We've bought and tested more than 90 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 have a few high-end LED TVs as well and entry-level models that are cheap but don't offer good value, especially compared to other brands.
The LG G2 OLED is the best LG TV we've tested. It's also the best LG OLED TV, and it's a premium model with a unique design, as it's intended to be wall mounted and doesn't come with a stand. Its OLED panel delivers impressive picture quality, especially in a dark room. HDR content looks amazing, thanks to its near-infinite contrast ratio, resulting in perfect blacks, with no distracting blooming around bright highlights in dark scenes. It gets impressively bright when displaying HDR content, so bright highlights stand out and look close to what the content creator intended. Although it looks best in dark rooms, it's also a good choice for a moderately-lit room, and it has fantastic reflection handling to help it to overcome glare.
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.
The best upper mid-range LG TV we've tested is the LG C2 OLED. It's an excellent TV that delivers stunning picture quality, especially in dark rooms. Like the LG G2 OLED, it 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.
The LG G2 OLED is the best LG OLED TV, but the C2 is very similar. It's not quite as bright, so bright highlights in HDR content don't stand out as well as they should. It also has a vastly different design, as it comes with a center-mounted instead of a wall-mount. Although you can still wall-mount it with your own VESA mount, it doesn't have the slim, no-gap design, so it sticks out a bit more.
The best mid-range LG TV is the LG NANO90 2021. It's a mid-range model in LG's 2021 model of LED backlit TVs, sitting above their entry-level models, like the LG UP8000, and below their high-end LED displays like the LG QNED90. As an LED TV, it doesn't look as good as the LG C2 OLED in a dark room, but it's 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.
The LG UP8000 is the best budget LG TV we've tested. Although LG isn't known for their budget models and tends to focus on high-end OLEDs, the entry-level TVs are still okay. It sits below the NANO Series TVs, like the LG NANO90 2021, and the main difference is that the UP8000 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. 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-inch 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. 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.