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The best TV in 2020: Top TVs from Samsung, LG, Vizio and more

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The best TVs seem to have it all, from great picture and sound to smart features and even free content. But how do you find the best TV for you? And can you really find a great TV that will fit your budget? We're here to help you do just that. We've spent hundreds of hours testing and reviewing dozens of TVs, from budget-friendly smart TVs to jaw-dropping 4K OLED TVs, to find the best TVs you can buy, at any price.

Whether it's a small second TV for the kitchen or garage or a TV for your home theater that will knock your socks off when you fire up a movie in 4K, we're here to help with real-world advice, explanations for all the technical jargon and thorough, test-based reviews that help you know a good TV from bad. From OLED smart TVs and QLED alternatives to 75-inch LCD sets and even weather-proofed outdoor TVs, we're here to help you find a great TV.

What are the best TVs?

If you want the very best, the LG C9 OLED is our favorite 4K smart TV overall, delivering gorgeous picture quality and a genuinely intelligent smart TV experience, all in a sleek design.

For something that's a little more affordable, the Vizio M Series Quantum is the best 4K TV under $1,000, delivering a premium smart-TV experience and quantum-dot enhanced picture quality. 

Newer models, like the LG CX OLED and the Sony Bravia A8H OLED, also find themselves on our list of favorites, even though we haven't been able to fully test either model. With gorgeous OLED panels and superb sound, these 2020 smart TVs are the cream of the crop, but we're waiting on the test data to confirm our initial impressions before we make them our new top picks.

The Hisense H8G Quantum Series is another killer value, with an enhanced picture and some of our favorite smart TV features, all for a good price. And for those on a really tight budget, the Vizio V-Series 50-inch (V505-G9) is the best cheap TV, selling for under $300.

If money's not an issue, the Sony Master Series A9G OLED TV delivers the best picture and sound quality you can get, even beating out the rest of the models on our best TVs list.

The Samsung Q90 QLED TV is also a great premium set, and our pick for the best OLED alternative on the market. If you want that same quantum dot enhancement for less, we also really like the Vizio P-Series Quantum X, our favorite Vizio model to date.

Finally, if you're looking for something more specialized, we've got that, too. There's the Insignia 43-Inch 4K Fire TV Edition, our favorite Amazon-powered TV. The Sony X950G 75-inch Android TV is our top pick for sets larger than 65 inches. And if you need something for the backyard, the SunBriteTV Veranda Series is the best outdoor TV you can get.

For all the latest TV coverage, check out the Sony Bravia A8H OLED TV review, our Samsung Q60T QLED review, or the LG CX OLED review, which is the 2020 successor to our top pick. And watch out for news, like Vizio's newest budget-friendly sets.

The best TVs you can buy in July 2020

LG C9 OLED

LG C9 OLED (Image credit: LG)

1. LG C9 OLED TV

The best 4K TV overall

Screen Size: 65 inches | Screen Type: OLED | Refresh Rate: 120 Hz | HDMI ports: 4 HDMI 2.1 | Size: 57 x 32.7 x 1.8 inches | Weight: 55.6 pounds

Impeccable OLED display has best-in-class performance
Cutting-edge connectivity and smart-TV features
Built-in Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa
High price

The LG C9 OLED wowed us in more ways than one, with a best-in-class OLED display, superb smart features and a design that looks impressive even when the TV is off. This OLED display is the best we've seen on a 4K TV, with excellent color reproduction, precision lighting and unbeatable black levels. Combine this stunning performance with strong sound quality and cutting-edge connectivity, like HDMI 2.1, and the C9 OLED is clearly the best TV we've reviewed.

But LG pushes things just a bit further with the addition of extra-brainy smart-TV features. Building upon the already-impressive webOS platform, the new LG ThinQ AI-enhanced TV has both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built-in, an industry first. Pair that with a new dashboard for controlling all of your smart home devices, and the LG C9 OLED looks to be the smartest TV we've tested.

Read our full LG C9 OLED review.

Best TV: Vizio M Series Quantum

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2. Vizio M Series Quantum

The best TV value for most people

Screen Size: 65 inches | Screen Type: LCD with Quantum Dot | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | HDMI ports: 4 | Size: 57.3 x 35.6 x 2.8 inches | Weight: 53.4 pounds

Quantum-dot display that delivers vibrant color
Local dimming for great HDR performance
Flexible smart features and plenty of free content
Limited app selection on TV

The Vizio M Series Quantum delivers a premium quantum-dot display for a reasonable price and adds SmartCast 3.0 — Vizio's evolving smart TV platform — to make it the best TV you'll get for under $1,000. With free content included right out of the box and a huge range of available apps and add-ons, it's also a great choice for cord cutters that want to ditch their cable bill for more personalized streaming options.

With local dimming and color-boosting technology, the M Series Quantum has impressive picture quality and great HDR performance, complete with Dolby Vision support. A built-in Google Chromecast opens up a vast landscape of apps and services, and the updated SmartCast software includes support for Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, making it just as good for iOS users.

Read our full Vizio M Series Quantum 65-inch (M658-G1) review.

 

Best TV: Sony Master Series A9G OLED TV

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3. Sony Master Series A9G OLED TV

The best picture and sound you can buy

Screen Size: 65 inches | Screen Type: OLED | Refresh Rate: 120 Hz | HDMI ports: 4 HDMI, 3 USB | Size: 57 x 32.8 x 1.6 inches | Weight: 46.7 pounds

Superb performance with excellent picture and sound
Refined design
Improved remote control
Best version of Android TV yet
Some features disabled by default

The Sony Master Series A9G OLED looks and sounds superb, delivering performance that beats even the best TVs this year. The OLED panel has top-notch color, excellent HDR support with bright highlights and rich shadows, and the pixel-perfect contrast and lighting that only OLED can provide. The sound might be even better than the display, thanks to Sony's impressive Acoustic Surface Audio+ which turns the entire glass panel into a high-end speaker with sound that comes right from the screen and better bass than even many soundbars provide.

But Sony goes above and beyond simple picture and sound with the best version of Android TV yet and Sony's redesigned remote control, which combine into a truly great smart TV experience. The only question people need to ask themselves about the Sony Master Series A9G OLED is whether the category-leading performance and premium smart TV features are worth the the ultra-premium price.

Read our full Sony Master Series A9G OLED review.

Vizio V-Series 50-inch

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4. Vizio V-Series 50-inch (V505-G9)

The best cheap TV

Screen Size: 50 inches | Screen Type: LCD | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | HDMI ports: 3 | Size: 44.1 x 25.6 x 2.4 inches | Weight: 21.3 pounds

Decent picture quality with better-than-average HDR support
Built-in Google Chromecast
Free content comes standard
Limited port selection
Quiet audio

The Vizio V-Series (V505-G9) manages to be a pretty great 50-inch smart TV for its low price. For under $300, you get good color and decent HDR support, with capable built-in audio. It's also a full-featured smart TV, with Vizio's SmartCast software, which includes several apps, immediate access to free content, built-in Chromecast for even more options and compatibility with the best Alexa speakers and best Google Home speakers.

Add a smartphone or tablet to the mix and you'll have a deep bench of streaming apps to enjoy on the TV in addition to the hundreds of free shows and movies you get on the handful of local SmartCast apps and Vizio's WatchFree streaming offerings. The Vizio V-Series (V505-G9) offers pretty great quality for the money, and offers a collection of smart features that feel like a steal.

Read our full Vizio V-Series 50-inch (V505-G9) review.

LG CX OLED review

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5. LG CX OLED

The hottest 2020 TV yet

Screen Size: 65 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

Stunning picture
Excellent smart TV feature
Top notch sound capabilities
Ultra thin design
Relatively high price

The latest version of the C-Series OLED TVs is already here, seen in our LG CX OLED review. While it will probably replace the C9 as soon as we can do proper testing, it's already the standout TV of 2020, with an amazing display, built-in Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa support, and a ton of other smart features. From LG's webOS 5.0 to the addition of smart home control and an intuitive motion-control remote, it's one of the smartest TVs we've ever seen.

LG has improved on its superb OLED with a more powerful processor, the addition of Dolby Vision IQ (which adjusts HDR performance based on the ambient lighting) and beefs up the sound with AI-powered audio tuning. And while the LG CX OLED's premium price might put off some shoppers, it packs in more premium value than more expensive OED competitors, while still delivering an unparalleled picture.

Read our full LG CX OLED review.

Sony Bravia A8H OLED TV review

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6. Sony Bravia A8H OLED

The latest premium Sony OLED

Screen Size: 65 inches | Screen Type: OLED | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | HDMI ports: 4 HDMI, 3 USB | Size: 57 x 33 x 2 inches | Weight: 48 pounds

Thin, sleek chassis
Excellent performance, with great black levels and great motion smoothing
Highly customizable UI
Only two size options
No HDMI 2.1

For a more affordable OLED, check out our Sony Bravia A8H OLED TV review. We haven't formally tested the set, but our first impressions were extremely positive. From the gorgeous display to the excellent Android TV interface, there's a lot to love about the new Sony OLED.

We expected great things from the OLED TV, but the Sony A8H has more than just beautiful 4K picture, with Sony's impressive X Motion Clarity motion smoothing powered by the X1 Ultimate Picture Processor. That excellent picture is matched by the return of Acoustic Surface Audio, which offers better audio than ever, right from the screen. It also boasts the latest (and best) version of Android TV, making it a great smart TV. Once tested, there's little doubt that the Sony Bravia A8H OLED will prove itself the category leader for premium OLED performance.

Read our full Sony Bravia A8H OLED TV review.

Best TVs: Hisense H8G Quantum Series (65H8G)

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7. Hisense H8G Quantum Series

A killer big-screen value

Screen Size: 65 inches | Screen Type: LCD with Quantum dot | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | HDMI ports: 4 | Size: 57 x 32.9 x 3.1 inches | Weight: 43 pounds

Great overall value
Dolby Atmos sound
Deep Google Assistant and Google Home integration
Built-in Chromecast
Struggles with fast-paced sequences

The Hisense H8G Quantum Series might be the best Hisense TV yet, and it's definitely one of the best we've seen to offer this blend of features. With a quantum-dot enhanced LCD panel, support for both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos, and a generous selection of ports and smart features, it would already be an excellent TV. But the addition of Android TV, which includes the excellent Google Assistant for voice interaction, deep integration with smart home devices and a built-in Google Chromecast for even more flexibility, and the H8G stands out as a solid TV for under $1,000.

In our hands-on time with the TV, we were especially impressed with its clarity and contrast, and the quantum-dot display looks vibrant and sharp. It could have done a little better in handling fast action, but it's plenty good for a TV that's so affordable. The audio is great, too, with beefier sound than many TVs in this price range.

Read our full Hisense H8G Quantum Series (65H8G) review.

Best TV: Samsung Q90 QLED TV

Samsung Q90 QLED TV (Image credit: Samsung)

8. Samsung Q90 QLED TV

A great OLED alternative

Screen Size: 65 inches | Screen Type: LCD with Quantum Dot | Refresh Rate: 120 Hz | HDMI ports: 4 | Size: 57.1 x 32.7 x 1.6 inches | Weight: 62.4 pounds

Fantastic picture quality with bright colors and deep blacks
Clean design with Samsung One Connect Box
Rich, smart TV platform with exclusive Apple TV app
Subpar Bixby voice assistant
No Dolby Vision

The Samsung Q90 QLED TV is the best premium 4K LCD TV on the market and a valid alternative to OLED. Samsung's quantum-dot technology continues to close the gap with OLED, offering premium picture quality so good that we had to compare the two side by side to spot the differences. Packed with every technology Samsung has to improve picture quality — ranging from quantum dots and black filters to 400+ dimming zones and an arsenal of processing smarts — the Q90 is the best 4K TV Samsung makes, and it shows.

It also has some unexpectedly smart features that nobody else on our best TV list offers, like AMD's FreeSync for optimized gaming and a polished smart home control dashboard that makes it the brainy hub for all of your connected devices.

Read our full Samsung Q90 QLED TV review.

 

Best TV: Insignia 43-inch 4K Fire TV Edition

Insignia 43-inch 4K Fire TV Edition (Image credit: Insignia)

9. Insignia 43-Inch 4K Fire TV Edition

The best Amazon Fire TV

Screen Size: 43 inches | Screen Type: LCD | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | HDMI ports: 3 | Size: 38.2 x 22.5 x 3.2 inches | Weight: 19.6 pounds

Affordable 4K smart TV
HDR support
Built-in Alexa voice assistant
No far-field mics for Alexa
Annoying ads

Amazon keeps trying to make Fire TV work as a competitor to Roku, and that's finally happening with the Insignia 43-inch 4K Fire TV Edition. After a few disappointing early attempts, the Insignia made us sit up and take notice with respectable performance for an inexpensive TV. This model offers good picture quality and solid sound, and its color gamut and accuracy beat those of other Amazon-powered TVs. This Insignia is easily the best TV we've seen with the "Fire TV Edition" label, and it's the only one to get our recommendation.

It's also packed with features for the Amazon faithful, such as built-in Alexa voice interaction, Amazon's huge selection of Fire TV apps, and a smart TV experience that puts Amazon Prime Video front and center. This is a solid sub-$500 smart TV and the best Amazon-based TV on the market.

Read our full Insignia 43-inch 4K Fire TV Edition review.

 

Best TV: Vizio P-Series Quantum X PX65-G1

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10. Vizio P-Series Quantum X PX65-G1

Our favorite Vizio TV

Screen Size: 65 inches | Screen Type: QLED | Refresh Rate: 120 Hz | HDMI ports: 5 | Size: 57 x 32.7 x 2.7 inches | Weight: 54.06 pounds

Excellent color reproduction
Deep blacks
Very competitive price
Mediocre smart TV features
Poor audio performance

The Vizio P-Series Quantum X (PX65-G1) is a solid 4K TV that can contend with some of the best in terms of picture quality, delivering deep, vivid color, crisp detail and rich black levels, making it one of the best TVs for the money.

The affordable price is also nice, but it means you'll need to accept some limitations, such as the limited number of apps on the SmartCast TV, and the wimpy sound offered by the set's 10-watt speakers. But those minor niceties are omitted to shave down the price, and the Vizio P-Series Quantum X PX65-G1 definitely delivers on affordability, making it a great value, as well as our favorite Vizio TV. Pair this TV with a good soundbar and your smartphone, for seamless use with all of your favorite apps, and you've got a killer TV any way you look at it.

Read our full Vizio P-Series Quantum X PX65-G1 review. 

 

Best TV: Sony X950G 75-inch Android TV

Sony X950G 75-inch Android TV (Image credit: Sony)

11. Sony X950G 75-inch Android TV

A great big-screen TV

Screen Size: 75 inches | Screen Type: LCD | Refresh Rate: 120 Hz | HDMI ports: 4 | Size: 65.9 x 37.8 x 2.9 inches | Weight: 77.6 pounds

Sleek design and strong feature set
Excellent Android TV 8.0 with built-in Chromecast
Improved remote control
Prominent halos in backlighting
Weak volume and bass

TVs are bigger than ever, but they aren't always great. Thankfully, the Sony X950G 75-inch Android TV manages to avoid most of the big-screen pitfalls, delivering great picture quality, wide viewing angles and a feature set that's just as impressive as the 75-inch display. It's the best TV we've seen in this larger class.

Sony has also polished up the smart TV experience, updating its TVs with the sleeker Android TV 8.0 and giving the TV a redesigned remote control. Pair this extra-large TV with a good soundbar or surround sound set, and you'll have a great home theater worth showing off to the neighbors. For an extra-large screen that's just as big on value, the Sony X950G 75-inch Android TV is a smart buy.

Read our full Sony X950G 75-inch Android TV review.

 

Best TV: SunBrite TV 55-inch Veranda Outdoor TV

SunBrite TV 55-inch Veranda Outdoor TV (Image credit: SunBrite)

12. SunBriteTV Veranda Series

The best outdoor TV

Screen Size: 55 inches | Screen Type: LCD | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | HDMI ports: 3 | Size: 49.4 x 28.7 x 3.5 inches | Weight: 47 pounds

Solid 4K picture with HDR support
Rugged outdoor design
Strong picture and sound performance
No smart functions

The average TV isn't made to handle rain, snow, dust or heat. But the SunBriteTV Veranda Series 55-inch outdoor TV is built for those conditions, with a rugged design that can withstand the elements. Whether it's in a cold garage or out on an enclosed porch, the weather-sealed chassis fends of precipitation, dirt and bugs, and even has a sealed compartment for HDMI hookups. The screen is made to be viewed in shady conditions where even ambient sunlight would trip up a normal TV.

With basic HDR capability and strong overall performance, the SunBrite is a great TV for any outdoor setting. And thanks to some excellent built-in speakers, there's no need to get a soundbar. If you want a great set for your yard, this is the best TV to get for outdoor viewing.

Read our full SunBriteTV Veranda Series 55-inch 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.

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.  

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.

You can find smaller 4K TVs that sell for less than $500, which will spare you some cash for some of the best soundbars or best streaming devices to go with your set. However, you'll want to pay more for features like HDR support and a decent number of HDMI ports.

Generally speaking, you'll pay around $500 for a lower-price, 55-inch, 4K TV and at least $900 for a 65-inch model. Premium 4K TVs can sell for thousands of dollars, but we find that the sweet spot for superior performance and value is right around the $2,000 mark.

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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    I have samsung UA22F5100 22" led tv. Now i connected a digital satellite receiver box via av cable to my tv but as i set av from source setting in tv, no video or audio appears. It shows, please check the setting of your source device. I tried multiple times by setting av on tv by remote to different options but can't get result. What should i do?
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  • bigdee13
    We bought a 50 inch Samsung mu6300 a few months ago. On the store website and the salesman said it does not HDR . so yesterday I went to buy a t.v for my man cave. And I wanted HDR.so I got a 49 inch mu7000 because it has HDR..I got it home and the picture is not as good as my mu6300 I looked into it and found out both have HDR and besides price the only real difference is the backlighting. One is direct and the other is edge. I feel lied too and I'm upset. I could have gotten a 55 inch mu6300 for the same price.. So I lost six inches for backlighting. Should I return the 7000? For a bigger 6300? I'm I missing something?
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