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The best TVs in 2020

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We know how it is; you want the best TV you can buy, regardless of your shopping budget. We're on your side, and have tested and reviewed dozens of TVs in the last year to find the best TVs you can buy, at any price.

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. But there are lots of great affordable 4K TVs as well.

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. And for those on a tight budget, check out the TCL 5-Series Roku Smart 4K TV. It's the best cheap TV, selling for under $400, but you'll need to settle for a smaller screen.

From OLED smart TVs and OLED alternatives to 75-inch behemoths and even outdoor TVs, we're here to help you find a great TV.

And there's always new stuff coming. Check out our recent reviews of the Vizio P-Series Quantum X PX65-G1, our new favorite Vizio TV, or the Hisense H9F, a killer Android TV. And get a glimpse of what's coming in 2020, with guides to new models from LG, Samsung, Sony, TCL, Vizio, Philips and Hisense, along with every Roku TV that's been announced. 

The best TVs you can buy today 

Best TV: 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 ThinQ AI-enhanced TV has both Google Home 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

Vizio M Series Quantum (Image credit: Vizio)

2. Vizio M Series Quantum

Our favorite smart-TV value

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 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

Sony Master Series A9G OLED TV (Image credit: Sony)

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.

Best TV: TCL 6-Series 65-inch Roku TV

TCL 6-Series 65-inch Roku TV (Image credit: TCL)

4. TCL 6-Series 65-inch Roku TV

A killer big-screen value with Roku

Screen Size: 65 inches | Screen Type: LCD | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | HDMI ports: 3 | Size: 57.1 x 32.9 x 3.0 inches | Weight: 52.3 pounds

Great picture quality
Impressive backlight with 120 dimming zones
Roku's reliably good smart TV platform
Imperfect off-angle viewing
No private-listening headphone jack on remote

The 2018 TCL 6-Series Roku TV is one of the best bargains in the TV world, offering a great smart-TV experience and a surprisingly high level of quality from top to bottom, all for less than $1,000.

The Roku TV platform is one of our favorites for smart TVs, offering a huge selection of apps and content, intuitive navigation and plenty of fun features. But the TV itself is what really won us over, with excellent picture quality, great backlighting and HDR capability, Dolby Vision support and a sleek, well-made design. Even two years later, it's one of the best TV bargains available.

Read our full TCL 6-Series Roku TV review.

 

Vizio V-Series 50-inch

Vizio V-Series 50-inch (Image credit: Vizio)

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

The best 4K TV under $500

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 apps, free content, built-in Chromecast and compatibility with Amazon Echo and Google Home smart 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.

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

Best TV: Samsung Q90 QLED TV

Samsung Q90 QLED TV (Image credit: Samsung)

6. 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)

7. 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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8. 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.

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)

9. 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. 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)

10. 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 is no match for rain, snow, dust or heat. But the SunBriteTV Veranda Series 55-inch outdoor TV is made 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 the screen is made to be viewed in shady conditions where even ambient sunlight would trip up a normal TV.

With 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 outdoor set, this is the best TV to get.

Read our full SunBriteTV Veranda Series 55-inch review.

 

What 4K TVs cost

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 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, 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 spend time with each set to get more-subjective evaluation and see how our lab results translate into real-world 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

  • Azhar_3
    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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