At Tom's Guide, we're always hunting for the best TV. As new models come out, we put them through a rigorous testing regiment, all to help you make the best decision you can possibly make when shopping for a new OLED or QLED TV. We test all the top TVs each year — close to four dozen of them — and these are the 4K TVs that we recommend.
What are we looking for when we review the best TVs? We want everything that you want: great picture quality, rich sound, and all of the smart features available today. We take all those metrics and weigh them against the price of the TV to help you decide what's worth your money.
To evaluate each TV, we test them in our labs and in the real world, measuring everything from color reproduction and color accuracy to lag time for gaming performance. Plus, we gauge picture and sound quality by watching some of the most popular shows and movies.
So what are the best TVs available now? Based on our testing recently named the Hisense U8K to the top spot due to its on-going affordability and phenomenal performance. Other top-scoring models like the LG G3 OLED and Samsung QN90C still hold high rankings on our list, but we wanted to place a higher emphasis on more affordable models.
With new TVs just announced at CES 2024 like the LG C4 OLED, Hisense UX (2024), TCL QM8 (2024) and Samsung QN90D, expect to see this page changing quite a lot over the next few months as the latest models make their way through our testing protocols.
My name's Nick and I look after our guides to the best TVs, best OLED TVs and best 4K TVs. Most of my day is spent watching and evaluating new screens from LG, Samsung, Sony, Hisense, TCL and Vizio. I have 10 years of experience in AV, and before I joined Tom's Guide I was formerly the Senior Editor, TV and AV at TechRadar. I love helping people find the perfect TV, so please feel free to reach out over email or tag me on Twitter and I can help you out.
The quick list
Here's a quick overview of the best TVs you can buy right now based on our testing and reviews. And keep up on scrolling if you want to see our in-depth analysis of all the top TVs for every budget.
The best TV (for most people)
This TV brings high-end features to a mid-level price bracket. Its peak brightness exceeds almost any TV, and its color reproduction is phenomenal as well.
Best OLED TV
The best OLED is also the brightest
Despite some tough competition from the Sony A95L and LG G3, the Samsung S95C is currently the best OLED TV thanks to its above-average brightness and wonderful color reproduction.
Best value TV
The best value TV
The award-winning TCL 6-Series is no longer around in 2023, but the new QM8 model hits all the same notes — and, thanks to some recent discounts, can be found for under $1,000.
Best QLED TV
The 4K QLED TV to beat in 2023
The Samsung QN90C Neo QLED TV is the best TV for brightness. With strong HDR brightness, ample viewing options and top-notch picture performance, we highly recommend it.
Best Under $500
Best TV under $500
If you don't want to spend thousands on a new TV, the Hisense U6K is a great budget pick. Its Mini-LED backlighting offers spectacular contrast while its quantum dot filter ensures well-saturated colors.
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Best Gaming TV
The best gaming TV
The Samsung S90C OLED offers HDMI 2.1 allowing for VRR, ALLM, and up to 144Hz rates giving you just about everything you would ever possibly need from a gaming TV.
Best mid-range TV
The best mid-range OLED
If spending more than $1,500 on a new OLED TV wasn't what you had planned on, check out the LG C3 OLED that offers a great performance at a reasonable price.
The best TVs you can buy today
Why you can trust Tom's Guide
Reasons to buy
Reasons to avoid
✅ You want a Mini-LED TV for its performance: Its peak brightness exceeds any TV around that price, and its color reproduction is as good as some of this year’s best TVs.
✅ You use Google devices and services: Google TV is smart and well-rounded, especially for those in Google’s ecosystem, and who already use services like Google Assistant.
✅ You want a TV with good sound: Audio performance is a lot like the HDR performance — it’s great. The U8K's 2.1.2 speaker system is plenty powerful for most medium-sized living rooms.
❌ You care about color accuracy: Colors, while vibrant, aren’t going to look all that natural.
❌ You want a super-fast gaming TV: Anything lower than 20 milliseconds is considered nearly imperceptible, but it does mean that serious gamers will be better served with one of the other TVs on that table.
❌ You have a big family that gather around the TV: Colors will desaturate as you shift off-axis. This is relatively common for Mini-LED TVs so it’s not anything surprising, but it’s an area that companies like Hisense will have to improve upon
📺 The Hisense U8K ULED is one of the most colorful TVs we’ve tested and puts out above average light for its price point. There’s room for improvement here — especially when it comes to input lag and color accuracy — but the U8K vastly improves on the Hisense U8H from 2022. ★★★★
What you need to know
The Hisense U8K sits at the top of our list of the best TVs because it offers an incredible bang for your buck. Its deep, rich colors, high level of contrast and high peak brightness put it well-above any other TV at this price point. What's more, we find this TV works in almost any living room, even one with lots of ambient light. Thanks to its Mini-LED lighting, colors don't desaturate as you move off-axis, and its Full Array Local Dimming panel helps the TV retain good black levels in scenes with higher levels of brightness. In our testing, we measured its color saturation levels at a groundbreaking 80% of the Rec2020 Color Space, all thanks to its quantum dot filter and Mini-LED panel. In short, the U8K performs like a TV twice the cost.
So why doesn't it get a perfect 5 out of 5 score from us? Well, it does have its faults, as you'd expect from any TV under $1,000. It has a middling input lag (13.2ms) and its Google TV smart platform can be slightly slow when when jumping from one streaming app to another. Also, although the TV has a very wide color gamut, its accuracy right out of the box is around 4.46 (measured by a Delta E value).
These issues are unlikely to affect your enjoyment of the TV, but it does show that there's still room for improvement here. If you want a TV that has faster response times or more accurate colors (and you don't mind paying more for it) then the Sony A95L or Samsung S90C OLED found lower on our list are worth buying instead.
Design: For our tests, we used a 65-inch model. At 56.4 pounds this TV is relatively hefty and will require two people to put into place, especially if you plan on wall-mounting. To mount, make sure you buy a 400mm x 400mm VESA Wall Mount Standard which, thankfully, shouldn't be hard to find as it's relatively common. If you want to simply place it on top of an entertainment center, you can do that using the two included legs that come in the box. The U8K allows for two different leg configurations, a wider stance and a narrower one, to accommodate different spaces. We highly recommend using the wider stance whenever possible to reduce the possibility of the TV tipping over.
Performance: We were incredibly impressed with the Hisense U8K's performance. In our lab tests, conducted by Tom's Guide's Head of Testing Matthew Murray, the Hisense U8K was able to go toe-to-toe with the much more expensive Samsung QN90C and even surpasses it in some key metrics like SDR brightness and color saturation. It cannot be understated how impressive this is.
As we mentioned earlier, the biggest issue in terms of performance is the Hisense U8K's color accuracy — it performed worse out-of-the-box than the Samsung QN90C or the rival LG C3 OLED. This can be fixed with some fine-tuning or proper calibration, but just aware that right out of the box colors can look a bit oversaturated. Serious gamers might also notice the smallest bit of latency. Anything under 20 milliseconds is nearly imperceptible to the human eye, but there are other TVs that have a hair less input lag for a slightly more responsive feel.
Smart TV: We genuinely like Google TV as a smart platform and we think you will, too. It does a phenomenal job at surfacing new and recommended content for you to watch and it has access to all the main streaming services. Even better, it doesn't really push you to use one service over another the same way an Amazon Fire TV might. The only potential issue is that you might notice a bit of a slowdown when you switch from one streaming app to the next.
Read the full review: Hisense U8K Mini-LED TV
|Strong performance for the price.
|A great-looking TV but not OLED-levels of thin.
|Shows and movies give off a serious ‘wow’ factor.
|The best smart TV operating system on the market.
Best OLED TV
Reasons to buy
Reasons to avoid
✅ Outstanding brightness: The S95C’s peak brightness of 1,370 nits puts it solidly in LED territory.
✅ Great for gamers and sports fans: 120Hz native refresh rate with four HDMI 2.1 ports makes this great for both gamers and sports fans alike. This set pairs well with the PS5 and Xbox Series X.
✅ Neural Quantum Processor 4K: Samsung's top processor provides excellent upscaling of HD content to Ultra HD, along with great motion processing.
❌ You care about Dolby Vision: Dolby Vision is, by far, the best HDR format. It's tuned to match the brightness and black levels of each individual scene, so not having it on a TV this nice is a bummer.
❌Sound quality is lackluster: With a picture so phenomenal, it's a bit disappointing that the sound isn't as jaw-dropping. It's not bad, certainly, but it lacks refinement.
📺 The Samsung S95C OLED is a jaw-dropping TV. If you have the money to buy one of the best TVs out there, the Samsung S95C deserves a look as it takes QD-OLED to new heights. ★★★★★
What you need to know
Samsung's return to the world of OLED TVs has been a wild rid