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With 2019 in full swing, now is a great time to take a look at the best TVs currently on the market. The beginning 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 84 TVs, and below are our picks for the best televisions in 2019. See also our picks for the best 4k TVs and the best smart TVs.

Note: Since new TVs tend to launch at very high prices, it's unlikely that these newer models will become reasonable choices until the latter half of the year. Because of this, some of the 2018 models remain as picks in our recommendations.

  1. Best TV: LG B8 OLED

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3

    Test Benches:

    • 1.3: Spring 2019
    • 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:
    8.5
    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:
    8.7
    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.
    9.0
    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:
    8.8
    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.
    8.4
    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, 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 also has excellent low input lag and 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, this TV 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, it 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 the risk of burn-in or temporary image retention is a concern, then get the Vizio P Series Quantum. This is one of the best LED/LCD TVs that we've reviewed so far. You will not get the true blacks of the LG B8 and, unfortunately, the VA panel of the Vizio can not deliver wide viewing angles like the LG B8. This means you'll have to sit straight in front to enjoy the most accurate picture. The Vizio can get very bright and the picture quality is great. It can deliver very deep blacks in a dark room thanks to the high native contrast ratio and the good local dimming support. Watching HDR is an outstanding experience with rich and vivid colors and very bright highlights that many times reflect the creators intent. Motion handling is excellent and the input lag is low, which will please gamers or those who'll use it as a monitor and need high levels of responsiveness. Overall, the Vizio PQ65-F1 is a TV you can't go wrong with.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range TV: Sony X900F

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3

    Test Benches:

    • 1.3: Spring 2019
    • 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:
    8.5
    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 best TV in the mid-range category is the Sony X900F. It has an impressive picture quality and can deliver a great dark room performance thanks to the high native contrast ratio, and has full array local dimming support. It can get very bright, suitable for a bright room, has a wide color gamut, and can display vivid HDR content full of saturated colors and bright highlights. It has an excellent motion handling, and fast-moving content has only a small blur trail thanks to the fast response time.

    Unfortunately, the X900F, just like most VA panel TVs, has poor viewing angles and the image deteriorates when viewed from the side. The input lag is low enough for most casual gamers, but not low enough for competitive gaming. Also, the X900F doesn't have any of the advanced features like FreeSync variable refresh rate support found on other modern TVs like the Samsung NU8000.

    Overall, the X900F is a great TV with an impressive performance in almost any usage.

    See our review

  4. Better Alternative For Gaming: 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 prefer a TV that performs better in gaming than the Sony X900F, then check out the Samsung NU8000. You will not get the Sony's impressive dark room performance, as the Samsung NU8000 has an edge-lit local dimming. On the upside, the NU8000 has a very good picture quality and great motion handling. It has a remarkably low input lag and supports some neat gaming features, like FreeSync variable refresh rate and low input lag with motion interpolation. Overall, the Samsung NU8000 is a great TV that will please its owner.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget TV: TCL 6 Series/R617 2018

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3

    Test Benches:

    • 1.3: Spring 2019
    • 1.2: Winter 2018
    • 1.1: Summer 2017
    • 1.0: Winter 2015
    • 0.9: Winter 2014
    • 0.8: Winter 2013
    8.0
    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:
    7.7
    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:
    7.6
    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.
    8.6
    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.
    8.3
    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 : 55" 65" 75"

    The best budget TV is the TCL 6-Series (R613/R615/R617). It has a great overall picture quality with deep blacks in a dark room thanks to the excellent native contrast ratio and local dimming support. It is a TV that can fight glare, suitable for bright environments, and at the same time, you can place it a dark room and watch HDR content, full of rich colors and highlights that pop thanks to its wide color gamut and excellent brightness. It has a great motion handling and low input lag that will please gamers, although it does not offer any advanced gaming goodies like FreeSync or auto low latency mode.

    Unfortunately, the R617 has only mediocre gray uniformity, which might deter sports enthusiasts, and the viewing angles are poor due to the VA panel, so you have to sit straight in front to enjoy the best picture.

    Overall, the R617 is a very good 4k TV whose performance and price should grant it a place in your short list of TVs to consider.

    See our review

  6. Best TV For The Money: TCL S Series/S405 4k 2018

    Usage Ratings - Version 1.3

    Test Benches:

    • 1.3: Spring 2019
    • 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:
    6.5
    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:
    7.2
    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:
    7.1
    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.
    8.3
    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, check out the TCL 4 Series S405 4k 2018. This 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. However, if you're looking for more budget-friendly options, check our recommendations for the best cheap TVs.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Samsung Q7FN/Q7/Q7F QLED 2018: A great QLED TV, but too expensive; the X900F is better. See our review
  • Samsung Q8FN/Q8/Q8F QLED 2018: A great QLED TV, but not worth the price difference over the X900F. See our review
  • Samsung Q9FN/Q9/Q9F QLED 2018: 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; depending on its price, might be worth it over the X900F. See our review
  • Sony X950G: An impressive TV, slightly better than the X900F, but not worth the price difference. See our review
  • Samsung Q900/Q900R 8k QLED: An excellent 8k QLED TV that is currently very expensive. See our review
  • Samsung Q90/Q90R QLED: The best LCD/LED TV we've tested so far. Still very expensive. See our review
  • TCL 4 Series/S425 2019: Very similar to the S405, but more expensive than the S405. See our review

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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.

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