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The Best Television

Last updated on August 1, 2019

We looked at the top 18 Televisions and dug through the reviews from 94 of the most popular review sites including 10 Best Reviews, The Tech Reviewer, CNET, Tom's Guide, RTINGS.com, Best10.ai and more. The result is a ranking of the best Televisions.

Best Television

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Our Picks For The Top Televisions

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Our Take
Experts Included
Pros
Cons
  The Best Overall

LG

65-Inch 4k Ultra HD Smart OLED TV

Overall Take

Quality PicturePrepare yourself for a truly cinematic experience with crisp blacks and lots of detail.

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus 10 Best Reviews. Along with user reviews from Amazon and Best Buy.
Pros
" OLED display, 4K resolution, and fast motion rate bring images on the generous 65" screen to life. Al ThinQ technology, voice-controlled remote, and responsive app streaming make it as smart as it is beautiful."

Samsung

65" QLED 4K UHD 7 Series Smart TV 2018

Overall Take

Does It AllThis TV can do it all — watch movies, stream TV shows and play games, all with stunning picture quality.

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus RTINGS.com, Top Rated TVs, 4k LED TV Reviews, Personal Reviews and 1 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart.
Pros
" The design of the Samsung Q7FN is excellent and up to par with last year's Q7F. It comes along with the OneConnect box incorporating some improvements over last year's design."
Cons
"Additionally, the Q7FN has issues with one level of 24p playback that you’d expect a smart TV like this to not be concerned with."

Insignia

39-inch Full HD Smart LED TV

Overall Take

Tons of FeaturesGet sharp contrast, vibrant colors and tons of apps and channels with this TV.

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus The Tech Reviewer, CNET, Tom’s Guide. Along with user reviews from Amazon and Best Buy.
Pros
" A reasonable buy mainly due to its low price tag."
Cons
"This is a 1080p screen, not a 4K."
  The Best Value

Toshiba

Fire TV Ultra HD HDR

Overall Take

Alexa PairingIf you love Alexa, you'll love this TV, which has the Fire TV experience built right in.

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus RTINGS.com, PC Magazine. Along with user reviews from Best Buy and Amazon.
Pros
" The Toshiba Fire TV is good for occasional video game playing. It has a fast response time and a good low input lag that will keep the infrequent gamer happy."
Cons
"It makes significant compromises in picture quality to hit its low price, however, resulting in downright poor black levels and a color range that no HDR signal will improve past broadcast standard levels, but that's to be expected when you..."
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We also incorporate user reviews from the leading retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target.

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The Best Overall

LG 65-Inch 4k Ultra HD Smart OLED TV

Expert Summarized Score
10.0
1 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.6
1,131 user reviews
Our Take

This LG OLED TV creates a truly cinematic experience, thanks to a built-in processor. It also comes equipped with the Google Assistant and it works with Alexa devices. You'll also get crisp lights and darks and tons of detail thanks to pixel-level dimming.

What other experts liked
OLED display, 4K resolution, and fast motion rate bring images on the generous 65" screen to life. Al ThinQ technology, voice-controlled remote, and responsive app streaming make it as smart as it is beautiful.
- 10 Best Reviews
What other experts didn't like
If you aren't tech savvy, setup can take a little time and patience. Expensive, but also impressive.
- 10 Best Reviews

The Best Bang For Your Buck

Toshiba Fire TV Ultra HD HDR

Expert Summarized Score
7.0
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.4
1,867 user reviews
Our Take

If you're already a Prime member and well-acquainted with Alexa-enabled devices, the Toshiba Fire TV will fit perfectly into your household. The Fire TV experience is built right in, so you can view thousands of apps and channels with the added bonus of Alexa skills and extensive voice search capabilities. Its 4K UHD performance offers sharp, clean details and well-balanced colors for good everyday viewing and gameplay.

What other experts liked
The Toshiba Fire TV is good for occasional video game playing. It has a fast response time and a good low input lag that will keep the infrequent gamer happy.
- RTINGS.com
Fine details like fur and leaves are sharp and clean, and colors look natural and balanced, even if they aren't nearly as vivid as they are on the TCL 6-Series.
- PC Magazine
What other experts didn't like
The Toshiba Fire TV has mediocre performance when watching movies. Although contrast is excellent and blacks will look deep in a dark movie watching environments, the TV cannot produce rich, saturated colors and its color accuracy is sub-par. Watching movies is not one of the strong usages of this.
- RTINGS.com
It makes significant compromises in picture quality to hit its low price, however, resulting in downright poor black levels and a color range that no HDR signal will improve past broadcast standard levels, but that's to be expected when you find a 55-inch TV for under $500.
- PC Magazine

Overall Product Rankings

1. LG 65-Inch 4k Ultra HD Smart OLED TV

Overall Score: 9.9
Reviews Included: 3

3. Insignia 39-inch Full HD Smart LED TV

Overall Score: 8.8
Reviews Included: 6

4. Sony XBR75X900F 75-Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV

Overall Score: 8.7
Reviews Included: 16

6. Samsung Flat QLED 4K UHD 9 Series

Overall Score: 8.6
Reviews Included: 11

7. Vizio P Series

Overall Score: 8.6
Reviews Included: 7

8. LG 55-Inch 4K UHD Smart OLED

Overall Score: 8.5
Reviews Included: 7

9. Toshiba Fire TV Ultra HD HDR

Overall Score: 8.5
Reviews Included: 4

10. TCL 32″ HD 720P Roku

Overall Score: 8.4
Reviews Included: 9

11. Vizio M-Series

Overall Score: 8.3
Reviews Included: 6

12. TCL 5 Series (2018)

Overall Score: 8.2
Reviews Included: 7

13. TCL S-Series 4K Roku TV

Overall Score: 8.1
Reviews Included: 9

14. TCL 6 Series (2018)

Overall Score: 8.1
Reviews Included: 7

15. Sony Ultra HD Bravia

Overall Score: 7.9
Reviews Included: 4

16. LG Smart 65-Inch OLED

Overall Score: 7.8
Reviews Included: 6

17. Samsung 6-Series

Overall Score: 7.5
Reviews Included: 8

18. Toshiba 720p HD Smart LED TV

Overall Score: 7.2
Reviews Included: 5

Our Findings

LG 65-Inch 4k Ultra HD Smart OLED TV

What We Liked: This LG OLED TV creates a truly cinematic experience, thanks to a built-in processor. It also comes equipped with the Google Assistant and it works with Alexa devices. You’ll also get crisp lights and darks and tons of detail thanks to pixel-level dimming.

Toshiba Fire TV Ultra HD HDR

Best Value

Toshiba 32LF221U19 32-inch 720p HD Smart LED TV - Fire TV Edition (Electronics)


List Price: $180.00 USD
New From: $179.99 USD In Stock
Used from: Out of Stock

What We Liked: If you’re already a Prime member and well-acquainted with Alexa-enabled devices, the Toshiba Fire TV will fit perfectly into your household. The Fire TV experience is built right in, so you can view thousands of apps and channels with the added bonus of Alexa skills and extensive voice search capabilities. Its 4K UHD performance offers sharp, clean details and well-balanced colors for good everyday viewing and gameplay.

Samsung QN65Q7FN Flat 65″ QLED 4K UHD 7 Series Smart TV 2018

What We Liked: You can watch movies, play games and watch shows from your favorite streaming services with this TV. You’ll also get stunning picture quality with vibrant colors and smooth gradations.

Our Television Buying Guide

TVs have come a long way since the days of black-and-white broadcasts. Not only can you access hundreds, even thousands, of channels through cable and satellite providers, but you can use apps to stream a seemingly unlimited number of TV shows and movies.

But all of this technology has only made finding and purchasing a TV more complicated than ever. When you start shopping, you’ll immediately be bombarded with terms like LED, OLED and 4K HD. When you factor in screen size and access to apps, it gets even harder to figure out what you need.

As you consider picture quality, there are several factors that are important. Not only does the sharpness of the images on the screen matter, but you should also consider whether a set can achieve truly black tones, even in the darkest rooms. Many of the top TVs struggle to provide this, but manufacturers have been fiercely competing to be at the top of their industry in this area.

Another variable when looking at picture quality is glare. If your TV will be in a bright room, the “true black tones” won’t be as much a concern as the sunlight coming in through the windows. There are some TVs that seem to magnify even the slightest bit of light, meaning you’ll never be able to enjoy a good movie during the daytime. However, that same TV in a movie room or basement may work fine.

Once you’ve considered picture quality, it’s time to think about apps. Some TVs come with the Roku service built in, which means you can access streaming services like Netflix and Hulu without an additional device.

Since streaming relies heavily on search, voice functionality is crucial. As you’re shopping, look around for a TV with a remote you can control via voice. Some remotes do better with intricate search features like stating channel names, for instance, so it’s important to check into that if you plan to use voice-to-search functionality with your new TV.

Of course, even with all of these features, there’s no denying that the look and feel of your new TV is important. Whether you’re hanging it on a wall or setting it atop an entertainment cabinet, you’ll want a TV set that complements your room’s décor rather than detracting from it. You’ll probably find while shopping that many TVs are basically the same in design, with small differences. But even something as simple as the thickness of the frame around your screen can matter when you’re sitting down to watch a movie.

DWYM Fun Fact

Flat-screen TVs may have first been available to consumers in the early 2000s, but they’ve actually been around since 1964. That year, both the first LCD and first plasma display panel TVs were invented. The technology had to wait several decades for broadcast providers to catch up. In 1996, the U.S. had its first ever high-definition digital broadcast. Even then, it took time for enough HD content to be provided for consumers to invest in the technology. Today, consumers can find a variety of programming for their 4K HD TVs, including original programming on streaming networks like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

The Television Tips and Advice

  • The most important differentiator when you’re choosing a TV is picture quality. There are very big differences in picture quality from TV to TV, including brightness, contrast, blacks, video processing and cloudiness.
  • Dolby Vision has become a sought-after feature in TVs, so look for that logo if you’re interested in buying a TV with this technology that means top-notch picture quality.
  • Glare is an important issue, especially if your TV will be set up in a room with plenty of windows. The Samsung QLED 4K UHD’s finish is designed to combat those reflections, while other sets simply can’t overcome them.
  • One of the most frustrating things about a newer TV can be finding that it looks great, but only when you’re seated directly in front of it. Keep that in mind when you’re making your purchasing decision.
  • A crisp, vivid picture isn’t worth much if the colors you’re viewing are off. Some televisions feature deep blacks, combined with rich colors and bright brights. This is especially valuable if you’re taking advantage of the TV’s HDR.  The Samsung QLED provides impressive color accuracy, even in bright rooms.
  • If you’re setting up your TV in a home theater, contrast is especially important. You’ll enjoy watching even the darkest scenes on some TVs, which use local dimming and native contrast to display dark colors even in low lighting.
  • Although all the TVs have access to apps, some models have integrated Roku, so they’re set up to make accessing your streaming content easy. The Samsung QLED’s Universal Guide takes you directly to your content.
  • Be sure to measure the space you intend to put your TV in — then measure it again. You’d hate to have to return your brand new TV because it won’t fit on your console or the space on your wall.
  • Unless you move every few months, chances are your TV will stay in the same place for most of its lifespan. Still, it’s always nice to have a TV with a durable build. The Samsung QLED has a sturdy feel, along with a uniform thickness throughout.
  • If you aren’t planning to mount your TV, note the type of stand it uses. Some TVs have two clawfeet stands on either side, which means you’ll need to set it on a tabletop wider than it is. With center-stand TVs, you have the luxury of using a smaller table and having the TV hang over slightly if necessary.
  • Before you buy a TV, determine whether you plan to mount it or set it on its stand. Since not all TVs come with mounts, you may need to buy one when you purchase your TV.
  • With some TV purchases, you can add on expert installation for a small fee. If you aren’t comfortable hanging your TV, this may be the way to go.
  • Cables are an important consideration when choosing a TV you plan to mount. The Samsung QLED plans for this by providing one slim cable that hooks all of your equipment up to the TV. This is through the use of the One Connect Box, a small box that lets you connect all your devices in one place. Since you’ll need somewhere to store the box, this setup is ideal if you have an entertainment cabinet beneath your wall-mounted TV.
  • For the many householders that have joined the cord-cutting revolution, some TV brings back the built-in TV tuner, giving you access to local channels when you aren’t streaming.
  • Sound on most of the TVs you buy today will prove inadequate, so set some of your spending money aside so that you can add on a soundbar. If you want full surround sound, you’ll need to invest in a speaker system, which can get pricey.
  • Although today’s TVs are much less conspicuous than TVs from previous generations, appearance is still important. The Samsung QLED model includes a new feature called Ambient Mode, which provides decorative content and optional background music. You can even upload your own photos to display when the TV is idle.
  • Price may be the biggest differentiators in this lineup of TVs. Keep in mind the size and all the features you’re getting when you consider your budget for a TV.
  • Compatibility is an even bigger factor than ever when choosing a TV. Check to make sure the devices you already own are ideal for the TV you choose.

About The Author

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Stephanie Faris 

Stephanie Faris is a former information technology professional who spent most of her career working with computers and printers. Now a novelist and professional writer, her writings on electronics have been published on Online-Tech-Tips.com and Switching to Mac, among many others. When she isn't writing about technology, she's often checking out the latest news on the upcoming iPhone release.