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The best OLED TVs deliver superior contrast and sharpness that leaves the best competing LCD TVs in the dust. What's more, they do it without making any compromises on 4K resolution or smart TV functions.

OLED tech outperforms traditional LCD panels and even QLED models, thanks to its pixel-level lighting that delivers perfect black levels, amazing color saturation, superb blacks and wide viewing angles. And the great news is that the price of the best OLED TVs is finally starting to come down, with some models now available for close to $1,000 and even dipping below it during sales events.

So, how do you choose the best OLED TV to buy? Well, there are plenty of factors to consider, from price to smart features, not to mention picture and sound quality. We've tested and reviewed all of the major OLED offerings from LG, Sony and Vizio to bring you our pick of the top OLED sets on the market.

What are the best OLED TVs?

LG offers the widest selection of OLED TVs, with everything from budget-priced entry-level models to high-end premium sets. As a result, there are multiple LG OLED TVs on this list, with the best-in-class LG C1 OLED, the entry-level LG BX OLED, and the premium LG G1 OLED TV, all offering great performance and features that earn them a spot among the best TVs.

But LG is not the only manufacturer selling OLED TVs, and competing models from Sony and Vizio also earn a spot on the list. The Sony Bravia A80J OLED is one of the best TVs of 2021, with next-gen smart functions and some of the best performance we've ever seen and seriously impressive audio. Meanwhile, the Vizio OLED TV is one of the most affordable to ever be sold, and delivers immense value for the money.

The best OLED TVs you can buy

LG C1 OLED TV

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1. LG C1 OLED

The best OLED TV overall

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
+Fantastic picture quality that demonstrates why OLED is superior+Future-proof HDMI 2.1 connectivity+Best-in-class gaming performance with additional gaming features
Reasons to avoid
-LG's webOS is missing some apps-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 saw in 2021.

The good news is that LG has now announced its successor, the LG C2 OLED. That was on of several new LG 2022 TV models revealed at CES 2022, and we know it will come in a 42-inch version — making it the smallest OLED TV ever. There'll also be 83-, 77-, 65-, 55- and 48-inch configurations.

Read our full LG C1 OLED TV review.

Sony Bravia A80J OLEDEditor's Choice

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2. Sony Bravia XR A80J

The smartest OLED set yet

Specifications
Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65, 77 inches
Screen Type: OLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 (2 HDMI 2.1)
Size: 57.1 x 33 x 2.1 inches
Weight: 49.2 pounds
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

If you want impeccable quality and next-gen capabilities, we love the Sony Bravia XR A80J. This 4K OLED is absolutely packed with futuristic technologies: 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.

Best OLED TVs: Vizio OLED TV (OLED55-H1) review

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3. Vizio OLED TV

Best OLED TV value

Specifications
Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65 inches
Screen Type: OLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI
Size: 48.3 x 30.6 x 2.2 inches
Weight: 44.9 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Low price for an OLED+Generally strong picture and audio quality+SmartCast provides plenty of smart features 
Reasons to avoid
-Gaming performance could be better-Cumbersome stand

Vizio's first foray into OLED TVs is a big step for the budget TV maker, but a giant leap for affordable OLED TVs. With the 55-inch model selling for $1,299 and often dipping below the $1,000 mark during sales, Vizio's OLED TV is a value monster, delivering all of the quality you expect from OLED without the premium pricing. The Vizio OLED delivers premium picture quality for hundreds of dollars less than the competition, and pairs it with great sound that has better-than-average bass.

Vizio SmartCast has also shaped up to become a solid smart TV platform, with an expanded app selection and built-in support for Google Cast and AirPlay 2. It's one of the best 4K TV values of 2021, and the easy pick for affordable OLED TVs.

Read our full Vizio OLED TV review.  

Best OLED TVs: LG CX OLED review

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4. LG CX OLED

Still a killer OLED TV

Specifications
Available Screen Sizes: 48, 55, 65, 77 inches
Screen Type: OLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1
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 more than a year old now, but it remains one of the best OLED TVs overall thanks to rock solid performance, a deep bench of smart features, and a price that's actually not bad for such a premium product. The 4K OLED panel delivers top-notch color and contrast, 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 both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant support built in, and plenty of smarts with webOS 5.0 and connected home controls that make it the center of your gadget ecosystem. More than just one of our favorite LG models, the LG CX OLED TV is still one of our favorite TVs regardless of the brand. The mix of performance and features and overall value makes it a great option, particularly with prices having fallen as new models have been released.

Read our full LG CX OLED review

Best OLED TVs: LG BX OLED 4K TV review

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5. LG BX OLED

A solid entry-level OLED model and great gaming TV

Specifications
Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65 inches
Screen Type: OLED
Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1
Size: 48.3 x 27.8 x 1.8 inches
Weight: 41.7 pounds
Reasons to buy
+Striking picture+Good for gamers+Admirable sound+Competitive price for OLED
Reasons to avoid
-Not the best video processing

LG's own entry-level OLED TV is another huge step towards affordable OLEDs. Matching the Vizio in price, the LG BX OLED TV delivers many of the same features you'd get on the more expensive LG CX models, plus the more recent C1 and B1 models, but takes a step down in processing capability. That's a change you might notice if you were to compare it side-by-side with the more premium models, but sitting in your living room all you'll see are the crisp details, impressive contrast, and sleek looking design.

From rich picture quality to impressive response times for gaming, the LG BX OLED remains one of the best 4K smart TV values on the market today. It boasts support for Dolby Vision HDR, has integrated Amazon and Google voice assistants, and even offers HDMI 2.1 connectivity, all for much less than most of the TVs on this list. The only problem is that stock can be hard to find now, so you might have to hunt for it.

Read our full LG BX OLED review

LG G1 OLED

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6. LG G1 OLED

The best home theater OLED also has a 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 GX Gallery OLED from 2020, boasting a premium 20mm-thin design and sleek flush-to-the-wall mounting setup. It's still the best 4K OLED TV made by LG, but given the price difference between it and the C1, we don't feel it offers quite enough to be a better choice for most people.

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. It has a 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've come to expect from LG's best OLED TVs. It's a reminder of just how far modern TV technology has come — and we're excited for the new G2 announced by LG at CES 2022.

Read our full LG G1 OLED TV review

How much do OLED TVs cost?

The cheapest 4K OLED TVs on the market are the LG BX OLED and the Vizio OLED TV, which both sell at $1,299 for the 55-inch model. During sales events, such as Black Friday, these prices will drop lower, often selling for less than $1,000.

The majority of OLED TVs in the 55- and 65-inch range sell for between $1,500 and $2,000, but premium models will often cost more, and larger screen sizes can routinely sell for $3,000 or more. 

What is OLED?

OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode, a display technology that uses organic compounds to create clusters of red, green, blue, and white points of light to make up the individual pixels of the TV. On a 4K TV with 3840 x 2160 resolution, that means a single OLED panel will have 8.29 million pixels. And unlike standard LCD TVs, each one of those pixels produces its own light, and can be individually turned on or off, brightened or dimmed.

That pixel-level control of brightness lets OLED offer the best contrast of any display technology, with neighboring pixels delivering everything from intense brightness to true black, and every color imaginable.

As a result, OLED TVs consistently outperform LED-lit LCD TVs, whether they use standard LCD panels or boost the picture quality with enhancements like quantum dots or discrete dimming zones. As far as picture quality is concerned, there's OLED, and then there's everything else.

Are OLED TVs worth buying?

If you want a truly excellent TV, you won't do better than OLED. It offers better picture quality than standard LCD and QLED TVs can match, and even the more affordable OLED models deliver that superior level of performance. In testing and reviews, OLED TVs have consistently offered the best picture quality available.

There are areas of performance where LCDs offer better performance. Brightness on OLED TVs is no match for the greater intensity you can produce with an LED backlight, and LCD sets don't have the same risk of burn-in or color drift that OLEDs have to contend with long-term. But in virtually every other area, from viewing angles to color accuracy, OLED sets match or beat LCD-based competitors hands down.

But there is some question of whether that improved quality is worth the added expense. When there are 4K models selling for under $500, why spend $1,000 or more on an OLED set? There is definitely a case to be made for spending less for quality that is comparable, if not exactly the same.

But if you want the best color, contrast and overall quality you can get from a TV today, OLED is the way to go.

How to choose the best OLED TVs for you

The above selection of OLED TVs offer an embarrassment of riches for TV shoppers to choose from, with everything from basic functionality to advanced smart features and premium designs.

The biggest factor in most shopper's decision making will be price. And when it comes to OLED TVs, there are three clear price bands to choose from. There's the more affordable models that come in for less than $1,500, such as the LG BX OLED or the Vizio OLED TV, as well as the smallest screen size of the 48-inch LG C1 OLED (and watch out for the new 42-inch version of the LG C2, coming later in 2022). More mainstream OLED TVs fall between $1,500 and $2,000, which will let you get a solid 55- or 65-inch model. More premium models will cost more than $2,000 and larger screen sizes will range even higher.

But other differences include physical designs, from the slim pedestal base looks of the Vizio OLED TV or the LG BX, CX and C1 models, to the ultra-slim wall-hanging design of the LG G1 OLED.

Smart features are also a differentiator. LG sets offer a pretty consistent experience across all of its models thanks to the webOS platform, but Sony's Android TV and Vizio SmartCast sets have strengths and weaknesses of their own.

Sony's OLED sets use Android TV, which offers both a rich selection of apps and services along with Google-powered capabilities like Google Assistant voice control and built-in Chromecast functionality. The Vizio OLED TV, on the other hand, also has a Chromecast built-in, but offers a more limited selection of apps and more basic functionality.

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How we test OLED TVs

Every OLED TV we review goes through a thorough testing and evaluation process, starting with rigorous lab testing and finishing with eyes-on evaluation by our reviewers. There's a lot more to it than just putting on a couple of 4K Blu-ray movies or hooking up a game console.

In our TV test space, we submit every TV to a number of lab tests, using industry-standard equipment, such as a calibrated spectrophotometer, calibration software and a dedicated test pattern generator. We measure for several indicators of picture quality, but these are the main metrics used in all of our reviews:

Color gamut, which measures how much color a given TV can produce. Expressed as a percentage rating, most OLED TVs meet or exceed 100% of the Rec709 color space.

Color accuracy, which measures the average deviation from perfect accuracy, expressed as a number (Delta-E), with higher numbers indicating less accurate color.

Contrast, measuring the difference between the darkest darks and brightest brights that a TV can produce, which is expressed as a ratio.

Brightness, measuring the peak luminance of a panel or display. This measure is reported in nits, an industry term for candela per square meter (cd/m2).

Lag time is the interval between a signal, such as button press on a game console, and the subsequent change registering on-screen. Measured with a Leo Bodnar Video Signal Input Lag Tester, this is measured in milliseconds, and provides a good indicator of how well-suited a TV is to modern gaming.

We pair this lab testing with hands-on time, viewing video samples and movies to see how these numbers translate into real-world performance. With that information, we can tell you which TVs look best, sound best and offer the best viewing experience.

Finally, we also evaluate the smart TV software and menus, getting a feel for the navigation and functions of each TV. We look at everything from the remote control design to the voice interaction to let us meaningfully talk about the smart features and overall ease-of-use for a smart TV.

Brian Westover
Brian Westover is an Editor at Tom's Guide, covering everything from TVs to the latest PCs. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he wrote for TopTenReviews and PCMag.