Now is a great time to take a look at the best TVs currently on the market. Most brands have released their 2020 models, so it may be hard to find any 2019 versions, but you may get lucky and find one at a discount. Regardless, there are plenty of newer options out there in 2020.
The best TV we've tested so far is the LG CX. It's an outstanding all-around TV that suits any type of use with excellent picture quality. Since it uses OLED technology that individually turns off pixels, it has an infinite contrast ratio, displaying extremely deep blacks, and it has perfect black uniformity.
This is a really well-built TV with a sleek and modern design. It's a great choice for wide seating arrangements as it has great wide viewing angles, and if you choose to place this in a bright room, it has outstanding reflection handling. It's packed with gaming features, like FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support, a 120Hz refresh rate, a near-instant response time, and really low input lag. It supports HDR10 and Dolby Vision, and HDR content looks great thanks to its very wide color gamut. It also has excellent gradient handling and impressive out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you won't have to get it calibrated if you don't want to.
Unfortunately, like all OLEDs, it has the risk of permanent burn-in. If you constantly watch content with static elements, like the news, your TV may experience burn-in issues after a few years, but if you watch varied content, you shouldn't have to worry about this too much. It doesn't get very bright, but on the upside, it has good built-in speakers that get fairly loud if you don't want to spend extra on a soundbar. All in all, this is the best TV we've tested so far.
If you prefer an LED TV to avoid the risk of permanent burn-in, then check out the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019. Although it doesn't support any VRR technology like the LG CX OLED, it has a VA panel that still displays extremely deep blacks that gets even better with the full-array local dimming feature. It's also one of the brightest we've tested so far, and along with its excellent reflection handling, it's an ideal choice for placing it in really bright rooms. Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, so you lose image accuracy when moving off-center. It doesn't upscale 480p and 720p well, so it's more for watching 1080p or 4k content. On the upside, it has an extremely wide HDR color gamut, so HDR content looks amazing. Lastly, it's a great gaming TV for casual gamers due to its 120Hz refresh rate, excellent response time, and low input lag.
Overall, the best TV we've tested so far is the LG, but if you're a fan of LEDs or simply don't want to be worried about the burn-in risk, check out the Vizio.
The best TV for color accuracy we've tested so far is the Sony X950H. It's Sony's flagship 4k LED TV for 2020 and it has the great all-around performance you expect in a high-end TV. Although its out-of-the-box color accuracy isn't as good as its predecessor, the Sony X950G, it's still excellent, and you won't need to get it calibrated unless you really want to.
It has a VA panel that has a great contrast ratio, and its full-array local dimming feature helps improve the contrast a bit. It has Sony's 'X-Wide Angle' technology that slightly improves the viewing angles at the cost of its contrast, but the viewing angles are still mediocre and not suggested for a wide seating arrangement. It easily gets bright enough to combat glare and to make highlights pop in HDR, and it has outstanding reflection handling if you want to place it in a bright room. Also, it has built-in Android TV, which has a massive selection of apps available to download on the Google Play Store.
Sadly, serious gamers may be disappointed. Even though it has a 120Hz refresh rate, it doesn't support any VRR technology, and its input lag is a bit too high for competitive gaming. On the upside, it's available in a wide range of sizes, from 49 to 85 inches, so you can get the one you prefer, and if you want to get a smaller size to use as a computer monitor, it displays proper chroma 4:4:4, which is important for reading text. Overall, this is the best TV for color accuracy we've seen so far.
If you want an excellent gaming TV with fantastic out-of-the-box color accuracy, then the Samsung Q80T is a great alternative. It doesn't get as bright as the Sony X950H, but like the Sony, the Samsung also has an 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer, improving the viewing angles at the cost of its contrast ratio. Luckily, it still has a full-array local dimming feature that deepens any blacks and it has great black uniformity. Gamers should appreciate the 120Hz refresh rate, FreeSync VRR support, excellent response time, BFI feature, and low input lag. Unfortunately, it has some uniformity issues, which could be distracting with large areas of uniform color, like in a game menu. On the upside, HDR content looks good since it displays a wide color gamut and gets bright enough to bring out highlights in that mode.
Overall, if you care about the most accurate colors out-of-the-box, look into the Sony, but if you want better gaming performance, consider the Samsung.
The best budget TV we've tested so far is the Hisense H8G. It's a very good overall TV that should please most people for any type of use. It's an upper-mid-range TV in Hisense's 2020 lineup that competes with a lot of higher-end, more expensive TVs.
It has an excellent contrast ratio, and even though it's not as good as other VA panel TVs, it has a full-array local dimming feature that helps darken any blacks. It performs well in bright rooms due to its great peak brightness and decent reflection handling. It displays a wide color gamut for HDR content, but some highlights don't pop the way they're supposed to since its HDR peak brightness is just okay. It's a great TV for gaming as has a good response time, an incredibly low input lag, and a BFI feature to help improve the appearance of motion, but it's limited to a 60Hz refresh rate and no VRR support.
Unfortunately, it has some uniformity issues as the edges of the screen are darker and its out-of-the-box color accuracy is just okay. On the upside, it has built-in Android TV, which is fairly easy to use and has a very wide selection of apps available to download. If you're on a budget and want a TV with good performance, you can't go wrong with this one.
If you prefer a TV with a user-friendly Roku interface, then check out the TCL 6 Series/R625 2019. Its response time is slower than the Hisense H8G so it's not as good for gaming, but the TCL is an excellent choice if you watch movies in dark rooms. It has excellent native contrast, outstanding black uniformity, and a full-array local dimming feature that really deepens any blacks. It has an excellent wide color gamut for HDR content and it gets bright enough to bring out highlights. It upscales lower-resolution content well without any issues and it removes judder from sources such as Blu-ray players or cable boxes. Unfortunately, its out-of-the-box color accuracy is disappointing, so you'll likely need to get it calibrated to fully enjoy the TV. It also has narrow viewing angles, so you need to sit directly in front of the TV to get the most accurate image, but that's normal for a VA panel.
Overall, if you want the best TV for its price and performance, check out the Hisense, but if Roku is more appealing to you than Android TV, the TCL is a good alternative.
08/05/2020: Replaced the LG B9 OLED with the CX OLED; replaced the Sony X950G with the Sony X950H; removed the Samsung Q80R.
07/08/2020: Replaced the Samsung Q70R with the Q80T, the Hisense H9F with the H8G, and added the TCL as an alternative to the Hisense.
05/29/2020: Minor changes to text for clarity, updated notable mentions to reflect current market and availability.
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.