The best TV in 2020

Here are the best TVs available now for every budget, including smart TVs and 8K TVs

The best TVs offer great picture quality, clear sound and all sorts of awesome apps. Today’s 4K and 8K smart TVs offer huge numbers of apps, free streaming content, and even affordable prices that fit your budget. Whether you’re after a premium home theater setup, a budget-friendly basic smart TV or that perfect set that does it all, we’re here to help you do just that.

We’ve spent hundreds of hours testing and reviewing dozens of TVs, from affordable 4K sets and feature-filled smart TVs to jaw-dropping 8K OLED TVs, to find the best TVs you can buy, at any price.

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. We’ve reviewed small second TVs for the kitchen or garage and premium TVs for your home theater that will knock your socks off when you fire up a movie in 4K. From OLED smart TVs and QLED alternatives to 75-inch LCD sets and even weather-proofed outdoor TVs, Tom’s Guide is here to help you find a great TV.

What are the best TVs?

For our standout favorite, the LG CX OLED is the best TV we’ve reviewed, delivering impeccable picture quality and a richly featured smart TV experience, all in a sharp-looking design. In addition to the stellar OLED panel, the LG CX boasts HDMI 2.1 connectivity, has dual voice interaction with both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built in, and even a smarter version of HDR with the introduction of Dolby Vision IQ.

The TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635) is the ultimate in affordable TVs, giving you the best 4K smart TV we’ve seen for less than $1,000. In fact, ignoring the budget-friendly price, it’s still one of the best TVs on the market, thanks to a quantum-dot enhanced LCD and mini-LED-backed display and feature-rich Roku TV interface. Combine this with superior gaming features and a refined design, and it’s got plenty to love.

  1. Best TV overall: LG CX OLED

The hottest OLED TV of the year

Available Screen Sizes: 48, 55, 65, 77 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 features
  • Top notch sound capabilities
  • Ultra thin design
  • Relatively high price

The LG CX OLED is the best 4K smart TV overall, and 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 OLED competitors, while still delivering an unparalleled picture. It’s the TV to beat.

  1. Best TV value: TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635)

The best TV value of 2020

Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65, 75 inches | Screen Type: QLED | Refresh Rate: 120 Hz | HDMI ports: 4 HDMI, 1 USB | Size: 48.3 x 28.1 x 2.8 inches | Weight: 41.9 pounds

  • Excellent QLED and mini-LED display
  • Great gaming performance
  • Roku TV offers a huge app selection and easy interface
  • Improved Roku remote
  • Sound is a little weak
  • Roku is missing some of the latest apps

The TCL 6-Series Roku TV (R635) offers enormous value for it’s affordable price, offering premium picture quality and a great smart TV experience for much less than the competition. The 2020 follow up to the 2019 TCL 6-Series, the R635 ups the ante with mini-LED backlighting in addition to QLED. The result is impressive color and brightness, with some of the best HDR performance we’ve seen on anything this side of an OLED display.

But TCL keeps delivering more, like THX Certified Game Mode, which makes the 6-Series one of the best gaming TVs available, even for yet-to-be-released consoles like the PS5 and the Xbox Series X. From the design’s smart touches, like cable management in the stand, to the always-solid Roku TV platform, the TCL 6-Series R635 is the best TV value of 2020, and it’s not even close.

  1. Best picture and sound: Sony Bravia A8H OLED

Unbeatable quality, but at a premium price

Available Screen Sizes: 55, 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
  • Great black levels and motion smoothing
  • Highly customizable UI
  • Only two size options
  • No HDMI 2.1

The Sony Bravia A8H OLED is our top pick when flawless picture and sound are what you want. With top-notch color, incredibly crisp detail and the latest (and best) version of Android TV we’ve ever seen, 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.

In terms of pure movie-watching performance, the Sony Bravia A8H OLED proved itself the category leader for premium OLED TVs. It’s hampered only slightly by the lack of full HDMI 2.1 support and a slightly higher price than the competition.

  1. Best TV under $1,000: TCL 6-Series Roku TV R625

Incredible quality at an affordable price

Available Screen Sizes: 55, 65 inches | Screen Type: QLED | Refresh Rate: 60 Hz | HDMI ports: 4 | Size: 48.3 x 28.1 x 3.4 inches | Weight: 37.2 pounds

  • Pleasing picture
  • Good upscaling
  • Very competitive price
  • Less intense colors
  • No headphone jack on the Roku remote

Sitting in the sweet spot between expensive, cutting-edge sets and bargain basement models, the TCL 6-Series R625 offers just the right mix of features and picture performance, making it the best TV you can buy for under $1,000. In a year filled with new quantum-dot displays and feature-filled affordable smart TVs, the TCL 6-Series holds strong with better-than-average picture and sound and the best implementation of Roku TV you’ll find, including a microphone enabled remote control for voice search.

Where most budget TV manufacturers cut corners, TCL manages to hold to a higher standard in manufacturing and quality control, and it shows. The QLED panel looks great, with realistic color, sharp detail and impressive contrast, and the overall design is enhanced with elegant touches and features. If you’re wary of spending more than a grand on a new 4K TV, this is definitely the TV to get.

  1. Best TV under $500: Vizio V-Series 50-inch (V505-G9)

A budget-friendly smart 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 less than $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.

  1. Best Samsung TV: Samsung Q90 QLED TV

The best OLED alternative

Available Screen Sizes: 65, 82 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.

Editor’s Note: The model we reviewed, the Q90R, is being replaced with the Q90T, which comes in four sizes (55, 65, 75, and 85 inches), has direct full array backlighting and a more powerful processor. Stay tuned for our review.

  1. Best Hisense TV: Hisense H8G Quantum

A great Android TV

Available Screen Sizes: 50, 55, 65, 75 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.

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

Impressive quantum-dot display

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.

 

  1. Best big-screen TV: Sony X950G 75-inch Android TV

The best 75-inch TV we’ve reviewed

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.

  1. Best outdoor TV: SunBriteTV Veranda

Made for sunshine and shade

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.

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