We've tested over 20 LG TVs with our latest test bench. LG releases a lot of TVs every year, probably more than any other TV manufacturer. Over the past few years, LG has become known for its OLED options because they're especially notable for being the first of their kind to be widely distributed. They have a few high-end LED TVs and entry-level models that are cheap but don't offer good value, especially compared to other brands.
The best LG TV we've tested with an OLED panel is the LG C1 OLED. It's an excellent TV that delivers stunning picture quality, especially in dark rooms. Like all OLED TVs, the C1 has a near-infinite contrast ratio without a local dimming feature, resulting in deep, uniform blacks with no blooming around bright objects. This incredible contrast ratio is especially great for watching HDR content, as bright highlights on dark backgrounds pop, delivering an impactful HDR experience. It also has an excellent HDR color gamut, ensuring it can display a more lifelike range of colors with the latest HDR content.
Unfortunately, it's not the brightest TV out there, even for an OLED, so some large highlights don't pop the way they should. While OLEDs don't get as bright as LED TVs, this one is less bright than the LG G1 OLED, which uses the new evo panel. While the overall picture quality is a bit better on the G1, it's worth getting the C1 instead because it's cheaper, and it comes with a stand, which the G1 doesn't. Before getting an OLED, it's important to know that there's a slight risk of permanent burn-in with all OLED displays, especially if they're constantly exposed to similar static elements, like the UI from your favorite game or the logo of your favorite cable news channel. With varied usage, this isn't an issue for most people, and it's still the best LG OLED TV we've tested.
The best 4k LG LED TV we've tested is the LG QNED90. It's a very good TV overall, and it uses a new Mini LED backlight designed to improve local dimming performance. This TV gets very bright and, combined with its decent reflection handling, visibility isn't an issue in a bright room. It has a flicker-free backlight at all brightness levels, which helps reduce eye strain, and motion looks clear. It has all the gaming features fans of LG TVs are used to, like HDMI 2.1 bandwidth, variable refresh rate (VRR) support, a 120Hz panel, and low input lag. Unlike the LG C1 OLED, there's no chance of permanent burn-in, as LCDs like this aren't susceptible to it.
Unfortunately, it has some uniformity issues with some dirty screen effect in the center, distracting during sports. Although it has an IPS-like panel with a low native contrast ratio, the Mini LED backlighting provides greater control over the local dimming, which helps improve the contrast to display deep blacks. However, it's still not as good as the VA offerings from most of LG's competitors. However, there's still lots of blooming around bright objects, which is distracting while watching movies or content with subtitles. It has a wide color gamut, making it a good choice for watching HDR movies, and it supports Dolby Vision but not HDR10+. Thanks to its IPS-like panel, it has wide viewing angles, great for placing it in a wide seating arrangement. Overall, it's the best LED TV from LG that we've tested.
The LG UP8000 is the best budget LG TV we've tested. Although LG isn't known for their budget models and tend to focus on high-end OLEDs, the entry-level TVs are still okay. It sits below the NANO Series which includes the LG NANO75 2021, and the main difference is that the UP8000 doesn't have the extra technology to display a really wide range of colors. However, it comes with the same smart interface and the same Magic Remote that makes menu navigation feel smooth. There's a lower-end version, the LG UP7000, that comes with the basic remote. It's available in a wide range of sizes, from 43 to 83 inches, but not all of them perform like the 65 inch model we tested, as some sizes have a different panel, while the 82 and 86 models have HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and more gaming features.
Sadly, the models with an IPS-like panel 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 good reflection handling if you have a few lights around. All in all, it's the best budget LG TV we've tested.
Samsung TVs have, on average, a better picture quality than most LG LED TVs. This is 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, of course, 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.
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.
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 any 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.
LG has a large lineup that covers everything from the very cheap and small lower-resolution TVs to the very high end with their OLEDs. The first letters correspond to the resolution of the TV, the second letter in their model numbers correspond to the year of release, and usually, the higher the number, the higher the price range.
For example: QNED90 = 2021 4K Mini LED TV; UN7000 = 2020 entry-level TV.
For their OLED line-up, the model numbers start with a letter, followed by a number that represents the year (X = 2020, 1 = 2021, 2 = 2022). For example: G1 = 2021 Gallery Design; CX = 2020 OLED TV.
Besides aesthetic changes, LG's webOS hasn't changed much over the years, which is a good thing. 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 that was found in past models.
For a long time, webOS hadn't changed much in design since its introduction, but it was completely overhauled in 2021 with the release of webOS 6.0, and it's still one of the best-looking platforms around. 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 made it one of the best smart platforms.
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, web browser, all of them 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.
The LG content store delivers just about every app one would look for on a smart TV, as well as 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.
WebOS TVs that come with LG's Magic Remote have voice control. The remote was redesigned 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's useful for searching for content since it goes through most of your apps and allows you to even search for actors. Unfortunately, though, 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 really do is turn the TV off and adjust the volume.
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 the Apple TV. It can identify actors in movies, 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.
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.
LG’s remote app, called LG TV Plus, offers quick access to most of the TV's controls and is compatible with all LG smart TVs. It isn't as advanced as some of the 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 having to use a navigation button to navigate the on-screen menus.
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.
Apr 12, 2022: Verified picks for validity and updated text for clarity.
Feb 11, 2022: Refreshed the text throughout and added the 2022 lineup information.
Dec 13, 2021: Verified picks for availability and updated text for clarity.
Oct 14, 2021: Replaced the LG NANO90 2021 and the UP7000 with the LG QNED90 and the UP8000 because they're each the best performing TVs for their respective categories.
Jul 19, 2021: Replaced the LG NANO90 2020 and the LG UN7300 with the newer LG NANO90 2021 and LG UP7000; updated Smart Features section for webOS 6.0.
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 do have consistently great viewing angles, but that comes to the cost of having mediocre picture quality in a dark room, quite the opposite from their OLED offerings, some might say.