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The 4 Best LG TVs of 2023 Reviews and Smart Features

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Best LG TVs

We've bought and tested more than 95 LG TVs. LG releases a lot of TVs every year, more than any other TV manufacturer. LG was one of the first brands to release TVs with OLED panels, and they've quickly become their most popular lineup. They also have a wide selection of LED TVs, ranging from entry-level 4k TVs to high-end models with Mini LED backlights. Unfortunately, most of their LED TVs use IPS panels and don't perform very well overall.

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Best LG Smart TVs


  1. Best LG TV

    The LG G2 OLED is the best LG TV and the best LG OLED TV we've tested. It's a premium TV with a very unique design, as it comes with a no-gap wall mount instead of a stand. Combined with its uniform design and thin bezels, it blends into your surrounding environment. Additionally, with its Gallery Mode feature, it's designed to look like a piece of art while it's not in use as a regular TV. It uses a more advanced OLED panel than most of the other 2022 models, allowing it to deliver impressive picture quality

    Like most LG TVs, it has a great selection of additional gaming features, including support for 4k @ 120Hz gaming on all four of its HDMI ports, making it a great choice for PS5 or Xbox Series X gamers. It also supports all three major variable refresh rate technologies, ensuring a nearly tear-free gaming experience from almost any source. Its near-instantaneous response time delivers a crystal-clear gaming experience, with no distracting blur behind fast-moving objects, and it has low input lag for a responsive gaming experience.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range LG TV

    The best upper mid-range LG TV we've tested is the LG C2 OLED. It delivers very similar picture quality to the LG G2 OLED, which is the best LG OLED TV overall, but it has a less premium design, with a less uniform thickness and a traditional stand instead of the no-gap wall mount that comes with the G2. It still delivers fantastic picture quality that only OLEDs can deliver, with a near-infinite contrast ratio that delivers incredibly deep blacks and bright highlights, with no distracting blooming around bright areas of the screen.

    Like the LG G2 OLED, it's an incredible TV for gamers, with a nearly instantaneous response time that delivers crystal-clear motion with no distracting ghosting behind fast-moving objects. It supports HDMI 2.1 on all four inputs, meaning you can enjoy fast 4k @ 120Hz gaming from both the Xbox Series S|X and PS5 or a recent PC graphics card. It runs the 22 version of LG's webOS smart interface, which is smooth and easy to use, and there's a great selection of streaming apps available.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range LG TV

    The best mid-range LG TV is the LG NANO90 2021. Unlike the LG OLED models like the LG C2 OLED, this one uses an LED backlight and an IPS type panel, so it looks much worse than the OLED models in a dark room. It's still a good TV for a brighter room. It has a wide viewing angle, making it a great choice for a wide seating arrangement or if you like to move around with the TV on. It has impressive reflection handling and good peak brightness, so glare isn't an issue.

    Although it has worse picture quality overall than LG's more expensive models, it comes with the same great gaming features and smart interface. It has incredibly low input lag for a responsive gaming experience and supports G-SYNC, FreeSync, and HDMI Forum VRR, ensuring a nearly tear-free gaming experience from almost any source. It also supports 4k @ 120Hz gaming on two of its HDMI ports, great for Xbox Series X or PS5 gamers. It also has the same great smart features as the more expensive models, and it comes with LG's easy-to-use Magic Remote.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget LG 4k TV

    The LG UQ8000 is the best budget LG TV we've tested. It sits below the NANO Series TVs, like the LG NANO90 2021, and the main difference is that the UQ8000 uses a simpler panel design that can't display as wide a range of colors. However, it comes with the same smart interface and the same Magic Remote that makes menu navigation feel smooth. Unfortunately, different sizes of the UQ8000 use different panel types, so they don't all perform the same.

    Sadly, the models with an IPS-like panel, like the 65-inch model we bought, aren't good for use in dark rooms, which is typical of most LG TVs, as they have a low contrast ratio and blacks look gray. It also uses pulse width modulation to dim its backlight at all brightness, and since it flickers at 120Hz, there's image duplication with fast-moving content that could get distracting and can cause headaches if you're sensitive to flicker. Also, it doesn't get very bright in SDR, but it at least has decent reflection handling if you have a few lights around.

    See our review

Compared to other brands


  • OLED options. LG's best TVs all use OLED displays, and they remain the biggest player in this market (see our article: LED vs OLED).
  • Great viewing angle. Both their LED and OLED TVs generally have a wide viewing angle, making them great for wide seating areas.
  • Great smart platform. Its smart platform, LG webOS, remains one of the best platforms compared to the competition. It's user-friendly, and the LG Magic Remote makes menu navigation feel smooth.
  • Excellent gaming features. Most of their mid-range models and up have a great selection of additional gaming features, including variable refresh rate support, low input lag, and HDMI 2.1 bandwidth.
  • LED TVs have a low contrast. Aside from their high-end OLED models, most LG TVs won't have great blacks, meaning they'll have average picture quality.
  • Uniformity issues. LG LED TVs often have worse-than-average gray uniformity, with dirty screen effect that can get distracting during sports.
  • Poor value. Besides their OLEDs, their TVs don't offer good value for what they offer in terms of performance, and there are better options available.

LG vs Samsung

Samsung TVs have, on average, a better picture quality than most LG LED TVs. It's thanks to their use of VA-type LCD panels instead of LG's IPS panels, which trades contrast directly in front for wider viewing angles. This doesn't apply to LG's OLED series of TVs, which are better than Samsung's LED offerings in terms of dark room performance, and Samsung doesn't make any OLED TV.

LG vs Sony

Sony is a direct competitor with LG since their lineup also has LED and OLED models. LG's OLEDs have many more gaming features and generally cost less, but Sony's LED options usually have VA panels, making for a better dark room experience, and they have better color accuracy.

LG's OLEDs are among the best on the market, with stunning picture quality, and they're often cheaper than other OLEDs. However, their LED TVs aren't anything special and don't offer good value. While their IPS LCD offerings have a wide viewing angle, helpful for larger living rooms, the competition with VA panels often outperforms them in terms of overall picture quality.

Lineup

2022 Models

LG announced most of their 2022 lineup at CES in early January 2022. Most of their models are very similar to 2021, with nothing groundbreaking coming out for most of them. They've simplified their lineup a bit, removing the number of sizes some models are available in. The biggest news concerns the LG C2 OLED and the LG G2 OLED, which use new evo panels, resulting in higher peak brightness levels than was previously possible, especially on the G2. They also plan on releasing OLEDs in new sizes, including a 42-inch and a massive 97-inch C2. Unlike Samsung, they don't appear to have plans to release QD-OLED displays. Not much has changed on their LCD models, as the lineup is nearly identical to the 2021 lineup. Not much is changing with their proprietary smart interface, known as webOS, either, but they're now using the year to identify the software version instead of version numbers, so the 2022 version is called webOS 22.

Model names

LG has a large lineup that covers everything from cheap and small lower-resolution TVs to very high-end with their OLEDs. The first letters correspond to the TV's resolution, the second letter in their model numbers corresponds to the year of release, and usually, the higher the number, the higher the price range.

  • QNED* = Premium model with Mini LED backlighting
  • NANO* = Premium LED model
  • U* = 4k
  • L* = 1080p or below
  • *Q = 2022
  • *P = 2021
  • *N = 2020

For example: QNED90 = 2021 4K Mini LED TV; UN7000 = 2020 entry-level TV.

For their OLED lineup, the model numbers start with a letter, followed by a number representing the year (X = 2020, 1 = 2021, 2 = 2022). For example: G1 = 2021 Gallery Design; CX = 2020 OLED TV.

LG Smart Features

Besides aesthetic changes, LG's webOS hasn't changed much over the years, which is good. A few years ago, it was, by and large, the best solution. While competition has tightened up since then, incremental and polishing updates allowed it to remain at the top. LG updated the platform in 2021 to include a full home page instead of the banner found in past models.

Interface

LG Smart Interface

For a long time, webOS hadn't changed much in design since its introduction, but they completely overhauled it in 2021 with the release of webOS 6.0, and it's still one of the best-looking platforms. It's colorful, and its animations are both intuitive and beautiful. Everything feels responsive and snappy, and you are rarely left waiting for something to happen. The redesign replaces the menu ribbon of previous versions with a smart hub, complete with various widgets. Despite the new look, it still has the same smooth functionality and features that make it one of the best smart platforms.

Ad-free

LG Ads

WebOS has one glaring issue: the inclusion of advertising sprinkled around the operating system. While we've yet to see them on the main screen, they're just about everywhere else. Voice search, app store, and web browser; all will sometimes show ads in their user interface. The worst is that there isn't a good way to disable them from within the TV itself.

Apps & Features

The LG content store delivers just about every app one would look for on a smart TV and offers direct rental of films. Essentials like Netflix, Amazon Video, and YouTube are all installed by default, but the range is continuously expanding. Overall, LG TVs have one of the widest selections of apps available on any smart platform.

Voice Controls

WebOS TVs that come with LG's Magic Remote have voice control. The manufacturer redesigned the remote in 2021, but it has the same functionality as in past years. There's a big microphone button in the center of the remote that, once pressed, prompts the search interface. It helps search for content since it goes through most of your apps and allows you to even search for actors. Unfortunately, it doesn't have very in-depth control of the settings, like what you find on Samsung TVs, so you can't adjust the brightness without leaving what you're watching. The only thing you can't do is turn the TV off and adjust the volume.

  • Changing inputs
  • Launching apps
  • Complex requests, e.g., "Search Netflix for Marco Polo."
  • Basic online searches, including "What time is it?" or "How's the weather in New York?"

Starting in 2018, WebOS 4.0 added a new voice control processor with ThinQ AI. The system can perform advanced searches similar to Siri on Apple TV. It can identify actors, search for sports scores, and even find pictures in your favorite cloud service based on keywords. It can also communicate with a multitude of smart home-connected devices, including lights and thermostats. Newer LG TVs can also interact with Google Home or Amazon Alexa-connected personal assistants.

Remote

LG Smart TV Remote

LG’s magic remote found on higher-end models offers motion-controlled point-and-click functionality, which makes navigating menus a lot simpler. It isn't the smallest remote we've seen, but it's nicely sculpted and very comfortable to hold.

There are many more buttons on this remote than on Samsung’s, but they're clearly labeled and make it quicker to pick up the remote and use it – no tutorial or manual required. Some lower-end versions come with this Magic Remote, but the entry-level models have a basic remote without voice control, like the remote on the LG UN7000.

Remote App

LG Smart TV Remote App

LG’s remote app, called LG TV Plus, offers quick access to most of the controls and is compatible with all LG smart TVs. It isn't as advanced as some other remote apps, but it does stream content from your phone or tablet to the TV. It can launch apps and change inputs directly without using a navigation button to navigate the on-screen menus.

Known Issues

There aren't many issues with LG webOS. The previous version had some performance issues, with occasional hiccups and frequent dropped frames in animations. For the most part, these issues have been fixed, and the latest version performs extremely well, but the interface can still hang sometimes.

Recent Updates

  1. Dec 20, 2022: Verified our picks for accuracy and consistency and refreshed the text.

  2. Oct 20, 2022: Replaced the LG UP8000 with the newer LG UQ8000. Refreshed the text throughout for accuracy.

  3. Aug 15, 2022: Restructured the article, adding the LG G2 OLED as the 'Best LG TV', and the LG C2 OLED as the 'Best Upper Mid-Range LG TV'. Updated the text throughout.

  4. Apr 12, 2022: Verified picks for validity and updated text for clarity.

  5. Feb 11, 2022: Refreshed the text throughout and added the 2022 lineup information.

Conclusion

LG undeniably offers top-shelf products with OLED TVs. This technology is now quite mature and is the best for most people. Unfortunately, these processes don't reflect the rest of their TV range. While every LG smart TV comes packaged with its excellent webOS platform, the displays' performance often leaves a lot to be desired. They have consistently great viewing angles, but that comes at the cost of having mediocre picture quality in a dark room, quite the opposite of their OLED offerings.

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