With 2020 in full swing, now is a great time to take a look at the best TVs currently on the market. If you want to buy a new TV, now is a great time to look, as retailers are clearing models from their inventory and you might find some great deals.
The best TV we've tested so far is the LG B9. The picture quality on this OLED TV is simply superb, with its infinite contrast ratio delivering deep inky blacks and vibrant saturated colors that pop in HDR content. It also has fantastic motion handling due to the nearly instantaneous response time, and the optional black frame insertion feature helps to further reduce motion blur. For gamers, this TV delivers a great experience with its low input lag and even supports AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate technology. If you use an NVIDIA graphics card, a recent firmware update brought G-SYNC support as well.
Unfortunately, there are downsides to OLED TVs: mainly the issue of permanent burn-in. This results from watching content with persistent elements on the screen for an extended period, such as a channel logo or a user interface when gaming, however, it's unlikely to happen if you watch a varied content.
Though this isn't LG's flagship model, it offers similar performance to the more expensive LG C9 OLED and LG E9 OLED, with the main differences between these models being the number of features they offer. If you're on the market for a great TV that's packed with features, definitely consider this one.
If you're concerned about the risk of permanent burn-in, take a look at the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED. It's a great alternative to the LG B9 OLED, as it has an excellent contrast ratio that delivers deep blacks, even for an LED TV. It also has fantastic motion handling, low input lag, and support for FreeSync variable refresh rate, making it an amazing TV for gaming. Although we've come to expect VA panels to have poor viewing angles, this TV performs quite decently, thanks to Samsung's 'Ultra Viewing Angle' technology, which is good for those with a large seating arrangement. HDR performance is great as well, due to the high peak brightness, wide color gamut support, and the full array local dimming feature.
If you want the best picture quality you can get, go with the LG, but if burn-in worries you, the Samsung is a good choice.
If you like to watch TV in a dark room but don't want to deal with the risk of burn-in, check out the Vizio P Series Quantum X 2019. Though you won't get the same black levels as the LG B9 OLED, this is about as close as you can get with an LED TV. It also has full array local dimming with impressive performance, and the outstanding motion handling delivers a clear picture with minimal blur. This TV can get extremely bright, which is great for HDR content and to combat glare if you choose to use it in a bright room. Sadly, while it has low input lag for those who want to game on the TV, it doesn't support any variable refresh rate technology, and the VA panel's viewing angles are poor.
Overall, if you're not concerned with burn-in, go with the LG; otherwise, the Vizio is a great choice.
If you care about color accuracy, the Sony X950G is the best that we've tested. Out-of-the-box, this TV has outstanding color reproduction, which will save you from having to pay for a costly calibration. That's not all that this TV has to offer, though. Its VA panel has an outstanding contrast ratio and an impressive black uniformity that's sure to please those who like to watch in the dark. If you're in a well-lit room, this TV can get incredibly bright to overcome glare and it has exceptional reflection handling. Unfortunately, like most VA panels, viewing angles are disappointing, making this TV less suitable for large rooms with wide seating arrangements. That said, the larger variants of this TV has Sony's 'X-Wide Angle', which greatly increases its viewing angles, but at the cost of contrast ratio.
Response time on this TV is excellent, with very little blur behind fast-moving objects; and to top it off, it has an optional black frame insertion feature to help further reduce motion blur. Although the input lag on this TV may not be low enough for competitive gaming, casual gamers should be more than satisfied with its performance. Sadly, it doesn't support variable refresh rate to reduce screen tearing, and it doesn't have an 'Auto Low Latency' mode. Last but not least, this TV runs on Android, which is user-friendly and you should be able to find nearly everything that you need in the app store.
Overall, this is the best for color accuracy, and it has an incredible set of features that should please most people.
If you find the lack of advanced gaming features on the Sony X950G disappointing, you may want to consider the Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED. It also uses a VA panel that's great for dark room gaming, with exceptional contrast ratio and black uniformity to produce deep blacks that don't look like gray. You still get outstandingly low response time and input lag for a smooth and responsive gaming experience, with the added benefit of variable refresh rate to reduce screen tearing, and an 'Auto Low Latency' mode that activates automatically when the TV detects a game being launched from a compatible gaming console. Peak brightness on this TV isn't as high as the Sony's, but it's still more than enough for viewing in a bright room, and to provide a great HDR experience.
If color accuracy is more important to you, go with the Sony; otherwise, the Samsung is a better choice for gaming.
The best budget TV that we've tested so far is the Hisense H9F. This TV can deliver a great picture quality regardless of the content that you watch, and it's also well-equipped to perform in dark and bright rooms. With its full-array local dimming enabled, it has an exceptional contrast ratio, capable of producing deep blacks when viewed in the dark. However, the downside is that there's some blooming around bright objects that can be distracting. Its excellent peak brightness is enough to overcome glare in a well-lit room, and it also helps to deliver a great HDR experience, with highlights that pop.
Unfortunately, like most VA panels, this TV has poor viewing angles and it's not ideal for wide seating arrangements. It has an outstanding response time, resulting in a clear picture with very little blur, and it also has an optional black frame insertion feature to clear up the image further. Input lag is very low and should satisfy most gamers, but there's no support for any variable refresh rate technology, and the TV can only accept a 60Hz signal, even though the panel itself is 120Hz.
Since this TV runs on Android, there are tons of apps available through the Google Play Store, and you can also control the TV with your voice through the Google Assistant, though it won't be able to search for specific content within an app like Netflix. On the whole, if you want a great TV while staying within your budget, go with this one.
If you find the Hisense H9F still a bit pricey, you can go with its little brother, the Hisense H8F. This TV is significantly cheaper, but it performs well in most content nonetheless. You still get an outstanding contrast ratio, black uniformity, and a full array local dimming feature; however, its peak brightness is lower, though it's still good enough for bright rooms and can provide a decent HDR experience. Response time is a bit slower, resulting in a picture with slightly more blur trail behind fast-moving objects, but input lag is remarkably low, which is great for gaming and for those who want to use it as a monitor. Like its sibling, this TV runs on Android, and it has Google Assistant integration as well.
Overall, the H9F has better performance, but if you want to save some money, the H8F is a great alternative as long as you're okay with some minor compromises.
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.
03/06/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.