Best TV in Australia 2022: our top picks from LG, Samsung, Sony and more

Samsung QN900B Neo QLED TV
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The best TVs in Australia are always changing, so our frequently updated guide will help steer you to the top locally available options. After all, we wouldn't want to waste your time by recommending TVs that you can't even buy. 

Our goal it to help you make an informed decision on which TV to buy without tripping into TL;DR territory — that means relaying our expert advice on picture and sound quality, display technologies, available smart features, the UI experience and more. 

And, if a particular telly in our list does take your fancy, we also want to make it as easy as possible for you to buy it at a great price.

So without further ado, here is Tom's Guide's definitive list of the best TVs in Australia for 2022.

The best TVs you can buy in 2022

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LG C2 OLED TV

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1. LG C2 Series OLED TV

LG's ultimate OLED crowd-pleaser takes the top spot

Specifications

Screen size: 42-inch, 48-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 77-inch, 83-inch
Resolution: 4K
Panel type: OLED
Smart TV: webOS
HDR: HDR, HLG, Dolby Vision

Reasons to buy

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Brilliant image quality
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Full HDMI 2.1 support
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WebOS still great

Reasons to avoid

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HDR10+ not supported
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No cable management

While LG's G2 Gallery Series OLED is technically its most advanced model, the C2 OLED is sure to be the TV that most people will gravitate towards. For one, its price is far more appealing, often coming it a couple thousand dollars less than the G2. It also helps that this year's C2 iteration has seen a number of improvements over the LG C1 OLED. 

The LG C2 OLED TV sports a new Alpha a9 Gen 5 processor, which is said to deliver dynamic HDR tone mapping, along with improved object enhancement. Additionally, the LG C2 OLED is able to upscale 2-channel stereo audio into ‘virtual surround sound’, essentially delivering it as 7.1.2-channel sound. 

Just like its predecessor, every HDMI port on the C2 OLED gives us full 2.1 support, meaning you won't have to worry about compatibility issues down the line. It also means you can play next gen consoles at their full capabilities, which include 4K/120fps gameplay, VRR and ALLG. 

That said, the LG C2 OLED isn't perfect — there's not much in the way of cable management compared to some other televisions on the market, and while Dolby Vision support is appreciated, neither the IMAX Enhanced or HDR10+ formats are supported. But these are relatively minor quibbles — when it comes to bang for buck, LG's C2 OLED is the best 4K TV you can buy right now.

More reading: LG C2 vs LG C1 OLED TV: Which one should you buy?

LG G2 OLED TV on tv standTom's Guide Awards 2022 logo

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LG's top OLED is worth every cent

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65, 77, 83 inches
Screen Type: OLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1
Size: 56.7 x 32.3 x 1.0 inches (w/o stand)
Weight: 50.3 pounds (w/o stand)

Reasons to buy

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Excellent, bright picture
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AI-boosted sound quality
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Clever cord management
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4 HDMI 2.1 ports

Reasons to avoid

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Can only be wall-mounted with LG-made mount

The 2022 version of LG's premium G-series OLED TVs is here — and it's brilliant. The LG G2 OLED improves upon last year's G1 in almost every regard to up the game when it comes to the screen tech. Brightness has been a long-time OLED shortcoming, but in our testing we found that the LG G2 reached 590.54 nits — way above the G1's 412.05, albeit not quite on a par with the Sony A80J's 713.65 result. And brightness is just one aspect of its performance that impressed us, with color accuracy, color gamut and lag times all faring well in our testing. And of course you get the deep blacks we've come to expect from OLED. 

This being one of LG's 'Gallery' series TVs, its design is also something to behold, with a minimalistic silver frame that gives it a near-bezel-less appearance. It's also well equipped with ports, sounds better than almost any OLED we've ever heard and offers a full-featured smart TV platform that should satisfy most households, without quite being the best. The LG C2, which we're currently testing, may end being a better purchase for most people, but until then this is the best OLED TV you can buy.

Read our full LG G2 OLED TV review

Samsung QN900B Neo QLED 8K TV

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3. Samsung QN900B 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

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Increased backlighting accuracy
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Excellent colors
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Built-in Dolby Atmos

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks Dolby Vision support
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New 'Smart Hub' UI a step backwards
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Limited 8K content

While we still have some way to go before native 8K content becomes the norm, opting for a future-proofed 8K television can still be considered a wise decision. For one, advancements in upscaling technology have placed the likes of Samsung's QN900B Neo QLED 8K TV at the forefront of television performance. 

And, when you take the telly's cutting edge Mini LED backlighting technology (Mini LEDs are 1/40th the thickness of a standard LED, which means far more accurate dimming zones) into consideration and full HDMI 2.1 support across the board, what you get is a TV that excels in any viewing situation. 

That means excellent QLED colour that's backed up by near-OLED contrast levels, and is fully capable of next-gen gaming features such as 4K/120fps, variable refresh rates (VRR) and full resolution audio over eARC.

Best of all, Mini LED TVs are less expensive to produce than their OLED equivalents, which means you can often find this top-of-the-line 8K Neo QLED setfor roughly the same price as your average 4K OLED model.

Read our sister site's full review Samsung QN900B Neo QLED 8K TV review

Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV reviewEditor's Choice

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The ultimate QLED and the best TV overall

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

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

Reasons to avoid

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Visible blooming at times
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Just one HDMI 2.1 port
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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 we've ever tested. To take brightness as an example, the QN90A achieved 1813.83 nits in our testing — more than four times the LG G1's 412.05 nits. Color reproduction, meanwhile, was 99.51% — on a par with other excellent non-OLED sets, though below what you get on the best OLEDs. Samsung pairs that image quality 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 as standard, and it's also a great option for gamers thanks to plenty of dedicated features and an impressive 12.6-millisecond lag time in our testing. One slight negative is that it only supports HD10+ and not Dolby Vision as well, which means it's not quite as versatile as some sets, but overall it's the best TV we've seen in the past 12 months. We look forward to reviewing Samsung's 2022 sets very soon.

Read our full Samsung QN90A Neo QLED TV review.

LG C1 OLED TV display in livingroom

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Still an excellent OLED TV — if you can find it in stock

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 48, 55, 65, 77, 83 inches
Screen Type: OLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1 (1 eARC)
Size: 48.3 x 27.8 x 1.8 inches
Weight: 41.7 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Fantastic picture quality that demonstrates why OLED is superior
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Future-proof HDMI 2.1 connectivity
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Best-in-class gaming performance with additional gaming features

Reasons to avoid

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LG's webOS is missing some apps
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Sound quality is good – after some tweaking

The LG C1 OLED is a fantastic value among premium TVs, offering an amazing OLED display, a full complement of HDMI 2.1 ports, and the best gaming performance and features you can get. The display offers rich picture quality with impeccable contrast and sharpness, superb HDR support and gaming performance that beats everything else we've seen. Color reproduction is incredible: in our testing it reproduced 131.59% of the Rec 709 color gamut, higher than almost any other set bar the more expensive LG G1 and a long way clear of QLED models such as the Samsung QN90A. Color accuracy is similarly superb: it achieved an average Delta-E rating of 1.25, one of the best scores we've seen. It can't compete with a non-OLED set such as the Samsung above on brightness, but that's to be expected. Combine all of that with a stunning design and better-than-average sound, and you've got one of the best TVs you can buy.

LG's webOS faces stiffer competition on app selection and features, but smart options, like your choice of Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice assistants, AI-driven sports alerts, and gaming features like the game optimizer menu and support for Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Cloud keep it in the mix for the best smart TVs. Just note that some have complained about a Dolby Atmos audio delay with certain devices, like the Xbox Series X, and also that our reviewer needed to adjust the bass settings in the equalizer to get the right balance. But all in all, it delivers incredible quality and solid value for the admittedly premium price, making it one of the best TVs we've tested. We expect our LG C2 review to follow soon for the 2022 model.

Read our full LG C1 OLED TV review

Sony A90J OLED TV

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6. Sony A90J OLED

A fantastic alternative to LG's OLED range

Specifications

Screen size:: 55-inch, 65-inch, 83-inch
Resolution: : 4K
Panel Type:: OLED
Smart TV: : Google TV
HDR:: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision

Reasons to buy

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Exellent sound
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Fresh Google TV OS
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Dolby Vision support

Reasons to avoid

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Only 2x HDMI 2.1 ports
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HDR 10+ not supported

Those looking for an alternative to LG's OLED domination may want to consider Sony's fantastic A90J OLED, which was expensive at launch last year, but can be found for much cheaper these days.

In making the leap from the aging Android TV platform to the fresh new Google TV OS, Sony's TV feels appropriately invigorated, offering snappy performance and terrific app support, along with built-in Google smarts.

Additionally, the A90J's updated XR processor takes full advantage of its vibrant OLED display, delivering stunningly crisp 4K images and excellent upscaling of older content.

And while built-in audio isn't always considered a top priority by TV manufacturers, the A90J's bass-filled sound and upfiring speakers provide an excellent 3D surround experience — so much so, that you may not even need an accompanying soundbar.

Sony 2022 TVs — QD-OLED, Mini LED, Master Series and more

Samsung The Frame TV on tripod stand in gray living room

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7. Samsung The Frame (2021)

TV or work of art? You decide

Specifications

Screen size: 32-inch, 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 75-inch, 85-inch
Resolution: 4K
Panel Type: QLED
Smart TV: Tizen
HDR: HDR10, HLG, HDR10+

Reasons to buy

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Unique arty design
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Ambient Art Mode option is smart

Reasons to avoid

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No Dolby Vision
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Weak sound

As TVs continue to grow in size, it's become increasingly apparent that not everyone wants their television to act as the centrepiece of their home. In fact, many people would rather their telly blend into their home decor, which is what makes Samsung's The Frame so clever.

Featuring a standby mode that displays works of art when you aren't watching actively watching it, and several frame styles which make it perfect for wall mounting, The Frame is the ideal TV for those who value aesthetics above all else.

That's not to say that The Frame is a slouch in the technical department — it still boasts QLED technology for rich, vibrant colours, and, black levels are also impressive thanks to full array local dimming.

While this version of The Frame has since been superseded by a model with a matte display, the 2021 model is still a great option for those looking to save a bit of cash.

Samsung The Frame TV 2021 just got big upgrades — here's what's new

Hisense U8G Android TV (65U8G) review

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The best Hisense 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

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Very bright
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Excellent sharpness, color and contrast
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Low lag time

Reasons to avoid

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Overactive motion smoothing
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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.

Hisense U7G 4K ULED Android Smart TV 65U7G review

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A killer gaming QLED TV

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65, 75 inches
Screen type: QLED
Refresh rate: 120Hz
HDMI ports: 4 (1 ARC, 1 HDMI 2.1)
Size: 57.0 x 33.1 x 3.5 inches
Weight: 43 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Bright
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Good color and sharpness
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Low lag time

Reasons to avoid

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Lack of detail in dark scenes
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Overactive motion smoothing

The Hisense U7G Android TV is being marketed as a TV built for gaming, and the specs make it easy to see why: The Quantum Dot display boasts good color and sharp images, the panel's 120Hz refresh rate will handle the most demanding game console output, and a pair of HDMI 2.1 ports offer the best connectivity you can get for high-frame rate gaming.

And any TV that's good for gamers will usually do pretty well at everything else. Handling both Dolby Vision and HDR10 Plus formats, it's got some of the best HDR support available, and Dolby Atmos sound means it has the audio to match. It impressed us in our testing, and it's more affordable than you'd expect given the feature set. Gamer or not, the Hisense U7G Android TV is a solid 4K smart TV.

Read our full Hisense U7G Android TV review

How to choose the best TV for you

If you're trying to find  the right TV for you, there are several factors to consider, from the basics of screen size and resolution, to the specific smart features and ports offered on a given model. We recommend most homes opt for a 55- or 65-inch TV with 4K resolution. We're also big fans of smart TVs, which let you stream all of your favorite shows and use dozens of apps without a second device.

We have extensive shopping advice, like our TV buying guide and figuring out what size TV you should buy. And if you still have questions about smart TV features and capabilities, check out Smart TVs: Everything you need to know.

Performance: Our TV reviews also look at how well each TV performs in key areas, like picture quality and sound, so don't forget to look up the model you're interested in to see our TV reviews.

Ports: We generally recommend opting for more ports, so that you never have to manually unplug and re-plug HDMI cables to switch from your Bl-ray player to your game console or other device. Three ports is common, but nicer TVs usually have 4 HDMI ports. You'll also want make sure at least one is HDMI 2.1; our guide to the best HDMI 2.1 TVs can help here. (Still confused? Check out TV ports explained: What all those HDMI, USB and other connections are for?)

Extra USB ports are also handy for powering antenna amplifiers or streaming sticks, as well as viewing media from USB storage.

HDR: Most TVs offer high dynamic range (HDR) support, with Dolby Vision being the top format and HDR10 the most basic. But more important is the backlight, with OLED TVs and LED sets with local dimming offering the best HDR capabilities.

Smart software: Some of the TVs are among the best Alexa compatible devices and best Google Home compatible devices you can own, so pay attention to which smart home platform the sets offer before choosing.

If you've narrowed down your TV shopping by brand, price range or screen size, check out our picks for the best TVs in each.

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And don't forget to watch out for the latest TV reviews.

How we test TVs

Evaluating TVs is about more than just kicking back to watch a movie. We lab test every TV, measuring color gamut, color accuracy and brightness to objectively see which sets are the best for these key indicators. We also test for lag time – a key detail for gaming – measuring to the millisecond how long it takes for content to travel from the original source to the screen. We use these results to make numbers-based comparisons about color and display quality.

We also spend time with each set for real-world evaluation and see how our lab results translate into more subjective performance. We also compare sets side by side and view samples from the latest movies, specialized test patterns that highlight strengths and weaknesses of each display, and a range of content across several sources. With that information, we can tell you which TVs look best, sound best and offer the best viewing experience.

Finally, we evaluate the smart TV functions and apps for each TV, looking at everything from the remote control design to the voice interaction. 

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