We have evaluated and scored TVs after testing a variety of formats, including DVDs, HD, 4K and HDR. Whether it's for game day, movie night or hard-core gaming, we've pushed every button, clicked through thousands of menus and run hundreds of smart TV apps to find the best model to suit your needs.
Are you looking for a big screen but you're on a budget? Based on our extensive testing, your best bet is the Insignia Roku TV, which costs less than $500 and offers a great 4K picture as well as tons of streaming content from Roku. If you're more concerned with saving a buck than with 4K resolution, you can save even more with the 39-inch Insignia Roku HDTV, one of our favorite inexpensive HDTVs.
If you're looking for a stunning cinema experience — and can splurge for it — you should consider investing in the Sony Bravia OLED XBR-65A1E. This OLED TV offers the most gorgeous picture we've ever seen, and it comes in 55-, 65-, and 77-inch sizes.
If you want something in between, the LG E7 OLED (OLED65E7P) 65-inch TVis your best bet. In addition to providing a great 4K picture, this TV supports High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Dolby Vision, which offer a wider range of colors and better contrast than sets that don't support these technologies.
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Amazon has entered the TV market with the Fire TV Edition, an Alexa-enabled set starting at $449. While not the tops in terms of picture quality, this will enable customers to perform all the same functions as if they were using an Echo or Echo Dot. So users will be able to not only look up program information by voice, but can also get weather forecasts, restaurant information, change smart home devices, or anything else offered by Alexa's myriad third-party skills
Vizio's SmartCast TVs have also gotten an upgrade in their streaming capabilities, with the addition of Amazon Video for streaming Amazon's extensive catalogue of movies and shows. Amazon Prime members can enjoy all-you-can-eat streaming, or you can rent or buy individual titles a la carte. Vizio has also added Google Play Movies & TV to the list of apps supported natively on its TVs, instead of through the built in Google Chromecast.
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If you're thinking about picking up a new television, according to our sister site ShopSavvy, the best times to buy are in November, December, and January, though deals on smaller models can be found in the back-to-school timeframe of June-August. For more deals and advice on purchase timing, check out ShopSavvy's TV section.
The 65-inch LG E7 OLED delivers stunning picture quality in an equally impressive design, using LG’s distinctive "picture-on-glass" construction. The impressive display has deep blacks, crisp images, and impressive brightness and color fidelity. It supports all major high dynamic range (HDR) formats, (Dolby Vision, Ultra HD Premium, and HDR10) and has sound so good you may not need a soundbar for excellent audio. LG's OLED sets have set a rather high watermark for crisp 4K picture quality, and the 65-inch version of the E7 is no exception.
This TV delivers quite the bargain. For less than $500, you get a surprisingly good 4K (3840 x 2160-pixel) display, a healthy selection of ports, as well as the intuitive and feature-packed Roku interface. Plus, with the Roku app, you can use your smartphone as a remote control. While its design and audio are nothing to write home about, overall the Insignia Roku (a Best Buy exclusive) is great for those on a budget.
The Sony Bravia XBR-65A1E is a truly superior OLED TV with impressive sound and robust Android TV features. The 65-inch OLED panel delivers deep blacks, strikingly sharp pictures and excellent viewing angles. The 4K set also includes support for Dolby Vision and other HDR formats to deliver better brightness and more colors. Sony’s Acoustic Surface technology is a unique approach to audio turns the glass of the display into a speaker, and is a significant improvement in television sound.
The SunBriteTV Veranda is a 55-inch TV built for the great outdoors. It’s made to stand up to cold and heat, rain and snow, and provide good picture quality at any time of day. We recommend adding a streaming stick, since the set has no smart TV functions, but if you want a TV for your covered deck or poolside cabana, this is the TV to get.
The Vizio E-Series E65-E0 is a home theater display with superb quality for a sub-$1,000 display. You get Google Chromecast built in for wide-ranging smart functionality, along with HDR support. The only thing you don’t get at this affordable price is a TV tuner for over-the-air content.
The 39-inch Insignia is one of the best HDTVs you can get for under $300, thanks to a combination of good viewing angles, decent color accuracy and bright backlight. It also has solid smarts, with Roku TV built in, giving you all of your online and streaming content through one easy-to-customize home screen.
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