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Best TVs for 2020

Our expert's top picks, plus some shopping tips

In this article: Our list of best TVs for 2020 (updated 5/15/20):

  1. Samsung QN55Q60T 55" Smart QLED 4K TV
  2. LG OLED55BXPUA 55" Smart OLED 4K TV
  3. Sony XBR-65X950H 65" Smart LED 4K TV
  4. Samsung QN65Q90T 65" Smart QLED 4K TV
  5. Sony MASTER Series XBR-65A9G 65" Smart OLED 4K TV

Most 2020 TV models have arrived, but some are still on the way. In addition to several of this year's stars, our list includes one of the top-rated models from 2019, available at a great price.


Samsung QN55Q60T

Samsung QN55Q60T 55" Smart QLED 4K UHD TV

Samsung's Q60T series TVs are considered entry-level models, but they produce a picture with a surprising amount of pop. The 55" QN55Q60T uses Samsung's color-boosting quantum dot technology, which works with the new Dual LED backlight to deliver vibrant images. The screen's outstanding native contrast produces punchy contrast and deep blacks. I've pointed to the 55" model here, but screen sizes cover a wide range from 43" to 85".

The Q60T-series TVs are also easy to set up and use. The slender OneRemote automatically detects, identifies, and controls your connected devices and content. Use the OneRemote's microphone to access the TV's two built-in intelligent voice assistants: Alexa and Samsung's Bixby.

Picture Features

  • Dual LED backlight combines warm-tone and cool-tone LEDs for improved contrast
  • gamers will appreciate the low input lag

Smart TV Features

  • includes the Apple TV app so you can rent, buy, and watch titles from Apple's video library, and subscribe to Apple TV channels, without connecting a separate device
  • Multi View feature allows you to split your screen to show your mirrored mobile device on one side and your TV content on the other

LG OLED55BXPUA

LG OLED55BXPUA 55" Smart OLED 4K UHD TV

Your favorite movies and premium TV shows will look stunning on this 4K OLED TV. LG's OLED TVs are universally considered to offer some of the best picture quality available — at any price. The OLED55BXPUA is LG's lowest-priced 55" OLED TV for 2020.

This is also one of the most capable 4K TVs around when it comes to gaming, thanks to OLED's lightning-fast pixel response and LG's wide-bandwidth HDMI inputs.

Picture Features

  • self-illuminating OLED screen with pixel-level dimming produces infinite contrast and absolute black
  • 10-bit panel can display over one billion colors
  • HDR formats supported: Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG

Smart TV Features

  • motion-sensing Magic Remote with voice control
  • built-in Google Assistant and Alexa intelligent voice assistants

Sony XBR-65X950H

Sony XBR-65X950H 65" Smart LED 4K UHD TV

Watch lots of movies and sports? Sony's popular X950H-series TVs excel at both. The X950G models occupy a value/performance sweet spot, and are available in sizes from 49" to 85".

The 65" XBR-65X950H's full-array LED backlight with local dimming produces excellent contrast and black levels. The picture looks great in dark rooms, and the TV's high peak brightness is more than a match for even bright rooms.

Sony's X-1 Ultimate is their most powerful video processor ever, optimized for upscaling non-4K material to look its best on a this 4K screen. Sony's X-Motion Clarity™ with 120Hz refresh rate handles motion better than most of the competition. This is an outstanding TV for watching any kind of fast-action sports.

Picture Features

  • Picture Processor X-1 Ultimate™ enhances detail, color, and contrast, and upscales lower-quality content to near-4K clarity
  • HDR formats supported: Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG
  • 120Hz refresh rate and Motionflow processing for smooth, blur-free motion

Smart TV Features

  • built-in Google Assistant; lets you control basic TV functions with spoken commands, and works with Amazon Alexa-compatible and Google Home-compatible voice control assistants
  • compatible with Apple® HomeKit and AirPlay® 2 to allow wireless streaming from your iPhone®, iPad®, or Mac (via future firmware update)

Samsung QN65Q90T

Samsung QN65Q90T 65" Smart QLED 4K UHD TV

The QN65Q90T is Samsung's flagship 65" 4K TV for 2020. Q90T-series models use Samsung's most advanced full-array local-dimming (FALD) backlight design. FALD is the gold standard for LED backlighting, producing remarkable contrast and black levels that make the most of HDR-enhanced content.

The QN65Q90T also uses Samsung's most advanced quantum dot color technology. It not only displays a wider range of colors than competing models, it also maintains full color accuracy and saturation at any brightness level. That's a rare feat, and one you'll appreciate most when watching HDR-enhanced 4K content.

Picture Features

  • Direct Full Array 16X backlight with local dimming for excellent contrast and shadow detail
  • Ultra Viewing Angle technology reduces glare and enhances color to provide a vibrant picture no matter where you sit
  • Real Game Enhancer+ optimizes settings for minimal lag and smooth game play

Smart TV Features

  • built-in Bixby and Alexa intelligent voice assistants
  • built-in Apple® AirPlay® 2 allows wireless streaming from your iPhone®, iPad®, or Mac®

Sony MASTER Series XBR-65A9GSony MASTER Series XBR-65A9G 65" Smart OLED 4K UHD TV

The annual TV Shootout lets a handful of the world's finest TVs face off under the scrutiny of an expert panel of judges. The winner of the 2019 TV Shootout was Sony's flagship 4K TV, the 65" XBR-65A9G. This makes it two years in a row for Sony's top OLED!

The state-of-the-art picture is due to OLED display technology and Sony's Picture Processor X1 Ultimate — their most powerful video processor ever. It's able to identify, analyze and optimize hundreds of objects in any video frame, rather than applying generic enhancement to the entire frame, resulting in a much more natural looking picture.

Picture Features

  • self-illuminating OLED screen with pixel-level dimming produces infinite contrast and absolute black
  • 10-bit panel can display over one billion colors
  • Picture Processor X1 Ultimate includes powerful real-time image processing for ultra-detailed pictures and outstanding upconversion of non-4K sources

Other Features

  • Acoustic Surface Audio+ makes the entire screen a speaker (2.2-channel system with 60 watts total power)
  • built-in Google Assistant; lets you control basic TV functions with spoken commands, and works with Amazon Alexa-compatible and Google Home-compatible voice control assistants

TV buying 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 to how you'll use it, and what your room is like.

Screen size and viewing distance

What's the best screen size for your room and viewing distance? A TV with 4K screen resolution has a much finer screen than an HDTV, which means you can get a bigger screen or sit closer to it, and still see a smooth picture with excellent detail. For tips on choosing the right screen size for your room, see our TV sizes and viewing distance article.

If you're considering an 80" or larger screen, you may be a candidate for a home theater projector.

Screen resolution

4K Ultra HD TVs have four times the picture detail of HDTVs, and are well established at this point — nearly all our customers choose them. The price gap between 4K and HD sets has narrowed so much that we currently carry only a few small-screen HDTVs.

HDR (High Dynamic Range)

HDR is an even newer TV picture improvement than 4K, and probably more noticeable. To see the added detail of 4K, you have to sit closer to the screen than many people are used to. But the more vivid color and contrast of HDR-enhanced content is easily seen.

There are three flavors of HDR commonly supported by 4K TVs: HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG. Virtually all current 4K models support HDR10, while support for the other two formats is limited, but growing. Lots of streamed 4K content has HDR10 and/or Dolby Vision, while HLG is an up-and-coming format aimed mostly at live broadcasts.

LED-LCD or OLED?

Most shoppers look first at LED-LCD TVs, because there are tons of models to choose from covering a wide range of sizes and prices. But if picture quality is your top priority, you owe it to yourself to check out OLED TVs, too.

OLED prices have plummeted over the past two years, but they still cost more than LED-LCD TVs. But only the very top LED-LCD models come close to matching the picture quality of OLED.

For an in-depth comparison, see our OLED vs LED TV article.

We can help you choose

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

Have questions? Call, email, or chat with us today.

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Last updated 5/14/2020