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Best TVs for 2022

Our expert's top picks, plus some shopping tips

In this article: My top TV picks...

  1. Best budget pick — LG QNED 80 Series
  2. Best for movie lovers — Sony MASTER Series BRAVIA A95K QD-OLED
  3. Best for gamers — LG C2 evo OLED
  4. Best for bright rooms — Samsung QN90B

...along with some helpful shopping tips.

This year's TVs are better than ever, but the best TV for you still comes down to where and how you're going to use it. Here are a few of our favorites for different scenarios.

LG QNED 80 series TVs

Best budget TV — LG QNED 80 Smart LED 4K UHD TV

The QNED 80 has a lot in common with the pricier sets in this year's LG lineup, including a native refresh rate of 120Hz and some great gaming features. Powerful image processing and upscaling ensure a crisp, vibrant picture on all kinds of content.

Details

  • supports enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC), 4K/120Hz, Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR)
  • Quantum Dot NanoCell technology provides accurate colors, even at wider viewing angles
  • Apple AirPlay® 2 for easy wireless streaming from your compatible device
  • Filmmaker Mode™ automatically adjusts picture settings to preserve the director's intent

Save money with a closeout model

Last year's best budget pick was Sony's X85J. It's still an excellent TV and currently available at a great price.

Sony MASTER Series BRAVIA  A95K series TVs

Best TV for movie lovers — Sony MASTER Series BRAVIA A95K Smart QD-OLED 4K UHD TV

Sony's stunning top-of-the-line MASTER Series OLED is consistently one of the most highly rated TVs available. And this year's A95K is enhanced with a Quantum Dot layer for improved color volume. When combined with the power of the new Cognitive Processor, you get incredibly vibrant color and realistic texture at any brightness level, along with the infinite contrast that made OLED TVs famous. In short, just add popcorn and enjoy.

Details

  • self-illuminating OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) display panel produces infinite picture contrast and absolute black
  • Quantum Dot layer powered by XR Triluminos Max display technology expands color volume for vibrant color even at high brightness levels
  • Cognitive Processor XR uses powerful real-time processing based on a human perspective for true-to-life picture and sound
  • Acoustic Surface Audio makes the entire screen a speaker, and center channel mode allows it to complement an existing home theater system
  • includes access to exclusive content on BRAVIA CORE

Save money with a closeout model

Last year's best-for-movies pick was Sony's A90J. It's still an excellent TV and currently available at a great price.

LG C2 4K OLED

Best TV for gamers — LG C2 Smart evo OLED 4K UHD TV

The C2 is as stacked with features as you'd expect from one of LG's premium 4K OLED TVs. Movies, shows, and sports will look awesome, but with a lightning-fast response time and four HDMI 2.1 inputs that support 4K at 120Hz, it's also a perfect partner for your PC or next-gen gaming console. Check out our 4K Gaming Guide for more features to look for.

Details

  • supports Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) for smooth graphics without frame tearing or stuttering
  • AMD FreeSync Premium™ and Nvidia G-SYNC® compatible
  • supports cloud gaming with Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce NOW (subscriptions required)
  • LG's evo panel uses a stronger emissive material to improve both the overall brightness and the luminance of the red, green, and blue subpixels for richer, more accurate color

Samsung QN90B 4k oled

Best TV for bright rooms — Samsung QN90B Smart Neo QLED 4K UHD TV

Samsung's QLED sets are known for bright, vivid colors that pop off the screen, even in the brightest of rooms. But their Neo QLED TVs take it to another level with a Mini LED backlight. The QN90B pairs a dense array of those tiny LEDs with their Quantum Matrix technology to deliver incredibly precise light control for wide contrast and more realistic shadow detail.

Details

  • uses Mini LEDs that are about 40 times smaller than conventional LEDs for a slimmer panel and punchier picture
  • sets 55" and larger use Samsung's Ultra Viewing Angle film layer that spreads out the backlight's illumination more evenly, so you have a great view no matter where you sit
  • 4K AI Upscaling enhances standard-def and high-def video signals for optimum display on a 4K screen
  • eco-friendly SolarCell Remote™ has a built-in solar cell that is sensitive enough to keep the battery charged using the basic indoor lights in your home

TV shopping tips

As long as you stick to major brands, it's almost impossible to buy a bad TV these days. Choosing the model that's best for you mostly comes down what types of content you watch and what your room is like.

Screen size and viewing distance

As a rule, we suggest you go with the largest screen your room, viewing distance, and budget will accommodate. For help calculating viewing distance, check out our article on TV placement.

LED or OLED?

LED and OLED TVs differ in how their panels light the image. LED TVs shine a backlight through a liquid crystal layer while OLED TVs are self-illuminating. OLEDs have incredible contrast, so movie nights in a darkened room will be jaw-dropping. But if you watch a lot of TV during the day, and your room is bright, an LED might be a better fit.

For more shopping tips, see our complete TV buying guide.

Need help choosing?

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Your Advisor can send specific Crutchfield pages to your screen, saving you a lot of browsing time. You'll get a shopping cart loaded up with everything you need for your new home theater.

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Check out our setup guide for help getting your new TV up and running. And if you need some one-on-one assistance, just ask. We offer free lifetime tech support with every Crutchfield purchase.

Popular questions customers ask

There are two main types of TVs, LED and OLED. LED TVs use a backlight behind the screen. That makes them brighter, so they're a good choice for rooms with a lot of sunlight. OLED TVs don't need a backlight because their pixels are self-lighting. Their superior picture contrast and black levels make them look amazing.

When it comes to TV screen size, "bigger is better" is a good rule of thumb. Viewing distance plays an important role. You want your TV to be big enough so you don't miss out on any picture details from where you're sitting.

Smart TVs have Wi-Fi and built-in apps for streaming movies and TV shows directly from subscription services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu. Most smart TVs also have built-in support for Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice control.

A 4K TV will let you take full advantage of the great-looking 4K streaming content available through popular streaming services. 4K TVs support HDR (High Dynamic Range), which boosts contrast and color for a more lifelike picture. They can also upscale non-4K video content for the best possible picture.

Mounting your TV involves locating and drilling into wall studs and using basic tools like a socket wrench and bubble level. It's a good idea to have a friend or partner on hand to help with parts of the job. Our DIY guide contains a video that should help you decide whether you're up to the task.

Last updated 5/27/2022
  • Wayne R Sharaf from Watkins Glen

    Posted on 6/15/2022

    Emily S, I love your review! You gave the important information right upfront, so that people won't have to read extra information that wasn't appropriate to their situation. Kudos to you!

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    Emily S. from Crutchfield

    on 6/16/2022

    Thanks for the lovely comment, Wayne. Glad to hear it was helpful.
  • Matt from Johnson City TN

    Posted on 3/29/2022

    What would you say is the best 65" tv that is in the $800 or so price range....? This would be the main TV in the house - but where it has to be placed has a large window to the right and a sliding glass door to the left... We don't watch too much TV in the daylight hours, but are semi-concerned about glare, etc. Any thoughts / input would be appreciated...!!

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    Emily S. from Crutchfield

    on 4/8/2022

    Hi Matt! I would say the Sony X 85J is probably the best option currently available in that price range. It's last year's model, so it's actually a bit of a bargain right now. And it has a few features that other models in that price range don't have, including 4k/120Hz and HDMI 2.1. It doesn't have anything special in terms of anti-glare, but it's an LED TV so should get bright enough to cut through the light from those windows. I hope that helped!

  • Marlene from Venice, fl

    Posted on 1/7/2022

    What 55" tv would you recommend? Thinking of a Sony

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    Emily S. from Crutchfield

    on 4/8/2022

    Marlene, I'm so sorry I missed this comment. I hope you have already found your TV. Truly, it's hard to go wrong with a Sony, and they have a ton of great options still available from last year in addition to this year's models. Please give us a call if you still have questions. Sorry again for the delayed reply.
  • Paula Wolfe from Atlanta

    Posted on 11/29/2021

    I so appreciate the easy to read and comprehend reviews and advice.

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    Emily S. from Crutchfield

    on 11/30/2021

    Thanks for the kind note Paula!
  • Sue from Madison

    Posted on 11/15/2021

    What is the difference between the Sony Bravia Oled A80 and the A90 in terms of features? The price is quite different so what are the reasons why?

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    Emily S. from Crutchfield

    on 11/17/2021

    Good question, Sue. They are both great TVs, but they do have some slight differences that we could stand to make clearer.


    The A90J is Sony's top-of-the-line OLED MASTER Series so it has a few extra premium features. The most significant is that it has a redesigned OLED panel with a heat sink plate that keeps it cool. What this means for you is that it gets a lot brighter than most other OLEDs, including the A80J. This might be important if you want to watch in a bright room or if you watch a lot of HDR content.


    The A90J also has the option for Center Speaker Mode. So if you have an existing home theater system, you can use the TV as the center channel allowing dialogue, effects, and music to come directly from the screen.

    I hope that helps!

  • James from New York

    Posted on 10/20/2021

    What's the difference between the LG G1 & C1? And what do you think about the TCL 6 series?

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    Emily S. from Crutchfield

    on 11/4/2021

    Hi James! They are both awesome TVs. The G1 offers a few upgrades, including a much brighter "evo" panel (which can be helpful if it's going in a sunny room). It also has a heftier built-in speaker system. One thing of note, though, is that the G1 is designed to be wall-mounted. It includes a flush-mount wall bracket, but no stand. If you want your TV to rest on a stand, maybe opt for the C1. I can't speak to the TCLs as we don't carry those (so I just haven't done the research on them). I hope that helped!
  • Ben from Plano

    Posted on 9/29/2021

    What is the VERY BEST TV available......A friend suggested: XR83A90J or: XR85Z9J. your thoughts?????

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    Emily S. from Crutchfield

    on 10/11/2021

    Hi Ben! They are both great sets. I would personally go for the A90J. The OLED picture is going to be hard to beat (plus that one is in stock right now!).
  • Marcos Diaz from San Juan Puerto Rico

    Posted on 8/18/2021

    Hi! Looking for a TV 40-43 wide screen Vizio brand or similar: Razor Led 1080p,Vizio Internet Apps, WiFiHD, FullHD, HDMI, HDTV, etc good price ($450-$500) and can be shipped to Puerto Rico Thanks

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    Emily S. from Crutchfield

    on 9/23/2021

    Hello Marcos! We don't sell Vizio TVs, but we have a nice 43" LG NanoCell TV in that price range. And we do ship to Puerto Rico. I hope this helps!

  • Susie from Raleigh

    Posted on 7/16/2021

    What is going on with the 8k tv's? I had my eye on a Samsung 8k 55". Now it seems they are going back to 4k tv's.

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    Emily S. from Crutchfield

    on 7/26/2021

    Hi Susie! We carry some great new 8K TVs, but you're right — they are all 65" or bigger. This Samsung QN800A is a great option if you are okay going up to a 65" set.

  • Duane Tucker from Grand Prairie

    Posted on 6/8/2021

    Is June 21 & 22 PRIME DAY TV Deals the best time to buy my new TV: I live in Grand Prairie; who is best to install it?

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