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 the risk of permanent burn-in is a concern, then take a look at the Samsung Q80/Q80R QLED. It's a great alternative to the LG B9 OLED, as it has 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 level 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.
The best TV for color accuracy is the Sony X950G. With just a few minor settings changes, you can achieve excellent color accuracy, and you can save the calibration cost. The Sony is a great TV overall with impressive picture quality. It can't deliver the perfect blacks you'll get on an OLED, but in a dark room, blacks are deep thanks to the high native contrast ratio and the good local dimming support. It gets very bright and can fight the glare of almost any room. When in HDR, it displays vivid colors with highlights that pop. Motion handling is excellent and fast-moving content is displayed crisp with minimal blur. The input lag is low enough for most casual gaming, although some competitive gamers might not find it low enough.
Just like most VA panel TVs, the image degrades at an angle except in the larger variants (75" and 85") that incorporate the new 'X-Wide Angle' technology, which improves viewing angles at the expense of contrast ratio.
Overall, this is a TV that delivers great performance in most uses.
If you're a serious gamer that needs a lower input lag and more gaming goodies than the Sony X950G, then get the Samsung Q70/Q70R QLED. It has a slower response time than the Sony, and there's a little more motion blur on fast-moving content. On the upside, this TV has a remarkably low input lag and is loaded with gaming goodies, like low latency with motion interpolation and AMD FreeSync support for nearly tear-free gaming. This is also a great TV with impressive picture quality that you can place in any room, as it can get bright to fight glare in a bright room and can deliver deep blacks in a dark room.
If you want the best out of the box color accuracy, get the Sony; however, if the gaming experience on the Sony isn't to your liking and you don't mind compromising on response time, the Samsung is a great alternative.
For the best TV in the budget category, then the Hisense H9F. It's a TV that delivers impressive picture quality with deep blacks in a dark room thanks to its high native contrast ratio and good local dimming support. It's suitable for rooms of any brightness, as it can fight glare with ease and has no issues handling reflections, so you don't have to worry about the light setup in your room. It has good overall motion handling, and fast-moving content has little blur trail. It supports motion interpolation to please fans of the soap opera effect and has a very low input lag that attracts gamers. The TV runs the excellent Android TV 8.0 interface that gives you access to the Google Play Store, where you'll find apps to fit your needs.
Just like most VA panel TVs, it can't maintain an accurate image when viewed at an angle, which might deter people with wide seating arrangements.
Overall, this is a great TV that has a budget price but impressive performance in most uses.
If you want something cheaper than the Hisense H9F but aren't willing to compromise much in performance, then check out the Hisense H8F. It's an entry-level 4k TV that delivers great picture quality and deep, uniform blacks in a dark room and displays HDR content with rich colors and bright highlights. The input lag is very low and gamers will enjoy a responsive gaming experience, but on the downside, the response time is only decent, so you'll notice a little more blur trail following fast-moving content. The TV runs the same great Android TV 8.0 smart interface found on the higher-end Hisense model.
If you want the best budget TV, get the H9F; otherwise, for just a few compromises in performance, the H8F is a great alternative.
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.
01/08/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
12/05/2019: No changes in picks; refreshed text for accuracy.
11/05/2019: Updated picks and changed text for clarity.