We've only tested a few Hisense TVs, including the Hisense H9F and Hisense H8F this year, and the Hisense H9E Plus last year. Hisense TVs typically offer good performance at a lower price. Although they release a variety of new models each year, most of them are budget-oriented TVs that don't perform very well. More recently, they've started releasing higher-end models that outperform many of the more expensive models from the more well-known brands, including Sony and Samsung. Hisense also makes high-end projectors, including ultra short-throw laser projectors, but we don't know how they perform.
Based on the few Hisense TVs we've tested, they're very similar to Vizio TVs, but more budget-oriented for the most part. Most Hisense TVs have better smart features, running the latest versions of Android TV on their high-end models, or Roku on the entry-level models. Vizio offers a few high-end models that perform extremely well, whereas Hisense is just starting to develop and release high-end models. Hisense TVs typically offer better upscaling than Vizios, but similar picture quality overall.
Hisense and TCL TVs are very similar overall. Hisense and TCL are both fast-growing brands that offer a range of models, from the most basic entry-level TVs to mid-range models, and both brands have announced plans for new, higher-end ones. Similar models from each brand offer very similar performance. TCL uses the Roku platform for all of their models, whereas Hisense uses Roku for entry-level models and Android for higher-end models.
Overall, Hisense TVs offer good picture quality at a low price. That makes them good value for most uses. They are a rapidly growing brand, and they are one of the few brands that consistently improves year-over-year.
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The Hisense H9F is the best Hisense TV we've tested so far. It has great picture quality, with excellent peak brightness, deep blacks, and great reflection handling. This TV has great smart features as well, running Android TV 8.0, which has a well-organized, easy-to-use interface, and a massive selection of apps.
This TV also has excellent motion handling and impressive low input lag, making it a great choice for gamers. It has a surprisingly good response time, thanks to the 120Hz panel, and it has an optional black frame insertion feature. Unfortunately, despite the 120Hz panel, it will only accept 60Hz inputs, and can't display 1080p or 1440p @ 120Hz, which might disappoint some people. It also doesn't support any advanced gaming technologies, like AMD's FreeSync variable refresh rate. Despite these flaws, it's a great choice for gaming.
Unfortunately, like many budget models, this TV has some noticeable uniformity issues, including noticeable dirty screen effect, which isn't great for watching sports. Overall though, the Hisense H9F is a great TV that should please most people.
The Hisense H8F is the best budget Hisense TV that we've tested so far. It's a bit cheaper than the Hisense H9F, but still delivers great overall performance. It has great picture quality, with deep, uniform blacks and great peak brightness. It has decent peak brightness in HDR, and a great color gamut, almost as good as the H9F.
This TV runs the same great smart interface as the H9F, running the latest version of Android TV. It has an easy-to-use interface and an impressive selection of streaming apps. It also has built-in Chromecast capabilities, so you can cast your screen from almost any smart device.
Unfortunately, unlike the H9F, this TV has only decent motion handling. It has a slower-than-average response time, resulting in a more noticeable blur behind fast-moving objects. This is especially noticeable with 60Hz content, such as sports or games.
Hisense's lineup is mainly budget-oriented, but they are starting to release higher-end models as well. Their naming can be a bit inconsistent and confusing, but for U.S. models, the model name is usually made of three or four characters:
The first character is always a letter, and is used to differentiate between the different smart systems. Hisense doesn't use the same smart features on all of their models. High-end 2019 models use the Android TV interface, similar to Sony TVs. Lower-end budget models use the Roku interface.
The second character is a number, and is used to differentiate between the different models within each product line. Higher numbers indicate a higher model within that lineup.
The third character is a letter, and represents the model year. For example:
Models sold outside of the U.S. use completely different model names, and a completely different naming scheme. For example, the H9F in the U.S. is known as the Q9809 in Canada.
Hisense TVs use a mix of Roku and Android TV for the smart interface. The latest TVs, including the H9F and H8F, use the latest version of Android TV, version 8.0, also known as Android Oreo. Although the name is the same as the Android Oreo used on many phones, the interface is completely different. Like phones though, Android TVs have access to the Google Play Store, which has one of the widest selections of apps available.
Lower-end models use the Roku interface instead. We don't know exactly how well it performs on these TVs though, as we haven't tested one. We expect it to be very similar to the Roku interface used on TCL TVs, though, although the remote and voice capabilities are likely different.
Visually, the Android TV interface used on recent Hisense TVs is identical to the one used on recent Sony TVs. The main interface is divided into multiple rows, and these can be customized to your liking. Navigating the interface is very intuitive, and it doesn't take long to get used to if you're coming from a different smart platform.
Unlike the vast majority of TVs currently on the market, the Hisense TVs that we've tested so far are completely ad-free. There is a row of suggested content in the main interface, but this can be disabled. This is somewhat surprising, as other brands have reported that Google is forcing ads on TVs powered by the latest version of Android TV. We will continue to test this, though, and will update our reviews and this page if ads ever appear. If you do find ads on your Hisense TV, please let us know in the discussions down below.
Hisense TVs run the latest version of Android TV, and they have a massive selection of available streaming apps, covering the majority of the most popular streaming services. It's very easy to add new apps, as well, through the included Google Play Store. From games, to streaming services, to virtual fireplaces, there's something for everyone. Hisense TVs also act as a Chromecast device, allowing you to stream your device directly to the TV, great for sharing pictures and photos wirelessly.
Hisense TVs support voice search, as long as the remote is paired to the TV through Bluetooth, which is very easy to do. The voice control feature works well, and many basic functions are supported, including:
The remote included in recent Hisense TVs like the H9F and H8F is basic, but well-built and easy to use. It has a good selection of buttons and strikes a good balance between size and usability. There are a few dedicated buttons for voice control, and quick access to a few of the most popular streaming apps, which, unfortunately, can't be customized.
The remote can be paired to the TV via Bluetooth, which is necessary for voice control. This also allows you to control the TV even if you don't have direct line-of-sight, great if you like to move around with the TV on.
There are many different remote apps that work with Android TV-powered TVs, but the official Hisense App is known as RemoteNOW. The official app works well and completely replaces almost all functions of the remote. Voice control works for some TVs, but the app hasn't been updated for the 2019 models, so voice control isn't currently supported.
The remote app allows you to cast photos and videos from your phone to the TV, and you can access and manage your installed apps from your phone or mobile device.
There are other Android TV compatible apps out there, but we haven't tested them with Hisense TVs, so we don't know how they perform.
We have seen a few reports of buggy software updates, and they can be difficult to avoid (you have to accept the update, and then cancel it if you wish to stay at the current version).
Hisense is a growing brand. They've shown to provide a competitive product in the mid-range sector and are looking to expand in other price ranges. Our sample is pretty small, but their TVs tend to be at feature parity with competing products that are often quite a lot more expensive. They aren't without flaws, however.