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The 5 Best TVs - Winter 2022 Reviews

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342 Televisions Tested
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While it may be impossible to find the overall best TV on the market, you can easily narrow down your search by looking for the best TV based on your own individual use. It depends on how you're going to use it and where you're going to place it as well, and it even comes down to personal preference. There are two different types of TVs in the market, OLED and LED, and they each have their strengths and weaknesses. There's no perfect TV, but even the lowest-end 4k TVs offer decent picture quality, and the higher-end models are only good if you're going to use them to their full ability, like watching 4k HDR content or playing video games.

We've tested more than 100 TVs under the latest test bench, and below are our picks for the best televisions. Also, make sure to check out our picks for the best TVs for PS5, the best TVs for Xbox Series X, and the best budget TVs.


  1. Best OLED TV: LG C1 OLED

    8.8
    Mixed Usage
    9.3
    Movies
    8.2
    TV Shows
    8.7
    Sports
    9.2
    Video Games
    8.6
    HDR Movies
    9.0
    HDR Gaming
    8.9
    PC Monitor
    Type OLED
    Sub-Type
    WRGB
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

    The LG C1 OLED is the best TV we've tested with an OLED panel. It's an excellent overall TV that performs exceptionally well in dark rooms. OLED panels are different from the typical LED-backlit LCD TVs because they don't use a backlight and instead rely on self-lit pixels that turn themselves on and off. This provides a near-infinite contrast ratio as the TV displays perfect blacks, and there's no blooming around bright objects either.

    It's good for watching TV shows and excellent for sports because it doesn't have any trouble upscaling lower-resolution content like from cable boxes. If you tend to stream your content, the built-in LG webOS is easy-to-use and has a ton of apps available to download. It's a fantastic TV for gaming because the HDMI 2.1 bandwidth allows you to play 4k games up to 120 fps from the Xbox Series X and PS5, and it also has low input lag and a quick response time for smooth and responsive gaming. It also has variable refresh rate (VRR) support to reduce screen tearing.

    While it's outstanding for watching movies thanks to its near-infinite contrast, some people may be disappointed with its HDR performance compared to other OLED TVs. Its peak brightness is just okay, so some highlights don't pop the way they should, and you might also notice in banding in scenes with colors of similar shades. However, if that doesn't bother you, it's one of the best TVs we've tested.

    See our review

  2. Alternative For Movie Lovers: Sony A90J OLED

    Type OLED
    Sub-Type
    WRGB
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65" 83"

    If you tend to watch a lot of movies and don't mind spending a bit more, then look into the Sony A90J OLED. You won't get the same gaming features as the LG C1 OLED because it has yet to receive VRR support. However, what sets it apart is that its OLED panel gets brighter, making highlights pop more in HDR while still offering the same exceptional dark room performance. Sony TVs are known for their excellent out-of-the-box accuracy, and this one is no exception as you likely won't need to calibrate it to enjoy it to the fullest. While some people may find the webOS interface more user-friendly than Google TV on the Sony, there are still many apps available to download.

    Although OLEDs have the risk of permanent burn-in, we don't expect it to be an issue for people watching varied content. If you want the best OLED, you can't go wrong with the LG, but if you're a fan of movies, then check out the Sony.

    See our review

  3. Best LED TV: Samsung QN90A QLED

    8.6
    Mixed Usage
    8.5
    Movies
    8.6
    TV Shows
    8.5
    Sports
    8.8
    Video Games
    8.5
    HDR Movies
    8.8
    HDR Gaming
    8.8
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85" 98"

    The best TV we've tested with an LED panel is the Samsung QN90A QLED. It's a high-end flagship TV with excellent picture quality with most types of content, and it's available in a wide range of sizes, so you can get the one that suits your needs the most. However, the 43 inch model has different specifications and lacks features that the 55 inch unit we tested has, so it performs differently.

    LED TVs are different from OLEDs because they use a backlight instead of having self-lit pixels. There are a few advantages and disadvantages to this, and the major one is that LEDs don't suffer from the risk of permanent burn-in. You can watch the same news or sports channel all day and not worry about damaging the screen. Another plus is that this TV gets very bright thanks to its Mini LED backlighting, so combined with its fantastic reflection handling, visibility won't be an issue in most well-lit rooms. Even if you're watching content in the dark, it has a high native contrast ratio to display deep blacks.

    While the local dimming is great overall, it performs worse in Game Mode, so if you're a gamer, blacks won't appear as deep and inky as if you were watching movies. However, it puts gaming performance ahead of picture quality as it has low input lag, a quick response time, VRR support, and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth. All this put together makes this one of the best TVs we've tested.

    See our review

  4. Cheaper Alternative: Hisense U8G

    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 55" 65"

    If you want something cheaper, then look into the Hisense U8G. It's not as polished overall as the Samsung QN90A QLED, and it's only available in 55 and 65 inches, but even though it lacks Mini LED backlighting, it still gets very bright. The local dimming feature is great, and it performs the same in Game Mode as outside of it, and the VA panel has a high native contrast ratio for deep blacks. The Android TV interface is user-friendly, and the TV supports both Dolby Vision and HDR10+, so you won't have to worry about which format you need before streaming, and it makes highlights stand out in HDR. It's also excellent for playing video games as it has HDMI 2.1 support, but there are issues with motion artifacts like red ghosting, especially in Game Mode.

    If you want the best TV with an LED panel in terms of all-around use and picture quality, the Samsung is an excellent choice. However, if you want to spend less and don't mind compromising a bit, then look into the Hisense.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget TV: Hisense U6G

    8.0
    Mixed Usage
    8.3
    Movies
    7.8
    TV Shows
    7.8
    Sports
    8.2
    Video Games
    8.1
    HDR Movies
    8.1
    HDR Gaming
    7.9
    PC Monitor
    Type LED
    Sub-Type
    VA
    Resolution 4k
    Sizes : 50" 55" 65" 75"

    The Hisense U6G is the best TV we've tested that you can get on a budget. It's a straightforward TV with quantum dot technology, and despite its low cost, it offers great picture quality that rivals more expensive options. It's well-built and available in several sizes, from 50 to 75 inches, so you can get the one that suits your needs the most, and our results are valid for all the sizes.

    This TV comes with Android TV as its built-in interface, which is fairly easy-to-use and has a massive selection of apps available through the Google Play Store. The mic on the remote also gives you access to Alexa and Google Assistant. It performs well both in dark and well-lit environments. It has a VA panel with high native contrast, and the decent local dimming feature helps it display deep blacks with incredible uniformity, providing impressive performance for watching movies. It also has decent reflection handling and gets bright enough to fight glare, meaning visibility won't be an issue in most rooms.

    Unfortunately, it's limited on extra features as it has HDMI 2.0 inputs instead of HDMI 2.1 like other TVs, and it doesn't support VRR. It has narrow viewing angles, and its HDR peak brightness is just okay, but it delivers a great HDR performance thanks to its deep blacks, wide color gamut, and impressive gradient handling. Overall, it's one of the best TVs we've tested, especially if you're on a budget.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Hisense U9DG: The Hisense U9DG is an excellent LED TV with unique dual cell technology that displays the best contrast we've tested on any LED TV, but it's only available in a 75 inch size, and it's costly. See our review
  • Sony A80J OLED: The Sony A80J is similar in price to the LG C1 and delivers the same excellent picture quality, but it doesn't have as many gaming features, and it doesn't get as bright as the Sony A90J. See our review
  • TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 QLED: The TCL 6 Series/R635 2021 QLED is a great TV that provides good value, as it's comparable to the Hisense U8G, but it has worse local dimming. See our review
  • Samsung QN85A QLED: The Samsung QN85A QLED has Mini LED backlighting like the Samsung QN90A, but it uses a different panel type with a worse contrast, so its dark room performance isn't as good. See our review
  • Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021: The Vizio M7 Series Quantum 2021 is a budget-friendly TV with VRR support, unlike the Hisense U6G. However, it doesn't get as bright, and its smart interface isn't as good. See our review
  • LG G1 OLED: The LG G1 gets brighter than the LG C1 thanks to LG's new evo panel, but it's not by much, and it's not worth the price increase. See our review
  • LG QNED90: The LG QNED90 is great and has Mini LED backlighting like the Samsung QN90A, but it has a different panel type with a worse contrast. See our review
  • TCL 5 Series/S546 2021 QLED: The TCL 5 Series is a good budget TV and has more gaming features like VRR support than the Hisense U6G, but the U6G has better local dimming and provides better overall performance. See our review
  • Hisense U7G: The Hisense U7G sits between the Hisense U8G and Hisense U6G, but if you want the best TV go for the U8G, and if you're on a budget, go for the U6G. See our review
  • Sony X95J: The Sony X95J is a high-end LED TV that gets very bright, and it has viewing angle technology like the Samsung QN90A, but it causes it to have a worse contrast, and it also can't display a wide color gamut. See our review
  • Vizio P Series Quantum 2021: The Vizio P Series Quantum 2021 delivers a great HDR experience, but it's more buggy and doesn't get as bright as the Samsung QN90A or Hisense U8G. See our review
  • LG A1 OLED: The LG A1 is a no-frills alternative to the LG C1 that costs less and doesn't have any of the gaming features, but for a bit more, you get a better TV in the C1. See our review
  • Sony X90J: The Sony X90J is a great TV with impressive picture quality in dark and bright rooms, but it lacks any extra gaming features that the Samsung QN90A has. See our review
  • Hisense U6GR: The Hisense U6GR is an alternative to the Hisense U6G if you want Roku TV instead of Android TV, and it has VRR and eARC support, but it has a worse response time, and it doesn't upscale 480p content well. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 13, 2022: Verified picks for availability and updated text for accuracy.

  2. Dec 10, 2021: Verified picks for availability and updated text for accuracy; added the Hisense U9DG and the Hisense U6GR to Notable Mentions.

  3. Nov 11, 2021: Verified picks for availability and updated text for accuracy; added the TCL 5 Series/R546 2021 and the Sony X90J to Notable Mentions.

  4. Oct 12, 2021: Updated text for clarity; added the LG A1, TCL 6 Series/R646 2021 and the Vizio P Series Quantum 2021 to Notable Mentions.

  5. Sep 16, 2021: Removed the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2020 because of lack of availability; added the LG QNED90 and Sony X95J to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

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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