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Best LG TVs in 2022

Best LG TVs
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The best LG TVs are a sight to behold. The company's OLED TVs dominate both sales charts and editor's choice lists (including our own), and the latest versions offer even finer refinements of LG's successful formula.

To put a finer point on it, these top models go further with some of the best picture quality, sound and smart features of any 4K TVs you can buy. From the great webOS smart TV platform to the excellence offered by OLED panels, LG offers some of the best TVs you can buy.

LG's not just a prominent TV  brand. The company's selection of OLED, NanoCell and LED TVs mean that LG also has a larger range of offerings than many TV makers. From the ultra-premium to the affordable and entry-level, LG TVs have found a regular home on our best TVs list for years, and the company offers a great selection for every budget and need.

What are the best LG TVs?

While LG offers a handful of different TV models, we have found the LG OLED TVs are consistently some of the best TVs on the market. From the entry-level LG BX OLED to the premium LG G1 OLED TV — or even the giant 88-inch LG ZX 8K OLED — LG's best TV aren't just a good value, they're some of the best TVs you can buy.

To that end, we feel that the LG G2 OLED is currently the best LG TV on the market. Yes, the LG C1 provides a great value for the money, but the LG G2 uses LG's new next gen panel using OLED evo technology for better brightness and color. If it's in your price range, we highly recommend it.

For a really budget-friendly option, the LG BX OLED TV is extremely affordable when you realize that it still delivers OLED quality.

LG TVs at CES 2022

LG's TV lineup for 2022 has been announced at CES 2022, and it’s jam-packed with refreshed OLEDs and a slew of Mini LED QNEDs. Notably, this year’s collection promises the company’s brightest OLED TV, smallest OLED TV and most color-consistent QNED TV yet. 

OLED evo is back for LG’s Gallery Series, but now extends to the reviewer-beloved C tier, which will come in a 42-inch configuration for the first time. 

This year, the more premium LG G2 Gallery Series with OLED evo will stand apart from the C range with heat-dissipating technology, which aims to make the panel brighter than any of the best OLED TVs on the market. 

Meanwhile away from OLED, LG is adding more Mini LED-powered QNED sets with different degrees of precision-dimming for near-OLED levels of picture quality.

Thanks to Alpha Gen 5 AI Processor 4K, LG’s 2022 TVs should get improved upscaling, among other new smart features like curated user profiles and updated gaming tools. We’ll see boosted audio hardware and sustainability efforts in OLED sets, too.

Read more: LG TVs unveiled at CES 2022 — OLED evo, QNED with Mini LED, 8K and more

The best LG TVs you can buy

LG G2 OLED TV

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The best OLED TV you can buy

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

LG C1 OLED TV

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2. Best LG TV value: LG C1 OLED

A killer OLED and the best gaming TV you can get

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. 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. All in all, it delivers incredible quality and solid value for the admittedly premium price, making it one of the best TVs we've ever seen from LG.

Read our full LG C1 OLED TV review.

LG BX 55-inch OLED 4K TV review

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3. Entry-level OLED: LG BX OLED

LG's cheapest OLED TV

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

Reasons to buy

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Striking picture
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Good gamer
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Admirable sound
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Competitive price for an OLED

Reasons to avoid

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Lesser video processing than more up-to-date model

For a less-expensive way to get an OLED TV, it's hard to beat the LG BX OLED. Boasting LG's excellent webOS software and a ton of smart TV capabilities, it matches the undeniable picture quality of OLED with one of the best 4K smart TV experiences around. It's not the only affordable OLED TV on the market, but it's an incredible value that delivers nearly everything we love about LG's more expensive models in a highly affordable OLED 4K smart TV.

With a price that starts at $1,299 (or less, during sales events), the LG BX OLED TV supports all of the major HDR standards (Dolby Vision, HDR10 and HLG for streaming and broadcasts) and boasts convenient features, such as support for Amazon and Google’s voice assistants. And with HDMI 2.1 connectivity, it's also the most affordable gaming TV for anyone that wants an OLED display to match their new PS5 or Xbox Series X game console.

It's getting a little tricker to find now 2022's sets are readying themselves for release. But it's worth looking for at this price.

Read our full LG BX OLED review. 

LG CX OLED reviewEditor's Choice

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4. Best 2020 LG TV: LG CX OLED

A great deal, if you can find it

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

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Stunning picture
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Excellent smart TV features
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Top-notch sound 

Reasons to avoid

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Relatively high price

The LG CX OLED was our favorite LG OLED TV in 2020, thanks to fantastic performance, a rich collection of smart features, and a fairly reasonable price for such a premium product. The OLED panel delivers superior performance, with the added benefit of powerful video processing and excellent HDR performance with Dolby Vision IQ, and it even sounds great with AI-powered audio tuning.

But there's still so much more to it, with built-in Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa support, webOS 5.0 and smart home controls that make it the center of your connected home. More than just our favorite LG model, the LG OLED TV has been our favorite TV regardless of the brand. The mix of performance and features and overall value made it the TV to beat last year, and a great value if you find one available to buy.

Read our full LG CX OLED review. 

LG QNED MiniLED 99 Series 8K TV

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5. Best 8K LG TV: LG QNED MiniLED 99 Series

Affordable 8K quality

Specifications

Available Screen Sizes: 88 inches
Screen Type: Quantum Dot/NanoCell + Mini-LED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1
Size: 65.6 x 37.7 x 1.1 inches
Weight: 82 pounds

Reasons to buy

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Eye-popping 8K video quality
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Excellent brightness, color reproduction
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Good sound quality, with lots of additional options available

Reasons to avoid

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Requires significant viewing space for full 8K effect
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Inconsistent upscaling
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Sluggish controls
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Limited 8K content

The LG QNED MiniLED 99 Series 8K TV boasts an awesome feature set, from the inclusion of mini-LED backlight to the union of NanoCell and QLED technologies. We were impressed by the brightness and great color accuracy, and the screen size options are ideal for the higher resolution. With webOS 6.0 offering the best smart features available for LG TVs and 8K upscaling allowing 4K and even 1080p content to be enjoyed on the ultra HD screen, it's one of the first 8K TVs we've seen that we recommend… sort of.

For everything the LG QNED MiniLED 99 Series 8K TV offers, it’s still a tough sell, largely because 8K content is still pretty much non-existent. That, more than anything else – like the sluggish controls or inconsistencies in upscaling quality – gives us pause in recommending the set, even if it's one of the most affordable 8K sets we've seen.

Read our full LG QNED MiniLED 99 Series 8K TV review.

How much do LG TVs cost?

Our favorite LG OLED TV is the LG CX OLED, with the 55-inch model selling for $1,349 and the 65-inch model going for $1,949. The entry level BX OLED, on the other hand, sells for less, with the 55-inch model selling for $1,299 (tied with the Vizio OLED TV for the most affordable budget OLED on the market), and the 65-inch model for $1,799.

At the higher end, the LG G-Series OLED is the most expensive 4K model LG has, with the 55-inch model selling for around $1,800 and the 65-inch set for $2,200. And if you want to get an 8K set, the LG QNED MiniLED 99 Series 8K TV sells for $3,499 for the 75-inch model we reviewed – which is relatively affordable for an 8K TV.

What is OLED?

LG's best TVs are all OLED, and it's easy to see why. They offer superb color and brightness, best-in-class contrast and sharpness, and offer slimmer designs than even the sleekest LCD-based smart TVs. But what is OLED, exactly?

OLED is an abbreviation for Organic Light Emitting Diode, a display technology that uses organic compounds in its pixel structure. (Lest you think you've got a petri dish of bacteria cultures in every OLED TV, the organic compounds in question are electroluminescent materials like organometallic chelates, p-phenylene vinylene and N-vinylcarbazole. No living cultures involved.)

These materials are printed onto glass with a pixel structure that uses red, green, blue, and white points of light to create the individual pixels that make up the 3840 x 2160 pixels that make up a 4K screen. Each one lights up when current is applied, meaning that each pixel lights up individually, a major difference from LCD TVs, which use a larger backlight behind an LCD panel.

Thanks to the unique per-pixel nature of OLED's self-illuminating technology, the displays on LG's best TVs offer infinite contrast with true blacks, delivering sharper looking images, better HDR performance and great overall performance. The latest OLED models also deliver superb color and a wide color gamut, routinely exceeding the sRGB standard, with higher-than-100% scores in our color gamut benchmark tests.

The result is the best TV technology you can presently buy, offering dramatically better picture quality than LCD TVs and even a step up from the best quantum-dot (aka QLED) models being sold.

What is LG webOS?

One of the defining elements of LG smart TVs is webOS, the software platform that delivers all of the apps and smart features. LG has some of the smartest TVs on the market, and webOS is what makes it all work. From the LG Content Store's 200+ apps to the MagicRemote's motion controls, there's a lot to love about LG smart TVs.

Some of the most distinctive features of webOS include support for both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice assistants, a control dashboard for smart home devices and LG Channels, an aggregated list of free streaming services and movies.

LG's webOS may be best known as proprietary software, but it's being licensed to new manufacturers this year. Unlike the still-proprietary Samsung Tizen or Vizio SmartCast, which are only found on TVs from its respective manufacturers, LG will be partnering with manufacturers like RCA, Polaroid and Konka, making webOS a more common sight in the budget TV section of your local Best Buy or Walmart. 

Are LG 8K TVs worth buying?

Like competitors Samsung and Sony, LG has a handful of 8K TVs in its lineup of models. The selection of 8K sets includes ultra-expensive OLED models, like the LG ZX 8K OLED, but there are also non-OLED 8K models, like the 75-inch LG QNED MiniLED 99 Series 8K TV, which sells for $3,499, or the smaller 65-inch version that sells for $2,499.

But even with both impressive 8K OLED models and affordable QNED 8K sets, we don't recommend you buy an 8K LG TV – or any 8K TV, for that matter. Without any real 8K content available, the higher resolution of a 7,680 by 4,320 screen isn't worth the extra expense. LG's 8K sets look fantastic, but we're not recommending anybody spend their money on an 8K TV this year. (Find out more in our article Should you buy an 8K TV?

Interested in a specific TV brand, price range or screen size? Check out our picks for the best TVs in each.

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Brian Westover is currently Lead Analyst, PCs and Hardware at PCMag. Until recently, however, he was Senior Editor at Tom's Guide, where he led the site's TV coverage for several years, reviewing scores of sets and writing about everything from 8K to HDR to HDMI 2.1. He also put his computing knowledge to good use by reviewing many PCs and Mac devices, and also led our router and home networking coverage. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he wrote for TopTenReviews and PCMag.

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