2022's best television

2022's best television ...

Spring is when new televisions begin to appear on store shelves and the internet, but if you need to get a new TV now, then you may get it. TVs are a mature technology, and the numbers are relatively minor, therefore purchasing last year's TV now might save hundreds over the new version, and still get you pretty much the same picture quality and benefits.

According to my hands-on testing, there are a variety of smart TV systems available for purchase, but my opinions are based on the best TV picture quality for the money. However, LCD televisions that have, or technology, are typically less costly than televisions, and still perform well while supporting with them. An OLED television will also provide the best picture quality, although it may be more affordable than you think.

I've chosen the best TV set of all abilities, based on my decades of experience and side-by-side comparisons in CNET's testing lab. Unless I haven't reviewed the latest version yet, I'll include a "2022 Outlook" section to give you a sense of what you're missing (or not).

No television I've ever tested that allows for such good picture quality for as little money. The TCL 6-Series Dolby Vision HDR TV is a great image thanks to and well-implemented that helps it run circles around just about anything other TV at this price. It's also a, with a THX mode that allows low input lag and high contrast. As if that's not enough, the Roku TV operating system is our hands-down favorite.

This TV first appeared in 2020, but is still a current model and remains my top choice. TCL also sells an, but I don't think it's worthwhile the extra money, as well as a I have yet to review, though according to TCL's image quality is identical 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 go-to option for people who want to get the picture done at all times, as well as the Samsung QN90A below, with its incredible black levels, unbeatable contrast, and excellent off-angle viewing. It also has the best gaming capabilities, making it the perfect companion to an or both. The C1 comes in a wide variety of sizes as well, although the bigger models are really expensive.

I also reviewed the C1's predecessor, and the two have essentially identical picture quality. The newer version, however, includes a few minor improvements, including a lighter weight and a 42-inch size. Since the 2021 C1 currently is on sale 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 version.)


The C2 is the first 2022 television we have reviewed, but right now the 2021 model is a better deal. Despite the fact that LG touts the new "Evo" panel on the C2 in terms of picture quality, the two were basically identical, as did the 65-inch version of the C1 above, and added games mode and a new "always on."

The C2 is also available in a 42-inch diameter (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.)


Looking for a high-end TV with excellent image quality, but prefer an OLED? The Samsung QN90A is your best choice. The TV also has a QLED technology combined with a mini-LED for a brighter image than any other OLED TV. In my side-by-side tests, 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 is now available for free in 2022, although it hasn't received it yet. Despite the fact that the 2022 version has a lower "Quantum HDR" ratio (24x) than the 2021 version (32x), Samsung touts but nothing earth-shattering. The 2022 QN90B currently costs hundreds of dollars more than the 2021 QN90A.


The three TVs above are amazing, but what if you can't afford it? The Vizio MQ7 is one of the most expensive TVs to include full-array local dimming, which allows it to reproduce, and games with sufficient contrast and pop to perform HDR justice. It is a 60Hz model, not 120Hz, but it still manages variable refresh rate games to ensure extra smoothness.

Sizes: 50-, 55-, 58-65-, 70-, 75-inch. (The prices shown below are for the 55-inch size.)

Vizio has yet to unveil a successor for this television in 2022, but I expect the company to do so later this spring.


For live TV streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video, this TCL 4-Series can't beat any of the models above on image quality -- its 4K resolution and HDR performance don't help the picture, however, it is perfect for most people, especially at this price.

Note that TCL also has a Google TV and an Android TV version of the 4-Series. I haven't reviewed them yet, but I expect comparable picture quality to 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 announce a successor for this television in 2022, but I'm betting it will be announced later this spring.


What is your opinion? You just want the best TV and can afford it? Here's how to go. The LG G1 OLED TV and the cheaper C1 above were the best TVs I've ever seen, with a clear contrast, perfect wide viewing angle, and excellent uniformity. If you value that look and can afford it, this is the TV to get.

Sizes: 55-, 65-, and 77-inch. (The prices shown below are for the 55-inch version.)

I've not reviewed the G1, but I'm hoping that the G2 will yield better picture quality than the G1 or the C2, thanks to improved brightness. Although the G2 is also available in a, its pricing and availability have yet to be disclosed. 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 choice to the TCL 4-Series Roku TV. Although Roku's smart TV system was significantly improved (sound familiar?), the V-series still has a lot of benefits, including a and more advanced. If you don't have a preference, it's normal to get the cheapest one.

Sizes: 43-, 50-, 55-, 58-, 65-, 75-inch. (The prices shown below are for the 55-inch size.)

Vizio is yet to announce a successor for this TV 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, with excellent picture quality, and plenty of brightness, as well as its operating system scores additional points, including a variable refresh rate (VRR) as well as a built-in. This Sony TV is perfect for PS5 gaming and works 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 X90J's successor is the. I haven't reviewed the new model yet, but it's image quality specifications are generally similar to the 2021 version, so I don't anticipate much picture quality differences. And unlike the 2021 version, the new model is equipped with VRR enabled out of the box.


Samsung is a television company that offers more televisions than anyone, with the Q60A series being very popular. Although the ultrathin OLED models are even more impressive, it offers superior features and image quality than the TCL 4-Series, and it comes in a wide range of sizes. However, if you want a Samsung TV and want to purchase 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 Samsung Q60A's successor is the Q60B. We haven't reviewed it yet, so according to Samsung's web site, its specifications are basically identical to the 2021 version, putting us at risk for similar picture quality. The Q60A is slightly cheaper than the Q60B, so it's our choice.


Most TVs on this list are bright enough for just about any room, but you may want a screen that is as bright as possible. The U8G outshines other users in its price range and was basically as impressive as the significantly more expensive Samsung QN90A. Its image quality is narrow in other areas, and its choice of sizes is limited, but the U8G offers a higher performance.

Sizes: 55- and 65-inch. (The prices shown below are for the 55-inch size.)

The successor to the Hisense U8G is the, which will be shipped later this summer. The new version has a mini-LED backlight, which might improve the image quality of the 2021 model, but we haven't reviewed it yet, so we can't say for sure. The 2022 U8H, unlike the 2021 U8G, has an.


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FAQs for TV

Frequently asked TV questions will be discussed below. Feel free to contact me on Twitter () or by clicking the little envelope icon on the top. So, you may send me a message straight to my email.

How big should I get a television?

If you have a large room and sit farther away, you'll want a larger TV. The.

What is the use of OLED TV?

When a component of an image for example a channel logo, a news ticker, or a scoreboard on a television remains as a ghostly background no matter what else onscreen. Burn-in is possible with any OLED TV, but it is not likely with normal use.

Is there a HDMI 2.1 connection?

No. The most recent HDMI standard is available on newer, higher-end TVs and works with the. These features may provide smoother gameplay, but the disadvantage often isn't massive, and televisions that lack HDMI 2.1 will work perfectly with next-generation consoles.

What is the best smart TV system for streaming?

We like Roku for its simplicity, but different systems, like Google TV, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung, and LG, have different uses, particularly for voice commands. In any case, we do not believe the built-in smart TV system that is important because you can always.

What is the best television sound to get?

Most TVs sound awful because their thin cabinets don't have enough room for decent-size speakers or bass. When you want good sound you should buy an external audio system. Even an inexpensive will provide much better audio quality than a TV's built-in speakers.

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