With 2020 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. The picture quality on this OLED TV is simply superb, with its infinite contrast ratio delivering deep inky blacks and vibrant saturated colors that pop in HDR content. It also has fantastic motion handling due to the nearly instantaneous response time, and the optional black frame insertion feature helps to further reduce motion blur. For gamers, this TV delivers a great experience with its low input lag and even supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology. If you use an NVIDIA graphics card, a recent firmware update brought G-SYNC support as well.
Unfortunately, there are downsides to OLED TVs: mainly the issue of permanent burn-in. This results from watching content with persistent elements on the screen for an extended period, such as a channel logo or a user interface when gaming, however, it's unlikely to happen if you watch a varied content.
Though this isn't LG's flagship model, it offers similar performance to the more expensive LG C9 OLED and LG E9 OLED, with the main differences between these models being the number of features they offer. If you're on the market for a great TV that's packed with features, definitely consider this one.
If you're concerned about the risk of permanent burn-in, take a look at the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED. It's a great alternative to the LG B9 OLED, as it has an excellent contrast ratio that delivers deep blacks, even for an LED TV. It also has fantastic motion handling, low input lag, and support for FreeSync variable refresh rate, making it an amazing TV for gaming. Although we've come to expect VA panels to have poor viewing angles, this TV performs quite decently, thanks to Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology, which is good for those with a large seating arrangement. HDR performance is great as well, due to the high peak brightness, wide color gamut support, and the full array local dimming feature.
If you want the best picture quality you can get, go with the LG, but if burn-in worries you, the Samsung is a good choice.
If you like to watch TV in a dark room but don't want to deal with the risk of burn-in, check out the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019. Though you won't get the same black levels as the LG B9 OLED, this is about as close as you can get with an LED TV. It also has full array local dimming with impressive performance, and the outstanding motion handling delivers a clear picture with minimal blur. This TV can get extremely bright, which is great for HDR content and to combat glare if you choose to use it in a bright room. Sadly, while it has low input lag for those who want to game on the TV, it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology, and the VA panel's viewing angles are poor.
Overall, if you're not concerned with burn-in, go with the LG; otherwise, the Vizio is a great choice.
If you care about color accuracy, the Sony X950G is the best that we've tested. Out-of-the-box, this TV has outstanding color reproduction, which will save you from having to pay for a costly calibration. That's not all that this TV has to offer, though. Its VA panel has an outstanding contrast ratio and an impressive black uniformity that's sure to please those who like to watch in the dark. If you're in a well-lit room, this TV can get incredibly bright to overcome glare and it has exceptional reflection handling. Unfortunately, like most VA panels, viewing angles are disappointing, making this TV less suitable for large rooms with wide seating arrangements. That said, the larger variants of this TV has Sony's 'X-Wide Angle', which greatly increases its viewing angles, but at the cost of contrast ratio.
Response time on this TV is excellent, with very little blur behind fast-moving objects; and to top it off, it has an optional black frame insertion feature to help further reduce motion blur. Although the input lag on this TV may not be low enough for competitive gaming, casual gamers should be more than satisfied with its performance. Sadly, it doesn't support variable refresh rate to reduce screen tearing, and it doesn't have an 'Auto Low Latency' mode. Last but not least, this TV runs on Android, which is user-friendly and you should be able to find nearly everything that you need in the app store.
Overall, this is the best for color accuracy, and it has an incredible set of features that should please most people.
If you find the lack of advanced gaming features on the Sony X950G disappointing, you may want to consider the Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED. It also uses a VA panel that's great for dark room gaming, with exceptional contrast ratio and black uniformity to produce deep blacks that don't look like gray. You still get outstandingly low response time and input lag for a smooth and responsive gaming experience, with the added benefit of variable refresh rate to reduce screen tearing, and an 'Auto Low Latency' mode that activates automatically when the TV detects a game being launched from a compatible gaming console. Peak brightness on this TV isn't as high as the Sony's, but it's still more than enough for viewing in a bright room, and to provide a great HDR experience.
If color accuracy is more important to you, go with the Sony; otherwise, the Samsung is a better choice for gaming.
For the best TV in the budget category, check out 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 your 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 the 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 want something cheaper than the Hisense H9F but aren't willing to compromise much in performance, then check out the Hisense H8F. It's an entry-level 4k TV that delivers great picture quality and deep, uniform blacks in a dark room, and displays HDR content with rich colors and bright highlights. The input lag is very low and gamers will enjoy a responsive gaming experience, but on the downside, the response time is only decent, so you'll notice a little more blur trail following fast-moving content. The TV runs the same great Android TV 8.0 smart interface found on the higher-end Hisense model.
If you want the best budget TV, get the H9F; otherwise, for just a few compromises in performance, the 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.
02/07/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
12/05/2019: No changes in picks; refreshed text for accuracy.