While finding the best television on the market is difficult because everyone has different needs, you can easily narrow your search by looking for the best option based on your price range. High-end TVs deliver the best picture quality, but they're also expensive, so if you want something cheaper, you'll have to sacrifice some features, but most 4k TVs are good enough for most content. Choosing the best TV on the market also depends on the content you watch and where you're going to place it; if you watch a lot of 4k HDR content, you might want a top-quality TV, but if you're just watching the news on a cable box in a dim room, you can go for something cheaper.
We've bought and tested more than 375 TVs over the last nine years, and below are our picks for the best TVs on the market. 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 Samsung S95B OLED. It's an incredible 4k TV that uses a unique QD-OLED panel, which combines the best aspects of OLED and Quantum Dot technology, which allows it to display perfect deep blacks with no blooming around bright highlights. Unlike standard OLED panels like the one used in the LG C2 OLED, colors are also incredibly vivid and bright, so HDR content looks incredibly realistic.
It also has a wide range of extra features, with something for everyone. The built-in Tizen OS smart interface is easy to use and has a great selection of streaming apps and games. It's a fantastic TV for console gamers looking to get the most out of their new Xbox Series X or PS5. It supports 4k @ 120Hz gaming on all four HDMI ports and variable refresh rate technology to reduce screen tearing.
If you want something a bit cheaper than the Samsung S95B OLED that still delivers impressive picture quality, check out the Samsung QN90B QLED instead. It's an impressive TV with an incredibly bright Mini LED backlight, making it an excellent choice for a bright room. It doesn't look quite as good as the S95B in a dark room, as there's more blooming around bright objects, but it still looks fantastic. It has nearly identical features to the S95B, with the same great selection of gaming features, including HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.
It's available in a very wide range of sizes, from a 43-inch size that's great for a bedroom or office up to a massive 85-inch model for the ultimate home theater experience. All sizes deliver the same incredible picture quality, with a wide viewing angle, deep blacks, and a wide color gamut for HDR content. It runs Samsung's Tizen OS smart interface, which has a great selection of streaming apps and is very easy to use.
The best mid-range TV we've tested is the LG C2 OLED. It's a premium TV that delivers stunning picture quality, especially in dark rooms; thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio, there's no blooming around bright objects. It looks fantastic in dark rooms, whether you're watching movies or gaming. It gets bright enough to fight glare even in moderately-lit rooms, and the reflection handling is incredible, but it doesn't use quantum dot technology, so colors aren't as bright as the Samsung S95B OLED or the Samsung QN90B QLED.
It's an excellent TV for watching various content because it doesn't have any issues upscaling lower-resolution content, from DVDs to native 4k content. Its built-in webOS smart system is also easy to use if you stream your favorite shows and movies. It's best suited for a dim or dark room, so if you're looking for a mid-range TV with better brightness to overcome glare, the Samsung QN90B QLED is a great alternative.
If you're looking for something cheaper and still want high-end features, the Hisense U8H is the best lower mid-range TV we've tested. It's an impressive TV with excellent reflection handling and fantastic peak brightness, so it easily overcomes glare in a bright room. It's also excellent for watching movies in a dark room. Its fantastic contrast ratio and great Mini LED local dimming feature deliver deep, uniform blacks in a dark room, with very little blooming around bright objects.
It displays a wide range of colors and has fantastic out-of-the-box accuracy, so colors are accurate and lifelike no matter the content you're watching. The built-in Google TV smart interface has a huge selection of apps, and the interface is easy-to-use, so you won't have to buy an external streaming box. Blacks aren't as deep as they are on the LG C2 OLED and the Samsung S95B OLED, so it's not quite as good if dark room performance is important to you.
If you're looking for something on a budget, then the Hisense U6H is a very good choice. For TVs in this price range, you aren't getting the same picture quality as higher-end models like the Hisense U8H, and it doesn't have as many gaming features either, but that's fine if you're just watching content. It comes with the latest version of the Google TV platform, so you get a ton of apps available to download, and the mics on the remote and built into the TV give you access to Google Assistant and Alexa, making it easy to stream your favorite content. If you aren't a fan of HDR content, the Hisense U6GR is a similar TV that uses Roku, but it's older and a bit harder to find.
In terms of picture quality, it also has a high native contrast ratio like the U8H, and while its local dimming feature isn't as good, it's still decent enough to provide a good dark room experience. Even in most well-lit rooms, it gets bright enough to fight glare, and the reflection handling is good. Despite its budget price, the out-of-the-box accuracy is fantastic, and you likely won't need to calibrate it.
There are a ton of cheap TVs available at various retailers, and while most are good enough for streaming your favorite content, their picture quality is mediocre at best. However, some cheap TVs have surprisingly decent picture quality and performance, like the Insignia F50 QLED. You don't get the same peak brightness as the Hisense U6H, but it still performs well with a few lights around, thanks to its decent reflection handling. It has a high contrast ratio and good black uniformity, but it lacks a local dimming feature to further improve those black levels, which is normal for a low-cost TV.
What makes this better than other cheap TVs is that it uses quantum dot technology like the higher-end TVs, meaning it displays a wide range of colors in HDR, but it doesn't get bright enough to make all those colors look vivid. Even in SDR, it has great out-of-the-box accuracy. It comes with the Fire TV interface, similar to the Google TV interface on the Hisense U6H, and navigating through the menus feels smooth.
Dec 02, 2022: Verified our picks for accuracy and consistency with our other articles, and refreshed the text. Added the TCL 6 Series/R655 2022 QLED to the Notable Mentions.
Nov 02, 2022: Added the Samsung QN90B QLED as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range' pick.
Oct 03, 2022: Restructured the article for consistency with our other recommendation articles, and to make it easier for readers to find the best product for their needs.
Sep 26, 2022: Replaced the Hisense U8G with the new model, the Hisense U8H, as it's a noticeable upgrade over last year's model.
Aug 25, 2022: Replaced the LG C1 and the Hisense U6G with the LG C2 and Hisense U6H because they're each newer and easier to find; replaced the Samsung QN90A with the newer QN90B and renamed as 'Best Upper Mid-Range'. Removed the Sony A90J and Samsung QN85A because there are other options available in their price range; added the Insignia F50 QLED as the 'Best Cheap TV'; updated Notable Mentions based on changes.
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.