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.
If you want the absolute best TV, check out the LG B8. This is an outstanding 4K OLED TV that delivers exceptional picture quality and has perfect dark room performance and great wide viewing angles. It also performs well in bright rooms, although it can't overcome really bright glare if you have a lot of windows.
This TV has excellent low input lag and nearly instantaneous response time, so motion looks crystal clear with almost no blur. This, however, can create stutter, especially when watching 24p movies on Blu-ray; this can be bothersome to some people. If stutter bothers you, the TV has a black frame insertion feature and a motion interpolation feature that can help improve this.
Unfortunately, just like all OLED TVs, it has the risk of temporary image retention and permanent burn-in when displaying static images for extended periods of time. However, with varied enough usage, we don't expect this to be an issue for most people. Overall, this television and the other LG OLEDs, including the LG C8 and LG E8, are outstanding TVs that should please most people.
If you're too concerned about the risk of burn-in or temporary image retention, then get the Vizio P Series Quantum. It's one of the best LED/LCD televisions that we've reviewed so far. Although you won't get the true blacks or the good viewing angles of the LG B8, you will still enjoy an excellent dark room performance provided you sit straight in front, thanks to the high native contrast ratio and good local dimming support.
Its brightness levels are remarkable, and the overall picture quality is great. HDR is an outstanding experience with a vivid image full of rich colors and very bright highlights that should reflect the creators' intent. Motion handling is also excellent, with very fast response time and plenty of motion features. Finally, the input lag is very low, which is great for gamers. Overall, you can't go wrong with the Vizio PQ65-F1.
The best television 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, just like most VA panel TVs, it 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, it doesn't have any of the advanced features like FreeSync variable refresh rate support found on other modern TVs like the Samsung NU8000.
Overall, this is a great TV with an impressive performance in almost any usage.
If you prefer a TV that performs better in gaming than the Sony X900F, then check out the Samsung NU8000. This is being gradually replaced by the Samsung RU8000, which is just as good for gaming but not as good in the other uses. This TV can't deliver Sony's impressive dark room performance, as it has an edge-lit local dimming (the RU8000 has no local dimming feature).
On the upside, it 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, this is a great TV that will please its owners, especially if you enjoy gaming.
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 doesn't offer any advanced gaming goodies like FreeSync or auto low latency mode.
Unfortunately, it only has 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, this is a very good 4k TV whose performance and price should grant it a place in your short list of TVs to consider.
If you want the best TV for the money, check out the TCL 4 Series S425. It's the replacement of the TCL S Series S405, and has very similar performance. This is a decent 4k TV with good picture quality, and the Roku TV interface is just like more expensive models like the TCL R617. It delivers deep blacks in a dark room, great for movies, and has a very low input lag to please gamers.
This TV has a fast response time, so fast-moving objects in games and movies look clear, with little motion blur. It supports HDR but it doesn't have a wide color gamut, nor can it get bright enough in that mode to deliver the creators' intent.
Overall, it's a decent 4k television at a great price that should please most people. If you're looking for more budget-friendly options, check our recommendations for the best cheap TVs.
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.