Now is a great time to take a look at the best TVs currently on the market. We've tested most of the popular TVs released in 2020, and even though you may be able to find 2019 options available for cheaper, it's easy to find many of the 2020 models listed below.
We've tested more than 60 TVs in the last two years, and below are our picks for the best televisions. Also, make sure to check out our picks for the best 4k TVs, the best smart TVs, and the best budget TVs.
The best TV that we've tested is the LG CX OLED. 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 perfect black uniformity.
It's really well-built with a sleek and modern design. It's a great choice for wide seating arrangements as it has really wide viewing angles, and if you choose to place this in a bright room, it has outstanding reflection handling, but it doesn't get very bright. It's packed with gaming features, like FreeSync variable refresh rate (VRR) support, a 120Hz refresh rate, 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. However, if you watch varied content, you shouldn't have to worry about this too much. 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 that we've tested.
If you want an LED TV to avoid the permanent burn-in risk associated with OLEDs, then the Samsung Q80/Q80T QLED is a great alternative. It doesn't have an infinite contrast and perfect black uniformity like the LG CX OLED, but it gets much brighter, so highlights pop the way they should in HDR. The Samsung has a great contrast ratio, decent local dimming feature, and fairly wide viewing angles thanks to its 'Ultra Viewing Angle' layer added to the panel. It's an excellent choice for gamers because of its excellent response time, incredibly low input lag, and FreeSync VRR support. It has some uniformity issues, so you may notice dirty screen effect in the center, but this may vary between units. It has excellent out-of-the-box color accuracy, so you likely won't need to get it calibrated to enjoy it to the fullest. Lastly, it has outstanding reflection handling if you want to use it in a well-lit environment.
Both of these TVs provide excellent picture quality and have great gaming features. If you want an OLED TV to get perfect blacks, go for the LG, but if you prefer an LED option that gets brighter, check out the Samsung.
The best TV for watching HDR content is the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020. It's Vizio's premium LED TV in 2020 and delivers great overall performance that you expect to find in a high-end model. It's well-built and has a sleek and modern design that should look great in any setting.
It offers excellent picture quality, especially if you're watching movies in a dark room. Its VA panel has an excellent contrast ratio and remarkable black uniformity, and when combined with its good full-array local dimming feature, it displays deep blacks when viewed in the dark. It supports both HDR10+ and Dolby Vision, displays an incredibly wide color gamut for HDR content, and gets incredibly bright in HDR, so highlights pop the way they should. It supports VRR technology for gamers, but it doesn't currently work and may require a firmware update to function properly. It has a quick response time, a Black Frame Insertion feature, and a low input lag. Also, it's future-proof as it has two HDMI 2.1 inputs that are meant to support 4k content up to 120Hz, although we can't test for this right now.
Unfortunately, it has narrow viewing angles, so it's not suggested for a wide seating arrangement. It has trouble upscaling 480 and 720p content, so DVDs and cable boxes may not look as good on it as other TVs. The built-in SmartCast operating system is easy-to-use, but you can't download any extra apps besides the pre-installed ones. If picture quality is important to you and you don't need extra gaming bells and whistles, this is one of the best TVs that we've tested.
If you want to save some money, then check out the Hisense H9G. It displays a wide color gamut for HDR content, but it's not as wide as the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020. However, it upscales 480 and 720p content better than the Vizio, and the built-in Android TV has a massive selection of apps you can download. The Hisense has an outstanding contrast ratio and great local dimming feature that further deepens any blacks. It gets bright enough to bring out highlights in HDR or to simply combat glare in well-lit environments. Some may be disappointed to know it doesn't have any VRR support, but if you want to use it for gaming, it has low input lag even in HDR, a very quick response time, and a Black Frame Insertion feature. Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, so you lose image accuracy when viewing from the side.
If you want the best TV for watching HDR movies, you can't go wrong with the Vizio, but if you prefer something cheaper, the Hisense is a good choice.
The best budget TV that we've tested is the Hisense H8G. It's very good overall and 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 some 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. Despite the lack of VRR support and its 60Hz panel, it's great for gaming as has a good response time, an incredibly low input lag, and a BFI feature to help improve the appearance of motion.
Unfortunately, it has some uniformity issues as the screen's edges are darker, and its out-of-the-box color accuracy is just okay. On the upside, it has built-in Android TV, which is somewhat 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 want a TV with built-in Roku TV, which is easier-to-use than Android TV, check out the TCL 5 Series/S535 2020 QLED. The Hisense H8G is much brighter, but the TCL displays a much wider color gamut for HDR content. Like the TCL, the Hisense lacks many extra gaming features, but that's what you expect for an option in this price range. However, it has a very quick response time, incredibly low input lag, and a Black Frame Insertion feature to reduce motion blur. It has great out-of-the-box color accuracy, it upscales lower-resolution content without any issues, and it removes 24p judder from any source, which is rare for a 60Hz TV. Sadly, it has narrow viewing angles, and it's not the best option for use in bright rooms because it doesn't get very bright, and its reflection handling is just decent. On the upside, it displays chroma 4:4:4 if you want to use it as a computer monitor.
The Hisense is the best TV in the budget category that we've tested, but if you prefer something with Roku TV included, so you don't have to buy an external box, then look into the TCL.
10/02/2020: Removed the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019 and moved the Samsung Q80T in its spot; replaced the Sony X950H with the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020 and added the Hisense H9G; replaced the TCL 6 Series 2019 with the 5 Series 2020.
09/04/2020: Updated notable mentions to reflect current market and availability.
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.