When was the last time you went to a friend or relative’s house and sat down to watch a show or game just to cringe at the quality of their TV? If you’re feeling generous this year, you could make them a solid and get them a new set – and you don’t even have to break the bank to do so. Here are the best TVs through a variety of prices that you can buy today.
What to look for in a modern television
There are a few things to consider when buying a TV in 2020.
Resolution: For most people, 4K or 1080p are the appropriate resolutions. Obviously, 4K is better, but it comes at a price (although that price goes down over time). You’ll also always find 720p TVs that still work, but since most media is produced with a minimum of 1080p in mind these days, it’s best to avoid them.
Pin up: The main types of screens are various shapes of LED screens. LED screens have mostly replaced LCD screens, which makes sense: LED screens produce brighter images and OLED screens, in particular, produce deeper blacks and more vibrant colors. There are also other types of LED displays, such as QLED, which is brighter than OLED displays and gives better colors.
Refresh rate: The refresh rate (measured in “Hertz”) is simply the maximum frame rate the TV can display. While most TV shows and movies are still shot at 24 FPS (frames per second), things change over time to focus more on higher frame rates like 60 FPS. For gamers, the refresh rate is especially important as higher frame rates allow faster reaction times and simply make games more enjoyable to play. So because of all of that, the minimum refresh rate you’ll find on this list is 60Hz (which can show 60 FPS).
Operating system: Basically all of the big TV makers have their own smart TV operating system, but they all do the same thing: let you adjust TV settings and inputs, install various media apps like Netflix or use voice assistants while using the television.
Best overall ranking: VIZIO Class M-Series
For an exceptional balance between price and performance, the VIZIO M-Class series is chosen as the best TV on this list. This 4K 60Hz TV will show everything you throw at it with vivid colors and smooth movement. Whether you are playing the latest games or watching a favorite movie, it will look fantastic.
Vizio SmartCast 3.0 The operating system runs the show here, which not only lets you play most of the content, but it’s also extremely easy to stream media from Apple and Android devices (AirPlay and Chromecast are both integrated). This TV is available in seven sizes: 43 inch, 50 inch, 55 inch, 58 inch, 65 inch, 70 inch and 75 inch.
Best budget: TCL 32S327
Even though we take a look at the lower ends of things, you can still find plenty of TVs here that impress for the price. And frankly, there are a lot of people who will be completely happy with a normal 1080p screen, which is exactly what the 32S327 offers. The screen is a 60Hz LED panel and the TV has a built-in Roku TV for your media needs. While the The 32S327 is nothing short of remarkable, it’s excellent value for money, and it’s fully usable for most modern media.
the 32S327 comes in five sizes: 32 inch (this specific version is 720p, all others are 1080p), 32 inch (1080p), 40 inch, 43 inch, and 49 inch.
Best Premium 8K: Samsung Q900TS
If you’re looking to waste a pretty dime on the best of the best, an 8K TV is the way to go. With a 240Hz QLED display, this TV won’t need replacing for a long time – but honestly, 8K TVs are still overkill for most of us. For now, it offers AI-based 8K upscaling for media regardless of the original resolution. Results will vary and will not look as good as “real 8K”, but there is very little 8K content produced currently. The TV also has an almost invisible bezel for edge-to-edge viewing.
You can choose to use Alexa, Bixby, or Google Assistant as your voice assistant when using the TV, and the TV itself is managed by Samsung “Smart TV” operating system. You can get it in three large sizes: 65 inches, 75 inches, and 85 inches.
Ideal for gamers: LG OLED65CXPUA
4K is the new standard for console gaming, but higher refresh rates are also sought after as games push for more stable frame rates of 60 and 120 FPS. For this reason, this LG 4K OLED TV is perfect for gamers. It has a 120Hz refresh rate, which allows it to take full advantage of all the power that new consoles can muster. The input lag has also been optimized to be less than a millisecond, an impressive feat for a TV.
On top of that, the large screens ensure that every little thing can be seen in detail, which is especially important for modern triple AAA games. And with compatibility with NVIDIA G-Sync and AMD FreeSync (they make PC games run smoother), even PC gamers can see the benefits of this massive display.
The TV uses LG webOS to display all your standard multimedia applications and integrates Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. the OLED65CXPUA is available in four sizes: 48 inch, 55 inch, 65 inch and 77 inch.
If you’re looking for a solid gaming TV, but aren’t ready to put all your savings on one, this 4K 120Hz TV TCL TV is where it is. You’ll get similar performance as the LG, but you’ll miss out on some features like ultra-low input lag and G-Sync and FreeSync compatibility.
Ideal for gamers