in any room, as it can get very bright to fight glare and has a remarkable reflection handling. Fast-moving content has very little blur thanks to the fast response time, and most gamers will be okay with low input lag, although more serious players might want to get something even better.
Just like most VA panel TVs, it has poor viewing angles and isn't suitable for watching from the side. That said, the larger variants (75" and 85") have the new 'X-Wide Angle' technology, which improves the viewing angles at the expense of contrast ratio.
Overall, this is an impressive TV that'll keep its owners happy.
If you're a serious gamer that needs a lower input lag and more gaming goodies than the Sony X950G, then get the Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED. It has a slower response time than the Sony, and there's a little more motion blur on fast-moving content. On the upside, this TV has a remarkably low input lag and is loaded with gaming goodies, like low latency with motion interpolation and AMD FreeSync support for nearly tear-free gaming. This is also a great TV with impressive picture quality that you can place in any room, as it can get bright to fight glare in a bright room and can deliver deep blacks in a dark room.
If you want the best out of the box color accuracy, get the Sony; however, if the gaming experience on the Sony isn't to your liking and you don't mind compromising on response time, the Samsung is a great alternative.
If you're looking for the best TV in the budget category that we've tested, then get the Hisense H9F. It's a TV that delivers impressive picture quality with deep blacks in a dark room thanks to its high native contrast ratio and good local dimming support. It's suitable for rooms of any brightness as it can fight glare with ease and has no issues handling reflections so you don't have to worry about the light setup in the room. It has good overall motion handling, and fast-moving content has little blur trail. It supports motion interpolation to please fans of the soap opera effect and has a very low input lag that attracts gamers. The TV runs the excellent Android TV 8.0 interface that gives you access to Google Play Store where you'll find apps to fit your needs.
Just like most VA panel TVs, it can't maintain an accurate image when viewed at an angle, which might deter people with wide seating arrangements.
Overall, this is a great TV that has a budget price but impressive performance in most uses.
If you find the Hisense H9F is still expensive and you want to save some more money and still get a great overall TV, then get the Hisense H8F. It's a very good entry-level 4k TV with impressive picture quality and deep, uniform blacks in a dark room. It has an excellent low input lag and feels very responsive when gaming or used as a PC monitor. It can get very bright and you can easily place it in a bright room. Unfortunately, the response time is just decent, so fast-moving content has a little more blur that might disappoint hardcore sports fans, and the poor viewing angles aren't good for watching the big game with a group of friends. On the upside, this TV uses the same Android TV 8.0 smart interface as the other Hisense.
Overall, if you want the best budget TV, the Hisense H9F is the way to go; otherwise, for those who want to save more money with a few compromises in quality, the Hisense H8F is a great alternative.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best televisions 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.
11/05/2019: Updated picks and changed text for clarity.