Spring is when new televisions begin to fly on store shelves and the internet, but if you need to get a new TV now, then you have to. TVs are a mature technology, but the limitations of the current version would save hundreds of dollars, while still providing you pretty much the same picture quality and benefits.
According to my hands-on testing, these are the best TVs to buy for the time being, from startups to large corporations. Despite their convenience, LCD televisions with, or technology are typically less costly, but still perform well while supporting with. An OLED television will provide you the best picture quality, however, and may be more affordable than you think.
I've chosen the best TV set of any type, based on my years of experience and side-by-side comparisons at CNET. If I haven't reviewed the latest version yet, I'll include a "2022 Outlook" section to give you a clue about what you're missing (or not).
No TV I've ever tested that features such excellent picture quality for as little money. The TCL 6-Series Dolby Vision HDR TV is a great model thanks to and well-implemented that helps it run around just about anything other than this price. It's also a, with a THX mode that combines low input lag and high contrast. As if that's not enough, the Roku TV operating system is our hands-down favorite.
This TV was originally launched in 2020 but is still a current model and remains my top choice. TCL also sells an, but I don't think it's worth the extra money, as well as a I have yet to review (though according to TCL, its image quality is similar to this Roku version).
Sizes: 55-, 65-, 75-, 85-inch. (The prices shown below are for the 75-inch size.)
TCL has yet to announce a successor for this TV in 2022. I'm betting it will do so later this spring.
The LG C1 OLED TV is still my top choice for those who want to get the picture without paying it for it. It comes in a variety of sizes, although the larger models are quite expensive.
The C1 successor, the, and the two have essentially identical picture quality. The newer version, which has a few minor improvements, including a lighter weight and a 42-inch size. Since the 2021 C1 currently stands for hundreds less than the 2022 C1, I recommend getting the C1 instead.
Sizes: 48-, 55-, 65-, 77-, 83-inch. (The prices shown below are for the 65-inch size.)
The C2 is the first 2022 TV we've reviewed, and it's quite impressive, but right now the 2021 model is a better deal. Despite the fact that LG touts the new "Evo" panel on the C2, the two were substantially identical in terms of picture quality, as well as additional tweaks to game mode and a new "always on." Lastly, the C2 isn't worth the price difference, so we suggest that it buy the C1 right now or until later this year
The C2 is also available in a 42-inch length (coming in May), while the smallest C1 is a 48-inch model.
Sizes: 42-, 48-, 55-, 65-, 77-, 83-inch. (The prices shown below are for the 65-inch size.)
You're looking for a high-end TV with exceptional image quality, but don't expect an OLED? The Samsung QN90A is your best bet. This TV has enhanced by a mini-LED for a better image than any OLED TV. I'm still skeptical about the contrast of OLED, although the QN90A QLED screen comes closer than ever.
Sizes: 50-, 55-, 65-, 75-, 85-inch. (The prices shown below are for the 65-inch size.)
The Samsung QN90A in 2022 is formerly known as the QN90B. I haven't reviewed it yet, but I expect it to feature quite a similar image quality despite the fact that the 2022 version has a lower "Quantum HDR" spec (24x) than the 2021 version (32x). Samsung touts but nothing earth-shattering, and the 2022 QN90B currently costs hundreds of dollars more than the 2021 QN90A.
The three televisions above are amazing, but what if you can't afford that level of picture quality? The Vizio MQ7 is one of the most affordable TVs to feature full-array local dimming, which allows it to reproduce and games with enough contrast and pop to do HDR justice. It's a 60Hz model, not 120Hz, but it still manages variable refresh rate games for extra clarity.
Sizes: 50-, 55-, 58-65-, 70-, 75-inch. (The prices shown below are for the 55-inch size.)
Vizio is yet to unveil a successor for this television in 2022, but I expect the company to do it later this spring.
For live TV streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video, and it's even better integrated into the TV. This TCL 4-Series has nothing to do with image quality, but its 4K resolution and HDR performance do nothing to improve the picture, but it's perfectly fine for most people, especially at this price.
Note that TCL provides a Google TV and an Android TV version of the 4-Series. I haven't reviewed them yet, but I expect better picture quality than the Roku version.
Sizes: 43-, 50-, 55-, 65-, 75-, 85-inch. (The prices shown below are for the 43-inch size.)
TCL has yet to name a successor for this television in 2022, but I'm betting it will do so later this spring.
What you say, is it that you want the best TV and can afford whatever you want? Here you go. The LG G1 OLED TV and the cheaper C1 above were the best I've ever seen, with fantastic contrast, excellent wide viewing angle and excellent uniformity. If you value that style and can afford it, this is your TV to get.
Sizes: 55-, 65-, and 77-inch. (The prices shown below are for the 55-inch size.)
I've not reviewed the successor to the G1, but I'm anticipating that it will produce slightly better picture quality than the G1 or the C2 thanks to improved brightness. However, the G2 comes in a, although its pricing and availability have yet to be announced. Otherwise the differences between the 2021 G1 and 2022 G2 are relatively minor, and the G1 is still on sale for hundreds of dollars less.
Vizio's V-series is our favorite budget alternative to the TCL 4-Series Roku TV. However, the V-series has some advantages, including a and more advanced. If you don't have a preference, it is wise to get the cheapest one.
Sizes: 43-, 50-, 55-, 58-, 65-, 75-inch. (The prices shown below are for the 55-inch size.)
Vizio intends to adopt a successor for this television in 2022, but I expect it to do so later this spring.
The X90J is Sony's answer to the TCL 6-Series and step-up Vizio models. Its sleek appearance and the operating system score additional points, as does its -- including a variable refresh rate (VRR) that is enabled by a software update in March 2022. This Sony TV is ideal for PS5 gaming and is compatible with Alexa & Google Assistant. This is one of the best values we've tested.
Sizes: 50-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, and 75-inch. (The prices shown below are for the 55-inch size.)
The future of the 2022 model is the. I haven't reviewed the new model yet, but its image quality specifications are quite similar to the 2021 version, so I don't expect any picture quality differences. The new model, based on VRR, is available out of the box.
Samsung is a television company that distributes more TVs than anyone, with the Q60A series being one of the most popular. Although the ultrathin OLED models are even more sleek, it offers better viewing capacity and image quality than budget models like the TCL 4-Series, and it comes in a wide variety of sizes. However, if you want a Samsung TV and want the QN90A, this is a great option.
Sizes: 43-, 50-, 55-, 60-65-, 70- 75-, 85-inch. (The prices shown below are for the 55-inch size.)
The Q60B is the replacement to the Samsung Q60A. It hasn't been reviewed yet, so according to Samsung's website, its specifications are basically identical to the 2021 version, so we expect similar picture quality. The Q60A is somewhat cheaper than the Q60B, so it's our choice.
Most TVs on this list are bright enough for just about any room, but you want a screen that is as bright as possible. The U8G outshines others in its price range and was substantially as bright as the significantly more expensive Samsung QN90A. Its image quality falls a bit short in other areas, and its selection of sizes is limited, but the U8G can deliver.
Sizes: 55- and 65-inch. (The prices below are for the 55-inch size.)
The Hisense U8G's successor is the, which will be released later this summer. The new version uses a mini-LED backlight, which might improve the image quality of the 2021 model, but we haven't reviewed it yet, thus we can't say for sure. The 2022 U8H does not include an.
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What thickness should I get on a television?
Most people think bigger is better, and your money is used more effectively than on larger screen sizes, rather than on slight improvements in image quality. The answer also depends on room size and seating distance: If you have a large area and sit farther away, you'll want a larger TV. The.
What is the use of OLED TV?
Burn-in is when a component of an image (for example, a channel logo, a news ticker, or a scoreboard on a television) persists as a ghostly background no matter what else appears onscreen. It's not likely to have a normal appearance.
Is there a difference between HDMI and 2.1?
No. The latest HDMI standard is available on newer, higher-end TVs and has the ability to provide more smooth gameplay, but the downside is often small, and TVs that do not have HDMI 2.1 will work perfectly with next-generation consoles.
What is the best smart television system for streaming?
Our favorite is Roku for its simplicity, but different systems, such as Google TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung, and LG, have different uses, including voice commands. In any case, we don't consider the built-in smart TV system that important because you can always.
How do I get the best TV sound?
Most TVs sound terrible because their thin cabinets lack adequate speakers or bass. If you want to get good sound, you should buy an external audio system. Even an inexpensive will provide much better audio quality than a television's built-in speakers.
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