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Best TVs for 2019

Our expert's top picks, plus some shopping tips

In this article: Our list of best TVs for 2019 (updated 4/30/19):

  1. Samsung UN55RU8000
  2. LG OLED55C9PUA
  3. Sony XBR-65X950G
  4. Samsung QN65Q90R

Samsung UN55RU8000

Samsung UN55RU8000 — Jump into 4K and HDR

The UN55RU8000 doesn't use the quantum dot technology found in Samsung's pricier QLED models, but its crisp, colorful images will make your current TV pale in comparison. The screen's excellent native contrast produces a punchy picture with deep blacks. We've pointed to the popular 55" model here, but models in this series range from 49" to 82".

The RU8000-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 Bixby, the TV's built-in intelligent voice assistant. Bixby makes it easy to change channels or search for content, using only your voice.

Picture Features

  • High Dynamic Range formats supported: HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG
  • 120Hz refresh rate for smooth, blur-free motion

Smart TV Features

  • supports Apple® AirPlay 2 wireless streaming and iTunes movie and TV show playback (firmware update coming in Spring 2019)
  • built-in Bixby intelligent voice assistant
  • OneRemote with built-in microphone for voice control

LG OLED55C9PUA

LG OLED55C9PUA — One of the best TV pictures you'll find

LG's OLED TVs are universally considered to offer some of the best picture quality available — at any price. The 55" OLED55C9PUA is one of LG's lowest-priced OLED TVs for 2019, and the lowest-priced model to feature LG's powerful Alpha 9 Gen 2 Intelligent Processor. It improves noise reduction, sharpness, color, and motion.

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
  • High Dynamic Range formats supported: Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG

Smart TV Features

  • motion-sensing Magic Remote with voice control
  • 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

Sony XBR-65X950GSony XBR-65X950G — The newest version of a customer fave

Sony's X950G series is sure to make most of the "Best TV Value" lists for 2019. The 65" XBR-65X950G'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 good enough 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 sports. 

The XBR-65X950G's advanced voice control capabilities include built-in Google Assistant. It can control basic TV functions, operate connected smart home devices, and do other voice control tricks with Google Home- or Amazon Alexa-compatible voice assistants.

Picture Features 

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

Smart TV Features

  • voice remote with built-in microphone
  • 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 QN65Q90R

Samsung QN65Q90R — Samsung's "best of the best"

The QN65Q90R is Samsung's flagship 65" 4K TV for 2019. Samsung continues to refine its full-array local-dimming (FALD) backlight design. That's the gold standard for LED backlighting, producing remarkable contrast and black levels that make the most of HDR-enhanced content.

The QN65Q90R 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 features 480 zones of precision-controlled LEDs for excellent contrast and shadow detail
  • Ultra Viewing Angle panel technology reduces glare and enhances color to provide a vibrant picture no matter where you sit
  • High Dynamic Range formats supported: HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG

Connections

  • all A/V connections are on the supplied outboard One Connect switching hub, simplifying hookup (especially for wall-mounting)
  • One Invisible Connection: 16.4-ft. ultra-thin cable to connect hub to TV (carries signals and power)

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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 2019 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 comparision, see our OLED vs LED TV article.

We can help you choose

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

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Last updated 4/30/2019
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