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 LG B9 is the best TV we've tested so far. This amazing OLED TV delivers a spectacular picture quality regardless of the room that you're in. Its infinite contrast ratio results in perfect blacks when watching in a dark room, and bright rooms aren't an issue either, as it has excellent reflection handling and very good peak brightness. It has a 120Hz refresh rate and a near-instantaneous response time, so fast-moving scenes look smooth and almost blur-free. There's also an optional black frame insertion feature, which helps to reduce motion blur, and it can interpolate lower frame rate content to make motion look smoother.
Unfortunately, this TV isn't particularly color-accurate right out of the box. It does have excellent gray uniformity, which is great if you tend to watch a lot of sports, and it can upscale lower-resolution content like cable TV with no problems at all. For gamers, its input lag is superbly low, it supports FreeSync variable refresh rate, and it works with recent NVIDIA graphics cards.
Before you buy an OLED TV, though, you should know about the risks of permanent burn-in. This happens when static elements stay in the same spot for an extended period, like a channel logo or a user interface in video games. That said, we don't expect burn-in to be an issue for the majority of people who watch varied content. If these risks don't bother you, then you should definitely consider this TV.
If you're worried about permanent burn-in and prefer an LED TV, then the Samsung Q80/Q80R is a fantastic choice. Although it can't produce perfect blacks like the LG B9 OLED, it can get much brighter and it handles reflections a bit better, which is great if you need to put it in a bright room. Although the Samsung has a VA panel, which is known for having excellent contrast ratios and mediocre viewing angles, its native contrast is lower than other VA panels due to its 'Ultra Wide Angle' which improves the viewing angles significantly. Gamers will also appreciate the support for FreeSync variable refresh rate technology to reduce tearing in games and the black frame insertion feature to improve the appearance of motion.
If you want the best TV, the LG is a fantastic choice, but if you're hesitant about the permanent burn-in risk on OLED TVs, then the Samsung is an excellent LED alternative.
If you're looking for an LED TV with outstanding dark room performance, consider the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019. Like the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED, it doesn't produce perfect blacks like the LG B9 OLED, but it still has one of the best contrast ratios we've seen on an LED TV. The black uniformity is great and it has a local dimming feature to further darken any blacks, making it an excellent choice for dark room viewing. In bright rooms, it can get extremely bright and does a fantastic job of handling reflections, so you won't have to worry about the amount of light facing this TV. Unfortunately, the viewing angles are disappointing and the interface isn't as user-friendly as some other TVs. However, it has one of the best color gamuts we've seen so far, producing a wide range of colors, and it has a low latency HDMI port to reduce input lag, which is great for gaming.
If you want the best TV, the LG is an excellent choice and it performs incredibly well in dark rooms. If you want an LED TV for dark room viewing, then the Vizio is an excellent alternative.
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. 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; 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 TV 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, look into the Sony; otherwise, the Samsung is a better choice for gaming.
The best budget TV we've tested so far is the Hisense H9F. It's an impressive TV for any use and you can't go wrong with it for its price. Its contrast ratio is one of the best we've seen on an LED TV, but the black uniformity is only decent and the local dimming feature isn't very effective at handling bright and fast-moving objects.
In bright rooms, this TV handles reflections really well and it can get bright enough to combat glare, so it performs well even with direct sunlight on it. As is the case with most VA panels, the viewing angles are disappointing, which isn't ideal if you want to watch your favorite show with the entire family. Motion looks fantastic on this TV thanks to its incredible response time, but that means there's some noticeable stutter with lower frame rate content. Fortunately, it can interpolate content up to 120 frames per second, which helps reduce the amount of stutter. It can also remove judder from any source, which is great for using cable boxes or Blu-ray players.
This TV offers the same amount of features and picture quality as some other higher-end competitors and comes at a budget-friendly price, making it the best budget TV we've tested.
If you find the Hisense H9F still a bit pricey, you can go with its little brother, the Hisense H8F. This TV is significantly cheaper, but it performs well in most content nonetheless. You still get an outstanding contrast ratio, black uniformity, and a full array local dimming feature; however, its peak brightness is lower, though it's still good enough for bright rooms and can provide a decent HDR experience. Response time is a bit slower, resulting in a picture with slightly more blur trail behind fast-moving objects, but input lag is remarkably low, which is great for gaming and for those who want to use it as a monitor. Like its sibling, this TV runs on Android, and it has Google Assistant integration as well.
Overall, the H9F has better performance, but if you want to save some money, the H8F is a great alternative as long as you're okay with some minor compromises.
05/01/2020: Minor text and structure changes; no change in recommendations.
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.