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Best TVs for 2018

Our expert's top picks, plus some shopping tips

In this article: Our list of best TVs for 2018:

  1. Sony XBR-43X800E
  2. Samsung UN55MU8000
  3. LG OLED55B7A
  4. Sony XBR-65X900E
  5. Samsung QN65Q9F
  6. Sony XBR-75X940E

... plus some shopping tips.

First, as you'll quickly notice, these TVs are all 2017 models. We won't have a good selection of 2018 models in stock until late Spring.

Year-to-year changes tend to be minor, so in most cases you'll see little or no difference in picture quality between corresponding 2017 and 2018 models.

Where you will see a big difference is in the price. When the 2018 models start to arrive, you can expect to pay several hundred dollars more for the equivalent model.

To create this list of the best TVs, we factored in customer ratings and our proprietary customer satisfaction data.


Sony-XBR-43X800E

Sony XBR-43X800E — Small screen, big capabilities 

You could argue that a 43" screen doesn't justify 4K resolution. But the XBR-43X800E's sharp details and vivid colors might change your mind. And as 4K TV prices have plummeted, the difference between 4K and HD has narrowed a lot.

The XBR-43X800E looks amazing showing 4K content from an Ultra HD Blu-ray player, or from the TV's built-in streaming apps. But the real surprise is how great non-4K content looks. Sony's powerful video processing cleans and polishes lower-resolution content.

The built-in Android™ operating system lets this TV operate a lot like a smartphone. You can use Chromecast Built-in™ to cast movies and TV shows, music, and photos and videos from your iOS® or Android-based phone, or from a laptop.

Picture Features 

  • HDR 10
  • 4K X-Reality Pro chip upconverts all video sources to near-4K quality

Smart TV Features 

  • Android TV with Chromecast Built-in
  • voice remote with built-in microphone
  • works with Amazon Alexa-compatible and Google Home-compatible voice control assistants.

What our customers say

Read all of the Crutchfield customer reviews.


Samsung-UN55MU8000

Samsung UN55MU8000 — Jump into 4K and HDR

The UN55M8000 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.

Instead of connecting your Blu-ray player, cable box, and other video sources directly to the UN55MU8000, you connect them to the supplied One Connect Mini switching hub. A single cable connects the compact hub to the TV, for an uncluttered look.

Picture Features 

  • HDR 10
  • 120Hz refresh rate for smooth motion
  • 10-bit panel can display over one billion colors

Connections 

All A/V connections are on a separate One Connect Mini switching hub, simplifying hookup (especially for wall-mounting).

What our customers say

Read all of the Crutchfield customer reviews.


LG-OLED55B7A

LG OLED55B7A — 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. Amazingly, the OLED55B7A, which is LG's lowest-priced 2017 OLED TV, uses the same panel and video processing as their pricier models.

This model's built-in sound is OK, but not terrific. That won't matter if you're using a home theater system or sound bar. But if you'll be depending on the TV's built-in speakers, we'd suggest you spend a little more money and upgrade to the OLED55C7P, which adds two woofers and doubles the audio power.

Picture Features

  • self-illuminating OLED screen produces infinite contrast and absolute black
  • supports HDR 10 and Dolby Vision

Smart TV Features

  • motion-sensing Magic Remote with voice control
  • Netflix Recommended TV

What our customers say

Read all of the Crutchfield customer reviews.


Sony-XBR-65X900E

Sony XBR-65X900E — See what 4K and HDR are all about 

Sony's X900E series made a lot of "Best of" lists for 2017. 4K/HDR content looks especially good on this TV because it can get very bright. The 65" XBR-65X900E's full-array LED backlight with local dimming produces excellent contrast, which looks great in dark rooms. And its high peak brightness is great for bright rooms.

Sony's Motionflow™ XR 960 with 120Hz refresh handles motion better than most of the competition. This is an outstanding TV for watching any kind of sports.

Picture Features 

  • HDR 10
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • 10-bit panel can display over one billion colors

Smart TV Features

  • Android TV with Chromecast Built-in
  • voice remote with built-in microphone
  • works with Amazon Alexa-compatible and Google Home-compatible voice control assistants

What our customers say

Read all of the Crutchfield customer reviews.


Samsung-QN65Q9F

Samsung QN65Q9F — Samsung's "best of the best" 

The QN65Q9F was Samsung's flagship 65" TV for 2017 and it looks and feels like it. It's one of the thinnest LED/LCD TVs out there, but is solidly built with a high-quality feel.

The QN65Q9F 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

  • QLED quantum dot color
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • 3-layer anti-glare film enhances contrast and reduces screen reflections

Connections

All A/V connections are on a separate One Connect switching hub, simplifying hookup (especially for wall-mounting).

What our customers say

Read all of the Crutchfield customer reviews.


Sony XBR-75X940E

Sony XBR-75X940E — A great value in a mega-sized screen

The key feature that sets Sony's 75" XBR-75X940E apart from nearly every other 2017 4K TV is its full-array LED backlight with local dimming. This backlight's full-screen grid of independently controlled LED "zones" means that bright whites and deep blacks are presented with realistic detail — even in the same scene.

The XBR-75X940E is one of only a handful of models to include Sony's X1 Extreme chip, which provides 40% more processing muscle than lower models. That results in more effective noise reduction and superior upconversion of non-4K content.

Picture Features 

  • full-array LED backlight with local dimming
  • 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme video processor
  • supports HDR 10 and Dolby Vision

Smart TV Features 

  • Android TV with Chromecast Built-in
  • voice remote with built-in microphone
  • works with Amazon Alexa-compatible and Google Home-compatible voice control assistants

What our customers say

Read all of the Crutchfield customer reviews.


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.

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: HDR 10, Dolby Vision, and HLG. Virtually all current 4K TVs support HDR 10, while support for the other two formats is limited, but growing. Lots of streamed 4K content has HDR 10 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.

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

Our expert Advisors know the gear inside and out. 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.

Free lifetime tech support is included with your Crutchfield purchase.

Last updated 3/1/2018
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