While finding the best TV on the market is difficult because everyone has different needs, you can easily narrow down your search by looking for the best option based on how you're going to use the TV. Each TV has strengths and weaknesses, and there's no perfect TV, but even the lowest-end 4k TVs offer decent picture quality. The higher-end models are good if you're going to use them to their full ability, like watching 4k HDR content or playing video games. Choosing the best TV on the market depends on how the content you watch and where you're going to place it.
Note: Since new TVs tend to launch at very high prices, it's unlikely that these newer models will become reasonable choices until later in the year. Because of this, some of the 2021 models remain as picks in our recommendations.
We've bought and tested more than 350 TVs, and below are our picks for the best overall TVs. Also, make sure to check out our picks for the best smart TVs, the best gaming TVs, and the best budget TVs.
The best TV we've tested is the LG C1 OLED. It's a high-end TV with lots of features and has remarkable picture quality in dark rooms. OLEDs are unique because their individual pixels turn on and off on their own, resulting in a near-infinite contrast ratio. It means that the C1 can deliver perfect blacks in dark rooms, and there's no blooming around bright objects. On top of that, because each pixel emits light in all directions, it has a wide viewing angle, making it a great choice for use in a wide seating area as the image remains consistent from the sides.
Its HDR peak brightness is okay and is enough to make small highlights stand out while watching HDR content. If HDR is something you care about, the newer LG C2 OLED gets even brighter, but it costs more, and the C1 still offers amazing all-around performance. The C1's built-in LG webOS smart platform is also easy-to-use with a ton of apps you can download, making this an excellent choice if you want the best all-around TV.
The Hisense U8G is the best mid-range TV we've tested. Considering its performance and price, it offers great value, and you're getting premium features at a mid-range cost. It's an impressive TV with outstanding contrast and a great local dimming feature that helps it deliver a good dark room viewing experience. However, you won't get the same remarkable picture quality as the LG C1 OLED. It looks just as good in a bright room, thanks to its high peak brightness and excellent reflection handling, meaning visibility won't be an issue in most well-lit environments.
It displays a wide range of colors and has excellent out-of-the-box accuracy, meaning colors are accurate and lifelike no matter the content you're watching. If you watch a lot of HDR content from streaming apps and devices, it makes those colors look vivid thanks to its high HDR peak brightness. Speaking of streaming, the built-in Android TV has a massive selection of apps, and the interface is easy-to-use, so you won't have to buy an external streaming box.
The best budget TV we've tested is the Hisense U6G. It's a great all-around TV that delivers good picture quality and offers performance that rivals some more expensive options, but you won't get some of the same features. For example, it has fewer gaming features than both the Hisense U8G and LG C1 OLED, but if you don't need those features, it's a great choice that'll save you some cash. If you tend to stream a lot of content, you won't have to worry about getting an external streaming device because the built-in Android TV has a ton of apps available to download. Even if you watch content from a cable box, the picture quality is good because it upscales lower-resolution content without any issue.
It's also impressive when watching movies in dark rooms because it displays deep blacks with outstanding black uniformity. Unfortunately, if you want to enhance your movie-watching experience and connect a receiver, the U6G doesn't have eARC support to pass high-quality audio formats. If that's important to you, the Hisense U6GR is similar in performance and supports eARC. However, the U6G delivers the best picture quality for a budget TV and is easier to find.
The best television for home theaters we've tested is the Sony A90J OLED. Like the LG C1 OLED, it delivers incredible picture quality, with deep and uniform blacks and no blooming around bright objects in darker scenes. Where it stands out compared is in terms of its picture processing. The Sony has much better tone mapping and better gradient handling, so there's less banding in areas of similar color, like a scene with a sunset. It also has better HDR peak brightness, so colors look vivid and pop while you're watching movies in HDR.
It has excellent accuracy out of the box, ensuring most colors are displayed accurately. It has an excellent color gamut with a decent color volume, meaning it displays a wide range of colors properly. The Samsung S95B OLED is another fantastic TV for watching movies that gets even brighter, so colors are more vivid. However, the Sony TV still has better image processing, making it the best choice if you want a TV for your home theater.
If you have a well-lit room, the Samsung QN90A QLED is the best bright room TV we've tested. It's an amazing TV that uses Mini LED backlighting, allowing it to get extremely bright. Combined with its fantastic reflection handling, you won't have issues using it in a bright room, even with direct sunlight on it. It's also great for watching TV shows in bright rooms because it doesn't have any problems upscaling lower-resolution content, like from cable boxes, and it's excellent for watching sports as fast-moving balls and players look smooth with minimal blur.
If you want the brightest TV possible, the newer version of the QN90A, the Samsung QN90B QLED, gets even brighter and still has the same fantastic reflection handling. However, the QN90B costs more, so until the price drops, the QN90A is the better choice if you want the best television for watching content in bright rooms.
The Samsung QN85A QLED is the best television if you want something for wide seating areas. It's similar to the Samsung QN85A QLED because it has Mini LED backlighting that allows it to get bright and has remarkable reflection handling, meaning glare and reflections from strong light sources aren't distracting. What makes this TV different, though, is that it has a wide viewing angle that makes the image remain consistent when viewed from the sides. It means that the screen looks the same whether you're looking directly in front or from the sides, and it's a great choice for wide seating areas.
You can easily stream your favorite sports and shows to watch with the entire family thanks to the built-in Tizen OS smart platform. It has a ton of apps you can download, and the mic on the remote gives you access to voice assistant features to easily open your favorite apps.
Jun 23, 2022: Restructured to reflect user needs; Renamed the LG C1 to 'Best TV', the Hisense U8G to Best Mid-Range TV, the Sony A90J to 'Best For Home Theaters', and the Samsung QN90A to 'Best For Bright Rooms'; added the Samsung QN85A as 'Best Bright Room TV For Wide Seating Areas'; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
May 06, 2022: Moved the Sony A90J OLED and the Hisense U8G to their own categories, and removed a few outdated Notable Mentions. Verified our picks for accuracy and refreshed the text throughout.
Apr 05, 2022: Updated text and Notable Mentions for accuracy.
Mar 11, 2022: Verified picks for availability and updated text for clarity.
Feb 09, 2022: Updated text for clarity and added the Sony X85J to Notable Mentions.
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.