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June 7, 2021

We’ve spent hundreds of hours researching and testing TVs to find the best options for any space and budget. This article provides an overview of the top picks across all of our guides to the best TVs, with links to our full coverage. The TCL 6-Series—available in 55-, 65-, and 75-inch screen sizes—is our recommendation for a great LCD TV at a reasonable price. But if you want even better performance, a lower price, a smaller size, or the best choice for gaming, we have other recommendations, as well.

Pros:Con:
Great image contrast, brightness, and detail comparable with that of $1,000+ TVsHDMI inputs support a maximum bandwidth of only 18 Gb/s
Integrated Roku support for all major streaming servicesSome people might find the Roku remote too basic
Gaming-friendly features

Great image quality for the price: Best LCD/LED TV

An LCD TV sits in a living room media center, displaying a family of polar bears walking in snow.

Buy a midrange LCD TV if:

  • You want quality for a reasonable price: The good ones offer excellent picture quality, solid preset image modes, easy on-screen navigation, and plenty of inputs for under $1,500.

Buy another type of TV if:

  • You want the best image quality possible: An OLED TV will provide a clear, truly lifelike image with perfect blacks and bright highlights, but you’ll have to pay for it.
  • You’re on a tight budget: If you’re willing to compromise on image quality to save some money, consider our budget pick.
  • You don’t have very much space: If you’re looking for a TV to fit in the corner of your small bedroom or dorm, get a 32-inch model.

Why we like it: The TCL 6-Series is our favorite LCD/LED TV thanks to its combination of great image quality, simplicity, and features that make it ready for the future—all for an affordable price. The TV uses advanced technologies such as quantum dots and mini LEDs to produce an image that is very colorful and has superb contrast ratios and HDR performance. The 120 Hz LCD panel can deliver cleaner, smoother motion for TV shows, movies, and video games without resorting to the soap opera effect. And the built-in Roku interface makes it easy to access almost every streaming service without having to add an extra streaming box.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: The HDMI inputs are limited to a bandwidth of 18 Gb/s, which means they can’t accept a 4K signal at 120 Hz, only at 60 Hz. The video processing on the 6-Series is fine, but it’s not as good as what companies like Sony and Samsung offer. Some people might find the supplied Roku remote to be too basic. There are no number keys, so selecting a TV channel requires using the on-screen guide or the up and down arrows.

Available sizes: 55, 65, 75 inches
HDMI ports: four
Smart OS: Roku

See our complete coverage and learn more in our full review

  • The Best LCD/LED TV

    The Best LCD/LED TV

    The new and improved TCL 6-Series is our favorite LCD/LED TV, thanks to its great performance, simple Roku interface, and future-proof features.

If you can’t spend as much: Best budget 4K TV

A TV sits on a media console.

Buy a budget 4K TV if:

  • You’re willing to sacrifice image quality: Spending a little more money will get you noticeably better image quality.

Buy another type of TV if:

  • You watch a lot of TV during the day: Our budget 4K TV picks might not be bright enough to compete with sunlight through windows, which might bother you during a lazy Sunday morning.
  • You want something that looks as good turned off as it does while on: A more expensive TV may have better aesthetics than our budget pick.

Why we like it: The 55-inch Vizio M-Q8 has the advanced technologies needed to deliver a great-looking 4K picture. Plus it’s easy to use and has a variety of streaming services built in.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: The Vizio panel isn’t as bright as the best LCD TVs we’ve tested, and it has only a 60 Hz refresh rate, so motion isn’t as fluid as it can be on a 120 Hz panel. The M-Q8 uses the claw-foot stand design, in which the two feet are spaced far apart, so it needs a table or stand that’s as wide as it is.

Available sizes: 55 and 65 inches
HDMI ports: four
Smart OS: SmartCast

See our complete coverage and learn more in our full review

Upgrade for the best possible performance: Best OLED TV

Our best OLED TV pick, the LG C1 Series, displaying scene from a car race in a video game.

Buy an OLED TV if:

  • You want the best possible image quality, regardless of price: OLED TVs can produce the best HDR image quality of any TV currently available.
  • You watch TV in a room where you can control the lighting: In a bright room, an OLED TV might reflect a lot of light that obscures the picture. If you are looking for a TV for a dark room, or a home theater setup, OLED TV is the perfect choice.
  • You want your TV to look as nice off as it does on: An OLED TV usually has an attractive metallic design that will look great in your living room.

Buy another type of TV if:

  • You largely watch TV in a very bright room: OLED TVs can’t compete with LCD models for overall brightness, which can easily overpower reflections and direct light.
  • You aren’t looking for the best possible picture quality: An LCD TV can provide a great image at a much lower price.

Why we like it: The LG C1 offers superb image quality, is brighter than previous OLED TVs, supports the leading HDR and HDMI 2.1 standards, and has an extremely thin and attractive design. Its WebOS smart-TV platform is easy to use and supports all of the major video and audio streaming services. Videophiles will like that the C1 gives them more control over the image than competing OLED TVs do, while the Filmmaker Mode makes it easy for anyone to get an accurate image.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: The HDMI 2.1 ports on the C1 offer a bandwidth of 40 Gbps, instead of the full 48 Gbps bitrate. The sound quality of the LG C1 could be better, but that’s the case with every flat-panel TV. We expect most people will pair a TV in this price range with an AV receiver and surround-sound combo or at least a good soundbar.

Available sizes: 48, 55, 65, 77, 83 inches
HDMI ports: four
Smart OS: WebOS

See our complete coverage and learn more in our full review

For small spaces: Best 32-inch TV

A product shot of the TCL Roku TV on a white background.

Buy a 32-inch LCD/LED TV if:

  • You don’t have space for a larger TV: Our other picks are likely too big for small bedrooms or dorm rooms.

Buy another type of TV if:

  • You care about picture quality: A larger LCD or OLED TV will provide an image with much higher definition.
  • You’ve got plenty of space: A 32-inch TV will look a little odd in most suburban living rooms.
  • You’d like a TV that looks as nice when off as it does while on: A high-end LCD or OLED TV will have much better aesthetics.

Why we like it: The 32-inch TCL Roku TV is our pick for the best 32-inch TV because it has three HDMI ports instead of two and comes with Roku OS built in. This saves you the roughly $40 you’d otherwise have to spend on a streaming stick. We don’t think that the 32-inch Roku TV is all that special, but it is the best of the small TVs we tested and good enough for viewing in a small room. It’s also available in 28-, 40-, 43-, and 49-inch versions.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: Although this 32-inch TCL model looks good for the price, it’s not remarkable. But these days that’s true for all small TVs, which are increasingly an afterthought for TV makers. The prices of larger screens have dropped to the point that almost anybody can afford one; as a result, small TVs are based on designs that lag several years behind the latest technology. This 32-inch TCL offers only 720p resolution, which means that it doesn’t support 4K (the larger three sizes in this series go up to 1080p, but that’s still just HD). They also don’t do HDR. You have to really need the small size to justify getting one of these right now.

Available sizes: 32 inches
HDMI ports: three
Smart OS: Roku

Our pick

TCL Roku TV (32-inch)

TCL Roku TV (32-inch)

The best small tv

TCL’s 32-inch Roku TV lacks 4K and HDR, but that doesn’t matter as much on a small screen. It has great streaming options and more HDMI ports than other small TVs.

See our complete coverage and learn more in our full review

  • The Best 32-Inch TV

    The Best 32-Inch TV

    The best small TV for most people is the TCL Roku. Its low price tag and integrated Roku make it great for a second room or the very price-conscious.

For gamers: Best TV for video games

A video game is displayed on the LG CX OLED television set up as a monitor with a desktop, mouse, and keyboard in frame.

Buy a gaming TV if:

  • You want low input lag: The lower the TV’s input lag, the less time between when something happens in the game and when you see it on your screen.
  • You want the latest gaming-friendly HDMI 2.1 features: The newest HDMI 2.1 specification includes a number of gaming-friendly features, like automatic low latency mode, variable refresh rate, and the bandwidth to pass a 4K 120 Hz signal. While many TVs might support one or two HDMI 2.1 features, only a select few currently support the higher bandwidth.

Buy another type of TV if:

  • You don’t play video games: Other TVs can deliver great performance for movie- and TV-watching for a lower price.

Why we like it: In addition to being our favorite overall performer for movies, the LG CX OLED TV supports all the HDMI 2.1 features you could want for gaming, including 4K 120 Hz inputs, ALLM, VRR, and HGIG. In addition, it has one of the lowest input lags we’ve measured on a TV, its game mode offers accurate colors, and it has superior viewing angles and pixel-response times compared with LCD TVs. It supports AMD FreeSync and Nvidia G-Sync for PC gamers, too. Unlike almost every other HDMI 2.1 display out there, the CX supports HDMI 2.1 on every HDMI input (it has four total), not just one or two.

Flaws but not dealbreakers: Some people worry about burn-in when using an OLED TV as a gaming monitor, though we don’t think this is a major issue. The HDMI 2.1 ports on the CX offer a bandwidth of 40 Gbps, while the former C9’s HDMI inputs offered a full 48 Gbps bitrate. With all the current gaming sources that are available, this should not be a concern.

Available sizes: 48, 55, 65, 77 inches
HDMI ports: four
Smart OS: WebOS

See our complete coverage and learn more in our full review

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About your guide

Chris Heinonen

Chris Heinonen is a senior staff writer reporting on TVs, projectors, and sometimes audio gear at Wirecutter. He has been covering AV since 2008 for a number of online publications and is an ISF-certified video calibrator. He used to write computer software and hopes to never do that again, and he also loves to run and test gear for running guides.

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Best TV 2021: our top 10 smart TVs

Looking for the best TV to buy this year? Look no further – as we’ve brought together the definitive list of the best TVs available to buy today, from QLED and OLED TVs to new Mini LED contenders, all of which are smart TVs with great on-board streaming services.

While every TV technology brings something different to the table, they're all designed to make TVs look better by offering better contrast, better light control, and vibrant colors. To that end, each is well-worth your consideration and can really elevate your TV watching experience. 

While many of the TVs listed below are on the more expensive side – unfortunately, the most premium screens often have price tags that match – there are a few cheaper options you can consider. Our best cheap TV deals page has a whole bunch of them, but we'd steer you toward the TCL 6-Series with Mini LED or Hisense H8G Quantum, both of which offer spectacular performance for the price.

The picks you'll find below represent the absolute pinnacle of what's possible in the best smart TVs today – 4K resolution, colorful HDR, and robust feature sets plus support for HDMI 2.1 and VRR for the latest game consoles and PCs.

Best TV

1. Samsung QN900A Neo QLED 8K

A stunning 8K TV that sets a new benchmark when it comes to high-end televisions

Specifications

Screen size: 65-inch, 75-inch, 85-inch

Resolution: 8K

Panel Type: Neo QLED / Mini LED

Smart TV: Tizen

HDR: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+

Reasons to buy

+Awesome picture quality+Standard-setting HDR

Reasons to avoid

-No Dolby Vision support-Limited 8K content

8K might feel a bit like overkill to some, but there's no doubt in our mind that the Samsung QN900A Neo QLED 8K TV has ushered in a new era of flatscreen television technology. Samsung's Mini LED-sporting QN900A Neo QLED 8K TV offers stunning picture quality, exceptional color and brightness, terrific sound and outstanding blacks – all in a package that's unmatched in terms of design.

For the uninitiated, Samsung's 'Quantum' Mini LEDs are 1/40th the thickness of a regular LED, meaning thousands of smaller LEDs can be packed together in a much tighter fashion, allowing for far more accurate dimming zones and black levels that are practically indistinguishable from an OLED.

As the LEDs are far smaller, they're able to achieve far more precision and less blooming, so the act of seeing bright areas of the screen unnaturally bleed over into darker spots should be greatly reduced or not evident at all. And because it takes advantage of Samsung's Multi-Intelligence AI upscaling, the QN900A is consistently able to produce images that looked better than their source. 

Not only does the Samsung QN900A Neo QLED 8K TV offer the latest HDMI 2.1 and eARC features, it's also ideal for gamers who've recently invested in a next-gen console or beastly gaming PC thanks to support for 4K/120fps or 8K/60fps gameplay via HDMI 2.1, Game Motion Plus and AMD FreeSync Premium Pro.

It's the flagship 8K TV to beat in 2021.

Read the full review: Samsung QN900A Neo QLED 8K TV

2. LG G1 Gallery Series OLED

LG's picture-on-wall design is gorgeous... but expensive

Specifications

Screen size: 55-inch, 65-inch, 77-inch

Resolution: 4K

Panel Type: OLED evo

Smart TV: webOS

HDR: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, HDR10+

Reasons to buy

+Outstanding contrast+Impressively thin design

Reasons to avoid

-No stand included-Sound system struggles with bass

After a flatscreen TV that's a bit more stylish? The LG G1 OLED is a knockout television that builds on the sleek design of last year's Gallery Series OLED and somehow makes it better.

The real hero here is LG's new OLED evo technology, which updates the panel structure to eke out even more brightness – without increasing blooming effects or, we're told, the chance of burn-in. The LG G1 looks to be a real revolution for the OLED TV maker, then, and certainly offers an upgrade over the cheaper LG C1 OLED – unlike last year, when the CX and GX models were worlds apart in price but effectively offered the same picture performance.

It's an expensive set, and the Dolby Atmos sound system isn't the best for bass – something that will effect all the other LG OLEDs in this guide. But the breathtakingly slim design makes it a real centerpiece television, with the contrast and color benefits of OLED pushed to new, lighting-enhanced heights. The new a9 Gen 4 AI processor is even more capable of smartly upscaling and processing onscreen objects, too, with motion processing in particular getting an upgrade.

Watch out though: the G1 is really designed to be wall-mounted, and it won't come with a TV stand or feet out of the box. You can buy a floorstanding Gallery Stand alongside, or find a third-party solution for placing on a counter, though.

Read more:LG G1 OLED TV review

3. LG C1 Series OLED TV

New for 2021, the LG C1 OLED is the king of flagship 4K TVs

Specifications

Screen size: 48-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 77-inch

Resolution: 4K

Panel type: OLED

Smart TV: webOS

HDR: HDR, HLG, Dolby Vision

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The best TV in 2021: Top TVs from LG, Samsung, TCL, Vizio and more

You know you want the best TV, but finding the right model for your home and budget isn't always easy. Checking all the right boxes is tough, especially as features like 8K resolution, OLED and QLED displays, mini-LED, HDR, smart home connectivity, voice control and more make it increasingly complex to find the TV you want. It's not as simple as buying the most expensive model you can afford, you want the whole package – you want great picture quality, rich sound, and all of the smart features available today, and it would be nice to save a buck or two while you're at it.

We’ve tested and reviewed the latest TVs from all the best TV brands including LG, Sony, and Samsung to help you choose the right TV for your home. Every TV goes through hours of testing and eyes-on viewing, so that we can find the best TV for your budget and needs.

People like to throw around a lot of acronyms and numbers when they’re talking about the best TVs, but we’ve made it our mission to offer you real-world advice that cuts through all the jargon and explains exactly what these TVs can do for you. We’ll let you know about the specs, of course, but we’ll also explain what this will mean for your viewing experience, whether that’s the improved picture quality that 4K resolution brings, or the vibrant colors that HDR TVs offer. Tom’s Guide has your back when it comes to finding the best TVs. 

What are the best TVs?

For our standout favorite, the Samsung QN90A Neo QLED is the best TV we've reviewed, delivering superb picture quality with its combination of QLED color and mini-LED backlight (the ingredients that make up Neo QLED). Pair that performance with fantastic sound, rich smart features and a stylish design, and you've got the best TV we've reviewed this year. Just be aware that this premium 4K smart TV doesn't come cheap.

The TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635) is the ultimate in affordable TVs, giving you the best 4K smart TV we've seen for less than $1,000. In fact, ignoring the budget-friendly price, it's still one of the best TVs on the market, thanks to a quantum-dot enhanced LCD and mini-LED-backed display and feature-rich Roku TV interface. Combine this with superior gaming features and a refined design, and it's got plenty to love. (And if you're looking to get similar quality on a more expensive 8K TV, the new TCL 6-Series 8K Roku TV R648 does it at a surprisingly reasonable price.)

The best TVs you can buy in September 2021

1. Best TV overall: Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV

The ultimate QLED TV

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65, 75, 85 inches

Screen Type: QLED

Refresh Rate: 120 Hz

HDMI ports: 4 HDMI (1 HDMI 2.1)

Size: 56.9 x 32.6 x 1 inches

Weight: 53.8 pounds

Reasons to buy

+Beautiful, thin design+Neo QLED delivers incredible brightness+Impressive anti-glare abilities+New solar-chargeable remote

Reasons to avoid

-Visible blooming at times-Just one HDMI 2.1 port-No Dolby Vision support

The Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV combines Samsung's highly refined quantum dot technology with the tight control of mini-LED backlighting, resulting in one of the best TV displays you'll ever see. Brilliant color and unmatched brightness make for superb performance, and Samsung pairs that with a bounty of smart TV functions and genuinely intelligent features, like a solar-powered remote control that eliminates the need to swap out batteries – delivering eco-friendly design and unbeaten convenience at the same time.

The whole thing is packed into a gorgeous 1-inch-thick design that contains a huge array of smart features, potent Dolby Atmos sound and some of the best performance we've ever seen. HDMI 2.1 connectivity comes standard, along with gamer-friendly features and impressive 12.6-millisecond lag time for an unparalleled gaming experience. It's the best TV we've seen this year, and the winner of the 2021 Tom's Guide Award for Best TV, and a second award as the best gaming TV of the year.

Read our full Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV review.

2. Best TV value: TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635)

The best TV value

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65, 75 inches

Screen Type: QLED

Refresh Rate: 120 Hz

HDMI ports: 4 HDMI, 1 USB

Size: 48.3 x 28.1 x 2.8 inches

Weight: 41.9 pounds

Reasons to buy

+Excellent QLED and mini-LED display+Great gaming performance+Roku TV offers a huge app selection and easy interface+Improved Roku remote

Reasons to avoid

-Sound is a little weak-Roku is missing some of the latest apps

The TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635) offers enormous value for it's affordable price, offering premium picture quality and a great smart TV experience for much less than the competition. As TCL's best mainstream smart TV the R635 ups the ante with mini-LED backlighting in addition to QLED. The result is impressive color and brightness, with some of the best HDR performance we've seen on anything this side of an OLED display. It's enough to win a 2021 Tom's Guide Award for best innovation in TVs.

But TCL keeps delivering more, like THX Certified Game Mode, which makes the 6-Series one of the best gaming TVs available, even for yet-to-be-released consoles like the PS5 and the Xbox Series X. From the design's smart touches, like cable management in the stand, to the always-solid Roku TV platform, the TCL 6-Series R635 is the best TV value, and it's not even close.

Read our full TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635) review.

3. Best home theater OLED: LG G1 OLED TV

A premium OLED with stunning design

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65, 77 inches

Screen Type: OLED

Refresh Rate: 120 Hz

HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1

Size: 56.9 x 32.7 x 0.9 inches

Weight: 63.9 pounds

Reasons to buy

+Exclusive OLED evo panel delivers brighter picture+More affordable than last year’s Gallery Series+Same stunningly-thin design+New remote is a major improvement

Reasons to avoid

-OLED evo offers minimal improvement-WebOS 6.0 is disappointing

The LG G1 OLED TV is the updated version of LG's superb Gallery OLED, boasting a premium 20 millimeter-thick design and sleek flush-to-the-wall mounting setup. The design is impeccable – enough to win best TV design in the 2021 Tom's Guide Awards. It's still the best 4K OLED TV made by LG, but as the first TV with LG's second-gen OLED evo technology, it falls short of some claimed performance improvements we were pretty excited for.

That said, the LG G1 OLED is still an impressive OLED set, and LG has even knocked the price down a bit, while updating almost everything else about the set. The slim OLED features more comfortable remote control, enhanced gaming features, and the latest version of webOS, all while delivering the same excellent picture quality and impeccable sound that we expect from LG's best OLED models. The LG G1 OLED TV stands as a reminder of just how far modern TV technology has come — we just hope it hasn’t plateaued.

Read our full LG G1 OLED TV review.

4. Our favorite OLED: LG CX OLED

Last year's hottest TV

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 48, 55, 65, 77 inches

Screen Type: OLED

Refresh Rate: 120 Hz

HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1, 2 USB

Size: 57.0 x 32.7 x 1.8 inches

Weight: 52.9 pounds

Reasons to buy

+Stunning picture+Excellent smart TV features+Top notch sound capabilities+Ultra thin design

Reasons to avoid

-Relatively high price

The LG CX OLED is the best 4K smart TV, and the best TV overall, with an amazing display, built-in Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa support, and a ton of other smart features. From LG's webOS 5.0 to the addition of smart home control and an intuitive motion-control remote, it's one of the smartest TVs we've ever seen.

LG has improved on its superb OLED with a more powerful processor, the addition of Dolby Vision IQ (which adjusts HDR performance based on the ambient lighting) and beefs up the sound with AI-powered audio tuning. And while the LG CX OLED's premium price might put off some shoppers, it packs in more premium value than more expensive OLED competitors, while still delivering an unparalleled picture. It's the TV to beat.

Read our full LG CX OLED review.

5. Best OLED TV value: Vizio OLED TV

Incredible OLED quality at an affordable price

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65 inches

Screen Type: OLED

Refresh Rate: 120 Hz

HDMI ports: 4 HDMI, 1 USB

Size: 48.3 x 30.6 x 2.2 inches

Weight: 44.9 pounds

Reasons to buy

+Ultra-low price for an OLED+Generally strong picture and audio quality+SmartCast provides plenty of smart features and free video content

Reasons to avoid

-Gaming performance could be better-Cumbersome stand

The Vizio OLED TV is the most affordable OLED TV on the market, and the first to offer a less-premium alternative to offerings from LG and Sony to shoppers in the United States. Selling for hundreds of dollars less than the competition, the Vizio OLED packs plenty of smart features alongside the 4K OLED display, and delivers the sort of premium picture quality that normally costs much more.

Vizio's SmartCast smart TV platform has also expanded its app selection significantly, and all of the major apps you might want – from Netflix to Disney+ – are available right on the TV. The few that aren't offered on the home screen (HBO Max is the most glaring omission) can still be enjoyed through the TV's built-in Google Cast and AirPlay 2 support. Combine all of this with an improved remote control design and great sound with better-than-average bass, and you've got an easy pick for affordable OLED TVs, and the winner of the 2021 Tom's Guide Award for best value TV.

Read our full Vizio OLED TV review. 

6. Best Sony OLED: Sony Bravia XR A80J

An excellent OLED with next-gen tech

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65, 77 inches

Screen Type: OLED

Refresh Rate: 120 Hz

HDMI ports: 4

Size: 57.1 x 33 x 2.1 inches [65in model, w/o stand]

Weight: 49.2 pounds [65in model, w/o stand]

Reasons to buy

+Outstanding picture, audio quality+Lots of dynamic and smart features that really work+Powerful Google TV interface

Reasons to avoid

-Dynamic adjustments needed for best picture-Not all HDMI ports support HDMI 2.1-Bravia Core streaming service doesn’t dazzle

The Sony Bravia XR A80J is absolutely packed with futuristic technologies: this 4K OLED TV has HDR, a 120 Hz refresh rate, ATSC 3.0 tuner, Google TV streaming and Sony's own Bravia Core service, Acoustic Surface Audio+ technology… the list goes on. Sure, not everyone will need everything here, but it's nice to have the option.

Just as importantly, it also excels at the basics — contrast is superb, colors are rich and varied, viewing angles are impressive and it handles upscaling well. Sound is also excellent and Google TV is a big upgrade on the older Android TV. Against that, the XR A80J requires a little more tweaking in order to look its best; it's fine out of the box, but to really reach its full potential, you'll want to play around with various modes. It's not the cheapest and other sets beat it purely based on picture quality, but as an all-round package the A80J is a great choice.   

Read our full Sony Bravia XR A80J review.

7. Best Hisense TV: Hisense U8G Android TV

A great Android TV

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65 inches

Screen Type: LCD with Quantum dot

Refresh Rate: 120 Hz

HDMI ports: 4 (2 HDMI 2.1, 2 HDMI 2.0)

Size: 57.1 x 33.1 x 4.1 inches

Weight: 53.4 pounds

Reasons to buy

+Very bright+Excellent sharpness, color and contrast+Low lag time

Reasons to avoid

-Overactive motion smoothing-Mediocre viewing angles

The Hisense U8G Android TV is our favorite Hisense model, and one of the best Android TVs around. With a quantum dot color and integrated Chromecast and Google Assistant, it's a full-featured smart TV that offers great quality for a reasonable price. With support for both Dolby Vision and HDR10+, it also offers the best HDR format support you can find, along with Dolby Atmos sound. It has built-in voice control with room-listening microphones, effectively letting you use the TV as a smart speaker, and offering the sort of smart home integration and control that would normally cost much more.

In our review, we were especially impressed by the U8G's brightness, which exceeds 700 nits of peak brightness and combines with the better-than-average HDR support for great performance that brings out highlights and shadows. With few complaints and lots of great perks, the Hisense U8G ANdroid TV is easily our new favorite Hisense model.

Read our full Hisense U8G Android TV (65U8G) review.

8. Best budget QLED: TCL 5-Series Roku TV (S535)

Quantum dot enhancement for less

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 50, 55, 65, 75 inches

Screen Type: LCD with Quantum dot

Refresh Rate: 60 Hz

HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1

Size: 48.4 x 28.1 x 3.0 inches

Weight: 32.6 pounds

Reasons to buy

+Faithful colors+Built-in Roku smarts+Excellent price

Reasons to avoid

-Mediocre sound-Modest brightness

The TCL 5 Series Roku TV does what TCL does best, delivering a surprisingly great mix of features and performance at an excellent affordable price. With even the largest model selling for less than $1000, you get the superb color and brightness of QLED, as well as Roku's user-friendly smart TV interface, which puts thousands of apps right at your fingertips.

In addition to the excellent color accuracy and full color gamut offered by the QLED display, it offers top-of-the-line HDR support, with Dolby Vision in addition to basic HDR10 and HLG formats. With input lag clocking in at 13.1 milliseconds, it's also one of the best affordable gaming TVs you can buy. And it's roughly half the price of Samsung's equivalent QLED TV, making it one of the best values in smart TVs.

Read our full TCL 5-Series Roku TV (S535) review. 

9. Affordable OLED: LG BX OLED

A solid entry-level OLED model

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65 inches

Screen Type: OLED

Refresh Rate: 120 Hz

HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1, 2 USB

Size: 48.3 x 27.8 x 1.8 inches

Weight: 41.7 pounds

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Top 5 Best 4K Smart TVs Under 30,000 - Best Android Smart TVs ⚡ June 2021

Saving up for a new screen? To help you navigate the dozens of seemingly identical TV models from Samsung, LG, Vizio, TCL, Sony, and other manufacturers, we've watched hundreds of hours of content on them and picked a few of our favorites. We've listed everything from the best budget TV to the absolute best set you can buy—and a few excellent choices in between.

Unless labeled otherwise, every TV we link to is 55 inches. There are often larger and smaller sizes available on the retailer's site, but this is a very good size for most living rooms. All of these models have a 4K Ultra HD pixel resolution (and some have 8K), because there aren't a lot of good reasons to buy a standard HDTV anymore.

We also believe you should invest in a good soundbar and TV streaming stick. TVs now come with wonderful displays, but they're terrible at sound and running apps. Be sure to check out our many other buying guides.

Updated October 2021: We've added the Samsung QN90A, Hisense U8G, LG C1 OLED, and Sony A90J. There have beenmild price fluctuations due to the international chip shortage. We've updated the links and prices, but they may fluctuate more than usual.

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The LG C1 OLED is the best TV we've tested in the OLED category. It delivers stunning picture quality that should please most people, and it has gaming features like HDMI 2.1 inputs and variable refresh rate (VRR) support. It's well-built with a stylish center-mounted stand, so it should look nice in any setup. The LG webOS interface is excellent as it's user-friendly, and the app store has a ton of apps you can download.

What sets OLEDs apart is their ability to turn off individual pixels. This means that it has a near-infinite contrast ratio with perfect blacks levels and no blooming around bright objects. Each pixel emits light in all directions, so the image remains accurate no matter where you sit, making it a great choice for wide seating arrangements. It doesn't have any trouble upscaling lower-resolution content, which is great for watching DVDs or cable TV, and it doesn't have any issues displaying native 4k content either. If you want to watch TV during the day, it has fantastic reflection handling.

Sadly, OLEDs risk permanent burn-in, but we don't expect this to be an issue unless you watch a lot of content with the same static elements, like the news. Also, it doesn't get extremely bright, so highlights may not pop how they should, and there's some banding with gradients of similar color. However, this only really matters if you want the best movie experience possible in HDR, but you should still enjoy its excellent all-around performance. Overall, it's one of the best TVs we've tested.

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Best TV 2021: the best 4K Ultra HD TVs you can buy right now

Best TV Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s round-up of the best TVs you can buy in 2021.

There's just one problem with 4K TVs: there are so many of them! Start from scratch and it can be almost impossible to work out which one is best for you. We're here to help, though, so before you tumble down the well of indecision, allow us to take you by the hand and lead you along the path to TV perfection.

We've run the rule over all the major televisions we've tested to bring you the best TVs available in 2021. If a TV is on this list it's a bonafide hit, so you know you're getting top bang for your buck.

These TVs are the very best options for feasting your eyes on all the Ultra HD content that's now available – the likes of Amazon, Netflix, Disney+, Google Play Movies and Apple TV are full of 4K TV shows and movies at this point. Plus you can buy 4K Ultra HD Blu-rays. Basically, there's never been a better time to take the plunge.

Below you'll find TVs of various sizes, budgets and technologies, from 55 inch TVs to OLED TVs, small TVs to cheap TVs, and even 8K TVs. If gaming is your priority, take a look at our round-up of the best gaming TVs you can buy, which goes into extra detail on game-specific features to look our for.

Do also take a look at our guide on how to choose the right TV for your needs, and check out our round-up of the best TV wall mounts if you're looking to get your set on the wall. Without further ado, here's our pick of the best TVs you can buy right now.

1. Sony XR-55A80J

Sony’s step-down OLED might just be the TV of the year

Specifications

Screen size: 55" (also available in 65", 83")

Type: OLED

Backlight: not applicable

Resolution: 4K

HDR formats supported: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision

Operating system: Google TV

HDMI inputs: 4

ARC/eARC: eARC

Optical output: Yes

Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 28" x 48" x 2.1"

Reasons to buy

+Super-sharp and detailed+Punchy and vibrant but natural+Superb motion handling

Reasons to avoid

-Incomplete HDMI 2.1 feature set-Missing UK catch-up apps

We rate products on a performance-per-pound basis. That’s always been the What Hi-Fi? way. We’re not looking simply for the absolute best product in each category, as that would invariably involve recommending one of the most expensive products in each category; we’re looking for the best bang for your buck. The product that best balances performance, features and price.

That isn’t to say that we’re averse to recommending a premium product when it justifies its high price, and that’s why we were delighted to bestow the full five stars upon Sony’s A90J flagship OLED when we reviewed it a little earlier in the year. Simply put, it’s the best TV we’ve seen so far this year, and we suspect that might well still be the case when 2021 rolls into 2022.

It's not be the best performance-per-pound TV of 2021, though, because this A80J beats it on that metric. This step-down model in Sony’s new OLED range certainly isn’t quite as good as its flagship sibling but, by offering most of what makes the A90J great at a much more competitive price, it’s put itself in the box seat for one of our Awards.

We knew that the A80J had the potential to be a very good TV, thanks to its shared DNA with the awesome A90J, but we had expected the gap in performance to be fairly big, given the huge gap in price.

That isn’t the case. It might not be quite as bright and punchy as its flagship sibling, or as sonically weighty, but in many other ways it’s just as capable. That makes it a remarkably crisp, detailed and dynamic performer for the money, with a superior sound system to those of its price rivals.

Hardcore gamers will still be better served by the LG C1, but if your priorities are movies and TV shows, the A80J is the new benchmark at its price.

We've tested the A80J in its 55-inch size. It's also available as a 65-inch and 77-inch model. We've not yet reviewed it at those bigger sizes but you'll find the latest, lowest prices available for each version below.

Read the full Sony XR-55A80J review

2. LG OLED65C1

The C1 isn’t much of a step-up from the CX, but it didn’t need to be – this is a superb TV at a competitive price

Specifications

Screen size: 65" (also available in 48", 55", 77", 83")

Type: OLED

Backlight: not applicable

Resolution: 4K

HDR formats supported: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision

Operating system: webOS 6.0

HDMI inputs: 4

ARC/eARC: eARC

Optical output: Yes

Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 33" x 57" x 1.8"

Reasons to buy

+Superb all-round picture quality+Near-flawless feature set+Better remote and menu system

Reasons to avoid

-Marginal gains on last year’s CX-Unengaging audio

LG’s C-series model has been the go-to pick of its OLED range for several years. It has always been the most affordable model with the company’s best panel and picture processing wizardry. Spending more would get you a fancier design and potentially better sound, but the picture would be no different.

That’s not the case in 2021. LG has introduced a new, brighter and sharper ‘OLED Evo’ panel, and the C1 doesn’t have it.

With so much of the focus on the upgraded G1, it’s perhaps predictable that the C1 isn’t much of an improvement on its predecessor, but there wasn’t much that needed improving. The picture performance and feature set were already exemplary, and LG has slightly improved the former with its new Cinematic Movement motion processing and enhanced de-contouring feature (which reduces banding), and slightly improved the latter with a better menu system and a more complete app selection.

The G1's picture is undeniably better in terms of brightness, sharpness and detail, but we're not talking huge margins and most people will struggle to justify the extra $500, particularly when the niche design and weaker sound are taken into account.

Ultimately, in bang-for-buck terms, the C1 is the better buy. In fact, it's one of the most recommendable TV available right now.

Read the full LG OLED65C1 review

3. Sony XR-55A90J

Simply the best TV you can buy right now

Specifications

Screen size: 55" (also available in 65", 83")

Type: OLED

Backlight: not applicable

Resolution: 4K

HDR formats supported: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision

Operating system: Google TV

HDMI inputs: 4

ARC/eARC: eARC

Optical output: Yes

Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 28" x 48" x 1.6"

Reasons to buy

+Outstanding picture quality+Superb motion handling+Impressive sound

Reasons to avoid

-No VRR (yet), buggy [email protected]

While Sony’s OLEDs are highly regarded, it’s typically hard to justify buying one over a rival LG. Historically, the Sony has a more authentic picture and better sound but is also a step behind on features and usability – and at least a level or two more expensive.

But what if Sony could produce a TV with most of those previously missing features, a more satisfying user experience, and a unique high-quality movie streaming app, all while raising the picture and sound quality to even greater heights? That's exactly what the company's done with the A90J.

In performance terms, the Sony A90J is an absolute stunner. It takes OLED picture performance to new, thrilling levels while maintaining the authenticity for which Sony is justifiably renowned. It also sounds significantly better than all of the other TVs you might be considering. The new Google TV operating system means the user experience is better than that of any pre-2021 Sony TV, too, and the exclusive Bravia Core streaming service is a genuine value-added feature.

Hardcore gamers might want to take a wait-and-see approach, as the set doesn't yet support VRR (an update has been promised but not dated) and we found the [email protected] support a little buggy. However, if movies and TV shows are your priority and you have a big budget, we haven’t tested a better television than the Sony A90J. It’s pricey, but it’s also a clear cut above the competition.

Read the full Sony XR-55A90J review

Read the full Sony XR-65A90J review

4. Sony XR-65X90J

Simply the best, big, mid-range TV you can currently buy

Specifications

Screen size: 65in (also available in 50in, 55in, 75in)

Type: LCD

Backlight: Direct LED

Resolution: 4K

HDR formats supported: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision

Operating system: Google TV

HDMI inputs: 4

ARC/eARC: eARC

Optical output: Yes

Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 33 x 57 x 2.8 inch

Reasons to buy

+Lovely, authentic color balance+Superb motion handling+Solid feature set

Reasons to avoid

-Limited blacks and viewing angles-Fairly rough standard-def-Missing UK catch-up apps

There’s no substitute for size when it comes to home cinema. After all, the whole goal of ‘home cinema’ is to, you know, bring the cinema home. And what’s the most important part of the cinema experience? The whopping huge screen, of course. That’s why a 65-inch TV (or even bigger!) is what you should aim for if you’re looking to add some serious cinematic scale to your living room.

But we can’t all afford to go big and go super-premium. Your budget might stretch to a 65-inch TV, but perhaps not a 65-inch OLED or flagship QLED. If that’s the case, the Sony XR-65X90J (or near-identical XR-65X94J) could be just what you’re looking for thanks to its heady mix of fancy features, perfectly-pitched picture performance and a mid-range price tag.

Those features include two HDMI 2.1 sockets that support [email protected] (but not VRR... yet) and the new Google TV operating system. The picture is brilliantly natural, authentic and balanced, and the sound is clear and direct too.

While you could buy a 55-inch OLED for around £1500, it’s perfectly reasonable to instead choose to go for a TV that’s a little less premium but a full 10 inches bigger. If that’s the choice you make, the X90J (or X94J) absolutely demands your attention.

If you want a bigger or smaller TV, the X90J is also available in 50-inch, 55-inch and 75-inch sizes. We've not yet reviewed those versions but below you'll find the latest, lowest prices for each size.

Read the full Sony XR-65X90J review

5. Samsung QN55QN90A

Samsung's top 4K Neo QLED TV is a thriller

Specifications

Screen size: 55" (also available in 50", 65", 75", 85")

Type: QLED

Backlight: Mini LED

Resolution: 4K

HDR formats supported: HLG, HDR10, HDR10+

Operating system: Tizen

HDMI inputs: 4

ARC/eARC: eARC

Optical output: Yes

Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 28" x 48" x 1"

Reasons to buy

+Terrifically bright, punchy picture+Superb detail and sharpness+Excellent TV operating system

Reasons to avoid

-Light control not perfect-Good, not great, sound-No Dolby Vision

Samsung’s first flush of Neo QLED TVs has been nothing short of revolutionary to date. The extra-fine level of lighting control that mini LED brings has put LCD’s high peak brightness to sophisticated use. It’s added a care with contrast that’s led to a more nuanced on-screen image, with a more solid, three-dimensional depth than ever before. We’ve every reason to expect the same from the QN90A.

The QN90A is Samsung’s top 4K TV for the US this year. Typically Samsung, it’s practically bursting with features as well as raw performance power. From next-generation gaming potential to a full suite of apps and services, it’s more than ready to impress.

Last year, Samsung’s cleverly priced second to top QLED, the Q80T sold like hot cakes, and we can imagine the same thing happening this time around regarding the QN90A. Picture quality is compelling and the sound isn’t bad at all. An OLED might look better in some scenes but there’s something quite addictive about the brightness of this set. Its super-contrasty and punchy HDR delivery is ever so more-ish. 

There’s still no Dolby Vision support but you’ll be getting so much from HDR10 alone that it will hardly be on your mind. This is a great TV and a terrific buy at this price.

We tested the QN95A in its 65-inch size. It's also available as a 50-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch and 85-inch model. We've not yet reviewed these versions but you'll see the latest, lowest prices below.

Read the full Samsung QN55QN90A review

6. Sony XBR-48A9S

Sony’s first 48-inch 4K OLED TV is extraordinarily good.

Specifications

Screen size: 48"

Type: OLED

Backlight: not applicable

Resolution: 4K

HDR formats supported: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision

Operating system: Android TV 9

HDMI inputs: 4

ARC/eARC: eARC

Optical output: Yes

Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 62.4 x 106.9 x 5.8cm

Reasons to buy

+Striking picture+Bold sound+Solid app selection

Reasons to avoid

-Expensive-Lacks next-gen HDMI features

It's official: 48 is the new 55. Time was that you couldn't get an OLED TV under 55in, but then LG launched the world's first commercially available 48in OLED set. And now Sony has one of its own.

Sony has embraced the smaller size, making the TV as petite as possible thanks to its tiny bezels and low pedestal stand. It does have a rather large enclosure bolted onto the back (to house the speakers, processing hardware and connections), but you'll only notice if you look at the set side on.

Disappointingly – and somewhat surprisingly for such a cutting-edge TV – it lacks some next-gen HDMI features like [email protected] (HFR), VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM – basically automatic switching to the TV's game mode when appropriate). Which is bad news for gamers looking to hook up a PS5 or Xbox Series X.

But that's about the only fault we can find with this TV. Sony's X1 Ultimate processor makes images suitably stunning, there's plenty of dark detail on show, and it serves up pretty much every streaming app you could hope for. Motion control is still industry-leading, and in terms of sharpness and detail, there's never been a better TV at this size. If you can stump up the funds, you will not be disappointed.

Read the full Sony XBR-48A9S review

7. LG OLED65G1

LG’s new 'OLED Evo' TV is a stunner

Specifications

Screen size: 65" (also available in 55", 77")

Type: OLED

Backlight: not applicable

Resolution: 4K

HDR formats supported: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision

Operating system: webOS 6.0

HDMI inputs: 4

ARC/eARC: eARC

Optical output: Yes

Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 83 x 145 x 2cm

Reasons to buy

+Brighter, punchier and sharper+Beautiful when wall-mounted+Improved remote and app offering

Reasons to avoid

-No feet or stand in the box-Sound lacks excitement

For the last few years, the C-class model has been the sensible choice of each new LG OLED range. Until now, it has been the most affordable model with the latest panel and picture processing tech: go further up the range and you might get better sound and a fancier design, but you won’t get a better visual performance.

For 2021, though, LG has introduced a new ‘OLED Evo’ panel that promises increased brightness and sharpness, and to get the Evo panel you have to step up to the G1. That’s slightly disappointing because you also end up paying extra for a rather niche design (the G1 is designed to be wall-mounted, to the extent that there's no stand or feet in the box) that you may not want.

Still, if the design works for you and you don't mind forking out the extra £500, the G1 is undoubtedly the best OLED that LG has ever produced. It takes the picture performance of last year’s GX and CX and improves upon it in almost every way, particularly in terms of brightness, sharpness and detail. That makes it a seriously stunning picture performer. It's also packed with apps and next-gen HDMI features, including [email protected] on all four sockets.

Sound is less strong, but if you were always planning to combine your new TV with a separate sound system and the design works for you (and you've got deep pockets), the G1 should be seriously considered.

Read the full LG OLED65G1 review

8. Sony XBR-65X900H

One of the best performance-per-pound 4K TVs you can buy.

Specifications

Screen size: 65in

Type: LCD

Backlight: Full array

Resolution: 4K

HDR formats supported: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision

Operating system: Android TV 9

HDMI inputs: 4

ARC/eARC: eARC

Optical output: Yes

Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 83.3 x 145 x 7cm

Reasons to buy

+Superb HDR+Colors pop+Excellent motion processing

Reasons to avoid

-Lightweight sound-Could be more PS5-ready

The XBR-65X900H was less "Ready for PS5" at launch than the marketing suggested, but it does now have [email protected] support and is still due to get VRR and ALLM (neither of which the PS5 currently supports) via a future firmware update.

With or without these console gaming features, this is an awesome TV. There are plenty of connections for hooking up partnering kit, and you won't be wanting for onboard tech: this is a full-array LED-backlit TV with local dimming, and supports the HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision HDR standards, and Dolby Atmos for sound. It’s also Netflix Calibrated and IMAX Enhanced.

And the picture quality? Excellent. Sony’s X-Motion Clarity motion processing technology is reliably superb, making fast-moving pictures like games, sports and action films as smooth as butter. There are plenty of options to fiddle with, but just leave it on auto and you'll still be treated to a great experience visually. It even impresses on the audio front, with a high degree of precision making both voices and sound effects nice and clear. Ideal for both gamers and non-gamers alike.

Read the full Sony XBR-65X900H review

9. LG OLED48CX

LG has produced the first sub-50in OLED of the 4K era – and it’s just as brilliant as we’d hoped.

Specifications

Screen size: 48in (also available in 55in, 65in, 77in)

Type: OLED

Backlight: not applicable

Resolution: 4K

HDR formats supported: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision

Operating system: webOS

HDMI inputs: 4

ARC/eARC: eARC

Optical output: Yes

Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 24" x 42" x 1.8"

Reasons to buy

+Flagship-level OLED performance+Dramatic but natural picture+Forward-looking feature set

Reasons to avoid

-Expensive for its size

We'd been waiting for this moment for a long time. After years of waiting, LG finally launched the first 48-inch OLED TV in 2020, bringing true flagship OLED TV performance to under 55 inches fir the first time.

And it really is a fabulous performance. This isn't a downgraded flagship TV – it's a downsized flagship TV. It offers the same performance and features as its bigger brothers in the CX range (which, let's remember, also match the more expensive GX, RX and WX in terms of picture quality and processing), but in a smaller, more living room-friendly package.

The performance is superb. The perfect blacks and near-perfect viewing angles we're used to from OLED combine with bright, punchy whites and vibrant but natural colors. LG's 2020 motion processing is the best it's ever been, too, and its OLEDs continue to impress in terms of upscaling 1080p and standard-def content.

On top of all that you get certified HDMI 2.1 sockets that support next-gen features such as eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel), HFR (High Frame Rate), ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode), and all current formats of VRR (Variable Refresh Rate). Those last two features will be of particular appeal to those gamers looking to upgrade to the PS5 or Xbox Series X.

Read the full LG OLED48CX review

10. Samsung QN75QN900A

Samsung’s latest set marks a coming of age for 8K TV

Specifications

Screen size: 75in (also available in 65in, 85in)

Type: QLED

Backlight: Mini LED

Resolution: 8K

HDR formats supported: HLG, HDR10, HDR10+

Operating system: Tizen

HDMI inputs: 4

ARC/eARC: eARC

Optical output: Yes

Dimensions (hwd, without stand): 37.2" x 65.1" x 0.6"

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