We’re pretty picky about our TVs, which is why we’ve spent over 500 hours testing and reviewing more than 40 sets in the past 12 months to find the best TVs you can buy.
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
Based on our testing, 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. If you want to save the most money, check out the TCL 5-Series Roku Smart 4K TV (43S517). It’s the best cheap TV, selling for under $400, but you’ll need to settle for a smaller screen.
Willing to splurge? The LG C9 OLED TV is our favorite overall 4K TV. It offers the best combination of picture and sound, a truly intelligent smart-TV experience and a decidedly sleek design.
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.
There’s a lot more out there, from premium OLED alternatives to giant, 75-inch screens. You’ll even find a great outdoor TV on our list. We also have an in-depth TV buying guide that’s full of detailed shopping advice, and our best cheap TV deals page is the fastest way to save big on a new TV.
Here are the best TVs you can buy right now.
The best TVs for 2020
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
Cutting-edge HDMI 2.1 connectivity
Solid smart-TV features
Built-in Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa
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.
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
Decent audio quality
Flexible smart-TV features
Included free content
Limited app selection on TV
Blah remote design
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.
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
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 the best performance we’ve seen on TV 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…